When we talk about taking guitar lessons in Singapore, a lot of us would have the image of maybe band members playing bass and electric guitars and also perhaps some of the pop songs where the artists would play some acoustic guitar to accompany their own singing. Few has ever heard of taking classical guitar lessons in Singapore, which comprises of learning some really fun and cool techniques from classical music (Baroque, classical, romantic era) and also other exotic tunes including Spanish, Latin, Brazilian music. Both of these styles of guitar playing has their own ways in shaping one’s character and each kind of music has their own charm! So let us take a look at how different in terms of content that will be delivered through these two kinds of guitar lessons so that you can make a better choice in choosing which to learn.
Pop and rock guitar usually puts more focus on strumming and learning chords. This is because most pop music relies heavily on chords in shaping their genre and also melodies. It includes jazz chords, bar chords, and power chords. The guitarist will also be trained in having good listening skills to be able to make out the tonality to be able to accompany those melodies with their guitar playing. This would also require guitarists to be able to understand different musical styles and their rhythmic patterns.
Classical guitar on the other hand focuses more on learning the technicalities of playing such as Rasgueados (a Spanish guitar strumming technique), fast scales, tremolo, right hand finger planting techniques, slides, grace notes, two-part music and the whole lot. Apart from that, more focus is placed on music reading and musical theories to enhance the guitarists’ knowledge about the scores that they are required to interpret.
Pop and rock guitar lessons conducted in Singapore usually introduces the guitarists to various musical genres such as jazz, blues, rock, punk, and country style music. It encourages guitarists to be versatile and able to play to the likes of the mass which are the hippest and in trend songs of the current era.
Classical guitar lessons, which is less common in Singapore, focuses more on the works of guitar masters regardless of their era. The pieces that will be learnt are usually very elaborate in techniques and are classics that withstand the test of times. Focusing much more on the dynamics and emotions of guitar playing, this kind of lesson will enhance the guitarist’s appreciation for classical music.