Acoustic guitar

The acoustic guitar has a hollow body, like the Spanish guitar, but the steel strings are generally tighter and it has a louder sound. It’s great for pop or folk music, and for backing a singer. Lots of singer-songwriters use this instrument, especially as it’s much easier to carry than a piano!

You often use a small piece of plastic called a plectrum to strum the strings, and your fingers hold the strings down to make different chords. With only three or four chords a whole world of music is open to you – and as you learn more, you can start to compose your own songs!

We teach the guitar in schools across the borough and at Newham Music Academy our after-school and Saturday music centre. To enquire about lessons please email info@newham-music.org.uk or call us on 020 3598 6260.

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England

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