Learn How to Play Guitar: Guitar Parts, Tunning, Strumming, and Finger Pain Solution

Learn How to Play Guitar: Guitar Parts, Tunning, Strumming, and Finger Pain Solution
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Tripboba.com - Learning how to play guitar is easier than any other musical instrument. Because once you master a few basics, you will know how to play guitar. The important keys to learning are practice and patience.

First of all, you need to know every part of your guitar. Once you know the anatomy of a guitar, you're good to go!

About Guitar Anatomy

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The strings
There are two common kinds of guitar called acoustic guitar and electric guitar. Those are made from wood and metal. They all have strings that are located between the headstock of the guitar. They are attached to tuning pegs and they can be tightened or slackened.

Also, there is a bridge where the strings are fixed on the guitar's body. On acoustic guitar, the strings are set to the bridge with removable pegs while the strings on an electric guitar are usually set through an eyelet.

The neck

The long wooden piece of wood is called the neck of the guitar. The one side is flat, called fretboard. There are metal frets on the fretboard used to separate different notes.

The soundhole

The soundhole is set on acoustic guitars. It's set on the body of the guitar, used resonate sounds. Electric guitars have no soundhole because there are three magnetic pickups that will produce sounds through an amplifier.

How to Play the Guitar

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After you know all parts of the guitar, then you need to know how to hold your guitar correctly. If you're right-handed, strum about halfway between the soundhole and the bridge with your hand use your left hand to fret the strings on the neck (fretboard) of your guitar.

STEP 1. For beginners, sit up straight on a chair or stool. When you hold your guitar, the smallest string should point the ground and the thickest string should point up to the ceiling. Then, hold the back of your guitar so that it touches your stomach and rests on your leg.

STEP 2. Use your left hand to stabilize the neck and fret the strings of the guitar. Then, hold the neck with your fingers with a V-shape created by your thumb and forefingers. Practice until you can move your left hand up and down smoothly on the neck of your guitar.

STEP 3. After knowing how to play guitar, you may feel some discomfort while practicing day by day. Don't stop learning when you start feeling pain on your neck, arms, and hands. Practice will help you to get used to it.

How to Tune a Guitar

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It's a must to set the strings in the right tune. Tunning your guitar regularly so that you can be familiar with the strings and fret combinations. The first thing that you can do is learn the name of each string.

From the lowest to highest string are named E, A, D, G, B, E (the notes when the strings are plucked without fingers touching it). You can remember the names with something that can help you, like mnemonic.

For example, "Edie Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddie!". You can also use an electric tuner. It's easier and accurate to use. If you cannot afford a tuner, you can use a piano to match the notes.

How to Play Guitar Chords

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A chord is a harmonic group of usually three notes. There are two types that beginners can learn, first position chords and barre chords. First position chords is played with a combination of open strings and pressed strings in the first three frets. At the start, many beginners love to learn these major chords; C Major, A Major, E Major, and D Major.

When you're good enough to put your fingers on the strings and play the chords, try to switch them as quickly as you can. Also, you can play chords and strum so that your right hand can be used to it slowly. Don't forget to play the right notes! For example, when you play chord A, the low E string is not strummed.

How about barre chords? This kind of chord is useful when you start to play a song. Barre chords are also known as bar chords. When you play with barre chords, you will put your index finger on all the notes at a single fret. Barre chords are actually a little bit hard to learn, but if you start learning the chords, you will easily play rock or pop songs.

When you play a chord, make sure that strings that are supposed to ring are not muted. If a note does not sound right, you might not press it hard enough or maybe a part of your fingers touching it so it doesn't ring properly.

How to Strum Guitar

How to play guitar is not always about chords, but strumming is also important to learn. There are two kinds of strumming that are downstrokes and upstrokes. It's used to make sounds of all notes of the chords rhythmically.

You can practice with your right wrist to smooth up and down moves. Make sure your right elbow doesn't move very much because you strum mostly from your wrist.

How to Sing and Play Guitar at the Same Time

Now that you know how to play guitar, you must be curious about how to play guitar and sing at the same time.

90% of a song is made of 3 or 4 chords. So, it will be so helpful for practicing your speed and accuracy. Pick a song and find the chords on the internet first. Then, you can start off slow and speed up gradually to get used to the rhyme.

Don't give up when you start feeling stressed. You can stop for a while and watch or listen to guitar videos on the internet that may inspire you.

Finger pain solution?

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At one point, you will feel that your fingers are killing after practice and practice. This is a common reason why beginners stop learning how to play guitar. Indeed, it takes time until your fingers get used to it, but there are 2 things that you can do when you get finger pain.

1. You can ice your fingers or soak them in an apple cider vinegar to relieve the pain.
2. You can use alcohol too! Dipping your finger in rubbing alcohol can speed up callus formation.


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