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How to Choose a Guitar.

Arpan Sen

Worked with noted Indian tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh. Collaborated with Irish flautist Mr John Devitt. I...

The following details will help you become more aware of what to look for in a quality, adjustable instrument. And also the one that is inspected and properly adjusted.1. Pick your Size- Guitars are not a one-size-fits-all! Picking the correct size is most important because if you are uncomfortable playing... read more

The following details will help you become more aware of what to look for in a quality, adjustable instrument. And also the one that is inspected and properly adjusted.

1. Pick your Size- Guitars are not a one-size-fits-all! Picking the correct size is most important because if you are uncomfortable playing something too large for you, then you will have less motivation to pick it up to play.

2. Unpack and visually inspect guitar for shipping damage.

3. Check neck joint for the cracks and defects.

4. Check inside of guitar with an inspection light and mirror as necessary.

5. Tune guitar to standard pitch. The tuning machines should operate smoothly and accurately with the strings wound properly around the tuning post. Check to tune machine screws for proper tightness.

6. Check whether the strings are properly wound around tuning post to maximise tone and ensure less wear on tuning machines.

7. Inspect neck angle with a straight edge.

8. Bridge and Fingerboard should be about the same height above the guitar top. A bridge that is too high or too low can indicate a poor neck angle.

9. For acoustic guitars, the wood bridge should be securely glued with no open gaps.

10. String height or action at the nut should be low at the first fret, which results in all six strings being easy to play. Conduct preliminary inspection of action and overall playability.

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Parts of the Guitar

AKSHAT KUMAR

Parts of the Acoustic Guitar: The bridge holds the ends of the strings in place. The guitar body amplifies the sound and sends it out through the sound hole. The pick guard protects the guitar body from getting scratched by a pick. The frets are the metal ridges embedded in the guitar neck. There... read more

Parts of the Acoustic Guitar:

  • The bridge holds the ends of the strings in place.
  • The guitar body amplifies the sound and sends it out through the sound hole.
  • The pick guard protects the guitar body from getting scratched by a pick.
  • The frets are the metal ridges embedded in the guitar neck. There are anywhere from 19 to 24 frets on a guitar neck.
  • The fretboard is the front of the neck where you place your fingers on the strings.
  • The small dots on the fretboard are fret markers for reference so you know where you are.
  • The nut is the top edge of the guitar neck and guides the strings.
  • The headstock holds the six tuning pegs in place.

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Parts of an Electric Guitar:

  • An electric guitar is plugged into an amplifier in order to make the sound louder.
  • The electronic pick-ups “pick up” the vibrations of the strings and convert them into an electronic signal, which is then sent to the output socket.
  • Each pick-up sounds different because of its location on the guitar body.
  • You use the pick-up selector to choose which pick-ups to turn on.
  • The back pick-up sounds twangy and vibrant (good for lead guitar), while the
  • Front pick-up sounds full and rich (good for rhythm guitar).
  • The body holds the pick-ups in place.
  • The volume control knobs control the volume for each pick-up and the tone
  • Control knob controls the brightness of the sound.
  • Some electric guitars have a whammy bar connected to a floating bridge to change the tension in the strings while playing so you can make cool sounds.
  • The neck and headstock on the electric guitar are basically the same as the acoustic guitar, however the tuning pegs on this electric guitar are all on one side.

 

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Guitar Tuning

AKSHAT KUMAR

Tuning the Guitar: Tuning the guitar can be quite a difficult task for anyone. The way the guitar is setup makes it difficult for the guitar to be in tune everywhere on the fret board. For this reason, I suggest that you go out and buy an inexpensive tuner. You can usually find one for around $20 at... read more

Tuning the Guitar:

Tuning the guitar can be quite a difficult task for anyone. The way the guitar is setup makes it difficult for the guitar to be in tune everywhere on the fret board. For this reason, I suggest that you go out and buy an inexpensive tuner. You can usually find one for around $20 at any music store. Having your guitar in tune lets you concentrate on learning to play, not hours of learning how to tune. Besides, all the pros use tuners on stage when they play. Why do you think the lights go dim between songs?

Relative Tuning

Relative tuning is a process of tuning the guitar that is based on the pitch of the low E string. All strings will be tuned according to the pitch of this string. If the low E string is pretty close to being in tune, then this process will work fine. If it isn’t, then you will be tuning the guitar too low or too high. You can obtain the correct pitch for this string by using a piano or a pitch pipe.

Once you have the pitch for the E string, you will then tune all the other strings by using the sound of another string.

Use these steps to tune the guitar by using relative tuning:

1. To tune the A string put your finger on the 5th fret of the low E string. This will give you the sound for the A string.
2. Now put your finger on the 5th fret of the A string. This will give you the sound for the next string down, the D string.
3. Again put your finger on the 5th fret of the D string. This will give you the sound for the next string down which is the G string.
4. Now when you get to the G string, put your finger on the 4th fret to give you the sound of the next string down which is the B string.
5. Finally put your finger on the 5th fret of the B string to get the sound for the next string down which is the high E string.

