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Beginner Electric Guitar?

Asked by argaudette (149points) August 25th, 2008

Can anyone recommend some online free lessons for beginners? Anything including tips are welcome.

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EnzoX24's avatar

I would check out for tabs. Look up stuff like AC/DC or Greenday for some easy songs at first. Nothing replaces real lessons though. I got a great instructor and my skills really picked up. Until then, look up tabs for easy songs.

Phillyzero's avatar

Just a note, if you’ve never played guitar before, play ACOUSTIC first. Strengthens your fingers and helps you develop your skill much better then starting on an electric first.

argaudette's avatar

I don’t have an acoustic. Out of the question.

EnzoX24's avatar

I started with electric first and I know people who started with acoustic. There really wasn’t any difference in our skills outside of time practicing.

iwamoto's avatar

exactly, the whole start with acoustic is just a myth in my opinion, as for the online lessons, just start with some tabs

loser's avatar

I started with a Mel Bay begining guitar book. I had an electric too. Books are cool because you can carry them around with you anywhere.

Eight's avatar

Tabs suck. Actually, on-line tabs suck. They pretty much universally lack any indication of rhythm and timing, so unless you’re completely familiar with the song you’re trying to learn, and have a pretty good ear, you’ll just be lost. Kind of like learning how to swim by diving into the deep end of the pool. Might work, more likely, drown. YouTube is a waayy better place to get started. Search for “beginning guitar” follow links. Can’t beat it. Good luck. And practice.

glitterrrrfish's avatar

learn the basics which are chords and finger picking and hand position, tuning,

vectorul's avatar

Do-Re-Me-Fa-So- La-Ti-(Do)
Now you know what all western music is based off of. Thank you Bach!

12 notes in the Western style of music. A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#
On guitar, large string on the top, Standard tuning, Open E. Therefore, the top string looks like this as you go “up” the fret board: E(open) – F(first fret) – F#(second fret) – G(third fret) – G#( fourth fret) – A(fifth fret) – A# – B – C – D – E (the twelth fret)

Next string down Open is an “A”
Next one “D”
next one “G”
Next one “B”
Next one “E”

There is your lesson for the day.

EnzoX24's avatar

Take up bass as well. Bassists are in far more demand. Just be careful, some bands consider mini fridges more important than bassists.

vectorul's avatar

Bass is a great instrument. It is more versitile than Guitar. I began on Guitar 13 years ago and after playing bass one night about 10 years ago I traded all my guitar gear for Bass gear and have never looked back.
Guitar does have it’s advantages though. Girls do like a guitar player a lot more than a bass player.

EnzoX24's avatar

I’ve already got a girl so I’m fine. But she keeps telling me to try singing, which she claims I can do. I don’t think she knows that singing is a bigger chick magnate than guitar.

benseven's avatar

@ Vectorul – More versatile than a guitar?! It’s a guitar with two strings less… go figure…

This being said having played both bass and guitar for a number of years, so fairly unbiasedly.

I love ‘em both, but your statement doesn’t add up.

vectorul's avatar

Try a six string bass with piccalo high end and a baritone bottom end then you will realize the versitility of a Bass guitar.

benseven's avatar


So firstly, that’s not a regular bass guitar. That’s a rarity. 5 String bass, slightly more common, still not incredibly popular.

Secondly, there’s no way that chord patterns played strummed on a guitar sound as good on a bass guitar. However, patch a regular guitar through an effects unit to boost the bass and it can sound exactly like a bass does. So which is more versatile?

Since when was ‘take up the bass’ the answer to guitar tips for beginners anyhow?!

iwamoto's avatar

exactly ben, sometimes i play my 7 string through a pitch shifter and other effects, works pretty solid for bass emulation

my tip: pick up a trumpet, i mean..why not ?

stratman37's avatar is also rife with lessons, articles, and tab.

Knotmyday's avatar

@glitterrrfish- DADGAD. Hoo-rah.

rahm_sahriv's avatar

Why shouldn’t a girl be more attracted to a bass player? They have a better sense of rhythm :P

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