Guitar Lesson

Fingers and Frets

Difficulty: beginner

By: Adam Dean

Welcome future Guitar Gurus!! This is a great place to start your journey. Maybe you just got a guitar, maybe you are picking it back up after years in the joint! Whatever the case, we are going to start at the very beginning!

This lesson is all about counting, and no matter what your grandmother told you, it is okay to use your fingers! In fact, we insist on it!

Before you can shred like a congressional intern during a political scandal, you have to start at the very beginning. 1-2-3-4. The basic digits, that correspond to your, well, your DIGITS!!

We have four fingers, and you will want to make sure you have each one numbered correctly:

1. The finger you pick your nose with.

2. Your, umm, how do I say, middle...YOUR TRAFFIC FINGER!

3. The pesky, and terribly co-dependent, ring finger.

4. The highly underrated and soon to be overworked, pinky finger!

Now, we have to know where, on our new Axe of Odin, to place the slinky little appendages. String numbers go up and down according to the size. In other words, the smallest string is 1st, and the biggest string is the 6th.

Last part of our guitar playing triangulation, the FRETS! In between the nut, (tee hee) and the first silver bar, is the FIRST FRET. We put the fingers BETWEEN the silver bars, (fret wire, to the well initiated,) not on them.