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Guitar For Beginners

Guitar For Beginners Guitar For Beginners 7th 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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1 min.
welcome to guitar for beginners

Guitar is one of the most popular instruments for first-time learners, allowing players the flexibility to play various different musical styles. But whether you aspire to play for fun or to live out your ambitions of taking the stage at Wembley, the end goal may seem a distant dream when you strum your first chord. With what might seem like an endless list of notation marks, scales and chords to grasp, practice and commitment are essential. Luckily, this newly revised 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…

8 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…

1 min.
acoustic guitars

Acoustic guitars come in two main forms: classical and steel-string. Classical guitars have a wider neck and use nylon strings, making them perfect for beginners. This is because the nylon strings are easy on the fingers – both in terms of fretting and strumming – and the wide necks give your fretting hand a thorough workout, making you stretch further to form the chords. The benefit of this is that once you have learned to form the chords on a classical guitar, everything else is a piece of cake! Steel strings produce a defined and sharp sound that is a distinctive component of a wide range of popular music styles – from rock to country – but they can feel harsh on the fingers at first. Is an acoustic right for…

1 min.
guitar strings

The sound that your guitar makes depends a lot on the type of strings used and their gauge (thickness). The higher the gauge, the thicker the string and, likewise, the lower the gauge, the thinner the string. Higher gauged strings will generally last longer and provide a much meatier, fatter sound, whereas thinner strings generate a lighter, crisper sound. Nylon strings, like those found on classical acoustic guitars are smoother, more comfortable to press down and easier to slide your fingers along, making them ideal for beginners. Acoustic and electric guitars commonly use steel strings, which produce the fullest sound but are harder on the fingers and will inevitably cause a degree of discomfort on your fretting hand. You can get around this problem by switching to lowergauged strings, which are…

1 min.
electric guitars

Unlike acoustic guitars, which are usually selfamplifying, electric guitars need to be plugged into a stand-alone amplifier to be heard adequately. Acoustic-electric guitars are the exception as they can be plugged in and amplified as well. They are usually solid-body guitars (although archtop electric guitars are available that have hollow bodies to give them more acoustic resonance) with pickups situated beneath the strings where you strum that channel the sound through the amp. The pickups and amplifier used with a solid-body electric guitar create a metallic sound with a lengthy sustain, and the design variations among electric guitars allows them to produce a wide variety of tones. The two most popular designs, the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul, have their own distinct sound and, as such, you’ll soon…

1 min.
how a guitar makes noise

As we have already explored, acoustic guitars have large, hollow bodies into which the sound is channelled via a sound hole that sits under the strings. Most acoustic guitars also have a waist, or a narrowing, which makes it easier to rest the instrument on your knee and reach your arm around while playing. Above and below the waist are widenings, known as bouts. The upper bout is where the neck connects and the lower bout is where the bridge is attached. The size and shape of the body and the bouts has a lot to do with the tone that a given guitar produces. When your choosing your first guitar, keep an ear out for these different tones. When you hold down the strings of a guitar and strum them, the…