Introduction: How to Play Guitar: Get to Know Your Guitar.

You just got a new guitar! It looks really cool, but how do you play it? This is the place to learn! this is only part one though, it takes a lot to learn guitar.

You need:
  • a guitar
  • patience

That's it! You don't need picks right now. But you can make some.

Here's some useful guitar i'bles:

Step 1: Learn the Parts

First take a look at your guitar, to learn how to play, you have to know all the parts.

Step 2: How to Sit With Your Guitar

Sit in an armless chair, and rest the side of the guitar on top of your thighs. the back of the guitar should be facing you. The neck should be to your left. (to the right for lefties*)

  • if you're a lefty, make sure you bought a left-handed guitar, or take it back and get one. You can't just flip it around.

Step 3: The Neck

Take a look at the neck of the guitar. see those small metal bars on it? those are called frets.

  • photo from mrcam on flickr

Step 4: Strings

Look at the thickest string on your guitar. That one's called the low E string. The one below it, slightly thinner, is the A string. The next, is the D string, and the next is the G string. The Next is the B string, and the last , the highest string, is the e string.

It's important to know the order of the strings. I use an acronym to remember.

Eddy
Ate
Dynamite
Good
Bye
eddy

Step 5: End

Thanks for checking out my instructable! Look out for part 2, it's all about chords and notes and scales and stuff. Rock on.

Comments

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B-MEN made it!(author)2015-12-24

Eddie ate dynamite good by Eddie, thats whats works for me.

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sruijter made it!(author)2011-07-10

"Every Bad Guitarist Deserves An Execution." The one I use :)

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freeza36 made it!(author)2012-11-18

Every American Dad Goes Bald Eventually. or Easter Bunny Got Drunk At Easter

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freeza36 made it!(author)2012-11-18

Hey can anyone help me out here?
https://www.instructables.com/answers/Guitar-opinion/

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invisibleshadow made it!(author)2011-07-02

You should try: Eddy Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddy xD worked for me!

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60829 made it!(author)2011-01-31

Elephants
And
Donkeys
Go
Bouncing
Everywhere

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Goshen.Guy made it!(author)2011-01-27

To improve the discussion, I just thought I'd point out a GLARING ERROR.

It's NOT an acronym; It's a mnemonic.

(Acronyms substitute letters for words, not vice versa.)

Still, I appreciate their cleverness AND their value (as mnemonics).

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bruno13069 made it!(author)2009-08-05

I learned "Easter Bunnies Get Drunk After Easter".

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1spartan95 made it!(author)2011-01-21

I learned "Elephants And Doggies Gots Big Ears"

I'm from the south =)

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ToddisI made it!(author)2010-12-31

Nice instructable!

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mrmerino made it!(author)2010-07-11

OMG i love your acronym xD ive been using Every Body Gets Dinner And Eats

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ToddisI made it!(author)2010-12-31

Lol, me too... but now im faced with a big decision... i love food, and i love booms... which one!

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ToddisI made it!(author)2010-12-31

o mama! Toddisi love da GIBSON....

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rdm_box made it!(author)2010-08-24

Jimi Hendrix jus flipped it around!

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Jake+Morton made it!(author)2010-03-12

strange.. you joined instructables on my birthday :))

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nonten94 made it!(author)2009-09-22

poor Eddie XD

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knex+obsessed made it!(author)2009-08-14

ha ha i like your little acronym to help you remember XD lol

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A+good+name made it!(author)2009-07-26

Hm... The one thing I've noticed I have a big problem with is I can't read notes or tab (notes because I'm too lazy for all the theory). I have to have someone show me exactly how to play it. I'm terrible at translating guitar tab into actual music.

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Superninjacamper941 made it!(author)2008-10-18

when is part 2 coming i can't wait do it right now :) great ible

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lawizeg made it!(author)2008-10-20

patience young one.

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ssudhanshu made it!(author)2009-07-21

where's that second part!!!???

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dunnos made it!(author)2009-07-02

I LOVE your acronym!

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runerocks15 made it!(author)2008-09-04

this is a great idea, good for not-even-beginners like me taking a high school guitar class.

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fegundez1 made it!(author)2008-08-16

excellent,doing this one able at a time is a good idea.Those who dont know how to play will appreciate going one step at a time,no info overload.

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blugyblug made it!(author)2008-08-16

Looks like part 2 will be pretty good, you should probably put all your guitar ibles into one ible

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lawizeg made it!(author)2008-08-16

Yeah, i was gonna do that. part 2 will be really big. Lots of links too. i <3 links

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