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Learning the Guitar Lingo

For people who would like to get their hands on a guitar, they must first learn the guitar lingo. The guitar lingo is made up of weird-sounding words that are unique to the guitar world. The guitar lingo also applies to the guitar parts. You must be able to know the parts of a guitar to be able to know how to play it.


This is also referred to as the sound box. This is the largest guitar part and it comes in different shapes and sizes. The acoustic guitars usually have a hollow body, while electric guitars have solid or semi-solid bodies. Acoustic guitars have hollow bodies because they rely on the body structure for sound resonation. Electric guitars use electronic pick-ups to amplify the sound.


The headstock is the part at the end of the guitar which holds the tuning keys. It is connected to the neck of the guitar.


The nut is the piece between the guitar neck and the head. It is a small rod with indentations to hold the guitar strings in place.


The neck is the long section which holds the fret board.

-Fret board

The fret board is divided into different notes by small metal rods. The number of frets in a fret board varies depending on the type of guitar and the brand. Modern electric guitars usually have 20-22 frets in the fret board.


It is a part of the guitar’s body and it is important in sound resonance. It gives some sort of elevation for the guitar strings so they can produce nice vibrations.


The pick-up is an electronic device which acts like a microphone. It picks up the vibrations from the strings and converts these vibrations into electrical impulses.

They are usually found in electric guitars


The amplifier is like a speaker box where the sounds of the electric guitar come off.


This is a device which is attached to the fret board. This thing allows a player to play the same chord structures but on a different key.


Guitar riffs pertain to musical pieces which are parts of a song.


It is added to the sound of the guitar through an effects box or through amplifiers to make the sounds a little bit more natural.


Guitar tablatures or more commonly known as guitar tabs are written music for guitars. It is similar to musical pieces (with notes and other musical symbols) but the notes are translated into guitar frets. It’s a useful tool in learning how to play the guitar.


It refers to a guitar technique where the string is slightly bended in a fast rate to make a longer resonating sound.


This refers to a technique where one takes out notes from a specific chord. He can then use these to make an adlib lead technique or add to the rhythm of the song.


This is the small device which guitar players use in striking the guitar strings. It is usually made of plastic.

-Whammy bar

This is an attachment to the bridge of electric guitars which can be used to bend the pitch of the notes. One can pull the whammy bar to be able to make his guitar “cry.”


It’s a picking technique where a player does not strum the strings all at one but hit the strings one by one to be able to get a softer and more defined tone.

-Palm mute

This is a technique where a player uses his picking hand (usually the right hand) to mute the strings while strumming to be able to get a distinct tone. It is very popular in the punk rock world.

The world of guitars is composed of many other new words. One must be able to master these or at least have an idea of what these are to be able to appreciate the wonderful instrument that is the guitar.

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