Beginner’s Guitar Lesson

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Parts of an Acoustic Guitar:

There are many parts of a guitar but let’s just learn the basic parts. First is the guitar head (also known as the headstock.) It’s the top part of the guitar that has the tuning keys on it. The tuning keys are the things of the one side or both sides of the headstock (depending on the guitar) that are used to tune a guitar by changing the pitch of the string. The small divider between the headstock and the fret board is called the nut. The long part that comes after the nut is called the neck. The fret board, also known as the finger board, is the front part of the guitar. The small divisions on the fret board are called frets. The small inlays you see on the frets are called position markers. They appear in the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 17th, and 19th fret. Next comes the body. It is the ending part of the guitar and usually the fattest part too. It contains the soundhole which is the hole in the middle and the pickguard. The pickguard is the pick guard is the area where your hand will travel as you strum the guitar and it protect the body from getting any scratches.  It has two other parts called the saddle and the bridge. The saddle is the small piece of material which holds up the strings at a certain distance from the body. The bridge is placed under the saddle and helps keep the strings in correct position.  There are two other parts that acoustic guitars don’t have but electric and semi-acoustic guitars do. They are the pickups and the input jack. The input jack is the place where you insert an amp to a guitar. The pickup captures mechanical vibrations and makes them sound like an electric guitar sounds.

Guitar Strings:

There are different 12 notes on each guitar string. They are A,A#(the # is used for sharp- so A# is A sharp),B,C,C#,D,D#,E,F,F#,G,G#. Notice that B and E do not have a “sharp” note. The guitar strings starting from low to high (fattest string to thinnest) are E, A, D, G, B, E. To improve the speed of your fingers, practice this scale.

 1st- ————————————–F#—G#—A—|            |————————-2–4–5–|

2nd———–C#—D–E———————–|         |———2-3-5———|

3rd—-A–B————————————-|          | –2-4—————–|

And then, do it backwards.. The first kind of tab is not even a real way of tabbing. It’s just to help you on finding notes on the guitar with taking much time. Now let me teach some basic guitar chords.

A                 Am(Minor)     B          C      Cm    D        Dm    E         Em     F        Fm 

|—0–|         |–0-|               |–2-|    |–0-|    |–3-|   |–3-|   |–1-|   |–0-|   |–0-|    |–1-|   |–1-|

|—3–|         |–1-|               |–4-|    |–1-|    |–4-|   |–4-|   |–3-|   |–0-|   |–0-|    |–1-|   |–1-|

|—3–|         |–2-|               |–4-|    |–0-|    |–5-|   |–3-|   |–2-|   |–1-|   |–0-|    |–2-|   |–1-|

|—3–|         |–2-|               |–4-|    |–2-|    |–5-|   |–0-|   |–0-|   |–2-|   |–2-|    |–3-|   |–3-|

|—0–|         |–0-|               |—-|     |–3-|    |—-|   |—-|    |—-|   |–2-|    |–2-|    |–3-|   |–3-|

|——|         |—–|               |—-|     |—-|    |—-|    |—-|    |—-|   |–0-|   |–0-|    |—-|    |—-|


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