Learning Guitar For Beginners
There are innumerable guitar tips on learning guitar that
are scattered all over the internet. You can find lessons that can teach you on
how to play songs, how to run scales, and even to fix your broken guitar.
But I noticed that there are only a few guitar lessons who
can actually help guitar newbie’s because they were bombarded with a lot of
information but they do not know which lesson to start with. So I am going to
start with what you need to have first in order for you to follow my lessons.
1. You need a guitar. Any guitar would do as long as it is a
six string guitar. However, I found this particular Yamaha guitar to be the
best there is for newbie’s who were quitting playing guitar due to
2. You need a guitar pick. Any types of pick would do. There
are various types of picks like plastic or metal. There are various types of
plastic picks as well like celluloid, Nylon, Tortex, etc. I recommend celluloid
guitar picks because they are usable for long term. You can order them
3. You need a chair. Any chair would do as long as it has no
4. And lastly, you need patience on learning guitar. You
need it to get the good results you desire when playing guitar.
You will be able to familiarize yourself about the parts of
a guitar. You will learn about the names of the open strings. You will learn a
bit about tuning your guitar. I have an entire lessons about tuning a guitar.
You will learn how to hold the guitar. You will learn how to
hold the pick and how to use it. You will learn how to play a scale. And you
will learn how to play a song using some chords I am going to introduce to you.
I will now show you the parts of a guitar.
There are various types of guitars. These types are acoustic
guitars, electric guitars, classical guitars, electric-acoustic guitars, bow
guitars, and Best 8-Inch Guitar Speaker. All of these guitars may be different
from each other but they also have things in common.
You will get to know these common things as I will
name them one by one while learning guitar at the same time.
1. Headstock – A headstock contains the tuning keys.
2. Tuning keys – tuning keys are used to adjust a pitch of a
note of a string.
3. Nut – A nut is a piece of plastic or metal that guides
the strings to the tuning keys.
4. Neck – a guitar neck contains the frets and where the
strings are laid out.
When you examine the neck carefully, you will notice a
series of metal bars. These metal bars are called “frets”.
5. Sound hole – a sound hole is an opening hole where the
sound comes out. The shape of a sound hole is usually a round shape.
And violins and certain guitars have f-holes that shaped
like a letter f.
6. Body – this is the body of a guitar that holds everything
else like strings and neck. This is where the sound vibrates when plucking and
strumming the strings.
7. Bridge – a bridge is a piece of metal, wood, or plastic
bar that holds the strings on the body.
I assume that you already mastered the basic parts of a
guitar by now. In learning guitar, you need to know how to properly hold your
Find a good place to sit on. Choose a chair that has no
arms. Straighten your back while sitting. Proper posture will avoid back aches.
And setting a good habit of good posture is an important foundation as your
progress in your training.
When you hold the guitar, make sure that the back body of
the guitar rests on your chest and stomach. The neck should be slightly
slanting. You can achieve this by resting the body on your left or right lap.
How to hold a guitar pick.
I suggested earlier that you choose a medium gauge pick in
learning guitar. When holding a guitar pick, I recommend you to hold it in
between your thumb and side part of your index finger. Try to close your hand
to avoid your other fingers touch the strings when you are strumming it.
Let us now move to tuning your guitar.
Before you can actually play your guitar and get a good
sound, you need to tune it correctly first. I have noticed new guitar players
who are having problems in getting a good sound do not know their real problem.
They end up frustrated because they can’t get a good sound
out of their guitar because it wasn’t tuned correctly in the first place. I
have written a complete lesson about this in my other post. However, here is a
quick video on how to tune your guitar.
Learn to play scales in learning guitar.
To get better in guitar playing, you need to strengthen your
fingers. You have to develop some muscles in your hands and fingers. You need
to do some stretching exercises to make your fingers flexible. I have written a
lesson about this in my other post. However, here is a great video tutorial of
the major scale exercises you can follow. I have tried finger weights when
playing scales and I found it very effective to strengthen my fingers.
I will now teach you how to construct the G major
To construct the G major chord, place your ring finger on
the 6th string on the 3rd fret. Put your index finger on the 5th string on the
2nd fret. Put your middle finger on the 1st on the 3rd fret. Then play all
the strings one by one to check if they make a clear sound. Here is a video
tutorial on how to do it.
Here is a video tutorial of the C major chord.
Here is a video tutorial of the D major chord.
Finally, I’ll teach you how to play a song.
Now that you know three chords which are the G, C, and D
major chords. I will teach how to play songs. I know that the transition
between one chord to another is not easy at first.
But you will get better with constant practice. So here is a
song you can play using the G, C, and D plus the Dsus4 chords. Do not worry;
the video tutorial will guide you all the way in learning guitar.