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TheGimpMaster01
10-14-2005, 01:38 PM
For Beginners: The Basics
By TheGimpMaster01

Foreword:

Before we begin, I'd like to say a few things.

First: The guitar probably isn't the best instrument to begin learning music
on. If you plan on doing this, it's ok, becuase it can be done. But if you
can help it, it's probably better to start on the piano. I have been
playing piano for 10 years and despite the fact that I dislike it so much,
it has been a real help in my music. I know much more music than I normally
would.
Second: Music is a diffucult thing to learn. It is, in fact, extremely
difficult. Please don't feel down or stupid if you can't do something right
away, especially with music. It's very tough.

*Side note: Did you know that music is the only area of study proven to
increase your IQ?

Part 1: Pitches

Pitches are vibrations in the air. The vibrations fluctuate causing
different pitches. Take the pitch called "A" for instance. The A used for
tuning most of the time vibrates 440 times a second. We will talk about
tuning and different octaves later.
Here are all the pitches that are used in music (real pitches). Some of
them are interchangeable, and the ones that are are put on the same line and
have a slash in between them:
A
A#/Bb
B/Cb
C/B#
C#/Db
D
D#/Eb
E/Fb
F/E#
F#/Gb
G
G#/Ab

Did you notice that in the last pitch i gave you, you saw Ab? Well, the
pitches go only from A-G. There is no "H" or "Z" pitch. The # is a SHARP
SIGN. It means that you go up one HALF STEP. This means you go up in pitch
half of what it is to get to the next pitch. The b is a FLAT SIGN. It goes
DOWN a half step rather than up.

Part 2: Getting Serious

If you are really serious about learning music, then you should go buy a
metronome and a tuner. Buy a good loud metronome when you DO buy one, and
when buying a tuner, consider having it have the option of playing the note
as well as tuning one.

Part 3: Tuning your guitar

So now I assume you've bought a tuner.

Get your guitar out and play the bottom string with the tuner on. It will
probably not say "E". If it does, then you are a lucky fellow. Turn the
tuning head this way and that until it says "E". DO NOT turn it so that the
string starts to sound really high, because that means you are probably
tuning it to the E that is one octave above. That strain could pop and
string and that would really sting your finger. The next string should read
"A" on your guitar. The following "D". The next "G," "B," and "E" again.
The high E string is two octaves above the bottom E.
So you have your guitar tuned and everything. The next lesson to follow is
on notes and note values.

Feedback! (This is my first submitted lesson...)