Hints and tips on playing electric guitar from City Music, Truro.

Using a piano or an electronic tuning device, tune your open strings to the notes E-A-D-G-B-E with the bottom note being the second E below middle C.

Depending on what you want to play you might need to tune the lowest string down a tone to D – this is called “dropped D” tuning.

As the electric guitar has a solid body it can be pretty heavy, so a strong guitar strap is recommended especially when playing standing up.

When you begin practising after a break your left-hand fingers will become quite sore from pressing the strings down, but the skin will begin to harden in time.

Practise slowly at first to get your co-ordination back and avoid straining your muscles – regular short sessions are best for this.

Always warm up with some kind of scale practice or finger exercises or by strumming a few chords.

Make sure your amp and leads are in good working order – but remember electric guitars can be very loud so use headphones or keep the volume down if you’re likely to disturb anyone.

Clean your strings after playing as the acid from your fingers can cause corrosion.

If you’re looking for lessons give us a call and we can put you in touch with a good teacher in your area, or pop in and take a browse through our range of tutor books and DVDs.