Guitar for absolute Dumbos
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The Guitar
The guitar is a mini orchestra, an instrument designed to let you play chords, bass lines and melody lines … all at the same time. It truly is the most versatile of all instruments and no wonder it became so popular. Keyboards also have this capacity, but guitars, apart from the obvious advantage of being portable, have a multiplicity of positions for the same chunks of music, which (in my humble opinion) give them the edge. The fact that strings can be bent, slid upon (my specialty), hammered on and pulled off, not to mention palmed, muted, tapped, strummed, plucked and caressed … no contest really. It’s also one of the more complicated instruments to come to grips with. Between the mazelike fretboard and the many techniques used to extract music from these boxes, there’s a lot to know, which is why I’ve put this site together for you.


12 string
Classical nylon String – The original, traditional guitar. In the old days, the strings were made of cat-gut. This is the kind of guitar that classical and Flamenco players use. It’s the easiest kind of guitar to start out on and they’re played with the fingers, not picks. Acoustic steel 6 string – Steel string guitars are bigger and louder that nylon string, and are the most popular of the acoustics. They’re harder on the fingers. They’re usually strummed with a flat pick, but are also played with bare fingers or finger-picks. Acoustic steel 12 string –
Bigger and heavier than 6 strings, these guitars have 6 pairs of strings. They’re tuned and played in the same way, but have much greater volume and a very jangley sound. They’re usually strummed. Not for beginners!
Acoustic resonator – Resonator guitars were invented before electronics amplified guitars. The round ‘resonator’ acts as a loud speaker, making them much louder than plain acoustic guitars. Often played using a slide, or “bottleneck”, in Country and Blues music.


acoustic electric
Solid body electric – The most popular kind of electric guitar. The sound comes from the ‘pickups’ (which are essentially microphones) which feed the sound into an amplifier. They have very little sound when played without the electronics. Semi hollow body electric Almost the same as the solid body. These can be heard without plugging them into an amplifier, but only just. The hollow cavity gives them a slightly different tone than the solid body. Hollow body electric Played mainly by jazz artists, these sound good un-plugged; the pickups simply add volume to the acoustic sound. They’re also known as “archtops” because of their arched soundboard. Acoustic electric Acoustic electrics are just acoustics with some built in electronics to boost the volume. Often used in band situations where a normal acoustic gets drowned out by the other instruments.
fretboard map
Horizontal lines represent the strings, tuning pegs to the left, body of the guitar to the right. The number of each fret is indicated above, the fretboard markers are below. Trust those fretboard markers, they’re the same on all guitars. Notes repeat beyond the 12th fret, in other words 13 is the same as 1, 14 as 2, etc., but one octave higher.Learn the natural notes first, shown here in red. The sharp/flat notes fit between. While it’s important to know where all notes are, it’s far more important to know where chords are, as chords carry much more information than notes — just as words carry more information than the letters of the alphabet. More on chords soon.I’m sure there are as many ways to learn this map as there are players, but so long as you remember the open string notes (EADGBE) and the fact that notes come in alphabetical order as they rise in pitch, you can never really get lost. Even if, at first, you need to go back to the open string work your way up through the notes to find whatever you’re looking for, you’ll be fine. Notice that the natural notes stack up at the fifth and tenth frets. This is also a good landmark to lock in.Do you need to know this by heart when you’re starting out? No, not unless you can read notation and want to play pieces that have been scored out. If you’re just starting out, you probably won’t venture too far up the neck and won’t really need to know the names of notes.Apart from the five lowest notes on a guitar — E, F, F#, G and G# — and some of the very highest notes, all the others have at least one other position. Some, like the open B string note, have four other places where they can be found. This is what makes guitars so different from pianos, where only one of each note can be found. This is both a curse and a blessing!
OK, so we’ve learned that:

• there are 12 notes that repeat like the months of the year
• that a music year is called an octave
• that all have a sharp/flat note between them except for E-F and B-C
• that the distance between any two adjacent notes is called a semitone.

These are the raw ingredients, the building blocks. On a guitar, every string/fret postion is a note and the sharp/flat notes are all there, mixed in together. On a piano they’re color-coded black and white; there is no such distinction on a fretboard.

What we hear as music is the way these 12 notes, plus the repeats in other octaves, interact with each other. For that, we need a blueprint. Music’s Master blueprint is called the Major Scale


Comments on: "Guitar for absolute Dumbos" (4)

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