All in Foundations of Guitar

The dots on the guitar neck are visual references. They help you jump to a different part of the neck quickly, easily, and with accuracy.

For example, if you were playing Tunnels by the Arcade Fire, you might play a power chord on the 1st fret followed by a power chord on the 10th fret. The dots, being visual references, make a nine fret jump a bit easier. 

The rest of this post will go over all the details of the dots on a guitar neck, what they mean, and how you can use them to augment your guitar fun. Let's hit it...

What is a guitar pickup?

To grossly over-simplify, guitar pickups are permanent magnets that are coiled with copper embedded underneath the guitar strings on your guitar.

These coiled magnets create a magnetic field which then detects disturbances in the movements of the strings and transfers that signal to an amp.

If your eyes are glazing over, I empathize. Seriously, I do. The rest of this post will clear up the mystery of guitar pickups. Let's hit it.

How do I know if I've got a good starter guitar?

Lots of beginners to guitar are worried about whether or not the guitar they are currently using is a good starter guitar.

Most of the time, the guitars they use are just fine. Chances are good that you are already playing an excellent guitar for your level. But there is that nagging question: How do you know for certain that a guitar is good for learning?

This post will go over that in detail. Let's jump in!