Beginner’s Guide to Play the Guitar

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There are a few things that you should know and learn before you start playing the guitar. While some have a natural talent, others have to start at the beginning. And that is exactly why we are here! This article will help you on how to start playing this instrument smoothly, providing you with the basic knowledge that will help you get started playing this magnificent instrument.

Take a look at this list of things any new guitarist should learn right away.

The Anatomy of The Guitar

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Before you can start playing this instrument you should know where everything is and what everything does. It will be useful if you study the anatomy of a guitar starting from the bridge to the headstock.

How to Hold a Guitar Properly

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You’re probably thinking holding a guitar is the very last thing you should worry about. That’s not entirely true, as it is the starting point to any beginner’s journey. How you hold the guitar will have a direct influence on the sound and your own comfort.

Sit down on a chair with a backrest, while holding the neck of the guitar in your left hand and keeping the body underneath your right arm and against your body. Your right hand should be able to access the strings comfortably.

How to Tune a Guitar

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Before anyone can start playing or learning how to play the guitar, the guitar has to be in tune first. Learning how to tune your guitar is another basic lesson you’ll need to master if you want to play the guitar. Beginners may find it difficult to tune the guitar by listening to the sound of the chords, so buying a tuner is recommended.

If you don’t have money to buy a tuner just yet, you can also download a tuning app from the App or Google Play Store.

How to Re-string a Guitar

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As a beginner, you probably won’t have to restring your guitar immediately. But, you should learn how to do it all the same. Knowing as much as possible about your new instrument will make you more comfortable in handling it. When restringing your guitar, you’ll need to know which strings you need to get.

If you aren’t ready to do the job yourself, you can visit the nearest instrument store and ask them to help you out or even to show you how to do it in future. They’ll also be able to show you which strings you should get.

How to Hold a Pick

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Finally, you’ll have to learn how to hold and use a pick. If you are not familiar with this accessory, it is a small flat piece of plastic that players use when strumming strings. It is, of course, optional to use a pick, and depends on personal preference, but knowing how to use this handy tool is still useful.

The pick is simply held between your right hand’s thumb and forefinger. Slowly and smoothly make upwards and downwards movements with your hand while changing chords. It really is as simple as that!

We’d recommend getting a thinner pick when you start out as they are easier to use for beginners.

Learn How to Read Tabs and Chords

Tabs and chords can be a bit daunting, especially for beginners. Don’t worry too much about that. If you follow diagrams, you’ll be able to see each chord and how it is formed with your fingers. Once you get the hang of it you won’t look back. The best thing to do is to start learning basic and common chords.

Some tutors believe that learning how to play a song like Iggy Pop’s The Passenger is the best way to get familiar with chords, holding the instrument and strumming. Select a song with simple chords and start by learning each chord. Once you get the hang of it you can piece it all together and add the rhythm.

As a beginner, you might get discouraged every now and then. The best thing to do however is to persevere and keep in practising. At the end of the day, practice makes perfect. Good luck and enjoy your new instrument and skill!

How to Choose the Perfect Guitar for a Beginner

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Before you can start playing the guitar, you probably have to get the instrument first. For many, it can be a bit daunting and difficult to know where to start or what to look for in a guitar. But don’t let that put you off, there is plenty of tips and guides for beginners and you’ll find the perfect guitar in no-time!

There are multiple aspects you should take into consideration before buying just any old guitar. Keep in mind that you also won’t need a brand new Fender to get started. A secondhand guitar can work just as well. As long as you’ve determined the key considerations, you’ll be able to find the perfect one for you.

In this post, we share some key tips on how you can choose the perfect guitar if you are a beginner. By the end of this post, you’ll be able to select the best one for your purposes. Let’s get started!

What Type of Music Do You Want to Play

There are many theories when it comes to learning how to play the guitar and which is the best guitar for beginners. One of the most famous myths is that nylon string guitars are the best for beginners because the strings are not as tough on your fingers. The truth of the matter is that the sole determinant of your choice of guitar relies on the type of music you want to play.

Keep in mind that when you choose a steel string acoustic guitar, you won’t be able to restring with nylon strings. It all boils down to your preference in music you want to play. You can always buy another type of guitar once you’ve learned to master the guitar!

Size Matters

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The size of the guitar will influence the action and how you are able to manage it. The guitar you select has to be comfortable enough for you to hold. Heavy guitars are not recommended for children. When you go guitar shopping, be sure to hold it and strum for a bit so that you can get a good feel for it and make sure you are comfortable with it.

Different Types of Guitars

Next, we’ll take a look at the different types of guitars you will be able to choose when you buy your first guitar.

Electric Guitar

The electric guitar is a bit smaller than a classical or acoustic guitar, but it can be very heavy. It also has steel strings which can be uncomfortable when you start learning how to play. It is mostly used for rock, metal, country and pop music.

Acoustic Guitar

The acoustic guitar is bulky in size, but quite lightweight with a beautiful clear sound that is perfect for strumming. Acoustic guitars have steel strings, which might be difficult to get used to at first. Acoustic guitars are used for rock, country, pop and folk music.

Classical Guitar (Nylon String Guitar)

The classical guitar is available in different sizes and even in a 1/4 size that is perfect for kids. It has a mellow and soft sound and has nylon strings which are a bit easier and gentler on the fingertips. Classical guitars are used for Spanish, classical and flamenco music.

Now that you have a better idea of what to look for in your first guitar, you are probably amped to you out and try some out! Remember to test them out and be sure that you are comfortable before buying.

Different Types and Classifications of Guitars You Should Know

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While it is not absolutely necessary, knowing a bit more about guitars can help you quite a bit if you are only learning how to play now. A better understanding will give you a broader vision and appreciation for these instruments.

To start off, we’ve decided to stick to the three main types and classifications of guitars. If you love music, you probably are aware of the fact that there are many other types of guitars out there. Let’s take a closer look at the top three types of guitars you should know about.

Nylon String: Classical Guitar

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Classical guitars have smaller bodies with a wider neck. It is also classified as an acoustic guitar and referred to as Spanish guitars in some cases. These guitars are strung with nylon strings which are gentler on the player’s fingers when picking. Thanks to the smaller size of the classical guitar, it is easier to handle and preferred for younger players.

Steel String: Acoustic Guitar

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The only difference between the acoustic and classical guitar is the fact that it is strung with steel strings. This allows for a louder sound and is used for strumming chords. Some of these guitars have built-in amplifiers, which allows for playing at larger venues. Acoustic guitars are also used for playing rock music.

Steel and Nickel Strings: Electric Guitar

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Finally, we take a look at electric guitars. Traditionally electric guitars are used for pop, rock, metal and country music. The body of an electric guitar is solid and can weigh up to 6 kg, making it difficult for younger kids to handle. An amplifier is used to enhance the sound, while different accessories can change and manipulate the sound too.

Whatever your fancy, there is a great guitar out there for you! Whether you want to rock out with an electric or play folk music with your acoustic, you’ll find the perfect guitar for you.