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Guitar For Beginners

Guitar For Beginners Guitar For Beginners 8th Edition

This new edition of Guitar for Beginners is on hand to be your learning companion, guiding you through the basics and helping you lay firm foundations for future development. Our step-by-step tutorials are even accompanied by free online resources such as video tutorials and audio files to point you in the right direction and provide examples of how your guitar playing should sound. With plenty of practice, you will be finger-picking, string bending and making compositions of your own in no time. Featuring: Getting started - The ultimate guide and step-by-step tutorials will teach you the basics, from choosing the right guitar and knowing how to hold it to strumming and picking. Techniques - Learn how to play basic chords, the secret behind finger picking, and how your computer, tablet and smartphone can help your practise and record. Understanding music - Interpreting guitar tab and musical notation can be daunting at first, but it’s worth learning the basics to improve your technique. Play in the style of… - Discover how certain genres get that distinct sound and how you can achieve it.

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20 min.
the ultimate guide to the guitar

So you’ve decided to make the leap and learn the guitar – that’s great news. The benefits of playing really are plentiful, from simply helping you to relax to actually writing your own songs, performing live in front of a crowd and forging a professional career as a guitarist. So whatever your reason for starting to learn the guitar, once you have mastered all of the basics, you will be able to hear the results for yourself and slowly develop your own individual playing style. There is far more to playing than simply picking up the instrument and blindly strumming the strings, though. As this feature will teach you, there are the various types of guitar to consider in determining the sound you want to achieve, eg do you learn on…

3 min.
restring your guitar

Give it a try Video file • Watch the step-by-step guide and follow along on your own guitar Restringing your guitar is an important part of any guitar owner’s relatively small maintenance schedule, and while it might seem a little daunting when you do it for the first time, the whole restringing process is actually a lot easier than you might think. How often you choose to restring your instrument really depends on a number of factors, such as how often you play, your playing style itself and the quality of strings on your instrument. Some guitarists will change their strings every week if they’re gigging regularly, others may leave it far longer if they’re only an occasional player. It’s not an exact science, but there are a few clues that can help you…

5 min.
hold your guitar

Your posture while playing the guitar is vitally important because if you slouch or are generally seated badly, then you could easily pick up bad playing habits that could make it much harder to learn to play. When learning, the best position is to remain seated with a nice straight back, with your strumming hand resting over the sound hole or pickups and the thumb of your fretting hand pressed against the neck of your instrument so that your fingers have more flexibility to reach around and press down on the strings. As your confidence grows, however, you can play your instrument while standing up too. Many guitar players prefer to stand while performing but we recommend working your way up to it. And it’s not just deciding whether to stand…

4 min.
hold your pick

Whether you’re a learner or a seasoned pro, you will undoubtedly benefit from using picks. Playing guitar with a pick (or plectrum) produces a brighter, more vibrant sound than using your fingers. A pick also provides a greater contrast in tone across different plucking locations. For example, the difference in sound between playing a string close to the bridge and near the neck is greater. Guitar picks can vary in thickness to accommodate different playing styles and types of strings. Thinner picks tend to offer a wider range of sounds, whereas thicker picks can produce a brighter tone. The thickness of the pick can also directly benefit you in achieving your desired sound – such as thinner picks for rock and metal and thicker picks for jazz and blues. Guitar picks are…

4 min.
strum your guitar

Give it a try Audio files • Listen to the audio guides and follow along on your guitar audio guides Video file • Watch the step-by-step video guide and follow along on your guitar Strumming seems so simple, but there is an art to it. It’s not uncommon to sit down with a guitar for the first time and find it difficult to strum up and down the strings comfortably. Most beginners tighten up their wrist, almost raking the strings, making it impossible to get any type of natural flow. First and foremost, you need the right guitar pick. As we’re just starting out, a thin pick – around 0.73mm – is best. It will allow far more freedom when performing downstrokes and upstrokes, giving you much more leeway when trying to ensure the same amount…

3 min.
warm up your hands

Give it a try Audio files • Listen to the audio guides and follow along on your guitar Video file • Watch the step-by-step video guide and follow along on your guitar Further info Turn to page 92 for more information on how to read tabs Warming up your hands before you begin playing your guitar is crucial, which is why you’ll see all the top pros do it. It brings a number of advantages, including helping to prevent RSI (repetitive strain injury), enabling you to move your hands and fingers more quickly and avoiding cramp while you’re playing. Getting your hands used to the feeling of the frets will also give you the advantage of muscle memory when it comes to learning complicated riffs. Basically, a five-minute warm-up before you get into the trickier pieces will…