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Hussein Baghdadi
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Hi.
I started to learn how to play Guitar (classic)
Do you suggest any good online resources for Guitarists?
Thanks.
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I am planning to start too. My cuz plays well. I found this

http://www.abclearnguitar.com/


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Any forums where Guitarists can talk (you know, something like JavaRanch) ?
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I was thinking about learning it, but G-Strings have always made me feel uncomfortable.

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[ June 08, 2008: Message edited by: Cameron Wallace McKenzie ]
Nitesh Kant
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Cameron:
I was thinking about learning it, but G-Strings have always made me feel uncomfortable.



You may try the Bass! The G-String is the last from top and not frequently used
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Jesper de Jong
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Originally posted by Nitesh Kant:
You may try the Bass! The G-String is the last from top and not frequently used

Huh? On a normal bass guitar, the G-string is the bottom string (seen with the guitar hanging round your neck). A bass guitar is normally tuned E-A-D-G (and a normal guitar: E-A-D-G-B-E). I don't see how the G-string is the "last from top" nor how it is "not frequently used".

I play guitar myself.


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Nitesh Kant
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Originally posted by Jesper Young:

Huh? On a normal bass guitar, the G-string is the bottom string (seen with the guitar hanging round your neck). A bass guitar is normally tuned E-A-D-G (and a normal guitar: E-A-D-G-B-E). I don't see how the G-string is the "last from top" nor how it is "not frequently used".

I play guitar myself.


Oooh, I thought its Meaningless Drivel
With "last from top" I meant the bottom string.(seen with the guitar hanging round your neck) (Boy I took the undue advantage of the forum name )
"not frequently used" was more for beginners although you may differ on this point.

Me too just strum a little but not the bass.
Vishwanath Krishnamurthi
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Hi,

Hey, good to see you all taking up guitars...!!! Just don't stop...
And when it comes to online resources, I suggest that you see a lot of videos initially to get the basics right... (thumb positioning, picking action etc... search 4 lessons on these)

Try searching for "peter vogl" in google videos...
He's an awesome instructor...

Then justinguitar.com is good.... Pretty organised...

Theres a Stephen Schyga, for classical guitars...
His ebook on classical guitars is free and should not be tough to find..

Or you can also try searching for flamenco tutorials for classical finger-style picking...

And hey, this toolbar is a good reference...

Most important of all,
Practise!!!


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Carl Pearson
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There are some great sources to learn over the Internet and they are free. There are plenty of people teaching Guitar for beginners on YouTube, and if you have iTunes, there are plenty of Podcasts which you can learn from. Good Luck!
Try not to waste your money buying DVDs and learning things, people sell those just to take your money. Learning guitar is could be really easy for free. As soon as you learn all the basic chords, you can play pretty much any song you want. Make sure you Practice, Practice, and, Practice.


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budget your practice time into many small blocks, not a few long blocks. So, if you have only an hour a week, play for 9 minutes a day!


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Pat Farrell
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So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star?
Then listen now to what I say
Just get an electric guitar
Then take some time
and learn how to play
And with your hair swung right
And your pants too tight
It's gonna be all right
Then it's time to go downtown
Where the agent man won't let you down
Sell your soul to the company
Who are waiting there to sell plastic ware
And in a week or two
If you make the charts
The girls'll tear you apart
Marc Peabody
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Originally posted by John Todd:
Hi.
I started to learn how to play Guitar (classic)
Do you suggest any good online resources for Guitarists?
Thanks.

Big question - Do you already know how to read music? A lot of resources spend most of their time trying to teach you how to read music. What makes a "good resource" changes by whether or not you can read.

Also, since you say you want to play classical, is your guitar a classical guitar? (meaning nylon strings and no trussel rod through the neck) You'd have a lot easier of a time using one for that style of music otherwise you'll feel like you're wearing combat boots while training for a marathon.


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Christophe Verré
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What's that G-String you're all talking about ? I only have five coloured buttons on mine.


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Arvind Mahendra
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is there like a e-guitar online somewhere maybe like a flash based thing I can practice on? I want to learn too except I have a habit of getting bored of stuff to easily and don't want to invest in a real one just yet.


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Pat Farrell
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There are online guitar like things, but if you want to learn to play the guitar, you need:

1) a guitar (can be a fairly cheap one)
2) hundreds if not thousands of hours

One problem is that cheap guitars are hard to play. They are usually badly made, and poorly setup. Thus they are a *lot* harder to play than a good one.

