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Beginner Acoustic Guitar

How Should I Care for My Guitar?

So, you’ve been out and bought yourself a shiny new guitar. How Should I Care for My Guitar?Fantastic! Congratulations to you I am very envious of that “new guitar” feeling. It is well worth making sure that you look after your guitar carefully so here are a few tips for you to do so.

  1. Cleaning your guitar

Just about all of the many professional products which are available to help you clean and polish your guitar should be perfectly safe to use. In general terms, I would make sure that you avoid using any kind of soap on your guitar or anything that is harsh abrasive. Also, the newsagent fingers got a lot of water on it because this can save into the ward and raise the grain. Best to make sure you use the proper cleaning materials, to be honest.

Like always, always, always clean my guitar thoroughly when I change the strings. It’s the only chance that you’re likely to get so that you can clean all the difficult to get to places. It’s quality satisfying job and it really doesn’t take long to do. I normally use household polish which helps keep off the dust and also makes the guitar shine quite nicely and adds a protective layer to avoid scratching.

Make sure that you will hard along the frets and get all the grime from behind the metal parts for it content to build up. One great tip is to make sure that you always keep a perfectly dry and clean cloth with your guitar and always wipe the strings and the rest of the guitar down whenever you finish playing. This helps to keep the strings in very good condition, in particular, and they will last a whole lot longer, sound better and also stay in tune better.

  1. Keep your hands nice and clean

It always amazes me that even the slightest  little bit of Greece from our skin can have quite a devastating effect on the strings and even guitar itself. The strings deteriorate really quite quickly if you leave the graceful your fingers on them so it’s always worth giving your hands washed shortly before playing. And remember that tip I gave earlier about wiping down your strings when he finished playing. It truly does make a world of difference to how long the guitar strings last.

  1. Your guitar’s environmental climate

What is a wonderful material and is the basics of every great guitar. One of its downsides is that it has a tendency to be highly affected by the amount of humidity and temperature in which it is kept. Sudden changes in temperature or humidity can have quite a devastating effect upon your guitar so always use a hard case when transporting it and try to avoid those changes in environments such as possible.

Never, ever leave your guitar in a car when the weather is hot. It can be a disaster. Similarly, direct sunlight when the guitar is inside the house can affect your guitar gradually over a period and affect its paint job or, worse, potentially cause the wood to bow potentially ruining the guitar. Finishes can crack which ruins the aesthetic effect of the instrument.

Oh, and remember, keeping your guitar in a hard case will also protected against bumps and knocks which can happen accidentally when you’re carrying it around even a short distance.

Now, please, remember that the lovely warm feeling you have when you first take home your brand-new guitar. Take a few moments to look after it and it will last you a lifetime and you will gain instant pleasure from it.

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How to Re-String a Guitar

Here is how to re-string a guitar. Start out by having a think about what size strings you want to buy How to Re-String a Guitarin the first place . Do you play in a normal tuning or do you use a lower tuning the normal? You should go for a heavier gauge string if you normally play in a lower tuning. This will mean that you’ll strings will be kept consistently tight and you won’t get an awful lot of excessive buzzing from the frets. Go for standard gauge strings if you are not sure what you want and you will soon learn what works for you.

You can restring the guitar quite simply by using three tools which you will find in just about every music shop. These are;

  1. String Winder
  1. Bridge pin puller
  1. Wire cutters

String winders come in manual or automatic versions. I find that the manual one works just fine. You only need the bridge pin puller for acoustic guitars.  Read on to find out more about how to re-string a guitar.

Sure, you can restring your guitar without using any of these tools but you will find life is an awful lot less frustrating in a great deal easier if you haven’t hand!

Start off by taking off your old strings. This is pretty straightforward as you just need to unwind them at the keys and carefully remove them. You will also need to use the bridge pin puller if you are taking strings off an acoustic guitar. This tool is used to remove the pain which holds in the string with the little plug just behind the sound hole. They tend to get quite stiff and this tool makes the job a whole lot easier than trying to do it by hand or with a pair of pliers as you can do some damage to the guitar if you do that.

I always give my guitar a really good clean once the strings are off. It’s the only way you can get to certain areas of the guitar and give them a really good clean.

