Tuesday, March 30, 2010


After you had learned the basic guitar parts here in guitar tutorials for beginners, you will now be inspired or rather be excited to play a song in it.  But, before you strum those strings and play your favorite songs, you must learn these things first.

As you can see from the title above, this is just a part of my lessons that I had included if you have no guitar that you own right now. If you had your own guitar then, of course, you don’t need to read this post and go on to the next lesson which is actually about tuning. I had decided that I must first teach this to those who don’t own one right now.  I was once a beginner, and this is a part where I first make very huge mistakes concerning guitars. So, in order for you to miss these grave mistakes I made in buying a guitar. This will help you make good decisions in purchasing a quality guitar.

So, why do I need to buy if I can just borrow to my friend?

First of all, before learning these stuffs on how to play a guitar you must have a guitar. Off course, this is the most important thing about doing these tutorials I’m teaching you. In order for you to learn faster, you should have the resources you’ll need upon making your goal on whatever you do. That’s’ why I am suggesting and encouraging you to buy one for yourself (of course!). But, if you don’t have the money, you can still borrow a guitar to your friend or your neighbor if this is the case, and you can’t buy the instrument right away. However, if the time had come that you can buy it then I encourage you, and it will be a best damn thing you can ever own. I promise you that if you’ll study hard and focus yourself achieving your goal. So be thrift for awhile and save money so you can be availing this precious thing, and you’re off to be a guitar player.

What do I use?  An acoustic guitar or Electric guitar is better?

In this tutorial, we will be using an acoustic guitar in these guitar tutorials for beginners. It doesn’t matter what type or style of the acoustic you will use or bought. There are three the most common type of acoustic guitar, namely: dreadnought, parlor and classic guitars. In this tutorial, we’ll only use 6 stringed guitars. You can use an electric to if you choose to, but you can’t maximize your potential using it in this tutorial because it consists of complex technicalities that I will not be able to supply for you. So, for the convenience for you and for this tutorial, I encourage you to use acoustic guitar instead.

How do I inspect the quality of the guitar before buying?

If you had decided to buy a guitar then, I am glad that you did. Cause it can bring you many things to your life. But, before you go to the store and are very excited to buy this precious thing, you need to know these things in order for you to miss the grave mistakes I had made during my new days as a guitar player. This thing can help you to know what to consider upon making a solid decision on buying the stuff. This can also help you make the price more cheaply but high in quality. This is the list you can use to make that possible:

First: Designs say the price and not the quality.

Most guitars with beautiful designs will be on a high price. But, those with cheap ones, I will say isn’t the answer to in this. My point is that, usually some guitars with quality come with a simple design or maybe not as appealing to a beginner I may say. But, this is the stuff you need, and it will be the best bet to own a good one. I know that choosing the right guitar really is kind of hard for beginners a decision to make. In my experience as a guitar enthusiast, this is my first mistake of all time. And it cost me a lot and ended up with a low quality guitar with a very bad sound. It is cheap but, it has a crappy sound. Hate to say but it is true (ouch!).

Second:  Straight arm for your guitar.

I think this is important also. During the time, you’re inspecting the guitar you wanted to buy carefully inspect the fret board if it has a straight or proportioned width from the body to the head stock. This is something adding quality to the product for its straight fret board. This also indicates that a very good job has been given to make this guitar.

Third: Soft is comfortable.

Most beginners I had seen while learning their first song has a common complain afterwards. Their fingers hurt and making them less motivated because of the hassle about this thing: the string is hard or difficult to press. This is the greatest reason also, that they give up learning guitar. If you will buy a guitar I suggest you pick a something that you can press the string easily down to the fret board or the string had less space above the fret board. In doing so, you can eradicate those complain and make your fingers comfortable making chords or pressing it repeatedly. This can also make you learn faster because your fingers don’t hurt that fast and badly and this makes you having a lot of time practicing.

Fourth: Big body can produce bigger sound.

This is another thing you can consider in owning a quality guitar in for yourself. Don’t buy a guitar with small body or a guitar that has no bold sound when you strum it. In my opinion, a guitar with a solid sound is an attribute to say that the guitar has a very good quality. Usually, the bigger the body of the guitar the bolder the tone or sound like it can give you. So, this is the easiest way also to choose what you need to decide what you will buy in a store if you are having a hard time.

Fifth: The heavier it gets the harder it can give.

