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WHY CHOOSE AN ELECTRIC GUITAR TEACHER If you are looking for a guitar teacher and the type of guitar you play or desire to play is an electric guitar, then you should consider looking for an electric guitar teacher -- a guitar teacher that specializes in teaching the electric guitar. Any successful guitar teacher knows that they need to be versatile. They need to be able to play and teach in several styles of music if they want to attract enough students to make a living at teaching, but what many students overlook is the importance of studying with a teacher that specializes in the style of music and the instrument the student wants to play.

A good electric guitar teacher is very familiar with the design differences of the electric guitar and will therefore have a better understanding of the limits and the strengths of the electric guitar, than an acoustic or classical guitar teacher will. There are plenty of specialized techniques you simply cannot do well on anything but an electric guitar. Even learning electric guitar soloing techniques from an instructor that does not specialize in the electric guitar can be a frustrating and disappointing experience. Any guitar teacher can play an electric guitar, but only a qualified electric guitar teacher will really feel "at home" on the instrument and this translates into a much more rewarding learning experience.

A big part of learning any style of guitar is learning to play songs in that style. If you play an electric guitar then of course you are going to want to play songs performed on an electric guitar. An acoustic or classical guitar teacher will be limited in what they can show you and may even lead you away from the songs you want to play to songs that are easier for them to teach. A good electric guitar teacher would not only be able to figure out and play the electric guitar song you were interested in learning to play, but would have a better understanding on how to teach you that song and what region of the guitar neck would be the best to play the song in. A good electric guitar teacher would probably be better at discerning the effects that the guitarist on the song used as well, so you could imitate not only what was being played but duplicate the actual sound of what was being played.

Since a qualified electric guitar teacher is so familiar with the electric guitar, they would be better at identifying instrument problems that will inevitably occur over time and use. Things like how to change strings on electric guitars with complex bridges, dealing with volume or pick-up controls that crackle or input jacks that disappear inside the instrument are problems a competent electric guitar teacher would be familiar with and usually would know what to do. If they do not know how to fix the problem themselves, after years of playing and teaching the instrument they have probably built a relationship with a guitar tech or two that they could direct you to.

Finally, if you are looking to purchase your first or a better electric guitar, a good electric guitar teacher can give you advice about what to look for and what to steer clear of when purchasing an electric guitar. If you have studied with this electric guitar teacher for a while, then he or she may be very familiar with what kind of electric guitar would work best for you for the kind of music that you want to play. Usually this advice is much more valuable than a salesperson that may know the instrument well, but may be much more interested in making a sale than in you purchasing an electric guitar that will serve your wants and needs over a long period of time.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of the advantages of studying the electric guitar with an electric guitar teacher. If you are looking for an exceptionally good electric guitar teacher, then contact Peter Layton at the Go Far Guitar School by calling (818) 704-5777 or email him at gofarguitar@aol.com. The first lesson is free.


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