Types of Guitars and Guitar Lessons at OSMD

Here at Omaha School of Music and Dance, guitar lessons are just one of the classes we offer! We have a few different instructors who teach guitar at OSMD, which allows for flexibility. If playing the guitar, in any or many of its styles and types, is something that you are interested in, this would be a great match for you!

Types of Guitars

Did you know that there are many, many different types of guitars in the world? All serve a different purpose and function but offer the same kind of happiness to the people who play them. Let’s talk about some of them!

Acoustic Guitar: This may be the most standard form of the guitar today, but has been around since ancient times. Modified over time, it became especially popular in the late 1800s as an instrument used by Spanish guitarists. Today, acoustic guitars come in many shapes and sizes and are used to play a wide range of music styles.

Electric Guitar: This type of guitar became especially known in the early-mid 1900s when people began amplifying the acoustic guitar’s sound. This led to the electric guitar’s important role in much of the music we enjoy today; coming from roots in Jazz, Rock, and Pop. Electric guitars must be plugged into an amplifier to create a less hollow, more organic sound, with more precision.

Twelve-String Guitar: Whereas an ordinary guitar has 6-strings, some double this to create pairs of 6 strings to be plucked together. In creating a different tone than the classic 6-string, these guitars usually offer a great additional sound to groups of instruments as a rhythm guitar.

Steel Guitar: More rare today, this type of guitar is typically set across one’s lap to play. However, there is also a pedal steel guitar, which may have additional necks and appear similar to a harp.

Bass Guitar: This guitar has strings that are thicker than other guitars, and a neck much longer, too. It’s called “bass” for a reason — because it is composed of the four lowest strings of a normal guitar, pitched lower. There are acoustic and electric bass guitars, but both are used for rhythm, creating a fuller sound to a body of instruments.

Ready to find out which guitar is waiting for you to play? We’d love to assist you in that journey!

Not interested in guitar? That’s okay — this school offers many other classes if guitar lessons aren’t right for you. We have a wide variety of music and dance options, so you’re sure to find something of interest to you! If you are interested, please reach out to OSMD at omahaschoolofmusicanddance.com or call us at 402-515-9629. You can also email us at [email protected]

We are located at the N.W. corner of 144thand Dodge.

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