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How did you learn how to play?
« on: April 19, 2015, 03:48:56 PM »
I'm trying to learn how to play guitar. I bought two guitars a smaller one and a larger thinking it would help with finger placement. But I just wanted to know how did you learn how to play? Who taught you? What tips would you give?

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 06:20:16 PM »
I started with ukulele, then I picked up my dad’s guitar and a book he’d bought ages ago, which outlined pretty much anything anyone would ever want to know about guitars. Which was how I figured out a lot of the placements corresponded to different chords. So yeah, I’m mostly self-taught, but I just lack a bit of discipline so I’m not as good as I could be, haha.

I personally prefer smaller guitars, though mine is quite large, being a classical. Definitely try both out and see which one feels better to you. And look into one-on-one lessons, but don’t be afraid to check out some books and other resources.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2015, 08:19:31 AM »
I started out by taking lessons but I felt like the teachers weren't teaching me much once I learned how to place my fingers so I decided to teach myself at home (since that's what I was doing anyways). It took a while but I finally got the hang of it and now I can play a couple songs on my own. 

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Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2015, 11:19:21 PM »
I learned how to play guitar by myself, actually. I think I was around 10 or 11? My brother started taking guitar lessons and I found it so amazing so I tried to learn it by ear at first. Then I wasn't learning much by without any chords or tabs so I looked up some chords and where to place your fingers on the internet. I got everything quickly and I found strumming very easy. I taught myself for a few months and I could play well after that. I started performing in school programs ever since! Too bad I barely even touch my guitar nowadays because of school and work. I hope I get the urge to play again because playing guitar was one of the best things ever.

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Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2015, 11:08:01 AM »
I started right away on an electric teaching myself via the internet, grabbing as much information as a could, watching videos - reading articles, hell I even subscribed to a couple newsletters involving learning how to play. I had everyone telling me to start with acoustic, and switch to electric but I had absolutely no interest in playing acoustic to begin with (at the time) and it went pretty well for me once I just sat myself down and forced myself to practice scales and cords for hours everyday, I got good quickly because way back then, I really wanted to get into a band and play - which I did, and that made me practice even harder I quickly learned how to sweep and play complicated patterns in order to keep up with the other guitarist. So I guess the moral of the story is, as played out as it sounds - if you REALLY want it, then work for it - too many people pick up a guitar to just learn a few basic cords and leave it at that, why not be more?

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2015, 04:57:30 PM »
I took a guitar class during my senior year in high school and I wish I could get back onto it but I feel like I don't have the time or money to invest into this skill right now since I'm more focused on singing.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2015, 02:11:59 PM »
I took guitar lessons in my first semester of college, but I quit soon after. I was primarily self-taught, mainly learning music by ear. I've gotta say, playing thrash metal was one of the best ways to learn guitar for me because of the mixture of relatively simplistic riffs (in many of the mainstream thrash bands, anyway) and strumming speed.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2015, 03:12:03 AM »
I started taking classes at age 15 (10 years ago, how time flies!) with my neighbor at the time, who is a very remarkable musician in my city. At the time, at least, he was the youngest orchestra director (not sure if that's the right term in English, correct if I'm wrong) in the country by far at age 30. He also had an amazing prog/hard rock project and played bass for a relatively famous underground punk band.
Because he was young and had both, an academic and standout background in the orchestra, as well as a passionate trajectory in rock/punk/metal underground scenes, he made a very interesting and relatable (to me, being very interested in metal among other genres) character to me, both as a teacher and a as a friend. 

About 6 months into my studies with him, I still felt like I could barely string together a few notes and nothing more. I was beginning to give up, thinking I simply didn't have what it takes, but soon after that something within me seemed to "click" overnight and suddenly I could sort of play guitar. That's when I got hooked, and I studied for almost 6 years with that same teacher.
By the end of our classes he said he had only specific/niche things left to teach me if I wanted to continue, that I was already at the level of his university students at graduation (for which they went to university for 10 years) and I was already playing bass, drums, etc...
Of course I felt very proud of myself, but in retrospect I would've loved to continue studying with him... there was so much more to learn.

As far as tips to give? Practice, practice, practice. And then practice some more. That's such a a musician's cliche thing to say, but if I'd only followed that very advice I would've done so much more with all that knowledge I spent so many years studying diligently.

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Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2015, 07:03:02 PM »
Don't let books or youtube and online lessons tell you a style to play. I started by googleling the most commonly used guitar chords and scales. Then i started with some acdc songs, rather you like them or not they use a lot of good rock n roll chords. Learning their songs is a good way to get started, and led zeppelin though page can get too fast and complex sometimes, his riffs are usually all within a scale or two. Which is great to learn fast with.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2015, 08:07:18 PM »
Buy books on guitar songs and how to play, youtube songs you want to learn and how to play them, internet is always helpful to play too. i mostly googled my drums and how to play them I'm pretty good too now. if your in high chool you should take guitar class.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2015, 09:06:21 PM »
I learned the basics on my own. I didn't have lessons so I used all sorts of programs both free and paid over the internet. It was long and tough, but I eventually got somewhat decent to the point I can make listenable music now.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2015, 01:04:19 AM »
My first experience with guitar was back when my sister used to learn guitar. She taught me "Happy Birthday" on the notes. I was elated. But somewhere along the line, I left it. A few months ago my passion rose again and I downloaded Steve Krenz DVD online which is very helpful.
That's where I am learning from.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2015, 05:33:52 PM »
I'm trying to learn how to play guitar. I bought two guitars a smaller one and a larger thinking it would help with finger placement. But I just wanted to know how did you learn how to play? Who taught you? What tips would you give?
I pretty much started teaching myself guitar when I was 15 (which was 22 years ago now), although I could already play piano which I was classically trained in. I learned guitar from books, magazines and by picking up techniques and things from friends who could play. I started off with a full-size acoustic, although you do find that 3/4-size guitars are a bit easier on the fingers. What tips would I give? Well, that reason depends on what type of guitar you want to play, whether you want to play rhythm, lead or both and what style(s) of music you want to play.

Re: How did you learn how to play?
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2015, 06:00:53 PM »
I learn to play on an acoustic guitar, I would play cords from an old chord book my aunt gave me. I start with that ,then eventually picked up an electric an start to play some Black Sabbath. I would learn the songs from the tabs online and watching videos. I still play till this day, and I am a lot better from when I first started. I learned practice exercises and practiced all day. Now I'm writing my own songs.