Playing Electric Guitar For The First Time – Things You Need To Know

When you pick up your electric guitar for the first time, it feels really foreign. You might think tat you’ll never be able to figure out the electric guitar, but never fear! has a ton of electric guitar lessons for beginners. Some of them are more advanced than others, but we even start at the most basic skill level.

If you’re a brand new guitar player, electric or acoustic, one of the very first skills you need to have under your belt is knowing the proper way to tune your guitar. If your guitar is out of tune, nothing you play is going to sound very good. Though there are a number of different tunings available for guitar players, when you’re just starting out, it’s best to stick with standard tuning. Here’s our lesson on how to tune an electric guitar.

Once you figure out how to tune your guitar, it’s time to move on and start playing some music! Though riff and runs sound great on the electric guitar, it’s best to start off learning to strum your guitar first. Be careful, though: you don’t want to break a string. If you’re playing the electric guitar, you probably need to strum much softer than you think. Here’s our lesson on how to strum an electric guitar. When you have basic strum patterns under your fingers, take a look at one of our more advanced right hand lessons, like our cool tips for developing your right hand.

Strum around for a while and build up the coordination in your right hand. Once you’re ready for the big leagues, take on some basic guitar chords. While there are a lot of differences between the way that you play the electric and acoustic guitar, chord grips aren’t one of those differences. Because the electric guitar’s action is lower than an acoustic guitar’s, learning chord grips on an electric guitar is far easier than learning on an acoustic guitar. Electric guitar strings are much easier to push down than acoustic strings, but when you learn the chord grips, they can be easily transferred to the acoustic guitar. Take a look at our beginner guitar lesson on basic chords.

Take your time with each of these lessons. When you’re done, take a look at our “beginners” section on our website. It’s full of electric guitar lessons for beginners that will take your playing to the next level!

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