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Key Terms Of The Guitar

Evan Duff (789) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Here is your begginers dictionary of guitar (Not in alphabetical order, more grouped by subject).


Guitar- A musical instrument with strings that play notes. Notes change by moving the hand up and down the string.

Body- The wide part of the guitar that hold electronics and is a base for the bridge and the strings.

Bridge- The silver piece of equitment on the body that holds the strings off of frets.

Pickups- Magnets that are used to pick up noise vibrations and convert them into musical sounds, which are later amplified by the amplifier.

Strings- Pieces of steel rope that are used to make the sound. The strings run up and down guitar. Most guitars have 6.

Neck- Long piece of wood running conecting the headstock to the body. The frets are located on this.

Frets- Bumps on the neck made to help put the fingers in the right spot to play a note.

Headstock- The piece of wood on top of the neck that holds the other end of the strings. Contains metal pieces that change the tune of the strings when twisted.

Amplifier (Amp)- A box of electronics that makes your guitar sound louder, and sometimes, add distortion.

Chord- An electric chord that connects the amp to the guitar.

Strap- A piece of a material used to hold the guitar up without using the hands.

Pick- a small, thin piece of plastic that is used to vibrate the strings.


Hammer-on- When the finger changes the note quickly after the string has been strung by touching the sting.

Pick-off- When the finger changes the note after it has been strung by pulling the finger of the string.

Harmonic- gently touching the string to mute out certian vibrations and make a new sound.

Bend- to bend the string to raise a notes sound.

Palm mute- to lay a part of your hand on the bridge and play the strings to change the sound.

Chord- playing more than one note at a time.

Struming- playing chords in a rythmic pattern.