Before You Begin #1: The first things you need to know before you start our awesome
course is some basic guitar knowledge. You can use any type of guitar while using our course --- however, there are some problems
with using an acoustic/classical guitar. Let's first go over the differences between the different guitars.
- The Nylon-String Classical:This is the "classic" guitar (hence its name). There are many problems with using this guitar
- The nylon strings can be very quiet
- The nylon strings hurt your fingers more than steel strings.
- The Classical guitar is not used in modern music
- The techniques that you use with an acoustic or electric guitar cannot be used on a nylon-strung guitar.
- The Steel-String Acoustic: This is the acoustic guitar that we all know and love. Used primarily in modern music, the
acoustic guitar is
- louder than the nylon-strung guitar
- does not need external amplification (like the electric)
- has a similar feel to the electric guitar
- is easier on the fingers then the classical
- You can use transfer many techniques from the electric to the acoustic (i.e. pull-offs, hammer-ons, vibrato, ect.); however,
there are still many techniques that you can use on the electric guitar that you cannot use on the acoustic (i.e. bending)
- The Electric Guitar: This is the base of rock and roll and blues. You can be more creative on the electric than you can
on the classical or acoustic, and you can also change your sound to fit you. The House Of Guitar course does include some
lessons specifically for the electric guitar.
We recommend you get either an acoustic or electric guitar unless you will only be fingerpicking (then we recommend the
classical guitar). If you are a beginner, you will sound more sloppy on the electric than you will on the acoustic. Don't
worry, the sloppy sound will dissappear with practice.
Before You Begin #2: Now that you have your guitar, it's time to tune. Most advanced
guitarists can tune by ear, but that takes years of experience and can be very frustrating for beginners. The best way for
beginners to tune quickly is to buy a tuner. It need not be expensive, but it is important that you get a durable one. I suggest
an inexpensive one such as the Korg GA30 for $15 at WWBW.com.
Some tuners double as metronomes. Metronomes are a very important tool for every guitarist. They insure good rhythm
and cleanliness. You will need a metronome for one of the lessons later in this course, so you might find it worth it to get
a tuner/metronome. We suggest the Sabine MT9000 for only $30, which is not only a high-quality tuner but is also a metronome.
If you would like to buy a metronome, we would like to recommend the Sabine Zip Beat 6000 for $20.
Will will suggest later to begin ear training exercises, such as tuning to an outside source with no tuner. Until then,
please use your tuner for a quick reference. Be sure to tune every day before you begin. Some guitars have better tuners than
others (they stay in tune better), so you may have to tune many times in a practice session depending on the quality of your
The order of the strings (from the lowest sound string (string 6, closest to you) to the highest sounding string (string
1, closest to the floor)): E - A - D - G - B - E (Every Afternoon Down Goes Boys Eating).
Before You Begin #3: This may be the most important "Before You Begin":
the practice schedule. Your practice schedule is very important, and helps keep thing moving smoothly during your practice
sessions. It helps in keeping you from messing around, and also makes sure you improve and no session is wasted.
Make sure you do not forget to warm-up or to take your breaks. These help improve your speed and keeps you in
good playing shape.
We will have a sample practice schedule at the bottom of each lesson page. For best results, please follow each
Nobody is a "natural" guitarist. Everybody needs to practice at least 30 minutes per day to keep up your speed
and technique. To make steady improvements, plan on practicing 2 hours a day (remember that if you practice 2 hours daily
that you will have 20-30 minutes of break time).
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