Assembling the Acoustic Guitar
The acoustic guitar is different to an electric guitar as it uses only acoustic means to transfer the vibration from the strings into the air to produce a sound.
The sound on an acoustic guitar is made by plucking the strings with either your fingers or a plectrum (also known as a pick). An acoustic guitar typically has 6 strings. The names of the strings are E, A, D, G, B and E.
The acoustic guitar is easy to set up.
- Take it carefully out of its case and make sure you secure your neck strap carefully. The strap should be loosened or tightened so that it is comfortable and supportive.
- Always have some spare strings handy in case a string breaks. Your tutor should be able to re-string your bass for you in a lesson, or you can always take it to a music store for restringing.
- Always place your acoustic guitar in the case string side up and never leave it standing unattended against a chair or on the floor.
Cleaning and care
Cleaning your guitar should be a very easy job. It always helps to have clean hands!
- Use a soft cloth and some gentle polish to wipe your guitar down and get it shining like new. You can buy guitar polish from a music store but regular polish should be fine. Keep the polish away from the strings and the fingerboard.
- You should also wipe the strings down after you play with a soft cloth. Sweat from your hands can weaken the strings.
Choosing the right size Acoustic Guitar
It’s very important to get the right size guitar for your child. Acoustic guitars come in all different sizes. An adult would play a full size 4/4 acoustic guitar, but children will need a smaller size to begin with. We recommend having your child measured for their guitar by your teacher or the store you have rented / purchased your acoustic guitar from.
Here is a basic chart to help you:
The sounds of the Acoustic Guitar
When the string is plucked, the vibrations from the strings set the air inside the guitar in motion. These movements are picked up and amplified by the body of the guitar, before exiting the sound hole and into our ears. How loud you play is determined by how hard you pluck the strings, as well as what type of wood your guitar is made from and its size. The acoustic guitar is versatile in the types of music it can play – classical, blues, flamenco and country guitar are very common and popular to the acoustic guitar.
Helpful videos and tutorials
- Tuning your acoustic guitar
- Introduction to your acoustic guitar
- Beautiful flamenco acoustic guitar playing
We also have our own YouTube Channel, where you can find a collection of useful videos and tutorials.