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Tips On How To Play The Electric Guitar

Jan 31, 2008
Many young people of today who are interested in modern music have a love for the sound of an electric guitar and when asked if they would like to learn how to play a musical instrument, the electric guitar is always a favorite. However, some guitarists will tell you that it's so much easier to learn how to play an acoustic guitar first of all. Why do you think that is? Well, one thing to bear in mind is that electric guitars have steel strings. If you are not used to playing a guitar, your fingertips will be soft so the steel strings are likely to feel very uncomfortable, even painful at times.

If you decide to begin with an acoustic model, by the time your fingers have hardened sufficiently on the softer strings, you well be well on the road to knowing your chords and many other aspects of playing needed for the electric guitar. The transformation will be quite simple. On the other hand, some guitarists will say, just go with the type of guitar which is best suited to your taste in music. So if an electric guitar is the instrument of your choice, then go for it.! Remember to start off gently in order to let your fingers get used to the steel strings without a blister in sight.

Aside from the strain on the fingertips, another reason to begin your guitar playing with an acoustic instrument is that you are more likely to learn how to play correctly. This means you will be laying down a good musical base instead of having to rely on sound boxes to achieve your desired results. It is important when you start to learn to play the guitar you are aware of what all the controls and knobs allow you to do. This is not just a plug and play machine. A sensitive ear is needed to get the mix just right.

A good way to learn how to play properly from the beginning is to take one to one lessons. But it really doesn't matter which type of lessons you have as it is practise which will make you perfect. It's the only way to learn to how to play an instrument well.

When you buy your electric guitar there are a few other pieces of equipment which you will need. It's advisable to get the best amplifier within your budget to go with your guitar. Even the greatest or most costly guitar will sound disappointing, if the amplifier is not of good quality. You'll also need a good effects box with lots of characteristics such as distortion, reverb, chorus, amp simulator and easy adjustment modules.

Last but not least, don't forget the cables. Just like the amp, its better in the long run to spend your money on good quality cabling. At least then, you will not have to replace them so often.
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Kevin Sinclair is the publisher and editor of MusicianHome.com, a site that provides information and articles for musicians at all stages of their development.
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