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The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with either nylon or steel strings. Some modern guitars are made of polycarbonate materials. Guitars are made and repaired by luthiers. There are two primary families of guitars: acoustic and electric.

Start with the choice of guitar.  Use the guitar that's available to you.  If you're going to choose one, start with the acoustic.  The classical guitar will allow you to play without the guitar pick.  The goal is learn to play using a pick or fingers on the right hand.

You can learn to play the guitar.  I will help you!!  In the coming weeks, we will explore the method of learning the instrument.

Let's start with the Mel Bay Modern Method for Guitar, Book 1.  See you next time.  Questions?

In this Web Site, there is a lesson on Music Theory.  If you haven't already gone to that page, go there!!
From the Mel Bay Book, learn the parts of the guitar:

Pre-lesson exercises

Start with the neck and the frets.  See you next time.

Now that you have studied the parts of the guitar, Let's move on to some neat right hand exercises.
Starting at the first string, play each string eight times and when you get to the sixth string, begin to play in the other direction (downward to the first string).  Use the down stroke.  We will move to the up stroke later in the lesson.  Play this exercise daily.

Practice should be a minimum of 20 minutes a day.  One hour is preferred.  However, consistency is the most important thing.  It's not how long one practices, it's how long one is away from one's instrument.  See you next time.

Today, let's practice the left hand.  Place your first finger on the first fret on the first string.  The first finger should be close to the first fret but not on the fret.  Press with the thumb behind the neck.  Bend the wrist so an egg can fit in the palm of your hand.

Now, play F eight times and rest for eight counts.  Repeat this exercise up the neck.  See you next time.
Now that you understand what makes it tick, let's get to the nuts and bolts.

First String
Play open, first finger first fret, third finger third fret eight times.  Repeat often!  Good!
You are now going to play the most popular beginner's song......."Mary Had a Little Lamb."

First string open—second string third finger third fret—second string first finger first fret......relax.  work on this until you are comfortable.  How about eight times on each note?
This should take a long time.  Then, we'll learn the rest of the song.  See you next time.


Go to page 7 in the Mel Bay book.  The lesson is on E,F and G.
Whole note receives 4 counts
Half note receives 2 counts
Quarter note receives 1 count

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