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Ok, so go easy on me..
Ive wanted to learn guitar for years.. Im 40 now, but due "life" getting in the way it never happened. I taught myself zome theory yests ago (see my join date).
Anyway. Im going to stsrt. I found a, teacher near me and my first lesson is Tuesday. He ssked what my gosls are, which are to be able ro plsy my favorite rock/metal song for tje enjoyment and love of music.
He asked what, if anything i know. I explained what music theory i know, what i need further help with, etc.
I borrowed a, freinds acoustic guitar years ago and tsught myself a, few, chords, and mary had a, little lamb.
My question, being its, my first lessons... What should i expect the first lesson, and first few weeks, and months.
I do want to learn tje theory, but also have some fun too.
Well be meeting once a week.
I've been playing guitar for around 4 years but I have noticed very little progression in the past couple of years and this year I want to start progressing further as a musician and player. I have set a couple of goals that I want to achieve
I want to be able to jam comfortably with other players so I would need a good level of theory
I also want to be able to play tremonti and alter bridge songs well so I think my technical ability would need improvement
Apart from this, can you guys recommend how else I can improve my playing and reach these goals?
Where is the best place to start when it comes to music theory if you know absolutely nothing? I've wanted to learn it for a long time but I don't know where to start.
Anyone ever look into Berklee Online for guitar courses?
Price is a bit much but I didn't get into music until later in life and now that i have a passion for it i want to go to school for it.
This is strictly personal growth, I'll never be a gigging musician or earn a full living through music. (I've been a computer engineer the last 12 years)
With a family, 2x kids and kid activities, I haven't found the right practice routine to see the growth i want.
Looking for something structured -
Any feedback is appreciated,
I'm 32 and trying to learn to play electric guitar(blues/southern rock) and have a few questions as to if my lessons are going normal. I recently bought a guitar and signed up for 2 months of lessons with the store owner and have completed 4 of my 8 lessons. The owner/teacher has gone to a nice local university and studied music and has been playing for over 30 years, he is also in a few bands. I have total respect for him as a musician.
The problem is I feel like of my 30 minute lesson maybe 5-10 minutes is actually about guitar, and that time is spent pointing to a picture in a book that he wrote and I had to pay $10 for and saying ok go home and learn how to do this. Also this book is all pictures and no text, so there is nothing for me to read or explain to me what I looking at. He is also big into theory which is great, but there is definitely some difficulty with him making me understand(example- he told me to find the root. I asked "what is a root". His answer was "imagine the house is on fire, where would you go?" I replied "out the door". He says " yes, the root will be your door out". I told him "that makes no sense to me" and somehow the conversation changed..I still have no clue what a root is). I know I'm completely new to this and maybe things will start to improve over the next 4 lessons but I need some opinions on if his teaching style is normal, or if my money would be better spent elsewhere.
so heres a breakdown of my lessons so far.
week 1- Didn't even get to hold the guitar... Had to hang it on the wall and identify the strings.
week 2- Was taught where to place fingers on frets, bought a scale book, was told to learn the E minor Sliding Pentatonic scale
week 3- Played the scale for him once, I got nervous and messed up and hit a wrong string while I was descending. Didn't get a second chance to play it. Was told to go home and practice that scale and to also work on improvising. (WTF- improvise?)
week 4- Played the E minor scale just like his book illustrated only to find out that his illustrations are wrong. (been practicing this wrong scale for 2 weeks along with all the other sliding pentatonic scales in the book to try and get ahead.) Also played a little 6 note improv.
I was thinking that after 4 weeks I would have learned a chord or 2, or maybe even how to play twinkle twinkle little star and happy birthday.
Am I wrong in my thinking? Is the the normal for taking lessons? Should I continue after my lessons are up or buy the Hal Leonard books and practice on my own for a while?
Sorry for the long post and Thanks for any replies.
What is the best way for a beginner to learn and practice 7ths? Thank you in advance for any help.
Hi there, all!
As the title already says, I'm looking for some good tips and topics to start out with for my new students, this year.
I've teached guitar before and I really like it.
Does some of you teach guitar too - please let me know what you do and what I can do to improve my teaching along the way!
I can see that my responses are only serving to carry the thread on well past it's usefulness and off the intended subject so I will just say this...
I am wrong and you are all right!
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What's wrong with learning new things and extending one's musical style? I'm doing this because I'm a Christian trying to support a local church and it's an opportunity to join a band. I'm asking not just about playing Gospel bass but also supporting/enhancing hyhmns. What would the basics of Gospel bass be?
I heard it's melodic and mixes major and minor. What else.
What if his abilities aren't very good though?
I've been playing guitar for like 4 years. During that time I did numerous attempts at trying to learn at least a bit of musical theory to figure out at least small piece by myself. I studied from many sources, from my teacher to books to YT videos and magazines.
But what it left me with is just a mess in my head. I never succedeed at any of thoese attempts. My teacher, even though he is great at playing many instruments and has educated the greatest local guitarists wasn't very enthusiastic on teaching me that. He says that things take many years to master (even though I could read thouse out of simple article). I don't doubt or blame him, because it could be attitude from the musical school, but I didn't want to be a proffesional musician and things he tried to explain to me were too complex and used too specific language for me to handle. Rest of the sources left me with the same outcome - even tough I could follow them to one point, sooner or later the author usually skipped some things as if he assumed the student would already know it even though he couldn't. It's not me being plain dumb or lazy.
I am not bad guitarist. Of course I am not any kind of a shredder and many locals could overwhelm me, but I can handle most of songs if I decide to do so. I am creative mind and what dragged me to guitar is its creative aspect. Constant covering makes me like guitar less and this process is just increasing over time.
