MusicRadar Basics: electric guitar

Everything you need to know to get started

MusicRadar Basics electric guitar

MusicRadar Basics, brought to you in association with Blackstar Amplification, Epiphone, Rockschool and Dunlop is a series designed to answer all of those questions that crop up when you first start playing an instrument.

Out first set of videos looks at the electric guitar. It can be an intimidating to pick one up for the first time, so we're going to make it all as simple as straightforward as possible.

We'll show you what all those switches and strings are all about, how they work and what sounds they produce, how to re-string your new pride and joy, clean it, and what accessories you'll need to look after it properly.

We're also going to show you all about amplifiers, what they do, what the different types are and how to get the best results from them.

Check out the videos below, and remember: everybody had to start somewhere...

MusicRadar Basics is brought to you in association with Blackstar Amplification, Epiphone and Rock School

Parts of an electric guitar

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWl85J8_oFY&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d&index=1

Types of electric guitar

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yizu0mgPUeE&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

How to tune an electric guitar

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdHhEKidsJc&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

How to re-string an electric guitar

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wsi6oZOq4U&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Types of guitar bridge

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpdwrNTaqHY&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Essential Accessories

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How to use a capo

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIH93m9yRrE&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Plectrums Explained

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN3j3l2Z8bU&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Straps and strap locks

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNjYC0MBJnI&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

How to clean a rosewood fingerboard

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-hpUG861mo&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Types of amplifier

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms5HtWEym5A&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Connecting a guitar to an amplifier

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pXtMvJP-bY&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Amplifier controls explained

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2d_LXBHfBjw&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Achieving basic guitar tones

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSHgVr0hAhY&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d

Effects pedals explained

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZCJkjtNNWE&list=SP-yK_t865S6oHFKMPuNY9_Jcjo1JrLY9d