Physical Guitar

So, you want to play the guitar? These are four steps to success ---> get a guitar,

understand the physical aspects, get a good teacher, and get some lessons.

Sounds very simple, huh? Establishing good guitar habits takes patience and focus!

I hope the information provided here will bridge the gap between getting a guitar

and getting a lesson book. Use the articles and resources freely, and

share them with friends! Now it's time for Physical Guitar!

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Guitar Music Theory Understanding Music Theory on the guitar fretboard!

Physical Guitar book list! More great books added to our recommended selections!

The Minor-Pentatonic Scale, new riffs, and mp3s! - Now on the Lessons page!

Reading Music

Tablature is one of the most ancient forms of notation for stringed instruments, but it can’t tell the entire musical story. Would you rather ride a horse, or drive a sports car? Modern musical notation shows which note to play, how loud or soft to play, indicates phrasing, accents, style, fingerings, and has a myriad of other purposes. But for now we’re just focusing on the physical aspects of playing, so ancient tablature will be just fine. The examples presented on the Get Lessons page also appear in regular music notation for those who prefer it.


Eventually, a fine guitarist must develop the skill to read music. That can be a drag! It can really frustrate the beginner who just wants to play guitar! In my opinion the timing has to be right for a novice guitarist to learn about music reading. The time is not right now! Conquering the basic skills of Physical Guitar are much more important at this stage.

The lessons presented here are suggestions to guide you through the four beginning stages guitar playing. Guitarists, young and old, must conquer the physical aspects of guitar playing before tackling the confusing world of musical notation. Beginners should be comfortable, relaxed, and be able to control their arms, hands, and fingers like a guitarist. The examples presented here at Physical Guitar should be repeated until the player and/or teacher are comfortable that it’s time to move ahead.

Physical Aspects Of Guitar Playing

The physical aspects necessary to play the guitar are: developing comfortable posture, holding the guitar, learning proper hand and finger positions, pressing and releasing strings, picking and strumming, and developing a "feel" for the fretboard of the guitar. When beginning guitarists ignore these concepts, they are likely to form habits which will keep them from reaching their full potential.

Explore the Get Physical page for tons of great information about Physical Guitar!

About The Physical Guitar Wiki:
In 2008, I created a website with the original information now located here. My school guitar classes used the website as a point of departure for guitar studies. Many of my friends in music education expressed interest in the concept of "getting a good physical start" in the beginning stages of learning guitar. They were disappointed when I decided to discontinue the site; now the information is here. You are welcome to make use of the concepts which I have used during 30 years experience in private and classroom instruction. Thanks for visiting Physical Guitar at wikispaces.com! AND, thanks to wikispaces hosting what seems like thousands of valuable education wikis! RA