Tips and Tricks of Guitar

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What is the most common instrument that comes to mind when you think of music? Some might say the piano, flutes, violins, trumpets, and one of the most well-known instruments people are familiar with is the guitar. The Guitar is used within many different songs, from different artists such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, Elvis Presley, Nirvana, etc. The guitar has built strengths in their music that we all know today. Some of these songs are probably from that one artist that you‘ve been trying to play on your guitar. 

What are some things you want to do to find yourself getting better within the day? Depending on the type of music you are playing, it depends on the different ways you want to take it whether it is the genre you want to play (acoustic will be the main focus). Some items you might want to have with you are a capo and guitar pick, they will be important later during your process of learning. Firstly, you have to learn how to tune your guitar to the specified strings, the pattern goes E A D G B e. The last e of the strings is the high e, while the first E represents low E. If that is difficult to remember, you can use an acrostic poem to go with the notes. Ex. (this one works but is slightly morbid) Eat A Dog Grow Big ears. 

Once you learn tuning, the next thing you figure out is the type of picking that you want to use. When playing music, picking is very important because it distinguishes the differences between songs and what genre it falls under. When you’re picking there are two different styles to play; fingerpicking, this is taking your thumb and designating it to the 6, 5, and the 4th string, the rest is the 3rd string which is played by the index, the middle will take care of the 2nd, and the ring finger takes care of the 1st string. When you are regularly picking the guitar, you are using a pick and it is going to take care of all of the strings at the same time. When you use the pick, you are using alternate picking and this is where you have to strum up and down on the strings for a different output of the tone. This should give better results in the song and will give more familiarity to your music, in some instances the strumming patterns differ from which part of the time signature it is being strummed. 

The overall idea is to start off slow and work your way up to speed, when you are learning the different parts of a song it’s good to go for a beginner’s friendly song and try to work out piece by piece. When you’re trying picking patterns, go for one that has the most comfortable form. When you are finding tuning to be a little harder, create a short song or a short story to create a better understanding of recognizing the tuning effectively and well enough to remember.