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Old 03-21-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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how did you start playing?

So many people are learning songs like "RowRowRow Your Boat" and "KumBaYA" at the start,
struggling with traditional chords and tough chord changes.

How did you start playing guitar? Was it traditional chords/scales? Simple songs/riffs?
I started playing so young (5yrs old) i can't remember struggling with open chords (C D A G F etc). But it seems many are.

I've just finished writing an Ebook looking at a different approach to learning guitar, involving repeating shapes and patterns
instead of traditional chords, scales.

I'd love to know what fellow guitarist's think of this non-traditional method for a beginner, the general idea was to make it much
easier and sound better. I uploaded 2 videos as a guide for the ebook.

Youtube Videos

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Old 03-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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I would hesitate to recommend any method that doesn't start from music. Music is crucial to why we learn in the first place and is often one of the main things that keeps people at it through those really hard parts where it seems like you're not getting anywhere.

For what it's worth, I can't remember how I started either. Pretty sure it was with very simple stuff since I started out as a bass player with no tuition at all and no idea what I was doing. I ended up getting some lessons from a friend who was a teacher and we jumped pretty much straight in to songs but that was after I'd been playing for nearly a year anyway... I've come a long way since then
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Basically I always wanted to learn, and playing guitar hero for three years wasn't enough. On xmas when I was 16 (im 21 now) I got a aria strat-looking guitar. I ****ed around learning chords and popular riffs online. Then I took guitar lessons for the next 2years. During that time I also joined a band and picked up bass as well. In addition to that I took a music and improv class for all 4 years of high school, which helped me learn to jam and solo. I moved to SC for college and starting recording originals. The following year I played for a Christian band at campus because it was easy to handle with my schoolwork and job. I transferred and started doing youtube covers. About 4 months ago I joined a band on bass.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:24 PM   #4
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I would hesitate to recommend any method that does start from music. Music is crucial to why we learn in the first place and is often one of the main things that keeps people at it through those really hard parts where it seems like you're not getting anywhere.

For what it's worth, I can't remember how I started either. Pretty sure it was with very simple stuff since I started out as a bass player with no tuition at all and no idea what I was doing. I ended up getting some lessons from a friend who was a teacher and we jumped pretty much straight in to songs but that was after I'd been playing for nearly a year anyway... I've come a long way since then




Was that a typo?



I started about 5/6 years ago just learning songs i like with sites like this and video lessons on youtube. Gradually started taking it more seriously and now i practice everyday. I can't remember struggling with basic stuff. Also, the first band that really got me into guitar was Green Day. Not very technical playing but it got my attention as a 13 year old.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:25 PM   #5
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I'd love to know what fellow guitarist's think of this non-traditional method for a beginner, the general idea was to make it much
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I would say thats not a bad idea. My guitar teacher did it the generic way of teaching. But I started seeing patterns and repeating shapes that helped me, along with with the other lessons.

Another way you can teach it is to tell students to look at the neck as a grid filled with numbers.
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Old 03-21-2013, 12:55 PM   #6
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I picked up a 3/4 size nylon acoustic from Argos & learned IRON MAN! NERRR ENERRR NER NER ERNNNN NER NER NER NER ERN NER NER NER ENRRRRR

Then I got given a pirated copy of this interactive CD-ROM which taught me such classics as:

Bush - Swallowed, NERRR NERRR NERR NER NERRRR
Greenday - That acoustic song, dung da ner ner ner ner, dun da ner ner ner ner
Feeder - Just a day, Do doo do dooo, do do do ooo, do do do dooo, doo dod od odooo

(apologies for any typo's in the ners)

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Old 03-21-2013, 01:20 PM   #7
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Was that a typo?


Yeah, it was, that's what I get for saying things when I've had that little sleep

I'll correct that about now.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:23 PM   #8
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Like some guy above me I played guitar for like 3 years lol. My brother got an electric guitar and lessons (he was 7). He eventually quit but I was always interested in learning. My dad sold the guitar (cause my brother didn't want it), so I took it upon myself to buy an acoustic. Best decision ever! :P

I just learned (open) chords to my favorites songs, and I practiced some finger strength excercises cause my hands are tiny! Good luck on your trip, I am still enjoying mine!
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:53 PM   #9
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As a longtime metalhead guitar gods have always been part of my life. But it wasnt until I was about 17-19 (I dont remember) I first grabbed a guitar. A cheap POS starter pack guitar with equally POS amp. It was either fender or squier.

The learning material was not great, some bad books that only covered theory and expected the reader to figure out how to play from there. And I wasnt citizen of the internetz yet (despite being a nerd all I had was a dialup back then) and guitar teachers were (and are!) expensive as hell, I got demotivated and gave my kit to my cousins son. (who ended up becoming a drummer instead)

The desire to play never stopped however. About ten years later, last summer, the desire lit in flames again after encountering some good learning material (thanks Justin Sandercoe) that actually covered basics step by step. It has been nonstop playing ever since. Pretty much daily atleast 1 hour, 3-4 hours on weekends.

Though I admit, I have been neglecting all theory studies ever since I learned how to read tabs. Obsessed with practising songs, theory and scales be damned. But in my defence I have picked a habbit of trying to play the riffs in different styles, playing the same notes on different strings and seeing which one sounds and feels better compared to what tabs say. For science! Its fun actually.
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Sorry, but this just looks like a very roundabout way of saying "hey i made an e-book and some youtube videos, look at them please"
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