About the electric guitar
The major motivation that drove the creation of the electric guitar was a desire for greater volume. As the acoustic guitar works by using a vibrating soundboard to amplify string vibration, the volume of the instrument was limited by the size of its body, and it was simply not loud enough to be heard. For years, the acoustic guitar was limited to a supporting role in large musical ensembles. After a period of experimentation and innovation from the late 1920s to the early 1960s, the modern electric guitar was born.
An electric guitar uses one or more magnetic pickups to convert the vibration of strings into electrical signals that are amplified by a loudspeaker system (the amplifier). As the electric guitar found its place and started changing popular music, musicians began craving more interesting and expressive sounds. Because the signal is electric, we can use a variety of effects units to modify the tone and characteristics of the signal, before sending it to a speaker which converts the signal into audible sound. As such, we have a whole array of sounds and tone options, which make the electric guitar an extremely versatile instrument.
In pop and rock music, the electric guitar often has two roles. The rhythm guitar plays the chord progressions, and riffs, and sets the beat. The lead guitar provides instrumental melody lines, melodic instrumental fill passages, and solos.
What we use
In our studio: Ernie Ball Music Man St. Vincent, Ibanez Martin Miller Signature
In our classroom: Thanakorn Source Classic 22, Fender Stratocaster
With over 17 years of experience, Mario’s musical journey started with the classical guitar before eventually picking up the electric guitar, influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. After a few years of jamming in the Blues and Rock scene, Mario took a musical journey of self-discovery involving himself with bands playing a large variety of genres ranging from Progressive Rock, to Pop Fusion and many more.
Both a seasoned performer and teacher, you will be hard pressed to find another electric guitar instructor in the same age range who is as competent and passionate as Li Kai. Primarily specializing in rock and virtuosic types of music, Li Kai is also able to teach other genres of music and playing styles effectively. In addition, through his own unique pedagogy, all his lessons are thoroughly enjoyable, while at the same time helping you improve at a surprising pace. Feel free to hit him up for a chat to find out more about how he can help propel your musical journey, or even if you just want to indulge in some guitar nerd talk with another guitar fanatic!