#1
I had to get this off my chest and see if there is any advice out there.

I switched to justinguitar.com because 1. it's free (I do plan on donating to support him for all this info he has on there to be honest, it's great), and 2. he has a lot more detail than Martry Schwartz free stuff (I love Marty, but with him it's more memorizing than "learning" it seems). I just had to say if you are a beginner without a teacher and looking for online material, justinguitar.com is awesome.

I am focusing my efforts on the guitar like nothing else before. I am restarting my learning set with Justin's beginner guitar course and actually using tools and metrics to measure progress and nailing technique (chord changes is what I am most particular with). Also, I am learning the minor pentatonic scale (blues scale to much to swallow right now). Between Justin and scale diagrams, I am picking it up at a satisfactory rate.

Now, I read somewhere on this great site in the forums that someone suggested using backing tracks to play on youtube. Holy smokes, is this fun. I have learned, what do you call it, "box" 1 and 2 of the minor pentatonic scale and found some blues backing tracks and am having a HUGE blast, even though I am terrible now. This is my "fun" time during practice time lol.

So my question is, with a desire to learn with blues influences for now, as well as learning chords with justinguitar.com and his program to improve that within that site, is there anything I am missing for a beginner of a few months? Any basics I am overlooking?

I feel like I am taking on a lot but sometimes I wonder if it is "this easy" to have fun! Fun doesn't mean "good" right now, but someday, it will be good as long as you have fun.

You guys have been great! Thanks in advance.
#2
As a beginner, no, you're not missing anything. Really if you're having fun with the beginnings of playing then nothing else matters.
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#3
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You actually went and url linked every mention of this justin guitar site.
In my opinion those online guitar courses are complete utter bullcrap.

Good luck with your guitar playing, find a real guitar teacher, trust me, he'll correct bad technique and little things like the angle of your wirst, way you hold the pick etc
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#4
Following Justin's lessons is a good idea for now. You won't miss out on anything. But I do suggest that you learn some theory and also forget about the scale positions. They're convenient, but nothing more. They won't make you a better guitarist. Instead, learn the notes of the fretboard and learn scales as a series of notes and intervals. It may seem like a lot at first, but it will help you.
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#5
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You actually went and url linked every mention of this justin guitar site.
In my opinion those online guitar courses are complete utter bullcrap.


Didn't look at Justin's site did you? He's a very good teacher and his resources are some of the best free resources on the net, especially for beginners.
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Advertisement much?
You actually went and url linked every mention of this justin guitar site.
In my opinion those online guitar courses are complete utter bullcrap.

Good luck with your guitar playing, find a real guitar teacher, trust me, he'll correct bad technique and little things like the angle of your wirst, way you hold the pick etc

He didn't link them...the site did.
Actually called Mark!

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#7
You gotta develop the 3 aspects of instrumentalism. once those are down, then you then the only thing left is to create
#8
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You gotta develop the 3 aspects of instrumentalism. once those are down, then you then the only thing left is to create


... you feel like telling anyone what those are?
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#9
oh word I'm sorry
I like to do them like this:
spirit: this your your ear/musical sense. When this is mastered, you can play the guitar without having a guitar on you (as i, you know what every note sounds like before you play it)
mind: this your knowledge of theory. You really should learn theory, there is nothing bad about it
Body: this is your technical ability. some people might want to get this to a very high standard, others might not, but when mastered, you should be able to play anything you think with ease.

Also, this guy sorta seems like a fake... idk how or why but somethings off about him...
#10
^ the site has some new things going on, so he probably just typed "Justin guitar" and then UG made it a link to his site. Justin's site is excellent and you won't be missing anything important. If you want to be a really specialised guitar player (eg, you only want to play polymetric death metal...) then you'll miss out on that, but there's loads of great stuff there for anyone interested in normal rock and pop stuff.

I would even say that Justin can cater quite well for advanced players, he really knows his stuff, and he presents it very well. He's the single best online resource for guitar players, imho, and that's coming from nearly a decade of trawling the net for guitar info.
#11
I didn't link them, UG did. I am just a beginner that, at this moment, doesn't have the cash for a teacher.

Freepower, I saw your bite size theory thread, willcheck that out. That seven string is something else lol.

Macashmack, justinguitar, in his beginner program has an ear training program. It is quite cool.

Up above someone said forget scale positions.... Now I am confused. A lot of people say learning them is adventageous. No?
#12
I used justinguitar when i was a beginner. by no means was i trying to put him down.

Scale positions aren't as important as learning the scales by notes and intervals. While it is harder, it is much more beneficial. i would suggest learning your 12 major scales, and how to construct a major scale from the root using intervals.
#13
Noob question. If I work on A minor pentatonic, I already know E minor pentatonic, I just need to know where E is right? Same for D, G, etc. The pattern remains the same correct? It is just where you start?
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Noob question. If I work on A minor pentatonic, I already know E minor pentatonic, I just need to know where E is right? Same for D, G, etc. The pattern remains the same correct? It is just where you start?


True but not really the best attitude towards scales, the pattern does remain the same but really that's just a coincidence.

A minor pentatonic consists of A, C, D, E, G which form the pattern you know but really where ever you find those notes on the fretboard you can find A minor pentatonic. E minor pentatonic consists of E, G, A, B, D and the same goes. The fact that they look the same when you're playing them is cool and speeds up the physical learning progress but thinking in 'patterns' is really missing the point.
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#15
Thanks Zaphod, in all my searches about scales, I've never had it talked about like this. This helps.