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Guitar Terminology Explained

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Music

Do you have a genuine fondness for guitar and wish to have one to train yourself in the art of guitar playing, but you get discouraged every time you confront the pool of guitar terminologies?  Well you are not alone in your predicament, a lot of people get confused by the complex terminologies with regard to guitar parts and the playing rules. The guide below makes it simple for you to understand various guitar terminologies.

A guitar is constructed with various guitar parts which work in complete harmony to produce the fine tones of a guitar. Let us explain which terms refer to which part of the guitar. You will also come across the terms that are associated with the playing of the guitars.

If you are left clueless as to what has a head to do with a guitar, you will be relieved to know that it is a major part of the guitar, where the tuning machines are located.

The part called neck also leave us perplexed. In reality, this part provides the support by bearing the entire pull of the strings and it also provides you the space to grab the instrument by hands.

It is the part of the guitar on which lie the strings and on it the frets are set into. It is basically a separate wood attached either with the help of glue or screw with the body of the guitar.

They are nothing but rows of thin metal strips. When you hit on a string, the fret acts as a contact point and sets the length of the string's vibrating.

It is located on the body of the guitar and separates the playing part of the strings from the anchor part.

It is a piece of wood attached on the front of an acoustic guitar. This part determines the quality of an acoustic guitar's tone and projection.

Sound hole
It is also related to acoustic guitar. It is situated on the top of the  guitar and helps to  enhance the instrument's sound.

This is associated with an electronic guitar. It is an electronic device that transforms the vibrations emanating from the strings into an electrical signal for amplification.

It refers to the narrow piece of wood, or other material like plastic that is used to make the body, neck or head of the guitar stronger. It also improves the look of an acoustic guitar.

It refers to the distance between the frets and the strings in an acoustic guitar.

When you hit on a particular note, it makes an initial sound before reaching its maximum volume. Action refers to this initial sound after a silence.

After the note reaches its maximum level, its volume gradually reduces. The degree of loss of volume till silence is called decay.

This term refers to the relationship of tones on different parts of the fret board. The note corresponding to each string on the 12th fret are complementary to 12th fret harmonic note on the same string. If there is a mismatch, the guitar's intonation should be readjusted.

So now you have got the basic idea about the various guitar related terms that always confused and frightened you. All these parts work harmoniously to produce the unique and lively sounds that a guitar is all about. Next time when you head off to a music store, just go through the guide one more time to brush up on these terminologies. You will be able to follow the sales person better and I can bet that you will win the best bargain from the sales person if he gets the impression that you are well informed about the nuances of guitars.this is the direct benefit of knowing about the guitar terminology.