26
Aug

How To Hold A Guitar, Guitar String Names, And Perform Tuning

Before we can do anything we have to learn how to hold a guitar properly, the guitar string names, and proper tuning of the guitar strings. Proper holding of the guitar allows allows for ease of movement and protection from injury. Knowing the string names is important to knowing what strings to strum and pluck...
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26
Aug

How To Hold A Pick

For general guitar instruction I like to start off with how to hold a pick. Finger style techniques will be covered in later levels. Holding the wrist straight with curved fingers place the base of the thumb over the side of the index finger at the last joint. This should create an “O” shape and...
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27
Aug

Right Hand Position On The Guitar

Proper hand positioning is fundamental to proper playing. Here we will cover the proper right hand position on the guitar on both the acoustic and electric. RIGHT HAND POSITION ON THE ELECTRIC GUITAR 1) The area where the strings meet the guitar on the right side is called the bridge. Place your palm against the...
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28
Aug

Right Hand Picking Exercise

This level will cover a basic right hand exercise for developing alternate picking technique. This drill can be practiced on both acoustic and electric guitars. Alternate picking simply means to alternate the pick using down and up strokes in succession (down, up, down, up, down, up, etc.). This technique is far more efficient than picking...
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28
Aug

Hold Scale Technique

Hold scale technique is used to help develop proper hand and finger positioning. It also helps to develop finger strength and independent movement. This exercise uses a fixed finger position. 1) The fingers starting from the index finger are referred to as 1, 2, 3, and 4. 2) Whenever I talk about “frets” I mean...
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