Lesson 1 – Guitar Basics

Let’s just review some basics: the guitar, how to hold it, how to tune it. Then we’ll start with seven basic chords.

The Acoustic Guitar

acoustic guitar parts

The acoustic guitar is usually constructed of wood. Guitars come in various sizes, thickness, shapes, and prices.

Less expensive acoustics may be constructed of a laminated spruce or cedar top. The sides are also made of various wood materials. The more expensive models are constructed of solid spruce or cedar. The sides and back may be made from an exotic wood such as mahogany.

Some acoustic models have a transducer, or a pickup, built into the bridge saddle that is wired to a volume control and other sound altering devices (equalizer, phase, notch, etc). This gives you the option of either using amplification or playing without an amp. For now, we are more concerned with indentifying parts of the guitar that we will refer to throughout our lessons. Take the time to examine the photo. Remember such names as the nut, the fret, the neck, and tuning head.

The Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar Parts

The electric guitar is another popular style of guitar. It also comes in many styles and shapes. However, to play an electric guitar properly you will need to plug into an amplifier to produce the required volume and sound.

As you can see, there is slightly more gadgetry to deal with – volume controls, tremolo arm, pickup selector. This is just a standard setup for the electric. If you chose to learn on an electric guitar, you will master the operation of controls in no time. Again, we are more concerned with indentifying parts for our instructional purposes. So, take the time to examine the photo. Remember such names as the nut, the fret, the neck, and tuning head.