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    Can you play the guitar?!

    Right. I am "one of those" people who have always talked about playing the guitar, and never have. I've had a cheap guitar or two over the years, but in the five years since I decided I wanted to start playing im lucky if I even know one chord

    My dad is a keen player, but he gets frustrated that I cant play easily and as such is a crap teacher! Anyway, what im looking for:

    1) A decent starter guitar and amp - open to suggestions here, looking to spent between £40-100.
    2) Advice - how did you learn? Can you recommend ways to stay focussed and committed?
    3) Guitar lessons - are they worth it?

    Thanks, all.
    Chris.

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    Who needs those when you have Guitar Hero?

    1. Squier-By-Fender Electric Guitar With Amp Set
    Can't go far wrong with this for £89.98p better hurry before they all go.
    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    2. Take a look at teach yourself guitar DVD rentals etc.

    3, YES

    Edit: Comes with electronic tuner etc.

    Toys r us do a guitar package with a squier Stratocaster for around the £100 mark. Its a nice guitar i have one myself.

    Learning is slow...well its kinda like stairs..your getting nowhere then suddenly you realise you can play that chord you never could..then its slow then pow, again you can play something harder.

    I use a program called guitarpro. Its good cause it allows you to play along to many of your favourie tracks and you can solo out bits or mute bits, you can also change the speed if you cant keep up or want to hear how it should sound better. (any more info needed, drop me a PM )

    Never had guitar lessons, i probably should of to be honest, i'll have a million 'bad habits' but cant afford them so tough

    BFM

    Original Poster

    Is that a full size guitar? Its for 8+ years

    Learn to read tab, just type 'guitar tab' into google, you get hundreds of examples.
    Learn to play the 'blues' scale.
    Learn all major and minor chord variations.
    Read up on inversions of chords.
    Keep learning and playing new scales, they will strengthen your fingers.
    Squier strats are probably the best starter pack, as they are easy to play compared to things like an SG.
    Only way to stay focused is if you really want to be able to play, you'll be god awful for a while, then mediocre, then reasonable. It's getting away from reasonable that is the hard part in my experience (both as a teacher and as a student!). Keep playing though mate, it's all good!

    CReilly;2579915

    Is that a full size guitar? Its for 8+ years



    LOL you could be right, check out the site they had the full size version I have one..

    1. eBuyer's range of instruments is super-cheap, although, not especially hot. Personally, I'd skip the first-hand market altogether, and spend maybe £150 on gear from Gumtree. You can get some cracking deals there, and low-end stuff typically sells for between half to a third the retail value. You can buy a low-midrange instrument for the price of a low-range instrument with relative ease, and if you later discover that you can't be bothered with it all, you can resell with no loss.

    2. Ways to stay focused and comitted? If you can't play out of enjoyment and discovery, there's probably not much point playing at all. I started by downloading a load of Oasis guitar tabs, and learning the chords from that, and building up from there.

    3. I've never taken one (it's kind-of hard to find guitar lessons for my sort of level around these parts), but I've given loads, and it's always been a very beneficial thing I've found. It's much better when you can watch someone play and they can show you exactly how to play than when you're just reading notes from a page.


    Whereabouts are you based?

    Banned

    Dpo you have a 360??

    A new game coming out next year called Guitar Rising which actually teaches you to play, I think you have to actually connect a proper guitar to it too




    guitarrising.com/

    Original Poster

    Thank you all, rep to you for your help thus far

    I really am determinded to learn. Its just one of those things that has always been put on the back burner, but for no more! I want to take lessons, I think they will give me a bit more focus, im just not sure where to start looking, etc.

    With regards to learning myself from the internet, I have tried and find it very difficult. Theres just something about the whole process thats a little unerring. I dont know if im doing something right or wrong, etc. Im not stupid, but things like this seem to come hard to me

    I will check out second hand instruments on gumtree - that seems like a good idea! And I am based in Blackpool in the holiday period, and Lancaster during term time

    I would definitely recommend having guitar lessons, think they're well worth it. I learned to play with a teacher when I was a bit younger, but don't play a lot anymore just because I'm not really into it. I still remember all the chords and all the tunes and songs he taught me to play though, and that was at least 5 years ago!

