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Can I learn to play guitar?

I’m ordering a guitar today. I just thought ‘why not play guitar?’
But, I don’t think I’ll take guitar lessons. Can I learn it on my own? websites?
acoustic or electric?

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5 Responses to “Can I learn to play guitar?”

  1. GibsonEssGee said :

    If you’re ordering one of the electric “kits” they come with a how to play CD.

  2. Kab said :

    Learning the Guitar
    You need a course of instruction.
    The best way is with a private teacher
    2nd would be class lessons
    3rd regularly get together with other guitar players
    or if you absolutely will or cannot do the above, Buy a book on how to play the guitar and follow it religiously.
    Last would be to find some free online lessons and skip around in them doing what YOU think you want to do next.
    Guitar is one of the world’s most popular instruments.
    It is easy to take with you.
    It has a sound that people like.
    It can be use in almost any type of music.
    Almost anyone can learn to play it.
    Simple music is easily played after only a few days or weeks.
    You can continue to learn new and challenging music forever.

  3. SKCave said :

    Yes you can learn on your own. I learned from a book cos when I learned the internet did not exist.
    You need a high tolerance of pain in the fingers. Plenty of time to practise. Short nails on the left hand.
    Where are you ordering from? You would be well advised to go to a local music store and look at what is on offer. Get a friend or shop assistant to play a few for you, and see what sound you like. Try one or two out yourself rto see what it feels like to push the strings down. Then make your decision. Also, see what deals are on offer.

    hope this helps

  4. Lester G said :

    Something like 90% of people who attempt to teach themselves, fail. You’re much better off with lessons. Also, buy a guitar from a guitar store, not from the internet or from a big box store.

  5. baxterville said :

    There are great instructional DVD programs available from the Musician’s Friend website that contain everything you’d learn from years of private lessons, but which cost about $40. They start with the very basics (names and functions of guitar parts, tuning, etc.), work into chords and scales, teach you to read tabs, and eventually work into complicated soloing. Each DVD has an accompanying book with close-up pictures of what you’re learning. I bought the electric guitar DVD set after having played for more than 20 years and can’t believe how much my playing has improved. And the advantage of DVDs over lessons is that you can learn at your own pace and review things as necessary. If you read the reviews, you’ll find that I’m not exaggerating. Here are links to both the electric and acoustic sets:


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