History and Information about the Electric Guitar
The guitar originated in Europe, most likely in what is now Spain. It is a direct descendent of the lute, which was used frequently in the Renaissance period. There are two general types of guitars in use today: electric and acoustic. The electric guitar was developed in the 1920s and 1930s. It operates by transmitting the vibration of the strings through a pickup, which then transmits electrical impulses to an amplifier, which then converts those impulses back into sound vibrations. Electric guitars have a fretted fingerboard (a fretboard), and most electric guitars have a solid body, although there are a number of hollow body models. When you learn how to play the guitar, all styles of music will be open to you, including rock, blues, jazz, and classical.
When to Start on the Electric Guitar
You can start electric guitar lessons as young as age 6, depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills. Electric guitar is especially recommended for young students since the strings are easier to handle for small fingers.
Getting a Electric Guitar
Please call us for a recommendation of a store from which you can purchase or rent an electric guitar. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most stores will provide repair services for instruments that they rent out.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Electric Guitar
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for a local store recommendation. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help you find the best stores or dealers in your area and provide you with additional resources.