What is an acoustic guitar?
An acoustic guitar is a fretted musical instrument that has six strings. The six strings are not all the same as they produce a variety of low and high-toned sounds.
It is played using both hands, strumming and plucking the strings with one hand and pressing on the strings with fingers on the other hand. The hollow chamber of the guitar box projects the sound that the vibration of the strings produces.
There are many different kinds and shapes of guitars, but today we’ll focus mainly on the acoustic box guitar. At your first lesson, your music teacher will probably teach you the following basics. But here is a quick overlook if you want to be ready and prepared once class begins.
Parts of a guitar
The acoustic guitar has six different parts.
- The body – which is the big wooden hollow case.
- The sound hole – which is the circular opening in the body.
- The bridge – which is the part where all the strings come to an end on the body.
- The strings – which is strummed, plucked and pressed by the player.
- The fretboard – The ‘handle’ where the player presses the strings onto
- Tuning pegs – pegs that can be turned to loosen or stiffen the strings.
When enrolling into basic guitar lessons, you’ll find out that the six strings are placed thinner to thicker. Thin strings make a high-pitched sound and thick strings make a low-pitched sound.
The thickest is the ‘E’-string and then followed by A, D, G, B and E strings.
Tuning your guitar
You’ll soon discover that you can’t play the guitar with precision when the strings aren’t tuned. Using the tuning pegs, you should turn the strings tighter and looser to find the perfect E, A, D, G, B and E – tone.
If you are still unsure of how the tuning process works – you should always seek guidance from your teacher and keep practising until you get it right.
Holding your guitar
Guitar lessons for beginners show you the correct way of holding your guitar. At first, it will feel strange but you’ll get used to it.
If you’re right-handed, the guitar should rest on your right knee and the other way around when you’re left.
Learn easy songs first
You need to get your fingers used to play different chords. Start with easy chords and practice them over and over again. Switch between a few easy chords until you can do it with more ease. This process will be part of your guitar lessons.
Then learn a few different scales. Scales are patterns of notes and chords that work well together.
Before you know you’ll be writing your own songs.