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Violinist who wants to learn guitar?

I’ve played the violin for 12 years and I want to learn how to play the guitar because its much more versitile then a violin. Any suggestions on how to get started? I can already read music if that helps. Thanks!

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7 Responses to “Violinist who wants to learn guitar?”

  1. Brooke said:

    I give free, really quick and simple online guitar lessons on YouTube at 🙂 I put a new one up every Friday, although today’s lesson is going to be uploaded tomorrow – I can’t film right now since I hurt my back this morning and can’t stand or walk!

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    lol, I had played violin for six years then transfered schools and the new school I went to didnt have an orchestra and so I picked up guitar. What I did was look up some of your favorite songs that you really know the rythms and beats and learn the chords. If you have a guitar and since you played violin you should be able to tune it. You can use an online guitar tuner. Thats what I do. Heres the link for the tuner
    So anyways then just learn the chords and just look at youtube and also go to a park concert and ask for tips. They REALLY help.

  3. JohnJoe said:

    i played the fiddle for 6 years then started guitar, i picked it up really quick, playing the fiddle helped, just learn the basic chords and you can get pretty much anything on this site

  4. John said:


    You’ll be in good shape since you already know the music theory. You will be moving up to scales, and improvisation in no time.

    1. First make a short list of your favorite pop/rock songs. Maybe 10.
    2. Look up chords for these on the web.
    3. Pick out the one with the fewest number of chords
    4. Look up those chords and learn how to finger them
    5. Play that song every day for a week or two, and you’ll be well on your way.
    There is a resource that has much more detail about how to learn, and I’ll include it below in case you are interested. The tips above should get you started though.

    You will have several significant advantages over a muscial beginner, and the number 1 advantage I can imagine? Practice discipline. If you can learn an instrument as subtle as violin, then you can learn the guitar.

    Good luck,

    Oh yeah, and my advice in case you don’t have a guitar: go to the store and get the easiest to play <$100 one - even if its used.

  5. Anna said:

    You can probably teach yourself guitar (I did). Get a good student guitar and here is some free music:

    Free Guitar Music

    Good Student Guitar

  6. Mae said:

    You can find information on how to learn guitar from this site

  7. Suzan Frankfurt said:

    oh wow, 12 years of experience playing violin, u must be a pro by now 🙂
    ok, for learning guitar, i suggest you to buy a good guitar learning course, check a guitar course comparison chart here:
    learn and master is my favorite too, i’m learning very fast. all the best.


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