Can I Learn on an Electric Guitar?  FAQ's

Can I Learn on an Electric Guitar? FAQ's

Learning to Play an Electric Guitar - FAQ’s

So, you’re thinking of swapping your air guitar for the real thing… here is our round-up of questions we are frequently asked by beginners who would like to learn how to play.

Am I too old?

Absolutely not! This is a common question asked, from teens to older beginners. There is never a bad time in life to learn a new skill and playing any instrument can be so rewarding as well as good for your emotional and cognitive well being.

Should I learn on an Electric Guitar?

We always advise our beginners to learn on the instrument that they enjoy the sound of and the type of music they want to play. Both the acoustic and electric have their own advantages.

The advantages of learning on the electric guitar is that they have thinner strings and therefore are a great choice for beginners because they require less hand strength. Players with small hands might also prefer an electric for its slimmer neck, which warrants an easier grip and shorter reach.

Will I need to buy lots of kit?

To play the electric guitar you do need to have some of the basics. The right equipments can make all the difference in improving your technique and tone. 

As you progress, you can start to add in other tone shaping accessories such as effects pedals and slides but to begin with you are best to start with a package that includes the basics, such as Stretton Payne’s electric guitar packages that are amazing value for money, including a great quality instrument and everything you need to start playing, including 6 months free online tuition.

So what do I need?

These are a few of the essentials you should be looking for:


There is a whole world of amps out there to choose from, but a smaller practice amp is probably the best place to start. These are easy to learn how to control for a beginner, portable and you won't scare the neighbours!


A strap is essential for stabilising your electric guitar, particularly if you like playing standing up.


Clip-on tuners which attach to the headstock of your instrument and tune through the vibration of your strings, are a great choice for beginners because they’re portable, visible and very easy to use.


Protecting your guitar is important. The great thing about the Stretton Payne Electric Guitar Packages is that they all come with a padded bag, protecting your guitar as well as making it easy to transport.

We have made it really easy to shop our recommendations for beginners electric guitar packages so now it's just down to colour and style - everything else is taken care of!