So you want to learn beginner guitar, how exciting! The best thing about learning the guitar is
that no matter what method or style you choose, you can rest assure that you will be learning
fundamentals of the instrument that will last you a lifetime.
The first things you’ll need to tackle to learn beginner guitar are the parts of the guitar. Do
get to know them well. This will take you about five or ten minutes. Let’s walk you through its
All guitars have a body. Acoustic guitars have a sound-hole. The six strings are attached to the
body with a bridge. The long thing attached to the body where you play notes is the neck. The
darker wood on the neck is the fretboard. The fretboard has thick wires across it called frets,
which are numbered from one onwards starting at the other end of the guitar near the head. The
thick carved bone where the neck and head meet is the nut. The head has six tuning pegs on it which
you use to tune your guitar. That is the parts of the guitar in a nutshell.
The next thing you’ll need to do to learn beginner guitar is to tune it. Get yourself an
electronic tuner – this will make it easy and will tune the guitar properly. Find a guitar playing
friend to help you or simply find an article online that gives you step by step instructions. Take
a few moments to memorize the names of the strings – it’s easy and we can do it right now.
The strings are numbered from one to six, from highest to lowest. The strings are named
according to their standard tuning in reverse order from the sixth string to the first one: E A D G
B E. Play into the tuner and adjust the tuning pegs (gently) until the tuner indicates that the
pitch of the string matches these six notes.
While you learn beginner guitar you will probably want to learn how to read guitar tabs. Tabs
are a kind of shorthand guitar players use for notating a particular song. The six horizontal lines
of a tab represent the six string of a guitar from highest to lowest. The numbers tell you in order
where to play notes and on which string.
The tab below tells you to play three notes on the first string: open (without any frets pressed
down), then to press down at the first fret, and finally the note found on the third fret.
In your journey to learn beginner guitar, you may want to learn traditional musical notation as
well. Where tab is specific to the guitar, music notation can be played on any instrument. Here is
what the above tab looks like written this way:
Finally, while you learn beginner guitar, you’ll be learning lots of chords and will need to
read chord diagrams to do this. Again, you have a picture of the guitar, but now it is facing you
with the nut at the top. The vertical lines represent the strings from lowest to highest, left to
right, and the horizontal lines give you the frets. The dots tell you where to place your fingers,
which are numbered 1 to 4. An 'o' indicates an open string. Here is the common C major chord
written this way:
Well that's about it for how to learn beginner guitar. Happy picking!