Guitar Vocabulary - Guitar Parts, Guitar Techniques And Music Slangs | SongsChord

Guitar Vocabulary - Guitar Parts & Guitar Techniques And Music Slangs

Guitar Vocabulary - Guitar Parts, Guitar Techniques And Music Slangs


Learning to play the guitar isn't just about memorizing chords and notes, you also have to familiarize yourself with new vocabulary! How about a look at the various technical terms for guitar parts, accessories, technical jargon, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Guitar Parts Terms

Before you can play, you really wanted to gain proficiency with the lay of the land! Get to know your guitar with this introduction to the parts.

  • Neck
  • Fretboard AKA Finger Board
  • Tuning Pegs
  • Strings
  • Pickups
  • Toggle Switch
  • Body
  • Bridge
  • Bridge Pin

The long wooden stem that associates the headstock of the guitar to the body. This is the place where the fretboard lies.

Attached to the neck, the frets meet here and you play every note.

Tuning Pegs AKA Machine Heads
Located on the headstock. Winding the tuning pegs increases or decreases the pressure on the string, which changes the pitch depending on the strings.

Metal or nylon wire strips that generate sound through vibrations.

Electromagnetic strips on the body of an electric guitar. Pickups create a magnetic field that absorbs the vibrations changes and tone of the guitar.

Toggle Switch
A switch on the front of the guitar that changes which pickup is switched on.

The main body of the guitar that houses the pickups, toggle switches, and the bridge.

A piece of metal or wood at the front of the body that holds the strings in place.

Bridge Pin
Most acoustic guitars have pegs in the extension that hold the configured strings.

Guitar Techniques Terms

Here's a Guide to Familiarizing Yourself with the Parts of the Guitar Guitar Technique Terms We should now look at some guitar terms that describe the movements and techniques you will use to play the guitar.

  • Hammer On
  • Pull Off
  • Slide
  • Barre Chords
  • Bend
  • Palm Mute
  • Strumming

Hammer On
Make a note of it by tapping the fret vigorously with your finger.

Pull Off
Take out a note without playing. Place two fingers on a similar string but multiple frets. Release the highest note to play the lowest note.

Play one note, and then move that note up or down the fretboard, holding the note immobile as you move.

Barre Chords
Use Fingers to strike some strings on a fret similar to a capo.

Push your finger forward or back while holding firmly on the string and fingerboard to change the pitch.

Palm Mute
Place the middle of your playing hand on the strings near the bridge and strike a note. This reduces the tone.

Play with your finger or Pick more than one note. It is usually played with the rhythm to form chords.

Guitar and Music Slang

Here are the terms every budding rock star should know!
  • Bar
  • Tab
  • BPM
  • Chuck
  • Lead
  • Riff

Another name for a measure.

Notation for Guitarists

Beats Per Minute (refers to the tempo)

Another term for fret muting, more used for percussion purposes.

Playing lead is the opposite of rhythm guitar, it refers to playing the melody.

A series of notes that make a great sound, also called a hook.

If you have any further questions about the parts of a guitar, techniques please don’t hesitate to give us a shout. We live for talking gear and would love to share our knowledge with you!

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