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What is Guitar Action? - Beginners Guide to Guitar Episode 6



If your guitar is in bad shape, it is going to make it that much harder for you to learn. So what is guitar action? Guitar action is the height of your strings from your guitars neck. The higher the strings are, the harder it is going to be for you to hold down those strings, especially when you are just starting out and your fingers are tough yet.

If you are finding it extremely difficult to hold down a note or a chord, it might be the action on your guitar. Causes of high action are the neck might not be straight or your bridge is too high. If this is the case, you need a set up. Bring it into your local music store and ask if they can go over it for you. This will make your learning experience much more comfortable! You don't want to work any harder than you have to!

Jack Mitchell, owner and music director of The Music Depot in Ontario, Canada has been teaching music for over 37 years. He has owned The Music Depot for 25 years, and has seen it all when it comes to reasons why students have troubles when they first start learning to play guitar. Follow this seven part series and overcome each challenge as you go.

Episode 1 - Why is Guitar so Hard?

Episode 2 - Choosing a Guitar

Episode 3 - How to Hold Your Guitar

Episode 4 - Using a Guitar Pick

Episode 5 - Knowing your Guitar Parts

Episode 6 - What is Guitar Action?

Episode 7 - Easy Open Strings


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