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Electric Guitar: 8 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting

Lesson #386

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Editor’s notes

Hey friends! I recently got my first ever electric guitar… and in this video I want to go over a list of things that utterly confused me during my first few days & weeks of playing it. While 20 years of playing acoustic has surely given me a good foundation, I was surprised at the various ways the electric caught me off guard: some of them have to do with technique, and the other have to do with gear.

I have no doubt that with time, I’ll work my way through these –– but I wanted to do this quick inventory while the confusion is fresh and I’m still a spring chicken. My primary hope is to demystify a lot of these topics for those of you who may encounter these yourself. Likewise, I very much want to establish this “baseline” of where I’m at, so I can look back weeks/months/years to come and smile at what confused me during those first few weeks. And of course, if you have any guidance or advice from your own experience playing electric guitars – please share!

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