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Old 06-16-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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Just wondering. I'm thinking about taking up the guitar as yet another new hobby (something to do while the wort boils I suppose) and was wondering if there were any musicians on the board who might point me in the right direction.

I already have a guitar (belongs to my wife) and I plan on taking lessons some time in the future but any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:26 PM   #2
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I started by just getting a little chord handbook and figuring out the basic chords. I also had a room mate at the time that played and gave me pointers from time to time. It's fun learning, and fun playing! Good luck!

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:29 PM   #3
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orfy posted a similar thread and got a slew of recommendations....you might want to search that out.

Enjoy, the road might start out hard and frustrating but it's something that you can take with you for the rest of your life once you get a handle on it.

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:49 PM   #4
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Yea man, I've been playing for about 10 years now. I've slowed down a lot lately, work to much, and don't ahve the motivation to play....Which sucks, but I'm trying to get bakc into the swing of it. But yea, the best thing to do is learn some simple chords then learn to read tab. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ The holy grail of music!!!

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:51 PM   #5
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I suggest to start doing exercises to get your finger's independent, it will make you learn a lot faster when you start taking lessons and it wont be as hard to stretch out for certain chords.

your index finger will be 1, middle finger 2, ring finger 3, pinky finger 4

start on the first 4 frets and pick 1,2,3,4 then 4,3,2,1 and when you get that down perfect you can start mixing it up like 3,1,4,2 and so on..... after that move up to the next string and do it, and when you have all the strings down to a science start mixing 2 strings in to it. Independent fingers are the key.

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Old 06-16-2008, 03:57 PM   #6
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I play bass guitar and dabble in guitar.

I love it! It's a lot of fun to jam with buddies and it's nice to just pull out your guitar and play/practice some nice groovy songs and relax with a beer (or four). The only downside is, it is a lot of work. You need to practice everyday for 30 minutes at least for a couple months until you start to be able to recognize what you're playing. I say go for it! The end result is definitly worth it - especially if you can find a cool group of guys to hang out and jam with over a couple homebrews.

My recommendation for beginner tips is this: finger strength, dexterity and coordination is key. The best exercise for this is very simple, though monotonous (i.e., good to do while your wort boils). Start one the low E, and play the first 4 frets, as slow as you need to to get a clear tone (no 'buzzing', referred to as fret buzz). Then, move one string down to A and do the same thing. Repeat this until you have done all six strings, then move back up to the low E, but this time play frets 2345. Go down the strings, and come back and start at 3456 this time. When you get to the end of the fret board, reverse the process, going back up to the top. Do this until your hands cant do it any more. Take a 5 minute break and repeat. This will build up hand strength as well as coordination. This will help remove some of the beginners learning curve as well. So, if you've got 10 minutes, are just sitting watching the tv, waiting on a boil, etc., grab your guitar and just do that. The more you do it the better/faster/cleaner you will sound and get.

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I have been having a strange craving lately to learn to play the banjo. I have never really played much music before, and I have no idea why it appeals to me lately.

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I've been playing since 1971.

I have a '76 Fender Telecaster Deluxe, 2 Mexican Strats, a Chinese Strat and an '81 Kamen Electric/Acoustic...Vetta Line 6 amp, Fender Princeton Reverb amp, several smaller travel amps, about 8-9 pedals.

If you guy email me I can send you tons of guitar related info/lessons/tips/tabs, etc: homebrewer_99@yahoo.com

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Old 06-16-2008, 05:35 PM   #10
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I've been playing for 10 years and enjoy it, by no means do I think I am the greatest player ever and I def. need to practice and play more, but you know how that goes...

I collect guitars as a hobby and recently let some of my collection go to ebay to make room for some new "additions", I do enjoy it very much and I feel music is an important thing to have in life and playing an instrument can never be a bad thing!

also, don't be afraid to take lessons no matter what age you are... mess around and have fun!

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Yea man, I've been playing for about 10 years now. I've slowed down a lot lately, work to much, and don't ahve the motivation to play....Which sucks, but I'm trying to get bakc into the swing of it. But yea, the best thing to do is learn some simple chords then learn to read tab. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ The holy grail of music!!!
+1 to ultimate-guitar, they have a nice collection of music!
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