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S Venkatesh
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Hi guys,

I am learning to play guitar. Could anyone help me out with some factors that i need to keep in mind while learning.Could someone suggest me some links to online resources available which are also helpful in this regard .

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  • Wash your hands before your practise/play. Oils on your hands and fingers wear down strings. The less exposed the longer they will last.
  • Clip fingernails. I started carrying some small clippers around with me on my keychain.
  • Your fingers will hurt and may bleed. It's not just Bryan Adams being poetic. Your fingers need to build calasus and this may cause your fingers to crack and bleed in the beginning and it will hurt. You just have to play through it.
  • Don't use lotion. Lotion will soften your fingers and calacis won't build and your fingers will never toughin enough so the pain stops
  • Learn music. In the beginning it was cool to read tablature and pick the intros to many popular songs. The girls were impressed, unless the girls knew how to play. Then it's embarrasing. It's important to know why that G chord is a G chord.
  • Have fun. Play what you like.


  • That's all I can think off the top of my head. It's late.


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    S Venkatesh
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    which soap should i use to wash my hand?


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    Stay in the moment and listen.

    Use Dunlop nylon picks.


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    There are lots of styles that emphasize different right hand skills. I'd recommend that you learn a couple of different right hand skills and not specialize too soon. I took classical lessons a LONG time ago, and had some multi-finger right hands skills. Then I switched to flat-picking, which I've done for a long time, and I've really lost the multi-finger stuff I used to have, and now I have to get it back again

    I'd say medium strings, not too light, not too heavy.


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    Learn on the best guitar you can afford. Cheap guitars are difficult to play, don't stay in tune well, don't sound that good, and generally make things frustrating for the beginner. A better guitar makes the learning experience much more pleasant.
    S Venkatesh
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    can you tell me what is right hand skill??
    marc weber
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    What kind of music are you interested in playing? And what type of guitar are you using?

    (My personal favorite is the first "Standard" Stratocaster version Fender made from December 1981 through June 1983 at the old Fullerton factory. I use these with a Mesa Boogie Subway Blues amp switched down to half power. The only effects I use now are a Budda wah, a Fulltone Full-Drive 2, and sometimes a Carl Martin DeLayla.)
    S Venkatesh
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    I have "Ranger" from GIBSON. I am intrested in playing ROCK music
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    Two examples of right-hand skill:

    1 - use a flat pick and strum or hit single strings, one at a time. - Most rock guitarists do this.

    2 - use 3 or 4 of your right hand fingers (sometimes with finger picks), to do complicated, multi-string patterns that you can't do with a flat pick. One example of this style from rock and roll is Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. I'm not sure whether he uses finger picks, but he definitely uses 3 or 4 of his right hand fingers.
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    Originally posted by Bert Bates:
    ...One example of this style from rock and roll is Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. I'm not sure whether he uses finger picks, but he definitely uses 3 or 4 of his right hand fingers.

    Mark Knopfler -- especially "Sultans of Swing" -- was my inspiration for taking up guitar in the first place. His style has changed over time, but it's basically settled into a unique thumb and 2 fingers approach. Even with a Strat, I'm surprised at the attack he gets without a pick.

    I use a flat pick (.73 mm Dunlop nylon standard) between my thumb and first finger and combine that with my second and third fingers.

    (March 19, 1982: Minneapolis was hit with a terrible blizzard, and I spent the entire afternoon driving to pick up our other guitarist for a battle of the bands gig. Along the way, we stopped to pick up some equipment, and heard that Randy Rhodes had died. This prompted our other guitarist to launch into "Crazy Train" that night -- which not only did the rest of us not know, but it didn't fit our "new wave" image either. We won anyway. After the gig, he told me "Always use Dunlop nylon picks.")
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    Originally posted by Venkatesh Sai:
    I have "Ranger" from GIBSON. I am intrested in playing ROCK music

    A Gibson Ranger guitar? Or a Gibson Ranger amp? (I think the guitar is an acoustic with a piezo pickup, and the amp is a 50-watt, 4x10 combo.)

    What type of rock? Who are your favorites?
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    I was a music major and I got a lot of pleasure out of learning music theory: why scales and key signatures work, how to make simple and complex chords, why some progressions work differently than others, how to harmonize, when to follow the rules and when to break them. So I emphasize the fundamentals. If your brain works this way knowing how things work will help a lot with ear training - understanding what you're hearing - and improvisation. Of course many brilliant musicians do just fine with no such book learnin. Your mileage may vary.

    Re guitar ... do you have a teacher or someone to at least make sure your hand position and overall playing posture is good? You can really go wrong in a hurry if you don't start right.


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    S Venkatesh
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    Hi All,

    My favorite is Metallica
    I have joined coaching classes for guitar. But he is very slow!!! very very slow!!! Its on weekends. He gives some practise exercises and asks me to practise them and play him next week. Even if i practise the entire week and play him he dosen't proceed further !!! i don't know why?
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    Hey guys ,
    I too am learning to play the guitar. does anyone know about any free videos for download for learning the guitar?. I guess learning from them would also be pretty intresting
     
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