Electric guitar instructors specialize in teaching students how to play the electric guitar. For versatility, the electric guitar is king with the biggest variety of styles that can be played. It is easier for a beginner to learn on an electric guitar due to the thin body and lighter gauge strings. This article will cover some of the things that electric guitar instructors may cover and what to look for in one.
Although folk, classical and Spanish guitar styles are generally played on an acoustic guitar with nylon or steel strings, they can be played on an electric as well. The electric guitar is the common choice for blues, metal, country, and jazz today.
*Jazz Guitar: Although it originated on an acoustic guitar, jazz quickly became favored on semi hollow body electric guitars. Electric guitar instructors for jazz could teach you; Major, Lydian, pentatonic and bebop scales, major, minor, 7th, minor 7th, minor 9th and dominant 7th and 9th chords. You could learn to improvise, known as “blowing”, and jazz rhythm techniques like “comping”, hybrid picking and walking bass lines.
*Metal Guitar: Metal is rarely played on an acoustic guitar. Here the electric guitar reigns supreme. An overdriven amplifier makes the heavy sound of this genre and all of its sub genres. Electric guitar instructors for this genre could teach you; power chords and all the variations, as well as major and minor chords in open and bar formats, minor pentatonic and 7 tone scales, arpeggios, alternate picking, palm muting, sweep picking, and two hand taping.
*Blues Guitar: In the beginning blues started on the acoustic guitar, but later switched to the electric. Electric guitar instructors for the blues may cover; 12 bar 1-4-5 and 1-4-5 flat 6 chord progressions, minor and major pentatonic scales, using a slide, playing a “shuffle”, major, minor, 7th, and minor 7th chords in both open and bar chord formats, bending, slides, and hammer on/pull offs.
*Country Guitar: Country originated on the acoustic guitar, but the country players of today have embraced the electric for its versatility. Electric guitar instructors for country could teach you; minor and major pentatonic scales, using open tunings, major scales, alternate picking, raking, arpeggios, major, minor, 7th and minor 7th chords in open and bar formats, double stops, double bends, hybrid picking, finger picking and the new signature sound of country electric guitar “chickin pickin”.
*Spanish and Classical Guitar: Even though these styles are traditionally and primarily played on nylon stringed acoustic guitars, you can still play them on an electric guitar. Electric guitar instructors for these genres could teach you; finger picking, right hand finger identification, traditional posture, how to read music, major and minor scales, exotic scales from around the world, right hand picking techniques such as the “rest stroke” and the “free stroke”.
As you can see electric guitar instructors could teach you a very large variety of styles and genres on your electric guitar that could make you a very versatile guitarist.