Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Unleashing the Guitar Hero in You! 4
Chapter 2 – Guitar Basics 5
Chapter 3 – Guitar Positioning and Tuning 8
Chapter 4 – Ways to Tune Your Guitar 10
Chapter 5 – Playing Notes and Chords 12
Chapter 6 –Scales and Playing Your First Song 15
Chapter 7 – Practice 17
Chapter 8 – Before You Buy Your First Guitar 18
Chapter 9 – Purchasing Your First Guitar 20
Chapter 10 –Buying a Guitar Online 23
Chapter 11 – Earning Money with Your Guitar 25
Chapter 12 – Conclusion 26
Chapter 1 – Unleashing the Guitar Hero in You!
There is probably not one person who has not heard of the video game “Guitar Hero”. You could not walk through any electronics store or Best Buy without seeing customer’s young and old, standing in front of monitors with a plastic guitar strapped around them strumming to Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” I should know, I was one of those customers! The overwhelming popularity of this fun game is a testament to not only the fantasy we have about being the next great rock star but the popularity of the guitar.
The guitar is among the most popular musical instruments around. Because of how versatile the guitar is, it is a popular instrument to learn how to play. The guitar can play any kind of music that suits your interest whether it is rock, country or jazz or any other style of music. You may be interested in playing your favorite songs or maybe you are a budding songwriter and you would like to write your own songs. Either way, the guitar would be the perfect instrument to learn in these cases. Like all musical instruments, if you want to learn to play the guitar you will need plenty of practice, perseverance and patience. Learning to play the guitar will be a very rewarding experience if you stick with it and the guitar can give you many hours of enjoyment.
Before you start on your journey to become the next guitar hero, you will need a six string guitar and a guitar pick. You will also need to have patience and overall a desire to learn and a love of music. You will need a chair without arms as well.
You should also remember a few other tips before you begin learning to play the guitar. First, trim your fingernails so they are short. You will need to do this on a regular basis if you are learning how to play the guitar. Short fingernails will allow you to produce good sound and they assist you in holding down notes much easier.
Next, realize that your finger will hurt as you are learning to play the instrument. This is normal and your fingertips will eventually develop calluses as you practice and the pain will soon cease.
Finally, pause between each lesson and be sure that you have mastered that section of the lesson. Each lesson should be practices a few minutes, and then you should move on to the next lesson.
Ready? Alright! Let’s get you started on your way to becoming the next real guitar hero.
Chapter 2 – Guitar Basics
The guitar is an instrument with ancient roots and is used in several different musical genres. Guitars usually have six strings but you can find guitars with seven, ten or even twelve strings.
Guitars are typically the main instrument in music such as rock, blues, country, and forms of pop. Guitars may also be used as a solo instrument. Traditional guitars are made of wood and steel or nylon strings.
Guitars may be played either acoustically or may need to rely on an amplifier. There are various types of guitars. First there is the acoustic guitar. In an acoustic guitar, the sound is created by vibrating strings that are echoed in the hollow body of the guitar. It does not depend on anything external to produce its sound. It depends on a wooden piece that is mounted on the front of the guitar. The acoustic guitar is typically quieter than the instruments you would find in an orchestra or band so it is usually externally amplified. There are a lot of acoustic guitars that have different pickups so the player can modify and amplify the sound of the instrument.
There are different types of acoustic guitars. They are steel string guitars, twelve string guitars, arch top guitars, flamenco, and classical guitars. There is also the acoustic bass guitar.
The invention of the electric guitar has influenced much of the music of the twentieth century and popular culture. An electric guitar relies on an amplifier that helps to manipulate the tone of the instrument electronically. An electric guitar uses what you call pickups to change the vibration of the strings into an electrical current, which is then amplified. The electrical signal that emits from the guitar may be altered electronically before it passes into the amplifier. This makes the final sound. Some electric guitars have the ability to sound like an acoustic guitar with the flip of a switch.
Unlike the acoustic guitar, an electric guitar usually does not have a hollow body and the guitar makes very little sound when you pluck the strings. When the strings are plucked an electric current is generated. This current is then sent through a wire to an amplifier. The current produced varies depending on how dense the string is and how much movement occurs (how you are strumming the guitar).
The electric guitar was initially used in jazz music and is now used in many other genres of music such as rock and roll, blues, country, new-age and modern classical music.
Some hybrids of electric and acoustic guitars are currently available. There are some very exotic guitars available as well. There are guitars with two three or even four necks.
The top of the guitar consists of a slim neck and the “headstock”. The headstock’s main function is to hold the guitar strings. The headstock is placed at the end of the guitar and is furthest from your body.
The headstock consists of tuners that allow you to change the pitch of your guitar strings. At the bottom of the headstock is the “nut”. A nut is a piece of material where there are grooves carved out. These grooves guide the strings to the tuners.
The nut is usually made of plastic, bone, brass, stainless steel, graphite or other material. The nut is found where the fret board meets the headstock. A fret board or fingerboard is wood that is embedded with the metal “frets” that make up the top of the neck.
The guitar neck will be the focal point as you begin to learn how to play the instrument. The neck joint or “heel” is where the neck is glued or bolted to the guitar body. The majority of acoustic guitars have necks that are glued while the majority of electric guitars have glued and bolted necks. Your fingers will be placed on different parts of the neck and this will create various notes. Solid body electric guitars have a neck through body construction. These types of necks are built so the head down through the bridge is on the same piece of wood.