#1
I just got my first guitar today and I got a book that comes with a DVD too. Do I need to learn notes or can I just learn the chords? Can you guys like list the steps I should follow in learning to play guitar?


edit: even though I just barley started my fingers hurt like crap when I play chords
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#2
i learned basic chords first and i think thats what kept it fun.. because after hardly any time, there were some songs that i could play that i actually kinda liked.. so it was interesting and fresh.. and then eventually i got to the point where i started learning the entire neck.. but i dont think its a bad thing to do it a different way.. whatever you're comfortable with

and yeah.. your fingers will hurt for a while but soon enough, your finger tips will be dead skin upon dead skin..
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#3
it depends on what you wanna play. but id suggest learning both. im not a great guitar player, but everything i've learned came from this website and guitar world magazine. you should check out guitar world out if you haven't already
#4
I'd suggest learning all your basic chords (E, A, G, D, C etc) first as you'll soon be able to practise some basic songs with a bit of practise. Don't worry about scales just yet.

There's lots of good material out there in the Guitarist magazines and on the internet. I wouldn't recommend going to a guitar teacher until you have the basics mastered as you can waste a lot of money that way.

Most importantly have fun playing!
#5
You need to learn the notes to properly understand what you're playing....learning chords without knowing the notes is a little bit like learning words without knowing what the individual letters are.
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#6
Learn open major and minor chords. That's your number 1 priority. They're generally required and help build up your finger dexterity as well. Secondly, do some simple scales. Try the chromatic scale for starters. Another thing, when picking notes, try to use alternate picking more than down picking because if you can nail it from an early start then you'll be sailing. But do downpick as well though.
#7
Constantly Practice!!! 24/7 for the rest of your life!!! You must never put your guitar down!!! Give up the rest of your life because to get good at guitar you will have no time to eat, sleep, take dumps, or urinate. (you can find time to have sex with your girlfriend of course)
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#8
well i bought my guitar in april 2007 so i´m playing more than 4 months by now. i´ve learned everything on my own so far besides my little brother teaching me some songs in the beginning..... i played about 4 years ago acoustic guitar for one year but i really hated it^^ .

my problem is: i cannot read any notes or chords, and i don´t want to learn them...
yeah i can change my strings an i know how a guitar does work etc. etc. but i never played in standard tuning( except the 1 year acoustic but i forgot nearly everything i´ve learned in that year)
i don´t see any reason to learn chords or notes, because i think this doesn´t make me play better.. i mean i can read tabs.

playing guitar is so much fun to me sometimes i´m playing about 2-3 hours a day and on weekends more(i´m a student(12class germany) so i got a lot of time^^)

so what do u think shall i learn notes and stuff??
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#9
i started from scratch seven months ago, i bought a huge book which guided me through some basics which helped a lot.

first practice strumming and picking jsut to get used to the feel of it
then move on to chords and switching chords
then its quite good to start learning scales and basic riffs

this helped me at first but it can eb a bit boring, so occasionally i started learnign tabs for easy songs
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#10
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well i bought my guitar in april 2007 so i´m playing more than 4 months by now. i´ve learned everything on my own so far besides my little brother teaching me some songs in the beginning..... i played about 4 years ago acoustic guitar for one year but i really hated it^^ .

my problem is: i cannot read any notes or chords, and i don´t want to learn them...
yeah i can change my strings an i know how a guitar does work etc. etc. but i never played in standard tuning( except the 1 year acoustic but i forgot nearly everything i´ve learned in that year)
i don´t see any reason to learn chords or notes, because i think this doesn´t make me play better.. i mean i can read tabs.

playing guitar is so much fun to me sometimes i´m playing about 2-3 hours a day and on weekends more(i´m a student(12class germany) so i got a lot of time^^)

so what do u think shall i learn notes and stuff??

Hate to burst your bubble, but you don't actually know anything about playing the guitar. All you've learned is to mimic a set of motions....in much the same way as a parrot learns to talk. You can reproduce the sounds, but you've got no understanding of what you're doing and why things sound the way they do.

The first thing you need to do is start learning the notes on the fretboard, then learn some basic chords and chord theory and take it from there. All you know at the moment is how to play certain songs, if anyone asks you to just join in with a jam session or improvise something you'll be lost...if you don't start learning properly you'll be that way for all your palying career.

What would you rather be? A limited guitarist who can only play tabs, or a proper musician who can write his own material, jam with anyone, improvise stuff on the spot and learn to play other peoples material a damnsight quicker than you are at the moment?
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#11
I'd rather playing guitar was fun and not a bore.
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#12
well steven i think your kinda wrong i don´t know really but i jammed already with some guys and i wrote a whole book of own created stuff. and that´s why i wrote this because i can write songs i can jam. so this whole scale thing and that stuff i maybe need someone to tell me that because the way i created my songs and intros and stuff was just playing random things and trying to get other notes that fit or whatever i can give you some examples if you want as pm or whatever
#13
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well steven i think your kinda wrong i don´t know really but i jammed already with some guys and i wrote a whole book of own created stuff. and that´s why i wrote this because i can write songs i can jam. so this whole scale thing and that stuff i maybe need someone to tell me that because the way i created my songs and intros and stuff was just playing random things and trying to get other notes that fit or whatever i can give you some examples if you want as pm or whatever

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#14
1. Theory
2. Technique
3. Looking cool doing the above

In that order .
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#15
yeah sure your right mr. steven (not really) but do u think i need a teacher. cause i´m really lazy and i can´t learn stuff that bores me. it really is like that. what´s the use of the scales maybe it´s just because i don´t understand it.

ähm ...
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#16
Theory is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing for a guitarist, some stuff might seem "boring" but if you pick and choose what you want to learn you'll inevitably turn out crap. Everybody thinks they know it all when they start, trust me, I've been there...however 18 years further down the line you're a lot wiser
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#17
hahah well seagull hath spoken.(i hate seagulls though)
well i shall think about what you said but a teacher is so expensive i can´t pay 600€ per year for 120 minutes per month ... and hm maybe i ask some friends they are more reliable for me than mr so called mark xD

yeah in some weeks i maybe start with some theory(delaying things is a special talent of mine .........)
#18
Taking lessons when you`re not ready to learn WILL BE a waste of money. So just make sure you keep an open mind. Unless you want to play covers your entire life, you`re going to need theory (and tbh, covers are more boring than theory).
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#19
I just looked at the music theory lesson on ug and I didnt' understand it that much
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#20
ok next question(cause some of my friends don´t know it all themselves):

is this stuff easy, because: i know some scales(not their names) i know pentatonics(but not their relations just trying to get the right) the rest for me is just improvised, not knowing anything... and if it´s not that hard to learn this stuff i maybe try it...

but again to this teacher thing: it´s more like that that i need a person that kicks my ass when i´m not learning that things(may sound weird but i think that´s the problem´s core)
#21
basically, if you don't know the notes or chords then you don't know scales, you just know fingering patterns. Scales are defined by the underlying chords, without theat knowledge there of little to no use. You might be able to get them to sound right over certain things, but it's pure guesswork and you won't actually know WHY they sound right.
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#22
haha let me change my statement: i know what the word scale means^^

is there all the theory that i will need on that site
#23
are there any exercises or stuff to help me focus on picking one string at a time without touching others?
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#24
hm maybe you should try to put the finger perpendicular on the string. if this is hard change the position of your thumb in order to make it easier