Some professionals have their guitar hanging down at their knees, and others keep it under their shoulders. Neither of these extremes are recommended for a beginner. Please see the Picking and Plucking section for more information. Much of the "feel" of a guitar style comes from the way the strings are hit. Since there are many different techniques, and often they defy explanation, it is difficult to explain all but the most basic techniques. How a player hits the strings is something they must discover for themselves. In order to advance with the guitar, it is very important to properly use your picking, or impact hand.
This should almost always be your dominant hand, so if you are right handed, you would use your right hand for your picking hand, and vice versa for left handed people. This hand should always be loose, because if it is not, the strings can sound clunky. Your hand should "float" at a comfortable height above the sound hole, and you should be keeping your wrist straight or slightly bent. You should always be ready for movement in either direction, and your wrist should not touch the strings as you are strumming unless you are doing some sort of muting technique.
You can use your fourth finger to brace against your guitar, but this is considered bad in the long term; this is like a crutch, and you are limiting the potential you can get from practicing with your whole arm. For example, even though the brace will let you pick notes faster, it sometimes limit your ability to play complex rhythms using chords. While it might be good to practice using your fourth finger for a brace sometimes, you will become a better guitar player if you don't brace yourself like that. It doesn't matter if you are using a pick or just your fingernails, whenever your impact hand hits the strings, the type of hit can be changed based on the tension of your upper finger joints.
This is the area to pay attention, because slight variations in pressure and speed can make distinctly different sounds. The fingers can be used in two main ways, through finger picking or strumming through chords like using a pick. There are several styles of finger picking, such as Travis picking, where you only use the thumb and first finger, and other styles where you use three, four or all five fingers. Hold the pick in between your first finger and your thumb.
Don't pinch it, hold it firm but loose, with the pick flat in between the side of your first finger and the bottom of your thumb. Your thumb should be in line with the first segment of the first finger, with the pick firmly but not tightly between. When you pick, your wrist should be loose, and the main motion comes from your wrist for picking on one string, and you should use the Elbow for crossing strings.
Similarly, when you strum, make sure to use your forearm and not your wrist for strength. Your wrist should be loose enough, but controlled, and the power should come from your forearm. It is helpful to imagine the pick like a small bird between your thumb and finger; you do not want it to fly away, and you do not want to crush it. The most important things to remember when playing are to keep your hand loose, avoid unnecessary movements and finger spreading, and not to smother the strings.
Having good flexibility in your hand is one thing, but trying to reach too far can be exhausting. Keep your fingers tight together, but not cramped. In general, when playing acoustic instruments you should always use the tips of your left hand fingers and not the pads to press the strings.
If you use the pads, you risk muffling the sound coming from adjacent strings, which may be required to be heard. The greater sustaining properties of electric guitars often requires that such strings be damped so this rule does not always apply. Ideally your left elbow should be extended from your body, and your left hand should curl in towards your body. Your fingers should be like little hammers hitting down on the strings, and this way you will use the tips to push the strings down into the frets. Regardless of where you are playing on the fretboard, you always have to make sure that you're pressing down in the best spot to get the best sound.
You should always be fretting down the string slightly behind the fret of the note you want to play. Press the string down firmly to the fretboard, close to the metal fret. If the finger is too far away from the fret, then the pressure is not sufficient to press the string down completely on the frets, and the note will buzz.
If you are pressing too close to the fret you will sometimes accidentally play a note too high. You'll have to practice to get the right amount of pressure to use and the right distance at which to hold your arm. Be careful on how you hold strings. Please see the Chords section for more information. A chord is defined as three or more different notes sounded at the same time. Ability to play chords is a basic requirement of most guitar music. There are many different types of chords, and each type has its own sound. Other things about the guitar affect how a chord sounds.
Generally, playing chords involve pressing several and sometimes all the strings down on the frets. Sometimes this can be very tough for beginners until their muscles develop. Often a beginner will find that when playing a chord, not all the strings are being pressed down properly, and some strings sound dead. It is important to make sure that all the strings ring out, which can be tested by picking up and down a chord, and adjust your fingers when needed. It doesn't matter how fast or loud you can play, if your chords are not fretted properly you will sound terrible.
Some players use their thumbs to play the low E string. They do this by turning their fretting hand slightly out and squeezing the thumb down on the string. Players with long thumbs can play on the low E and A strings. This technique compromises efficient left hand function as the wrist and hand have to undertake significant re-adjustment in order present the thumb to the string in such a manner and then to return the hand to its standard presentation.
Additionally the tips of the fingers can no longer be presented vertically to the strings. The technique is not recommended for beginners who wish to maximise their technical abilities. Your hand is in a different position depending on whether you are playing an open chord or a barre chord. When a player is first starting out, it is not their ability to make melodies causing problems, it is a lack of skill in their hands. Many people can whistle or hum a melody, but have difficulty translating that to the fretboard. Learning the sound of different intervals between notes takes time and patience.
The best way to learn how to carry a melody on the guitar is simply to keep practicing. Unfortunately there is no secret to being a good player, you simply have to practice and learn for yourself. This is good though, because even if there was some secret, if everyone did the same thing, then all the music would sound the same. For general advice about learning about melody, see the Lead Guitar and Rhythm Guitar page.
Truly great guitar playing comes from the unison of the left and right hand. Unless both hands are connecting with the strings at the proper time, your playing will sound sloppy. So it is very important to start out slow and work your way up to playing faster. Now that you have some basic control over the guitar, you're ready to start playing. A good place to begin is by exploring some of the other styles and techniques listed on the main page. The most important thing to remember is that you become a good player by practising properly, and accurately.
It is always better to learn and practice a piece slowly, and then increase your speed as your increase your skill and comfort, rather than struggling through it a few times and just considering it "learned". A harmonic interval consists of two notes played at the same time or consecutively.
The distance between the two notes is called an interval. A predominant type of harmonic interval known as the power chord consists of the root note of the chord and a fifth. An advantage to understanding power chords is their shape can be used to quickly determine the location of perfect intervals. This improves ones overall understanding of the location of notes on the fingerboard by relation to one another and builds the groundwork for understanding scales.
A chord is named after its root note, which is typically the lowest note. Chords may be modified by "inverting" them, which means to reorder the pitch of the notes by raising or lowering them an octave, e. However, the general rule of thumb among guitarists is to refer to a chord by its lowest note. For details on variations, please see the chords section. A basic understanding of tablature is essential for understanding this, and most other sections of this book. Perfect fifths e. For this reason, playing a perfect fifth or fourth is often called a power chord.