    Original Poster

    ODB_69;2580085

    Dpo you have a 360??A new game coming out next year called Guitar Rising … Dpo you have a 360??A new game coming out next year called Guitar Rising which actually teaches you to play, I think you have to actually connect a proper guitar to it toohttp://www.guitarrising.com/



    Nope, not got a 360. Considering buying one with this months paycheck though

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    CReilly;2580115

    Nope, not got a 360. Considering buying one with this months paycheck … Nope, not got a 360. Considering buying one with this months paycheck though


    might be worth it just for this....


    I am in the same boat as you, I never learnt, so gonna give this a go as Guitar Hero is only to do with timing nothing else

    Original Poster

    Im glad that guitar hero isn't anything like playing real guitar - im awful at it :-p

    I taught myself to play from a book. Been playing semi-professionaly for 30 years. Lessons might help, but practice and deternination are vital.

    Predikuesi;2580258

    I taught myself to play from a book. Been playing semi-professionaly for … I taught myself to play from a book. Been playing semi-professionaly for 30 years. Lessons might help, but practice and deternination are vital.



    what he said,,, if you can afford lessons then take them, will just get you stared off faster. if you defo want to play you will end up at the same stage which ever root you take :thumbsup:

    speaking of guitars, play.com have just raised the price of GH3 from £24.99 to £34.99, nd i was going to buy it yesterday when it was cheaper.:x

    TWIGGY4LIFE 666;2580338

    speaking of guitars, play.com have just raised the price of GH3 from … speaking of guitars, play.com have just raised the price of GH3 from £24.99 to £34.99, nd i was going to buy it yesterday when it was cheaper.:x



    :-D not to worry my Gibson cost £720 and my Cole Clark £420 ;-)

    but i would learn to play on an Acustic first then go to electric....but that might be just me

    I posted on here not long ago and good some good advice.

    I've been playing for a few weeks now and already know quite a few chords and have learnt a few easy songs. Ordered a capo the other day and should be at home now so I can play Wonderwall properly when I get back from work

    saveuk;2580378

    :-D not to worry my Gibson cost £720 and my Cole Clark £420 ;-)but i w … :-D not to worry my Gibson cost £720 and my Cole Clark £420 ;-)but i would learn to play on an Acustic first then go to electric....but that might be just me



    wow!
    Nver mind, they have just dropped the price back to £24.99!!!

    Edit: nope, back to £34.99

    my brother is a self tort guitar player, although he nows alot, there is still some things he could learn through lessons, i think try and learn the basics, and anything else you can from your dad, then when you have gone as far as you can go, maybe have a few lessons,:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    I was thinking of taking lessons first, to get me started. Any ideas on what to look for, or where to look? Or any reccomendations near blackpool? Also, how much can I expect this to cost?

    And, if you make it through that entire barrage of questions, any more suggestions on starter guitar/amps? Thanks

    saveuk;2580378

    :-D not to worry my Gibson cost £720 and my Cole Clark £420 ;-)but i w … :-D not to worry my Gibson cost £720 and my Cole Clark £420 ;-)but i would learn to play on an Acustic first then go to electric....but that might be just me



    I was told that too,so it's not just you.
    Apparently its easier.
    (although I'm still finding it hard, lol)
    practice makes perfect. ;-)

    cassieismydoggie;2583735

    I was told that too,so it's not just you.Apparently its easier.(although … I was told that too,so it's not just you.Apparently its easier.(although I'm still finding it hard, lol)practice makes perfect. ;-)



    lol i was told electric was easier for beginners

    TWIGGY4LIFE 666;2583758

    lol i was told electric was easier for beginners



    Well, i took the advice I was given and bought an acoustic.
    I'm still finding it an uphill struggle, so I don't know which is easier.
    I'm not giving up though.
    I've got as long as it takes, lol

    Original Poster

    Hm, I have heard loads of people telling me the other is easier! -is confused-

    Original Poster

    CReilly;2583491

    I was thinking of taking lessons first, to get me started. Any ideas on … I was thinking of taking lessons first, to get me started. Any ideas on what to look for, or where to look? Or any reccomendations near blackpool? Also, how much can I expect this to cost?And, if you make it through that entire barrage of questions, any more suggestions on starter guitar/amps? Thanks



