How to Fret a Guitar: Learn Guitar Fretting Techniques

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Last updated: Aug 10, 2021 • 6 min read

A guitar is a fretted stringed instrument, which means it produces sound through vibrating strings that produce different pitches based on their length. A guitarist is able to alter a string’s length by pressing down where the strings meet individual frets—small metal bars that appear at precise intervals on the guitar’s neck.