Learning to play an instrument excites the minds of many. The choices between woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments alone can leave the mind whirling with ideas. A guitar is considered a string instrument.
Sting instruments include violins and violas, the cello and bass, and harps. The guitar, being a string instrument has several types. Acoustic and classical guitars are the most popular for those seeking to learn. Other types of guitars include electric, elects-acoustic, twelve-string, the arch-top, steel, resonator, bass, and double-neck guitars. Those are the basic options for string instruments.
Woodwind instruments are saxophones, clarinets, flutes, bagpipes, and the recorder that most remember learning to play in grade school. Percussion instruments that create a sound through a stick or rattle. The most well-known percussion instruments are metals like the xylophone, cymbals, or gongs. The percussion instruments have a huge variety that is rarely known by the average citizen.
The Brass instruments include the trombone, trumpet, cornets, french horns, and baritones. The brass instruments are divided into two families, the valve, and the slide. The valved instruments are those with three or more valves controlled by fingers. The other is the slide instruments like the trombone known for its slide.
The choices in each category abound. However, some instruments are intended for learning while other are intended for the well-rounded professional. The price of an instrument is a key factor along with the manufacturer. Gibson guitars, manufactured in Kalamazoo, Michigan are one of the most valuable brands on the market. Gibson makes electric, acoustic, and they produce amplifiers.
Learning to play the guitar requires time and practice. The internet is full of apps and websites that help and teach. Some of the basics you’ll learn is the parts of the guitar.
A guitar has two main parts; the neck and the body of the guitar. The neck includes a headstock, tuning keys and tuning pegs, the nut (where the string rests before reaching the tuning pegs. Thin metal lines or strips on the neck are called “the frets”, the fretboard is part of the guitar neck, and the body along with the strings are the main components.
Acoustic and electric guitars, being the most popular, have completely different parts. An acoustic guitar, the classical type, consists of the pickguard, a soundhole, the bridge, saddles, bridge pins, and the strap buttons (only on some acoustic guitars).
The electrical style has much more parts because it is designed to perform in a different fashion than an acoustic guitar. The pickups are the microphones inside an electrical guitar that send the vibrations to the amplifier. There are the humbucker pickups on electrical guitars that stop the hum of a single-coil pickup. However, some prefer an electrical guitar with a single-coil pickup and some prefer them because they are brighter. Electrical guitars have knobs for volume and tone. The toggle switch or pickup selector provides more treble. A Stratocaster, almost as popular as Gibson, can have three or five pickup selector switches.
Online guitar lessons come in many forms. There are several free apps. On any Apple brand computers including iPad’s, Mac Books, and desktops there’s an app called ‘GarageBand’ that provides a unique way to create music.
GarageBand allows you the ability to create music on the computer without purchasing instruments. Through this program, you can learn to mix, edit, and record your own beats, tunes, and audio. Today’s generation, growing up with computers are learning instruments through programs and apps due to the inexpensive nature of an app.
Online guitar lessons are available from a variety of sources. Those who can self-teach might find useful videos through YouTube. Jam Play is a website that offers lessons. The layout and web design of Jam Play provide a continuity of lessons. However, the expense of Jam Play does not suit beginners.
Justin Guitar, on his website justineguitar.com, provides free online lessons in an easy to understand format with many videos to demonstrate proper techniques and important points. He even addresses the issue of raw fingers, because beginners are not often prepared for the steel strings.
Online guitar lessons make learning to play the guitar a breeze. With apps like GarageBand, you don’t even have to purchase a guitar to learn.