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Old 11-26-2010, 09:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought an electric guitar a couple of years of go and never got around to learning how to play. Any tips or suggestions of what books or tutorials I might be able to check out in order to get an idea of where to start?
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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there are 1000s of tutorial videos all over youtube if you want to go that route.

but really if you bought it a few years ago and never got around to teaching yourself then i doubt investing in books or tutorial dvds will amount to anything either. maybe consider getting a lesson or two to get started, the interaction between a more experienced musician offers something no lesson or book can.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A good start would be learn the various chords and scales on guitar. The first scales I would learn (these are the ones I learned first) are the major scale, the minor scale, and the minor pentatonic scale. I believe these are the most crucial scales in music overall.

Also, learn the open chords (given that you're guitar is tuned standard, EADGBe). The numbers represent which fret you should press down on, the x's represent strings you don't play or mute (you mute them if you're chord looks something like this: 3x123x).

-Gmaj (320033), Gm is best played in the form of a barre chord (355333)
-Emaj (022100), and Em (022000)*
-Amaj (x02220), and Am (x02210)*
-Dmaj (xx0232), and Dm (xx0231)
-Cmaj (x32010)*, Cm is best played barred too (x35543)

The chords with * are the three important barre chord voicings you should learn. Barre chords are useful for playing chords that are not normally played openly, without muting any strings. The Cmaj barre chord is fairly difficult to play at first, but keep at it, you'll soon gain flexibility in your fingers.

Also, if you're interested in writing/understanding music, you should study this table.

C Major Scale
I - C Major
II - D Minor
III - E Minor
IV - F Major
V - G Major
VI - A Minor
VII - B Diminished

Using the table, you can create consonant (normal sounding) chord progressions. But you should focus on the basics before moving onto music theory, as it is fairly complex.


That's how I would get started. If you have any questions...

Also youtube, ehow.com, and ultimate-guitar.com are good sources for learning guitar.
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For a fifth post im impressed with the effort put in. Kudos!
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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In the world of music today, it is wise to learn to play several instruments, the bass is like the guitar, but the force needs a lot more when playing. I would change if your passion is low and continue with the guitar as a secondary instrument that separate it from others.
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with your fingers or pick up. The guitars are a group, in which stiff neck strings, generally of six numbers, but sometimes more, see the annex. The guitar is a variety of traditional architecture of wood and animal gut or string to use, more recent, you can choose any nylon or steel strings.In world music today, it is wise to learn to play several instruments. Guitar is my favorite instrument in the musical instruments.
1. Pick up and pick are two different things.

2. Guitar refers to basses as well. So its really not just 6 strings.

3. There are other materials strings can be made of that are commonly sold.
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i totally agree with mr. dave.. if you don't have motivation on your own you may need a kick in the ass. pardon my french
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Yeah I would go the youtube route man. Whenever im stumped I use it all the time. Just about anything you want to know from a million different teachers. Just find a guy that makes the most sense to you and get started. Your basic chords on to bar chords, scales minor, major, pentatonic. Depending on the genre of music and how far your willing to go its endless. The main thing that will stunt your growth in guitar is ego. Such a satisfying feeling when it all comes together though. Dont take my word for it..go have at it friend!!
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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To learn kind of basic cords and finger placements I went to google and looked at pictures of the finger placements and learned that way and plus went to ultimate guitar.
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Since he didnt respond Im pretty sure he has not taken anyones advice.
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