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What are bad habits to avoid when learning the electric guitar?

There are vast differences between acoustic and electric guitar playing. Most beginners believe that “if you can master the art of playing acoustic, you can master the techniques of playing electric guitar.”

Well, I partially agree with the statement. Why? Over my 15 years of guitar playing experience, I noticed a lot of significant faults from a beginner electric guitar player. These are not their instinct. Instead, it grows by the time being.

In most cases, all those significant problems happen unintentionally. The players have to struggle with the issues for that reason later in the studio or even live shows. Now the question is; Have every electric guitar player experienced the same problem? 

No, it varies from person to person. But every beginner to intermediate guitarists has some common problems. And I am going to explain the issues to avoid with some solution in this article. So, I titled the next phase as:

Bad habits to avoid when learning guitar:

Bad postures:

The first bad habit I see is -a bad posture. This usually causes back pain and sore muscles later. Now, what is a good posture?  I have attached a picture below. If you can follow the position, it will keep you away from the back pain and sore muscles.

Postures

Plus, you don’t have to think about the standing position. This is the most crucial fact for electric guitar players. Most guitar players play fantastic when they are sitting, but when they play the same thing in life, they can not give the right delivery. 

So, avoid lousy posture at first.

Improper thumb position:

The next thing is an incorrect thumb position. This is the most common problem a beginner electric guitarist faces. For example, in some cases, they are prone to play the bend like Slash. Or, sometimes, they intend to practice the essential finger exercise of Marty Friedman.

These two legendary guitar players use different thumb positions during playing. To adopt their playing style, one needs to invest a reasonable amount of time in practice. The practice includes techniques and thumb position.

If a guitar player can master the techniques and thumb position, then he/she can play any style flexibly. Now, what is the ideal thumb position? I have attached a picture below.

Thumb Position

This is the right thumb position. The benefits of this neutral thumb position are immense. For example, it will make your strumming and notes sound clear. This sort of position provides a balanced tension on your four fingers.

Therefore, the suggestion is; try to apply for this thumb position if you are not accustomed to this.

Avoid the finger noise:

The most common thing I have seen in the electric guitar player is; they don’t care about the finger noise. Some of them even don’t know that, and they sound odd just because of these problems. Many of my best students have fallen off from the radar for this reason.

So, how to fix the problem? I know there are a lot of blog sites, and videos on the internet regarding this. But my question is, are you getting the exact solution? As long as you get to know your weakness, nothing can help you.

How to know the weakness then? Compare your playing with the guitar gurus. Analyze what they are doing, and you are not doing. You will get to see the inclination. Remember one thing; it’s all about balancing the finger pressure with sound.

The guitar is not tuned correctly:

Another thing every beginner guitarist does is; they don’t optimize their guitar before practice. Every professional guitarist tunes their guitar before each practice. Now, why is it essential? This is a sensitive issue. 

If your ear is accustomed to a slight note distance, then you can not detect the right note during practice. So, it is essential to tune the guitar before each workout. Don’t neglect this instruction; later, you have to suffer for that.

Putting too much pressure on the wrist:

Mastering the palm mute technique is tough at first. One may face wrist pain during practice. In that case, most of them put too much pressure on their wrist. As a result, the wrist got injured and stopped the preparation for a while. 

 This situation repeats the same problem over and over because of a practice gap. To avoid this sort of situation, my suggestion is; give rest to your wrist when you feel the pain. Then start again. This is how you can recover the problem. So, it goes for the finger exercise. 

Practice without metronome:

I have seen timing problems in many beginner guitarists. They cannot adjust a lick or strumming within a count, though their playing styles are decent. No matter how good guitar player you are, if you cannot match the time count, your playing is not up to the mark. 

So, if you are still practicing without a metronome, stop it. Start to practice with a metronome count.

Choosing the wrong guitar: 

Of course, it is a bad habit for some newbie guitarists. They invest their entire money in the crazy guitar. For example, Gibson SG Standard is perfect for classic rock. But it is not ideal for post-rock. So, it’s better to seek help from a master rather than choosing the wrong guitar. Avoid this big mistake. I know most guitar instructors recommend choosing any electric guitar as a starter. Then they say, “you can change the guitar after making yourself prepared.”. I am sorry, I cannot agree with the statement. It’s better to start from scratch.

Conclusion:

To conclude the article, I want to share; why am I writing this article? Well, I have seen a lot of amazing guitarists to abolish. It’s because of their common mistakes. And that is why I have mentioned the most common bad habits in my article. I hope this information will boost up your playing. Let me know about your improvement.

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Ben Laughlin
Ben Laughlin is the guitar king of our Musical Instru team. He can play a range of guitars, including classical guitars, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and bass guitars. He keeps vast knowledge on all these types of guitars. He chooses most of our reviewed guitars. Besides, most of our guitar reviews are done by him. He knows what to mention and what not to. Ben Laughlin also plays a significant role in our instrument testing department. He deeply inspects the parts of each guitar and suggests what's best about it. He also ensures that you get the best instrument in the market.

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