Tuning this way takes practice, which is good for ear training and understanding notes. Also you can buy guitar tuner if want to tune in an easy way.

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Left, Right and Center (Co-Ordination and Timing) - The essential involuntary action for guitar playing

Kaushal Chandrasen

Music production is an art involving skill and experience that comes from passion, years of training...

This article, or lesson if you may want to call it, is aimed basically at the beginners to help them consciously improve the co-ordination that will help make the learning faster by focussing on the physical aspect of learning whether you are just learning how to play or any new technique on the guitar.... read more

This article, or lesson if you may want to call it, is aimed basically at the beginners to help them consciously improve the co-ordination that will help make the learning faster by focussing on the physical aspect of learning whether you are just learning how to play or any new technique on the guitar. Applicable to any style of guitar playing. This has nothing to do with any kind of theory or any music in particular. Although it is aimed at the beginners, intermediate players also may find it useful to better their co-ordination skills. 

To begin with, even for someone that has been playing the guitar, perfect co-ordination between the subtle motions of the left and the right hand, combined with perfect timing  has to be consciously developed and curated. This is a factor every guitar player comes across somewhere or the other, struggle with, while trying to learn every new lick, technique or while improvising. Conscious focus is most essential to master the ability to pull off any piece of music, tune, lick as and when you think of it, WHILE performing. Keeping your mind and body (not just the arms and feet) free of any kind of tension is an essential pre requisite, and so is the posture and a comfortable positioning of the instrument.

At an advanced level, you’re just thinking and formulating whatever you’re gonna play, well in advance to the actual playing and the playing is almost involuntary. To make this happen, the amount of time put into practice directly corresponds to the speed in which you think and transfer those thoughts to the involuntary action of playing that involves the right fingering with one hand and simultaneous strumming, picking or plucking with the other, WHILE playing. This is so important because, the chances are, after you’ve crossed the initial hurdle of getting the left and the right hand moving the right ways, you’ll keep coming back to this while trying to arpeggiate a chord, or while trying to move back and forth a triad or while skipping strings or learning a new lick, or trying to copy a trumpet lick, or trying to develop a smoother legato playing or somewhere else and the possibilities are endless.

Start slowly is the first thing any teacher would say to a student and that is for a reason. It involves a combination of complex mechanism where the fretting arm moves laterally and the fingers, a combination of lateral and vertical movements, while the picking/strumming hand/fingers move vertically. For beginners, this requires a certain amount of getting used to. The more you try playing new stuff, the more you keep coming across this. That’s when you go back to the slow mode and start focusing on the co-ordination, i.e. left, right and center. Gotta run it down left, right and center.

 

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Guitar lesson plans for beginners guide

James Bellgard

I'm a Professional musician and teacher from a reputable school reaching Guitar, keyboard,vocals I take...

Welcome to my interests of the instrument Guitar as to say it's a vast learning subject never ending theories of mastering the guitar is not a walk in the park it takes years of practices, interest, self discipline, listing of various types of technical expertise includes firstly a good listener who... read more

Welcome to my interests of the instrument Guitar as to say it's a vast learning subject never ending theories of mastering the guitar is not a walk in the park it takes years of practices, interest, self discipline, listing of various types of technical expertise includes firstly a good listener who listens to various kinds of music and also should have a flexible mind in doing so love for the instrument and choosing a good one to start as a begginer to follow the daily exercise of the lessons and to understand the notes on the Fretboard in relation to the scales and chords application to the lessons and learning programs well it to long story to continue as I'm still learning to master the guitar after, more then 30 years of experience well all the best to all the students and teachers out there where there is a will there's a way.

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Finger Style

Shubham Bhardwaj

I'm pursuing my sound engineering and music production from delhi. I'm also a guitarist and vocalist...

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Notes on the Fretboard

Sebastian Andrade

I have been playing the guitar professionally since the year 1988 and teaching for more than two decades...

Here is a free lesson for beginners extracted from my course guide. Click on the image for a larger view Download the blank fretboard image by clicking the image below and print it out so you can practice plotting the notes correctly. Thanks for reading. All the best! Sebastian read more

Here is a free lesson for beginners extracted from my course guide.

Click on the image for a larger view

Download the blank fretboard image by clicking the image below and print it out so you can practice plotting the notes correctly.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

All the best!

Sebastian 

 

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Tempo and the use of a Metronome

Sebastian Andrade

I have been playing the guitar professionally since the year 1988 and teaching for more than two decades...

Tempo is the Italian word for time, and we use it to describe how quickly a piece of music is performed. We measure tempo with Beats Per Minute, or BPM. If something is defined as 60 BPM then we know there is a beat every second, and if a piece of music is set to a specific BPM then those beats will... read more

Tempo is the Italian word for time, and we use it to describe how quickly a piece of music is performed. We measure tempo with Beats Per Minute, or BPM. If something is defined as 60 BPM then we know there is a beat every second, and if a piece of music is set to a specific BPM then those beats will strictly fall to the selected time.