Be methodical about putting the new strings on and start with the lowest sounding string. Place the strings anchor into the bridge hole and then add the bridge pin in the case of an acoustic guitar. Bring the strings up through the bridge hole on all other types of guitars and gradually stretch it and place it through the tuners at the top of the guitar neck.

Do not pull the string tight through the tuners but leave plenty of slack in the string, say, about enough for three or four winds of the peg. Make a bend in the string and take it backwards around the back of the peg (the opposite way to what you would imagine) and bring it round underneath where the string enters the tuner. Then starts to wind the string around on itself by holding the end of the string vertical from the peg so that it catches on itself as it winds around.

Tight in your string gently until it is just taught enough to hold in place nicely. Do not bring it up to pitch just yet, but repeat the process for all of the of the strings. We need to be nice and gentle with our guitar and bring them to the strings up to pitch gradually and evenly as there is quite a lot of stress on the guitar wants the strings in pitch. Bring each of the strings up to pitch once they have all been placed onto the guitar. Remove excess strings using your wire cutters.

That’s about it. Hopefully, you now know how to re-string a guitar. It is something of a learning process but once you’ve done it once or twice will find that changing strings are pretty easy job. It is well worthwhile making sure you’ve got several winds on the packs and that the string crosses itself as it winds and this will help string to stay in tune a great deal more. Also, it is a great idea to keep your strings in tune at all times and you can also keep them in much better condition and make them last an awful lot longer if you keep a cloth with your guitar and white strings down each and every time you finish playing. This removes finger grease from the strings which tends to make them deteriorate much quicker. Removing this finger grease with your cloth will enable your guitar strings to last a great deal more than would otherwise have been the case.

PS You can find some more information about how to restring your guitar

 

 

What Size Guitar Pick Should I Use?

There are that many different sizes, types and models of guitar Guitar Pick plectrum that it is difficult to know where to start. It is worth taking time to think about this because some picks work better for certain jobs on the guitar than older ones. Let’s take a look at some of the ones which are available.

The key thing is on the method of how you want to play the guitar. There are heavy picks, medium picks and thin picks and any of them will perform the task of actually playing the guitar.

Overwhelmingly, new guitarists start out playing with a thin guitar plectrum. These were really well when you want to strum chords on your acoustic guitar and particularly work well when you want to strum those chords quickly. The problem with them is that they are less well-suited for picking out individual notes on a guitar. Yes, they will do the job, but you probably will not feel like playing anything complicated or quick when using a thin plectrum.

One major disadvantage of using a thin pick is that it tends to make a strong strumming noise as you play the strings. This can be quite a pleasant sound but on the other hand it can be overwhelming and distracting, so you have to be careful on this point. It just comes down to what you’re trying to achieve and what your preferences are.

Perhaps the best thing for new guitarists is to start out using a medium guitar pick. As you have already imagined, these tend to be midway between a thin plectrum and a heavy one. These are surprisingly more efficient and easier to use when it comes to picking out individual guitar notes. And you do not get that overriding sound when you strum chords that you get when using a thing pick.

There are no two ways about it, you will want to move towards using a heavy guitar pick if you are getting into heavy metal. Yes, you can use a medium picks for playing lots of different styles of music including those power rock chords, but you do have to think heavy pick when playing heavy metal.

This an easy way to sum all of this up;

Get a variety of guitar picks and plectrum is and try them all out.  You will soon see what works!

How to Read Guitar Tab

How to Read Guitar TabReading Guitar Tablature Made Easy – How to Read Guitar Tab

Guitar tablature is a system for guitarists to be able to learn a piece of music without being able to understand the traditional music score. Many guitarists can read music that many more able to get by without being able to read music in the traditional sense. Guitar tablature is also known as Guitar Tab. Here is a guide to reading Guitar Tab.

The system relies on being a graphical representation of the strings on the instrument. Managing lying your guitar down in front of you flat on its back with the headstock to your left and the sound hole or pickups to your right. Glancing down at the strings you would see the highest E string uppermost and the lowest E string nearest to you. It would look something like this:

E———————
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

So, the top line represents the thinnest E string, the
down represents the B string, then it would be the G string and so on.

