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November 3rd, 2008, 12:04 AM
I purchased a Standard Stratocaster in "Midnight Wine" a few months ago after my dad passed away. Things have slowed down now and I'm looking at taking some lessons.
Anyone have any advice, tips, pointers, websites, etc. to help me get this hobby started?
November 3rd, 2008, 07:12 AM
Mel Bey are standards for learning guitar.
Homespun Tapes offers video, dvd, and other stuff.
Learn some chords, sing songs, and practice 15 minutes EVERY DAY.
Just some basics. Check with local music shops to get names of quality instructors.
November 3rd, 2008, 07:45 AM
i taught myself using the internet, lol but mel bay has some really good books! lessons are great too!
it is important to practice often too though! if not every day, then every other day!
good luck C:
November 3rd, 2008, 08:34 AM
I recently taught myself how to play the bass. The most important thing was to learn where each note was on the fretboard.
For the guitar, I think it might be helpful to start by memorizing the hand positions for different chords, and practice moving between them. Just google guitar chord chart and I'm sure you'll find lots of help.
For me, it really helped once I got a handle on things a bit to play with a band, or to get some chord sheets and play along with a song. If your church has a worship team, you could see if they would mind you coming to practice and playing along with them as they practice.
Beyond that, you have to find out what works for you, don't get discouraged, and just do it.
November 3rd, 2008, 08:50 AM
Good responses. But the MOST important thing is getting that pick hand in time. You can learn scales and chords all day long. But if you don't have timing you don't have squat. Buy a metronome.
November 3rd, 2008, 08:54 AM
We like homespun as well. Lots of great instructional stuff. :)
November 3rd, 2008, 09:22 AM
sign up with Satch for lessons online :thumb
November 3rd, 2008, 09:51 AM
My oldest son has a Fender. He recently started taking lessons and loves them. He's going to a studio...it's $20 for 30 minutes once a week, but I have to say--he is really learning a lot from someone who is an amazing guitarist.
November 3rd, 2008, 10:59 AM
My sons are teaching themselves using several of the websites already posted :D
November 3rd, 2008, 11:20 AM
I started with a James Taylor Greatest Hits songbook. Copied and learned all the chord icons, then played the songs I knew.
Steam roller blues was the easiest. Years Later, I joined a praise team. No music but chords (sometimes a couple keys) were written on the lyric sheets. This was fun, everyone helped each other and encouraged each to learn more music.
I had a music major for a mom so I was familiar with alot of stuff, I can follow along but not really read the music.
Very important thing: Don't by junk. Lousy instruments are frustrating and often harder to play. That alone will discourage many wannabes. Check used sales and ebay. Ask music teachers at school for input on what to buy.
I have a Cort folk guitar and a Wasburn banjo. When I was young and skinny they were ok. Now I need a wider neck for wider fingers.... harumph.
Of course now I know to buy a Martin or Taylor guitar but a Gibson banjo is still too expensive. Maybe a Deering Crosfire -electric banjo....
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