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How To Play Electric Guitar - 3 Common Mistakes

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 149

Ever since rock'n roll took the world by storm in the 1950's thousands of people have wanted to learn how to play the electric guitar. Many dream of being the next big thing, and many more get years of pleasure from a hobby that will last a lifetime. However, of all the people who start out with good intentions, only a small per cent actually reach a point where they can play to a level that is anywhere near competent. Why is this? Here are 3 common mistakes people make.

They start learning on a terrible instrument.

If you start off with a guitar that's difficult to play then the chances of progressing are very slim. While no one should spend a fortune on their first guitar, it is important to get one that is actually playable. The guitar is quite a physical instrument and one that is of poor quality can also be very difficult to play, even for an experienced guitarist. It might be difficult to tune, it might not stay in tune, or the action (the height of the strings above the fret board) might be so high that you'd need to have the strength of Superman to hold down a chord.


There are plenty of perfectly good instruments available for relatively little money and you could even buy a decent used guitar. If you are a complete novice then the best piece of advice I can give you is to take someone along who can at least play a little, and can warn you off any bad instruments. If you really don't know anyone then maybe you could find a local guitar teacher who can help you with this.

At this point I should say that even if playing the electric guitar is your goal, you really don't need to start out on an electric guitar. If you're a complete beginner then you are probably better off starting on an acoustic guitar. You won't need to think about amplifiers and your neighbours are less likely to have a nervous breakdown. There's a lot to be said for having something that just sits there and is ready to be played wherever you are.

They expect miracles.

Just like any skill, it takes quite a while to become good at playing the guitar. You can get up and running very quickly but don't expect to be soloing like Hendrix within weeks. It's all about managing your expectation and is a bit like learning another language. At first you pick up a few words and then you seem to stay at the same level for what seems like forever, waiting to become fluent.


Just take things one step at a time. Try not to get frustrated, and before long you will notice that you've improved. Those chord shapes that seemed impossible at first will gradually become easier. It's almost as if your fingers remember the shapes, even if your brain can't. Different people learn how to play electric guitar at different rates and in totally different ways. There's a lot to learn and it's easy to become overwhelmed. You could start out learning just chord shapes, or you could begin with basic music theory. There is no right or wrong way, so just see what works for you.

They become one trick ponies.

Learning a few chords and playing them over and over again is fine to begin with, but won't get you very far in the long run. You'll get bored eventually and give up. Learning how to play the electric guitar is really a never ending project. Most seasoned pros would say that they are still striving to improve.


Try to keep some kind of balance between learning techniques, chords, theory and developing your repertoire of songs. After all the whole point of learning an instrument is to eventually be able to play either for or with other people. One of the best ways to do this is to play along to the kind of music you enjoy. Trying to keep up with your favourite band is a great way to improve and you'll also develop your ear which is an often overlooked element of playing the guitar. The most important thing is not to give up! However you learn, it takes practice and commitment to become really good. The rewards could be fame and fortune or maybe just years of enjoyment, satisfaction and fun. Either way, it's a very worthwhile journey.

I've got news for you! Learning how to play electric guitar might just be one of the best things you ever do and I've found a great way to fast-track the process and have a lot of fun at the same time. It's a really good way to learn and also to get a feel for playing with other musicians. Have a look at

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