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how to learn to play guitar on my own?

Any good sites that help? Anything i can print off to help? Or even a book that helps? I just have a guitar with great strings and am dying to learn how to play. I literally know nothing about it. Help!

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6 Responses to “how to learn to play guitar on my own?”

  1. rachel♥ said :

    my older brother learnt by himself!
    Just print of tabs of the internet!
    and go on sites like- youtube!
    there you can watch people play and learn through that…
    have fun playing!

  2. Mariah said :

    i just got a guitar a couple months ago and i have no clue how to even play it, let alone know what notes go where. But i just went on youtube and they have videos for pretty much any song you want, and they play it slow so you can learn it easier, and they tell you what the notes are. Its pretty BOMB! I just learned how to play seether broken and it only took me a 3 weeks. lol

    well good luck. =)

  3. ♥Amanda♥ said :

    Hey, i play guitar and i taught myself by a book i got at walmart. trust me dont try to learn from websites, its really confusing. i tried to learn from a bunch of websites and i ended up giving up. then a few weeks later i got a book and taught myself. The book is called ‘Learn & Play Rock Guitar’ and its by first act. Sry i couldnt find a pic of it and i couldnt find it at the walmart website but i definitley recommend u get a book and not learn by websites. Oh and btw guitar is pretty hard at first and hurts ur fingers a bit, but trust me its worth it. good luck! 🙂

  4. Secret said :

    You need to get you a chords book and once you have that make sure u learn the chords, everything is a lot easier wen u know them, especially G, D, C, Eminor, Aminor. This is how i started out and i came a long ways from trying to do it by myself. Good luck

  5. Lester G said :

    If you’re really dying to learn to play, get lessons. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for failure. Good luck.

  6. Skin that flick shes such lil DJ said :

    alot of people i see here post things such as ”i taught myself piano its easy”
    let me say any instrument is easy (&these are most likely the ramblings of people who have only played guitar a few months), but to properly play it & understand what the heck your doing (this helps your creative process when writing your own stuff or just in general) is another different matter.
    i could be taught to recite out 10 basic piano tunes, but give me the likes of Mozarts music & ask me to use certain techniques that are heard on piano. i would fail (as would all the people claiming ”its easy” on their respective instruments)

    the problem with teaching yourself guitar (or any instrument) is that alot of people give up they get frustrated. (supposedly 90% of self taught musicians quit)
    also alot of people can ”play” guitar, ie bang out a few songs & intros eg starirway to heaven. But there is a notable difference heard between a self-taught guitarist playing a song & a trained guitarist.
    guitarists are a dime a dozen, everybody plays guitar (heck i play guitar) however a decent guitarist is hard to find this is where you can benifit from lessons as most people don’t take lessons.

    Lessons are definitely a great idea, a teacher can show you techniques & correct you. i still get corrected over things i do at my lessons.
    alot of the internet resources aren’t that great, again it is alot of amateurs with bad technique posting who started out similar to you, or looking to make a quick buck.

    every music autobiography i have read (& i read quite a fair bit of them as i LOVE music) the guitarist/any instrument, has gotten lessons at some point.
    there are a rare few virtuoso (ie talented) people who didn’t get lessons but even at that they start practicing with other people who have got lessons & learn off them.
    As somebody said those ”guitar for dummies” are great, however that is as a side tool to reference to. not to just teach yourself, at a glance you learn the basics but when you study those books they can get quite complicated & a teacher can clear any questions you have.
    a teacher also encourages you to practice & gives you set goals.
    Don’t get me wrong you can learn by yourself but if you are in any way serious about wanting to play music & want to get to a good level, i’d DEFINITELY suggest lessons. Also alot of people seem to start their music career out on guitar as it is such a famous instrument & lots of people own guitars in some form. Don’t be suprised if you feel like quitting guitar because everybody plays it after a few months it happens to alot of people, it doesn’t mean you aren’t musically talented.

    PS try not to ask people to give you the chords to a song, its better if you can work them out yourself it creates an ear for certain notes. however make sure what you are playing is correct.
    PPS: i read here an answer off somebody who was in a music college, she roughly said ”the teachers would cringe when they heard that a new ‘self-taught’ musician was coming to the colllege, because the teachers all knew he/she would have to be retaught due to them having bad technique”

    Rory Gallagher- Walk On Hot Coals (ROCK, the 5 minute solo isn’t as good as the ”irish tour” solo, but jesus christ this rules & it highlights the bands chemistry)

    ”Rory’s death really upset me. I heard about it just before we went on stage, and it put a damper on the evening” Jimmy Page (Led Zep)


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