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2: Beginner: Guitar Anatomy

John-Paul Gentile

12:22 · Acoustic Guitar

This lesson covers the what's where on your instrument as well as the basic vocabulary that guitar players will need.

2: Beginner: Guitar Anatomy

John-Paul Gentile

P details the different parts that make up the guitar:
  • The body, side, and back
  • Different coloring on the sides is called “binding”
  • Pic-guard
  • Saddle holds the bridge
  • Bridge pins
  • Sound hole
  • Some guitars have a cutaway (to enable playing closer to the sound hole)
  • Fret board, where the frets sit
  • Neck
  • Marks on the fret board (if any) are called markers/indicators
  • Nut
  • Headstock
  • Tuning pegs: when you string E,A, and D turn the pegs away from you (counter-clockwise). G, B, E tune opposite (clockwise).
  • Electric acoustic will have a whole to plug into. And a way to change the batteries – 9V batteries usually. When you need to change a battery the guitar will start to sound distorted.
  • Bass, Treble, and volume sounds
Terms:

Octave – all the notes in the scale back to the same one you started with. Moving up the neck – moving towards yourself Moving down the neck – moving away from yourself Strings – as you go higher (in tunes) – your fingers move lower Strings – as you go lower (in tunes) – your fingers will move higher (come towards you)

Strings:

6th String = E String 5th = A 4th – D 3rd = G 2nd = B 1st = E

Acronym to remember string names: Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie