Hello fellow guitar enthusiasts, Darrin Goodman here with some more tasty guitar tidbits for you. Today I’m going to talk about beginner electric guitar lessons and what they may entail. Some people say that a beginner should start out on an acoustic guitar, but I don’t agree with that, you can start on an electric just as well as an acoustic.
Which guitar should I get to start on? Well that’s a good question and I will attempt to answer it. There is quite a variety of different styles of electric guitars to choose from so you will want something that is versatile for a few different styles. First I would stay away from guitars that have a tremolo bridge due to the complexity of set up and tuning. There are many companies that offer double cutaway bodied guitars with a hard tail bridge. Try to get something that has two humbucker pickups with coil taps, this way you can get a sound for just about any style or genre. Spear Guitar makes a great model called the Gladius HT that is set up like this and have a great price point, you can pick one up for less than $500.00 and they are great guitars, I play them myself.
What about lessons? As for lessons there are a couple of different routes you can take; private lessons or instructional videos, both of which can be great ways of learning the guitar. Let’s look at the pros and cons of the two.
Private Lessons: A private instructor can give you hands on training that you can’t get from a video and you can ask questions and get a direct answer right away. Private lessons can be expensive and it could take a while to find a good fit for you.
Instructional Videos: Instructional videos are great because you can watch them over and over, pause and rewind. You can learn at your own pace and on your own time schedule. However you can’t ask a video a question and a video can’t point out how you can do something better based on how you are trying to play something. GuitarControl.com has some great DVDs you can check out.
Another alternative is watching videos on YouTube. Guitar Control has a great YouTube channel with a big variety of lessons on different styles and genres from many great instructors including yours truly.
Well I hope that this helps you on your quest for electric guitar lessons. All this guitar talk has given me the itch.
Off to practice,