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Thu Feb 2, 2017, 06:50 PM

I'm going to learn to play the guitar. Suggestions?

I picked up an acoustic guitar and told myself I'm going to learn to play. I think my lil girl will get a kick outta it and I've always wanted to play.

Anybody play? And what advice ya got? I see a plethora of YouTube videos and thought I'd stay there.

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Reply I'm going to learn to play the guitar. Suggestions? (Original post)
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 OP
JaimeBondoJr Feb 2017 #1
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 #7
Runner Dude Feb 2017 #2
RATFINK_5.0 Feb 2017 #3
tonedevil Feb 2017 #11
Aldar Feb 2017 #4
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 #6
His Daughter Feb 2017 #5
Currentsitguy Feb 2017 #10
MedusasRage Feb 2017 #8
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 #9
FreeWheelBurning Feb 2017 #12
Spitfire Feb 2017 #13
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 #15
FreeWheelBurning Feb 2017 #20
Sardis Feb 2017 #14
SlayerNut Feb 2017 #16
Daves Not Here Man Feb 2017 #17
762Justice Feb 2017 #19
762Justice Feb 2017 #18

Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 06:58 PM

1. Google FRETX.

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Response to JaimeBondoJr (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 08:01 PM

7. That's very, very cool. Thanks!

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 07:04 PM

2. I've heard of a method called tabliture (sp?). I've heard it makes guitar playing easy.

That exhausts my knowledge of the guitar.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 07:06 PM

3. Learn to play these 4-Chords: A, C, D & E.

Then, learn to play a Bar F-Chord on the 1st Fret.

With those 5 chords you can master the Rock & Roll Universe !

Take a few lessons, never hurts.

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Response to RATFINK_5.0 (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 4, 2017, 12:32 PM

11. This...

best advice. Look at the relationship between the E chord and the Barred F it really brought the usefulness of Barre chords home for me.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 07:28 PM

4. Guitar Hero

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Response to Aldar (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 08:01 PM

6. Well, I've often been called a hero.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 07:33 PM

5. Go with bagpipes instead

And she can learn highland dancing

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 3, 2017, 10:38 AM

10. We were visiting some friends in Colorado Springs two summers ago

They had a neighbor who practiced with the pipes on his back deck. It was very surreal.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 08:45 PM

8. I think you should grow a mullet.

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Response to MedusasRage (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 2, 2017, 09:02 PM

9. Oh, been there. Had that. Middle school. Early 90s.

Shoulder length. 3 inch spike on top. I was majestic as hell.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Mon Feb 6, 2017, 03:27 PM

12. Check out JustinGuitar.com

Free of charge and more info there then you are likely to view.

Stick with the Beginner's Course and you will be playing some basic songs in no time.

From my own experience, do not rush. I am a huge Zeppelin fan and I wanted to jump right in start playing some of my favorite cuts. I always ended up frustrated. Be patient and learn the basics first.

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Response to FreeWheelBurning (Reply #12)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 05:11 PM

15. Hey, thanks a lot for this suggestion

I'm really enjoying his basic instructions. And I like that he gives me tasks to practice over & over. I'm really enjoying this.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #15)

Wed Feb 22, 2017, 10:32 AM

20. Glad you are finding it useful

I love his "Pay What You Can" business model. I bought a couple of his products in order to repay his generosity. I found "Useful Strumming Techniques 1" and "The Beginner's Songbook" especially useful.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 07:42 PM

14. I've played since I was 8 years old.

I still play, mostly every day, and perform at various fairs/festivals throughout the summer in my home state of Alaska.

Find a good instructor. The youtube videos, the DVD's available from Homespuntapes.com or Stephan Grossmans guitar workshop website are great once you have some chops, but there is no substitute (zero, nada) for an actual physical instructor who can help you learn the basics, and tell you what mistakes to avoid making. Note that finding a good instructor may take several tries. Give a new guy a month or two, and if he is just not speaking your language, go look somewhere else.

Note, don't use this as an excuse to go instructor hopping just because you're not practicing. Sometimes your instructor will assign you something that may not seem to make sense, you still need to practice it. I always told my students "Give me 15 minutes a day, no matter what, if you haven't practiced, and you're getting ready to go to bed, stay up an extra 15 minutes, and go through the lesson plan". That's good advice no matter who you're learning from, you'll be amazed at the progress you will make with that as a minimum, and a good lesson plan.

Also, depending on your age, your guitar instructor may very well be younger than you. Don't let this be a problem for you unless he's just not speaking your language. There are some very good and talented young instructors out there.

And don't balk at being asked to learn a little bit of music theory. You don't need a lot of it to play well, but every little bit you learn adds new tools to your box of guitar tricks.

Visit your local music shops and ask around about the instructors there, most music shops have lessons attached to them, and that's as good a place to start as any. Avoid craigslist and the like unless you have a specific recommendation from someone.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 07:22 PM

16. practice like a motherfucker

learn your major and minor chords and how to do barre chords.
Strumming patterns and stuff as well.. If you dedicate yourself to it and push through the shitty chord muscle memory phase and start learning tunes, you'll be hooked... hooked I tell you.

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Response to SlayerNut (Reply #16)

Sat Feb 18, 2017, 07:43 PM

17. The tips of my fingers feel tender...

There's a slight soreness in my left forearm. And my butt falls asleep sitting in the chair. But damn it's fun! I can't believe I'm finally doing it. I've always wanted to, but never attempted. Now I'm so happy I'm doing it. Even practicing the same chords over & over is fun.

The goal is to play songs for my lil girl. Sounds cheesy, but it's a great motivator. Right now she walks/waddles over to me and grins at my strumming.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 06:39 PM

19. Your fingertips will callous up.

That's cute about playing for your daughter. I used to have to play the "Duck walked up to the lemonade stand" song a zillion times a day for the kids.

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Response to Daves Not Here Man (Original post)

Sun Feb 19, 2017, 06:37 PM

18. Take a couple of lessons to start off with.

If you start learning with poor hand position, you will have to fight yourself to unlearn the bad habits.

If nothing else, youtube .

I used to play, some of my kids still do. Best I could manage was 3 chord punk, but I was able to do that really fast.

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