Learn Electric Guitar Today - The Fun And Easy Way To Guitar Mastery
Learning electric guitar is easier than you might think
Learn Electric Guitar
Learning to play an instrument can be one of the most rewarding experiences there is - bar non. However, learning guitar (or any other instrument for that matter) can also be quite intimidating, frustrating and sometimes even painful.
When your goal is to learn electric guitar, I strongly suggest you look at how you can make this process as easy, fun and rewarding as humanly possible.
Sure, you can go about figuring it all out on you own. This was in fact the way I started out way back then. However, if I have had access to all the fantastic tools you have at your fingertips today, I definitely would have chosen another route to learn how to play guitar.
Without basic knowledge of getting a proper instrument, or getting proper tuition from the start, I wasted literally years of fumbling around in the dark. I am quite confident that I would have saved myself at least 10 years of sore fingers and hair-pulling moments of frustration if I had someone to guide me in the right direction early on.
You see, it is so easy to pick up bad habits - things that may take you countless hours to re-learn. The funny thing about picking a guitar is this: It takes approximately the same amount of time to learn to play properly as it takes to get it all wrong!
While I may have had an excuse - there were no online guitar learning tools or free video sites back then - you can't claim the same excuses... There are so many available tools - on line or off line - that the only real problem is to know which one to pick!
And this is where this page comes in. As someone who has been playing solo and in band settings every day (I kid you not) for 30 years, plus - and have had the chance to try out lots of the guitar learning tools of the trade - I feel I can pass on some knowledge to you.
Nothing would please me more than you being able to avoid some of the pitfalls I have fallen into. Like I said, learning to play can be immensely fun and rewarding ... let's try to keep it that way!
It is quite possible to teach yourself guitar ... with a little help
Free Guitar Lessons - A Costly Experience
One of the things it took me years to figure out was that I could have saved myself a truckload of time and money by investing in proper guitar tuition early on. Rather, I went the free route - trying to figure everything out on my own.
It did me good in one area - learning to play by ear. But apart from that ... oh dear, I must have picked up every bad habit in the book.
This wasn't a big deal when all I did was chugging along as the rhythm guitar player in our first hobby bands. However, when things got more serious and we went semi pro all the lack of proper chops and my accumulation of bad habits came back to haunt me for real.
Playing a more advanced chord change, difficult lick or demanding solo without having the skills to pull it off? Let me tell you - it's not fun trying to fake it.
Consequently, I had to take a huge step backwards and re-learn what I thought I had on board and under the hood. Luckily, at the time some of the guitar tutorial tapes, CDs and eventually DVDs had begun to pop up and I could dive into material I should have had at a much earlier state.
Today, you can access much of the same information for free on line. Places like YouTube is full of the stuff. Only problem is this: How can you be certain that what is being presented is valuable for you? How do you know, without a doubt, that you're not picking up some less than desired habits?
You see, playing guitar (electric or acoustic) can seem like a breeze. It is really easy to "fake it" on a surface level, so that it looks like you've got it nailed. However, there are many of these free lessons that will teach you stuff that are very limiting at best - or downright counter productive.
Another thing is the information overload. There is no structure and plan to all the information out there. As a result, you end up jumping from one thing to the other - getting nowhere most of the time.
The solution is quite simple. Investing in a proper guitar teacher and/or an on line or off line learning tool (a program, set of DVDs, instructional books or similar). Take it from me, your small investment will be worth it many times over.
Some times it's better to start off learning on an acoustic guitar
Learning To Play Electric Guitar...
...On an acoustic?
Some guitar beginners forget the fact that it is quite possible - and in some ways also beneficial - to start out on an acoustic guitar. How come?
For a start you have "all you need in one package". In other words, you don't need an amp, no need for cords, guitar straps, batteries, effects or hooking up to a computer. A decent acoustic guitar, a fresh set of strings, and that's all you need to get going.
Then, by design, you have the fact that an acoustic guitar is commonly slightly harder to play than an electric. This tends to help you build better "chops" over time (like a stronger grip). Some people begin to learn guitar with a really low action on an electric guitar, something that may potentially lead to a more sloppy way of playing if you're not careful.
On an acoustic guitar you hear what's going on. In other words, you can't "mask" any mistakes or sloppy technique behind effects or amp volume. This tends to make for a cleaner way of playing.
Finally, it is more common to begin to play songs earlier on with the help of an acoustic guitar. The ability to play songs (and thereby learn chord and song structure) has proven to be helpful to many aspiring guitar players as time goes by.
Does this mean that you can't do fine with just an electric guitar from the get go? Heck, no - if you play in such a way that you can hear - and control - what you're playing, you can do just fine on any type of guitar!
Be advised that you would be best off with a steel string guitar if you intend to cross over to an electric at a later state ... or do both. A nylon strung guitar has (in general) a wider neck and a flat fingerboard - something that leads to a different way of handling the instrument.
Do make sure that you get a guitar that is properly set up and adjusted! An acoustic guitar with a poorer set up and higher action is a real confidence killer...
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