The pick is held between your thumb and forefinger and rests on your (slightly tucked) middle finger as pictured here. The pick is usually aligned, more or less, with the forefinger, and the tip of the pick protrudes roughly 1/4″ beyond the fingers. This allows you to keep your hand fairly close to the strings,
Why is the guitar tuned the way it is? To make a long story short, the guitar strings are tuned 5 frets apart (except for the B string). As you move up the frets the pitch increases by semi-tone increments. To play the chromatic scale you go up four frets and then move to the
I think it’s best to get new guitar students playing simple melodies as soon as possible. The song I always seem to go to as “the very first song” is the very familiar “Ode to Joy”. You can easily pick it out without written music, and it’s good to learn how to “play by ear”.
You may think the more you pay for a guitar the better it will sound, and the easier it will be to play. While that may be true for more advanced players, it is not necessarily the case for beginners. One of my practice guitars – the one I often use when I want to
If you’re starting out on the guitar, there’s no question that playing on a guitar with nylon strings (rather than steel ones) is easier or the fingers. That will make the whole learning/practicing experience much more enjoyable. Because sore fingers is definitely the most common complaint you hear from new guitar players. Yes, it’s true
There are lots of things you’d become better at by just spending 10 minutes a day working at them. Athletic skills are an obvious one. Just spending 10 minutes everyday shooting baskets, throwing a baseball or shooting pucks at a hockey net… You get the idea. Or learning a language, or how to use new
Learning the notes on the guitar fretboard is not easy, so if you are going to tackle it, you’d better make a serious effort. Many guitar players – a lot of good ones and most not-so-good ones – will argue that it is not worth the time and energy it takes, especially if you don’t
I guess because I’m older I hate paper sheet music. The music stand is never in the right place. Or it falls over. Or the music falls off. Or I can’t see it because the lighting isn’t right. That’s why, whenever I can, I play from a computer screen. I know, I know. It can