It is more difficult to play the octave for a root note on the D string, because the B string is tuned differently than the other strings, and you will need to stretch further to reach the octave. Power chords are most commonly played on the thicker strings, and many songs exclusively use perfect fifth power chords.
The simplest perfect fifth power chord uses the same fingering as an E minor chord, except only the thickest three strings are played. Here is the fretting for the E5 power chord:. When you play a power chord in the open position or any power chord , you have to be careful to mute the other strings so they do not ring out. In this case, if you also played the G string, you would be playing a full chord, not a power chord. Use your extra fingers to lightly touch the other strings, use your fretting fingers to smother the unnecessary strings, or just avoid hitting the unnecessary strings with your impact hand.
Power chords, and really any chord types, are useful because they can be moved anywhere on the neck, as long as the relationship between the notes is the same. For example, in the E5, the thickest string plays an E, the next string plays a B which is the fifth note of any E scale , and the next string plays another E, but an octave above it.
If you take the same chord pattern, and move it up the neck to make a different power chord. For example, take the two fretted notes, then use your first finger and fret the thick E string two frets behind the others. For example, if you were fretting the E string at the third fret, you would be playing a G5 which looks like this:. There are several different fingerings you can use to play a power chord, but it is best to choose one that lets you easily move the power chord up and down the neck. Here are three most common fingerings for a power chord, in this case, a G5.
In the second and third fingering, the two strings are barred at the fifth fret. The numbers indicate the number of finger to use. Finger 1 is the index finger, 2 the middle finger, 3 the ring finger, and finger 4 is the little finger. One common variation on the power chord involved omitting the second, higher octave note. For example, a G5 without the second G would look like this:. These are easier to play because you only need two fingers and the sound is similar to the three string version.
Since a power chord is just playing multiple strings that produce only two tones, it is possible to play all six strings and still be playing a power chord. Some open tunings set the guitar up so that when you strum it open, it plays a power chord. Here is an example of a full G5 chord, where all strings are either playing a G or a D. This chord can be considered a non-traditional power chord, since in popular music, power chords usually use only two or three strings. This is also a hard fingering for the beginner, but it emphasizes an important fact about double stops: as long as you keep adding octave or unison notes, you will always be playing the same interval.
Playing a non-octave or unison note will instead produce a chord. Adding unison notes may sound different even though they are supposed to produce the same pitch. This may be because the strings have different tension or thickness. In general, the guitar's thinner strings will have a brighter, more ringing sound. Perfect fourths have a slightly more suspended sound than perfect fifth chords. These are easy to play, because most of the strings on the guitar are tuned in fourths. This means that playing any two of the thickest four strings, when they are beside one another and played at the same fret.
For example, a D4 is played like this:. Perfect fourths are the same as the upper two notes of the original three-string power chord. It is rare to add a new top octave, but it may done. The following Power chords show the G4 and B4 with the octave added:. You can play a huge variety of different intervals by playing chords, and just plucking two notes at the same time. Often you can add variety to chord strumming by playing a quick fill by playing different sections of a chord, and achieving different intervals.
Open chords are chords that include unfretted strings of the guitar. Open chords contain one or more open strings. For example the Em chord diagram on this page shows 4 open strings but the D major chord diagram only has 1 open string. They are both classed as "open chords". Open chords are the easiest chords to play on the guitar and many famous songs can be played using just 3 or 4 open chords. Learning a handful of open chords at the first position first four frets and memorizing their shape is an important step towards mastering barre chords.
When you strum any chord, all of the strings open and fretted should ring out clearly. If any of the strings cannot be heard; check to make sure that you are not stopping any string from sounding. If you are accidentally muting any strings, arch your hand more and curl your fingers to ensure that it is the tip of the finger pressing the string and not the flat of the finger.
Major chords are defined by the major triad. The major triad consists of three notes which are spaced at specific intervals. In ascending order: the root, major third and perfect fifth. These intervals are also found between the first note of a major scale and the third note major 3rd , and the first note and the fifth note fifth. When combined they have a bright happy tone, and are often used in upbeat music. The standard tuning of a guitar is designed so that chords can be easily played. Beginners often find the G major and the F major shape challenging to play but a small amount of extra practice overcomes any initial difficulties.
Many early blues songs are written with E major as the root chord. The chord contains the notes E, G , and B, and can be played with three fingers. First, place your second finger on the second fret of the fifth string. The string now plays a B note. Then, place your third finger on the second fret of the fourth string. This note is an E, which is an octave higher than the open sixth string. Finally, place your first finger on the first fret of the third string.
You can alternatively switch the second and third fingers. When you strum this chord, all of the strings should ring out clearly. If any string sounds dull or muffled, check to see that you are not accidentally touching strings, and that all the strings are pressed firmly against their frets. It is important to build good technique early, as bad habits tend to linger. Make sure that your fingers are arched on your left hand, and that your thumb is positioned to give you a strong grip. There are several ways to play A major. You should learn how to play all of them, then use the most suitable to each musical context.
In an A major, the notes are A, C and E. When playing an A, it is considered good form not to let the low E string ring out. While an E is one of the notes in the A major chord, playing an E below the other notes puts this A major in second inversion. This changes the tone of the chord, and may not achieve the desired effect.
Put your first, second, and third finger on the second fret of the fourth, third and second strings respectively. When you strum, ensure that all strings sound clear, except for the sixth string which should be muted. This is probably the most popular fingering, but is tough for people with thick fingers. Alternatively you can finger this chord xoo , this requires that the first finger fret two strings using the finger's pad rather than the tip. This leaves two fingers free and is often favoured by classical and flamenco performers, depending on musical context.
Finally, xoo by using one of your fingers, most commonly the first or third finger, and barre the aforementioned frets. This one is tough for beginners, but easier for players with large hands. For more information on barring, see the section on barre chords. Use your first finger on the third string, third finger on the second string, and your second finger on the first string.
Be careful not to play the sixth and fifth strings, since they are not required for this chord. At first this may feel awkward, but it will be comfortable to play. Watch that you keep your thumb low when you play this chord. To play D minor, try the most common fingering xxo , with your first finger on the first string, third finger on the second string, and your second finger on the third string.
