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Where do I start with learning the electric guitar?

Before learning the electric guitar many people ask themselves the same question. Do I need to learn to play the acoustic guitar first? The answer is no but it can be helpful. Learning to play on the acoustic guitar can be beneficial for your fingers as you will build up some strength before swapping onto an electric guitar. Additionally an acoustic guitar is usually more cost effective and so beginners can gain some experience before splashing out. For our guide on learning the acoustic guitar, click here.

If you already have experience playing acoustic guitar, you may be happy to use online resources prior to make the swap to electric guitar. If you are a complete beginner a site called Jam Play is possibly the most comprehensive guide for you to follow, we’ve reviewed this website – click here. Not only does it start at the very beginning but it also covers both acoustic and electric guitar.

The basics of guitar playing can be learnt in a very short period of time with a concentrated effort. First of all, it is necessary to get to know your instrument. Familiarise yourself with all the parts, having a good understanding of your instrument will help you with playing it. Start by learning the basic chords and how to move from one chord to the other. You will also need to know how to tune your guitar.

If you don’t have a good musical ear then it is advisable to use an electric tuner. Further basic skills for electric guitar playing include:-

  1. Learning how to us string bending to change the pitch of a note
  2. Master vibrato. Bring the notes to life
  3. Artificial Harmonics. This technique consists of hitting the string with the pick and your right hand thumb at the same time. This is used to produce harmonic tones that are otherwise inaccessible on the instrument.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Be prepared to put in a lot of effort. You cannot sound like a pro after just one days practice.
  2. Finger tips may become sore during the beginning. Over a period of time you will develop hard calluses which protect the fingers.
  3. Take some time to listen to the pros. Remember that you can learn a lot from watching others play so really pay attention to their technique.

There are many things to consider when buying your first electric guitar. Take some time to identify and learn about all the basic components of an electric guitar. By doing this you will understand what is important and what your individual requirements might be. Look at the various body styles available and decide what look you require. Make sure you try before you buy. You need to know how the guitar feels and ensure the neck is comfortable in your hands.

There is not really an official number of hours recommended for guitar practice. Rather than focus on quantity you should focus on the quality of your sessions. Set yourself goals and work toward those. Beginners should take care not to damage their hands.

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