4 Things Rock Guitarists Can Learn from Playing Classic Guitar

Playing the guitar is fun, regardless of whether you play steel or nylon strings. But playing classic guitar can open you up to so much more if you already play hardcore rock and want to become better at it. Here are four things you could learn.

Playing the guitar is fun, regardless of whether you play steel or nylon strings. But playing classic guitar can open you up to so much more if you already play hardcore rock and want to become better at it.

Here are four things you could learn:

  1. More Finger Techniques

This is not to say that rock guitar players do not have any finger technique. In fact, it takes a lot of skill to become a pro at using the pick. However, learning to play classic guitar can help you further develop your range of finger techniques with your rock guitar due to the fact that all five fingers become involved in playing. As such, you will have more control over the instrument and be able to consistently play notes you probably didn’t think possible with a rock guitar.

  1. Improved Precision

All guitar playing requires preciseness; in timing, key and everything else in order to sound really good. If you occasionally fall off while learning to play rock guitar, spending some time with the classic variety could help you improve it. That’s because playing classical guitar is technically more demanding, so if you’re able to master that, improving timing and precision with the rock guitar becomes so much easier.

  1. Reading Music

Classic guitar playing requires being able to read and interpret music at the same time while playing the instrument. Of course, being able to read music is not always a necessity with playing a rock guitar, but if you learn how to do it, you will become a more, well-rounded musician.

  1. Become More Versatile

Many of the top guitar players in the world are able to command the respect they do because of their high level of versatility. They can shred heavy metal just as well as delivering slower, soul-stirring pieces. That’s because many of them have learned to master both steel string and nylon string guitars. If you want to boost your versatility and be able to play for any audience, it will certainly help if you get some classic guitar training to complement your rock guitar playing.

Classic guitar playing may not be as popular as the rock version. However, learning it could take your rock guitar playing from so-so to great.

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