Learning How To Play The Guitar

Learn how to play the guitar, how they are made and the basics of playing them.

"Man, I wish that I could play as good as that." Have you ever felt like that when you hear someone playing the guitar? The thing that really annoys many of us, is that these people make playing the guitar seem so easy, yet it is a different thing when we actually try.

Is there an easy way to get to know the basics of playing the guitar? How do we select the right guitar for us? And how are guitars made?

The first thing to learn would be how guitars are constructed and the amount of work and time that goes into making a guitar. Guitars generally fall into two different types: the Classical or Flamenco guitar or the acoustic or steel stringed guitar. The easiest way to tell the two apart is the types of strings that they use. The Classical guitar will use nylon or catgut strings where as the Acoustic guitar will use steel strings.

Almost all body tops and backs are made from two matching pieces of wood. They come from the same board and then opened up almost like a book. In this way both halves look the same and would produce the same musical tones.

The rosette or top of the guitar is usually made from Rosewood from Brazil because of its grain patterns and the sound that it produces. The top is thinned to about 3mm thick and the sound hole is or rosette is carefully fitted into a channel cut for it.

The rosette is made from many different pieces of wood of different colors and this is one area that a good guitar maker will make his mark. It will often take a whole day's work just to make and inlay the rosette. When the glue has thoroughly dried, the top is then thinned further to around about 2.5mm thick. The top is now cut to the outline of the guitar, and all of the reinforcing braces are glued to the underside of the top.

These braces are very important to the sound quality and the strength of the guitar so they must be made with precision. Next to be made are the sides of the guitar. These too are constructed from rosewood about 2.4mm thick.

The sides are usually soaked in water for 24hours, then bent into shape by pressing them against a hot pipe. The water in the wood turns to steam, which then softens the wood, allowing it to be shaped easily.

Now comes the shaping of the neck. Most often the neck is made from Mahogany and Spanish cedar. The sides of the guitar are then glued into slots cut into the neck.

The top is now glued onto the sides and then the final assembly takes place.

So now we have our guitar made, how do we play it?

Like anything it will take a lot of hard work and practice on our part. We may want to employ a qualified tutor to help us with this. Many tutors will come to your place to teach you in an enviroment that you are comfortable with.

This will be the best way to learn the basics of playing the guitar. Then instead of just saying, "Man, I wish I could play like that," you will be able to say, " Man, I played like that."

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