How to Play The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars
Chords: G, D, C, Am, Bm or B7, C, D
Changing the strings on your acoustic guitar may feel like a daunting task as a beginner, but it is not as difficult as you may think. It’s actually something that should become customary for you as you keep good care of your guitar. As new players are learning how to play the acoustic guitar they often use inexpensive guitars that have old strings that have lost their tune and/or tone. Changing the strings can make a big difference on how a guitar sounds and can relieve frustration.
Equipment needed to change strings:
- String Winder
- Needle nose pliers or wire cutters (to cut the guitar strings)
- Cotton cloth
-Guitar Cleaning Polish
Removing strings from the guitars:
1. Loosen the strings by using the tuning knobs with your string winder.
2. Pull the strings out of the tuning knobs and pull them off the guitar through the bridge. (If you have pins, then pull the pin out of the bridge and remove the string through the pin).
3. Use your cleaning polish to clean the fret board.
Stringing your acoustic guitar:
Acoustic Steel String Guitar-
1. Bend the ball end of the string slightly and place it inside the hole below the bridge. Some steel string guitars do not have pins. When this is the case, just pull the string through the hole.
2. Insert the pin into the hole, making sure it is secure.
3. Take the other end and insert into the hole on the tuning knob.
4. Pull the string through leaving a fair amount of slack between the tuning knob and the bridge.
5. Bend the string at the point it comes through the capstan to keep it secure.
6. Watching out for your eyes, begin turning the key with your left hand. Once you get it started it may be easier to use the string winder.
7. As you are winding, apply some tension to the string with your right hand to help keep it taught. Make sure to wind the correct way. On the bass strings you will be winding counter-clockwise (away from you). On the treble strings you will go clockwise.
8. Continue to wind each string until all the slack is gone.
9. Cut off all extra string.
10. Stretch the strings for about 20 seconds a piece, and then proceed to tune them to your standard E, B, G, D, A, E or the tuning that you desire.
Now that you are aware of how to properly take care of your strings, you can relieve yourself of playing with old strings that have lost their tone. You can truely begin to learn how to play the acoustic guitar without worrying about poor quality strings.
BUYING YOUR FIRST GUITAR
Congratulations on your decision to buy your first guitar. Here are some guidelines, tips, and suggestions to help you through “uncharted waters” and on your way to a rewarding and enriching experience. This is going to require doing some research and “test drives” to help you find the appropriate guitar for you. Also, you may want to have a guitar playing friend go with you to help you look. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!! We were all “noobs” at one point, and the only way to learn what you don’t know, is to ASK!!! Test out several different guitars until you find what’s right for you. This is important, because if you rush into something, you usually have regret and disappointment. This search for your first guitar is a personal one, because what one person recommends, you may not like. Remember, it is all about you and your needs. There is no “one size fits all” guitar, it’s all personal preference. Trust me, even if you’ve never touched a guitar before, after trying out a couple, you’ll know what feels right to you.
Before you start your search for the “right” guitar, here are a few questions to start with-
How much money do you want to spend? This is actually an investment. Keep in mind that with guitars and most audio equipment, you get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend thousands of dollars on your first guitar purchase, just remember that there is a big difference in quality with a $100 guitar and a $500 one. If you already know that this is going to be a life-long commitment towards guitar excellence, I recommend spending the extra cash on a quality mid-level guitar, because you will quickly outgrow your beginner guitar and want to upgrade to something better.
What type of guitar do you want? Acoustic? Electric? Bass? Along your journey to the Guitar Hall of Fame, you’ll probably play all 3 types of guitar at some point, but what are you going to start out on? All 3 guitars are similar but yet different types of beasts, each requiring different approach and techniques. Most people usually go this route- Acoustic first, then electric, and maybe bass as well(for recording purposes). But everyone is different, maybe you want to start on bass first and then pick up acoustic and electric later on down the road. It’s all about choices and personal preference- what do YOU want?
What type of music do you want to play? If you plan on playing country music at weddings, the Flying V with the skulls and flames is probably not the right guitar for you, the same as the pink glitter DaisyRock guitar to be used in a death metal band is probably not the right choice either. Do some research on the type of guitars associated with the type of music you wish to play. The internet is a great starting point. Do the research.
Where to start looking- Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for in a guitar, now is where you get to go try them out. Basically, either start at your local music store or your classified section. Here are some on-line starting points as well-
Also, if you don’t mind a “used” guitar, which might be an affordable way to go(more bang for your buck”), here are some on-line classifieds you can try-
www.craigslist.com (around here, we prefer chowcow)
*BUYER BEWARE* When buying from a private individual, make sure you really check out the guitar for any damage, flaws or imperfections(like a curved or warped neck), and if it’s an electric, be sure to plug it in to make sure it actually works.
Test drives…. How does it “feel”? When you pick it up and hold it in your hands, how does it feel? You may have little girl sized fingers(like me) and prefer a smaller neck. Or you may have big fat sausage sized fingers and a smaller neck won’t work for you. How about size? Yes, size does matter. Some guitars are heavy and get heavier the longer you have them hanging around your neck. Some guitars have a crazy body shape that you don’t feel comfortable playing. All kinds of little variables to keep in mind when guitar shopping, but the bottom line is- How does it feel?
Wheeling and Dealing- Money Talks In todays economy, it’s very possible to find great deals on used guitars(it’s a “buyers” market right now), and if you have cash in hand waving it under a sellers nose, chances are, you are in a good place for negotiating a good deal.
One big immediate improvement for your investment- Intonated- This is some adjustments to your neck and bridge ensuring tuning and playability. There’s nothing worse than a guitar that won’t stay in tune, so spend the extra bucks(about $65) to makes sure your guitar is in optimal playing mode. Your local guitar repair guy can take care of this, and sometimes your larger music stores(like Guitar Center) offer this service as well.
In a nutshell I know I’ve blathered on and on for a page and a half on how to find the “right” guitar, but it all boils down to this-
4)Do your homework
I hope that you have found some of the songs on the site to be useful in progressing your guitar playing. Here I’m going to talk about some of the essential items you’ll need to begin your guitar playing.
I’d spend at least $150-$200 on a first guitar. You get what you pay for when it comes to the guitar. Cheap guitars will only proove frustrating and will discourage your playing. They come out of tune real easily, don’t sound good, usually require perfect playing, and have poor craftsmanship.
2) Electronic Tuner
An electronic tuner is essential for keeping your guitar in tune and allowing it to sound proper. The standard guitar tuning is E, B, G, D, A, E (starting from bottom to top). Electronic tuners from Korg, or any other brand are very reliable and are excellent for beginner players who haven’t developed an ear. They usually run $10-$20.
Capo’s are an instrumental accessory for beginner guitar players. You need one to play certains songs. It’s a device that you clamp on your guitar frets and it will raise the pitch due to the shortening of the strings. They range in price from $10-$60. Don’t need a fancy capo, they all work just about the same.