#1
Hey guys! I'm new around here and I just started playing guitar yesterday

I've been playing the keys for several years now and I have a solid grasp of music theory. I decided to pick up the guitar because you just can't ROCK on the keys. At least not as well.

What sort of training method would work best for a songwriter? I'm not all that interested in playing anybody else's songs except maybe one or two of my favorites.

I have several hours a day that I can commit to practice and I'd prefer to use a book/internet to learn by. I just can't afford to pay a teacher for lessons and I'd rather spare myself the inconvenience of lugging my gear back and forth when I'm already tired from a day at work.

As for gear, I certainly bought stuff that will make me appreciate quality gear when I decide that I've learned enough to warrant the purchase. My guitar is a Sammick Malibu ( Strat copy ) and I play it through an Ibanez IBZ10G practice amp.

Thanks in advance for your advice.
#2
well if you're better at lyrics write music first, and vice versa.
or
write lyrics first music second or music first lyrics second..
anyway works..
#3
Hey great...you know the piano and theory...now it's time to convert it guitar! Non-linear is the name of the game. Since you didn't specify what kind of rock or what kind of music you like writing, I'll just say this - learn your fretboard! Because you only have 4 fingers to play chords, the voicings will be much different then piano. Learn that part and you'll be ready to Hope it helps.
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#4
If you've been playing the keys for a long time and you already know your theory I'd get a teacher because mostly what you need is proper technique. A book can't tell you what you're doing wrong.
#5
The music that I write is post-hardcore if that helps at all. A teacher really just isnt practical at the moment, Zycho. Time and money just aren't lining up for that to be realistic.

I've already started to take your advice, Kryptnet.

I do have a follow-up question though. Many of bands that I listen to use alternative voicings. Mostly drop c and drop d. At this point should I just master the instrument with standard tunings before I explore the other options?