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All about Guitar strings

This lesson is designed to give you all of the basic information that you need to know about different types of acoustic and electric guitar strings. We will talk about string gauges, types of acoustic strings, types of electric strings, coated vs. non coated strings, nylon strings, flatwound vs. roundwound, what strings are made of, differences in tone and much more.  Hopefully you will use this lesson to educate yourself about the different kinds of strings out there and maybe even use some of the different types of strings that you learn about to experiment with your own personal guitar tone.

String Gauges

Overview ‐ The Gauge of a string is simply the thickness of that string. This is usually measured in thousandths of an inch. Typically a set of strings will be named after the thickness of the 1st or thinnest string in the set. You may hear some say that they use “10’s”. That just means that they are using a set of strings where the 1st string is .010 of an inch thick.

Acoustic String Gauges ‐ Acoustic guitar strings usually come in sets anywhere from .010 ‐ .013. The most common gauge is considered to be light or .012 gauge. Anything lighter than .012 is considered to be a custom‐light or an extra‐light. Typically, the heaviest acoustic strings that you will see will be medium or .013 gauge.

Acoustic String Gauge Pros & Cons ‐ Thicker gauge strings sound fuller and louder but they are harder to play. This is great if you like a really thick tone or need a lot of volume out of your acoustic guitar. Using a thinner gauge of strings will make your guitar easier to play but you will sacrifice some tone and volume.

Electric String Gauges ‐ Electric guitar string gauges usually range from .008 ‐ .013. You can find sets thicker than .013 but they are usually flatwound sets or for baritone guitars. Typically you will find .009 or .010 gauge strings on most electric guitars. Jazz guitars will typically have thicker flatwound sets on them.

Electric String Gauge Pros & Cons ‐ Thicker gauge strings sound fuller but they are a bit harder to play, just like on the acoustic. If you are more concerned with having a fat tone than you are with playability you might want to use thicker strings on your electric. Thicker gauge electric strings are also great if you down tune your guitar. Using a thinner gauge of strings will make it easier to play your guitar but you will sacrifice some tone and the strings will be a bit looser feeling.


Acoustic Strings: Bronze vs. Phosphor Bronze


Bronze acoustic guitar strings are typically pretty bright when compared to phosphor bronze strings. They are also more golden in color while phosphor bronze strings have a bit of a red or copper tint to them. Bronze is made of 90% copper and 10% tin. Typically, bronze guitar strings will be 80% copper and 20% tin. Bronze is softer than steel but it still resists corrosion pretty well, especially around salt‐water or humid climates.

Common Brands D’Addario,

Martin, Ernie Ball, Elixir, Cleartone, John Pearse, GHS, Dean Markley, DR, Fender, Black Diamond.

History and Usage

Discovered around the 4th millennium B.C. Used for tools tiles, boat fittings and Cymbals.

Alloys Typically

90% Copper and 10% Tin.

Sound ‐ A bit brighter than Phosphor Bronze strings.

Cost Non‐

Coated $5 ‐ $10. Coated $10 ‐ $20.

Phosphor Bronze

Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings are a bit warmer and airy than regular bronze strings. A lot of players think that this makes them better for finger picking. They also have a bit more of a red or copper color to them as well. Phosphor bronze is like regular bronze but it has a small amount of phosphor added to it. This helps to keep the metal from oxidizing or corroding as quickly.

Common Brands ‐ D’ddario, Martin, Ernie Ball, Elixir, Cleartone, John

Pearse, GHS, Dean Markley, DR, Fender, Black Diamond.

Other Uses ‐ Ship propellors, springs, bolts.

Alloys ‐ Typically 90% Copper, 10% Tin and a small amount of Phosphor.

Sound ‐ A bit warmer and robust than regular Bronze strings.

Cost ‐ Non‐Coated $5 ‐ $10. Coated $10 ‐ $20.

Electric Strings: Nickel Plated, Pure Nickel & Stainless Steel

Nickel Plated

Nickel‐plated strings are probably the most common type of electric guitar string in use today. The winding on the thicker strings is made of nickel‐plated steel. The steel that the string is made of is great for the magnets in the pickups to “pick up” while the nickel‐plating helps to balance out the bright sound of the steel. The nickel also helps to keep the string smooth and protects it from corrosion. Nickel is a bit softer than steel so nickel or nickel‐plated strings won’ wear your frets out as quickly as stainless steel strings will.



Garth Brooks – The Thunder Rolls – How To Play On Guitar

Learn how to play Garth Brooks – The Thunder Rolls with this easy guitar tutorial. For easy playing the intro, guitar chords, lyrics and strum patterns. I invite you to  subscribe to my YouTube channel below for more great free video guitar tutorials. Please like and share this video with your family and friends. Thanks for watching.


