Don’t get me wrong. I love playing the electric guitar. Rocking and grooving with a band is awesome. No doubt about it!
But the acoustic guitar possesses certain qualities that an electric guitar just can’t beat and it makes me fall in love with it over and over again.
Whenever I am sitting in my backyard wearing a T-shirt, jeans, flip flops and I am playing my acoustic guitar I feel free and relaxed.
This is where I usually end up writing a song. When I am strumming chords or songs that I love, I fall from one idea into another and then inspiration starts to set in.
The rich sound of my acoustic guitar will enhance the quality of the melodies and chord progressions I create.
Other times I’ll play some nice and easy acoustic blues tunes and enjoy the moment of whatever comes out of my fingers.
The acoustic guitar is the perfect vehicle to express your soul, inspire you and make you happy.
Enjoy the benefits of acoustic playing:
Mobility and Convenience
The acoustic guitar is an instrument with no strings attached, figuratively speaking :) You can take it easily with you wherever you are, unlike an electric guitar (amp, wires and a pedals), a heavy piano or a drum kit (a lot of hassle).
It feels great when you can just carry a guitar bag on your shoulder and you are good to go. Acoustic equals freedom.
If you know how to play the most beautiful open chord shapes and have a decent acoustic guitar you can make your instrument sound beyond amazing.
The rich sound and beautiful character you get from strumming chords and fingerpicking is something an electric guitar can’t compete with. I know you can’t compare apples and oranges but it’s a quality you can only get from an acoustic guitar.
Develop your own sound. How you pluck, slap, pick or strum the guitar is all up to you.
It’s your personality and the touch of your fingers that determines the sound of the guitar. This is why every guitar player sounds different and unique.
Go to the beach, the park, your backyard, somewhere where it’s quiet and peaceful and behold the simplicity and beauty of the acoustic guitar in solitude. Just you and your guitar. Finally :)
A moment free from the everyday roller coaster and stress situations. Figure out a nice tune, play some cool licks or a neat chord progression. Feel the exhilaration of improvement.
Relax and share your music. Play for friends, family and strangers. Don’t see your self as a performer, but as someone who enjoys playing music and who is having fun with it. Feel and focus on the music.
Don’t take yourself so serious. Be lighthearted. This way you will really enjoy what you are doing and you will automatically play better. Sharing makes you feel good!
When you play a great acoustic guitar you are less likely to be distracted by defaults, errors and troubleshooting from amps, wires, pedals, cabinets or other electronic devices. No frustrations of that kind. How nice is that.
You will less likely have the urge to want a better amp, better effect pedals, a better this or that.
You can just focus and playing and creating.
That is all there is to it!
The reality is when you write a song, you should be able to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good. – Dweezil Zappa
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