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4 Basic Tips for Your Blues Acoustic Guitar

May 9, 2008
Acoustic music is one of the most well-received kinds of contemporary music these days. After all, how can you ever ignore a person who seems to be baring his/her soul with an almost-a-capella rendition of a particular song? There's no other instrument than can go with his/her voice than an acoustic guitar.

There are a lot of people who believe that blues acoustic playing is really easy. Usually, the songs played are slow, which can give them ample time to position their fingers at the right keys. They also don't have to think about complementing other sounds that may com from the drums or the keyboards. But then again, there's also plenty of room of mistake, and one wrong move can eventually destroy the entire presentation.

Here are 4 basic tips when it comes to playing acoustic guitar:

1. Match your height with your guitar. One of the most important things in acoustic blues guitar playing is that you have to be extremely comfortable with it. If you have a constant gig, then you're going to be utilizing the instrument the whole time. You should have no reason to feel sore for carrying it all over your shoulder. Hence, make sure that you pick a guitar that's the right size for you. This will also help you reach out to the keys more easily.

2. Adjust the strings to the proper pitch of the song. It's highly essential that you truly have an ear for music. This will help you determine if the music requires a low or high pitch. Depending on the real pitch of the song, you need to adjust the tuning pegs of your acoustic guitar accordingly. When you tighten the strings, you are in for a high pitch. Conversely, a low pitch is produced if you're going to loosen the guitar strings.

3. Start with standard tuning first. This is considered the default mode in acoustic guitar and thus real easy. If you're a beginner, you better start with standard tuning before you decide to play on some more complicated notes. You simply need to match the tune of your guitar to the pitch of the song. All six strings should be compatible with the sound produced by the singer.

4. Use a pick. You can always make use of your fingers, but if they get burned out for long playing moments, you will surely get distracted, and you won't be able to play as better as before. Moreover, fingers don't really create a much louder sound, which you may need when you're playing in a large crowd. The best solution to this is to use a pick.
About the Author
Z Roberts is the founder of 50 Blues Studios. If you are a blues guitarist, take a look at the 12 bar blues backing tracks available at 50 Blues. Jam to over 50 blues backing tracks and create killer blues guitar riffs effortlessly.
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