Guitar 101 Lesson – a much needed one!


I recently joined a free Guitar 101 session organized by a wellness circle in our office.  They really treat this seriously and I’m glad I attended.  Why?  For one thing, I really like to learn how to play the guitar.  Also, I bought my guitar way back in 2002 but until now, I still don’t know how to use it hahaha!

I learned a whole lot at this 2-hour lesson.  There is soooooo much information!!  Care to join me?  I don’t know if you’ll learn anything from me but worth a shot right?  So here goes:

There are different Types of Guitar:

  • Classical Guitar – uses nylon strings, has a mellow tone and is good for beginners due to its soft strings.
  • Folk/Acoustic Guitar – uses steel strings, has a bright sound and used for folk, country, rock, pop music.
  • Electric Guitar – has “pickups” to enable guitar to be amplified.

Well mine is a classical guitar.  It was the best one I could find in the factory in Cebu where I bought it.

Guitar Parts:
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There are 7 important letters to remember when learning guitar:  C, D, E, F, G, A & B.  They’re musical keys which corresponds to notes in a music sheet.  The one in the image below is from a piano piece:

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Things to remember regarding Notes/Music Alphabets:

    • One Octave: C (Do), D (Re), E (Mi), F (Fa), G (So), A (La), B (Ti), D (Do)
    • Notes Progression:  C – C#/Db – D – D#/Eb – E – F – F#/Gb – G – G#/Ab – A – A#/Bb – B – C
    • there is no sharp/flats in between B-C and E-F
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  • each fret is a half-step.
  • each open string in the guitar is an alphabet (Easter Bunny Gets Drunk at Easter)

There is a system of notation for guitar.  It is called Tablature or the Tab.
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You don’t just play a guitar.  You need to maintain it too.  Not just cleaning but you need to tune it.  Tuning is the most important thing to learn & do when you have a guitar.  Your guitar must be in tune in order to play beautiful sounds.  This is also crucial for bands who play musical instruments together.

There are several tuning methods:

  • Reference Pitch from Piano
  • Reference Pitch from Pitch Pipe
  • Tuning Fork
  • Computer, iPod, iPhone, MP3 Player
  • Electric Tuner

So remember I mentioned notation & tabs?  Well to play the guitar, you also need to know the Guitar Chord Chart.  It is a list of chord diagrams that is a virtual presentation of a guitar chord.
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  • horizontal lines are frets, vertical lines are guitar strings
  • a number beside the chord chart indicates the 1st horizontal line is on the nth fret
  • 0 (don’t play), x (open string)
  • 1st horizontal line is the nut

Too much information right?  We do need to remember all of them though.  Lastly, we ended the session by learning a very basic song for guitar playing: Happy Birthday.
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  • Jonas Diego

    'Pag medyo sanay ka na, jam tayo. :)

  • Roch

    one more reason why I need to learn fast! :D Can't wait to jam! wow that word sounds really good! hahhahah :)

  • mrsmartinez

    buti you have the patience to learn a new hobby ;P

  • Roch

    I wish that is not the last time that I will hold my guitar! hehehehe

    I really want to continue on and learn. :D

  • Dante

    Have you cut your nails all ready. It will be much easier to play with shorter nails.

  • Roch

    yep I normally dont grow my nails long so this is no problem, thanks for the tip! :) Thanks for dropping by Dante! :)

  • cesarleonesjr

    Wow naman…
    as long as you already know the basic… practice makes best :)
    Good luck with your Guitar lesson 101 :)

  • Roch

    yep thanks!

    BTW, thanks for the BDJ planner :)

  • cesarleonesjr

    Your welcome! happy to know that you appreciated and thanks too :)

  • Judson

    Couple of corrections:
    Easter Bunny Gets Drunk At Easter… go ahead and capitalize “At”, it's the second string, A.
    O = open string.
    X = don't play.
    Hope that helps. Have lots of fun!!

  • Roch

    thanks Judson! Appreciate that :)