The acoustic and electric guitar have many similarities. Generally, electric guitars are easier to play. The strings are lighter and easier to press down. Sore fingers, which many novices experience when learning acoustic guitar, are not nearly as severe when learning to play electric guitar. If you decide to start with acoustic, it is best to choose an acoustic guitar with light gauge or even nylon strings. You should also use a guitar with low action, which requires less pressure to make the strings touch the fretboard. An acoustic guitar with nylon strings is well suited for classical and folk. Guitar teachers can sometimes set you straight with a beginner-friendly guitar setup. If not, find a friendly local guitar shop.
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