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Guitar Beginner: Before You Get Your Strum On. . .

Updated on August 4, 2014

Wising Up To Guitar Basics

Classical, Blues, Folk, Reggae, Country, Jazz and every genre in between . . . acoustic guitar or electric guitar . . . YOU can learn to play guitar quickly and easily.

For the "guitar beginner" playing simple songs, sounding good and having a great time is only a few lessons away! Let's face it, when you are committed and passionate about learning the guitar, it's a lot easier than you think. But before you can "get your strum on," you need to wise up to some basics . . . That's what you'll find here.

Learning About The Instrument

Learning About The Instrument
Learning About The Instrument

Anatomy of A Guitar - A Guitar Beginner Learns the Parts of the Guitar

Before you'll be able to follow instruction on how to PLAY the guitar . . . you'll need a basic understanding of the different parts of the guitar and basic guitar terminology.

Guitar Terminology - A Guitar Beginner Learns Basic Guitar Terms

Want to know what a "Fret" . . . a "Tab" . . . a "Plectrum"is? Good! Because these a just a few of the terms you'll need to understand as a guitar beginner.

Holding the Guitar

Holding the Guitar
Holding the Guitar

Holding the Guitar

A Guitar Beginner Learns the Correct Way to Hold A Guitar

[Note to Lefties: You are not to be "left out" (no pun intended). For the sake of brevity in this article, intructions and tips will be for right-handed play. You will simply take those same instructions and switch to a left-handed frame of reference.]

Playing guitar for long of time can strain your back if you don't maintain an upright posture.

  • Sit in a straight-back chair or on a stool, pick up your guitar and place the back of the guitar against your stomach.
  • If you're right-handed, the guitar neck should be pointing towards your left. Rest the guitar body on your right upper thigh. (Obviously, if you're left-handed using a left-handed guitar, the guitar neck should be pointing toward your right with the guitar body resting on your left thigh).
  • Now place your left hand around the guitar neck and place your right arm around the body so that your hand is lying by the strings. Adjust your body positioning so that you are completely comfortable.

Guitar Beginner "First lesson" DVD

Your First Guitar Lesson (Beginning Guitar)
Your First Guitar Lesson (Beginning Guitar)

For kids, adults, and sexy senior citizens. This one-hour DVD is guaranteed success because it follows the logic that the human being can only think of one thing at a time. You will learn the 19 main open chords & 23 songs that will give you plenty of practice to master all 19 chords quickly & easily.

 

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      LabKittyDesign 4 years ago

      Oops, left a bonus beginner tip on your Guitar 101 lens (start out with light-gauge strings). Prolly should have gone here!