First Steps To Playing Guitar

playing guitarIf you are a great music lover and have many musical instruments, you might wonder which instrument you would prefer to start learning to play first. If learning about playing guitar is something you have shown an interest in, then use these basic guitar tips to help you get started with your new musical skill.

To begin, pick up your guitar and place it in your lap. Hold the long neck of it with your left hand and place your right hand and arm over the main body of the guitar. Most guitarists use the standard guitar with six strings, as opposed to a twelve-string guitar. Use your right hand to play and strum the strings. The strings each correspond to a particular musical note. The thinnest string is the first one at the top and then the strings get thicker as you work your way down to the last string. The thinner strings produce a higher pitched sound, while the thicker strings produce lower pitched sounds. The strings are, in order from thinnest to thickest, E, B, G, D, A and E. The thinnest and higher pitched E string at the top is two octaves higher than the thickest E string at the bottom.

The guitar chords are made up of certain combinations of these individual strings and are produced by strumming certain strings and notes all at the same time. There are countless chords to learn and choose from when learning about playing guitar, but you will want to start by learning A, D, and E to play basic guitar chords and songs.

The first major chord to learn is the A chord and is played by putting the tips of your first three left hand fingers directly behind the first guitar fret. If you’re wondering just exactly what a fret is, they are the bars that are on the guitar neck. It is important to know that the first and largest fret bar on the guitar should be ignored when counting for finger positioning. Though this may seem somewhat odd to you at first, be assured that later it will make more sense and you will be more comfortable with the idea. When pressing the strings to produce a sound, make sure to press them firmly and hold only one string per finger. This is all done with your left hand. Then next, using your right hand, you will strum the guitar strings all in unison from the top to the bottom. This is how you begin playing what is called a guitar chord. Practice doing this strumming a few times while you listen and pay attention to the sound you are making with the guitar.

The second chord you need to learn is the D major chord and is played using the same fingers as the A major chord explained above. This chord is produced by putting your left hand index finger on the third string that is behind the first fret of the guitar. Then the next finger needs to be placed on the first string just behind the guitar first fret. As before, all the strings should be held down at the same time while you strum the guitar. Keep practicing this strumming as you listen to the new guitar chord while playing guitar.

Lastly, when first learning about playing guitar you will need to learn how to play the E major chord. This guitar chord is played by putting your left hand index finger on the third string on the first fret front. Then put your next finger on the fifth guitar string behind the fret that is first while placing the third finger on top of the fourth string just behind the first fret. Just as before with the above chords, all strings need to be held down at the same time while you strum your guitar and enjoy the music that you are now learning to play.

The final step is a little bit tricky to do, but actually becomes more simple as you practice and start getting the feel of playing guitar. As you start playing a new song it is necessary that you switch your finger positions while changing from one chord to another chord. It might take time to learn how to do this, but it will definitely become easier and more natural with practice.

American Made Acoustic Guitars


Choosing a reliable good acoustic guitar can be overwhelming if you are not sure where to look. With so many options and price ranges available a person can be easily confused about what the market has to offer. The quick list below gives suggestions on where a guitarist might find some of the finest American made acoustic guitars available today.

One of the first companies to check out for American made acoustic guitars would be Carvin Guitars, out of beautiful San Diego, CA.

Another great source for acoustic guitars is Collings Guitars, in Austin, TX.

Next on the list you can find Heritage Guitar Inc., in Kalamazoo, MI.

If custom guitars is your style, check out the fine work of Jon Kammerer Guitars, located in Keokuk, IA.

Also there is G&L Guitars, based in Fullerton, California, with many different guitar models to choose from.

Of course there is always the infamous Gibson guitar company, hailing from Nashville and Memphis, TN. They also produce their acoustic guitars in Bozeman, MT.

Another fine guitar company worth looking into is Gadow Guitars, based in North Carolina.

If you are shopping for a great electric or bass guitar, check out Rickenbacker Guitars, in Santa Ana, CA.

Making great acoustic guitars for over 175 years is C.F. Martin & Co., in Nazareth, PA.

Supplying acoustic and electric guitars since the early 1970’s is Taylor Guitars, located in El Cajon, CA. They also make some models at their factory in Tecate, Mexico.

For the beautiful touch of handcrafted electric guitars made from hardwoods, see Kurt Wilson Guitars, located in Illinois. Different types of wood are used when making a guitar and this influences the tone, weight, sound and overall look of the instrument.

Guild Guitar makes some great models, but it is possible that some of their lower priced models are made in China.

And lastly, providing fine mandolins and acoustic guitars is Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments, located in Logan, MT.

The information provided in this quick list of American made acoustic guitars is a great starting point for anyone interested in learning more about where to purchase acoustic guitars.