A Simple Guide to Advancing Your Prowess at Playing the Electric Guitar

Maybe you have been learning to play the electric guitar for many months or even years, and you now feel in a position to move to the next level of playing, or you practice and practice but just cannot seem to get the hang of it. 

Either way, if you are wanting to improve your skills and play at a higher skill level, you have definitely come to the right place. Here is a simple guide to advancing your prowess at playing the electric guitar. 

Record Yourself Playing

First off, as you probably will have already worked out, the noise you make when you play your electric guitar is heavily distorted and bears virtually no resemblance to what others can hear, just like your voice!

To combat this quite dramatic difference, one of the best ways to find out where you currently are in terms of accuracy and passionate playing with a view to improvement is to record yourself playing. 

Remember to use a video camera rather than a simple audio recording so that you can also watch where you hold your fingers and your positioning and remember rifts. 

Invest in a Brand-New Guitar Pedal

Naturally, just the same as with any other musical instrument, the simple way to improve your guitar playing is to practice, practice, and practice. 

However, even if your guitar is encrusted in diamonds, this won’t improve your skills, but new gear can make a small difference. Specifically, investing in a new guitar pedal from a recognized and trusted brand, such as Eddie’s Guitars, can not only focus your efforts but also aid you in your discovery of new and exciting guitar riffs. 

Experiment with Different Styles of Music

If you find yourself stalling when sitting down to practice and, moreover, seem only to be able to play the pieces of music that you have already perfected and are unable to master something new, experimenting with different styles of music is a fantastic choice. 

This way, your favorite genre and classic melodies will not be ruined in your mind by over-playing, and you will simultaneously expose yourself to new sounds, new ways of playing, new pitches, and new chords. 

Why not try your hand at playing the following more eclectic mix of music styles:

  • Jazz fusion
  • Heavy metal
  • Surf music
  • Blues rock
  • Hard rock
  • Electric blues 

Research Your Hero’s Heroes

There have been several exceptional famous electric guitar players over the years with unmistakable recognizable sounds, and from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix, discovering who inspired your personal inspirations will, in turn, encourage you even further!

This way, you will expose yourself to a wide variety of different musical genres and maybe even find a brand-new style of playing or perhaps a new favorite chord that you were previously entirely unaware of. 

As you expand your knowledge in the world of the electric guitar, you will find yourself becoming more skilled and confident in the process.

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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