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How to Begin Your Guitar Playing Journey Part 1

There is a uncomfortable feeling when first trying something you have never done before. Learning how to play the guitar is no exception. It’s not the easiest instrument to learn. Especially by yourself. The best way for you to learn how to play the guitar is not through Youtube or free guitar tab you find on the internet but instead, find a good teacher who understands your goals, interests and things you want to accomplish in your guitar playing.

Here are some guidelines to get you started if you have never learned anything on the guitar before or even picked one up. We will address this for right-handed people. Reverse the instructions if you are left-handed.

It might be obvious, but first pick up the guitar and hold it while sitting down. Even holding it often will get you more familiar with it and it won’t feel so foreign to you. If you have an acoustic or standard shaped electric, set the curved part at the bottom of the body(the body is the big part) on you right leg close to your body.

The neck or long skinny part of the guitar should be facing to your left. Your right hand is the strumming hand and left hand is the fretting hand. Fretting is placing your fingers on the strings in the appropriate location on the fretboard. The fretboard is the part of the neck with the metal strips and most often white or black dots. Another obvious thing is the fretboard should be facing away from you. The headstock is at the end of the neck. It has tuning pegs that when turning tune the strings pitch either up or down. Pitch is the specified note.

Now that you have everything in position you’re ready to learn.

The two most common ways of playing guitar are strumming and picking. Strumming is when you move your thumb or guitar pick across more than one string at a time. This is called a chord. Picking is when you use the thumb, pick, or finger to strike one string at a time. This creates the sound of a single note.

Be sure to read Part 2 in the series…

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