How to Play the Acoustic Guitar

A good guitar enthusiasts interested in grasping the acoustic guitar skills needs a huge deal of commitment, patients, attention and perseverance to master the ambience of the instrument. The acoustic guitar is an intelligent musical equipment that seeks to connect to the player and adapt to their playing styles.

We will discuss the best learning pattern for playing acoustic guitars with very simple steps in this article.

Parts of the Acoustic Guitar

The guitar anatomy is an important place to begin learning to play the acoustic guitar, but details of the parts is not completely important for a beginner to border so much about.

The parts of the acoustic guitar includes;

  • Machine Heads: This is the guitar head stock where the nobs for tuning the instrument are found.
  • Fretboard: This is the long flat area where you place your fingers between the machine heads and the guitar box.
  • Bridge: This is the vertical panel behind the hole in the box that holds the guitar strings in place.

Notes

There are so many notes on the acoustic guitar but there are just a few which the six strings are tuned to produce with a simple stroke; these are,

  • The 6th string produces a low E note.
  • The 5th string produces an A note.
  • The 4th string produces a D note.
  • The 3rd string produces a G note.
  • The 2nd string produces a B note.
  • The 1st string produces a high E note.

Remember them from the 6th to the 1st as E, A, D, G, B, E.

Beginner chords to learn

Chords are the combination of notes to produce tones; they are the best focus for the students who want to learn to play the acoustic guitar easily. These are some chords which you could begin with;

A2:

Step 1 – Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the D String.

Step 2 – Place your second finger on the 2nd fret of the G String.

Step 3 – Strum all the six strings.

G6:

Step 1 – Place your second finger on the 3rd fret of the Low E String.

Step 2 – Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the A String.

Step 3 – Strum all the six strings.

E Minor:

Step 1 – Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the A String.

Step 2 – Place your second finger on the 2nd fret of the D String.

Step 3 – Strum all the six strings.

C Major 7:

Step 1 – Place your second finger on the 3rd fret of the A String.

Step 2 – Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the D String.

Step 3 – Strum the strings beginning from A String.

Dsus2:

Step 1 – Place your first finger on the 2nd fret of the G String.

Step 2 – Place your third finger on the third fret of the B String.

Step 3 – Strum from D String.

These chords are exceptional and very versatile. There are still so many chords and different ways to play them, but mastering these four and combining them will help a beginner understand the others better.

Strumming Patterns

Learn and practice strumming in counts of fours; when you play a rhythm, strum once after four counts and continue in that pattern. You can also strum once with every count and pause a bit after four strums. You can improve with more complex strumming patterns after these simple ones.

Posture

When playing your acoustic guitar, you should ensure that you sit in a position that allows your arms to be free of obstacles and your knee should be at 90 degrees or slightly pointed upwards.

Avoid using seats with armrest or high stools, these are one of the enemies for beginners especially when using the big dreadnought designs.

In learning to play the acoustic guitar, you must understand that notes are very different from chords; and our article has pointed out where a beginner should focus more. Also, strumming produces the rhythm we want; learn to give pronounced strums when you play the instrument.

 

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