El Paso by Marty Robbins – How To Play – Easy Guitar Tutorial

Learn how to play El Paso by Marty Robbins with this easy guitar tutorial. For easy playing, the intro, guitar chords, lyrics, and strum pattern are shown. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel below for more great free video guitar tutorials. Please like and share this video with your family and friends. Thanks for watching.


How To Play It’s All Over Now – Rolling Stones

It’s All Over Now – Rolling Stones – How To Play – Easy Guitar Tutorial

In this easy guitar tutorial, you will learn how to play It’s All Over Now by the Rolling Stones. The intro, chords, lyrics, and strumming pattern included for easy playing. I would invite you sharing with a friend also and Like and leave your comments below. Hope you enjoy.


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I’ve talked to a lot of my on line students and discovered that many are not only struggling with the basics of guitar… but also need help playing their favourite and most popular songs BETTER. I’ve always said, the best way to get better on guitar is TO PLAY! (don’t squeeze a stupid tennis ball)

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Almost everyone has fantasized about performing music in front of a huge screaming crowd at some point in their life. For me, I’d always dreamed of playing guitar with the same mastery as Jimmy Page or Mark Knopfler. Sadly, I could never stick with guitar practice.  I ended up quitting multiple times for a host of reasons: the material was boring, my teacher moved too fast, my teacher moved too slowly, my fingers were killing me, my wrists were sore, I wasn’t making enough progress, and so on.

Then my friend Jake Ruff taught me two simple exercises that changed everything, and I’ve been able to stick with guitar ever since.

Some guitarists proclaim that you need to tackle music theory first, while others will tell you to learn sheet music while you’re practicing chords. I found it most effective to focus on a few easy exercises, while minimizing boredom and pain. In other words, the process for learning that you enjoy the most is the best one, even if it isn’t comprehensive.

Comprehensive comes later.  First, we need to get you hooked.

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Tips on Learning Guitar the First Time


1. You will feel clumsy. Remember when you first learned how to type? You wanted to hammer out 100 words per minute, without ever making an error. The reality? You constantly had to look down at the keyboard, and you’d get frustrated whenever you made a mistake. Guitar is the same way. As much as you’ll desire the ability to play all your favourite songs beautifully, your body and brain simply won’t be able to. Your fingers will move slowly, your hands will feel awkward, and the sounds coming from the guitar will not be easy on the ears. Relax, and give yourself permission to suck. Allow yourself several weeks to build “muscle memory” – getting comfortable having your hands in positions they aren’t used to.

2. Your fingers will be sore. Expect the tips of your fingers to hurt for at least a month while they’re developing calluses. If your fingers get extremely sore, take a day off, and never play until your fingers bleed.

The pain you’ll feel is largely unavoidable, but you can reduce it by using a capo (a clamp you fasten across the strings of the guitar. The most important thing, of course, is to not quit playing altogether because of the pain. Whenever you want to quit because it hurts your fingers too much, say to yourself, “Justin Bieber taught himself to play guitar before he was 12.” Yes, that’s right. That effeminate kid successfully got through the same pain you’re feeling, and so has every other guitar player on the planet. You’re more than capable of pushing through.

3. You need to practice for at least 10 minutes each day. There is no quick path to mastering the guitar, but there is a fast track to failing: a lack of practice. During the first month, you need to make playing your guitar for at least ten minutes into a daily habit. Playing every day will help you build calluses faster, and increase your comfort level with the instrument.

When I first started, I aimed for at least two 10-minute practice sessions each day. I found the most convenient time to practice was while watching TV. The two exercises you’ll be focusing on won’t require intensive periods of concentration, so it’s totally fine to watch your favourite show while strumming away.

First and foremost, you’ll need to buy a guitar. I know it’s obviously possible to learn with a friend’s guitar or one that’s been given to you as a gift. However, I found that my desire to learn increased substantially only after I put some skin in the game. Buying my first guitar only cost me $100, but spending that amount made me much more committed to learning.

I strongly recommend starting with an acoustic guitar, rather than an electric. With an acoustic, you don’t have to plug it in to play and there’s less of an upfront investment (i.e. you don’t need to buy an amp). Learn on an acoustic first; if you decide to play electric later, the transition will feel much easier than it would have had you only learned to play electric.

Next, you’ll want to buy a capo. This is a clamp that raises the pitch of the strings. You’ll be using it for a different purpose, but to start, it will help reduce the pain in your fingers.

Now that you’re all set up, it’s time to take a seat in a comfortable chair and get in position to play.

The most important thing about your posture is to stay relaxed. Because you’ll be pressing down hard on the strings, you’ll often feel your upper body tense up. Take a deep breath and only maintain pressure in your fingers.

One final note on your positioning: Your thumb should not wrap around the neck of the guitar; it should be pressed against the back of the neck. Sure, you’ll see a lot of professional guitar players who don’t comply with this, but it’s much easier on your hand to learn chords this way.

To Be Continued….


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