Just starting out, where to go first?

alexbradley0910 posted this 13 July 2017

After purchasing a beginner's electric guitar last year I also received a free three month membership for this site which I have redeemed today since I now have time to learn guitar after finishing college.

However, I have absolutely no idea where to start. The online lessons aren't organised in a way that makes it apparent how new players should progress and I'm having trouble finding something catered to me.

tl;dr - I'm completely new to guitar playing with no prior experience. What lessons should I start out with?

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james danvers posted this 14 July 2017

There are many great beginners dvds on here to get you going but i would suggest if you are literally just starting i would have a few lessons first with an actual guitar teacher first as there will be questions you have etc. You need to decide what you want from the instrument, do you want to start learning theory or get stuck into some of you favourite songs? Either way its a great journey and good luck with your playing.

You have 12 notes, what you do with them is up to you.

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alexbradley0910 posted this 14 July 2017

Thanks for answering, James!

Unfortunately tutoring like that isn't really an option for me since my schedule is just too busy between looking for a job, preparing for further course, etc.

I have played my guitar fairly often since I got it last October, and thankfully it came with a tuner for tone deaf ears like mine, but my playing isn't really smooth or fluent. Generally I look at simple tabs for video game music or perhaps more well known tracks and try to play those by memory, but my I don't really have that precision required to play well right now, with my fingers at times landing on the wrong strings and being completely unable to play chords at all.

If there are no tutorials for absolute beginners on the site (again, fresh out of college, no job yet, no money to purchase the DVDs, sadly), are there any videos on YouTube you'd recommend to someone at my (nonexistent) skill level?

Thanks again.

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james danvers posted this 14 July 2017

If you go to the dvd section on this site then click skill filter on the left all the beginner dvds can be highlighted from simple songs to basic chords and scales. This i think would be a great place to start and a lot of the dvds have trailers so you can get an idea of what is involved. I would personally stay away from You Tube as there is far more rubbish on there than good advice, Lick Library is the place to start. Good luck.

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You have 12 notes, what you do with them is up to you.

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alexbradley0910 posted this 16 July 2017

Thanks once again! :)

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