Acoustic Guitar a Percussion?

By | December 29, 2018
acoustic guitar

In a larger sense, we know the acoustic guitar has strings and you have to strum to produce the sound. Either you use you fingers or a pick to produce the sound. So, it is much easier to say an acoustic guitar is a string instrument.

A percussion produces its sound by tapping the surface of the object either with hands or sticks to produce the sound. Drums are considered to be percussion instruments because you tap or hit with your hands or sticks on the surface of the drums to get the sound.

Cymbals are also considered to be percussion instruments because you use both “plates” to strike against each other to produce sound. There are no strings to strum!

Recently I watched a video by Gorge Nash playing his first recorded song “Stolen.” He is amazing!

After watching and listening to song, I can confidently say. The player can be called a guitar player or a percussionist. Then the acoustic guitar is a percussion.

If you were to listen to George Nash playing this song in another room, or on litsen on a CD player, you may think that there are two people playing. One on the acoustic guitar and the other on percussion.

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2 thoughts on “Acoustic Guitar a Percussion?

  1. Sujandar Mahesan

    A very useful article for me and my best friend. My friend is actually more into playing guitar than me. In fact he performs it at his school and also he has done some recent performances in the community center. This article was really helpful for him to learn about percussion. Thank you so much for sharing this article with us.

  2. Anna

    Hello, there!

    This single sounds amazing! He is original and I belive this is the most important thing in music.

    I would like to learn to play guitar. I tried a few years ago, but it seemed too difficult to me. Maybe it is not my thing. Anyway I love how guitar sounds and I never thought it could be a percussion as well. 

    Thank you for the great song!


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