Anyone else here in our wonderful forum world play both acoustic and electric guitar?
Mike R’s post on “Absolute Beginner Again” and the conversations therein got me thinking about how differently I approach electric guitar and acoustic guitar. Yes, they’re both guitars and yes, tunings are the same, with even the same number of strings. But after that, to me, they are two completely different instruments.
There is so much more going on with electric than acoustic. I’m not saying it’s harder, there’s just much more to think about and do with the palm muting, watching the other strings that you don’t want to ring out and be amplified, the guitar knob settings, the amp settings all the pedals, tone, technique, etc, etc! Oh, and which pickups to use. Even the pick angle and attack are different. I could keep going but you get the point.
I’ve heard many great electric guitar players say that what they play is much easier than flatpicking acoustic guitar… but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard it the other way around. I find them both equally challenging and again, I believe they are two totally different instruments… even as much as guitar and banjo are different instruments.
This is only my perspective and that does not mean I’m right… Just wondering what you’re all thoughts are on this?