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Comment by Bernie on April 29, 2010 at 3:50pm
Welcome Mike and Dave
Comment by Mike Carlson on April 29, 2010 at 2:38pm
Thank you for the welcome, Derrick.
Comment by Derrick Miller on April 29, 2010 at 1:59pm
A quick Shout Out to Mike Carlson and Dave Patterson, both new members. Glad you are here, gentlemen! Welcome.

Comment by Michele on April 26, 2010 at 6:20am
Robert, thank you for the link to HeartWood!
Comment by Robert F. Booth on April 25, 2010 at 8:20am
Hello all,
Hey Denny, theirs another site that they can go to and its called, they will also give you some strum patterns also. I liked justinguitar, and ultimate-guitar, they helped me a lot on my chords. When I learned the chords on their sites, I then practiced changing between them all. This week, I'm going to practice the strum patterns from heartwood, and try to play their songs.
Comment by Derrick Miller on April 25, 2010 at 6:48am
Denny and Mark, I copied your replies to the discussion thread above...

Comment by Denny Baer on April 25, 2010 at 6:31am
From your posts I take it your teaching yourself. You write you've learned a number of chords. How and from where? A chord chart? My suggestions are:

1) Find a teacher. He/ She will not only teach you chords and explain them but also show you how to use them in songs and strum patterns.
2) Sign up for an online course like Guitar Tricks or Jam Play that charge a reasonable monthly fee. I recently signed up on Guitar Tricks.
3) Check free lesson sites like or
4) Browse the Acoustic Guitar Store or many other online music store sites or local music stores for beginner books. You can buy books that have the chord diagram printed above the lyrics where the chord change occurs. You learn the song and the chords at the same time. For strum patterns just listen to the music. Beginner books will have songs with easy chords, E-A-G-D-C and maybe some minors and 7ths. That's how I got started.
Another alternative is or similat tab sights. Browse or search them for songs you want to learn. Like the books they will have the songs with the chords. Be careful with these though. These tabs are simply interpretatons of the person who wrote the tab.

Good luck,

Comment by Mark on April 25, 2010 at 6:25am
That's a darn good question Michele !
I'm about at the same level here, Got a few chords figured out.
As a practice drill - I sort of strum or pick my way through them just to practice chord changes. I've got a few songs that I run through also.


Where should I go from here?

Please don't say "find a teacher and take lessons"... With the economy and my own personal situation in the state it's in, there is no money in the budget for anything beyond the bare necessities. (I had to sell a guitar last week)

So, what's the "next step" ?
Comment by Derrick Miller on April 25, 2010 at 6:25am
Michele, let's move this to a discussion thread since it is a good topic for us beginners...I will start it for us.

Comment by Michele on April 24, 2010 at 11:41pm
Newbie question: I have got some chords down, quite a few actually, now what?

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