Practical Tips To Playing The Electric Guitar For Beginners

choosing electric guitar to buy

Playing the electric guitar is easier than playing an acoustic guitar for beginners.

Why does a beginner find an electric guitar easier than an acoustic guitar?

There are lots of reasons why.

The strings on electric guitars are thinner. The electric guitar is slimmer and more portable as well. So you don't have to lean over so far to reach the fretboard.

If you are still deciding on your first guitar, then read our "Ultimate guitar buying guide"to help you.

 

Here are a few tips to help every beginner on their journey of learning the electric guitar.

 

Getting An Electric Guitar

The first step in your journey of learning to play the guitar is to own one.

It is almost impossible to learn the instrument without it being available to practise at home.

I know it sounds silly. But we do get students who think they can just come to the lessons and not have a guitar available at home to practise.

What if inspiration strikes?

You want to be prepared.

It's useful to get time to practise the guitar away from lessons whenever you can. This will help you progress faster.

For children, buying an electric guitar is different from adults. Be sure to go with them in person to the shop to measure up the size of the electric guitar. Making sure it's comfortable for them and not too heavy.

 

Getting Picks And Straps

You can use a guitar pick with your electric guitar to create a specific sound. It's different from playing with your fingertips.

We would always recommend learning to use a guitar pick when playing the electric guitar.

For all guitarists, not just beginners. It's useful to have a guitar strap, for a couple of reasons:

  1. Electric guitars can be less comfortable to sit on your leg. (This is definitely true if you have a flying V guitar). Having a strap means you can have some of the weight on your shoulders instead.

And if you do lose feelings in your leg from the weight of the guitar, and start getting pins and needles...

  1. You can stand up.

Also - if you are ever going to play standing up at any point, you want to have already practised this before.

As a beginner, when buying a strap, you should stick to something that makes you feel comfortable.

Though leather straps look awesome, they often crack and look old quickly.

Woven/polyester straps have much better durability. Pick one that isn't too thin and feels comfortable.

 

Know Your Guitar

Another important point to take note of is learning the parts of the electric guitar.

The Fret: These are the metal pieces which you use in playing notes
Tuning Nut: The nut holds the string in place across the fingerboard
The Neck: The neck contains your fretboard, which you press down to create a sound.
Pickup: It picks up the vibration from the string and converts it to an electrical signal.
Bridge: The bridge regulates the position of the strings to the fingerboard.

 

Parts of an electric guitar


Practice

The importance of playing regularly is very useful for your progress on the guitar.

A lot of beginners have this false belief that they can learn the skills to play the electric guitar by learning for only a few months.

As a beginner, it's important to manage your expectations. It may take a little while for you to get the hang of how to practise. And your guitar playing may not sound pleasant from day 1.

But with time, practise, and appropriate instructions and feedback, you will get better.

 

You Do You!!!

As beginners who are training to gain mastery of the electric guitar, one golden rule is to do you.

Play the music you enjoy, buy the guitar that makes you excited about playing it.

Get a teacher that you get on with that inspires you to play and improve your guitar playing.

And if you have big goals for your guitar playing, that's great too! Work towards them with your guitar teacher so that you can achieve what you want with your guitar playing.