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Alan Jackson wanna be    Posted 12-19-2003 at 20:59:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any body out there got any easy tips to learnin how to play the guitar, would it be easier to get one on one or anybody have any luck with vhs self help tapes- thanks- alan-wanna-be

Bill (Va)    Posted 12-20-2003 at 19:51:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Lots of good advice on the board but I'd also say 1) buy the best used guitar you can afford. If you decide later to sell it you may get your money back, or most of it.
2) Theres lots of good instructional books and videos out there and they can be useful but you'll want to combine them with some hands-on instruction too.
3) Theres lots of good pickers out there that can't read music but if you can so much the better.
4) If you like Bluegrass music take your guitar and go to festivals in your area. Theres always jamming in the campgrounds and friendly folks you can learn alot from.

~Lenore    Posted 12-20-2003 at 19:10:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ok, in 2007 what name shall we be watching for ,wannabe?
After all we want to be able to name drop and tell folks we knew you when....

Doc    Posted 12-20-2003 at 09:07:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I just got a beginner book and CD for Comp. for daughters Christmas. Can't tell you if it's any good yet but got it for less than $10 on ebay.

Greg VT    Posted 12-20-2003 at 07:40:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check out these sites for the "tablature" or "tab" for short.

Tab is a way of writing music for the guitar that uses lines to represent the strings and numbers to represent the frets to show you how the song is fingered. It doesn't give you the timing so you have to know the song but it can be a great help if you don't read music. You do have to weed through some of it because there is more then one way to play a song and they are not all right. ;-)

Here's another link...    Posted 12-20-2003 at 07:43:03       [Reply]  [No Email]

phyllis    Posted 12-20-2003 at 07:29:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, all I can say is how my son did it. His granddad bought him a small acoustic guitar when he was probably 7 or 8 years old. Granddad taught him the basic chords, then Jacob just kept on messing around with it. This was a real guitar, just a smaller version, and had a good sound to it. Then, he borrowed some chord books from my aunt, but didn't use them a lot, just kept on practicing from the basic chords.

Later, when he was older, he bought his own acoustic guitar, and kept on. He goes to internet sites where they have the tabulatures and prints them out. He plays pretty good now, and is 18 yrs. old. Finally, he bought an electric one, but doesn't like it as much as the acoustics. He thought about taking lessons, but never did, but can play most any song he hears if he practices it a little bit. His fingers hurt for a while, when he first started, but they got toughened up, and I think his favorite pick is one he cut out of an expired driver's license and made, LOL.

bob    Posted 12-21-2003 at 06:09:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a question Does a junior guitar have a smaller neck narrower I guess. want to get one for granddaughter but her fingers are short and can,t get them around reg one Seen one at Walmart but it was wide one thanks

deadcarp    Posted 12-20-2003 at 09:44:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
drivers license? i gathered a few old credit cards years ago and snipped picks outa them - there's still a few floating around the bottom of that drawer, and they sure come in handy :)

deadcarp    Posted 12-20-2003 at 06:29:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
to do it easy wannabe, you'll need both. the idea is to play along with tape or radio or whatever until you get your fingers toughened up & you get comfortable with the strings, picks, frets and chords - then find some better musicians to have a jam session with. (a local dance band practicing is almost ideal) you'll learn more in an hour jam session than days of practice. and they're right, try playing a cheap guitar then try a good one. big difference! a good guitar can make a hyena cry - but it needs you to play it. after 40 years i have a fender again - that urge never goes away :)

in the 50s (bobby vee days, before elvis) i went from a farm kid with a $15 mail-order sears to a fender stratocaster in high school - by then we had become the "captations - the hit of the midwest" and even played chateau paulettes & the val air ballroom in des moines. we never cut a record but liz would still have tapes - wherever in dakota she is. there, now you know who i "was" :)

once you overcome stage fright, entertaining people is one of the biggest thrills you can have - ask les. to this day, if i had oprah's money i'd get all the musicians that post on this board together once - and bring yer instruments! i'd guarantee we could have us a jam session and make music that would break records! (well at least crack them all to heck :)

Wanna -be    Posted 12-20-2003 at 06:57:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Carp for the inspiraton, only wish to be as talented as that- Nice talkin to ya!!

bulldinkie    Posted 12-20-2003 at 06:15:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Its gonna take more than 3 years to be as good as that honk I saw him 3 times in concert. Hes the best. Go to music store thay have books with tapes theres one you cant go wrong in learning from it.

Lazy Al    Posted 12-20-2003 at 03:52:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only tip I have is get a good guitar . They are so much easier to learn on . and play .

Salmoneye    Posted 12-20-2003 at 04:16:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a teacher in the 70's that always told me to learn on junk...

Said his reasoning was that if you can make junk sound half way decent, just think what you'll sound like on a good guitar...

I think the strings on my 'Lark' are anout 1/2 in from the fretboard...I still sound like doo-doo, so I have never even considered moving to a better guitar...

Greg VT    Posted 12-20-2003 at 07:27:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
The thing about most cheap guitars is that it is very hard to keep them in tune. I know what you mean though. My first guitar was a piece of crap but a buddy gave me some good Grover machine heads which allowed me to at least keep the thing in tune. when I finally came up with the coin for a nice piece I think the couple years on the junker did pay dividends.

Al    Posted 12-20-2003 at 05:19:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I don't agree with ya . If you have a cheap hard to play guitar you 'll probably get discouraged and it gets set in the corner ,Where if you had a easy to play one you might go farther . Baring across with strings a half inch up you gotta really push . But JMO

Donna from Mo    Posted 12-20-2003 at 04:24:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ebay has some Venturas right now. Ventura is a cheap guitar that isn't too hard on the fingers. I have one stored upstairs, now that I have a Gibson. By the way, I still play like crap on the Gibson (just simple chording), but I look good doing it. LOL.

Redneck    Posted 12-20-2003 at 01:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Find someone that you like the style that they play and ask them to show you the basics, after that it is up to you.

Dan    Posted 12-19-2003 at 21:30:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just bought a chord book at my local guitar store with actual photos of finger placements of all the chords a person can play on a guitar.Got it for my beginner daughter.Great book, ran about 25$.

KellyGa    Posted 12-19-2003 at 21:12:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
My dad teaches guitar lessons, has for years. Where are you?

Alan J wanna be    Posted 12-19-2003 at 21:48:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Located Southern Illinois, Are we close?

KellyGa    Posted 12-20-2003 at 07:20:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, sorry. I am in Georgia. Oh well, you try hard, and keep on keeping on, you will make it. :)

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