Play It Again: Acoustic Guitar
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Hints and Tips: Playing the Acoustic Guitar
Before playing your guitar you’ll need to tune the open strings to the notes E-A-D-G-B-E with the bottom note being the second E below middle C.
If your guitar hasn’t been played for a while you might need a new set of strings, in which case make sure you change them one at a time – don’t take them all off at once.
When re-stringing give each string a good pull to remove any slack that may have developed as it was wound around the tuning post – this will help keep it in tune.
Practice in short regular sessions to begin with, warming up with some scales and exercises first, or strumming simple chord sequences – remember to use a strap if you prefer standing.
If you feel any strain creeping in take a break and give your muscles and tendons time to recover.
To start with the fingertips on your left hand will get sore from pressing down the strings, but with regular practice this skin will soon harden.
Get a stand for your guitar, or if you do leave it leaning against something make sure the strings are facing inwards.
Make sure you have a protective case or gig bag for taking your guitar out and about.
If you’re looking for lessons you’ll find many instrumental teachers advertise in local shops and libraries, while local authority Music Services are also a good place to start.