You can also try to finger this chord as xxo , which will help you to later use this as a barred, movable chord shape. There are two common ways to play a G major, a three finger method Frets: and a four finger method Frets: , both with a slight difference in sonority. In either way, the notes are a combination of G, B and D. From this point forward, the fingerings will be shown in parentheses for the sake of simplicity. Put your third finger on the sixth string, second finger on the fifth string, and fourth finger on the first string. This is a favorite among beginners, and it allows for easy change to the open C major chord.
Alternatively you can finger it 21ooo3 , which may be easier for players with small hands or guitars with small necks and is recommended when changing to or from a open D7 chord. This uses all four fingers and makes for an easy G to D major chord change. This has a more "stable" sound than the first fingering because the note played on the open B string is a D therefore avoiding the doubling of the third.
Don't worry if that explanation isn't clear; just remember the difference between the two chords one has a doubled third. The theory of chords and how they are constructed from the intervals of a scale is a subject that requires some off-the-guitar learning but with applied study can be easily understood. This is the most common fingering. Alternatively, you can use x42o1o. To play this, use the pad of your first finger, and press the first and second strings down at the first fret.
You need to press firmly, or the strings will not ring out properly. Then take your second finger and put it on the third string, and put your third finger on the fourth string.
The fifth and sixth strings should not be played with this chord. Minor chords use the first, third and fifth of the minor scale. They have a dark, melancholic tone and are most often used in darker music. Alternatively you can finger this chord o22ooo. For variation you can also add a G on the high E string, and play the cord using these frets: o22oo3.
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Also often fingered using the fourth finger in the place of the third. Make sure your first finger does not "fold". If you are doing it, you will know what I mean because your first finger will hurt around the joints. The proper technique should apply to this chord just as much as any other. Keep your thumb back. There are a variety of other chords that can be played in open position, and often it involves taking a chord you are already familiar with and adding or removing a finger.
Experimentation can yield a lot of interesting sounds, and you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to using them. Dominant-type seventh chords are notated as A7, C7 etc. They add an extra note to a major chord. The extra note is found at an interval of a minor seventh above the root note of the chord. For example, a D chord major would contain a D, an F , and an A making the intervals 1,3,5.
A D7 adds a C to these notes resulting in 1,3,5,minor7. The minor seventh interval can be easily found by an alternative method. Take any chord, and lower one of the root notes downwards in pitch by two frets a whole step to locate the minor 7th. The chord will usually sound more settled if the root remains as the bass note of the chord, so a root note higher than the bass is the better choice to alter. The chords already shown above all allow you to do this.
Below are some chord shapes you should know. These are only the open sevenths, which are easier than others covered in the barre chords section. Notice how we moved the octave D from the D major chord third fret second string down two frets, making it the minor 7th. That's pretty much what we are going to do with all the other 7th chords. You can take any chord and, by moving one of the root notes down two frets, find the minor 7th.
A bit unfriendly. Remember, it is not much different from a C chord shape, except you stretch more. This one looks funny, but you will use it a lot in songs in the key of E major, which is the natural key of the guitar. Muting a string is simple: with the fretting hand, touch the string with a finger, but do not press it down, and strike the string. It is usually best to do this where a harmonic will not result, but strings can be muted at harmonics for special effect. In tablature, muted notes are often marked with an "x" instead of a fret number.
It is also common practice to mute a string with the picking hand after striking a note to create a shortened "staccato" effect. Again touching a string to mute away from harmonic nodes is advised, but sometimes pulling off into harmonics creates interesting effects. Palm muting may or may not make the pitch of the string discernable. Very lightly rest the palm of the hand on or near the bridge, then fret and strike strings normally.
Palm-muted notes are sometimes notated the same way as muted notes when the pitch is not discernable; otherwise fret numbers are given normally and the muted notes are marked "P. The idea is not to mute the strings, but to dampen them, so that the notes are still clear, but with less sustain. To start, hold your guitar like you normally would, but let your palm brush against the strings, near the bridge.
Remember to "let" the strings brush against your palm, not putting any force on the strings.
The closer to the bridge, the more forgiving it is. As you get better, try adjusting the amount of muting by keeping your palm at different distances from the bridge. Very heavy palm muting can raise the pitch of the note s , especially on guitars with a floating tremolo bar system equipped. Using or not using this effect is at the reader's discretion. You can also mute strings just by pressing your fingers against the strings, but not so hard that they are fretted and play notes.
Raking is not a kind of muting, but a technique for applying it. It is vaguely related to sweep picking , but instead of an arpeggio, the result is usually a single percussive-sounding note. However, sweep picking is sometimes incorrectly notated as a rake in tablature, and sloppy sweep picking may accidentally become a rake. Between two and four strings are struck, only one containing the desired note and the rest muted.
Rakes may be notated in various ways; the most common way is to add muted grace notes, possibly adding the word "rake" to the tablature for clarification. Now that you've got a few chords under your belt, you're ready to start learning some songs. There are several ways to learn songs, and some are more accessible than others. There are two basic forms that appear in thousands of songs.
They are the twelve bar blues and the thirty-two bar ballad. Both forms are used extensively in all genres. The blues and rock 'n 'roll genres both use the twelve-bar blues form and many songs by Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly are twelve bar blues and therefore very easy to learn.
If you are trying to learn a jazz standard then you will find that many of them are of the thirty-two bar form. Practicing and understanding these two basic forms is essential for the guitarist who wishes to learn songs. Practice the song slowly especially if it's a fast song until you can play it flawlessly. Then, when you are confident with the notes you are supposed to play, increase the speed until you can play along with the song.
Using a drum-machine or metronome when practicing is essential. An alternative method for improving timing is to play along with your favorite artists. The best way is to find sheet music for the song you are trying to learn, like a tab book, available from any guitar shop. Tab books are good, because they are almost always accurate, and they not only show the notes you're supposed to play, but they give good sense of how to play the notes.
Generally they include both the rhythm and lead part, even written on the same page if they are played at the same time. Tab books are expensive and there's a learning curve associated with fluent tab reading, especially if you have no prior knowledge of music notation. Understanding music theory , even just enough to properly and easily read a tab book is a challenge but not insurmountable. Being able to read music, whether it's tab or notation, will improve your playing. A much quicker, cheaper and often faster way to learn is to search for an online tab of the song you're looking for.
Simply type "Artist Name Song Name tab" into your favorite search engine, and "voila! The online tab community is thriving, and there are many popular sites where you can find tabs for most popular songs. Some sites even feature a MIDI of the song, to make learning even easier. There are several downsides to online tab, some of which are outlined in the Tablature section.
