#1
Hey, so I've had a guitar for a little while and taught myself basic techniques, skills, and stuff like that, but I'm really starting to get serious into learning now, so I was wondering if any of you more experienced guys out there could give me some advice on what to focus on learning, how to learn it, etc... I unno if this sounds dumb, but im really into learning on my own, but my problem is that I dont exactly know lmao... So any advice would be awesome

Thanks
#2
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Hey, so I've had a guitar for a little while and taught myself basic techniques, skills, and stuff like that, but I'm really starting to get serious into learning now, so I was wondering if any of you more experienced guys out there could give me some advice on what to focus on learning, how to learn it, etc... I unno if this sounds dumb, but im really into learning on my own, but my problem is that I dont exactly know lmao... So any advice would be awesome

Thanks

there is another subforum on UG that is called guitar techniques. There is all kinds of threads on there that teach you theory and techniques and what not. I'd head over there.
#4
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there is another subforum on UG that is called guitar techniques. There is all kinds of threads on there that teach you theory and techniques and what not. I'd head over there.

That would probably be a good idea.

I think the most important thing to do is to set yourself goals so you can actually progress. Maybe pick up a theory book and work your way through that, it will help a lot.
#5
Use the lessons link at the top and check out all the different speed techniques, picking styles and basic scale models. Thats really gonna be your best bet. still think the best advice is dont give up lol. ^^^
#6
I'll give you another pointer, consistant practice is the key. 15 minutes a day is better than 2 days a week for 50 minutes. Repetition is key to learning guitar. Idealy you should practice at least an hour a day but more is highly recommended. Experts say that it takes around 10,000 hours to master a skill, keep that in mind.

Secondly pick easy songs for now, picking hard songs will just frusterate you and make you want to put down your guitar.
#7
play what you want learn what you want...but once in a while bunker down to learn a technique that you arn't good at.

thats what im doing. i am working double time on pick accuracy/timing/rhythm right now :|
#9
Use a metronome too. It does wonders to your playing!
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#10
I have been learning by myself for about three years now. Something that helped me dramatically when i was starting was to get a theory book. Just to give you a good foundation before you learn songs and try harder techniques. I don't know what level you are up to but it helped when i was starting out.
#11
Love the instrument. Know that playing clean is your goal, NOT speed. Never underestimate vibrato. Don't anchor.
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#12
Find a good teacher.

I understand you like to figure things out yourself; I'm the same way on most things, I prefer to dig the info up, figure out by trial-and error, and do it all on my own often times myself. However I learn more in a month with my teacher than I did in a year I spent off from lessons. A good teacher can take you far very quickly.
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#13
-start with easy things... basic open chords, bar chords, power chords... do not try to play crazy solos, etc when ur starting
-play thing slow perfectly and then speed it up, if ull fail at some note return back and do it again
-try play every day, train your weak fingers with finger training (u can find this stuff at youtube etc...)
-if ull know how to play basic open chord songs and ull think u can do it really solid, then try to start with transcribing (learning songs by ear). If ur listening to some song just try to listen that guitar part, try to figure how is he playing. Its power chord? Its palm muted? Is he playing open chords? Is he strumming and how he is strumming? It will be really hard at start but tts very important to start soon and after some months ull play much, much better

-the last and the most important thing is... DONT GIVE UP MAN! ...mb there will be ppl which will tell you that u suck at guitar or some crazy things like that but u cant give it up, ur still learning and you can be only better and better

(sorry for my english, im still only learning)
#14
I suggest you attend a short course on music theory. This way you can learn a lot of stuff from an experienced instructor and try it out at home.

Sounds like you don't know which way to go, so the solution is to gain more knowledge from someone more experienced.

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Quote by ConnerSFC
Hey, so I've had a guitar for a little while and taught myself basic techniques, skills, and stuff like that, but I'm really starting to get serious into learning now, so I was wondering if any of you more experienced guys out there could give me some advice on what to focus on learning, how to learn it, etc... I unno if this sounds dumb, but im really into learning on my own, but my problem is that I dont exactly know lmao... So any advice would be awesome

Thanks


Get tabs of your favourite songs and look up youtube videos of people playing those songs. Preferably the ones that doesn't show their face so you can observe how they place their hand over the strings and all the vibrato, slides they are doing with the fretting hand
#16
Buy the Metal Method DVDs. I had years of guitar lessons when I was younger and I really wish I had just bought Doug’s videos and taken all the money I wasted on one-on-one lessons and spent it on guitars.
#17
Use the internet. If you know what you're looking for that's all you really need to learn to play guitar.

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#18
From my own experience you will learn a lot more and much quicker from a good teacher than you can ever hope to teach yourself.
#19
the ug lessons are your friend, and play along with the songs, ask other more experienced players for advice sometimes, use the metronome when you start getting off and learning it off it is very hard to backtrack and learn it right the same goes for techniques just be careful with that thats where a teacher is very help you they can easilyer tell when your getting off

Edit; the guy above me is right but its your choice and preference just do what you feel is right for you
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#20
I'm self taught, Been playing a year and 3 months I feel i've progressed pretty well for just reading stuff on this site and playing along to mp3s and looking up how to do techniques etc

I feel being self taught is better because rather than being 100% shown something i have to put some effort into figuring stuff out and using my brain and listening to what's being played.
#21
Unless you really cant afford it, I would recommend a teacher. Maybe they will teach you the same stuff that you would be able to learn for free from the internet, but it's not the same having someone tell you how things work and to keep track of your progress.

And it'd also be less time consumming. All the time it'd take you to find the info on the net you could put it into practicing Or girls. Or boys. I dont know what you like


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#22
The best advise to give someone wanting to teach them selves is.......buy a metronome and take lessons. There is nothing better them someone challenging you to improve and gain knowledge to help you along on your quest to be a musician. Use stuff you read to augment not replace a good teacher.
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#23
I think that having a guitar teacher is always a good thing, but you get just as much by teaching yourself. It will put character into your music when your teacher might have you playing his/her style. I suggest you buy a scales book, a technique book, and you spend alot of time on ug asking advice and reading lessons while you try to master them. I personally find a lesson and make it a goal to record something unique by using what i learned in the lesson. And everyone is rite,the more time you play, the better you get, so keep playing hopefully an hour a day and if you get frustrated then put the guitar down, go over what you messed up on in your head, come bak later and try again. Good luck as im in the same position as you.
#25
I'm self taught, I couldn't afford a teacher. I spent the first few months trying and trying solos from bands i idolised, it works to some extent. But i'd really like to stress the importance of music theory, learn the fretboard, learn your scales, learn your arpeggios, learn the circle of fifths.

Learning these will make you a guitarist as opposed to a guitar player.
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I think that having a guitar teacher is always a good thing, but you get just as much by teaching yourself. It will put character into your music when your teacher might have you playing his/her style.


I hate this argument. Question: Do Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Rivers Cuomo, and Al Pitrelli all sound the same? Nope. Did they all study with a teacher? Extensively. They all studied at Berklee, all within a very close period of each other, so it's a case easily made that they studied from mostly the same teachers.

The idea that a guitar teacher is going to make you a stale copy any more than a hundred instructional videos is just daft, the same kid who would just flat-out copy his guitar teacher is going to just flat-out copy Paul Gilbert or Jimmy Page or someone else. There's always going to be creative people and people who just do what they see, it doesn't matter how you teach them, their nature will show through either way.
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#27
Teaching yourself is key to developing your own style. But all of those things would be much easier if you had a teacher to help you through the bulk of the tedious stuff like theory and what-not. Maybe start off without one and once you start playing yourself in a rut start looking around for good guitar teachers.
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