Learning guitar.

  • Hokenshi

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    Nov 20, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    I've thought about it on and off for a while and then when I read the "What talent to do you wish you had" post and I posted about playing an instrument i thought to myself "Hell, just go out and buy a bloody guitar and leanr to play it!". So I did icon_biggrin.gif

    To all those who are self taught, any advice?
    What did you use to teach yourself?
    What songs are good beginner songs to aim for?
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    Nov 20, 2010 4:19 PM GMT
    I felt the same way and bought a guitar 4 years ago.
    I loaded up on DVD's and bought lessons on Garage Band (mac)... but I could never really master what they were showing, and without feedback, I never really trusted that I was doing the right thing. Eventually I got frustrated and quit.

    Finally, last month, I called the local music school and signed up for 16 wks of lessons with a private instructor matched to my goals and musical taste. I learned more in the first half hour with an instructor, than I ever learned from hours of video lessons.

    While my mind could write music or hear how music should be, I lacked the kinesthetic intelligence to create it and that was frustrating to no end. Unfortunately there are so many tedious, tactile movements to master before you can ever take it to the next level and instinctively play music. I have come to dread the first 10 minutes of class because I hate the monotonous plucking exercises.... but they help immensely. Watching online lessons, I learned a song to play, but I just mimicked what I was watching instead of feeling or knowing it (and there is a world of difference between imitation and creation).

    Now it's the best part of my day. I wake up, practice guitar online for an hour to supplement what I am learning with an instructor. The entire time I smile like a fool because it feels so great to be doing something I had always wanted to do.
    There are a billion other lessons I have learned in the process too, but that's another topic altogether. icon_biggrin.gif

    However you decide to learn, good luck!!
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    Nov 20, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    yeah, get a teacher, for sure...

    sure you can learn on your own, but why take 100 years of your life to reinvent a wheel when you can do it in 1 year
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    Nov 20, 2010 9:07 PM GMT
    Be passionate and also ... sing. When you sing songs while you play, it is pretty motivating. Or play songs you really love at the moment, and try to learn the chords on Ultimate-guitar.com

    I love Taylor Swift and started with her songs. It is a coincidence but she always uses the same chords and they're pretty easy ones.

    Good luck!
  • Hokenshi

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    Nov 21, 2010 5:40 AM GMT
    Cheers guys.
    The teacher thing is going to be difficult as I don't live in an English speaking country and could end paying for lesson which focus more on communicating with eachother than actually learning.

    xoVS said

    I love Taylor Swift and started with her songs. It is a coincidence but she always uses the same chords and they're pretty easy ones.

    Good luck!

    I'll check out the website...it was partly seeing you playing guitar that motivated me to just do it.icon_redface.gif so double thanks.
  • Vaughn

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    Nov 21, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    Just pick a simple song that you love. Something acoustic like Folk music. Nick Drake or Bob Dylan. If you already know how it sounds your good. Start in small steps or your fingers will bleed. Grow out your finger nails a little bit on the hand you strum with. Try and find picture cords it's a lot easier than reading music.
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    Nov 21, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    Hokenshi saidCheers guys.
    The teacher thing is going to be difficult as I don't live in an English speaking country and could end paying for lesson which focus more on communicating with eachother than actually learning.

    xoVS said

    I love Taylor Swift and started with her songs. It is a coincidence but she always uses the same chords and they're pretty easy ones.

    Good luck!

    I'll check out the website...it was partly seeing you playing guitar that motivated me to just do it.icon_redface.gif so double thanks.


    Oh my god really? icon_redface.gif
    So flattered lol thanks!!