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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:
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Step 1: Learn the parts

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Step 5: End

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Thanks for checking out my instructable! Look out for part 2, it's all about chords and notes and scales and stuff. Rock on.
sruijter4 years ago
"Every Bad Guitarist Deserves An Execution." The one I use :)
Every American Dad Goes Bald Eventually. or Easter Bunny Got Drunk At Easter
freeza362 years ago
Hey can anyone help me out here?
You should try: Eddy Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddy xD worked for me!
608294 years ago
Goshen.Guy4 years ago
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).
bruno130696 years ago
I learned "Easter Bunnies Get Drunk After Easter".
I learned "Elephants And Doggies Gots Big Ears"

I'm from the south =)
ToddisI4 years ago
Nice instructable!
mrmerino5 years ago
OMG i love your acronym xD ive been using Every Body Gets Dinner And Eats
Lol, me too... but now im faced with a big decision... i love food, and i love booms... which one!
rdm_box4 years ago
Jimi Hendrix jus flipped it around!
Jake Morton5 years ago
strange.. you joined instructables on my birthday :))
nonten945 years ago
poor Eddie XD
ha ha i like your little acronym to help you remember XD lol
A good name6 years ago
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.
when is part 2 coming i can't wait do it right now :) great ible
lawizeg (author)  Superninjacamper9416 years ago
patience young one.
where's that second part!!!???
dunnos6 years ago
I LOVE your acronym!
runerocks156 years ago
this is a great idea, good for not-even-beginners like me taking a high school guitar class.
fegundez16 years ago
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.
blugyblug6 years ago
Looks like part 2 will be pretty good, you should probably put all your guitar ibles into one ible
lawizeg (author)  blugyblug6 years ago
Yeah, i was gonna do that. part 2 will be really big. Lots of links too. i <3 links