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   Tips For Playing Electric Acoustic Guitar 


  For the experienced player, an acoustic guitar is an
  indispensable songwriting tool, practice partner, and the most
  portable means to take your music with you. Here's a series tips
  for playing an acoustic electric guitar designed to help you get
  the most out of this versatile instrument.

  Whether you are a songwriter, guitar teacher, coffee shop
  musician, studio musician or someone who just plays purely for
  pleasure the sound of an acoustic guitar can enhance your project
  and inspire your creativity.

  Sometimes, because of the volume of the other instruments in the
  band, the size of the venue or particular recording project we're
  working on, it's necessary to amplify the acoustic guitar ... it
  happens to all of us so we need to be prepared!

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 1

  If you are buying an acoustic electric guitar there's an
  incredible range to choose from, the first thing to keep in mind
  is that no matter pick-up, microphone, effects unit, amplifier or
  P.A you run your guitar through they can only amplify the
  original sound.

  That's the key, you should get the best acoustic guitar for your
  particular application. The guitar must sound great without the
  pick up and amplification, no amount of electrical effects can
  save a poor sounding acoustic instrument.

  I repeat, if you are considering buying an acoustic electric
  guitar make certain that the guitar sounds great before you plug
  it in.

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 2

  What type of acoustic guitar do you need? Do you need a six
  string, steel strung guitar? Would a nylon string acoustic guitar
  be more suitable? If you are a solo artist maybe a 12 string
  acoustic guitar would be best.

  Which guitar is best? The answer will depend entirely on your
  application. To help you get started here is a couple of general

  (a) The bulk acoustic rhythm guitar that we hear on the radio is
  played on a six string, steel strung guitar played with a pick.

  (b) Nylon guitars are becoming more popular in pop music due to
  their capability to produce harmonic content in a frequency range
  that will not affect the lead vocal. In this situation the nylon
  strung guitar is generally played with a pick, instead of being
  played with the fingers as it would be played in classical music.

  (c) The 12-string guitar works most effectively by itself or with
  little accompaniment for it takes up a lot of the frequency and
  musical range.

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 3

  What size acoustic guitar will you need? Do you need a Jumbo,
  Dreadnought, 7/8 or folk size?

  Keeping in mind we want to get the best acoustic sound from the
  guitar. Essentially the top of a guitar is similar to the sound
  board of a piano, you should avoid guitars with volume/tone
  controls etc, mounted on the guitar top. Ideally, we want the
  guitar top to vibrate freely, even the wrong type of bridge pins
  can significantly effect the tone and projection of your guitar.

  A guitar that has brass bridge pins will have far less volume
  than a guitar with rosewood bridge pins. Make certain you have a
  close look at all these details. It's just common sense, but a
  lot of great instruments are over-looked and all they need is a
  slight adjustment.

  In this situation the added weight of the brass bridge pins would
  restrict the vibrations of the guitar top, reducing the volume
  and projection of the instrument. Simply by replacing the brass
  bridge pins with wood bridge pins would give the guitar a
  completely different and improved sound.

  In theory a Jumbo size acoustic guitar should give us the best
  acoustic sound. In some cases this in not practical because of
  the sheer size of the instrument and the size of the person
  playing the guitar.

  The most popular size is the dreadnaught size acoustic guitar.
  However, some players find the sound of the dreadnaught guitar
  too "boxy" and prefer the 7/8 of folk size guitars.

  Lead guitarists tend to favor smaller body guitars because they
  tend to have a more balanced sound to them and are easier to cut
  through the band when playing with other musicians.

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 4

  Do you need a cut-a-way acoustic? This is an important question,
  the majority of acoustic electric guitars available in most music
  stores are cut-a-ways. Working on our "best acoustic guitar
  sound" theory it makes sense that the standard acoustic (non cut-
  a-way) guitar will have a fuller, richer sound as the guitar top
  is left intact.

  If you are playing acoustic rhythm and don't need to play lead
  parts up on the 15th,17th frets you don't need a cut-a-way.

  Tips for playing acoustic electric guitar: tip 5

  Public enemy number one of the acoustic guitar is feedback.

  So you go out to the average music gig and hold your beautiful
  acoustic guitar up to the average little dynamic microphone. All
  is going well until, they turn on the amplification and ... there
  it is feedback!

  How do we overcome this howling, annoying sound? A simple way to
  overcome the feedback issue is to:

  (a) use a "feedback buster" this is little rubber plug that fits
  in the sound hole of your acoustic guitar, essentially it reduces
  the feedback problem be making the top of the guitar similar to
  that of a solid body acoustic guitar, whilst it greatly reduces
  the acoustic qualities of the guitar, the feedback buster can be
  quickly removed without having to loosen the strings.

  (b) try and move away from the amplifier/ speakers and definitely
  don't face your acoustic guitar into the speakers.

  We've now covered some of the basic tips for playing acoustic
  electric guitar, take your time a get the best acoustic guitar
  without the electronic's and the rest will be a piece of cake.



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