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beginner trapped!
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My name is Justin, I am new to acoustic community and also new to the guitar i have been playing for about 4months now, I was wondering if anyone had advise, I have so many questions but i will start…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Shone Dec 28, 2011.

 

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Larry Shone replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Justin if you can afford it I would say find a good teacher- I wish I could! But there are plenty of online video lessons on youtube! Also check out jamplay.com and justinguitar.com Also look out for videos by a guy called Hawkeye Herman if you…"
Dec 28, 2011
Joshua Sanders replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"I agree with Jud AND with Mark....lessons work for some but no for others. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix had guitar teachers. Bruce Springsteen never had a guitar teacher...but lessons from a pro never hurt; maybe if there is a "roots…"
Dec 9, 2011
Jud Hair replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"I did pretty much the same thing, except I got my start with a book of traditional folk songs ... extra simple stuff like "Red River Valley" and "My Darling Clementine". etc. ... with the chord diagrams right above the…"
Dec 9, 2011
Mark Bedard replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"I tried lessons years ago but they weren't for me personally. I had already been playing for years and was fairly proficient, and I found that you end up sounding like your guitar teacher's style after a while rather than your own. As…"
Dec 9, 2011
emma diaz gallego replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Hi Steve! My name is Ema Diaz I studied in St. Louis Gradwhol School of Lab Tec in 1963-1964. I am from Mexicali B.C., Mexico. If you remember me please contact me. emadiazgallego@hotmail.com"
Dec 8, 2011
Joshua Sanders replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Hi Justin, my best advice for basic players is to get a teacher and my best advice on teachers is to try several. There are some books you can find and anything by David Hamburger and Mark Hanson would be excellent - though these are just…"
Nov 29, 2011
Steve Mutchler replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Justin...thought I would toss in my 2cents worth... I'm 70 years old and starting over...played a little when I was in high school...(last centrury!!) I have been working on the guitar now about 3 months...and I am learning...and gradually…"
Nov 18, 2011
FloridaGull replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Indeed and +1 to the above... :-)"
Oct 19, 2011
Jud Hair replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Get a few lessons at least to learn the basics properly.  I've been playing for 40 years and never had a lesson.  Eventually, I became pretty proficient, but I would have had a lot easier time of it, if I'd built a better…"
Oct 19, 2011
higgs replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Justin   I have a BA music degree with a major in guitar - though I admit I should be a better player than I am.  Anyways - I just want to put my credentiuals out there.  As stated before, the genre you want to play is paramount in…"
Oct 17, 2011
Allen replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Hi Justin, A good book is useful. Getting lessons with a good teacher is useful too. But the point is up to you and your work. As with every activity, working on the guitar is (1) spending time actually putting your finger on the instrument, ad (2)…"
Oct 6, 2011
Victor Saumarez replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"You want to figure out which style you are most attracted to. Listen to your heroes and decide you want to play like that. Buy books, videos, CDs, MP3s, of this player and copy him. Watch him on youtube. Take lessons. Be prepared to change teachers…"
Sep 22, 2011
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Sep 14, 2011
Lennie Schoonover replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"My Pleasure. There is a line I read long ago from a manufacturer of a small machine.  He offered excellent service after the sale and he said, "Don't suffer in silence."  I have found comfort in that for decades and when I…"
Sep 5, 2011
Justin Miller replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Thank you lennie, that actually does help alot, i have found an instructor and i did an interview he seems like a great teacher and not the type that throws a book in front of me and anmd tells me to do whats inside, i mean i can do that myself. i…"
Sep 5, 2011
Lennie Schoonover replied to Justin Miller's discussion beginner trapped!
"Justin, I am a beginning guitar player but I've played a Banjo for decades.  I mention that because with a musical background it is easier to do more on your own.  But if this is your first instrument, then I would whole heartedly…"
Sep 5, 2011

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
Less than 1 year
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Yamaha FG705S, Shubb capo, elixir medium strings
What type of music do you like to play?
country, jack johnson style of music
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