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Old 11-12-2013, 02:27 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Eh. Honestly, learning by ear shouldn't be a priority when you're first starting out. Sure, it's a good thing to do eventually, but learning and practicing something you like is a lot less frustrating than "****, as that an A? That makes the first three notes B,C,A..." Besides, if you play guitar long enough, you should be able to recognize what some notes are because you've heard them so much that you're familiar with them.

Also, being able to play steady isn't really as important for a guitarist than, say, a bassist or drummer.

Also, learn how to play the pentatonic scale. Then you can say that you can solo.
Dark Horse, it's your opinion and I respect it, however I disagree almost completely. It wasn't frustrating for me picking up songs and I'm far from a guitar prodigy. It'll take more time, but as long as he starts with easy songs, he can easily pick stuff up with some effort. He can always then use tabs as a reference.

And playing steady is ABSOLUTELY essential for most musicians including guitarists. You need to play in proper timing to jam properly. I'm not saying he should practice 11/4 prog beats at the beginning but trust me when I say a simple 4/4 beat is much harder than it seems. I personally went to a concert where a guitarist missed his timing a little and the entire song was ruined.

I don't think his main intention should be to start playing mad solos right at the beginning, he should remember to get his fundamentals correct. It's all about attention to detail.

But then again this is just my opinion.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:21 AM   #22 (permalink)
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But then again this is just my opinion.
Same. I guess this goes to show that there are tons of ways to approach playing guitar.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:31 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Don't know anything about what is the right way to learn- I guess there is no right way. But how I started to play guitar, I learned A, D and E and started to strum and sing easy songs. I know I'm not good even now, but I never really practiced, I just played. First I just strummed chords, cos it is very important to learn to play the rhythm. If the rhythm guitarist cannot play his part, it does not matter how good the solo guitarist is, it sounds just awful.
Anyway, then I started to play simple melodies, some from tabs and some I learned by myself. Anyway, the most important thing is: just have fun and enjoy. It is the only thing that matters.
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:55 AM   #24 (permalink)
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apart from flooding of relevant suggestions here by many knowledgeable persons here .. the efforts and consistency will be yours to be practiced with
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:36 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Just learn and keep practicing your favorite songs, and then start a youtube channel. That seems to be the easiest and favored way to do it.
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Old 12-04-2013, 07:50 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Oh, I find a topic about this
So, hello, I'm so new here and I want to start playing guitar. I had lessons a year ago, but now I don't have enough money.
btw I forget everything from those lessons XD
Anyway - is there anyone, who want to teach me how to play guitar by skype or tinychat or whatever? I would be sosososo grateful.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:02 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Oh, I find a topic about this
So, hello, I'm so new here and I want to start playing guitar. I had lessons a year ago, but now I don't have enough money.
btw I forget everything from those lessons XD
Anyway - is there anyone, who want to teach me how to play guitar by skype or tinychat or whatever? I would be sosososo grateful.
You have internet access, so all you'd really need to do is search through some yootoob vids, and there are plenty. I'd recommend starting with good hand placement, which will be the foundation for the rest of your guitar playing journey.

Example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9xCda_lY00

Good luck.
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