Well youve gotten this far, good! On this page we study the neck,
frets, notes and tuning. The guitar is not the easiest instrument to
play, but because of the way it is designed, to my estimation, it
certainly is one of the easiest to understand, as you will see the
further you get into it.
Below is a diagram for your first study. On this you will learn how to
understand the first notes of each string and their relationship to the
staff, which we get to later on.
Now, I realize that some of you are starting to think to yourselves
"Man, I already know this stuff", but we have to be patient with
those who are not so gifted.
The neck of most electric guitars is comprised of 22 frets (one or two
less). The first 12 being your octave, i.e. E to E including sharps and
flats. Six strings, of course, with exceptions (i.e. 12 strings). Now,
your guitar cant tune itself, so it is up to you to keep it tuned
properly. 1st string (top) is the lightest, then 2nd thru 6th, working
down to the bottom, which is the heaviest. This may seem odd at
first that the top edge of the neck is referred to the bottom and visa-
versa, but you will quickly grasp why.
NOTE: There will be less wind and more action once we
get out of the turnip patch.
TUNING: 1st E freq cps 660; 2nd B freq cps 495; 3rd G freq
cps 396; 4th D freq cps 594; 5th A freq cps 440; 6th
E freq cps 330 (In simpler terms: E,B,G,D,A,E)