#1
I'm just looking to get some general advice/input from some of the more experienced guitar players here. I've been playing for 1 month now, and just kind of wanted to see what people thought of some of the things I've learned.

I made a Youtube video of myself (I'm going to be documenting all my learning and posting riffs, songs, etc on Youtube), it'd be awesome if you gave it a watch. I don't play too much full songs mostly because I don't know any yet. I've just been learning riffs and trying to become comfortable playing the guitar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38A5N7ZgbSI

Thanks for any input guys.
#2
you talk a lot, but not bad for a month
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#3
Don't trust us (a good chunk of Ultimate Guitar members). None of us are experienced enough to seriously comment on you. Don't give credit to a bunch of 12-17 year old kids who think they know a lot about guitars when they know virtually nothing. It is also full of egotistical morons who are a bunch of sheep. Most kids haven't played long enough to give well-rounded feedback on your playing.

You will get a select few people who are sane that happen to be between 12-17. You will also get some real guitarists and people that actually know stuff, but they are hard to come by.

Don't take any of their input too seriously, because it's ill-informed. And because I've just dissed about 95% of the people that are about to comment on this with their 'superior' guitar knowledge, they're going to flame me.
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Don't trust us (a good chunk of Ultimate Guitar members). None of us are experienced enough to seriously comment on you. Don't give credit to a bunch of 12-17 year old kids who think they know a lot about guitars when they know virtually nothing. It is also full of egotistical morons who are a bunch of sheep. Most kids haven't played long enough to give well-rounded feedback on your playing.

You will get a select few people who are sane that happen to be between 12-17. You will also get some real guitarists and people that actually know stuff, but they are hard to come by.

Don't take any of their input too seriously, because it's ill-informed. And because I've just dissed about 95% of the people that are about to comment on this with their 'superior' guitar knowledge, they're going to flame me.


+1

And I'm one of those 12-17 year olds who don't know anything about guitar
#6
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Don't trust us. None of us are experienced enough to comment on you. Don't give credit to a bunch of 12-17 year old kids who think they know a lot about guitars when they know virtually nothing. It is also full of egotistical morons who are a bunch of sheep.

You will get a select few people who are sane that happen to be between 12-17. You will also get some real guitarists and people that actually know stuff, but they are hard to come by.

Don't take any of their input too seriously, because it's ill-informed. And because I've just dissed about 95% of the people that are about to comment on this with their 'superior' guitar knowledge, they're going to flame me.



Now that that's done, I think you're doing quite well for your first month. Good to see that you learned the Blues Scale and some theory and aren't just trying to learn whatever song or riff you think off.
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#7
keep up the lessons first of all...it helps with learning all the basic music theory you need to know..that is if you ever wanted to start writing your own material. i see you've been learning some mayer already with abit of singing...your definitely on the right track. im guessing you must be okay at strumming chords progressions if you're already getting into bluesy kind of stuff. also for the alternate picking...just practice scales to a metronome..and patience. nice first guitar btw! i had a sammick-strat copy as my first and it sounded like ass.
#8
On another note, I agree with SeeEmilyPlay. This is a really cool idea to document your guitar playing on footage. Also, your singing is not bad, just weak. Just sing stronger and with more confidence and your voice will develop over time.

And your teacher knows how to play by ear. I can do it too. It takes practice and just good old enjoying the guitar, sitting back and getting a feel and understanding and love for the sound and notes.


P.S. I'm your first subscriber. I await your future videos.
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#9
For a month, it looks like you're doing pretty good. But I laughed at "John Mayer John Mayer John Mayer" I guess we all have our icons.
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#10
Appreciate the comments a ton and I'm taking them all in. I'll try and talk less on my videos haha.

Totally agree about learning theory and not just riffs. I truly love the guitar and listening to guys like Mayer, Hendrix, SRV and the likes play. Plus in order to be able to improvise I think your theory has to be a very solid foundation.

If you're interesting in following along with the progress make sure to subscribe and comment! There's nothing that motivates me to post useful updates and things I'm learning more than seeing a reaction come out of it, no matter how small.

Thanks again!
#11
You should check out Clapton. He's a guitar icon and he plays with John Mayer. Hope you like what you find.
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#12
I'm one of those 17 year old kids. 18 really, but I'm going to go ahead and give you what I would consider some helpful advice. But as has been said, I've been playing around 3.5 years, I know a fair amount, but by no means everything.

ANYWAY
You seem to be making very good progress. Your playing is clean but a little bit choppy in places. I'd strongly recommend sucking it up and practicing with a metronome every once in a while. It can do wonders for smoothing out your playing.
It'd be nice to hear you actually play for a while without talking. Actually try to play something. It seems like that may be one of your weaknesses. Try actually learning a song from beginning to end and practicing until you can play it cleanly.
You'd also do well learning basic theory of chords and progressions and learn how to effectively use your scales with those progressions.

I'll subscribe or at least bookmark your page.
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#13
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you talk a lot, but not bad for a month

I'd agree. Don't talk so much on the next one just put that info in the description

I've been playing for two months (mostly on weekends) and you're better than I am; but I didn't have any lessons.

Just keep practicing; it sounds great
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#14
Hey there, first post on UG =D. I've been seeing this site a lot but I'm starting to post now lol.
Well, I agree in some parts with what Junnage said. But I think you will find people with non-solid opinions from all ages, not only 12-17 year old ppl, and you will also find ppl in the ages mentioned that will have really solid opinions...so it depends on you to judge the opinions you receive. But I'm done talking, gonna say my opinion =D:
I think you are pretty good!! The change between chords, the rhythym feel, and singing while playing!! All of these are beginner's difficulties, and you seem to nail them all.
What I'm trying to say is, you're on the right way to become a good guitar player, and I feel like you really have the talent. Keep it that way!

ps: Sorry for the bad english =( (I guess all foreigners/south americans say that xD)
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#15
this is an incredible idea. I wish I would have thought to document my progress on guitar.

not bad for a month at all. You keep working one day you'll be playing John Mayer and beyond with no problem. Its always great to see another eager guitarist wanting to learn.

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#16
Not bad for a month, considering you can sing/play at the same time. Just stick with the lessons for a while.

Remember to HAVE FUN WITH IT!! A lot of people forget that guitar is supposed to be fun.


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#17
Definitely metronomes do help a lot with keeping it smooth.

I just sat with the metronome on for about 20 minutes playing the same scale up and down.

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#18
yea, not bad for a month, keep it up!
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#19
play more talk less
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#22
Woo my FireStudio came today, hopefully I can get a drum video up so you guys know I'm at least a musician .
#24
You should take up some SRV, get some of Mayer's Influences in your repertoire man...*Goes to learn Mayer's cover of Bold As Love*
#25
You seem like a cool guy.

Diggin' the Strat too... holy...

But uhm, (LOL uhm) yeah you're pretty good for a month. I didn't even know what fingerpicking was, that far in... :|

#26
I'm no expert but you seem to be doing brilliantly for one month. I couldn't switch between chords smoothly after one month let alone alternate picking. I've never really done finger picking.
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#27
you are lucky to have a guitar teacher. Back when i started i didn't know anything about guitar, guitar oriented music, and had no guitar playing friends. Only after a year did i even hear terms such as "alternate picking", "sweep picking", even "palm muting". Talk about a total waste of a years worth of guitar playing.
#29
Awesome idea to document your progress - don't forget to look back at it in a few weeks/months time, you'll be amazed how far you've improved You sound pretty darn good for just a month in to me!

Sounds like you got yourself a good teacher there too! Hang on to him!