(760) 621-5939

Two Hands Grey 

Electric Guitar Lessons

Electric guitar is as different from acoustic guitar as an electronic keyboard is from piano, and most of the techniques are quite different as well. Power chords, Barre chords, upper partial chords, double stops, open 6ths and 10ths, pentatonic scales, modes, soloing, riffing between singing lines, riff based rhythms, palm muting, arpeggios, artificial harmonics, and tons of others skills will be learned with a focus on electric guitar.

Electric Guitar LessonsSurprisingly, the type of electric guitar that you own goes a long way toward shaping you technique and your sound. There is legendary debate about which is better, a Strat or a Les Paul, but to understand which is best for you, a study of the differences is in order. A guitar is a guitar, right? Well, with these two, they have different scale lengths nut to bridge, different fretboard radius, different pickups, single coil vs. humbucker, and different pickup selection options. All these choices make for different sounds, and different sounds make for different choices about how to play. And we’re not even talking about semi-hollow guitars like the Gibson ES-335, or thousands of other choices.

One of the biggest factors in developing as an electric guitarist stems from learning to play your guitar/amp system as well as playing the instrument. Tone is an enormous part of the performance equation, and much of that tone comes from equipment choices. The kind of guitar you own working in tandem with the kind of amplifier that you have goes a long way toward creating “your sound.” The array of stomp boxes and/or digital rack processors adds another layer to the sound. How you play your instrument in the environment of equipment choices, along with all the settings on your guitar, amp, and processing equipment, will create the impact that your playing has on your listener’s ears. It’s enough to require electric guitar lessons just to understand how all your gear works and how to get the best sounds out of it.

While this is a relatively new addition to the playing field, the pickups that allow high quality pitch to MIDI conversion are getting better and better. This allows guitarists to transcend just being a guitar player but also adds a whole lot of booby traps. Trap number 1 is that you can’t play with your regular guitar technique while playing the “sample” of an entirely different instrument. For example, you can’t play Van Halen tapping style on a trombone patch. There is a term which speaks of playing an instruments in the style that it is normally played. The term is idiomatically. When you play guitar through a guitar synth rig, you must play idiomatically to the type of instrument you are emulating.

Hopefully you can see that almost half of your electric guitar playing comes from elements beyond what you do with the guitar that you hold in your hands. Having an incredibly knowledgeable, master electric guitar teacher will have an amazing impact on your playing. Having electric guitar lessons from the Guitar Lesson Expert will put you in the perfect position to realize your every dream about playing the electric guitar.



 Guitar Tracks Grey

melodic rock solo

blues rock solo

Hendrix style chordal solo

fingerstyle accompaniment

slide guitar solo

advanced fingerstyle
with violin solo

rock solo intro

fingerstyle accompaniment

© WhiteSpace Records
all song fragments used by permission

all pieces are excerpts from
R & D" by Rebeca & David