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Acoustic Guitar

What is an Acoustic Guitar?

The acoustic guitar is a musical instrument with ancient roots that is used in a wide variety of musical styles. It typically has six strings. The modern acoustic guitar is descended from the Roman cithara brought by the Romans to Hispania around 40 AD, and further adapted and developed with the arrival of the four-string oud. Elsewhere in Europe, the indigenous six-string Scandinavian lute, had gained in popularity in areas of Viking incursions across the continent. The Vinaccia family of luthiers (guitar makers) is known for developing the mandolin, and may have built the earliest six string guitar. Gaetano Vinaccia has his signature on the label of a guitar built in Naples, Italy for six strings with the date of 1779.

The acoustic guitar uses a soundboard which is a wooden piece mounted inside the guitar’s body. The sound produced by strumming, plucking or fingerpicking resonates in the acoustic chamber and is projected out the sound hole in the front of the guitar under the strings. The acoustic guitar is quieter than most instruments found in bands and orchestras so when playing within such groups it is often externally amplified. Many acoustic guitars available today feature a variety of pickups which enable the player to amplify and modify the raw guitar sound. 

There are many kinds of acoustic guitars.  The steel string guitar; which includes the dreadknot, flat top, 12-string and arch top guitars and the nylon string guitar; including classical and flamenco guitars.  Most guitars are constructed for right-handed players due to having the dominant hand be the plucking or strumming hand and the majority of people are right-handed.  Today there are several guitar manufacturers making all types of acoustic guitars such as Martin, Gibson, Takamine, Tacoma, Taylor, Yamaha and many more.

Source: “Guitar.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.


Teaching Philosophy

With seven guitar teachers on the faculty of the Fabulous School of Music, we have a tremendous amount of schedule flexibility as well as several types of guitar instruction, different books used, techniques, levels, styles and ages each teacher will take. 

Our Acoustic Guitar teachers start the young beginner with reading notes using one of the Hal Leonard or Mel Bay Guitar Method books. Easy open chords are taught as well as simple chord progressions, strumming patterns and songs.  For older students and adults the same approach can apply, although we normally design and evolve the curriculum around the individual, their capabilities, their musical preferences and their level.  Topics that will be covered are chords, strumming, chord progressions, finger style, scales, music theory and ear training. Students are also encouraged to bring in songs and styles that they would like their teacher to cover during their lessons.  Normally acoustic guitar students are accepted at age 7.

The philosophy of our guitar teachers is that learning the guitar should be fun, a creative outlet and we strive to instill a passion for music that lasts throughout a student’s life. 

Acoustic Guitar Teachers

Below is a list of teachers that teach the Acoustic Guitar at the Fabulous School of Music. Click on a profile to learn more.

Erinn Brown

Instruments: Voice, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

Erin Burke-Moran

Instruments: Guitar, Classical Guitar and Rock Ensemble

Tom Carroll

Instruments: Guitar, Ukulele

Chris Galat

Instruments: Guitar

Tom Groleau

Instruments: Drums, Guitar, Bass

Randy Leventhal

Instruments: Guitar, Bass and Rock Ensembles

Tom Moore

Instruments: Bass, Guitar, Songwriting and Music Theory

Daniel Nichols

Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Piano and Rock Ensemble