Parts Of An Acoustic Guitar
First and foremost before learning to play a guitar, we need to recognize the different parts of a guitar.
A beginner should start learning with an acoustic guitar along with some prior knowledge of keyboard. An acoustic guitar comprises of three main portions the bridge, the neck, and the headstock.
The headstock comprises of tuning pegs and the strings are all attached to the tuning pegs which can be adjusted. The body might be made of wood or metal.
The flat side of the guitar’s neck is known as the fretboard which has the metal frets inlaid in them; these separate the notes from each other.
An acoustic guitar also has a sound hole which makes the sound echo; this is an important element of an acoustic guitar.
How To Hold And Manage An Acoustic Guitar
Place the guitar gently on the lap with the littlest string towards the ground and the other side towards the ceiling.It takes some time for a beginner to learn to manage an acoustic guitar.
Let the guitar be placed and fixed properly on your lap after which a right handed person should handle the neck of it with the left hand.
The neck of the guitar should be within the V symbol created by the thumb and the forefinger and the forefinger is to be used to strum the frets.
Tuning The Guitar
The strings of a guitar are named E, A, D, G, B and E which are in order from the lowest to the highest and can be remembered using certain mnemonics or words like “Eddie and Dick Go Back and Eat”.
Electric tuners are the best for tuning a guitar which needs to be held very close to the guitar and the higher E is to be plucked after which you’ll get to know whether the guitar is sharp or flat.
Choose the notes and tighten or slacken them to set the tone right.
Fretting The Strings
The strings must be fret using the left hand. As mentioned earlier the frets are the metallic partitions running perpendicular to the notes or the strings.
Place the fingers between the dividing metal strips and not on them, after which practice moving the fingers up and down the strings.
We should make sure our finger is closer to the lower fret to avoid any kind of buzzing sound.
Using The Pick
A pick is the main equipment used to strum a guitar and is easily available in any music store.
Without a pick the strings cannot be strum as the fore finger would have a chance of getting cut.
Hold the pick within the thumb and the forefinger of the right hand and gently move the strings to produce the musical effect.
Learning To Play The Chords
First position chords
The major chord positions are “A” chord, “G” chord, “E” chord and “D” chord. First position chords are to be played with a combination of open and pressed strings.
The learner has to practice switching in between all the above mentioned chords.
Finger placement should always be taken care of as it is the most important thing to be kept in mind while playing the chords.
Getting a Clean And Audible Sound From Every String In The Chord
The strings should not be muted.The sound has to be clear and audible devoid of any obstructions in the sound.
Press the strings strong and hard if the sound is not coming out smooth and clean. Strike all the notes with the pick rhythmically and mildly in proper motion.
Place the elbow towards the guitar, keep the elbow constant and sweep the pick properly for proper music to be produced.
Barre chords are extremely useful for learning to play songs, these are also called movable chords.
The index finger of the fretting hand bars all the notes at a single fret. Move up the frets in the same position to continue playing the other chords.
These chords can be used both for popular and classical music and are used in combination with open chords.
Guitar Blisters And Calluses Caused By Friction
Fretting the guitar might create cuts on the fingers of the left hand hence a beginner should maintain break periods in between the learning sessions and learn to tackle the swelling and the cuts.
A skilled professional on the other hand gets used to the blisters.
The pain can be reduced keeping the following things in mind