electric or acoustic guitar

Should My Child Learn Electric or Acoustic Guitar?

Is it easier for kids to start with electric or acoustic guitar?

If your child is interested in playing the guitar, you may be wondering which is better: electric or acoustic guitar? That’s a great question! The answer to that question is this: “Well, it depends.” That’s because both the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar have pros and cons. Let’s get started with the electric guitar.


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The pros of learning on electric guitar for kids

Is it any wonder many kids find themselves drawn to the electric guitar? After all, the electric guitar captures synonymous with rock music. That makes the electric guitar the clear choice for kids who want to rock! Here’s a list of some of the other great benefits of learning on the electric guitar:

  • Easy-to-play: The action on electric guitars is generally lower, which makes the electric guitar easier to play.
  • Loads of cool effects: From flanger to the chorus, overdrive to delay, the electric guitar can handle tons of cool effects, which is one of the reasons it’s so versatile.
  • Great for rock, blues, metal, and everything else: The electric guitar can reach high volumes, which means it cuts through the band, making it a perfect instrument for rock, blues, metal, and everything else.
  • The cool factor: Does it get any cooler than the electric guitar? I don’t think so, but I am the Rock Dojo founder, so that I may be slightly biased.
  • Played by legendary players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eddie Van Halen: Those are just a few of the legendary artists who used the electric guitar as their tool of choice for rocking out!

The cons of learning electric guitar for kids

While the electric guitar is incredible, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any drawbacks. Here are some of the cons of learning electric guitar for kids:

  • Requires amps, cable, and power supply: While this may sound obvious, you might be surprised by the number of parents who forget to purchase amps, cables, and power supplies for their children.
  • Some amps are too heavy for kids to carry: While some fantastic portable amps are out there, some may be too heavy for small children to lug around.
  • More gear cost more money: This is simple math. More equipment equals more money. A great amp may cost just as much as a great kids’ guitar.

The pros of learning on acoustic guitar for kids

The acoustic guitar is synonymous with the singer-songwriter. That makes the acoustic guitar an excellent choice for children who want to sing and strum the guitar. Below, you’ll find some other great benefits of learning on acoustic guitar for kids:

  • Portability: The acoustic guitar is the ultimate portable instrument, which is why it’s so popular around the campfire.
  • No Extra gear: All you need is a guitar, a pick, or your fingers, and you are ready to make sweet music.
  • Versatile: The acoustic guitar is typical in all music types, from rock to jazz, folk to pop.
  • Along with the piano, the acoustic guitar is the most popular musical instrument on the planet: The acoustic guitar is the second most popular instrument, preceded only by the piano. For that reason, your child will always have a tribe of musicians to connect with throughout their musical lives if they chose the acoustic guitar.
  • Legendary players include Tommy Emmanuel, Robert Johnson, and Jimmy Page: These are just a few of the legendary musicians who have used the acoustic guitar for their music-making tool of choice.

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The cons of learning acoustic guitar for kids

  • Tougher on fingers: The acoustic guitar is harder on tiny fingers if you chose a steel-string acoustic guitar. For that reason, I recommend opting for a nylon string acoustic guitar to get started.
  • Harder to play: Because the action is higher on acoustic guitars, they are more challenging for beginners to play than the electric guitar.
  • Not suitable for rock guitar solos: While Eric Clapton may have shredded some great solos on his unplugged album, the acoustic guitar has much higher action. For that reason, it’s more difficult to bend strings, execute string vibrato, and a host of other excellent lead guitar techniques.

FREE Guitar Course for Kids

Now that you have a better idea of the pros and cons of the electric guitar and the acoustic guitar, you are probably ready to get your child started playing the guitar. Well, you are in luck because the Rock Dojo offers all new students a FREE online guitar course for kids delivered via email. Sign up for Rock Dojo bi-weekly email, and you will receive your child’s free guitar course for kids.

<strong>Brian "The Guitar Sensei" Parham</strong>
Brian “The Guitar Sensei” Parham

Brian Parham is the co-founder and creator of the Rock Dojo, an award-winning guitar program for kids. He’s also the author of three guitar method books for kids, the 2021 Steve Vai Scholarship Winner for Academic Excellence at Berklee College of Music, the 2018 Teacher of the Year by Lessons.com, and the 2018 Rising Star of Oregon the U.S. Small Business Administration. When he’s not rocking out on the guitar, Brian enjoys reading comic books, binge-watching Cobra Kai, and spending time with his wife.

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