A Guide to the Basics for Beginner Guitarist

The Basics of Playing the Guitar for Beginners

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A guide to guitar for beginners. Here is a step by step guide for those interested in learning how to play the guitar. The links will take you through the basics of guitar playing. Resources are arranged in a chronological order to guide you accordingly. Here we go:

Parts of the Guitar

You have to familiarize yourself with the different parts of your guitar, the names and the particular function of each part.

Here are some resources to help you:

Tuning your Guitar

Learning to tune your guitar is an important tool. Here are some resources that will teach you how:

Holding the Pick

There is a proper way of using a guitar pick. Here are some links to show you the correct way:

Learn the Fretboard

Acquaint yourself with the different notes that make up the guitar. Here is our own About.Com Guitar Guide to help you:

Notation and Tablature Reading

Learn to read tabs, familiarize yourself with the different notes and rests. Here are some articles to guide you:

Scale and Chord Charts

Learning the scales and chords and how to form them is your next step. Here are some illustrated guitar chord guides:

Guitar Playing Techniques

There are different playing techniques you should learn to become a seasoned pro.

Here are the different guitar playing techniques and links to relevant resources: