We all know about 6-string guitars and 12-strings... you may have even heard of 10-strings, and twin-necks that can have 18 strings... but check this out - 42 strings! Known as the Picasso guitar, after its likeness to the cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso, this one pictured belongs to jazz supremo Pat Metheny, one of the most famous jazz guitar players of our time.
Believe it or not, this weird guitar is not just for show - Pat plays it for real... all 42 strings! The Picasso guitar was built for him by read more »
One of the biggest problems children (and adults) have when first learning to play the guitar is the correct position for their left hand when playing chords. There is a natural tendency for the student beginner to over-grip the guitar's neck and flatten the fingers on the fretboard, leading to much frustration as the chord is incorrectly fretted and doesn't sound as it should... read more »
Floyd's Guitar God Gilmour now has his own Signature Series of strings from GHS.
David Gilmour's connection with GHS' Boomers series goes back to 1979, when he started using them on Pink Floyd's "The Wall" project.
He uses gauges 10, 12, 16, 28, 38, and 48 on his Fender Stratocaster™, and gauges 10.5, 13, 17, 30, 40, and 50 on his Gibson Les Paul™. read more »
UK guitarist Kelvin Pratt has launched a guitar hand position guide - the "Space Trainer" - to overcome the problem of beginners struggling to position their left hand correctly when first learning basic chords. read more »
One of the most basic questions asked by student guitar players is 'what is a chord'?
A chord is simply a collection of single notes that, when played together give a pleasing sound. Chords are made up of a minimum of three notes and are referred to by the 'root' note - that is, the dominant note that you hear. read more »
Capos are used to change the key and pitch of a guitar without having to adjust the strings with the tuning keys. They are used both to make playing easier and to produce different sounds. For example, using 'open' chord voicings instead of using bar chords. read more »
One of the first things you need to know as a new guitarist is how to tune your guitar. The principle is the same for all 6-string guitars regardless of whether they are acoustic, electric or classical.
The thinnest and highest sounding string is the 1st string. The thickest and lowest sounding string on the guitar is the 6th string. read more »