Hey Colonel Bob. I've been playing acoustic guitar and bass guitar for about 5 months now and I can say I am doing quite well. I've been teaching myself using tabs from green day and red hot chili peppers. I don't recommend using a book, as the two books I borrowed from friends didn't advance fast enough. I went back to using tabs right away. I don't practice everyday, as I feel if you try playing a song one day and don't really get it, in two days try again and you'll do much, much better. I usually try learning my favorite parts of the song and not all of it, as it gives me modivation to continue on playing. I do know how to play when september ends, good riddance, and a bunch of beatles and john lennon songs. So I havn't been just 'fooling around.' I say whatever makes you want to play, do it. If not, quit. Once you figure out new techniques or overcome an obstacle, you feel a surge of excitement. When I learned that these crazy guitar chords that required me to have 8 fingers on one hand turned out to be what is called a barre chord, in which I can use one finger to take the place of many, that just made me feel a whole lot better. Kind a simple thing those barre chords. I guess teaching myself makes me learn some techniques slower, but I havn't quit yet.
Oh yes, BTW, electric guitar are easier to play and softer on the fingers, but acoustic guitars sound a hell of a lot better and if you can get it to sound perfect, then you can play electric to prob. I'd give it the extra effort and go acoustic. Buy yourself a cheap $150-200 one. Then after a couple months you feel that you are doing well, save up more money and buy another guitar. And find other people to play with, as it helps enormously.
Alright, the acoustic guitar is a hollow body and is easily heard without an amp, and the acoustic/electric combo is just the acoustic guitar, but you can plug it into an amplifier to make it louder through the use of speakers. The electric guitar is a solid body (most of the time, there are hollow bodied electrics, but they're quite expensive) Anyways, the electric can still be heard without an amp, but I'd suggest starting with a decent guitar ($200, as suggested) and learn to play, then (if you got an electric), you should buy an amp. If you're looking for lessons in houston, there's a place off I-10 at Blalock, called ABC School of Music (www.abcschoolofmusic.com) they also have a location in Katy. Choosing which type of guitar you want is up to you, think about what style of music you enjoy most and want to learn how to play (granted, you can still play all styles on any guitar, but it would be kinda stupid if you wanted to play death metal and you bought an acoustic. Feel free to ask any more questions, hope I helped a little. Bass player here, 2 years :D
Electric all of the way.
And for tips, DVD's are good.
Is the bass guitar hard to learn? because i was thinking about getting one..
bass guitar ftw!
Not as hard as acoustic/electric guitars IMO. You only play one string at a time, so in a way it's very easy.
Bass guitars are not easy to play. I'm sorry, but you've got to be really inexperienced to say that. Many people don't even know what the bass guitar does for a band. It creates the beat, like the drums. You've got to have fast fingers and the 'groove.' Without the grove you're just plucking some strings and sounding messy. The bass needs to flow with the music. From a point of view, it is easy to play, but it is difficult to master. You really need to play with a band to learn effective bass guitar. I play with my friend a couple times a week.
Oh, and there are rare instances when more than one string is hit.
Not really, I bought a squire starter pack for only $300. It's ok for - you guessed it - beginners, but I need to get a new one soon. One that is better constructed.
You can even get ones cheaper.
I was looking at one in a store...it was $1500..and i was like "holy f**k"
Meh... shops tend to put the better quality ones in plain view. The cheap-n-cheerful ones you have to look around a bit for.