There are many types of guitar you can learn with East Sussex Music.


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“At East Sussex Music we offer a range of ensembles at our area music centres for all guitar pupils to get involved with. Classical guitar ensembles, Jazz bands and pop guitar ensembles are all available, just ask your teacher for more details.”

Classical guitar

We recommend that all guitar students start with the nylon strung classical guitar. Available in half, three quarter and full size, it caters to pupils of all sizes. You will learn all the basics of how to hold it, play and read music and develop strength in both your hands. They are fairly inexpensive and easy to get hold of.

After you work your way through the beginners syllabus, you have the opportunity to progress through a fantastic grading system exploring music from all corners of the earth. Classical composers such as Beethoven and Vivaldi feature alongside more modern blues and Spanish style tunes.

This type of guitar lends itself to those who not only want to play solo but want to join a guitar ensemble or orchestra.


Acoustic guitar

After completing the beginners syllabus you might decide you would like to explore the world of the acoustic guitar. Acoustic guitars generally have steel strings, though it is possible to continue using your nylon stringed classical guitar. The difference is in the syllabus. This syllabus focuses on using a plectrum, playing chords and solos and learning music by popular artists all the way from The Beatles to Ed Sheeran.

This type of guitar lends itself to those who want to become singer songwriters or play in small groups.


Electric guitar

If being on stage shredding in a band is your aim then the electric guitar is for you. Although they can be expensive, beginners packages which include the instrument, lead and amp are available for around £120, which you can purchase online or from music shops.

The electric guitar syllabus focuses on solo techniques, chord shapes and isn’t all about heavy rock. Jazz, pop, funk and all in between feature heavily as well. People who learn the electric guitar generally go on to join bands and play whenever and wherever they can.

Bass guitar

Probably the most underrated instrument of the guitar family, this four string beast is arguably the most important. Filling out the low notes, a bass guitar is present in nearly all styles of music. In this syllabus, as with the electric guitar, you explore the world of rock, pop, funk and jazz.

The bass guitar is a lot bigger and therefore more suited to secondary school students.