The biggest problem is lack of accuracy. Always remember that online tabs are not made by professionals like tab books, and that somewhere down the line someone was sitting at home with a CD and figured it out by trial and error. But since most people don't play a song exactly as it sounds on the album even the recording artists! Another down side is that there is a huge amount of stealing in the community, and if you are looking for an obscure tab, you might only find one actual tab, with copies of it on every site you visit.
Some sites allow for multiple versions, and some use voting or comments to give you a sense of how accurate the tab is. However, don't let voting alone determine which tab you read, because if the people who vote don't know how to play the song either, then they might vote a terrible tab really high. In general, you should read two or three tabs for a song, and then from that determine how you intend to play the song. Comments on a song can contain slight revisions or alternate fingerings for chords, so it is good to check those out. Songs can also be learned "by ear", with no sheet music.
Essentially you just listen to the song and try to figure it out, with nothing for reference. Knowledge of music theory is particularly helpful for this method. It probably sounds a lot harder to learn this way than it is, but it is a really good way to practice whatever music knowledge you have. And it is especially rewarding being able to figure out a famous musicians piece and saying "I could have made that up! First, you should always try and figure out the key or scale the song is in.
Knowing the key essentially tells you two important things; what the root notes are of the chords they are playing, and the scale that is used for soloing. When you know the scale, you can also probably figure out which scale degree is supposed to be major or minor. To figure out the key, try playing random notes on the fretboard, and when one "works", play a major or minor pentatonic scale beginning with that note.
Once you have figure out a few more notes, you will probably have a good idea of what scale is being used. If that doesn't work, try humming the chords being used, and then match those tones on the guitar. Be careful you don't accidentally start humming the lead vocals, because although that will help determine the key, the chords are likely different.
Once you know what key the song is in, the rest generally follows pretty quickly. Some of the tricky bits can be one-note riffs, arpeggios, of specific voicing of the chords they are using. If have no experience of keys and their relationship to writing songs, then figuring out songs by ear is more difficult. Essentially you need to just find the same notes or chords and write them down or remember them. Generally this involves a lot of trial and error, but working this way provides excellent ear training. This is perhaps the best way to learn. Playing with another guitarist gives you the opportunity to ask questions about chords and rhythms, and it gives you a chance to see and hear what the song is supposed to be like when it's performed live.
However, the down side is that often a guitarist learns to play a song "their way", and they don't care about how it's "really" supposed to be played. Thus, you might not be learning the song exactly, but rather a slightly different version. Another place to learn is by watching concert videos, especially on DVDs where they allow you to pick camera angles.
Often they will have a camera never breaks away from lead guitarist. By following along, you can learn exactly how a particular guitarist plays a particular song live. The downside of this is that not every artist especially new ones has a concert DVD. Also, the guitarist may be playing the song differently live than on the album, so depending on how accurate you intend to be with your learning and playing, watching a video may not be the best way.
Songs are created using chords. Chords are derived from scales. The chords that are derived from one diatonic scale never change. If you learn the seven chords in the key of C major, then when you find a song in that key, you can quickly work out the chord progressions that make up the song. Note that the chords in the key of C major consists of 3 major chords, 3 minor chords and 1 diminished chord. This holds true for all major keys. Songs in the key of C major will start with a C major chord and end with a C major chord. The tonic chord of C major is the chord that defines the key the name tonic is derived from the word tonal.
If you think of music as a journey then the tonic chord is the starting point and the return point. The notes in the scale of C major are named:. Tonic - is the first note of the scale and it is this note that determines the tonality or key, hence the name Tonic. The second note of any scale is always above the tonic. Mediant — the mediant refers to the fact that this note lies halfway between the tonic and the dominant. Dominant — this note has this name because with the tonic it sets the tonality or key.
The tonic and dominant notes, more than any of the others, determines the tonality of a piece of music. The fifth note of the scale is therefore a dominant factor. Relative Minor — so called because this is the tonic note of the corresponding natural minor scale. Every major scale has a corresponding natural minor scale that contains exactly the same notes. So the relative minor of the C major scale is A natural minor. It is also called the submediant because is lies three notes below the octave as the mediant lies three notes above the tonic.
Leading-note — whenever you play a scale and arrive at this note, you will find that it naturally wants to move up to the octave note. Twelve string guitars The twelve string guitar is usually an acoustic instrument, but electric twelve string guitars exist, usually in the form of a double-neck guitar. Twelve string guitars produce a more ringing tone, however, they are a bit harder to play and maintain than the standard guitar and are usually confined to niche roles, and are usually used strictly for rhythm.
They are played in the same fashion as a six string guitar, as the strings are paired together. Playing them is more difficult than a six string guitar however, because the additional strings require more pressure to depress. It is also more difficult to bend notes tunefully. They are usually more expensive than your average acoustic or electric, and tend to wear out faster due to the additional strain on the neck. Steel guitars The steel guitar is distinctive in being played horizontally, either across the players knees or on its own legs. There are two main varieties of the instrument, which is played using the metal slide, or steel , from which the guitar takes its name.
The steel is held in the left hand, when used by a right-handed player. The two main variations are the lap steel guitar, which typically has six strings, and the pedal steel guitar, which can have more - and sometimes two or even three separate sets, each tuned differently. Pedals and knee levers are used to alter the tuning on particular strings whilst playing which, along with the sliding action of the steel, gives the pedal steel its distinctive voice, most often heard in country music and western swing. Resonator Guitars Often mistakenly referred to as steel guitars some models have metal bodies , the acoustic resonator guitar is distinctive in not having a regular soundhole, but a large - usually circular - plate which conceals the resonator cone.
The cone closely resembles an audio loudspeaker, though made from spun aluminium. The bridge of the guitar is connected either to the centre of the cone or to the edge by an aluminium spider , and the strings vibrations are thus amplified and projected outwards through the perforated plate on the guitar s top. The most common resonator guitars have a single cone, although the original model the tri-cone has three. Resonators possess a loud, bright voice, making them easily heard in a large room or in the open air. They are popular with blues musicians, and country players. They can be played in the conventional style, or with a metal or glass slide.
Wikibooks 7. Chapter 1 Bass guitars See the dedicated bass guitar page. For instance, they all have a body, neck, fretboard, and headstock. B Body The guitar s body is of utmost importance: it provides the resonance that shapes the tone of an electric or acoustic guitar and provides the volume or heft of an acoustic guitar.
