Electric Guitars for Beginners
Learning a new instrument is a rewarding and fun way to spend your time. Whether you hope to turn it into a career or just enjoy it as a hobby, the electric guitar is a great pick.
While guitar beginners typically go for an acoustic, the electric guitar is an underrated selection for a beginner guitar. An electric guitar can be much easier on your hands. Acoustic guitars frequently have harder strings that can be a lot harsher on your hands unless you already have the calluses. And while an electric guitar will need more equipment than an acoustic one, your electric guitar can be used to play a much wider range of music and songs.
Whether you've never learned an instrument before or you want to learn a different instrument, here's some advice on finding the best beginner electric guitar.
Electric Guitar Basics
When you learn anything new, you have to get through a learning curve. It doesn't matter if you're learning to cook, how to play an instrument or how to use a new type of software. There are basic skills you need to develop at the beginning.
Learning the electric guitar is no different. In fact, there's quite a lot that you need to learn. There are your basic skills that every guitar player needs to develop and then the skills that are specific for the electric guitar.
These are just a few of the basic guitar skills you'll be working on at the beginning:
- How to tune your guitar
- How to play common chords
- Learning how to read chord charts
- Learning how to read guitar tab
Then, you have these skills for your electric guitar:
- How to properly set up your guitar with an amplifier
- Incorporating effects pedals into your setup
- Special techniques, like the hammer-on and palm muting
Getting past the learning curve will set you up to play for the rest of your life. But it's easy to get frustrated when you're just starting out. If you can, take some lessons from a professional. They'll help guide you through the most important skills you need to develop at the beginning and help you through any issues you're having.
Picking Your Beginner Electric Guitar
Your new electric guitar will be an investment, so you want to make sure you pick the right one. Here are a few things to keep in mind while you're shopping for your new guitar:
- Do your research: If you don't know a single thing about electric guitars, don't let that stop you from buying one! Just make sure you do some research before you buy. There's a lot of guitar lingo out there that can be very confusing for a novice. Better yet, if you have a friend or family member who's been playing for a while, bring them with you while you're out looking.
- Test them out: A guitar may look great up on the wall, but it still might not be the right fit for you. Before you buy, especially since it's your first time, get the guitar in your hands to see how it feels before you make your purchase.
- Budget: Before going into the store or looking online, create your budget. You can get a great guitar at a number of price points, but don't forget to factor in the other stuff you'll need — like an amp, extra strings, cables and a strap.
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