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Comment by Mark Thomas Wolf on April 26, 2012 at 7:19pm

Thanks guys!

Comment by Robert F. Booth on April 26, 2012 at 11:29am

Welcome Mark, I am also a beginner, and I use chordie, justinguitar, and I also use and

Comment by Denny Baer on April 26, 2012 at 10:37am

Welcoome Mark, I suggest checking out (free lessons) and (some free lessons or subscription).

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 26, 2012 at 8:24am

Great advice Dean!

Comment by Newbie Dean on April 26, 2012 at 8:10am

Welcome, Mark..........This is a GOOD site to get started, no bad questions here.  The best thing a buddy of mine told me is to learn chords in a "progression"; eg, G-Em,C,D.  With those 4 chords, you can play a BUNCH of songs.  That's how I got started being able to play songs early on.  Chordie is my favorite site for songs.  I try to look for songs that I know and have at least one NEW chord for me to learn (stretch).  KEEP IT FUN, Dean

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 26, 2012 at 4:51am

Hey Mark,

Welcome!  You are among friends!  Try going to and looking up a favorite song of yours.  You will get the lyrics and chords and since you already know the tune (since it's one of your favorites) just work on it until you get it!  Some songs have harder chords than others, so start with a simple favorite and you'll go!  


Comment by Mark Thomas Wolf on April 25, 2012 at 10:20pm

Hi all.  I'm very newbie.  Bought my Fender acoustic/electric last year & really want to get serious about learning to play.  So far just picking up some basic chords & learning to strum.  Any suggestions on where to go on this site if your a beginner? Thanks.

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 25, 2012 at 6:01pm

Welcome Scott! 

Comment by Arlie Box on April 23, 2012 at 5:47pm

That sounds close to what we do Walt, but we just play our individual stuff, and people can jam with ya.
I kind of like the format you described. There would probably be a lot of 12-bar going on if we gave that a try.

Comment by Walt Pilcher on April 22, 2012 at 6:14pm


Below I'm copying a post I made three years ago with suggestions from my experience with this, mostly for others who may benefit from finding a group:

"Through a mutual friend I started attending a regular Thursday evening circle that meets in the home of a man who has been playing fiddle, guitar, autoharp, and you name it, for 30-40 years. The group has fiddle, guitar and mandolin players mostly, plus one who plays keyboard (so what if it's not acoustic!), and occasionally someone will show up with something else. Many in the group are accomplished players, both men and women, but some are not far beyond the basics. None makes his living with music, but some are in church worship bands and/or play an occasional gig for money or just for fun. There are probably 25 people who come off and on, of whom anywhere from four to 12 will show up on any given Thursday. There are about 10 that I would call "regulars." The "core group," if you will, of about eight, makes up a band called Bishop's Bridge (after the leader's deceased dog, Bishop) that plays mostly Celtic, folk and old time music, but with some fun modern stuff thrown in as well. When I started I played the spoons because I hadn't even started on the guitar yet! I was there because I had brought a song I wrote that I wanted some help with, and they pitched right in and worked on it.

The format is you go around the "circle" taking turns picking a song that the group will play. Anything goes. We have a collection of hundreds of chorded songs we choose from, or often people will bring in something new, so the group is always adding to its collection.

When I announced I wanted to learn guitar, Vance, the leader, lent me one of his until I could shop around and get my own, just to get me started. These folks were generous with their willingness to encourage me. It has been a wonderful learning experience.

Anyway, the point is that there may be informal music circles in other areas that will welcome newcomers of any skill level.

Suggestions for finding a group to play with:

1. Google and find out if there is a guitar club or society or acoustic musicians' society in your area. Where I live in North Carolina it's High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association ( ). You don't have to join it, but call up the president and ask if he/she knows of any music circles that welcome newcomers. Maybe they don't call them circles where you are, but whatever.

2. Check with the faculty at a local community college that offers music lessons and see if they know of any such groups.

3. Call the proprietors of bars and clubs that feature acoustic entertainers and see if they know or can give you the names of their performers because some of them may be involved in such circles.

4. Ask the managers of the local music stores."


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