Guitar Lessons for Acoustic, Electric and Bass Guitar

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I’m tired of trying to learn guitar on my own.

Although some people can learn to play the guitar on their own, you shouldn’t torture yourself with cryptic guitar tabs and chords from the Internet. Don’t flounder. Get help from California Music Studios. We can help you find professional instructors for in-home or studio guitar lessons in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and much of the Southern California area. Finding guitar teachers who enjoy your preferred music and playing style can make all the difference.

Guitar lessons engrain proper technique and build confidence. A guitar instructor provides the basic foundation. Some things you’ll learn include:

  • Proper angle and placement of your hands, which prevents carpal tunnel and allows for a comfortable, more natural style of play.
  • Knowledge of musical scales to help you better understand guitar chords.
  • How to tune a guitar. Be confident, become a decent guitarist and a great performer!

Learn classical guitar, rock, jazz, blues—whatever style you prefer. Complete the music lesson inquiry, and California Music Studios will answer any questions you may have about guitar lessons for kids or adults of all ages. Most importantly, when you choose California Music Studios, you are matched with the right teacher for your private lessons, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is a good age to start guitar lessons?

If you’re looking for San Diego guitar lessons for your kids, realize that it’s much easier if they are at least age 7. It takes a lot of strength in the wrists and fingers to push down the strings, which can lead to easy frustrations. If your child is younger and persistently wants to play the guitar, you should ease her into music by introducing her to piano first. Piano is the best instrument to start with, and it will help your child when she does transfer to the guitar. However, if she has her heart set on the ole six string, by all means let her learn to play the guitar.

“An extraordinary little girl playing guitar!” Kang Eunju of Hamhung City, North Korea.

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As a beginner, should I learn acoustic or electric guitar?

The acoustic and electric guitar have many similarities. Generally, electric guitars are easier to play. The strings are lighter and easier to press down. Sore fingers, which many novices experience when learning acoustic guitar, are not nearly as severe when learning to play electric guitar. If you decide to start with acoustic, it is best to choose an acoustic guitar with light gauge or even nylon strings. You should also use a guitar with low action, which requires less pressure to make the strings touch the fretboard. An acoustic guitar with nylon strings is well suited for classical and folk. Guitar teachers can sometimes set you straight with a beginner-friendly guitar setup. If not, find a friendly local guitar shop.

Electric guitars have a different role in music than acoustic guitars. While you can strum chords and pick melodies on an acoustic, electrics can play leads, solos, and chords. It is easier to learn fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar, while barre chords and power chords are easier on an electric guitar. Most people learn how to strum the acoustic but rarely take the time to explore the many styles and sounds that it is capable of. Because of the nature of the electric guitar, many beginners learn power chords and little else. When the acoustic player gets his first electric, he tends to play it like an acoustic, and vice versa. So which is better? Really, it’s up to you.

Note to parents: When selecting a guitar for your child, try to realistically assess what they’d like best as opposed to what you’d like them to play. Their progress will be noticeably better when playing an instrument they actually like.

Remember: Keeping your guitar out of the case, in plain view at all times, is tremendously important. You’ll find yourself practicing MUCH more. If you decide to play an electric guitar, you might even consider leaving it plugged into the amp. That way, you can simply pick up the guitar, turn on the amp, and begin playing.

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I was thinking about group lessons. Do you recommend this?

Many parents think about group lessons for two reasons: cost and atmosphere. The fact is, whether you want guitar lessons in Los Angeles or Orange County, group lessons can be very frustrating for students. They do not get one-on-one interaction and tend to get bored because the class is too slow or discouraged because the class is too fast. With private lessons, students are able to learn the music they want to learn and are not embarrassed if they don’t understand something. A private teacher finds the trouble areas and works on them with the student. A group teacher must work with several students at once and can’t always troubleshoot individual problems.

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Do I need to know how to play acoustic or electric guitar before learning bass guitar?

No. Pick up a bass guitar and dive into your favorite bass lines. Playing in the rhythm section of a band is different than playing lead melodies on acoustic or electric guitar. Some bands do not even have lead guitar, comprising nothing more than drums and bass, using vocals, hi-hats, harmonica, or synth to fill in the higher frequencies.

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