Learn to play the electric guitar

The electric guitar became a very popular instrument with the growth in rock music over the years. If you want to learn to play the electric guitar, you should plan to take  additional lessons that will focus more exclusively on rock music. As discussed in other articles about lessons, you have different choices including private lessons, a package of professional video lessons that you purchase, or other options.  If you want more info on these, you can click on lessons. Regardless, there are there areas that you will probably focus on for playing rock guitar including the basics about playing the guitar, electric guitar improver, and power chords.

Basic Guitar Lessons

If you are a beginner, you will need the basic lessons first in learning to play the guitar. If you have some basic knowledge about playing, it might be appropriate to skip over some of the basics. Please don’t skip over the basics you are not comfortable with as it will complicate and confuse your more advanced learning. Be willing to accept what you have not learned yet and take the time to get the basics down correctly. Depending on the type lessons and your instructor, the basic lessons may include introducing, at some point, the topics of playing rock lead guitar and power chords. After these introductory lessons, you may have some idea on how to play classic rock guitar. Get these down and you are on your way to actually playing rock guitar.

Electric Guitar Improver

In this area, you will probably focus on a number of techniques including the sliding, string-bending, pull-offs, vibrato and hammer-ons.  While this is not all encompassing, you should then be able to play some fairly good rock solos. If you want to also plan on making up some of your own music, remember to also include a focus on scales and chords. Lastly, you may likely find some parallels between blues and rock in this learning process. Please do not skip over references to the blues as it will help improve your ability to play rock music in the future.

Power Chords

Power chords are two or three string distorted sounding chords used in some of the most popular rock songs of all times. You will learn to play several rock songs when you learn about power chords.  Afterwards you will be very familiar with the fretboard and surprise yourself with the sounds you will be able to play.


Much like learning to play the guitar, do not let yourself get frustrated when learning to play the electric guitar or rock guitar. If you seriously want to learn to play rock guitar and enjoy playing, then progress will come. It may take more practice, a different type of instruction or instructor. Find professional video lessons or a guitar teacher you communicate well with and keep to a schedule. If you plan to just learn by having jam sessions with friends, you may want to step back and ask yourself if you are truly interested in learning and improving or just having fun in a jam session with friends. Remember though, try to have fun while you’re learning but keep aware of sound levels for your family and neighbors with the rock music. I know, – you want a guitar, you got a guitar, and now you want to learn to play the electric guitar!   Go rock!

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28 Responses to Learn to play the electric guitar

  1. Vibhuti says:

    Depends on your ftorviae genre of music. Guitar Hero 3, Metallica, and Warriors of Rock are more biased towards the heavier music while the rest has music from all genres

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  4. Loredana says:

    There is no difference in lrnaeing how to play an acoustic guitar and an electric. In fact, it’s better for you if you learn to play on an acoustic FIRST. Then playing on an electric will be cake for you. Also, when I first started playing guitar 8yrs ago I tried to do it myself with books and all. And yeah, they helped. But to get really good and get a better grasp on theory and scales it’s best to find somebody that knows how to play and just ask around to see which of them will give you weekly lessons. This way, if you’re doing something wrong, they can tell you. With a do-it-yourself approach you won’t know if you’re doing something wrong. If you have ANY kind of music store around you, I would be willing to bet money that somebody there will know somebody that is willing to make a little cash on the side by teaching somebody to play the guitar.

  5. Irma says:

    I have posted lasimir questions that I have answered in the hopes that most of your questions will be answered from these. If there is anything else you need, just give me a shout and I’ll be glad to help. You are going to make faster progress and learn less bad habits if you get yourself a teacher of course, and you ought to remember that regardless of the quality of the school lessons, you will get credit for taking them and it will put you together with a group of guitar players. Of course, there are also private teachers available, as well as community college courses. Best of luck, and I hope this helps.

