An essential ingredient to understanding your guitar is learning how the notes of the Musical Alphabet relate to the strings and fretboard. For example, there are only 7 letters that make up the Musical Alphabet: A B C D E F G
These 7 letters represent all the notes and tones that apply to music for any voice or instrument.
The tones EADGBE are taken from the Musical Alphabet to represent and tune the open strings of the guitar.
Starting from the sixth string and …
Deciding which guitar strings to use for your particular guitar can be a bit confusing if you don't know what you're looking for. To begin with, there are many different brands to choose from... Martin, Ernie Ball, LaBella, Augustine, Fender, D'Addario, Elixir, GHS, Guild... and the list goes on.
In addition to this, there are various designs, types, gauges and materials used in the manufacture of guitar strings.
So, where do you begin?
The first thing you need …
Guitar Cleaning Tips
By Kathy Unruh
Establishing a regular guitar cleaning routine will keep your instrument in good condition for years to come. One of the quickest things you can do is to wipe it down with some guitar polish every so often. Simply apply a little guitar polish to a soft, clean cloth and use it to remove any smudges from the face, sides, neck, and back of your guitar.
Cleaning your guitar can also save you money. The strings will lose their brilliance and begin to …
Acoustic Guitars - Quality vs. Price
by Kathy Unruh
What type of Acoustic Guitar should you buy?
First of all, you need to realize that a well made "quality" acoustic guitar will almost always have a solid top, back and sides, whereas less expensive models will usually have a laminated top. The problem with having a laminated top is that it will be more prone to cracking or splitting under certain conditions than a solid top would be.
How well a guitar is made will also affect …
The steel-stringed acoustic guitar is usually credited with being developed by C.F. Martin and Company sometime during the 1830s. Although other "gut-stringed" acoustics were around at that time, it was the Martin Company that introduced the idea of cross-bracing underneath the soundboard which enabled the guitar to support the heavier steel strings.
There is approximately 160 lbs. of tension created by the use of steel strings so they should never be put on a classic guitar. Classical …
Have you ever wondered what the best woods for an acoustic guitar might be? I'm not a luthier, but I recently did a little research of my own which may help to shed some light on the subject.
Martin Rosewood Performing Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar
I discovered that the dynamic response of an acoustic guitar, and the sound it produces, are determined by the density of woods used and the overall construction the instrument itself.
Makes perfect sense, right? But did you know that sound …
This has been an interesting week. It was kicked off with an email saying I was a "great" guitar player. Hmmm... Apparently a visitor to my website had taken some time to listen to a few of my songs while browsing around. I was flattered at receiving such a nice complement, but mostly amused, because that's not my own, personal perception.
Later on that same week I was given a little more perspective regarding this. The guitarist for the worship team at our church was going to be out of …