Monday, November 14, 2016

What Are Acoustic Guitars Used For?

The acoustic guitar has six strings that each plays a different pitch.

Acoustic guitars serve several purposes and are used in a variety of contexts from popular to jazz music. An acoustic guitar is an instrument that does not require external power to create sound. These instruments have a built-in chamber that serves to amplify and distribute the sound without the use of an amplifier. Violins, trumpets and clarinets are all types of acoustic instruments. The acoustic guitar is capable of playing any style or genre of music. However, there are some styles that the acoustic guitar is featured prominently.

Folk Music

Folk music uses acoustic guitars extensively. The music is generally very simple, easy to sing and uses basic chords to back up the melody lines. Folk music makes use of a technique called finger-picking in which the guitarist will quickly pick at the strings with a single finger. This technique creates a twangy sound as the strings bounce against the fretboard.


Country music can be broken into both old and new country. Both styles of music make extensive use of the acoustic guitar. When you think of a country music star or see a picture, they are almost always sitting with their acoustic guitar. The guitar in country music often strums chords vigorously to support the lead singer and vocal lines.


Classical music in this context is any music from the Renaissance to the modern period. In classical music, the guitar is featured prominently because of its ability to play in a fashion similar to the piano. Chords and melody can be played simultaneously making the guitar and ideal solo or ensemble instrument for playing classical music. Agustín Barrios, Mauro Giuliani and Sergei Orekhov are all composers who have written for classical acoustic guitar.


Mariachi music involves the use of upbeat rhythms and small traveling groups of anywhere from four to 12 people. The guitar plays a central role in mariachi music and often plays the lead and guides the ensemble. The ability to play chords makes it an ideal candidate to back up the trumpet and violin in the ensemble. The guitar is well suited to play mariachi music as it carries easily and provides texture and rhythm to the ensemble.

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