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luckyhubbie  
16 Jan 2008 09:25 | Quote
United States
Posts: 69
Been playing 10 years and enjoy playing rhythm guitar. I still want to improve and have tried playing some lead guitar riffs but not having much luck. Is there any point in trying to learn lead riffs on a acoustic guitar or should I just invest in an electric?
GuitarBoy666  
16 Jan 2008 13:00 | Quote
Joined: 20 Dec 2007
Canada
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It would be better for you to get an electric because you can move your fingers up/down the fretboard and across the strings easier. Not to mention - the cutaway makes it so you can play up high, whereas an acoustic you can only get up to about the 13th, maybe 14th fret.

Also with an electric - bending, Hammer ons, Pull offs, trills, tapping... all of that is a hell of a lot easier. You don't even need to get an amp if you don't want.

You can just get a crappy old electric guitar to practice on and then when you are ready get a better guitar and and amp.

And when doing leads, especially when just starting out, do the 1-2-3-4 Exercise, I'm sure you know what that is having 10 years experience.

Have a good day, and good luck !
tAUG  
17 Jan 2008 08:39 | Quote
Sweden
Posts: 137
This question does really depend on what kind of music you play. You can play really really REALLY nice solos with an acoustic guitar aswell. But as you can imagine it doesnt sound very well with an acoustic guitar with distortion etc..
So it really depends. I love playing both acoustic and electric.
Can't live without my electric one though.

tAUG
GuitarBoy666  
17 Jan 2008 09:54 | Quote
Joined: 20 Dec 2007
Canada
Karma: 2
Haven't played my acoustic in months lol.. Old Fender Gemini II from back in the 80's... 'Twas my dad's

I like electric better though cause of the music I play

EDIT: Lol, I'm gonna get flamed but;
Electric strings on an acoustic actually don't sound too bad... Kinda tinny but in MY opinion, it sounds kinda cool.. Plus you can move a BIT easier
tAUG  
18 Jan 2008 01:14 | Quote
Sweden
Posts: 137
hahh, I've got a few "small acoustic guitars" on which I always put electric guitar strings. Suddenly it becomes a freakn nice blues guitar! ;)
GuitarBoy666  
18 Jan 2008 07:28 | Quote
Joined: 20 Dec 2007
Canada
Karma: 2
Lol what do you mean "small" size, or like... Crappy budget guitars that are worth like 10 dollars ?
My acoustic hardly stays in tune anymore.. With acoustic or electric strings it still slips out XD
tAUG  
21 Jan 2008 03:13 | Quote
Sweden
Posts: 137
Small size, bought it in a trashy shape from a second-hand store. Had to fix the neck and the body (gluing and tacking)...
GuitarBoy666  
21 Jan 2008 13:47 | Quote
Joined: 20 Dec 2007
Canada
Karma: 2
Lol, nice XD
Sounds like that guitar is worth something
tAUG  
24 Jan 2008 06:36 | Quote
Sweden
Posts: 137
Haha no I dont think so xD Still it sounds reeally nice
Notim  
24 Jan 2008 12:57 | Quote
Joined: 08 Dec 2007
United States
Karma: 9
thats a cool idea electric srings on a acoustic i bet that would make a good blues sound!
JustJeff  
24 Jan 2008 13:08 | Quote
Joined: way back
United States
Lessons: 2
Karma: 21
NO! Electric strings on an acoustic = a NO NO!!! It kills the neck of the guitar and makes it sound like crap!



Look up Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, and Don Ross if you want to see some solo ideas.

Also, you should check out Justin King's band and the song "Change" for an idea of a solo acoustic part in a song... and Trace Bundy.


As well, TOmmy Emmanuel has some awesome acoustic solo's


ALl great musicians you should check out.
GuitarBoy666  
24 Jan 2008 13:49 | Quote
Joined: 20 Dec 2007
Canada
Karma: 2
Oh well, it's a 21 year old acoustic guitar that's worth probably 20 bucks right now. Barely stays in tune, you play it, stop, one hour later, it's knocked out of tune lol.
In mt opinion it sounds cool sometimes and it's easier to play than actual acoustic strings.


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