The guitar is one of those things that can bring a lot of happiness to someone who understands how to play it. Sometimes it can get discouraging because it does require plenty of dedication to practice to become good. However, with the right online guitar lessons for beginners you’ll be playing the guitar like you never thought you could.
There are a few guitars out there that will look differently than the average guitar, but for the most part they both normally contain the same fundamental components. I will be going over the important parts you need to be familiar with on your electric or acoustic model.
The headstock is located at the very top of your guitar and it is where the tuning pegs and tuning mechanisms for your guitar are located. Next you’ll find the neck area which is between the body and the headstock. This neck area is where you’ll find the strings of your guitar (normally six) which run lengthwise down the fretboard, sometimes called the fingerboard.
The fretboard is separated by the guitar’s frets and runs down the body of the guitar. Take a look at the dots in the image below. These dots are known as markers and they are there to allow you to find any fret you want fast. Frets 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15 are where these markers are normally located.
The guitar fretboard is one of the first and most important things you need to learn and memorize. You need to know your notes which are named after the first 7 letters in the alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. When you have arrived at G the name of these notes will start all over again, making A the next note after G and so on again.
After every two notes there is a sharp and/or flat note. The sharp symbol looks like this “#” and when you see it you should raise a note a half step. The flat symbol looks like this “B” and it means to lower a note a half step.
Every half step is one fret and you should note only a half step separates the E and F notes and the B and C notes. Every dot you see on the fretboard represents the various frets on the guitar. You should learn how to count the frets on your guitar. The most frets a guitar will have is 24 but most have only 19 frets.
Next in this quick guitar lesson online we’ll talk about the six strings. Two of these 6 strings on your guitar are known as the E string. The Low E can be found on the bottom and is the largest string on the guitar. The High E which can be found on the top is the other one, and it’s the thinnest string on the guitar. Take a look below at the image to get a visualization of what I’m talking about.
These are the basics you have to learn and understand if you want to start playing guitar chords, a scale, or even a lead lick. You should practice daily and try familiarize yourself with your fretboard and strings. Even when you don’t have your instrument you can pick a chord and try visualizing how you would play it on your guitar. Learning to play the guitar will become a whole lot easier once you understand what frets and strings you are playing and this little trick will help you do that.