It also may consist of: flattop or just top : the "front" of the guitar. Factors that affect a guitar body s tonal qualities include the type of wood, the construction whether layered or one-piece, hollow or solid-body , shape and size, and more. However, a solid-body electric guitar s shape is mostly aesthetic rather than functional. Bridge The bridge is found somewhere between the middle and bottom of the body. Depending on the guitar, the strings may originate from the bridge or they might simply be supported by it. Most electric guitars allow the bridge to be raised or lowered, an adjustment necessary in setting up the guitar which may easily and safely be performed by any guitarist.
This is typically done by adjusting screws, which are either thumbscrews which can be rotated with the fingers, or traditional screws requiring a screwdriver. Acoustic guitars usually have a bridge and saddle arrangement. The strings originate at the bridge, usually held in by pegs. The strings then pass over a saddle, a flat piece of material held on its side.
The saddle can be made of many materials, but the most common are either plastic or bone. Chapter 2 substitutes are becoming more common. Tremolo bar The tremolo bar, also called the "tremolo arm," "whammy bar," or "vibrato bar," is found on some electric guitars. It was popularized on the Fender Stratocaster, and is now seen on many different models, including some hollowbody electrics. Another popular type of tremolo bar is the Floyd Rose. Its base will be located below the bridge.
Pushing down on the bar will lower the pitch of the strings, and pulling it up will raise the pitch. Rapidly pushing and releasing or pushing and pulling for exaggerated effect will produce a modulation in pitch, called vibrato. Vibrato is often confused with tremolo modulation in volume , hence the misnomer tremolo bar. Neck The neck of a guitar extends from the body. Some guitars may have it glued on, which is a set neck, and some may have it bolted on. A few guitars are made entirely of one piece of wood, or at the least, one piece of wood comprises the neck and part of the body, up to where the bridge is located, with the sides attached.
Set necks are almost universal amongst acoustic guitars. The bolt-on or screw-on neck is similarly common with electric guitars. Both acoustic and electric guitars usually have a steel truss rod going through the neck. It counteracts the pull of the strings on the neck, strenghtening it, and reducing its curvature to an appropriate amount, also allowing for further adjustments if needed.
Classical guitars do not require a truss rod, because there is less tension from their strings. Adjusting the truss rod is a step in setting up the guitar, but only an experienced luthier are encouraged to perform this adjustment. There have been several examples of alternative materials for the manufacture of guitar necks, the most noteable being a carbon fibre composite, the neck being the only structural requirement for string tension. Fretboard On the front side of the neck is the fretboard, or fingerboard. These are commonly made of rosewood. On it will be a number of metal frets, usually 20 to Strings are held down behind a fret to change the note a string will produce.
The first fret is the one nearest the nut see below , unless there is one immediately after the nut, which is called a "zero fret". Nut All strings pass through the nut at the end of the fretboard. It roughly divides 10 Guitar. Anatomy of a Guitar the fretboard and headstock.
Its function is to maintain proper string spacing and provide an endpoint for the string. On acoustic guitars, the nut and saddle are usually made of similar material. Electric guitars commonly use plastic, synthetics, and sometimes metal. As tremolo bars can cause tuning problems, guitars equipped with them usually have some manner of locking nut, where the strings are clamped down. Fender has recently introduced the roller nut, a nut incorporating a system of ball bearings similar to a locking nut, but easier on the strings.
Headstock Head The headstock lies at the end of the guitar s neck. The major mechanical purpose of the headstock is to support the tuning machines tuners which terminate the strings of the instrument. A secondary purpose is identification; many guitar makers use a distinctive headstock shape, perhaps with logo or model information, or imitate that of a more well-known brand.
Amplifier and effects The amplifier is not part of a guitar per se, but it is nevertheless absolutely necessary in playing the electric guitar except for very simple practicing and sometimes also used for accoustic guitar. The amplifier is often considered part of the guitar in the sense that different amplifiers will give the guitar a different sound. Many amplifiers have effects built in, especially distortion. The most common kind of distortion is called overdrive. If the amplifier has a "lead" channel, then turning up the pre-amplifier or "pre-amp" will overdrive the amplifier s tubes or transistors, causing the amplification not to be linear, but adding a certain distortion to the sound.
The higher it is, the more distortion there will be. Turning up the pre-amplifier will, by definition, increase the volume of the sound, so to compensate there is a "gain" knob, which can be turned down to reduce the volume after overdrive. Heavy amplification can result in dangerously loud sounds even on small watt amplifiers, therefore, when adjusting an unfamiliar system, one should turn down the gain knob all the way, adjust the pre-amplification, and then pluck a string or chord on the guitar, while slowly and carefully turning up the gain until it is at the desired level, then plucking again to double-check.
Distortion can also be provided by effects pedals, and other pedals can apply effects such as chorus, reverb, wah-wah, compression, or countless others. Sometimes these effects may be built directly into the amplifier. A guitar that doesn t get played is worthless at any price. There are no such thing as bad tone; There are only tones that you may not like. A guitar is an excellent instrument for almost anyone. A difficult guitar is not a good choice for a beginner.
It takes dedication to learn and if the guitar is not difficult for the player then it is easier to learn. Whether you are buying a beginner guitar for yourself or a parent buying a guitar for your beginner child it is not worth spending any money on a guitar that the player won t enjoy. This may be a sign that the neck is warped, and, while this can be fixed, it can be costly and most players would want to avoid buying a new guitar with too high a fretboard action.
Intonation is a guitar s relative harmonics depending on the straightness of the neck, nut, bridge, and scale of the frets. A player should usually try playing natural harmonics played by barely resting the finger over the string, not fretting it on the guitar 12th fret high e string along with the lowest E string to check, the 5th fret lowest E along with the open high e string, and finally, with natural harmonics, 5th of low e to the 7th of a, 5th of a to 7th of d, 5th of d to 7th of g. The guitar should be played from its first to last fret as well, to check for fret buzzing, which is undesirable.
Even a guitar made in Indonesia can be a good quality if it s inspected well. Stick to the more well-known brands. Almost against reason, a player with smaller hands will likely prefer wider necks, because the wider space between the strings allows more lenience when arching your fingers. Buying situations to avoid Here are some "don t s". These may seem to provide a guitar at a very low price which may seem like a good deal, but they will possibly provide you with a difficult, damaged, or poor sounding guitar which is a bad deal at any price. Even some very good makes may have some deviations, and even good quality guitars from well established manufacturers may not suit the player no matter how good they sound on paper—some people prefer wider necks, while some prefer narrows necks.