Now this is something you can say to anything. Of course, the heavier the thing is the harder it will break. Some guitar may vary from its weight also, usually, light weighted guitar are not a good option when it comes to buying one. Why? It is because, this is the indication that can be a fake one or has been made with low class materials. A guitar with a good quality comes with a fine material and this will automatically tell you that this is the best choice.

That’s all folks! This is the end of our lesson for this day here in guitar tutorials for beginners. Hope you like the lesson I had made you and still have your patience learning things about the guitar. Now you can go to the store and pick the best guitar out there and own one with a quality sound in it. These steps can help you to learn all those major things that you must learn in order to be a good guitar player. The next lesson will be about tuning the guitar.

Saturday, March 20, 2010


So, you’ve finally decided to learn the basics of a guitar here at Guitar Tutorials for Beginners. This will guide you through the processes in order for you to learn the very basics of how to play a guitar. But, as a guitarist, these are the most important things you must know in order to be a good guitar player; or even a guitar god if you wished to. The guitar parts, as I can say, are the things as a beginner must know first before hitting those strings and strum them as a rock star.

  1. Tuning pegs is used to tune the strings in a guitar. This can be made of ebony, boxwood, and rosewood or even. As a guitar player, this is one of the most crucial parts used to play a music using this instrument. This can make the sound of your guitar in a high tone or in a lower tone.  You’ll use this part so often when you’re playing songs in your guitar.
  2. The biggest part of the guitar is called the Body. It is the main mass of the guitar. The sizes and shape of a guitar body may differ and depends upon the brand, style, and the type of a guitar. The sound of a guitar, regarding acoustic or echo guitar, can be big or small depending upon the body size of a guitar.
  3. The place where you can find the Tuning pegs is called Head stock. But, sometimes this is called Peg heads for some reasons. The principal purpose of this is to hold the instruments' string. Head stock or peg head come from different sizes and shapes depending upon the brand or the design of the guitar itself.
  4. The next part is called the Fingerboard. And this is where we make our chords and keynotes in the guitar while playing our favorite songs. This is the longest part in a guitar. Some fingerboards had markers in it to indicate the numbers of the fret without counting it while you play a song in a guitar. The image I had used doesn’t have a marker in it.
  5. In a Fingerboard, you will find a line making divisions starting from the bottom of the head stock to the body of the guitar. This is called a Fret. Now, this is a very technical part in using a guitar instrument. This can make you distinguish what chords you are using especially when you are using power chords. A Fret has a lot to do with you playing a song with a specific tone and pitch. Without these frets in a fingerboard in a guitar, it can be very hard playing it. There are some guitars that don’t have a fret and this is for advance users only. The complete fret number for a guitar has a total of 24, all In all.
  6. The hole in a guitar is called the Sound hole. And it is responsible making the sound projection increase while you strum the guitar. This is usually found and directly placed under the strings. But, some guitar’s sound hole can be found somewhere else.
  7. The Bridge of a guitar is the one who handles the String. It makes the strings of your guitar aligned and this is located on the body of the guitar. Usually bridges were made with woods.
  8. Some acoustic has a Saddle and some has none. The Saddle is like a lock for the strings that goes on in a bridge of a guitar. Usually, Saddles were made with ivory and come with a color of white or black. Saddles have nothing to do with the sound projection while you strum the guitar. But, you have to put the saddle in a right way while you put strings in the bridge so accidents won’t occur. Make sure that it is tight, and it’s not loose before you strum the guitar and play a song.
  9. Off course, you can’t play this thing without a String. The String is the thing you will be strumming upon playing a song in it. A string has two types, and they were called nylon and steel. A nylon string is usually used for a classic type of guitar. Some guitarist, especially who loves folk songs or songs played by plucking the strings, used this. But, if you’re a rocker, you probably will use steel instead of nylon. Steel strings, in my opinion, sound good making lead or doing a lead gain in a song while playing a guitar. In these guitar tutorials for beginners, we will be using a six string guitar only. You can find guitars with different string numbers.
So, that’s the major parts of the guitar that has been covered here in Guitar tutorials for beginners’ blog. The very basic things you need to know before playing the guitar. This is your first step to reach your goal in learning how to play a song using it and become an expert. I didn’t include discussing the pick guard because beginners usually don’t use pick in their first attempt to use a guitar. And some guitar’s doesn’t have one that’s why I had skipped it. But, to sum it all, beginners must learn these stuffs in order for him/her excel more and faster. Cause, basics are the fundamentals of all the things you need in order to learn more sophisticated techniques in the future.