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Old 6th October 2009 , 10:27 AM
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So i've just started learning the leccy guitar after a lifetime of threatening to do so.

I've had a look at a few online video tutorials, Justin Guitar being the best by miles so far.

What other methods have you guys used?

I think i'm mainly looking for some strength/agility excercises for the fingers as I still find a lot of the common chords impossible to achieve quickly. I can just about hit an F in less than 5 seconds now though

I shall be experiencing considerable GAS over the next few months I would imagine.
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Old 6th October 2009 , 11:25 AM
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Not being funny, but find a teacher. Having someone guide your learning will be the best way to get results quickly, even if it's just to get you going initially. Then alongside that, jam with mates regularly (so that practising becomes more fun!).
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Old 6th October 2009 , 11:33 AM
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dude we may have to hook up for jam sessions
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I learnt from jamming in school, seeing guys playing with sheer talent makes ya wanna learn fast!
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Old 7th October 2009 , 10:13 AM
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dude we may have to hook up for jam sessions
Ah yes. I can see it now. The blind leading the blind


I think lessons are probably the best bet in the long run but time/money constraints don't allow that the at least the next 3-4 months.

I shall continue annoying everybody in the vicinity with my buzzy strumming.
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Old 7th October 2009 , 11:19 AM
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I'm a beginner too, and I visit the justinguitar site a lot. I sincerely doubt that there's a better on-line lesson site to be found!
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Old 7th October 2009 , 11:28 AM
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Go to the crossroads........
.... and then ask for directions to find a good chord book.
Learn the basics well and the rest will come.
As you've said there is few online who are good and a tutor would be great.
Wish I had all that when I started.
There's a lot of good beginners books around that are handy for reference.

Oh and learn on an acoustic too. It's a different discipline.
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Old 7th October 2009 , 11:48 AM
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And don't forget to learn this sequence of chords.

Works in any key and you can play every song ever written.

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And don't forget to learn this sequence of chords.

Works in any key and you can play every song ever written.






Justin Guitars is indeed a fantastic resource. I'll have to make a donation soon as this guy is a legend.
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Old 7th October 2009 , 01:16 PM
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Yep you're right.

I've recently gone back to basics and was looking at Justin's stuff.
And my brother was doing the same thing. He says to me - I've just been learning this - and I said - me too. Spooky.

It's a small world but I wouldn't want to walk around it.
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Totally self taught here, after being shamed into taking up the guitar by a teacher because a few of us took the p#ss out of a lad in our class who had brought his guitar into junior school. The teacher told us "if you can't do better, shut up" We shut up.

Ironically, I ended up best mates with this lad, and truth be told, he was better then than I am now. He turned out to be the most technically gifted guitarist I've ever heard/seen, he'd hear a song/solo once and he could play it, yet he hasn't an ounce of feel or originality in him.
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Still, at least you can say you're best mates with Steve Vai
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Still, at least you can say you're best mates with Steve Vai


It's a real shame tho', someone so natural on guitar shouldn't have ended up earning his living in the family dry cleaning business. He could at the very least have been a in demand session guitarist, but he was happy doing Shadows covers in a family band at weekends/weddings/etc.

Just to make me feel even more inadequate on guitar, another lad I know went from picking a guitar up for the first time to being a pro teacher on it within 2 years. His ability is equally frightening, yet his playing also lacks the faintest spark of originality
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i m beginner of guitar playing thats y i am taking help of teacher who is teaching very well i hope i will learn very fast.
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Old 10th October 2009 , 06:24 PM
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My brother-in-law Colin sold me his acoustic guitar many years ago. It was a cheap copy of a Gibson Hummingbird. I now have a Fender acoustic and an Ovation Adamas Elite so I gave the Hummingbird copy back to Colin.

I learned mostly by listening to Roy Harper. I learned basic fingerstyle patterns ( alternating bass ) from a book and then spent most of my time playing fingerstyle guitar in standard and altered tunings ( dropped D, DADGAD ).
Colin's best advice to me which he repeated many times was "play something original". He would say that after listening to me play some Roy Harper or whatever.
I do strum and I do know quite a lot of chords but mostly I like to play fingerstyle and quite often might not know or care what chords I am playing. With fingerstyle it is nice to just explore, especially in altered tunings.
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