Electric guitar lessons
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Learning to strum on the electric guitar feels quite a bit different than what it would on an acoustic guitar. The strings and frets are closer together whilst the neck of the guitar is generally slimmer. Learn to play basic tunes in time and build up your confidence & co-ordination skills.
Alternative picking is a method which describes the plectrum alternating between the up and down stroke. There are a couple of different ways to hold a pick one is holding the pick in the flat position and the other is at 45 degrees.
Learning to be able to change between the open chord positions can be a challenge for beginners especially when playing at speed. A lot of beginners tend to remove their fingers away from the notes rather than brushing the strings between chord changes. Intrigued?
Palm muting is a method that can either be applied to single note riffs or strumming patterns. Palm muting can either be used on clean or distorted settings creating different dynamic ranges.
Intermediate / advanced
There are only so many techniques on the guitar but there are countless combinations of how to apply each one to make a solo sound interesting. Hammer-ons or a pull off is a technique that you use with either the right or left hand on the fret board.
Sweep picking should be called sweep strumming (really). Put simply, it’s a technique that allows you to sweep across six or less strings (depending on the type of guitar you have) as if you were strumming whilst the left hand plays single notes mixed in with the occasional hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Tapping is a combination of the left hand right hand performing pull offs and hammer-ons in a co-ordinated way. Although it might look it, it’s not random. Have a listen to artists such as Eddie Van Halen and see if you can spot this technique being used.
A solo is a chance to express your self musically. It’s also a chance to show off what you can do. Showing off doesn’t necessarily mean being able to play fast. It’s also a chance to use different techniques and play something which is appropriate to the style and not just what you want.
The books below are what you’ll need if you’re wanting to learn with the graded system. You can always divert away from the grades once you’re feeling a bit more confident. The basics are the same which ever style you go into. Depending on practice, progress from grade to grade can be 6 months to a year.
Lessons are typically student led so working your way through the grades will help keep the focus and goal intact. If you wish to complete the exam, you’ll need to complete three tunes with one being a ‘technical focus’. This way of learning is great for both adults and youngsters.
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