So now I am asking you to some basic guidelines that could let me do my own little bit of music and/or drag me deeper into this. I am the type of person that instead of reading whole book would read pieces of it and try them so those guidelines could let me discover more theory if it would be needed. Although I have some unsorted knowledge in my head, plase write them as if I would be total newbie.
Sorry you had to read through that nonsense and thanks if you decide to help me because I am really desperate.
Let me clarify on the notes question
So I can now sight read because I memorized which note on a staff is which string and fret on a guitar, but if you tell me to play a C# note, I won't have a clue where it's on the fretboard unless you give me like ten seconds to go to the B string and figure out which is a C#. Will that affect my learning to learning scales? Is it important to memorize note names on the fretboard or is it just fine that I can sight read without knowing which note it which on the fretboard?
He first plays the 7th fret harmonic on the G string (picks and touches the string lightly above the 7th fret), then dives on the whammy bar, then touches the string above the 12th fret lightly to make it sound an octave higher, and then releases the whammy bar.
Yeah, pinch harmonics are technically different, but they are really the same thing (I mean, the science behind them is exactly the same). You just touch the string lightly on your picking hand's thumb instead of your fretting hand. I would first suggest learning to play natural harmonics. Once you know how to play them, it's easier to understand how to do pinch harmonics. The easiest natural harmonics to play are on the 12th, 7th and 5th fret. G string is the easiest string to make the harmonics ring out. Use your bridge pickup.
I was just asking for a description of what your way was. You don't have to tell me if you don't want though.
I did, but I only found a thing advertising payed lessons.
Generally people that say they can play pretty much anything tend to not be able to play pretty much anything. See, I don't whether you have talent, but you probably don't have much experience.
Really? Maybe I'm doing it all wrong, but it feels like to me like it would take a LOT longer to actually get it to the point where a given note can be named without thinking for a second.
So I have played 10 years and am finally trying to get this down and stop being blind.
1. For guitar which are the most important keys to learn. Rememver I am a begginner so the easier and the stuff with more guitar music is what I am trying to look at first so I can become enthused I like punk rock, metal, rock etc...I am starting with C major at the moment and looking at D major.
2. If I am in D major and I go
Am I still playing in key? I am playing the chords of the key but the order or progression is wrong can I do anything I want with the 7 chords or they must follow the romanl numerals 'common progressions' thing?
3. Do we not use say A flat major (in general not saying no one uses it) because the chords don't sound as aesthetic as a C,GA thing?: http://www.guitaristsource.com/lessons/chords/keys/key-Aflat-major.shtml
4. And the one thing that baffled me for so many years if the E chord is in the key of A and the key of E what's going on?
If I bang A and D relentlessly what key am I playing in? Key of A or Key of D?
5. I am not at this stage yet but so I have chords. I have a key. I now use a major/minor/pentatonic scale to create a harmony or 'solo' is that how it's done...Don't give me modes, appregios and all that stuff (goes right over my head) still trying for basics...
6. How do powerchords relate to keys as it seems like anything goes there?
you don't need to learn the notes if you memorize all the scale shapes
I developed a fretboard training app for android and I just finished the web player version. You can find it here: Fret Master Online
Anyway, there are many reasons for knowing the notes of the fretboard such as:
- It helps you gain a better understanding of the music you are playing and transcribe that music to different areas of the fretboard
- It makes it easier to apply standard music notation to the guitar and communicate with other musicians about a piece of music
- It makes it easier to improvise with new chord voicings or lead parts over a chord progression
What are some other reasons for learning or knowing the notes of the guitar fretboard?
No, when people give an opinion and then don't explain their point of view, I'm going to probe further and try to learn what is good and bad. When people state an opinion that has already been stated, then don't add anything, it gets boring.
Well, other people have made a much greater effort to help me out despite my not paying them because what is the point of a forum if nobody gains guitar/songwriting ability from using it? If you don't want to give advice because I didn't pay you for it, then what are you doing on a thread asking for advice for a beginner?
You mean like in this very thread when someone said "try putting it to a rhythm." And I went and wrote a rhythmic pattern? Yeah, I see how that could be helpful.
Asking for feedback on a melody and possible improvement is not the same thing as asking someone to clean up my mess.
That approach is like saying to someone trying to learn German that they don't know any German, then rather than teaching them German, plonking them into the middle of Berlin and expecting them to pick it all up. It's not "teaching by proxy" it's teaching by example. By giving advice, laying a foundation and then allowing me to build on it myself utilizing the techniques that I have acquired through discussion.
I can't afford theory books because I'm 17 and don't have a paying job. I have however got a chord book, and have learnt about triads, scales, cadence and various other aspects of theory (with the guidance of people on this forum).
http://www.dominickearne.com/ - He's pretty good, just had a lesson now in fact, but I haven't shown him this yet.
In the context of this thread, I share my fledgling ideas as a beginner musician hoping that some people will advise me on how I can improve on what I have do to give me a template for further, independent development. This is so that I can learn guitar as part of a community in hopes that I will be able to improve my work and knowledge enough to become a more productive member of the forum who will be able to provide similar help to beginners in my position in future.
Im trying to construct my own chords and i was wondering how do i determine where each notes of the chord should be on each string? Like if i wanted to construct C major should the 3rd be on the 4th string or 3rd string or etc... and same for the 5th or 7th or whatever notes that are in the chord that im trying to construct. Is there a set rule or is it just determined by note location and trying to create a chord thats physically possible to play?