Introduction: How to Play Guitar

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In this instructable i will show you how to play guitar. This is mainly for beginners but some techniques would help intermediates. I will show you: Cords, Notes, Power Chords, Fith Chords, Pick scrapes and Tuning, . there will be pictures and they are mine not web found.


Step 1: Get Materials

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now before you buy a guitar you need have a demo done at the store.
and here is some advice. NEVER BUY A V GUITAR FOR YOU FIRST GUITAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
their looks are cool but they are horrible to play! (sorry danny) now for your first guitar buy a acoustic but if you want a electric you should get a strat. they have a thicker neck so it will be harder to play but you will get used to it. But if you if you want a "thinner" neck get an ibanez ( I-ben-ez) they have a flater neck.

Electric guitar
1) guitar (Duh)
2) tuner
3) picks
4) strap(optional)
5) amp
6) cable to plug into guitar
7)guitar book

4 Guitar book

Step 2: Frets

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Ok so you will learn Chords. But first you need to now what those lines are for!
The lines are for where you put your fingers. They are called Frets and those dots are called "Position markers" Thre is one position makere for every other fret. Except for the double one that is for the 12th fret.

Step 3: Chords

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I will show you How to tune and six chords
first one is E
where it says x thats where u put ur finger
d means don't play string
the o means open string
(note chords are ALWAYS done in standard tuning) (eBGDAE)

6 5 4 3 2 1


6 5 4 3 2 1
D o_______o


6 5 4 3 2 1


6 5 4 3 2 1
D Do______

6 5 4 3 2 1

6 5 4 3 2 1

6 5 4 3 2 1
DD o______

Step 4: Pick Scrapes

Pick Scraping is when you take your pick and turn it to the side and scrape it on you last three strings (sorry i ran out of battery life to take pics :( )

Step 5: Power Chords and 5th Chords

These are for electric guitars only! The music for these are:Rock (all versions) and Some old metal (black sabbath Ac/DC ECT....) but anyways a power chord is when you play the first three strings
this is for the G power chord you put you index finger on the E string's (thickest) third fret and you thats the G note then you take your ring finger and put it on the A string put it on the fith fret and take your pinkie and put on the fith fret of the D string and strum THOSE THREE STRING ONLY and once you got those down you can slide them around. A fith chord is the sam thing but with out your pinkie (use the first two strings)

Step 6: PLAY

Well now you gotten this far go PLAY THE GUITAR and remember PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

Step 7: Rock

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Now rock like Zakk (if you are Zakk!)


GorillazMiko (author)2007-11-23

damn do you wish you had my guitar..

clark (author)GorillazMiko2007-12-06

yes i do actually. a friend of my has that guitar, and it is ammmmmaaaaazzzzzziiinnngggggg to play. it sounds great, it feels great, and it looks great.

Metal4God (author)clark2007-12-06

it's a BC rich, they suck, he must of changed the pickups or something!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

metal-matt (author)Metal4God2009-05-24

its a bc rich, they dont suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and most guitars should have a pickup change. they put sh*t pickups in there to reduce price...

Metal4God (author)metal-matt2009-06-12

what if it's EMG's? hmm?

metal-matt (author)Metal4God2009-06-12

then i would put some dimarzios in there... heh. heh. heh.

clark (author)Metal4God2007-12-06

nope, he never changed the pickups. have you even ever played a b.c. rich warlock?

Metal4God (author)clark2007-12-09

ya, and they sound like poop, i've even played Kerry king signatures, they suck also, if you want t guitar that sounds good, and has awesome looks, get a dean ML!

metal-matt (author)Metal4God2009-05-24

dean? whats the point? you will just constaintly look like a dean wannabe... wellll thats if you play live i guess... but bc rich are good... i bet you have never played one... and your theone useing a "slammer" guitar... ive never heard of them....

Metal4God (author)metal-matt2009-06-12

oh no u did not!!! that was my first guitar, NOW! i have a jackson! with EMG pickups and floyd rose tremolo, witch i personally put into drop C tuning

bustedit (author)Metal4God2008-08-08

LP archtop rae beauts

clark (author)Metal4God2007-12-09

the guitar i played sounded amazing.

Metal4God (author)clark2007-12-11

he must of did something to it, maybe it wasn't that one, that one he has it's like $179. ur friend may of had the expensive one's that are over 1 grand! thoes ones are good.

clark (author)Metal4God2007-12-11

he didn't do anything to it, but he bought it used at guitar center for $500.

