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05-10-08, 07:10 AM
My regards to the community. I already have a taste of music as I played Saxophone for 6 years and sang in choir for 5. I want to have my fingers going on an acoustic guitar. I already own 2. . I was wondering if anyone could tell me a good way to start out. What should I be doing, etc... That kind of stuff. Any advice would be great.


05-10-08, 09:50 AM
I taught myself how to play acoustic :)

I picked up a chord book, got some tabs online and just went at it. however, if you can afford it, it's probably worth it to take some lessons.

good luck!!

05-10-08, 10:10 AM
I'd also suggest lessons, particularly if you are the kind of learner that does well learning visually, you can follow along with the class or teacher. I took fun beginning classes at high school and at the college level, or you might find something through your city parks and rec summer program schedule that are very affordable.

I found it hard to keep motivated to keep learning, and not jump all around in my process, and did much better in the class environment.

05-10-08, 10:27 AM
Here are a few links that may help you.

Target has a DVD for learning to play acoustic guitar:|Acoustic_Guitar_Lessons:_Learning_A coustic_Guitar__-_Learn_how_to_play_acoustic_guitar_instructional_v ideo_:_DVD&ref=tgt_adv_XSNG1060

Some other information:

The Guitar - Learning To Play

Some schools offer guitar lessons as part of their music program. If you're interested in learning to play and lessons aren't available at school (, you can also sign-up for private lessons. If this isn't an option for you, you could also try teaching yourself by using a beginner instructional books ( or DVDs. In fact, many of the world's best guitarists ( learned to play by teaching themselves.

The Guitar - Did You Know?

One of the most amazing guitar players in history ( was Jimi Hendrix - who also taught himself to play. He would play it behind his back, grind the strings against amplifiers and even play ( his guitar with his teeth ( The world's smallest guitar is carved from a block of silicon and is just 10 micrometers long - 1/20 of the thickness of human hair (! Each string is 1/500 inch (.05 mm) thick. The guitar was made in order to demonstrate a new technology ( that could be used in fiber optics, displays and sensors.

Try google if you need more info. Hope this helps!

05-10-08, 02:06 PM
DEFINITELY find a good teacher. You can only do so much teaching yourself, even with DVDs and instructional books.

I've been playing since I was in grade school and I still take an occasional lesson or make a point to jam with someone who's a better player than me.

06-18-08, 03:17 AM
I wish someone could teach me how to be excited about an instrument for more than one hour of sweat.

06-18-08, 03:34 PM
theres loads of free video tutorials on

10-16-08, 06:15 PM
I answered a really similar question on Y!A a while ago... here's what I said:

"You already sing and play saxophone, so you have an advantage. You know music, and this will make it easier to learn songs.

My dad is a guitarist, but never ha time, so I pretty much teach myself and get occasional help from him. He taught me how to read tabs, this information is also available online: (
Then I started finding songs I want to learn, and play the chords, and play the chords without strumming patterns or anything, then once I can change the chords quickly/efficiently/cleanly I start working on the strumming pattern. Here is a good site for tabs: (

It might also help to get someone to show you scales and a few other basic things that could help you, but none of the guitarists I know got guitar lessons, they listened to music and learned to build chords and things on their own, even without the internet. You know how to build chords, major, minor, &c. Here is a wiki article to help you out with that: (
Once you can identify a note in a song, whether it is minor or major, you can figure out the chord by ear. That way you would learn fingering by what is easiest for chord changes and figuring out chords.

Another way would be watching covers on youtube, you can figure out where their fingers by pausing and playing the chord and watching the way they strum."

10-17-08, 02:32 PM
lessons would probably be best

10-19-08, 11:49 AM
everyone has their opinion. i can play the guitar better than anyone i know, and i never received a lesson. assuming you like modern music, you will not need to learn more than the major and minor of a chord right off. put in the CD that you like, get the guitar tab online, and play along. that's the absolute best way to learn. can't find the tab? then use windows media player and slow the song down, making it easier to learn. in time you will learn that the guitar is easy as pie. if you need any help or tips just ask! good luck