How to Play the Electric Guitar

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An electric guitar is played the same way that an acoustic guitar is played, although the sound of an electric guitar is produced with pickups. Find out how the sound on an electric guitar can be tailored with help from a professional musician in this free video on electric guitar.

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Hello, this is Lucian Williams, from Now, I'm going to show you how to play the electric guitar. You play the electric guitar the same as you would an acoustic. You just have to connect the amplifier, plug it in, and rock out. Let's go down to the guitar now. The sound on the electric guitar is produced with the pick-ups. It can have one, two, or three. This particular guitar has two pick-ups. It also has a volume and a tone control, and depending on what kind of guitar you have you may have more than one of each. The advantage of the electric guitar is that you can tailor the sound, not just to the style of the music but to the specific song and you could have totally different sounds. I can use a little distortion with the neck pickup to get a rock sound, or I can use a clean sound with some chorus with the two pickups together, or I could use the bridge pickup with a little echo to get a surf punk sound. I like this Fender Telecaster that I'm using because it has a very bright, clean sound, a twang, and it's quite unique. The Stratocaster is another very popular Fender. Gibson, and Gretsch, and Guild also make very fine instruments that are very popular. You should try them all out and see what's right for you. This is Lucian Williams, and thank you for watching.


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