The only way to know whether it is actually good is to play test them in the shop. Acoustic guitar There are basically two kinds of acoustic: classical guitar and steel-string guitar. Classical guitar typically employ nylon strings, and have a wider fretboard. The peg box is also slightly different from a steel string guitar, which resembles quite a bit of the peg box of a violin; the body is also smaller. The tone is more mellower than the steel string guitar, and thus is much better for classical music.
Disadvantage is that classical guitar is slightly more difficult in string maintenance, with the string needing to be settled in for a while. Steel string-guitar, also known as folk guitar and dreadnought guitar, typically have a much larger sound box, and thus make it louder. Disadvantage is that the steel string also makes it hard to press, even in comparison to the Wikibooks Chapter 3 classical guitar; picking is also harder on these, as it was better suited to use a guitar pick to play.
This is the typical guitar employed in blues, jazz, country, and early rock. Electric guitar Tremolo bar aka Whammy bar, Vibrato bar The purpose of a whammy bar is for dive bombs and other various guitar tricks. If it s your first guitar or prefer ease of maintenance , avoid locking tremolos Floyd Rose ; while it has superb bending capability and is capable of staying in tune, it is very difficult to change strings you need an allen key just to unlock the top lock.
The way to tell if it s a locking tremolo is to see if it has a set of locks at the nut section. If you prefer to stay in tune, however, then you can try Yamaha s "finger clamp" locking tremolo, which require no tools when setting up. Even if it s a normal tremolo, it would be proper to ask whether it is suitable for the player. Tremelo system, especially the strat-style and the floating bridge design, can easily make the strings out of tune. Bigsby do not go out of tune as much, but the only way to rarely go out of tune is to either use the Floyd Rose tremolo or a hardtail no tremolo Pickup Then there s also the choice of pickups and pick up arrangement.
James Hetfield Single-coils are typically found on Strats and Strat copies, and provide a bright, clean sound. Humbuckers, however, eliminate the hum induced from the AC current, providing it a warmer and fatter sound; and unexpected consequence of this is that it allows more overdriven gain, and thus is favored among metal players.
In a slight interesting irony, many archtop guitars used mainly by blues and jazz players also use dual humbuckers. Active pick up are those that either use battery or phantom power to provide enhanced sensitivity, and thus have longer sustain. Ultimately, however, both kinds of pickups are suitable for any kind of musics: 14 Guitar. Buying a Guitar some people use humbuckers for blues and jazz, while others may use the single coil for the sound they prefer. A common choice for people who may like both the clean tone and hum-free fat and dirty tone.
Typically used for metal, such as Ibanez s Steve Vai signature model. Chapter 3 hollow body guitars, string guitars, and numerous other special guitars such as electric sitar still play like a guitar As we mentioned, if the player is interested, than that s fine. Its tone, however, is still electric. Do note that it is prone to feedback. If the player have a small hand, it could be impossible for them to play. Also, bass is the "straight man" of the band, requiring him to be able to keep rhytmn, and do not do as much solo.
Also very expensive. Many other special makes may have their pitfalls, such as difficulty in maintaining, or very expensive. Luckily, most are of good quality productions. I am not saying that beginners should stay away from archtops, or even bass just as I personally believe one can start on a chromatic harmonica. However, there will be pitfalls that makes it difficult to play, which is what usually deter learning. Buying the guitar Where to buy the guitar In this day and age guitars are sold by many vendors. The place you choose to acquire the guitar can be as important as any other choice you make.
If they recommend that guitar and will sell it for a good price then this is ideal. Simply take this guitar to a local music store and have it professionally set up. If you can find a deal on a guitar you are comfortable with from 16 Guitar. Buying a Guitar a store like this, go for it. If they tell you that they do set up on their guitars before they leave the store then this is a good buying scenario. Look up musical instrument retail in the phone book to find one of these stores.
Even a used instrument from a local store is a good idea. More experience with buying guitars is required to buy in any other scenarios. The major difference between these and a local store is that the player cannot hold the guitar in their hands before they buy it. Just like some tall people cannot comfortably drive a Honda Civic, some people s hands are bigger than others.
Luckily the necks of guitars come in all shapes and sizes. An uncomfortable guitar is less likely to get played so contact a local music store and try to find a similar guitar to try before you buy. If you must buy without ever seeing the guitar, first verify that the business has a liberal and long preferably day return policy then cross your fingers and order.
If the return policy works well then if the guitar didn t fit you could send it back for the cost of shipping. There are a myriad of problems that can arise from these situations and, while good deals can still be found, unless you really know what you are doing, it s not a good idea for a beginner guitar. Buying a guitar for a beginner The key to buying a guitar for a beginner is to get one that the player enjoys and is excited about. If the player does not enjoy playing their guitar then it will be more difficult to continue.
They will get frustrated easier and give up easier. Getting a guitar that the player will not be frustrated with will help naturally encourage or allow the player to be the best they can be. Acoustic or Electric? Let the player decide, since if they don t enjoy the guitar it will be less likely that they will play. For rock music an electric would be most appropriate.
An electric will typically be better for a beginner because it is easier to play meaning that the strings are easier to push down and pluck , so feelings of success will come much sooner and frustration will be less likely. These things are important for a beginner. However, if you start on electric, and decide you want to move to acoustic, you have the rest of the learning curve ahead of you anyway, so if you plan on using both, it might be a better idea to start off with an acoustic. If the player is excited about an acoustic guitar and feels they can overcome the more significant learning curve compared to an electric then they will find Wikibooks Chapter 3 in the future that playing an electric guitar will come much easier.
The acoustic guitar s strings are more difficult to fret than those of the electric. On the other hand, the more significant learning curve on the acoustic may be enough to frustrate the player and cause them to lose interest. If you want to play metal or shred, stick with the electric, as an acoustic will not work well with those styles. Another way to tell what guitar should be bought is to see what kind of music they are interested. Someone who like to listen to metal will probably dislike classical guitar.
What else will you need? Once you ve chosen the guitar there are accessories the dealer will want to sell you. Old strings will start to lose their tone and become brittle. They will also show corrosion and discoloration. If you do not live that far away from the guitar shop, it s best to buy them only when needed. However, changing old strings is not an absolute necessity unless they break, so if your budget is that tight, don t buy too many packs. Also, the difference between the cheaper and more expensive strings is subtle at best, so as long as it is the right gauge, you are good to go.
