The guitar, among all other musical instruments, stands out to be an easy choice and most popular among people wanting to learn to play a musical instrument.
A proof to this is are the many online courses as well as guitar classes offering school kids, students in higher levels, and even yuppies or young professionals to learn guitar basics.
Learning to play the guitar is more attractive, but it may take some years to really get to learn guitar basics and truly enjoy the full potential of the guitar. To start on how to learn guitar basics, these are the things needed:
• Any type of guitar with six strings
• Medium gauged guitar pick is recommended but the choice will depend on the user for fit and comfort
• An armless chair
• Adequate amount of patience in learning
Learn Guitar Basics: Parts of a Guitar
• Headstock – the part of the guitar which is attached to the slim neck of the guitar and holds the tuners for each string.
• Tuners – are used for adjusting or tuning the pitch of the guitar strings. Using an acronym to easily remember the string arrangement will be very useful like creating words to easily remember E B G D A E, which starts from high E to lower E or E A D G B E, which is going from low E to high E.
• Nut – is the point where the headstock joins the neck and is usually a small piece of material such as bone or plastic where small grooves are etched to guide the strings from the bridge to the tuners.
• Neck – this is the place where most guitarists, especially the beginners will give extra concentration on because this is the place where the fingers will be places at various points in the neck to create the different notes or guitar chords. The neck consists of frets and fretboards.
• Body – this is the part adjoining the neck. Classical and acoustic guitars are designed with hallowed out guitar body with sound hole for sound projection while majority of electric guitars have solid body parts and have pick-ups or small microphones instead of sound hole.
• Bridge - is attached to the body and the main purpose is to adjust the harmonics, height and pitch of the strings.
• Strings – these are the lifeblood of the guitar. They vary in thickness from the bottom, the thickest, to the top, the thinnest and are made from alloy. The gauge of the strings determines the thickness or the thinness – the higher the gauge number of the strings, the thicker the string. Strings for classical or acoustic and electric guitars are generally not interchangeable and therefore great caution is needed in selecting the suitable set of strings for a particular guitar type.
The next thing to do to learn guitar basics is learning to tune the guitar, knowing the scale, playing the chords – the three most common and easy to play chords on the guitar are G major chord, C major chord, and D major chord, and learning a few songs that switches the three easy chords. Learning to strum will give much satisfaction in playing the songs. It will take some time to learn guitar basics, but don’t fret; the most important thing is to have fun while learning!