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11/9/07

5 Steps In Learning To Play The Electric Guitar

The first and most obvious step is to get the guitar and equipment that you will be needing. This means a reasonable guitar, decent amplifier with enough grunt, robust and hard wearing connecting cables. If you also have a set of headphones lying around, then family and neighbors will be thankful and more supportive as you practice Learning To Play The Electric Guitar.

As far as the amp goes, if you are going to be doing more than just playing to yourself, then get one that will do the job in terms of power and distortion free output. You can get an effects box later to add good distortion later. Your amp may even have it as a feature.

The next step is to get to grips with your electric guitar. Have a play with the controls and learn how to tune it up. With new strings there will be slippage and stretching so you must master the art of tuning your guitar before you can start to play anything.

Talking about strings, your electric guitar probably came with standard steel strings. These will cause you a lot of pain in your finger tips as you continually press down on them when you first start to form the chords and notes. One option is replace or mix them with some nylon strings and the other is to source some "ultra slick Rock 'n Roll" or fine strings. These are still steel but very fine and require less pressure. Try an acoustic guitar and you will see what I mean about nylon strings.

Step number 3 is have a plan... Just like so many things in life, experience and accomplishment comes after getting the basics right. Getting the basics right comes from regular and diligent practice. Your heroes didn't just pick up a guitar and create an album. In fact some of them have received a lot of formal musical training and even have University Degrees in Music. The point is, be prepared to put in regular practice and you will be rewarded.

The next step is to know the sort of music you want to play first. Put on the ones you are keen on and even have a go at picking out some of the notes as you play along. You will be surprised how easy it can be to follow a small piece here and there.. List out the tracks you like so you can discuss them with your instructor or playing friends.

The last step is to begin with some lessons and learn how to play properly. There are a number of ways to get lessons. From friends who are already playing and you like what you hear, attend classes, or the most flexible way is via the site below where you get Free lessons. This can also be the least expensive and expose you to people who have the real live experience. Right, it is now time for you to begin with some basic chords and before long even your first riff or tune..!!

Thank you to Chris Johnson

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