I've always wanted to try and learn to play the guitar ever since I was in high school, unfortunately I've never got around to it as of yet. This year though I've decided I'd like to give it a go. I don't expect to become an expert, but I'd like to be able to half decently play it.
I'm just going to try and pick up a few tips off YouTube, and then try and teach myself. Has anyone else done it this way?
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- 26-03-2013 17:14
- 26-03-2013 17:18
I got taught the basics on electric guitar before figuring out it was a waste of money, and self-teaching is very easy if you learn the basic theory first.
Go out and learn to read guitar tablature, and once you understand that you can learn all the major and minor root chords. From there you can start figuring out where other chords come from (i.e. which combinations of notes make them up; available for free online!) and once you've got a good grasp of all that you can start trying to put them together and discover which go well in a given key and which don't.
Electric guitar follows the same principle, usually stuff is based around chords rather than constant one-or-two note driven solos. However, you'll learn which notes to use in solos by learning chords and their role in musical keys
- 06-05-2013 14:53
Okay, I'm doing what you want to do. I started playing last November and I've been teaching myself using the internet. I think the one mistake I've made is I didn't think to learn much of music theory. It's pretty boring tbh but it helps a lot because you can figure out a lot more chord positions by yourself. I started off playing with a pick but I tried playing without one once and I liked it so much that I just never went back to using a pick. I like it because I play a lot of songs that involve travis picking (Dust In The Wind is the most famous example) and the chords sound a little different, but great nonetheless.
My advice would be, YouTube is NOT the best way to learn music, it's the best way to learn songs. It's important to make that distinction. You can learn music by just Googling things like scales and keys and stuff, but the best way to learn songs involving chords is to search for them on YouTube, there are plenty of tutorials available. And for songs that don't use chords, tabs work the best.
Do let me know if you have anything else you wanna know