The system then goes on to show you which fret you need to place your finger upon for each string. This is achieved by placing the numbers on the lines of the tablature. A number 0 (zero) tells you that you should play the string without holding your finger against any of the frets. In other words, the string is left open. A number on one of the strings tells you that a particular string should be played on the corresponding number fret.

Here is an example of how to read guitar tab using the top, at the least, E string only:

E—-5—3—-0—1–
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

So you would start off by playing the fifth fret, then the third, then the open string and finally on the first fret. The notes would be A, G, E and finally F.

Playing Guitar Chords Using Tablature – How To Read Guitar Tab

Guitar tab is perfectly capable of showing you a chord shape to play. Let’s have a look at the chord G:

E——3————–
B——0————–
G——0————–
D——0————–
A——2————–
E——3————–

This will look familiar to many guitarists. The top E string is played on the third fret, the B, G and D strings are left open whilst the A string is played on the second frets and finally the bottom E string is played on the third fret. Any chord can be demonstrated using guitar tablature.

Strumming patterns can be represented on guitar tab although only to a degree. Let’s imagine that you need to play the above G chord four times:

E——3—3—3—3—
B——0—0—0—0—
G——0—0—0—0—
D——0—0—0—0—
A——2—2—2—2—
E——3—3—3—3—

This demonstrates the shortcoming with using guitar tablature in order to learn a piece of music. It only indicates to you the position in which you should play it does not indicate time. So, you only are ever getting half the picture. True, you can listen to a piece of music and get the timing using that method but, of course, that is more akin to playing by ear and being able to sight read. Nobody has been able to overcome this problem although many have tried different techniques, such as putting traditional note values at the top or bottom of each beat of the music.

This is complicated on the eye and only gives a general idea of time.

To its credit though, guitar tablature does have methods of showing you how to play various guitarist type techniques in quite a good fashion. Hammer on is and pull offs can be demonstrated quite well as well as slide ups and slide down is and bends. Here is how it works using the top E string is a demonstration:

Hammer On:

E——7h9—————
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

Pulling Off:

E———9p7——–
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

Sliding Up:

E——7/9———–
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

Sliding Down:

E———-9/7——-
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

A Bend Up

E——–7(8)——–
B———————
G———————
D———————
A———————
E———————

I hope that this initial look at how to read guitar tab has been of use to you. It is fairly self-explanatory want to get the basics and you can normally understand what the author of a piece of tablature is trying to convey to you even when they go away from the formally accepted version of guitar tablature notation.

Enjoy!

Learn to Play Guitar – Volume 1

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Classical Guitar Lessons

I absolutely adore the Classical Guitar sound. It was the first type of guitar which I played, I still play Classical Guitar today, and I guess the same for many guitarists out there. It is such a beautiful instrument with such expression and a wonderful town. Some people also call it the Spanish Guitar which always conjures up pictures of sunshine to me.

Although the basic design of a Classical Guitar is similar to any normal acoustic guitars there are quite a few differences. It tends to have nylon strings as opposed to steel strings together with a much wider fingerboard for the frets. AlthouClassical Guitar Lessonsgh there are various drumming techniques used in Classical Guitar Playing it is more usual for the strings to be plucked by fingernails.

Learning Classical Guitar can be fairly challenging and many people opt for a weekly lesson from a local guitar teacher. This will advance the knowledge and ability to play in the fastest and most enjoyable method. You will find that the coaching involved by having one-to-one tuition will be motivational and will correct and even prevent you from getting bad techniques in your playing.

There is normally more time spent on the correct way to hold the instrument and how to sit whilst playing when learning the Classical Guitar and any other type of guitar playing. There is a lot to learn regarding technique, too. The way you pluck the strings with your fingers and, in particular, your thumb is essential.

You would then normally go on to learn the basics of music for your next few Classical Guitar Lessons. You will need to learn time, notation and music theory. On the playing side, you will probably find more work being done on the plucking a string and learning the rest stroke, where you put your finger on to a string but don’t go so far as to play it.

From there it’s a case of building up your technique and repertoire. It can be quite tricky to play Classical Guitar but with the right lessons you can soon be on your way.