Metal4God (author)clark2007-12-11

that's not the one that gorrilamikkoz showed you, his is only $200

halo-knex-gr8 (author)clark2008-07-10

i saw i guitar just like that :) but it was base :( awwwww

i saw a base (i think im spelling base wrong) with 5 strings, its like its mom was an electric and the dad was base

Metal4God (author)halo-knex-gr82008-08-25

yes they have 5, 6 and 7 string basses

bowmaster (author)halo-knex-gr82008-07-10

It is spelled bass.

halo-knex-gr8 (author)bowmaster2008-07-11

well that's fishy lollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollollol =) thnx btw

bowmaster (author)halo-knex-gr82008-07-11

Ha Ha I guess..

seriously, thats my guitar. haha but this is a picture from google. i got a b.c. rich warlock bronze, as you already know.

Metal4God (author)GorillazMiko2007-11-24

meh BC riches are only good for a certain while. I like jacksons!

GorillazMiko (author)Metal4God2007-11-24

jacksons are pretty good yeah but bc riches just look tight hahaha

Metal4God (author)GorillazMiko2007-11-24

you haven't seen the jackson i want, i looks like a frigging Bengal tiger! also NEVER by a guitar for looks!

metal-matt (author)Metal4God2009-05-24

"you haven't seen the jackson i want, i looks like a frigging Bengal tiger!" "also NEVER by a guitar for looks!" uhhh.... nevermind...

Metal4God (author)metal-matt2009-06-12

some guitars that look good, prob sound like crap, espically acoustics...

MegaMelmo (author)Metal4God2008-07-13

I agree, I wanted an awesome looking Epiphone Firebird (Although I would go for their Explorer too...), but I got an Ibanez GRG which looks like a plain old Strat, but with sharper edges. It still plays great though.

Metal4God (author)MegaMelmo2008-07-13

dude epiphone's no matter what are good, ESPICALLY the explorer

metal-matt (author)Metal4God2009-05-24

every brand has a bad guitar. ohh, and epiphones are uhh.... the cheap versions of gibson, right? yeah...

cj72396 (author)Metal4God2009-05-12

Actually, some Epiphone's have terrible tone, sustain and are overall bad guitars. I personally have a 1972 Epiphone FT-150 Acoustic, and I love it. But some of their cheaper electrics are terrible. Remember, you get what you pay for.

metal-matt (author)Metal4God2009-05-24

i dont quite see how that works... i own a bc rich, and a ibanez, and a ltd, and a yamaha (bass, ohh and a yamaha acuostic) and well... bc rich are good. however i have never played a jackson, so im not going to be for or against them.

metal-matt (author)GorillazMiko2009-05-24

haha, i do have a redblade, but its the rare red+white tribal... there quite good for the price :D

qballcat (author)GorillazMiko2009-01-26

not bad, these are mine not joking

Metal4God (author)qballcat2009-02-18

i believe it, kerry king signature...about 800-1000 bucks i believe?

qballcat (author)Metal4God2009-02-18

nope ( well yes) right guitar BUT i got one for 499$ (at a guitar shop my guitar teaches uses it for lessons but only on occasion because he uses his other good guitars as well)

Metal4God (author)qballcat2009-02-19


my friend has th beast, WAY betetr


Metal4God (author)lespaulsrule2007-11-24

i agree with you there!

ninjanathan (author)2014-07-01

mi dad is giving me his old Electric Acoustic

freeza36 (author)2012-01-14

a capo is a good thing to have

ToddisI (author)2010-12-31

however may i point out the fact that the fret board on acoustics are wider, thus it is easier for begginers to play without damping open stings...

ducttaped (author)2010-01-02

why do you do pick scraping? i thought doing that to the strings was bad for them?

ducttaped (author)2010-01-02

you spelled fourth and there wrong btw

fancypenguin845 (author)2009-08-01

i learned on an acoustic cause someone told me it was easier :P

TheMadScientist (author)2007-12-10

NOTE TO THE AUDIENCE: if you're seriously interested in using power chords even slightly often, you may want to retune your guitar to a drop D (tune your low E down to a D) or a drop C(not really a drop, but tune every string down one, then tune your E (now a D) down to a C) I play in drop D and C quite a bit, as they makes all of the power chords grouped together so that you don't have to split your fingers...

OzzyCoop (author)TheMadScientist2009-06-09

Maybe, but in my opinion drop D tuning is just a comfort zone that too many people get stuck in. 7 out of 10 people who play guitar in drop tuning are looking for an easy short cut to becoming like all their monotone, talentless Disturbed like heros. Go ahead and use drop tuning but just because it sounds kind of cool, and you sound like these contemporary rock bands, and it makes playing guitar easier, dont let your creativity suffer. Spread your fingers out and dont fall into a comfort zone. Drop D has a time and a place. Just my opinion.

Metal4God (author)OzzyCoop2009-06-12

ahhh but if ur playing metal core? and like strum the Open D and G for one step down? and do ur hammer ons on the G or C string? (or in standard it would be hammering on the A or D and strumming the E and A) then it doesnt sound right...look up are you dead yet, and you'll see what i meanb

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