Many of my students begin lessons on the electric guitar. There are several benefits to starting out this way. The body size and shape of most electric guitars are smaller, lighter, and easier to manage for beginning students. The string gauge is lighter making it a bit easier to play as well. Student’s who are learning guitar between the ages of 7-10 have better success starting with a 3/4 sized guitar. Students who are starting at ages 10 – adult will do just fine with a full sized electric guitar. Most of my students will learn on a regular right-hand oriented instrument even if they are left-handed. However, it’s perfectly fine for a student to learn on a left-handed guitar if that feels more comfortable to them.
Learning the electric guitar
Topics of Instruction
It takes a little bit of time to get comfortable playing notes with the left hand while also plucking or strumming strings with the right hand. So, I work with my students on exercises and music scales to help them develop their strength and coordination. I also will utilize popular single-note songs to accomplish this as well.
Understanding how the guitar works
From day one I try to help beginning students establish a concrete understanding of how information is organized on the guitar. The guitar can be initially confusing since it is a bit different from other instruments, such as the piano, strings, or brass. Essentially, the guitar is organized to the number 5. I will work with students to memorize their string names, the notes on the fretboard, and how that relates to thinking about topics such as chords and scales.
Intermediate/Advanced Level Students
I am also comfortable working with students who have prior experience with the guitar. In general terms I work with intermediate/advanced students on further developing their technique, expanding their repertoire, and extending their understanding of chords and harmony. Many of my upper level students often take intermittent hourly lessons as I’m able to provide a lot of content that they can develop further on their own.