Easily Learn to Play Electric Guitar

 

Music conceptual image.If you want to learn to play, of course, you will need a guitar to play. You will also need an amp and a cord to connect the two. Electrics can be easier to play and you need to find one with good action so the strings are sticking up too high off of the neck. This will slow down your speed and make it much harder to play.

There are a few knobs and switches that you need to learn to use. Most electric guitars will have a volume knob and a tone knob. There will also be a pickup switch and sometimes there will be 5 and some will have three. This changes which pickups are being used.

You will use different pickups for rhythm playing and a different one for lead playing. For beginners, you can just keep the switch in the middle until you get better and learn more songs.

It’s gonna take some practice to get started, but you might be surprised at how many songs are played using only 3 simple chords. The first 3 that you should become familiar with are a G, C and D chord.

 

 
G Chord

G Chord

 

C Chord

C Chord

D Chord

D Chord

Here is a video showing you how to play these chords to get you started. Just keep practicing these for about two weeks and get the calluses on your fingers built up. If you can practice every day for two weeks, you could very well have what it takes to stick with it and learn.

Practice, practice, practice and you will soon be changing positions quicker and your guitar playing will actually start to begin sounding like music. All it takes is to get through the first couple week, build up your calluses and get your fingers to move between the strings and you will start hearing songs when you start strumming. Don’t give up and check out the site for other useful videos that can really help you along.

 

Learning How To Read And Write Guitar Transcriptions

gscaleThis lesson is all about transcriptions. You can greatly improve your guitar playing skills by learning how to read and write transcriptions. Remember when you were learning to read in the first grade? You had to sound out each word and then read the sentence over and over. The more you practiced reading, the easier the words and sentences became. As you improved, you didn’t have to think about the words. There was a movie playing in your head. The same process is true of transcriptions. The more you read them, the better you will become. A soundtrack will then play in your head.

As you improve your transcription reading, you can then learn to write a transcription. You can write down those tricky solos note by note and then have the written record on hand to continue to practice it. You will have it for future reference. Even better, you can transcribe songs that you have written. You could work on a song, get hung up on a particular part, put it away for a while and come back to it at a later date. Never forget a great song that you’ve written!!

When transcribing a recorded song that you are trying to learn, there are a few tools you can use to make the process a bit smoother. You should use a set of headphones so you can hear all the parts in the mix. You should also use a playback device that allows you to loop certain parts of a song. You will have to listen to the same parts over and over. There are software programs available that will allow you to slow down a song without changing the pitch. You may want to consider investing in one. You can either grab a pencil with a good eraser or just use a software program that helps you to transcribe.

•Determine the key and time signature.
•Listen to the series of notes or chords.
•Find those notes or chords on the guitar.
•Write the notes on paper or put the notes into your transcribing software.

Sometimes you can “hear” too much. You need to hear it in your head without any music playing. Silence can help you when figuring out a note. Happy playing to you and have fun!

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