Buying a Guitar (Guitar Lesson)

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Brad Henecke

Buying a Guitar

Brad Henecke gives some thoughts on buying a guitar and related accessories. A perfect lesson for an absolute beginner!

Taught by Brad Henecke in Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke seriesLength: 10:06Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

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jhachteljhachtel replied on February 16th, 2016

FYI... Tortoise shell is illegal, so no, not real, it is "Faux" tortoise shell = "fake". Also, "Tortex" is a kind of plastic used by Dunlop to make picks. Having said that, real tortoise shell is available but hard to come by, expensive, and will land you in hot water if you're caught.

lucianotrigolucianotrigo replied on April 3rd, 2015

Congratulations from Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil :)

pjl2122pjl2122 replied on April 26th, 2013

Hello Brad ,in fact I am re learning after. Head injury in he service It took 20 years to get back to square one. Brad how much should I practice each lesson until I am fluid at it . Also how many lessons before I can play a basic song Roy Buchanan one of the Telecaster greats Often written off I use him and Jeff Beck ,and SRV as Icons I would like to play like in some fashion some day.Brad how long have you been playing and what kind of Axe are you using in he Video? Thanks much ,good job,Paul.

Broad113Broad113 replied on March 11th, 2012

I value his experience, but when he reads from a screen ( very evident from the constant loking down at something ) it is very disconserting.

pjl2122pjl2122 replied on April 26th, 2013

I made the mistake of buying a PRS guitar on line it was to small I lost money selling it never do this . i had a custom guitar maker build me one a Ron Kirn Telecaster it is great ,no more fighting wiith The neck,action, or comfort on my lap. I am an older beginner. A custom guitar cost more But better quality then any custom shop guitar off th shelf.

abcmichael2000abcmichael2000 replied on February 13th, 2012

Is any possible that i use my guitar to connect with headphone without using amplifier?

kinuimaginkinuimagin replied on February 21st, 2017

Go to Guitar Center ( There are several different ones available. I used a Rockman years ago- they are awesome. Make sure you find one that also uses batteries.

henderwkhenderwk replied on January 18th, 2012

What's your thoughts on Ibanez, they seem to have a greater selection for left handers.

dragosfdragosf replied on October 15th, 2011

I know you mentioned that dean, epiphone, fender and the others (that I don't remember) are good but how about jackson dinky?

furtadofurtado replied on July 27th, 2011

hey brad what kind of guitar does james hetfeild play

AllTubeAmpAllTubeAmp replied on February 6th, 2011

.....Just joined this site today and was told to get started with I am your new student (Bob) and hope I can keep up!

Brad.HeneckeBrad.Henecke replied on February 13th, 2011

Great to have you here ! Any questions just ask .

jefferson_onejefferson_one replied on September 27th, 2010

Hey BRAD! Nice to see you again man! Miss talking to ya here n there dude

ieleftheriouieleftheriou replied on August 25th, 2010

Dude you Literally Rock. You present your info in such an easy format to follow.

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on August 21st, 2010

alright!! brads back!!! woo hoo!!!

leon126leon126 replied on August 21st, 2010

Thanks for the good advices Brad!

kvdalykvdaly replied on August 21st, 2010

BRADDDD!!! So glad to see you back! Can't wait for more lessons!

lucretialucretia replied on August 21st, 2010

It's good to see one of the advanced guys at the beginner section,!?

mattbrownmattbrown replied on August 20th, 2010

YESSSSS!!! It's about time.

jbrady03jbrady03 replied on August 20th, 2010

welcome back Brad!!

allfaelligallfaellig replied on August 20th, 2010

so anyway... ;-) nice to have brad back

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on August 20th, 2010


Beginner Electric Guitar with Brad Henecke

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brad Henecke starts you on your journey into the world of the electric guitar with this beginner oriented lesson series.

Lesson 1

Buying a Guitar

Brad Henecke gives some thoughts on buying a guitar and related accessories. A perfect lesson for an absolute beginner!

Length: 10:06 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Hand Stretches

In this lesson, Brad Henecke covers the important topic of hand stretches. Failure to stretch and warm up can lead to injuries including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Using a Tuner

Brad Henecke talks about different kinds of guitar tuners, including his personal favorites - the clip-on tuner and floor tuner.

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Fifth Fret Tuning Method

Brad demonstrates how to use a tuning fork and the famous fifth fret tuning method.

Length: 5:42 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Single String Picking

Brad Henecke explains how to properly hold the pick. He also provides several single string picking exercises.

Length: 10:19 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

The Language of Music

In this lesson, Brad talks about the language of music and introduces the chromatic scale.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Learning Chords

In this lesson, Brad Henecke introduces the concept of playing chords. He teaches the A, D, and E chords.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Rhythm Patterns

Now that you have a few chords under your belt, Brad Henecke discusses some relatively easy strumming patterns.

Length: 7:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Two New Chords

In this lesson, Brad introduces the C major and G major chords. Every guitarist must posses this potent knowledge!

Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 10

A Minor Chord

Brad introduces the A minor chord and teaches a chord progression to go along with it.

Length: 7:24 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

D Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the D minor chord and several chord progressions.

Length: 7:06 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

The E Minor Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the E minor chord and teaches several chord progressions that use it.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

The A7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the A7 chord and teaches three chord progressions that can be used for practice.

Length: 4:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

The D7 Chord

In this lesson Brad Henecke teaches the D7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

The E7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the E7 chord and teaches several exciting examples to be used as practice.

Length: 5:54 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

The G7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the G7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

Length: 5:07 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

The B7 Chord

Brad Henecke teaches the B7 chord and several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

The C7 Chord

Brad Henecke introduces the C7 chord as well as several useful chord progressions.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

The F Major Chord

Brad Henecke introduces one of the more difficult beginner chords, F major. He shows how this chord is played and teaches a few chord progressions.

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only

About Brad Henecke View Full Biography Brad Henecke was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on May 5th of 1963. He has been a fan of music for as long as he & his family can remember. You could always find him running around the farm wailing on his cardboard guitar, pretending to be a member of the rock band KISS. Additional inspiration came during his first concert when he got the chance to see Boston & Sammy Hagar in the early 1970's.

This opened up a whole new world of rock and roll music for him; his parents noticed his growing interest in music and enrolled him into guitar lessons when he was 13.

From there he jumped into two years of lessons at a local music store in Cedar Rapids. After discovering Eddie Van Halen, Brad knew that the guitar would always be a part of his life. He took his love throughout the city as he played as a pit musician & jammed at parties for friends.

This made him thirsty for more. He enrolled classes at Kirkwood Community College & also took lessons from the one & only Craig-Erickson (

His love for music landed him a gig opening for Molly Hatchet in Cedar Rapids with a band called "Slap & Tickle". He has also played in the Greeley Stampede show for quite a few years with "True North".

Brad is currently playing in Greeley, Colorado with a rock band titled "Ragged Doll". They play a wide variety of music with an emphasis on classic rock from the 60's to present, with Brad playing electric guitar in the five piece lineup.

He currently jams on his all-time favorite guitar: a Paul Reed Smith Custom 24. Beyond guitar, he plays also plays drums & bass guitar. He has also been known to thrash a banjo from time to time. He is still actively playing & passing his 31 years of playing experience on to others (you!).

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