So you would like to learn electric guitar, huh? Is it as your favorite rock star looks so cool jamming on stage? Is it the prestige and confidence that comes with having the ability to say, “Yeah, I play guitar” to your friends? Or perhaps you only need to challenge yourself by learning how to play music in a very versatile tool.
Whatever the reason for beginning, there are 5 items that are crucial for anybody picking up the guitar for the first time.
1. An electric guitar!
OK, a little obvious, but so as to understand how to play this tool you will actually require an electric guitar to practice on. No, a Guitar Hero guitar doesn’t count!
You can find a good electric guitar for a few hundred dollars at any music store. The brand, quality and cost will depend on how serious of a participant that you need to be and the type of music that you would like to play.
Think of a guitar and amplifier as a married couple. The ideal pair will have the ability to boost each other’s strengths while the incorrect pair will amplify (pun intended) their weakness.
As an instance, if you are a metal head and need to rock some Metallica-type sounds, then a Mesa Boogie amp paired with an ESP LTD guitar is a lovely match. Playing a single-coil Fender Stratocaster through a Mesa Boogie amp hoping for the same? Not gont occur.
A metronome is device that helps you remain in time by creating a “click” sound at different speeds. It’s extremely obvious once you hear a guitar player who never practices using a metronome and using a single truly separates the wannabes and the experts.
If you truly need to learn electric guitar, a metronome is vital. Drummers aren’t the only people who need to have the ability to maintain a steady rhythm!
4. Guitar picks
A guitar pick is a little, triangular-shaped bit of plastic (though there are metal picks too) which is held between the palms of the strumming hand and used to hit the strings so that they can make a sound.
There are different thicknesses for different styles of playing. You can try out various widths and brands until you discover the kind you prefer.
5. Guitar teacher
Last but not least is finding a great guitar teacher. I had been “self-taught” for two years until I started taking lessons and I learned more in two weeks with my instructor than I had in the two years in my. Yes, there are some remarkable musicians out there who are self-taught and learn by ear. But these individuals are the exception.
A fantastic teacher can notice things you will not be conscious of on your own playing and they can help dramatically improve your learning curve. As they say, “You can not find the picture when you are in the framework.”
Like any new skill, learning how to play electric guitar will take patience and time. Just know it’s a remarkably rewarding journey and everything you will need to do is begin!