I personally prefer the sound of old strings, as new ones sound "tinny". Most people do not agree with me, however. You won t need a humidifier unless your guitar is acoustic and quite valuable and a valuable guitar is probably not best for a beginner anyway Virtually all guitar dealers like mattress or car dealers , mark up the price of their products but their prices are negotiable consider saying "I ve been thinking about this item what s your best price? Most of these accessories including a gig bag can be thrown in for free.
The hardshell case is usually an exception. Don t forget to calculate the sales tax on top of all that. For example, the Guitar Center near where I live will rarely if ever bring down the price for the cheaper goods, but are more than willing to throw in extra accessories, and sometimes will offer to set it up for you. For electric guitar, the player have many options when practice; with a special plug, player can even plug into a stereo, making amplifier slightly needless.
However, it does not sound as good; if you want to sound like your favorite electric guitarist, however, an amplifier will obviously be neccessary. Buying an electric guitar with no amplifier can be a way to get a player a good guitar of the type they want without spending too much at first. Another good substitute for an amplifier can be playing the guitar through a mixer or computer s sound card especially a good sound card, like those made by m-audio , and there is some decent guitar effect software available that allow amplifier modelling.
Also, as mentioned in buying an amplifier article, you can use a direct injection box to make amplifier modeling even mroe accurate. All guitars require some maintenance over time since wood changes with pressures and humidity. This probably adds up to a large sum. However, there s a saving grace. Whenever you buy a guitar from a guitar shop, you can usually get some of your accessories for free with minimal or no haggling.
Just tell a salesperson that you want to buy a guitar, and he will probably start suggesting things he can throw in for free, and if not, you can suggest some accessories yourself. Wikibooks Chapter 3 Also, check out the beginner-packs. These include most things a beginner would need to start off with, and you end up saving if you plan on buying those things separately.
Ultimately, as mentioned before, the "totally bad" guitar are usually those that a made bad and just play poorly. After that, intonation, features, etc. Buying a new guitar for someone who already plays Unless you know very well what they want, buy the guitar with the person. Players who played long enough know what they like and what they don t like. If you really cannot figure their taste, the best option is to give them a gift certificate.
Shopping Examine your local options by looking up "musical instruments" in the phone book and finding out which ones have guitars electric or acoustic or both. It is recommended to get the player to feel and play many guitars before buying. There are so many varieties 57 varieties that it s hard to know what s desired even after playing many different guitars.
Also remember and this will be obvious after visiting several shops every single guitar is different so even if the guitar is exactly the same make and model and color, it may play completely different than the next. The way the shop or the manufacturer sets up the guitar is related to this but is not the whole picture, and in some cases one guitar will be great and another seemingly identical guitar will be a dud. Sometimes, such 2 speakers configuration may even use a smaller diameter speakers eg: 2 x 10 inch instead of 1 x 12 inch. S One thing to keep in mind is that a multiple speaker configuration will create phase cancellation.
The end result of phase cancellation is that it creates a smoothing and rounding off effect, with a slight blurring of the notes. This can give a feeling of a fat texture. Obviously, the flipside is that it lose the tightness and definition of the sound. Obviously, by having more speaker cones, it will have greater air moved: For example, given the depth is approximately equal, a 2x10 have the surface area of sqin, while a 1x12 only have sqin.
Also, it will have increase powerhandling capability, or more precisely, they split the amp output. Thus, given same amplification head, a 2 speaker configuration will have louder volume, but not as much power. Furthermore, the guitar oreinted amp modelers can also be used as modelers or effect units that can be plugged into a guitar amplifier to provide volume. Another benefit of using a DI unit is that they are compact, while they can go loud and getting that particular tone. This is particularly true for amp modelers and "headphone amplifiers", as their embedded electronics frequently a very Wikibooks Chapter 4 good approximation of a tube amp, and if you are going to hook up to a P.
There are two kinds: one is an analog modeler, which is commonly used in modeling amp Amplifier that actually tries its best to emulate a certain tone instead of just amping it , and digital computer modeling, such as Line6 s POD 2. The benefit of using amp modeler is that it allows you to use such effects even in recording, as well as a more easy to maintain equipment — true tube, after all, is a nightmare to maintain.
What amp modelers and effect units does not do, however, is provide the volume; for those, you will need to hook it up to a powerful amplifier, or a loud P. Combo Amps Busking amps In essence, they are practice amps that have a battery attached. Naturally, that means they are gonna be more expensive.
They will usually provide 6 to 10 hours in one charge. Also, make sure they can take AC power in too when needed. Do note that they are actually quite weak in terms of overdrive. On the other hand, rock and metal music is not exactly busking music, either — soft and light music that add to the atmosphere usually a park or something is usually preferred, and thus, the watt amounts is usually enough.
A good one is Vox s DA5 veyr tiny and small and DA15, as they have modelling processors for an approximation of a tube amp. Small gig amplifiers From 30 watts upward, these combo amplifiers the smallest package which is considered suitable as a stand-alone amplifier for small gigs. The standard is usually 50 or more watts of power and one 12 inch speakers, though some manufactures may use less wattages of 30 and 40, while employing more than one speakers.
In better models, sound quality begins to approach levels acceptable to professional musicians. Quality is always important, but perhaps even more so in the case of the 1x12 combo - with a good one, you ll prove the doubters wrong, but with one of the many duds, you won t be taken seriously. The 1x12 is not a big amp, and if you want to bring it to a serious audition or gig without enduring a storm of eye-rolling and chuckling, it had better stand out from the crowd.
These cost about to dollars. Buying an Amplifier Heads, Cabinets, and Stacks When purchasing the two, make sure of the ohmage of the cabinet, and the power rating for the head at that ohmage. Make sure the cabs RMS rating is about the same as the head s power output at the ohmage of the cab. A head can be solid-state or tube, the latter being less durable, but sounds better and is more expensive.
A good solid-state head costs to dollars and a good tube head costs to dollars. A cab in a half stack should be a 1x15, a 2x12, a 4x10 or a 6x These typically range from to dollars. Tube vs Solid State On the note of volume, a tube amp is in general louder, given the same watt; a 5 watt tube amp can rival the power of the 30 watt solid state amp. Tubes amps have a very organic tone and are sensitive to their input signal. The harder you dig in with your pick, the more they tend to break up and distort. The softer you strum, the warmer and breathier they appear to sound.
