Learning the Guitar

Published On July 12, 2016 | By venky singh | Music

Most people can learn to play the guitar, what is needed is determination.  For beginners, the will to learn is what is required, by not giving up at the early stages.

What makes up a guitar?

Although there are many different guitar types, they all basically have common parts and names.

The headstock is the “small end” and is sometimes just referred to as the head. It is where all the strings are wound around each individual tuning peg to enable the tension to be altered and tune each note correctly.

The neck is the long, thin part from the headstock down to the main body of the guitar, it is sometimes known as the fretboard, but don’t fret too much about this.

The part on the body where the strings terminate is called the bridge, on an acoustic guitar the sound-hole is the large circular hole between the end of the neck and the bridge, which produces the rich sound. On an electric guitar the sound is transmitted to the pickup, removing the necessity for a sound-hole.


Learning The Basics

A first class website that can make the most of this can be found at totallyguitars.com A lot of teachers tend to explain first how to hold the guitar. It might sound like something obvious, but it is very important to understand the basics very clearly. How to grasp the guitar, the open strings, as well as the basics of tuning the instrument will enable you to master it.

If you are right-handed, you will strum halfway between the sound-hole and the bridge with your right hand.

Not only this, but also how to hold and use a pick, or another name for it, a plectrum. The first lesson in playing a chromatic scale can at first sound daunting, but it can be mastered with patience.

Practice is important

In order to learn, practice is absolutely necessary. How long you do this is not only a matter of dedication, but also how long you are prepared to spend on a regular daily basis. Some tutors will suggest maybe just half an hour a day, whereas others might say that to become competent you should allow either one or even two hours.

Playing Chords

The next step is to master different chords by placing your fingers in the relevant positions on the fretwork.

Common major chords are C, A, G, E and D Major. It will take some while for you to be able to position your fingers correctly for these chords, but the rewards for perseverance are fantastic.

As you eventually begin to get the hang of getting your fingers in the right place, and slowly become more relaxed, you will realise that practice is beginning to pay dividends.

Theme songs

After some more practice, you will want to be able to play theme songs and music. Surprisingly, ninety percent of guitar music is made up of only three or four chords. As an example, LynyrdSknyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama is just a repetition of the three chords D, C and G, in that order.

Learning the guitar, while it can initially appear daunting, can lead to an awful lot of satisfaction, not only for the guitar player, but also for the listener.

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