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colonel_bob

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#1 12 years ago

Well, I was rummaging around my room this day, getting stuff together and everything, and I found my old trombone from sixth grade. Now I have no desire to play the trombone anymore (nor in sixth grade, even -- I had wanted to play the trumpet, but they wouldn't let me...). I have, though, been thinking about playing the guitar. Now, luckily for me, theres a music store that takes trades near me. I think I can get about $300 to $400 for my trombone, which I would use to buy a guitar. The only problem is: how do I learn to play it? Is there any internet site or books that can help you with learning the basics of a guitar? Or any tips, perchance to keep in mind while experimenting with the strings? Is that all it is, messing around with strings until you finally kind of figure it out? Basically, I'm wondering where I can find basic techniques for making basic sounds, whether it be on the internet, in a book, or just by screwing around with it for hours on end. Also, which is better: acoustic, electric, or a dual acoustic/electric guitar? Any help would be appreciated. (Oh, also, I would take a few lessons, but there are two things about that -- I don't really want to spend the money, and I'm going to be going to college in about a month; not really the best time to be taking private lessons, I think.)




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#2 12 years ago

I'm learning to play the guitar right now (and doing horribly). I bought a beginners book called The Fender Guitar Method. It's pretty good because it shows you all the notes, teaches you to read music, and breaks everything into small chunks. For example, it will give you two notes at a time and then there are various songs with just those two notes, which allows you to become comfortable and not be overwhelmed.

As for the guitar, I bought an electric and I'm just fine with it. Oh, and I'm sure there will be someone who plays guitar in your dorm. Ask them to give you lessons.




colonel_bob

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#3 12 years ago
V0rtexAs for the guitar, I bought an electric and I'm just fine with it. Oh, and I'm sure there will be someone who plays guitar in your dorm. Ask them to give you lessons.

Do you use it with or without the amp? The only reason I'm thinking I'd go acoustic is because I wouldn't want to have to be constrained by having to have one of those things around to play. Like, you know, just be able to fiddle with it in my room, or take it camping and stuff like that. I still think those combo guitars would be cool... but would they sacrifice sound quality for both modes?




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#4 12 years ago

I started playing guitar last september. I got an acoustic. I also got a guitar book to learn how to play. But the book kinda sucked. To really learn, you need a teacher. Like V0rtex said, there's probably someone in your dorm who plays. Just ask them to show you stuff, they'll probably like showing off.

Umm, about acoustic or electric, I started with acoustic, and got an electric a few months ago. I think the acoustic is easier to play, at least for me. But pick a guitar that fits what you want to play.

Anyway, books are ok, they're good to learn basic stuff, but an experienced player teaching you is the best




Fragger

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#5 12 years ago

Get an acoustic to start and learn a few chords. Rock and roll is easy because most songs have only 3 or 4 chords that just repeat over and over. Eventually, you'll listen to a song and will be able to figure out the chords on your own. To learn songs, just google the song's name + chords or tabs.




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#6 12 years ago

Acoustic may sound better, but electric is easier (don't have to push strings as hard). There are sites around that explain chords, an a lot of sites that you can get tablature from. It's basically a music sheet for guitar (a lot easier too). The best thing to do is get advice on guitars to buy someone with experience, or borrow one and a amp.




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#7 12 years ago
FraggerGet an acoustic to start and learn a few chords. Rock and roll is easy because most songs have only 3 or 4 chords that just repeat over and over. Eventually, you'll listen to a song and will be able to figure out the chords on your own. To learn songs, just google the song's name + chords or tabs.

Yeah, I used to play the violin, once you learn the notes and everything you can kinda pick songs apart and play them.




medicfod

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#8 12 years ago

I goto UltimateGuitar for tabs.




MassKiller

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#9 12 years ago

ok.this is the prefect topic i have been waiting for.i play guitar in 3 bands at the current moment.Please dont listin to these people.Ask yourself.would you rather play hardcore rock/metal or would u like to play country/acustic more.To be completely honest to you it does not matter which one you pick to buy.you can learn great on both. and just for a heads up.u may just wannt spend around $200 for the guitar and invest the rest in lessons.Dont use the internet.its not the same.Trust me.u cant learn music theroy from reading a page.I give lessons to little kids in the summer.Theres no way to learn the guitar properly from using the computer.

-matt




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#10 12 years ago
-Ghost-Yeah, I used to play the violin, once you learn the notes and everything you can kinda pick songs apart and play them.

now thats the best advice i saw in this topic.once u learn the basic chords get a tab book from you local store or off the internet and learn a basic song in sections. an easy song i would suggest is 'sweet home alabama' its a nice easy song but has a nice rock feeling to it