David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews here. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David is also the author of seven instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Guitar Theory.

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  1. Mat (The Laughing Bard)
    June 6th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    I always thought it was best to start on acoustic for two reasons.
    1. You can take it anywhere and play it.
    2. It’s a LOT easier to go from playing a steel-string acoustic to playing, well, anything else really than to go from say an electric to an acoustic. If you’re used to the ease of playing an electric, acoustic’s going to be a struggle.
    Having said that, people just love electrics so if it gets you playing…

  2. Duncan Jones
    June 8th, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    Let’s be frank here, learning to play the guitar is hard. There are even times now, that I feel like giving up and I have been playing for over 20 years.

    In my opinion, you should choose the type of guitar that you like to listen to. Let’s face it we all start learning to play because we fall in love with a particular artist / group and want to play like them.

    If you want to learn guitar because you want to play like Eddie Van Halen, getting an acoustic is possibly going to be a bit frustrating.

  3. Patrick
    May 18th, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    I have to agree with mat that learning on an acoustic is the way to go if only for the fact that you can take and play it anywhere and it gives you a great starting point to move into other instruments if and when you feel like it.
    In the end I guess as long as you enjoy what you are playing then it doesn’t really matter what you play

  4. Peter
    June 7th, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

    I’ve always thought that acoustic is the way to go when beginning. It’s cheaper, and it pushes your finger strength, dexterity, etc. I’ve got nothing wrong with beginners using the electric but its best to start on the acoustic.

  5. Sam E
    November 30th, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    Steel String Acoustic for me. I think trying to write music on any other type of guitar CAN BE limiting.

  6. Andrew C
    December 10th, 2013 @ 3:20 am

    I agree with Sam. So much more scope with the acoustic!

  7. Steven
    December 25th, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    If there were no electric guitars, only acoustic, I would never have picked one up. Acoustics just did not interest me at all.

  8. Jan Olsen
    December 20th, 2015 @ 8:40 am

    I started playing in 1964 at the age of eight. The guitar was an electric semi hollow (Gibson ES 335 type) Framus. The
    reason for starting electric was because I really liked rock and blues and The Stones was and still is my favorite band.
    Much later I bought my first acoustic and possibly because I had played for a number of years I did not find it very hard.

    If I should have started out today I would have done the same thing but I would have chosen a Fender Strat. with built-in
    capability for conecting to a Roland GR-55 guitar synth. That gives you an easy playing electric guitar with the capability
    to sound like an acoustic + much, much more. You might actually get carried away from what the guitar is all about!

  9. Hong Sang
    May 3rd, 2016 @ 5:35 am

    Thank you for sharing.
    I recommend some first guitar for beginners. It will help students more easy to learning process and practice
    1. Acoustic Guitar, you can select: Yamaha FG700S
    2. Electric Guitar, you can select: Squier by Fender “Stop Dreaming, Start Playing”
    3. Classical Guitar, you can select: Cordoba C5 Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar

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