Guitar Age Or A Guitarists Illustrated Primer II

author: Wankysweater date: 02/09/2011 category: for beginners
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Ok, this next lesson touches on my last article a bit. As I mentioned previously, everything is painfully difficult starting out, so I am going to painfully mull over the details. If you already know how to read TAB and tune your guitar, then feel free to skip this lesson. If you are still reading this, then brace yourself for a knowledge bukakki. When I first started out, I remember how frustrating it was to tune my guitar and read tabs, and this was a major reason I got frustrated and put my axe down for 2 years. Epic discipline fail. Step 1 - Determine what type of guitar you own, whether it is an acoustic or electric (or if it has 4 strings, its likely a bass). If you have an electric guitar then plug it in to the tuner and turn up the volume. If you have an acoustic, then you are good to go. Step 2 The guitar is tuned to the following notes: E, a, d, g, b, e. When you are holding the guitar in your lap, the first string is an E (closest to your face, and thickest of the strings), then a, then d, then g, then b, then the other e (closest to the floor, and also the thinnest string). Try to memorize this, as it's kinda important. I recommend that you create a pneumonic device to assist you in memorization. Mine happens to be: Every Anus Does Get Bruised Eventually. Be creative, make one up. Step 3 The old game of get the bouncing needle in the green'. There is no shortcut here. Once you tune your strings and have every one of them in tune, check them again. By the time you go from one E string to another, the first one may be out of tune again. Tune and repeat. Step 4 Play your damn guitar and quit bitching about how the strings leave indentations on your fingers. Congratulations, you finally tightened the belt on your Big Boy Pants. Now that you know the names of the strings, you are ready to read tab. Actually, before I proceed, I am going to cover my ass and go on the record as saying that Sight Reading and learning to actually read musical notation is probably the best approach. But who has time for that. Ok, on to tabs. So this is TAB, and it is a representation of your guitar:
Notice the notes to the left? Yup, those are the names of the strings we just covered. Capital E is the thickest, and the little e is the thinnest. Remember that. Now check this out:
Now we have two notes played one after another. The first note, the 0, is played by merely plucking the thick E string. Your left hand has nothing to do with this note. Now for the note illustrated by the 3. The guitar neck is divided by all of these metal pieces, some of them with dots or other ornamentation in between them. The space between the metal pieces are where you press. The number pertains to the fret you are to press with the fingers of your left hand. Count the frets and press the third one on the thick E string. Bam Shebram! Now for all of the strings, try the following:
Good job champ you are half way to being the next Hendrix. Now observe the following:
For this bad boy you are going to press the third fret with your index finger, and BOTH the fifth fret on the a string and the fifth fret of the d string with your ring finger. Take your time to wrap your head around this one. Index finger one note, ring finger the other two notes. Now strum your guitar mainly focusing on hitting these three strings. You just strummed a Power Chord'. It probably sounds like shit for now, but have faith I know you can get better. Power Chord? You ask. Take it down a notch there turbo and we will cover this later. This is some basic stuff right here. I am not trying to show you the notation for bends, tapping, harp harmonics, or dive bombs. I'm trying to get you started. Now, I don't want to have to hold your hand while you pinch out your first turd, so go forth and learn a song or something. Suggested songs to learn? Try songs from these bands: Nirvana Bush X Queens of the Stone Age Alice in Chains NOFX (most punk for that matter) Black Sabbath Until next time my axe slinging brothers
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