Multiple preamp gain stages can sometimes push an amp to the point where you do not hear the pick attack on the string. Finding a balance where pick attack and sustain are clearly articulated is the sign of a superior matched preamp and power section. With a great tube amp, the subtle changes you make with your pick and finger pressure can be heard so that you can create your own identifiable style. Modeling Another solution is to use modeling amp with onboard effects, which is basically a combination of a very clean power amplifier with the tone modeling unit producing all the tone.
Some may consider this as the swiss-army knife of amplifier. The best of these amps can reproduce the sound of many other units with passable accuracy, and you have instant access to those cool effects that make even crappy guitarists sound good - delay, chorus, flanger, reverb, etc. With enough effects, your little old grandmother can sound like a rock star.
Okay, that s an exaggeration, but if guys like me can sound good, you can too. Another note to keep in mind is that solid-state amps have a fast attack time, where the note is immediately present when strumming. Modeling amplifiers seem to have a bit of a lag between your pick attack and the sound produced. Tube amps have a compression that is dependent upon pick attack.
Ultimately, what sounds right depends on the player. Physical size Just because you can afford to have a very powerful amplifier in both money Wikibooks Chapter 4 and wattage does not imply you should get said amplifier. A problem for a traveling musician especially those poor students that take public transportation is that, for a high wattage, you will have to pick up a big amplifier that can be too cumbersome to carry, while a small enough amplifier may be bad for gigging. For example, if you live in a small partment especially Japanese apartment , you may have to get a smaller and weaker amplifier.
Aside from obvious quieter sound, the smaller physical space available may also make storing even a full size 1x12 amplifier difficult. Considering that a some people may have to carry their entire recording setup — a laptop, effect units, guitar— the slight difference in mass and dimension may makes the difference in the ease of carry.
The higher it goes, the more over drives it has. And shattering your dreams: 11 doesn t mean it s better than 10 of another amp, if both are turned to the max! May have only 1 knob simply general tone , two treble and bass , or even a 7 band EQ that not control treble, midrange, and bass, but also other including prescene. Used for time-based effects delay, chrous, looping, phase shift, and flanging , as using the effect loop will preserve the sound and effect of the amp. Typically only found in head units, but some combo units have them too to make the output even louder.
Please make contributions. Place the waist of your guitar on the right leg, keeping the guitar completely vertical across its width. Rest your right upper arm on the side of the guitar so that it is comfortable. Your arm should bend with your thumb resting on the sixth string parallel to it. Your hand should cover the soundhole. On an electric, imagine a soundhole and keep your hand where the soundhole would be.
Take your fingers of your left hand and rest it on the strings around the fifth fret. Place your right thumb behind the fingers directly behind the neck. Your shoulders should be relaxed. Now, lean forward slightly and relax. Most people without serious back ailments should feel comfortable and should be able to stay in this position without effort. If you are not, something is not right. Using a Pick Hold the pick in between your index finger and your thumb.
Dont pinch it, hold it like a gun trigger, with the pick flat in between the side of your index finger and the bottom of your thumb. Your thumb should be in line with the first segment of the index finger, with the pick firmly but not tightly between. When you pick, your wrist should be straight, and when you strum, make sure to use your forearm and not your wrist for strength. Your wrist should be loose enough, but controlled, and you should strum with your forearm.
Using the Fretboard Depress the guitar string firmly to the fretboard, close to the metal fret. If the string is not depressed enough, the string will strike the frets when vibrating and the note played will have a "buzzing" sound. If the string is depressed too hard, not only will the pitch of the note be higher than desired, but also you will use a lot of strength and get tired easily.
You ll have to practice to get the right amount of pressure. The disturbance propagates through the air as a wave. When a string is attached to two points, like the strings on a guitar, striking it causes it to vibrate at a certain frequency which causes a soundwave of similar frequency. The length, thickness and tightness of the string determine the frequency of vibration and therefore the pitch of the note it produces. When a string is plucked the string is stretched to set it in vibration.
A shorter or tighter string is harder to stretch and therefore vibrates faster than a longer or looser string. A thicker string produces lower notes than a thinner string because the higher mass of the thicker string is more difficult to set in motion. For this reason the strings of the lower notes usually have extra metal cladding to increase their mass.
S There are many different ways to tune a guitar, but the most common is called standard tuning, or E tuning. This means that the thickest string should play the low E note, and then the next thinner should play an A and so on, finishing with the thinnest playing a high E. When the guitar is tuned, strumming all the strings at once produces a chord. Chords are explained in greater depth in the chords chapter.
Standard tuning is often represented visually like in the diagram below. Note that the upper case E represents the thickest string, and the lower case e represents the thinnest string, which means that the lowest string on the diagram is the highest string on the guitar. This is meant to represent how the guitar looks when a player looks down on it. To adjust to a higher pitch the string must be tightened, and to lower the pitch the string must be loosened. When doing this, it is important to make sure you are turning the correct peg for the string you are trying to tune.
It is both confusing and embarassing when you turn the wrong peg, often because you have to start all over again. Until you have developed your musical ability, it may be difficult to know exactly what a particular note should sound like. Any guitar or music store will sell tuning aids, such as tuning forks, pitch pipes and electric tuners. When properly used, these allow you to precisely tune each string to the appropriate Wikibooks Chapter 6 pitch. Almost every guitar player owns some sort of tuning aid, and new players are encouraged to purchase one.
On the guitar neck, fingering each fret raises the pitch of the note a half-tone. In an octave, there are twelve half-tones, which means that if you play any note, the note 12 frets above that is twice as high in pitch. Any two notes are related by a certain number of half tones, which is called an interval.
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The interval between the low E string and the A string is called a fourth, which means that the two notes are separated by five half-tones or frets. This relationship of a fourth is the same for any string and the one below it, except for the G and B strings. The note G is separated by only four half-tones or frets, which makes this interval a third.
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Advanced Techniques for the Walkingbass Advanced Techniques for the Walkingbass I have seen guys with 5 string basses who can t get half the sounds that you are getting out of just three. Guitar Rubric. Technical Exercises Guitar. Group A: Scales. Group B: Chords. Group C: Riff Guitar Rubric Technical Exercises Guitar Debut In this section the examiner will ask you to play a selection of exercises drawn from each of the three groups shown below.
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Getting Started with 4-part Harmony Getting Started with 4-part Harmony Some of you have already written chord progressions in a previous theory class. However, it is my experience that few students come to college with the ability to consistently More information. You may use pencil for music More information.