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A Beginner’s Guide to Playing the Guitar

A Beginner’s Guide to Playing the Guitar

 

Are you a big fan of the guitarists of a certain band you like? Do you fancy yourself playing a guitar in front of a huge crowd while they sing their hearts out? Or, do you just want to have fun jamming with your friends? Then, you’re on the right page! Tell you what, you won’t need to have a musician’s blood in your veins just to play a guitar. As a beginner, you just need to know the basics then afterwards, you’ll be able to tune your beloved guitar to your own melody.

 

Here are the guitar basics a beginner should know about:

 

    • Get to Know the Parts.

      This is a vital information for every aspiring guitarist. Of course, you can only win a war using a weapon you’re a master of. Getting to know the parts of the guitar should be your first lesson. These parts are the bridge, neck, headstock, tuning pegs, frets, and sound hole. When you’ve understood their uses, then you’ll recognize their distinct contribution to the music you’re making.

    • Tune and Hold the Guitar Properly.

      There are many ways of holding the guitar which do not compromise the correct posture and give comfort to the guitarist. For beginners, discomforts are to be expected in areas like shoulders, arms, hands, and neck as they tend to slide the guitar down to see what’s going on. On the other hand, tuning a guitar requires you to know the various string and fret combinations. You must familiarize yourself with the name of each string, as well.

    • Choose the Pick.

      You can always use your thumb or index fingers in strumming the guitar, but certain times come when you just won’t last long. There comes the pick. Picks can be thin or thick, medium thin or medium thick. For beginners, a standard shaped medium thickness pick is advisable. No worries. You can always decide what suits you better later.

    • Time for the Chords!

      E Minor chord and D2 are two of the easy chord shapes. Chords create the music. You may find it hard for your muscles to move with coordination. That’s okay! At least, you have a good start! Practice as many times as you can in a day. This way, your fingers will remember the chords. Then, changing chords later will be a smooth one for you.

    • Make your own music.

      Now that you’ve known the basic in playing the guitar, it’s time for you to get up, hold your guitar, play the chords, and compose your own music.

     

    Playing the guitar becomes easy when you’ve got the determination to learn all about the instrument. Your music may not be that good at the start. But as days pass by, you’ll get better with constant practice. And eventually, you’ll be able to tune your guitar to your own melody. So, pick up your guitar and have a good start today!

Why Choose the Gibson Les Paul Guitar

The Gibson Les Paul

The Gibson Les Paul is a thick, heavy guitar, both physically and sonically. It features a mahogany body with a maple top, and a set mahogany neck. Mahogany is a very warm-sounding tonewood and accounts for the depth and resonance of Les Pauls are known for.

The maple cap helps to add some clarity to the tone, as maple is a brighter wood. Most Les Pauls have 22-fret rosewood fingerboards, but some feature ebony, and in some recent years Gibson has been using some interesting alternatives like baked Maple.

This traditional combination of woods has served Gibson well over the years and made for some classic instruments. Les Pauls are more elaborately constructed than Strats, with binding around the neck and body, and block inlays in the fingerboard.

Les Pauls have two humbucking pickups, specially made by Gibson. Each pickup has one tone and one volume control, and there’s a toggle switch that flips between the pickups or allows both to be active simultaneously.

The bridge is a Tune-o-Matic with a stop-bar tailpiece. The tailpiece, along with the wood and set neck, gives the Les Paul great sustain capabilities. The simple bridge also means it tends to stay in tune fairly well.

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