Jan 31, 2016
Are you just getting started on the guitar? Or have you played for a while but certain terms related to guitar confuse you? Although you can learn a lot from online courses, private lessons, videos, DVDs, books, and blogs for example, here's a basic starter list of what I consider 3 Things You Should Know About The Guitar.
The string number—as in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—is relative to pitch, or the highness or lowness of a string.
String number one is the highest string or thinnest string. It is also the farthest away from you when you are holding the guitar in playing position.
String number six is the lowest string or the thickest string. It is the nearest string to you when holding the guitar in playing position. This is a hang-up for many, so if this is new to you, please memorize it asap. You'll need to know this for the rest of your guitar-playing career.
This one is a bit more involved. When Playing "Up" or "Down" the neck, you should know this:
You can play up the neck by either going from lower frets to higher frets on the same string or by playing across the strings going from thicker strings to thinner strings. These both are going up the neck because you are going higher in pitch.
Going down the neck would therefore be either playing from a higher fret to a lower fret on the same string or by playing across the neck, going from thinner strings to thicker strings. These both are going down the neck because you are going lower in pitch.
Students starting guitar after playing piano often get this wrong. In piano the thumb is the 1st finger. In guitar the index finger is the 1st finger.
We use the left-hand thumb on the back of the neck for support. I feel as if it's best to place the thumb in the middle of the neck or just slightly above.
Although some guitar experts do use the left-hand thumb for playing notes on the fretboard, I don't recommend it. Keep the thumb on the back, and the four left-hand fingers on the front of (or on) the fingerboard. You can do plenty with just four fingers.
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