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cebuguitarist
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Hey, I just got my guitar a couple of weeks ago. I need a little help with my guitar playing. How hard do I press the frets? Also, how do I play sharps on the notes?

i want to be the next greatest rockstar. First, I need help.


   
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Anonymous
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Press down just behind the fret, not on top of it and only press hard enough to sound a clean note not any harder.
Sharps and flats are dependant on what fret you use.
The guitar frets are 1/2 step, or musical note, apart.
An example , on your low E string (thickest string) the notes are:
Open=E
1st fret=F
2nd fret=F# or Gb
3rd fret=G
4th fret=G# or Ab
5th fret=A Same note as 5th string played open in standard tuning


   
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olive
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Read this lesson!

More useful information than you can shake a stick at!

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cebuguitarist
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what do you mean behind the fret? i also thank anybody who responds since I do need the help.

i want to be the next greatest rockstar. First, I need help.


   
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PappaJohn
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Behind the fret would be on the side closest to the headstock (away from the guitar body).

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Vic Lewis VL
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When someone says "play it at the second fret" what they actually mean is between the first and second fret....

for example, a D chord....

E A D G B E
x 0 0 2 3 2

play the A and D strings open, then put your first finger across the G B and E strings between the first and second frets, and your second finger between the second and third frets....

As for how hard to press down, just hard enough so that whatever you play rings out clearly with no buzz....most people tend to press too hard at first, and soon get cramp....it takes a while to get used to just using enough pressure, but the less pressure you use, the easier it'll be to change chords....

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


   
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Ratfish256
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Its more of playing the spaces between the frets than the frets themselves.


   
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