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  14. Saturno says:

    why not just teach yourself?onlinelearn basic crohds, and practise playing songs.a lot cheaper. i taught myself to play, then i went to lessons cause my mom wanted me to, but lessons didn’t help, cause it was stuff common sense could figure out. I stopped lessons, and now i just play whatever i want to.References :

  15. Yannick says:

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  18. Shem says:

    The reason you don’t play the high E is to give it a wamerr tone to the chord. Kenny Wayne Shepperd himself has stressed this many times. He says not to play the song as all if you’re going to play the high E because it is not right. A song and the way it’s played is very important to the artist and song itself. Evem something as little as this, but it’s really a big thing because it changes the chord intirely.

  19. Teresa says:

    Sometime what I like to do is this, do it exacty like you are ecxpet with my third finger I cover the 3rd fret of the fourth and fifth string and place my thumb over the top on the first fret of the 6th string . This gives you the entire chord. Plus it leaves your pinky free to hit other notes!

  20. Iker says:

    yeah , some mothers do have em!! lol. They have wtehcad the kws blue on black guitar centre video probably Aslong as you get the main theme/idea of the song then you can work on it . So on that basis thanks marty . Sounds better with the e string anyway !

  21. Arwa says:

    hey jenny how do you get such a clean stroke when you strum? i hate when i play i can hear the pick viraitbng against the strings..help?!? awesome vid im using this small solo in a new song..ill send it as a vid respince when i get it on btw.. nice les !!

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  23. Vive says:

    The piano is a full range instrument, menanig it has low bass notes at the bottom going to high treble notes are the top. The guitar is a midrange instrument, menanig that it lacks the low bass notes. Therefore, if you want to find the E chords that sound the same, you have to find the lowest E chord possible on the guitar and match it to the piano. Then you have to find the highest E chord on the guitar and match that to the piano. Now you know the lowest and the highest. You can find every E chord in between. The low E string on the guitar corresponds to the E below middle C on the piano. Knowing that, you can map out the E chords on the guitar. The only other reason the chords wouldn’t sound the same is if the intonation on your guitar isn’t correct. So, first you tune your guitar . If your piano is in tune, then use that as a guitar to tuning your guitar. Secondly, you need to make sure the harmonics on your guitar are also in tune and this is referred to as the intonation. If the harmonics are not in tune, then you have to adjust the saddles on the bridge. If you don’t know how to do this, then take your guitar to a guitar tech who will set it up and show you what to do. If you have an accoustic guitar and the bridge is not adustable, then you will have a hard time getting your guitar to the correct intonation, so again, see a guitar tech.

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  26. If you play the guitar and you don’t own a reasonable
    quality acoustic instrument, half of your life is missing.
    And I’m not talking about that dusty, unplayable GSO (guitar-
    shaped object) that you can’t quite bear to throw
    away yet. That piece of junk is the stringed equivalent of holey shoes with nails poking through the soles:
    you’re never going to wear them as long as you have something more
    comfortable around.

    A straw poll of non-enlightened Guitarist staff, friends and alumni confirms the situation.
    For many, a ‘decent’ acoustic seems to be at best a fourth or fifth purchase, and in some cases,
    neverth. You have your main electric guitar, main amp, then second electric guitar… third… fourth?
    Just when do you stump up for a good steel-string flat top?

  27. Parjeet says:

    yah i’m learning to play the gutiar too. you just hear some simple things that people play or that you learn and you fall in to just playing them all the time and practicing. you should find something that’s a bit difficult to play, then fall to playing songs you know by heart or made up or heard and learned or whatever, and then try playing that difficult piece again after a whil practicing the easy songs (like after days of playing those till you feel your really good) and it’ll be a lot easier to play the difficult one. then practice and perfect that difficult one. ok, try this: play and learn these 3 chords:G, D, C those are basic chords. once you can play those and know the fingering by heart add in Cmaj7. if you add this chord into G, D, and C you can play some songs. like duke of earl: G, G, G, G, Cmaj7, Cmaj7, Cmaj7, Cmaj7, C, C, C, C, D, D, D, D. see it’s pretty easy. then you can add your own stuff to it or make other songs with those notes another thing you can do is play songs using only the 5th string. move your finger to play a song and just play the open 5th string along with it. sounds ok. i play eye of the tiger that way

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    I agree but some people may not have the money to invest in a quality guitar to start with and can start to enjoy playing with a basic alternative.

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