How to Play Guitar - Getting Started

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Proper Hand Position for Playing Guitar

Guitars are user-friendly instruments. They fit comfortably into the arms of most humans, and the hand position that comes naturally is pretty much the position from which you should play. In this article [more…]

Holding Your Bass Guitar

If you watch other bass players, either live or on television, you may notice an array of different ways to hold a bass guitar. Some definitely look cooler than others, but you may have difficulty playing [more…]

Perfect Postures for Playing Guitar

You can either sit or stand while playing the guitar, and the position you choose makes virtually no difference to your tone or technique, provided you maintain good guitar-playing posture. Most people [more…]

Tuning Your Guitar to Itself

Relative tuning is so named because you don't need any outside reference to which you tune a guitar. As long as the strings are in tune in a certain relationship with each other, you can create sonorous [more…]

How to Tune a Guitar to Itself Using the Fifth-Fret Method

Tuning a guitar to itself using the fifth-fret method is an important and useful guitar skill. The fifth-fret method is the most common type of relative tuning, and it's all you need if you're planning [more…]

How to Find Notes on a Guitar

Finding notes on your guitar is not the same as reading notes on sheet music. To understand how to find notes on a guitar, it helps to break up the neck of the guitar to see where all the notes lie. [more…]

The Anatomy of an Acoustic Guitar

All guitars share certain characteristics that make them behave like guitars and not violins or tubas. Understanding the anatomy of an acoustic guitar is important for understanding how to make music with [more…]

How Guitar Strings and Frets Work

Guitar strings create musical sound through vibration. Understanding how strings work with frets to create specific vibrations (and therefore specific tones) will help you to understand why your guitar [more…]

Parts of an Electric Guitar

All guitars share certain characteristics that make them behave like guitars and not violins or tubas. Understanding the anatomy of an electric guitar is important for understanding how to make music with [more…]

How to Evaluate a Guitar

When you go shopping for a new guitar, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the number of guitars available in every style. It's important to know how to evaluate a guitar's quality to ensure that you are getting [more…]

How to Properly Hold a Guitar

Whether you sit or stand while playing the guitar won't affect your tone or technique. What can make a difference is if you're not holding the guitar properly. Most people prefer to practice while sitting [more…]

How to Position Your Left Hand for Acoustic Guitar

Your left hand should fall in place very naturally on the neck of the acoustic guitar. When you play the guitar, your hands should be comfortable and relaxed. If you don't use correct left-hand positioning [more…]

How to Position Your Left Hand for Electric Guitar

Proper electric guitar technique will help you more quickly get to the point where you can rock all night without your hands cramping or hurting. Paying attention to how you position your left hand [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Pick-style Guitar Playing

It's important to learn how to position your right hand for pick-style guitar playing. If you use an electric guitar, it's almost exclusively played with a pick, whether you’re belting out rock ’n’ roll [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Fingerpicking Your Guitar

If you eschew such paraphernalia as picks and want to go au naturel with your right hand, you should try finger-style playing, or fingerpicking. Fingerpicking [more…]

How to Read a Guitar Chord Diagram

Although you don’t need to read music to play the guitar, you will want to learn how to read chord diagrams. Musicians have developed a few simple tricks, such as chord diagrams, to enable them to communicate [more…]

How to Properly Hold a Classical Guitar

To sound authentic when you play classical guitar, you must play it in the classical style. That means you have to follow the specific rules about how you hold the guitar, position your hands, and play [more…]

How to Position Your Right Hand for Classical Guitar

To sound authentic when you play classical guitar, you must play it in the classical style. After posture, learning how to position your right-hand is the most critical consideration for achieving a true [more…]

How to Position Your Left Hand for Classical Guitar

Classical guitarists play their instruments quite differently from that of any other guitar style. When you're learning how to position your left hand for fingering frets in the classical style, try to [more…]

Tips for Buying Your First Guitar

If you’re just starting out as a novice guitarist, you may ask, “What’s the minimum I need to spend to avoid winding up with a piece of junk?” That’s a good question, because modern manufacturing practices [more…]

Which Guitar Model Should You Buy to Match Your Style?

Asking for a type of guitar by musical style is completely legitimate. Ask for a heavy-metal guitar, and the salesperson nods knowingly and leads you to the corner of the store with all the scary-looking [more…]

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