John Clark Music Tuition

Electric Guitar

Bob - Weston-super-Mare

John has instructed and influenced me in many styles of Guitar playing over the years ...... recently he introduced me to the Ukulele and within weeks he had me playing all sorts of things.

See also Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar

An acoustic guitar uses the shape of the instrument, particularly the empty box-like interior, to project its sound; an electro-acoustic guitar is usually an acoustic guitar with an additional internal microphone, but a true electric guitar relies neither on acoustics, nor a microphone. It uses a row of magnetic pickups to capture the vibrations of the metal strings, and feed them directly to an amplifier. The instrument no longer needs to have a hollow interior and can therefore be a solid piece of wood; indeed, it no longer needs to even have a guitar shape, or even be recognisable as a guitar at all. Despite this freedom of design, the instrument must still be sturdy enough to withstand the tension of steel strings, and the resulting instrument can be a little heavier than an acoustic guitar.

The electric guitar has all the flexibility of the acoustic guitar, but with the additional bonus that the player doesn't need to pluck the strings as hard. This in turn means that the bridge can be set quite low and it becomes to considerably easier to play higher up the fretboard. Most electric guitars are fitted with basic tone and volume controls on the front face. Additionally, the output from the instrument can be fed through one or more effects pedals to further shape the sound before it is fed into the amplifier.

As with the acoustic guitar, the most common tuning is E A D G B E; however there are numerous tuning variations. The instrument has been the standard choice for pop, rock, jazz and some folk bands since the 1950s onwards.

Teaching Approach

Teaching starts with learning how to tune the instrument and the correct way to hold it. It then progresses to playing melodies and chords. Teaching also includes playing from guitar tablature, a basic understanding of standard music notation, and looking at a variety of melodies, riffs and rhythmic styles.


I can offer tuition for Registry of Guitar Tutors in association with the London College of Music Preliminary Grade and Grades 1-8 examinations, Preliminary Performance Level and Performance Levels 1-8, and Performance Diplomas.

What To Buy

Any good music store will have a range of electric guitars. Expect to pay at least £125 for a good beginner's instrument, but don't forget you'll also need to buy an amplifier with it! Many players use a combo amp - an amplifier combined with a loudspeaker in a single package.

As with instruments, you get what you pay for when it comes to amplifiers, but for a beginner a practice combo amplifier costing around £50 will be adequate. You don't need to bring your amplifier with you when you come to lessons - you can plug into mine!

Instrument montage