A metronome is a device used by musicians to maintain a steady pace while playing a musical piece.  This pace (tempo) is adjustable and the device produces an aural beat. It is of utmost importance to learn to keep to the pace of a metronome.

These devices are available in Analog and Digital versions. They are also available as apps for android and IPhone. 

 

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Tuning your guitar

Sebastian Andrade

I have been playing the guitar professionally since the year 1988 and teaching for more than two decades...

The 6 strings of the guitar are tuned to 6 different notes with the lowest in pitch (thickest and closest to the ceiling) being the 6th string and the highest in pitch (thinnest and closest to the floor) being the 1st string. This can be a bit confusing as what is known as the top or high E string is... read more

The 6 strings of the guitar are tuned to 6 different notes with the lowest in pitch (thickest and closest to the ceiling) being the 6th string and the highest in pitch (thinnest and closest to the floor) being the 1st string. This can be a bit confusing as what is known as the top or high E string is actually the string closest to the floor!

E - First String (Thinnest and closest to the floor)

B – Second String

G – Third String

D – Fourth String

A – Fifth String

E – Sixth String (Thickest and closest to the ceiling) 

This is called “standard” tuning. There are many other ways of tuning the guitar but for most songs this tuning does the job. It is highly recommended to get an electronic guitar tuner. Tuners are available as stand alone tuner devices, or could have a built in metronome. Tuner apps are also available for android, windos and Iphones. When using the tuner, pluck the open string and let it ring out for as long as possible for the tuner to work out what the note is. Once you can see the needle being displayed on the tuner tighten or loosen the string as required until the needle is in the middle of the display.

 

Thanks for reading! All the best!

 

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Guitar buying tips

Sebastian Andrade

I have been playing the guitar professionally since the year 1988 and teaching for more than two decades...

Most beginners may have heard and even felt obligated to follow the advice coming from well-meaning but ill-informed friends or relatives with little or no knowledge about the art or the instrument. "First buy a cheap guitar. Buy a good guitar only once you can play well. A beginner should only buy an... read more

Most beginners may have heard and even felt obligated to follow the advice coming from well-meaning but ill-informed friends or relatives with little or no knowledge about the art or the instrument. "First buy a cheap guitar. Buy a good guitar only once you can play well. A beginner should only buy an acoustic guitar while learning to play. Acoustic guitars can’t/should not have electronics. Electric guitars are dangerous as you may get a shock. And so on....

All these precious pieces of advice are not completely true. A guitar is a guitar is a guitar. The style you want to play however could make a difference with the kind of guitar you would want to buy.  Let’s see the different types of guitars to get a better understanding of what we want to buy and learn to play.

Guitars come in two main types: Acoustic and Electric.

Acoustic guitars have steel string guitars, 12 string steel guitars and nylon string guitars. All are used for different styles of music. Electric guitars are made of a solid body unlike the hollow acoustic ones. Electro acoustic guitars are acoustic guitars with pickups and electronics but with a thinner body and soundhole. Once again each type is used for a particular style of playing. 

 

Acoustic or Electric

The steel stringed acoustic guitar is a great instrument to start your musical journey. The sound created from the steel strings is louder than that of nylon strings, and because of this it is a favorite beginner’s guitar. One can just pick it up and play it anytime, anywhere. Students mostly do not opt for an electric guitar because of the budget. An electric guitar requires an amplifier and a speaker or an amplifier speaker combo unit to be heard. Now that is going to raise a beginner’s budget. Another reason why an acoustic guitar is preferred for beginners is because the string gauges are a bit heavier than an electric guitar and this helps a beginner to build finger and hand strength which makes it a lot easier to play an electric guitar later.

Cost

Acoustic guitars may seem cheap and some really are, but the good ones are a lot more expensive than one can imagine. As for buying a cheap guitar while learning to play, it only has its downsides. The main reasons for buying a cheap guitar would be, you really want to learn to play the guitar and have absolutely no money to afford a decent one or you are not really sure if you have it in you, and if you would be able to, or want to continue learning to play.

Whatever the reason, don’t buy a cheap guitar! They are so badly made that they are very difficult to play and beginners usually give up learning to play for the wrong reason. Besides that if ever one has to sell it, there is absolutely no resale value. Buy a reasonably priced guitar instead. If you still can’t afford that, buy a used one!

If you are on a very low budget, a used guitar is a very good option as long as you have an experienced instructor/player to help you choose the right one.  There are many who have not been able to move forward with their guitar playing and have chosen to sell their instrument. Many of these people bought very nice guitars. Nice guitars may be a little more expensive than a cheap one but they are good guitars! Buy a nice guitar! You will enjoy the process of learning and playing.  

Thanks for reading and All the best with your musical journey! 

 

 

 

 

 

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