Guitar Questions and Answers

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The Basics

What are the first things I should learn on the guitar?

 A beginner player should start with the musical alphabet, then move on to string names, note names and degrees.

Do you need to know guitar theory?

 You may wonder what difference it would make, whether you learn music theory or not. Yes you can become a successful guitarist without knowing all the scales, chords and arpeggios but if you can only play, continue...

What are all the Notes on Fretboard Individually?

 The following diagram shows all the notes on the fretboard with sharps...

How do you read tablature?

 Tab (short for "Tablature") shows where to place the fingers on the fretboard. The numbers represent the fret number to place your fingers. The number 8 is the 8th. fret, 10 is the... more...

How to tune a guitar without a tuner by ear?

 You can learn how to tune a guitar without a tuner simply by comparing notes to a piano or, read on...

 

Scales

What are the notes of each major scale?

Being that there are 12 notes in music, which also means there are twelve keys, it's no coincidence that there are 12 pure major scales, each one with it's own... more...

How do you build a major scale?

 Major scales are constructed of eight notes in whole steps and half steps, called octaves, starting with any note and ending with the same note that it started with. A whole step skips a fret/note and,  read more...

Question: What are church modes?

There are seven notes of the major scale (do re me fa so la te). Each of these notes are potential beginnings to sub-scales. These sub-scales are called church modes, each of them have individual names and there are seven of them (one for each note of the major scale). more...

 

Chords

Q: How to Make Chords to Write Songs?

A:  In this slide presentation we cover the basics for building chords scales and arpeggios, continue...

Q: Question: When do we play diminished chords in a song?

 A: Diminished chords and arpeggios usually sound good when used at the end of a chord progression and are often used to create tension. The tension can then be released at the beginning of the next chord progression with a well placed major chord or arpeggio.

Q: How many guitar chords exists?

A: There are limits to how many chords the guitar has... continues...

A: There are limits to how many chords the guitar has playable giving it only has six possible notes max covering about 3 octaves. read on...

 

Song Writing

What is a popular song structure?

 The 12 Bar Blues is a very popular structure and most of the pop, rock and blues bands in the last few decades have used it in some form or another.  The 12 bar blues consists of the 1st 4th and 5th chords of the major scale.  Sometime it is done in minor( 6th, 2nd and 3rd), but they are usually played in a 12 bar set, like: 1st chord 4 times, 4th chords 2 times, 1st chord 2 times, the 5th chord, 4th chord,  st chords and  5th chord one time each (4+2+2+1+1+1+1=12).  It's a good way of writing music cause it set up to be naturally flowing and pleasing to the ear and emotions.

 

Misc...

Who are the best guitarists of all time?

This is such a heated discussion for YEARS...but the thing is people say Hendrix is the best or Page is the best or Clapton or anyone else...the thing is each of these people did their own unique things that made them stand out from the rest of their generation.  See other points of view...

Should I buy a left handed guitar?

The question "I'm a left handed person, should I buy a left handed guitar?" Is kind of like asking "boxers or briefs?" It's more on comfort or user preference.  Read more opinions..

 

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General questions

Is there a mobile version of this site?

 Yes, simply go to GuitarBasics.com/m It's pretty basic right now but I'm always adding to it and making it better. You can also get it as an app.

Where can I get info about the crash course in guitar theory?

 These lessons are made simple using basic music theory, by explaining how common chords, scales arpeggios and more, relate and work together.  Try the first chapter of lessons free and learn how to access the whole book online.

 

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