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Old 20-12-2010, 09:19 PM
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i was given a electric guitar and amp earlier today, so im asking for some advice on what books/dvds i should get to learn from as ive never played one before

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Old 20-12-2010, 09:34 PM
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There's a few sites you can use to get lessons, song sheets, etc to help you along.

http://www.andrewwasson.com/ Jazz guitarist and teacher who does online lessons.

http://www.justinguitar.com Another handy online guitar teacher

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ Get your guitar tabs* here.

http://chordfind.com/ Want to know your Am from your E7? find them here.

http://www.tunemybass.com/ Handy online tuning for bass and guitar.

And not forgetting the wonderful You Tube which is full of folks willing to teach the world to strum along to your favourite songs.

*Tabs is Tablature, a method of writing music that many guitarists find easier than proper written music.
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Old 20-12-2010, 09:45 PM
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Old 20-12-2010, 11:03 PM
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I am trying to learn the guitar to, badly at the mo!!! just looked at justin's site and its realy good, thanks Grav,
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look on youtube u can learn a load of songs there as well as practice stuff- as only been playing since 2007 myself found books dvds frustrating and difficult to learn from as well as boring

the best advice i can give u is learn a few chords & tabs then go find a local open jam nit e great fun to be had and u will learn loads at the same time

remember for many songs (rythym wise) u only need 3 - 5 chords or tabs to have a great time

if ya need some cheet sheets on songs drop me a pm with email addy and ill scan some in for ya - u will find there very simple a si cant read music
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No brainer really.

Get a CD of someone who plays the way you would like to.

Put the CD on headphones so that nobody else can hear it.

Think of the person you hate the most.

Go round to their place and practice, practice, practice.

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remember for many songs (rythym wise) u only need 3 - 5 chords or tabs to have a great time
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Ooo. I can see me in that photo.
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i can see me as well

ah whole lotta rosie on acustic eh

only 4 chords and a bit o finger work - exhibit A do play it bloody fast tho !
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Guitar Players Handbook - Ralph Denyer.

That covers everything about guitars and I do mean everything.


10 Minute Guitar Workout - David Mead.

I used to teach using exercises from this book. each exercise is repeated for 2 minutes and You try and get as many repetitions in 2 minutes as possible, this is like a high score thing that keeps you from getting (quite so) bored.

The exercises cover all of the finger movements for playing guitar, hence the need for constant repetition .

also try www.cyberfret.com, a good site although the forums are a bit dead now.
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Ahem.

As my handle would suggest, I'm no stranger to the arts of the six and four strings.

I don't play so often anymore but when I started I used to learn by playing Metallica's songs.

Yes, no easy feat there. Hard as fuck - especially on the ol' dabs and fingertips - but fuck me was it rewarding! I never found the easy basic stuff like the Beatles songs were very effective in learning so I simply just jumped right in there and starting learning to break down all of the heavy songs I liked into their individual riffs slowly until I nailed them then practiced playing them all up to speed until I could play the entire song.

If you're into the heavy stuff I highly recommend Master of Puppets. Motherfucker that's a motherfucker to play! So awesome.
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As my handle would suggest, I'm no stranger to the arts of the six and four strings.
I couldn't go back to playing a 4 string bass now - been used to the versatility of a 5 string for too long.
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more great advice, thank you everyone
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Been learning since April with regular lessons to keep me motivated and support me in learning the type of music I want to play. Now finding youtube a useful addition too

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my son used guitar pro.
I think it was (legally ) d/l on the interweb from somewhere
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I use Guitar Pro as well, it's bloody good.

I've been playing guitar since I was 12, and I have a plan to become the worlds greatest guitar player.

But it's a hell of a lot of fingers to break.
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I couldn't go back to playing a 4 string bass now - been used to the versatility of a 5 string for too long.
5 string bass guitars are good, but they take all the fun out of drop D or drop C tuning....
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Find someone local to you who can give you a couple of lessons to get you going in the right way mate...

Then when you have had a few pointers you will have a lot better idea on tuition books/dvd's etc.. and the lessons will save you a load of wasted time..

if you were closer to us i would offer.. but you are miles from us mate..
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If you have an android phone, go to the android market and dowload gstrings - a free guitar tuner that works on your phone.
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You say that like its a good thing.
It is a good thing.

A bad thing would be "You can see Sax in that photo".

A terrible thing would be "You can see Sax in that photo and he's got his jokebook with him..."

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It is a good thing.

A bad thing would be "You can see Sax in that photo".

A terrible thing would be "You can see Sax in that photo and he's got his jokebook with him..."


ummm a bit of re writing to clarify


A bad thing would be "You can see Sax in that photo".

A terrible thing would be "You can see Sax in that photo and he's got his jokebook with him...and he has cornered beer monster"



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Guitar Players Handbook - Ralph Denyer.

That covers everything about guitars and I do mean everything.


10 Minute Guitar Workout - David Mead.

I used to teach using exercises from this book. each exercise is repeated for 2 minutes and You try and get as many repetitions in 2 minutes as possible, this is like a high score thing that keeps you from getting (quite so) bored.

The exercises cover all of the finger movements for playing guitar, hence the need for constant repetition .

also try www.cyberfret.com, a good site although the forums are a bit dead now.
proberly the best book out, i had that book for years, been playing 32 years meself, and gave that book to me neffue to learn from
the best way to learn is just by messing about, you can get stuck in a rut if you practise scales and modes, and this can restrict your riffing/writing as you always try to use a scale to geta riff going, just plug in an let rip
i also found the best way to pick things up when you`ve got a few chords off to pat is, when you get back from the pub at night an put the telly on
pick up the guitar and just play along with the music on the adverts or the programn/film thats on, with out pluging in
main thing is loosen up, you don`t need a death grip on the strings, find it hard then use a lighter guage strings, i used 8s (now 9s) and tuned down to D
got rejected from many bands for this, now everyone does it these days
always told i sounded to `sabbathy`
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I learned by utilising the strum along to your favourite records method. I used the same method to learn to play Bass too.
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Old 22-12-2010, 08:43 PM
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I bought my daughter a electric guitar a few years back. This is what she did after a about a months practice using guitar tabs only (no formal training)

Sorry for the sound quality it was recorded on a phone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-pCJxUfENc
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I also used to spend some time doing all those fretboard exercises to help limber up the fingers as well as help you prepare for soloing. It got to the point where my fretting hand had this effect whereby the fingers would be so far spread out that when soloing my hand would look like a fucking spider on acid running amok on the fretboard.

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