Learning To Play Acoustic and Electric Guitar For Beginners
This page assumes the reader (hello, that's you, :-) wants to have a go at learning guitar but knows absolutely nothing about how or where to start.
Before you think about spending any money, first define what kind of music you would most like to play, and choose the most suitable instrument to play it on. You can learn on either an electric or acoustic model, it makes no difference for a beginner, notes and chords are the same on both, so the choice is up to you.
If you haven't bought a guitar yet, this buying guide will give you some helpful pointers on what to look for, and more importantly, look out for. when purchasing any instrument.
If you have a guitar already then this useful tips page for complete beginners will help you to start playing the right way, point out some do's and dont's and generally start you off playing on the right foot, or should that be the right hand :-)
Before you get stuck in make sure you are familiar with the various major parts of a guitar, because you will find many references to the assorted bits on electrics or acoustics throughout this and other sites, and although the main component names are shared between both types, you should still be aware of what is which.
Once you start reading about guitar playing and music you will undoubtedly come across a lot of technical terms, slang and jargon you don't yet understand, you should take the trouble to find out what is being referred to and to help you I have compiled a technical glossary of the most popular words and terms used in guitar music.
You will remember more or less right away that standard tuning on a six string guitar is (low to high, or thick to thin strings) E,A,D,G,B,E.
These are the musical pitch of the notes that sound when played in the 'open' position or unfretted. i.e. no fingers are holding down any strings.
You must learn all the notes on the fretboard until you can hit any particular note on any string without thinking about it, which is not as difficult as it sounds, the more you practice, the more quickly you will remember. You might find this system helpful for you to learn the notes on the fingerboard.
Before you begin to practice scales and chords, you will need a few pointers on how to strum and pick strings, once you can do this then a few simple guitarist techniques will help your playing skills along.
To begin playing some simple tunes you will need to master a few simple open chords to start with, these are a little tricky for a complete beginner but persevere until you get them right, trust me you will :-)
Hopefully the tips and tricks on those and other pages within this site will give you head start in learning the guitar. However, the one thing that will help you the most and speed up your progress no end is joining one of the big online guitar tuition sites for a small monthly outlay of $10 - $20 you will increase your skills faster than you ever thought possible and learn from some great tutors, If you want to know more check out this page on Jamplay.com or this one on GuitarTricks.com These are superb learning centers for beginner guitarists and I can virtually guarantee you will not be disappointed with either the site's or their content, honestly, they really are the best way for a beginner to learn guitar.