You must be a beginner, because you are reading my article. In this topic I will show you how to use your guitar basically. Warning, this is very, extremely basic, so you may find it bored to skim. Try to read as much as you can, since I’m giving you all my experiences, of acoustic guitar only. Feel free to share~
Name the parts of a guitar.
You think this is funny? Yeah, it is but you will need it to discuss with other guitarist about your instrument. Normally, it is comprised of:
Headstock: head of the guitar, where all strings end. Here, you would find the machine heads which are used to tune your guitar. Lower, at which the head stock ends you would see a slotted piece of wood, called the ‘nut’, used to connect headstock with the ‘neck’.
Neck: This long thin wooden piece is a major components of your guitar, with one flat side right under the strings named ‘fretchboard’, are marked so that you can find out where you are on the board. On this area, you will also see ‘frets’, running over the width of fingerboard, raising bits of strings to give exact half notes.
Sound hole: At the end of the neck, you meet the sound whole where sounds resonate.
Hold it right:
Many beginners who take online class are not taught how to hold a guitar correctly. You’re lucky I decide to share it with you .
Casual style: If you’re right-handed, set your guitar on your right leg. You can use a footstools (about 15-20$ at the music store), no matter style you are following. The footstool raise your leg, which makes the guitar fit into a better position, especially for long periods of playing or practicing. One common mistake of newbie guitar players is to slouch the guitar in towards them so as to see their fingers, but they don’t know it makes bad posture and practice routine since it tires player. Instead, make sure you place the guitar upright and straight. Or, you can tighten your strumming arm around the guitar to keep it close. This prevents the guitar from slipping away and make good position.
Classical style: Move the footstool to your left foot, if you’re right-handed, then rest your guitar on your left leg. This brings up the neck further to the left and raises it more, which makes it easier for you to reach all the notes on the fingerboard. This style of holding a guitar can be harder for longer sessions, but I have a tips here, use a strap to help hold the guitar up, but easy for you to reach the notes.
You need to have a guitar with correct tune or else it is extremely hard for you to play.
First off, you need to learn the strings name. From thickest to thinnest strings, also lowest to high pitch, are E, A, D, G, B and E. In music store, they sell an equipment called electric tuner that helps you do this easier. It has a micro to tell you if the sound created is too high or too low. Tighten the string to make the pitch higher, and vice versa. If you cannot finr a tuner, you can compare your pitch to one of another well tuned guitar, or to the piano notes.