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Dario Patrono
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How to hold a note
By Dario Patrono
GuitarTipsForKids.com.au

G'day Kids!!!

My name is "Dario Patrono" creator of "Guitar Tips for Kids" and today I will be teaching you - exactly how to hold a single Guitar note properly.

Sounds like the most simplest thing in the world to do - but if you're a young little Guitarist, picking up the Guitar for the first time - it can be the hardest thing ever.

It's BEST to learn everything the correct way right from the very start - otherwise you might pick up some bad habits - which can limit your Guitar playing later on.

So let's do it the right way first - sit on down and check out these great little secrets on how to hold your Guitar notes properly...

Step: 1 - Use your Fingertips . . .
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To begin with - make sure you use the very tip of your finger to hold down each note.
 

 
Use Your Fingertips.
Use your Fingertips
 
Step: 2 - Pressing down a note . . .
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When pressing down a note - make sure you push down right behind each metal fret strip, just like the picture below.

This will take less preasure to hold and will produce a nice clear note - otherwise your note may rattle or not even come out at all.

Don't push down way too hard - just enough so the note can be clearly heard.
 

 
Right behind the Fret Strip.
Press right behind the metal fret stripPress right behind the metal fret strip
 

 
Keep your fingers as vertical as possible...
Another important tip - is to keep your finger as vertical as possible and to only touch the string it is using.
 
Step: 3 - A Callous . . .
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To begin with your (fret hand) finger tips will be quite fragile and tender.

If they start to hurt - stop playing and give them a little rest.

Don't injure them - because if you do, you won't be able to play your Guitar for ages - so take it nice and easy.

Your fingertips will eventually toughen up, forming a hard layer of skin known as a "callous."

This callous will protect your finger tips, making them as hard as ROCKS.
 

 
Callous.
A callous will protect your fingertips
 
Step: 4 - Fingernail Length . . .
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Another handy tip is to keep your fret hand "fingernails" nicely trimmed.

The shorter the better - just like the photo below.

It will improve your fret work movability and prevent BIG long ugly fingernails getting in the way when you play.
 

 
Fingernail Length.
Fret hand fingernail length
 
Okie Dokie let's Re-Cap . . .
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Use your fingertips to hold a note... Use your fingertip to hold down a Guitar note.
Press right behind the metal fret strip... Press down right behind the metal fret strip.
Keep your fingers vertical... Keep your finger as vertical as possible.
Only press down on the string you are using... Only press down on the string you are using.
Rest your fingertips if they start to hurt... If your fingertips start to hurt - give them a rest.
Trim your fret hand fingernails... Keep your fret hand finger nails nicely trimmed.
 
Practice Notes . . .
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Audio:

Now let's try practicing the musical alphabet...

A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

Click play and make sure you hold each note just like we've shown you above - using your fret hand index finger.

 

 
E|-------------------------------|1st
B|-------------------------------|2nd
G|---------------------------0---|3rd
D|---------------0---2---3-------|4th
A|---0---2---3-------------------|5th
E|-------------------------------|6th
Guitar Tablature.
 
Well Done Kids!!! . . .
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You can now hold a Guitar note properly and also play the musical alphabet too.

Great Work!!!

If you want to learn tonnes more Guitar stuff - like where to find every Major Guitar note or how to play every Major and Minor Guitar chord the easy way - then come on down and check out...

"Guitar Tips for Kids"

.. it's JAM packed with loads of digital images and play along audio tracks - plus there are two levels you can choose from - 1. Beginner 2. Advanced.

We guarantee that we can transform you into a legendary rock star.

The key is to start young and to give us the chance...

 
Signed by: Dario Patrono...
 
Dario Patrono.
Owner: D.P. Online - home of - "Guitar Tips for Kids."
Office: # +61 (07) 5478 2861
Fax: # +61 (07) 5478 2761
Address: P.O. Box 100, Mooloolaba, Queensland, 4557, Australia.
URL: http://www.guitartipsforkids.com.au
Email: dario@guitartipsforkids.com.au
 
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