While a good guitar player can play any instrument, most beginners can't handle a badly set up one.

Look for a used Stratocaster, they are fairly easy to adjust. A properly setup acoustic guitar is great, but they usually cost a grand or more.
Hussein Baghdadi
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Originally posted by Marc Peabody:

Big question - Do you already know how to read music? A lot of resources spend most of their time trying to teach you how to read music. What makes a "good resource" changes by whether or not you can read.

Also, since you say you want to play classical, is your guitar a classical guitar? (meaning nylon strings and no trussel rod through the neck) You'd have a lot easier of a time using one for that style of music otherwise you'll feel like you're wearing combat boots while training for a marathon.

Yes, I know how to read music scores.
And yes, my guitar is classic (Yamaha CM 40)
Well, it is not professional, but it should serves me until I learn how to play well.
Devi Jones
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How serious are you? If you just wanna learn to play for the hell of it, go down to target or walmart and pick up a cheap guitar. Or pay a few extra bucks, hit Sam Ash or Guitar Center and grab a $100-$200 guitar. I would say go with an acoustic to start with.

1. It does take a little more strength to hold down the string to play a note. It doesnt seem like THAT big of a difference but if you try both you will see a difference.

2. They tend to be a little cheaper. (though my acoustic and my electric are both worth the same (about $1500)).

As far as how hard it is to learn...again, how serious are you? Wanna learn a couple songs to impress a your friends? If so, learn a few chords, learn to read tabs, goto tab websites and learn your songs. If you want to LEARN guitar then it can be a life long study. My grandfather was an acoplished big band and jazz guitarist and says he is still learning new thigns to this day. You want to learn your chords and scales first of all. How to read tabs and notes. How chords are made up. Scale progression. A great number of styles and tecks (slures, bends, ect).

To get you started I would say you need these things:

1) Most importantly figure out WHY you want to learn.
2) A decent guitar. Either $100-200 at Sam Ash or another music store or $50-100 form a pawn shop.
3) Chord book/deck. these are nifty. I have a couple sets of these for different reasons (Some i loan to friends, others have somethign the other wouldnt).
4) Maybe a teacher. Depends on your money situation and personal style
5) Lots and lots of hard work. I played (when i first started 11 years ago when I was about 8) about 3 hours a day. My fingers hurt, my eyes hurt, i was sick and tired of the guitar in the first month. But then I saw my grandpa play for the first time since he had his and crush in an accident and I wanted to keep it up. I play about 15 hours a week now in days. I have played in rock, metal, death metal, jazz, blues, classical, and big band...bands but now I have been out of the game for a while. I still keep up my work. I try to learn about 2 songs a month (though some months I may learn as many as 20-30). Like I said, alot of work. There is a site I will give you, there are some free lessons but the good stuf is pay.

best of luck young string picker. Work hard, play harder

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Hussein Baghdadi
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Classic guitar captivated me since I was six or seven years old, since I heard "Concierto De Aranjuez" and I hear it every day till this day
No, it is not to impress my friends, it is for myself.
Currently, I'm attending private lessons at guitar player.
He keeps telling me that I'm doing fine and making the progress but I have to play among people to gain self trust.
I don't if I have to do that, my playing is so slow, and I can't play beautifully.
Some times when I see players like Paco, Vicente amigo, Andreas Segovia and even my own teacher ... I really feel depressed because I can't imagine myself playing that way.
Depressed because I don't know if I'm able to move my fingers between frets so easily and moving them the right way and quickly.
May I think so because I'm a rookie.
Anyway, I'm enjoying it and I'm not leaving , it is my dream
Sandeep Swaminathan
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Well consider me as a typical example! I'm an amateur guitarist and I have been learning it for last 2 years online.
I'm right now comfortable with chords, scales and tabs. I would suggest you to watch as many Youtube videos which definitely helps you.
Also justinguitar.com is a good website. And do ensure to practice regularly. That's the way you do things right!
Cheers & all the best with your guitar ..


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I think Spanish guitar is the best to start out with. You have to train your fingers more for it, and learn fingerpicking right when you start. I actually took some lessons for a while, but learned next to nothing there and did the rest on my own. Now I'm at a point where I should probably take some courses to improve my technique.


So what I'd recommend people is learn to play by yourself, and when you think you can play, take some lessons to improve your technique.

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