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Lesson #1: Parts of the Guitar

by Tyler de Witt posted on 1999-10-17
Topic: For Beginners Subtopic: General
Level: Beginner Number of Readers: 73552

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Parts of the Guitar

The first things that you should know is how to hold the guitar. But before I can teach that to you, you'll have to know the parts of the guitar, other wise I won't be able to describe to you how to hold it.

The largest part of the guitar is the 'body'. This is the curved, bell shaped thing if you have an acoustic guitar(an acoustic guitar is a wooden guitar with a hole in the middle, in case you're wondering :) If you are using an electric guitar, the body is the large colored part of the guitar. It doesn't have a definite shape, because many electric guitars experiment with different shapes of bodies.

The 'neck' of the guitar is the skinny part that is attached to the body. The 'strings' run parallel to the neck of the guitar. They are attached in two places. One end of the strings are attached to the 'bridge', which is located on the body. The other end of the strings are attached to the 'tuning pegs', which are at the other end of the neck. In-between these two extremes, the strings pass over a number of things, which will now be described. On the body, there will be either 'pickups' or a 'hole'. You'll have a hole if you are using an acoustic guitar. In the place of a hole, there will be pickups if you are using an electric guitar. For both electric and acoustic models, this is where the sound is picked up(hence the word 'pick up') and in the case of an acoustic guitar, where it is amplified.

The neck, there are 'frets'. These are the little piece of metal running perpendicular to the neck. There are lots of them. When you play guitar, you'll place your fingers _in-between_ these frets. When the entire neck and frets are put together, this is referred to as the 'fretboard'.

Just before the strings are attached to the tuning pegs, there will a piece of plastic that is running perpendicular to the neck, just like a fret. It looks like the first fret. This is called 'the nut'. It's not really a fret at all, but as you will see, it acts like one.

These are just some of the basic parts of the guitar. If you're bored with this, don't worry, in the next couple of lessons you're going to pick it up and actually play something. It's just that if I want to teach you how to hold the guitar, I would have to make reference to these parts of the guitar, otherwise I would not be able to describe to you what I mean.

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