Beginner Guitar

Beginner Guitar – Make a Joyful Noise!

For over a thousand years, human beings have yearned to make sounds other than their own voices.  The idea of string and wood, put together, was an invention that resulted in a sound when plucking the string.  Make the wood body hollow, and the sound is amplified.  This idea was built upon by ancient humans, and many different forms of the stringed instrument came about. 

Throughout Europe, the evidence of guitar-like instruments can be found as far back as the 1200’s.  During Biblical times, the stringed lyre was used to make sounds in the form of music, and was essential to the people then for songs of worship.  The form of the stringed instrument has changed little over the past five hundred years or so, and the more modern versions of this instrument are still being used today.

From acoustic dreadnoughts to ukuleles, the guitar has been seen all over the world.  Electric guitars make up much of today’s modern music, along with acoustic guitars, and can be seen being played in some of the largest orchestras.  This versatile instrument can accomplish any note on the musical scale and is unlimited in its use for accompaniment for voice or other styles of music performances.  The beginning pupil of guitar can easily play simple songs after a single first lesson, and as more lessons follow, the better the skill.

The guitar is usually a wooden instrument with a body, a neck with frets (normally made with brass), a nut (top of neck), and the tuning keys for adjusting the tone of the strings.  An acoustic guitar has a hollow body with a sound hole, just above the bridge, where the strings are attached.

 “Practice makes perfect!” is the exclamation any guitar instructor stresses to the new student, and it is indeed vital for success.  Constant and unrelenting practice of scales and chords will attune the student to where each chord is, and aid in music theory.  Knowing each scale is important to reading guitar music, and an excellent student will find it becoming easier as time goes by.

Beginning guitar lessons are more affordable than one thinks.  Comparable to piano lessons, the guitar teacher is usually delighted to teach, so the fee can usually be seen as nominal.  A good teacher will always begin with the basics, such as two or three single-finger chords to start one off.  During the lessons, the student is taught about notes and measures, and how the notes are played according to the time noted on the sheet music.  This is essential for learning how to play from sheet music, and is a vital part of the guitar lessons.

It is not so important to purchase the “top-of-the-line” guitar for learning.  A simple acoustic guitar will be fine, and then if you become more advanced with the lessons, a higher end guitar can be bought to compliment your style.  Learning guitar is fun and joyful, and can be a form of entertainment at any event.  Advanced learners can be knowledgeable with writing music for the guitar, so making unique music can be the ultimate of creativity!

Come back soon for more thoughts on guitars.

Don

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3 Responses to “Beginner Guitar”

  1. Olin Haye says:

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  2. purple black says:

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