Being able to name types of guitars and their parts is important to the overall learning process -it also feels good to be informed. Learn to name the parts of the steel string acoustic guitar called an “Acoustic,” “Steel String,” “Folk Guitar” or “Flat Top.” A Nylon String acoustic is also called a “Classical Guitar”. Also, learn to name the parts of the electric guitar which is also called an “Electric,” “Solid body” or an “Ax.” Insert #2 at the bottom of the page has a picture of the “Arch Top” or “Jazz Guitar” also called a “Box”.
Are numbered from the thickest to the thinnest with encircled Arabic numerals. The Fat string, is called low “E,” string six.
– Are numbered from the end of the guitar closest to the tuning keys to the body with roman numerals. The Fat fret to closest the tuning keys is called fret one.
– The fingers of the hand that touches the frets are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 starting with the pointing finger as finger number 1 and the with the pinkie as finger number 4.
Knowing the exact letter names of the strings (E, A, D, G, B, E from fat to thin) is a good idea.
Classical guitarists have given letter names to the fingers of the right hand.
The illustrations on this page will quickly increase your knowledge of the guitar players language. Don’t skim, skip or ‘gloss’ over any lesson. Knowing about the types of guitars and their parts means you’re informed concerning the technical aspects of your chosen art. The fret, finger and string numbering system will make your future studies easier and more enjoyable.
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