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This instructible is based at complete beginners if you have played the guitar before then some of this may seem very obvious but if you haven't its not!


 
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Step 1: Getting A Guitar

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Guitars can cost anything from about £5 (~$10) for a second hand acoustic in a charity shop to thousands of pounds. When you are a beginner just about anything you can get will do as long as it is not too damaged and has 6 strings, you can always upgrade it later.

If you have an electric guitar you will need an amp and lead (see pictures) but whatever you have you have I would recommend buying a plectrum (A.K.A pick) choose a medium or light type as they are most suited to beginners.

You could also get a tuner but they are not totally necessary (see next step)

Step 2: How to tune your guitar

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The easiest way to tune your guitar is to go here and twist the pegs at the top so the tones match up to whats coming out of the speakers for each string. You can also buy a tuner from a music shop but that would be an extra expense and the online on would do nearly as well.

You will need to know which string is which in order to tune the guitar so the strings from thinest to thickest are:
1st string (E)
2nd string (B)
3rd string (G)
4th string (D)
5th string (A)
6th string (E)

Sometimes you may have to drop tune your guitar this is quite easy to do you simply tune the 6th string to whatever note the drop is, e.g. for drop D you would tune the 6th string to D.
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Cali12131 year ago
Yea this info is kinda basic... I got some good info about basic chords and some easy guitar songs that you can learn right online (through instructional videos) on www.easyguitarsongsonline.com it was pretty helpful !!

good luck keep strumming!
Overall, it is not bad. But it is not the best guide I have ever seen.

BEWARE: THIS WILL NOT TEACH YOU EVERYTHING ABOUT THE BASICS OF GUITAR PLAYING. NEITHER WILL ANY OTHER GUIDE ON THE INTERNET.

THE BEST WAY TO LEARN GUITAR IS THROUGH MENTORING.


But that out of the way, It was informative, relatively accurate, although you need to stop referring to the strings as 1-2-3 etc etc. Refer to them as EADGBE and so on.

Remember this:

Eat
All
Day
Get
Big
Easy.


Also, I feel you butchered the chord and song parts of your guide. You need to provide tab PICTURES. I have been playing guitar for a long, LONG while, and even for me it is hard to read "internet tabs"

Take a picture, or show them to Ultimate Guitar or something.


Score IMHO: 3/5. Decent. But not terrible. It had several butchered qualities, but also some redeeming ones.
I tune my acoustic guitar to itself.
Merugop3 years ago
Hey dude long time since i was on Instructables. (stupid school <.<) i've bought my first guitar a green fender squier strat hss affinity (stratocoaster) 125 euro (got an guitar bag, amplifier and cables for free) andi learned a few songs Hey there Delilah Stairway to heaven except the solo. Fireflies (ith had barrés 0.o) and WIth Me (Sum 41) and i tried some tabs but they confuse me when they say like ----P5-S3 etc. Can you make an advnced tab guide?
yaly3 years ago
Isn't there C and F like in piano?
Derpancakes3 years ago
Hey.... what Pacifica is that?? I have a 112J
dannyo0133 years ago
If youve played long enough, you can tune a guitar almost perfectly with just an amp, a pick, and your bare hands. Just pick a single string and pick it, then tune as needed.
nfk113 years ago
me know 3 song.iron man,eye of the tiger andsilent night.
If you have an acoustic guitar, you will need a tuner with an external mic. If your acoustic can plug in though, it's not necessary.
always remember:" The Easter Bunny Gets Drunk At Easter"--thats the tuning from bottom to top, or at least how i remember it.
Heres is top to bottom:Ed Ate Dung Good Bye Ed
haha. thats a good one. my friend uses that except instead of dung he uses dynamite
I was in a hurry and did not know how to spell dynamite.
Elephants and dogs grow big ears. Kinda depends on the dog.
aha thats funny i use "Elephants and Donkeys grow big ears" :D
Even ants do giant butt earrings.
i do "every average dude gets busted eventually"
Lol epic.
thats smart but how do u remember if its drop d,f,e,a,or b???
usually you don't remember for those tunings but if you know how to tune your guitar to that tuning then you should be able to remember fairly well.
Metal4God7 years ago
when you tabbed the E chord you put the EM chord i posting an instructable like this but its going to be more detailed. its going to show wich guitar to get fre acoustic and an elctric. now your elctric guitar is it a REAL fender strat or one of thoes $20 wannabes
gmoon Metal4God7 years ago
Let's keep name-brand snobbery out of it--I'd personally prefer a Fender, but if you want to 'rip,' the Yamaha is probably a better guitar for metal, etc. Yamaha's are extremely well-made guitars, very high manuf standards. And the Epiphone ain't shabby either....

There is no one best guitar for everyone, beginner or otherwise. It depends on your hand size, style of music you enjoy, techniques you'd like to learn, etc.

IMO, you're better off trying several guitars at more than one music store, that can help cut through the sales BS.
Merugop gmoon4 years ago
D oyou know what guitar is good for like Avenged sevenfold Music i like the lead guitar and the rytm guitar
gmoon Merugop4 years ago
I'd go to your local GuitarCenter or other music store, and try out the guitars and amps. One will feel right.
Metal4God gmoon7 years ago
Sorry I didn't mean to be mean I just wanted to know if it was a fender thats all because i have a fender wannabe. It looks like a red fender strat only its a hammer by slammer. and the best guitars for metal are either any of the BC rich guitars or the Gibson SG. Your acoustic is cool because my dad has an electric/acoustic Epiphone. Its the black to orange fade and its 14-16 years old. it also the first guitar i ever played I have a Squire SA100 and it has great sound to it. I think the Les Paul guitars are the best electric guitars and Taylor guitars are the best for acoustic. I have also been playing guitar for about 3 years. and Im only 12
OOH! Can i unveil my Dad's party piece of guitars? He has a 1967 Rickenbacker 330, in jet black. Look at the prices of those and cry ;-)
that that is a beutiful guitar
It's gorgeous to play, really low action and a neck that i can touch my little finger and thumb together around.
wow but thiner necks are kinda bad. they dammage easy and i think its easeier to play with a thick neck (like strats and prs se's )
Eww.. no. Thin necks are much easier to play, they take less effort when changing chords. When you're beginning, however, I would recommend a thicker neck however because the chances of hitting a wrong string are lower.
i have play many guitars ibenaz jackson bcrich gibson and fender and i have to say i have to say i like the thincker neck better
Oooh, I hate BC Rich guitars, they're too poser-ish. As are V's, what with being impractically big and having a stupid looking tremolo.
ok i haven't tried bc rich but you have to admit they are cool
OH NO I DON'T I absolutely despise them, especially the Warlock. They're the kind of things that 11 years olds play to act cool even though thy learnt a week ago. (No offense, people)
i dont think this gus 11

It reiterates my point about poser-ish though. Those guitars are not at all good if you play any sort of variety in your music, they can play metal, scream it in fact but they're no practical and far to expensive for a one trick pony.
i play metal and thats about it
you can tell that because of your name
_ hehe i like metal
music or like steel, aluminum, tin copper, etc.(is that a metal?)?
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