Guitar Preparation and Techniques for Chopsticks 

1) Preparations

Step 1 - wrap a hair tie around the fifth fret of the guitar. It should lightly touch the strings so it mutes them a little bit. 

Step 1 - wrap a hair tie around the fifth fret of the guitar. It should lightly touch the strings so it mutes them a little bit. 

Step 2 - if needed, adjust tightness with a pen. We used one with a rubber grip so it wouldn't slip around as much.

Step 2 - if needed, adjust tightness with a pen. We used one with a rubber grip so it wouldn't slip around as much.

Step 3 - thread a chopstick  (over/under)  through all six strings of the guitar at the theoretical 24th fret. Start over the low E string as illustrated. 

Step 3 - thread a chopstick (over/under) through all six strings of the guitar at the theoretical 24th fret. Start over the low E string as illustrated. 


2) Playing areas and percussion key

On strings, right side of chopstick:

On strings, right side of chopstick:

On pickguard:

On pickguard:

Base of chopstick

Base of chopstick


Behind nut.

Behind nut.

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Smack strings (anywhere right of threaded stick)

Smack strings (anywhere right of threaded stick)

Smack strings (left of hair tie)

Smack strings (left of hair tie)


On pickguard (articulated w/ left hand)

On pickguard (articulated w/ left hand)

Base of stick while holding down head of stick.

Base of stick while holding down head of stick.