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Electric Guitar Lessons

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About the Electric Guitar

An electric guitar is a fretted string instrument that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings—which are typically made of steel, and which occurs when a guitarist strums, plucks or fingerpicks the strings—into electrical signals. The vibrations of the strings are sensed by a pickup and then amplified by an amplifier before being sent to a loudspeaker, which makes the sound loud enough to hear. The output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, and the signal can easily be altered to change the sound and “color” and effects to it such as “reverb”, “distortion” and “overdrive”.

The sound of an electric guitar can also be modified by new playing techniques such as string bending, tapping, hammering on, using audio feedback, or slide guitar playing.

There are several types of electric guitar, including the solid-body guitar, various types of hollow-body guitars, the six-string guitar (the most common type, often tuned E, A, D, G, B, E, from lowest to highest strings), the seven-string guitar, which typically adds a low B string below the low E, and the twelve-string electric guitar, which has six pairs of strings.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, they’re totally different and one doesn’t depend on the other.

The acoustic guitar’s body is made of hollow wood in order to magnify the sound made by the strings’ vibration. As for the electric guitar it generates sound using a pickup to convert the vibrations of its strings into electric pulses which then passes through an amplifier before being sent to a loudspeaker.

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

No, any person can play the electric guitar keeping the body/instrument size proportions in mind

Well, it’s advised to never skip your daily practice and do the necessary warm-up finger exercises and also practicing on scales. Here’s a set of exercises to help you:

  • Exercises that work on the strength of finger muscles: place your left hand’s 4 fingers on the fretboard in 4 adjacent frets on the same string then lift 2 non-adjacent fingers (such as your index finger and your ring finger) several times without moving the other 2 fingers (in this case the middle finger and the pinky finger) then switch the fingers several times.
  • Exercises for speed on the fretboard: place your left hand’s 4 fingers of on the 6th string starting position one on the fretboard and then number your fingers like: ( index finger = 1, middle finger = 2, ring finger = 3, pinky finger = 4). Then play with your right hand on the string while switching your left hand’s fingers: 1 then 2 then 3 then 4; now do the following switch:

1-2-4-3, 1-3-2-4, 1-3-4-2, 1-4-2-3, 1-4-3-2

Try to do it fast with no mistakes

  • Repeat this exercise along with some rhythms
  • Scales practice: practice the scales that you studied and play them repeatedly several times in order to train your muscle memory and program your fingers to play smoothly.
  • Practice on rhythm and arpeggios: do some arpeggios and rhythms going up and down the scales

Use a Metronome when exercising to learn how to follow the rhythm without mistakes.

The duration of this routine is at least 30 minutes per day.

It is also preferable to practice on some songs for an hour daily and the more you practice, the faster you become at mastering the instrument.

The devices needed include: tuner, amplifier, headphones

Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat, impact or direct sunlight. As for the electric guitar, it should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it. Replace the strings should they get torn or change color. It is preferable to change the full string kit instead of replacing just one string.

The electric guitar is well known for the Rock and Jazz music, however it can also play other music genres such as the oriental music for instance.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments.

For beginners, there are suitable brands in terms of the material used, design and sound such as Yamaha and Squier

For the intermediate level: Ibanez, Ltd, Epiphone and Fender

Players that are interested in metal music, they may prefer brands like Ltd, BC Rich, ESP and other guitars that have a floating bridge.

For blues and jazz music, some musicians prefer guitars with semi-hollow/hollow body

Advanced musicians may prefer the higher categories of Fender, Gibson, and Gretch as they may suit them better.

As for the accessories required: an amplifier, a shoulder-strap, picks and a shield.

Yes, for to play, you need the tips of your fingers directly over the strings and that cannot happen with long nails; so it’s strongly advised that you keep your nails on both hands cut regularly as the pick can do the nail’s job in your right hand.

The amplifier, shoulder-strap, picks and shield.

There are a bunch of tuner apps, which you can download over the Internet and a lot of them are fortunately free. These programs will use the microphone on your computer or mobile phone to listen to the sound of each string and indicate its current tone, and based on that you can increase the tension on the string or loosen it a bit to get the desired tone from each string but beware of straining the strings too much as they could get torn.

Tuning guitars with a floating bridge needs talent and patience, therefore it is advisable to tune it with a professional in the beginning.

11 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age as long as you can control you upper body. Some people start at a younger age than 11 if their musical talent allows it.