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THE PARTS OF THE GUITAR

Guitars come in two basic flavors: acoustic and electric. From a hardware standpoint, electric guitars have more components and doohickeys than do acoustic guitars. But both types follow the same basic approach to such principles as neck construction and string tension. That’s why both acoustic and electric guitars have very similar constructions.
These are the main parts of the acoustic guitar

Back: The part of the body that holds the sides in place; made of two or three pieces of wood.

Body: The box that provides an anchor for the neck and bridge and creates the playing surface for the right hand..

Bridge: The wooden  plate that anchors the strings to the body.

Fretboard: is the part of your guitar that holds the frets in place. Most of the time, the fretboard is another piece of wood glued on to the neck.

Frets: are the metal strips that run vertically on your fretboard. Frets are usually made of nickel or stainless steel

The parts of the acoustic guitar
Electric guitars also have these components:

Bar: a metal rod attached to the bridge that varies the string tension by tilting the bridge back and forth. Also called the tremolo bar, whammy bar, vibrato bar, and wang bar.

Output jack: the insertion point for the cord that connects the guitar to an amplifier or other electronic device.

Selector switch: a switch that determines which pickupsare currently active.

Pickups: barlike magnets that create the electrical current, which the amplifier converts into musical sound.

Strap pin: metal post where the front, or top, end of the strap connects.

Volume and tone controls: knobs that vary the loudness of the guitar’s sound and its bass and treble frequencies.
The parts of the electric guitar
Headstock: The section that holds the tuning machines.

Neck: is the entire part of the guitar from the headstock up to the body of the guitar. The neck is where your fretboard is located.

Nut: is the part of the guitar that guides and holds the strings in place right before they get to the headstock

Sides: separate curved wooden pieces on the body that join the top to the back.

Top: The face of the guitar. On an acoustic, this piece is also the sounding board, which produces almost all the guitar’s acoustic qualities.

Tuning machines: geared mechanisms that raise and lower the tension of the strings, drawing them to different pitches.
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DESIRE: YOUR FUEL FOR SUCCESS
I have seen that I can give students everything they need to learn to play well, maybe play great. With one exception, that is. In fact, there is one most important quality you must have, in order to go through what it takes to learn to play the guitar. That is desire. You must really feel a need for it in your life, whether you want to play on the amateur level, or the professional.
When I end this desire in people, it strikes me as a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, desire alone is not enough. In fact, I have often met people who had that desire, but lost it due to frustration about not being able to make any progress in their efforts to learn the guitar. They assumed they didn't have the talent, and gave up. I have also met many people who have played badly for years, and they bravely keep hoping that all the problems they have with all those pieces they struggle with will someday go away. Someday playing will be enjoyable, and satisfying, and even sound good! Someday they won't fall apart when they play in front of other people.
The person who gives up, and the person who continues playing the same way year after year, assumes that the great players have some special natural ability that they unfortunately do not posses. It is a rather hopeless feeling. Even though I think the methods in this book will help anyone, I am writing this book especially for people who are in this state of frustration, so they will learn that the problem is not lack of ability. They just do not have the correct information about how to practice to get results.
Your desire to play the guitar is what makes you begin your journey, and when coupled with the correct information about the mechanics of playing and practicing, your desire will increase and carry you further. I am happy to tell you that if you understand and use the methods in this book, you will have the tools to become as good as you want to be on the guitar.

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