Reading U-teach-U chord diagrams
If you play left-handed, (if you strum with your left) when you look at the chord diagrams, pretend you are looking in a mirror. You will have to string your guitar left-handed as well. (big string at the top, small string at the bottom.) If you play left-handed and upside-down, then you are on your own. The placement is the same but the finger numbers will be different. When playing like this, what side of your brain are you using?
Here is a saying to remember the string names; Every Bad Girl Deserves An E.
For more guitar info go to Guitar Anatomy.
No. This is not a rude gesture. Its a very important part of making the strings sound right.
Place your finger on the string and push down. Slide your finger close to the fret to stop the muffled or buzzing sound. But not too close. With practice you will get this sounding just right, or sweet. (as we say in the music business)
I recommend that you purchase a digital tuner. There are two basic types.
With a digital tuner your guitar will be in perfect tune. Your ear will learn this perfect tuning and in time you will be aware of the slightest tuning imperfection. Plus, its way easier than tuning it by ear.
But, some of us are old fashioned. So, if you have to, you can Tune By Ear .
All audio examples are mp3 files recorded at low resolution to keep the files small, so they will load fast. No, I'm not afraid you will copy them and sell them to your friends.