Josh Parke
Professor Ybarra
Com 301
Changing a Guitar String

To play the guitar, you don’t necessarily need a guitar pick, or for it to even be in tune. You just need a working guitar with six strings.

Perhaps when you think of changing a guitar string you think of a boring and tedious little task. But when you think of music festivals like Woodstock, The Isle of Wight, The Monterey Pop Festival, Coachella, and Lollapalooza your thoughts are far from boring. Sometimes these little tasks people perform from day to day can in some cases contribute to something much larger, like when Jimi Hendrix Bust a string during his night closing set for Woodstock in the summer of 1969, did he set down his guitar? Did he quit early? Did he dare replace his one of a kind Stratocaster with another guitar? No! He continued to play with one hand improvising for the missing string and the other prepping a new string to be slid quickly into place mid song. You know what they always say, “the show must go on.”

(Explain the guitar and its different pieces so audience can better understand demonstration. Body, Neck, Headstock, Frets, Tuning Head, Tuning pegs, Bridge.)

Tuning heads loosen and tighten in the same fashion a screw does clockwise tighten the string, and counter clockwise loosens it.

The first step to putting on a new string is of course getting rid of the old one, unless of course your putting a new one on due to the fact that you snapped the old one off while shredding a face melting guitar riff. So to remove the old string you loosen the tuning head that corresponds with the string you are replacing until you can pull up on the string and see about 2 inches of slack give or take.

At this point you can either cut the string with some type of wire cutters or if you have no tool like myself tonight you can continue to loosen the string until your able to pull the string off the tuning peg.

Finally slide the old string out the...