Monday, 28 March 2011

How To Play The Guitar - for Beginners

The guitar is one of the popular musical instruments that most persons would like to play. In this lesson, I will be sharing some very useful information for persons who are interested in playing the guitar. First, it is very important for the player to know as much as possible about the instrument he or she is playing. The guitar has several parts and it is a must that you know them because several books will make reference to some of these areas when teaching specific techniques. The illustrations below should help you.
The diagram shown above is an Acoustic Guitar (Brand: Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar - visit http://www.zzounds.com/ to get yours).

An acoustic guitar is perfect for beginners because it is easy to carry and makes adequate sound with out plugging it into an amplifier. Let us look discuss some of the parts on the guitar.
The body is the largest part of the guitar it contributes to the sound that is created whether it is an acoustic or electric guitar. The Neck and Bridge is connected to the body of the guitar. The Neck is the longest part the guitar, it carries the fret board. The Fret Board has some short metals on it, these small metals are called the Frets. The letters of the musical alphabet are located on the Fret Board. The Frets are use to separate the letters or notes on the Fret Board of the guitar.
The Head is connected to the Neck and it includes a very important technology on the guitar call the Tuners.The Tuners tightens and tunes each string on the guitar. The Bridge is a support for the strings on the guitar it also lift the strings away from the Fret Board. The Nut is one of the smallest part on the guitar it also helps to lift the strings away from the Fret Board and is used to place the strings in accurate location. The Nut and the Bridge works together if one is not functioning properly then other will be affected.
The Strings are the most popular part of the guitar and is stretched accross the body and the neck to produce sound. The guitar has six strings on it, each string is label or named numerically. Lets us now have a discussion on the layout of the strings.

 Layout of the Strings on the Guitar

The strings on the guitar are laid out in a particlar order. Look at the illustration below for a better understanding.


The illustration above is telling us that the guitar has six strings. The strings are named from the smallest to the largest. For example - The first string on the guitar is the smallest and is located at the lower part of the neck while the six string is located at the upper part of the neck and it is the largest. So the strings are named from smallest to largest. Each string as a particular letter name which is taken from the musical alphabet. The strings are named in open position. This means that these notes are preset and are named without the player placing his or her fingers on the fret board. "Close notes" exist when our fingers are placed in specific fret and strings on the fret board. In our next lesson, we will look at the letter names of each string and fret on the guitar.

!!!Remember to practice!!!

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2 comments:

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