Turn on thread page Beta

Teaching yourself guitar? watch

Announcements
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    Is it possible to teach yourself guitar to the point where you can sit graded exams and do well? I've picked up my sister's old electric guitar and have been playing around with it but looking at graded courses online, I feel like getting to that stage is sooo far away. Also, I'm in year 12 and don't have as much time as I'd like to spend on guitar although it's something I've always wanted to do! Any input is appreciated
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    It's absolutely possible to learn on your own as there are tons of great resources for free on the internet (JustinGuitar and YourGuitarSage to name two off the top of my head). But why are you wanting to sit graded exams?

    Also, when I was in year 12 I played more guitar than at any other stage in my life before or since, so I don't think you can use that as an excuse to not play
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Manitude)
    But why are you wanting to sit graded exams?
    I kinda wanna do graded exams because they give me a target to work towards and achieving a grade would tell me I'm progressing in my playing ability I've been using yousician to learn the basics and I hope to progress further at some point
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Defo! I am self taught and I would suggest you to do the same. Not only it is not as hard as you imagine it to be, but it is a very good hobby to pick up! It impresses friends and family members :P
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Steljoy)
    Defo! I am self taught and I would suggest you to do the same. Not only it is not as hard as you imagine it to be, but it is a very good hobby to pick up! It impresses friends and family members :P
    Have you been able to do graded also?
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Mayonnaise2001)
    I kinda wanna do graded exams because they give me a target to work towards and achieving a grade would tell me I'm progressing in my playing ability I've been using yousician to learn the basics and I hope to progress further at some point
    Fair enough, that does make some sense. I've never really seen the point, personally, as the enjoyment I get from playing is unrelated to any pieces of paper saying how good I am. I've never done a proper formal lesson or a grade exam before and can't ever really see myself wanting to.
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    (Original post by Mayonnaise2001)
    Have you been able to do graded also?
    Unfortunately I never went for graded exams because I didn't have any intention of getting grades but I am sure that I could if I tried :yep:
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Manitude)
    Fair enough, that does make some sense. I've never really seen the point, personally, as the enjoyment I get from playing is unrelated to any pieces of paper saying how good I am. I've never done a proper formal lesson or a grade exam before and can't ever really see myself wanting to.
    I guess. I was also hoping that I could have something to put on my CV if I'm planning on spending time on it
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by Mayonnaise2001)
    I guess. I was also hoping that I could have something to put on my CV if I'm planning on spending time on it
    I don't think it would particularly help a job application that was unrelated to music. Sure, it's good to put down a hobby but to a potential employer, saying "I play guitar" isn't really any different to "I play guitar to a Grade 8 level". What matters is how you tie that in to something related to being employable (e.g. "learning a difficult new song teaches me to be patient" or something like that). But if you want to do grades, then go for it.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    Noel Gallagher didn’t need lessons...

    And look how good he is!
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    I’d recommend you learn all the chords and play along to your favourite songs first (I started with Stay With Me and Mr Brightside). Once you’ve got a grasp on quick chord changes and strumming you will feel comfortable with the instrument and from there you can find out whether you prefer electric solos, classical or fingerpicking acoustic style. All three have graded exams although the last is lesser done (it’s my favourite though!). It’s more important to know you like the basics and learn those first than try and throw yourself into the more academic stuff because it could kill interest.

    Good luck!
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Tommy123Hull)
    Noel Gallagher didn’t need lessons...

    And look how good he is!
    :laugh: :laugh:

    Good songsmith. Not a great guitar player per se.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    David Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) taught himself drums and guitar, so it’s certainly possible - I’m doing the same
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by gjd800)
    :laugh: :laugh:

    Good songsmith. Not a great guitar player per se.
    I disagree but each to their own 😀
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    I've never had any formal lessons and I am a self tought guitarist thinking of learning bass. I find it less stresful being self tought and easier being self tought. I have not sat any music exams and I don't really one to. There are some many great musicians that are self tought.
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    (Original post by Tommy123Hull)
    Noel Gallagher didn’t need lessons...

    And look how good he is!
    Best argument for taking lessons I've ever heard
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Stiff Little Fingers)
    Best argument for taking lessons I've ever heard
    You get it :laugh:
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    Buying the relevant books will be really helpful in order to learn scales and such
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Mayonnaise2001)
    Is it possible to teach yourself guitar to the point where you can sit graded exams and do well? I've picked up my sister's old electric guitar and have been playing around with it but looking at graded courses online, I feel like getting to that stage is sooo far away. Also, I'm in year 12 and don't have as much time as I'd like to spend on guitar although it's something I've always wanted to do! Any input is appreciated
    Yes there are TONS of guitarists who are self taught some of the best ones were self taught too Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, they were both self taught and just look how amazing they were

    Practise as often as you can, good luck.
    Offline

    4
    ReputationRep:
    Definitely possible! I had lessons for about 2 years as a kid, but picked my guitar back up a while ago having not had lessons for about 4 years (didn't like lessons or want to do grades) and I just play for fun and as an outlet. It is entirely possible, I personally don't care about grades and play for the enjoyment but if you want to there's no reason you can't do that. just takes practice.
 
 
 
Poll
Cats or dogs?
Useful resources

Articles:

TSR wiki music section

Quick link:

Unanswered music threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.