Here's a little advice from a seasoned musician for beginners who are learning to play the guitar.
Marc Bristol, seen here performing at a local festival, knows a few helpful tricks for beginnings learning to play the guitar..
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Knowledge of tonic, subdominant, and dominant chords is useful for beginners.
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Tablature notation is an alternative way of presenting standard musical notation specifically developed for guitar players. Note in FIG B the "H" and "V" symbols above the tablature staff line that respectively indicate whether to play strings on the downstroke or upstroke.