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Lesson 0 : The Most Important Guitar Lesson!

The Most Important Guitar Lesson You Will Ever Learn
Be patient and don’t get frustrated. Learning to play guitar can be a long process. If you stay patient and practice you will improve eventually even if it feels like you aren’t. Always remember this, “The slower you go, the faster you will get there”.

This blog takes the nitty gritty approach – note by note, chord by chord, no stone left unturned. If you ever get frustrated when you see someone amazing playing ask them how long it took them to gain their skill. Like anything worth learning it takes gumption and it takes time. 

The GuitarThe guitar is one of the most popular instruments of all time. It makes a very pleasing sound. It is small and light enough to carry around and it has a romantic appeal.
The guitar is very versatile. It can be played on it’s own or within a band. It’s tone complements the voice and it gives a good full backing to singing. It has a wide range of notes and makes a good solo instrument as well. It is ext…

Lesson 1 : Guitar Anatomy

The Guitar DiagramGuitars can be classified into 2 main categories, acoustic and electric. Well you play them in similar ways the style of their composition is quite different. Below is a guitar diagram that details some of the parts on both.

Some terminologies and definitions:

1. The Headstock
The focal point of the tuning system, headstocks come in two distinctive designs. The square headstock has three tuners on either side, whilst Fender style instruments have all six tuners on the left.
2. Tuner
There are six tuners—one for each string. They are used in guitar tuning to tune strings to their proper pitch. Each tuner consists of a nut and cog to tighten or slacken the string. Also known as machine heads.
3. Nut
The nut keeps the strings in position as they leave the head, by way of six small grooves. If you own an expensive guitar the nut will probably be made of ivory. If you’re a conservationist or just an economist it’ll be plastic.
4. Frets
Frets are wire inserts which mark the points…

Lesson 2 : Choosing Your Guitar

Before you buy: Choosing the right GuitarChoosing the instrument you play is always an important decision. If you are buying your first guitar, the decision is more difficult because you may not know where to start or what to look for. So, before you do anything, read these friendly words of advice.
First let us dispel the popular, but completely wrong belief that “any guitar will do for learning to play”. Your first guitar should be carefully chosen to be fairly easy to play and tune. It should also be versatile enough for you to be able to play different kinds of music on it.
If you already have a guitar and want to know if it is suitable for playing, keep reading. An old guitar will need checking very carefully. Old instruments can be very good – or very bad. The old guitar which has been around the house for years may well have so many things wrong with it that it could be almost impossible to play and not worth repairing.
If this is the case, or if the guitar is not the right type …

Lesson 3 : Stringing & Tuning

The Names of the Strings

The six strings of a guitar are numbered from first to sixth
starting on the thinnest string and counting up to the thickest
string. The strings also have letter names that correspond
to each string. Memorize the names of your strings.

Proper Right Hand Technique

Hold the pick between your thumb and
first finger. The thumb and pick
should form a 90 degree angle. The
pick should be sticking out from
underneath the thumb a 1/4 to 1/2 of
an inch.

Bracing your hand gives your hand the
needed stability to accurately switch
between strings. Although there are
many different ways to brace, placing
your pinky on the soundboard right
below the first string is the most common
way. You don't need to press hard.

Proper Left Hand Technique

Hold your thumb on the back of
the fingerboard on the upper side
of the neck. Be careful not to put
your thumb on top of the neck.
Your wrist should be low with
some air space between your
palm and the neck of the guitar.

Your four fingers should be evenly

Lesson 4 : Reading Guitar Tablature & Finger Exercises

Reading Guitar Tablature
TABLATURE is a type of musical notation that guitarists have developed to describe what strings on the guitar are being
played at any point and what frets need to be fingered.

Finger Exercises
These finger exercises are designed to build coordination between your right and left hand. Proper picking and fingering hand
coordination is vital to good controlled guitar playing.
Directions: Play each finger pattern on each string. Start on the first string, then the second, third, etc... Although a little difficult
at first, these exercises quickly build the motor skill control needed to play the guitar effectively. Practice with an even,
steady rhythm. The goal is control, not speed.

Lesson 5 : Staff Notation Basics

The Staff Notes

The staff is the basis of written music. It is what the notes are presented on. It consists of 5 lines with four spaces between them. A simple, unadorned staff is shown below.


This is the treble staff. The treble clef (the large fancy symbol to the far left) shows the musician that the staff is treble. Since it curls around the G line, it is also called a G clef. The treble staff begins with the first line as E. Each successive space and line is the next letter in the musical alphabet. The staff ends with the last line as an F. Many mnemonic devices exist to help a person remember which line and space is which. One of the most common phrases to remember the names of the lines is: Every Good Boy Does Fine. (Also popular is Elvis'Guitar Broke Down Friday). 

To remember the spaces, just remember that they spell FACE starting from the bottom.

This is the bass (pronounced 'base' ) staff. The bass clef, also known as the F clef because it locates the line …

Lesson 6 : Staff Notation & Exercises - I

These are a collection of real staff notations that were used to learn the Guitar. You will need patience, to learn and play perfectly. Remember, music is all about patience and practice!

The Staff and Notes