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Wayne Kerr said in November 20th, 2009 at 9:21 am

The guitar basics can be learned quite quickly.

However it gets much harder and is very frustrating you have to have a lot of dedication and of course talent to become a great guitarist.

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brian777999 said in November 21st, 2009 at 3:43 pm

you can teach yourself the guitar. but if you want to get good it will take about at least 2 hours of practise EVERY day.
It depends on what sort of music you want to play ; just simple pop songs or really complex solo jazz guitar.
I recommend getting an electric guitar (YAMAHA or SQUIER) for beginners because for about $200 you can get yourself a nice guitar. But it is hard to get a good acoustic guitar for that money.
But if you want to play classical guitar then you have to buy a nylon string acoustic guitar. Take sombody along who knows about guitars.
DO NOT LEARN TABLATURE ; LEARN HOW TO READ MUSIC PROPERLEY, IT IS NOT THAT HARD.
Ignore what somebody said about the guitar only accompanies. This is totally wrong. The guitar can sound like a whole orchestra if you are good enough.

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Robert C said in November 23rd, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Bit late at night…I’m a bit drunk…

There is no end to learning music.

No one ever learnt anything that wasn’t from ‘scratch’.

I have been playing guitar, piano and drums for 39 years…I never had a lesson from any music teacher.

The best kind of guitar to learn on, is the one that you play your first chord on, the one you make your fingers bleed on…and the one that you stroke those chords on while you absent mindedly gawp at the television.

The reason music is an art…is because the only real thrill it can offer is the surrender of the soul to learning.

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doodahzipperty said in November 30th, 2009 at 8:19 am

I would say that all depends on your enthusiasm and how bad you want to play. I`ve been playing for many years now and i taught myself and i`m still learning. I don’t think you ever do stop learning ya just get better and discover new things to do and when ya master something that you have been trying the buzz the sense of self satisfaction is wonderful. So I would say to you this. In the beginning it can be quite hard. Its making your fingers go where you want them to go. Once you have your fingers moving and you have learnt even just 3 chords you will be amazed at what you can do with just that. Then the fun starts ;O) Music is a wonderful way to express yourself or even get to know yourself. DO IT! you will find it hard to Begin with but perseverance and you play as well as anyone else. Remember There’s a few different types to choose from too, Acoustic, Electric or even bass. One other thought. Decide on what you want to play go to a music shop have a feel of the different guitars and don’t buy cheap. these packs that cost a £100 for a guit,amp,strap leave em well alone. a professional musician will even find some of these guitars hard to play a learner well. like i said go to your local music shop talk to them and they will help you as much as they can i`m sure. Hope this helps

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chessmaster1018 said in December 2nd, 2009 at 4:46 am

Guitar is not as easy as some think….maybe if you want to learn a few power chords it’s not to bad but to learn guitar correctly I would say about three years at least. I’m talking about learning to read music, play notes, chords, and know about scales, keys etc . As for learning from a book….it probably will take longer….that’s been my experience with strudents that I’ve had….the ones who try and teach themselves out of a book don’t do as well as the ones who have had teachers. Today online has sites that I think are great…if you don’t want a teacher….I don’t think to much of the free sites…but they can get you started. The other sites have online lesssons, DVD’s, videos, Cd’s, and books that I think are really good….I wish that I had acess to these years ago. Here are some of the free sites :
Great Sites : (click on guitar) (free electronic tuner on homepage, upper right hand corner)
As for guitars….I tell my students that are just starting out to try the Yamaha acoustic….you can get this at the Guitar Center for $200.00 dollars….even less on sale…and the clerks there are very good at giving you a deal…just ask….make sure that if they have five or eight of them to play them all…as they all have a little different action and feel, they may all look alike but they don’t all sound alike….even if it’s the same make guitar !!!!!!!! Go up and down the fingerboard checking the notes to make sure that there are no buzzs, sometimes the frets are off, or the neck is warped, so check it out good !!!!!!!!
You should be able to get something out of one of these sites that will help you….good luck…and good bye !!!!!!!

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speakimpeccably said in December 4th, 2009 at 7:51 am

Find a good teacher and take lessons. It will be worth it in the long run even if only for your own entertainment.

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Tribune said in December 5th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I bought Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day guitar book in 1962, still can’t play it .

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dangermouse1990 said in December 8th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

It depends on you!! if you Just use books you can find it difficult and boring- but there are loads of other ways of learning- such as : -
- ultimate-guitar.com has good lessons for beginners
- youtube- search “beginner guitar lessons” and LOAds come up
- any friends that know how to play?? that can be great for motivation and playing with other people
- Books are okay- go to your library and get them for free!!
- Listening to music that you want to play and trying to play along and figure out the notes can be a good way
- get a program like magix music maker etc- so youcan slow tracks down
- a metronome really helps!!!

well thats how i have been learning anyway!!! its good to learn some chords and major scales- but dont go too crazy!! get some songs and learn them as you go- its much more fun that way. Also learn how to read Tab- it will help alot.

Hope that helped x