Electric Guitar Lessons

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Countless youngsters beseech their parents to lay out wads of cash for electric guitar lessons. This rite of passage usually involves the grudging consent of mom and dad, the purchase of a fiery red or yellow "axe," and lots of discordant strumming (with maximum distortion and overdrive, of course) before reality sets in. After a lesson or two involving proper hand technique and identifying notes, most of these youngsters are ready to return to their video games and after-school athletics.

In spite of this, some kids do emerge from their electric guitar lessons eager to learn more. As with most hobbies or any worthwhile endeavor, there's a series of initial barriers to overcome before we experience any real success. These barriers are arguably even higher when it comes to electric guitar lessons since the musicians we idolize when we're kids seem to perform their duties so effortlessly. We're thus disheartened once we realize that indiscriminate strumming produces no satisfying sound.

For Those Who Persist with Their Electric Guitar Lessons

Should you conquer those early obstacles, which include intransigent strings, finger calluses, and hours after hours of interminable scales, the rewards can be great. Electric guitars are actually much easier to handle than their acoustic counterparts. The pressure and force needed to create clean sounds is far less, and the frets are closer together making it simpler to develop a good fretting style.

After only several weeks of guitar lessons, it's often possible to begin playing with some competency, even for those students who have never before held an instrument. A good teacher can make all the difference in those first few weeks when struggling students are trying to decide whether the investment is really worth it. Fortunately, for those who can endure the finger exercises, challenging chord formations, and self-inflicted anatomical abuse, there are guitar colleges looming on the horizon.

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