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Does Classical Guitar Learning Improve Electric Guitar Skills?

Can Learning Classical Guitar Boost Your Electric Guitar Skills?

August 18, 2023β€’3 min read

There are several reasons for earning classical guitar. Some of them relate to mindset, while others relate to specific technical aspects.

Let's start with the technical benefits. Learning classical guitar 🎸 will definitely help with developing left-hand strength πŸ’ͺ and independence. It is not the same as practicing on an electric guitar πŸŽΈπŸ”Œ, but it will provide a good workout.

The skills that you develop on the classical guitar, such as finger independence and strength, can be transferred to the electric guitar. Additionally, learning classical guitar will help with developing endurance in your fretting hand 🀚.

"I am not what I play; I play what I am." - AndrΓ©s Segovia

Many classical pieces 🎼, whether they are studies or performance pieces, are several minutes long ⏳. Throughout these pieces, the left hand is constantly getting a workout with changing chord shapes and moving all over the guitar, which builds up a lot of endurance. This is a good advantage of playing classical guitar, and it translates very well to the electric guitar.

However, in my opinion πŸ’­, the most important things you will learn from classical guitar that will help with your electric guitar playing are not technical elements but rather mindset 🧠 and discipline.

To learn classical guitar pieces, you must develop a high level of discipline in memorization πŸ§ πŸ“š, creating perfect movements for your left and right hand, and focus to practice these elements.

These are invaluable skills no matter what kind of music you want to play or what kind of instrument 🎹🎷πŸ₯ you want to play. Additionally, playing classical guitar will help with developing your music reading πŸ“– ability and your memorization πŸ§ πŸ“š ability, both of which will transfer well to electric guitar playing.

Finally, if you have been playing classical guitar 🎸 for a while, you have developed the ability to have a consistent practice schedule πŸ—“οΈ and to break down large pieces of music and learn them one piece at a time πŸ•°οΈ. Both of these skills will be invaluable no matter what kind of guitar style you want to play, whether it's electric, blues, rock, metal 🀘🀘, or any other genre.

Therefore, if you have been playing classical guitar for a few years, it is definitely an advantage over someone who has not played any instrument ❌🎡. However, if you have five years ahead of you and want to become an electric guitar player, the answer is always to practice electric guitar.

But if you have the option of either not practicing anything or only playing classical guitar and then want to become an electric guitar player, practicing classical guitar 🎸 will help you to some extent πŸ“ˆ, specifically with the elements outlined above.

I hope this was helpful. You can watch the video below, where I explain this topic in more detail. If you’re interested in developing your guitar skills and reaching your music goals, please check the different Elite Guitar Coaching Academy packages and how you can get private coaching from me.

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Ioannis Anastassakis

Ioannis Anastassakis studied at the distinguished Musicians Institute (GIT), where he remained as an instructor, after graduating in the top 1% of his class. He continued his graduate studies in Music, at California State University, completing an MA in Guitar Performance, and graduating with Magna Cum Laude distinction. As an accomplished author, he has written five highly successful instructional books published by Mel Bay Publications, with his latest book reaching the #1 spot on the Amazon charts. He has released 5 guitar CDs and has been teaching Music and Music Business at the University level since 2001. Additionally, he is the founder and managing director of Elite Guitar Coaching.

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