    Anyone? :oops:

    Yes the Electric is easyer to play... but the point is if you can play acustic then you can play electric, but you can play electric and struggle to play Acustic :D....

    more or less the same thing i know. but you need a stronger hand to play Acustic ( with out cramping while you learn ) than you do with electric.. plus the main draw back is if you wack the amp on full Gain and low volume while having high volume on the guitar... anything will sound good.. that dont work with acustic

    thats my take on it... but just get a guitar and do what feels right for you.. no real wrong way to learn.. i would say that from the 10 / 15 guitarist i know, those that are self tought but have the natural ear and what not, allways end up at a higher standard than the ones that take lessons.. but on the same note you get some people that after years and years can just play the basics still, where as the lessons crew seem to hang in the middle

    ODB_69;2580085

    Dpo you have a 360??A new game coming out next year called Guitar Rising … Dpo you have a 360??A new game coming out next year called Guitar Rising which actually teaches you to play, I think you have to actually connect a proper guitar to it toohttp://www.guitarrising.com/



    is that real? :?

    [url]www.justinguitar.com[/url]
    Thats a very good site for beginners...Im pretty much the same as you. I have always wanted to play guitar, bought one, learned for a while, put it down, picked it up again...you get the idea, lol.
    Ideally I would like to have someone teach me rather than self learning....from then I can try to improve...

    birdyboyuk;2592997

    [url]www.justinguitar.com[/url]That's a very good site for beginners...Im … [url]www.justinguitar.com[/url]That's a very good site for beginners...Im pretty much the same as you. I have always wanted to play guitar, bought one, learned for a while, put it down, picked it up again...you get the idea, lol.Ideally I would like to have someone teach me rather than self learning....from then I can try to improve...



    i'm in exactly the same situation, had a guitar for a couple of years now, i know a lot of chords but i just can't seem to commit to playing it all the time, and a i really want to learn it too :x

    Agree with the justinguitar site, it's very good, i bought his dvd and that's helped me a lot, just need to get back into practicing and stick with it

    you will have to learn tabs first and it does take a while ive had my electric for a year and can only play the odd simple piece - i think i started too late in life

    choose between electric and acoustic for what you want to play
    yamaha are very good value
    self taught - simple starter books at first, then tabulature and then a load of practice
    i wouldnt go in for lessons until you feel confident with a few basics
    set yourself a challenge , not too tricky at first and build your way up, and if your enjoying it, it wont feel like hard work!

    cold toast;2593366

    choose between electric and acoustic for what you want to playyamaha are … choose between electric and acoustic for what you want to playyamaha are very good valueself taught - simple starter books at first, then tabulature and then a load of practicei wouldnt go in for lessons until you feel confident with a few basics set yourself a challenge , not too tricky at first and build your way up, and if your enjoying it, it wont feel like hard work!



    Best to start on accoustic imo

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    souljacker;2592826

    is that real? :?


    yup 100%

    ODB_69;2596789

    yup 100%



    excellent :thumbsup:

    CReilly;2590297

    Anyone? :oops:



    I would suggest you get an acoustic guitar first. I find it a bit harder to play, the strings are harder to press down etc, but when you've got that mastered you can easily move on to an electric. Yamaha do fairly reasonably priced guitars I think, that was my first electric. I played my Dad's old Eko acoustic when I first learned so don't really know what to suggest on that front.

    I've got a Gibson SG now and I love it...should probably play it more really. If you're going to start learning you need to dedicate time to it and practise lots. If you put the time and effort in, you'll get results!

    absolutemusic.co.uk/sho…g04

    Electro acoustic with little practice amp for £81 delivered, grab a cheap effects/distortion pedal and have a play around :thumbsup:

    You could stick with yammy and get a pacifica (electric) and an f310 (acoustic), both good guitars and I regularly use them in recordings.

    Original Poster

    Ty guys, all great info. Really struggling to decide between acoustic and electric though

    Original Poster

    Updates: Decided to go with electric guitar, and am going to take lessons to get me started, also trying to learn tab from the justinguitar site I was pointed to before!

    Currently: Trying to decide who to go with for lessons (am unsure of what to look for) and considering my options on starter guitars (again, dont know what to look for!).

    @ Thread: Repped many, thanks for your help
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