A twelve string guitar is basically a steel-tipped guitar with 12 neck strings in six parallel courses, making a much louder, clearer tone than a traditional six-string acoustic guitar. Typically, the 12 Strings are all tuned to octave unison, with the higher two strings tuned in parallel to each other, while the lower strings are tuned to the same pitch. Because the 12 Strings are much closer in tone to each other than the 6-strings, they also share the same instrument maker, Yamaha, as do the other parts of a typical Yamaha guitar. The first thing you will notice about a new 12 String guitar is that it is made up of individual courses of strings rather than a neck. Although the neck is essentially the same as those on a six-string model, the number of courses for each string adds extra sound depth.
When it comes to the repair and care of these types of guitars, there are some precautions that you can take to make sure your investment lasts a lifetime. The first thing to remember when owning an acoustic or a steel-string guitar is that each instrument is different, and therefore requires its own method of restringing. This is different for each type of guitar. Most six-string guitars have a "restring" procedure that involves affixing another piece of wood on the bottom of the first string, and then looping the rest of the string around and under the first string.
Because of their popularity, it can be easy for many beginners to confuse beginner guitarists with the more experienced players who are often seen playing in local music stores and even in some bar rooms. If you are a beginner, and you want to play a twelve string guitar, you should definitely try to find someone with a bit more experience to show you how it's done. When I was starting out, I didn't really know any other than having a few lessons with my local music store manager. That way, I learned everything I needed to know from the very beginning.
Once you have learned all of your basic chords, you will need to learn how to tune your guitar according to the standard tuning of each instrument. For guitars, you will be using the open string tuning, which is one octave higher than the standard tuning. To play one octave higher, you will need to have additional strings that are tuned one octave higher than the standard tuning. For instance, if you are playing a C chord, and you have the second, third, and fifth strings tuned one octave higher than the standard tuning, you would play the chord as a C chord, but with additional strings to reach the seventh string. So even though you may not always be able to play the guitar one octave higher than the standard tuning, you can learn to do so easily by simply changing the additional strings that you will be using during your practice session.
Now, as far as bass goes, you can get used to the increased string tension quite easily by simply strumming on the extra strings. For most acoustic basses, you will use six strings, normally. However, you will find that there are a lot more electric basses out there that actually comes with six additional strings. If you're not very used to playing bass or haven't played any other types of guitar before, then you should keep in mind that these additional strings are much harder for your fingers to make the connection on. You will spend a lot of time on your fingers getting used to the new level of 6-string basses.
One of the biggest challenges that you will face while learning to play lead on bass is keeping the bass strings from slapping against your fingers. This is especially true if you are just starting out. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to keep these strings from slapping against your hands. One of them is to buy a lead guitar that has thicker necks. You will also want to make sure that you are playing with more than one pick, so that you can change the pitch of each string. You don't want to change the chords unless you know that you can get rid of one at a moment's notice.
Some 6-string guitars have a special feature known as the chorus effect. This is an effect where every time the guitar player plucks a string, the same sound is produced on the adjacent strings. Most people don't realize this, but the chorus effect is very useful for creating a smoother tone on the 6-strings, which is why it is included in a lot of lead guitar songs.
If you haven't learned how to use your fingers to restring an instrument, then you really need to learn how to do this. There are a few different ways that you can go about performing restringing on these types of guitars. First, you could just try picking up the other strings and plucking, like you would with an acoustic guitar. The problem with this, though, is that you cannot play chords while picking the strings. If you do not have fingerboards handy, then you could always use a pick. Once you have your fingerboards set up, restring using a chord pedal and you can begin playing!