I want to learn how to play the guitar any tips???
Iíve always wanted to learn how to play guitar and now I have bought one off eBay. Iím in Brisbane donít know any of me neighbours! And canít wait to start learning, (think my girlfriend is dreading it though and my neighbours will be too ) Has anyone got any tips or websites for absolute beginners!
Youtube is great for this, just search for 'guitar lesson/tutorial', or else search for the names of the songs/artists plus guitar lesson if you want to learn a particular song. I use it all the time to learn songs.
Yeah, youtube will be awesome.
You may want to not get too carried away when you first start as you will need to give the skin on your fret hands fingers time to toughen up. If you go crazy as soon as you start, you may end up losing the skin there and having to wait for it to heal.
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Thanks yeah i have had a look on there and theres some good vids, i might do a couple of lessons just to get the basics then just stick with youtube. Yeah dont want to over do it, will need to toughen up my finger tips though. Also Ultimateguitar.com has all the tabs i want, but a little too advanced for me at the mo.
Eventually when you get a good ear for it you'll find a fair few tabs on the internet are wrong. That's not to put you off, the majority are right, and the internet can prove a valuable resource for tabs/lessons. Even incorrect tabs can prove a good starting block with which to work out the rest of the tune by ear. But as you progress you'll be able to hear the subtle differences like the same note played on 2 different strings having a different timbre, so you'll be able to hear exactly how a song is played. Maybe a bit advanced for a beginner, but I think there's a lot of value in just sitting down and having a random strum and play about and really listening to what's going on.
I'd echo the shouts for youtube. In fact, it was the first thing that popped into my head when I read the thread title. When I started playing youtube wasn't about, but I have since found it an invaluable rersource for guitar/piano/drums, any instrument really. you can find allsorts of stuff on there from beginner lessons, theory, technique to covers and more complex stuff.
I'd reccommend either probably best getting a couple of lessons, say every other week or so, to make sure you don't learn any bad habits. Or maybe buy a 'teach yourself guitar' book to learn the basics. This will show you all the basic stuff you need to learn from which strings are which notes, how to tune your guitar up etc etc and will stand you in good stead.
Above all though is practice. Little and often I find is key. And keep it fun. Make sure you learn things you enjoy, when you finally nail that really hard tune that you've been trying to play for ages it's a real sense of achievement. Especially when you can play along with the cd, or when you can start playing things and people actually recognise it. I know a few people who try something, find it too hard, then throw their toys out when they can't do it and give up almost instantly. Personally I like a challenge. I like to push myself a bit, and if I find something difficult to play I will persevere and be proud of myself when I eventually get it spot on.
Any questions just give me a shout on here, in live chat or PM and I'll be happy to answer as best I can. I've been playing for 17 years now, although not much over the last couple of years due to life getting a lot busier, so would say I am rusty at best.
It's sad that modern day life seems to leave so little time to do the things we enjoy doing. Everything else seems to take priority, and that's something I intend to swing the balance on in the near future. Anyway, enough getting philosophical. Good luck, and happy playing.
When I started studying guitar, the first thing I did is studying basis about music (nodes, keys, etc.), then studied how to play basic nodes and tried to play some easiest songs, such as those for children
I'm not good at music much, so I just play to make myself relaxed and as one that I enjoy to do