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KJ85
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re: People who play guitar
youtube - Marty Schwartz


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auggie
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re: People who play guitar
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I would recommend learning to pick more than I would recommend learning to strum.


I use a thumb pick, and I really recommend trying it. It really allows you to transition easily between picking, strumming and finger picking.
I started using one, because I was having a nerve problem in my right hand, caused by the work I was doing at that time, and I was having a hard time holding on to a flat pick.

At first, I learned to strum the top strings with the thumb, and finish the strum with my fingers. Pretty soon I was using my fingers to pick, almost without realizing it, and pretty soon, some pretty good alternating bass stuff, that keeps getting better, and I have kind of merged stuff, that I have ripped off from everybody that I like, and try to put it all together.


LanierSpots
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re: People who play guitar
Can someone recommend a reasonable tuner?


InwardJim
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re: People who play guitar
I linked one in the message I'm replying to now. It goes on the headstock and picks up the string vibration.


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auggie
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re: People who play guitar
get the snark super tight, that clips on the head stockLINK

About 15 bucks at your local music store.
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Perfect Circle
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Many tutorials on YouTube.


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LanierSpots
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re: People who play guitar
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get the snark super tight, that clips on the head stockLINK

About 15 bucks at your local music store.



Ordered. Thanks for the advice


auggie
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really easy to use.
You know, you have picked a really great time to learn to play. Great new stuff coming out all of the time to help you and make it easier. Hope you do well. Don't expect too much out of yourself early, just enjoy it like a kid and experiment. Don't treat that guitar too delicately, it's a good one, you aint gonna hurt it. Get comfortable with it. Just make some noise at first and then decide your direction.
Once you know that you are going to take it seriously, I am in the camp that believes in having a real teacher. I don't know what area you live in, but I know some good ones in East Alabama.
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LanierSpots
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I have wanted to do this for a very long time. I have always been so busy, that I just kept pushing it back. I have come to realize that I will never NOT be busy so Im not getting any younger and I need to do this.

Fishing has always been my release but now that I do that for a living and have for a long time, It doesnt work anymore for me. I played a few instruments when I was a kid so I am not totally new to music. I am really looking forward to this.

Heading out of town this afternoon for a 3 day tournament then when I get back home, I will start with the noise. I have the tuner, picks and the fiddle. I should be good to start with that.....

Thanks for all your advice. It really helps with the confidence.


auggie
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I am also pretty busy most of the time, but now that I am a decent player, just having a guitar to grab and play for a couple of minutes is a huge stress reliever, and serves to remind me of my determination in all things that I do.
It's been a lifetime expedition, full of frustration and reward.

Wouldn't trade it for anything.


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re: People who play guitar
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Learning will be very frustrating in the beginning, just getting your fingers to cooperate
I've got blisters on my fingers!


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I dabbled for years, took 10+ years off and when I finally decided to start playing again I took lessons. The best advice I ever got from the teacher was to play at least 5 minutes every day. Also, since I knew bar chords from before, learning the panatonic scale via YouTube has been very helpful as well.

Now I have a few guitars all over the house and sometimes/anytime just pick one up and play. It's an awesome hobby and great stress reliever because when I am playing I dont think of anything else but playing.
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bamaphan13
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I started back in January with Justin Guitar and a cheap Fender acoustic. Over the summer I got a real teacher and feel I am progressing at a decent pace.



auggie
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The best thing about a teacher, it's a person that reminds you of the progress that you can be making, and the steps that will get you there.


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bgoodwin
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re: People who play guitar
I’ve made it a rule to play every day, if only for a few minutes. Some days I’ll just run through a couple of scales before bed. My playing has dramatically improved over the last few months.
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flvelo12
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re: People who play guitar
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great stress reliever because when I am playing I don't think of anything else but playing.

I never really thought about this but that's so true. I still suck at it (less than when I started 8 months ago) but I love it. If I don't pick up my guitar every day, even for just a few minutes, I feel like I've missed out on something.


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EarlyCuyler3
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re: People who play guitar
I've played electric for years, but have just been learning acoustic shite lately.

A great YT channel I'd recommend is Zero2Hero. It's some guy from Australia that is incredibly good at breaking down songs and teaching you to play them. It's possibly more intermediate oriented than brand new, but he's worth a shot.

Just frick around with it. I never for any formal training. It's just fun. Get TuxGuitar and learn how to use guitar pro files. That's how I've learned a ton of songs. Just keep playing, you won't regret it.


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Bronson2017
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re: People who play guitar
The biggest hump to get over for me was the raw finger tips.


Philzilla2k
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The biggest hump to get over for me was the raw finger tips.

it goes away, i would just play through the pain. It's worth it.


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re: People who play guitar
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I don't get the act of being ashamed of wanting to learn to play guitar... Learning how to play instruments and make your own music is awesome!

Anyway, there have been several threads over the years on this. There are some well known youtube channels that have good lessons that can get you started. The only downside is that you won't get feedback from a real life instructor.

Old Thread

I pretty much taught myself before the dawn of youtube, but it was very frustrating at first. That was over 15 years ago and I put down the guitar for several years at a time. I still don't consider myself a "guitar player" but I do it for my own personal enjoyment. All I can say is that you will sound like shite at first and your fingers will get tired fast, especially if learning on acoustic. You will feel dumb and perplexed about how you could possibly be able to move your fingers fast enough to switch chords in time, but it really just takes practice. Just set aside 15-30 min a day if you can to spend time going through the lessons and playing.


Outstanding post.

I still haven't succeeded on guitar, but I've learned to play songs on harmonica, bass, ukulele and lately piano/organ using the methods you lay out - and keyboard may be the easiest. (I learned "I'm A Believer" and "Happy Together" in ten minutes.)

10-15 minutes once or twice a day and your fingers start working automatically.

Just do it Lanier!
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