Hello everyone,

I have quite a bit more free time on my hands (due to a breakup) and have "learn how to play a musical instrument" on my bucket list and I would like to start playing the guitar. My plan is just to buy a relatively cheap guitar and play for about 30 minutes a day teaching myself. I don't have the money for lessons and if I did I live in Italy so I wouldn't understand them.

(Teaching myself Italian is another home project which is going well so far)

I was wondering if there are any guitar players out there who know of good online resources (Youtube channels, etc) or books that can guide a person teaching themselves? I did play a bit when I was younger so I'm not completely new to it but I expect to have forgotten everything (I only played to a low level anyway). I am happy learning scales, skills, etc and want to develop a genuine skill not just learn a few songs for BBQ and camp fire evenings. 

Thanks in advanced for your advice.


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I think that there's a lot of videos on u tube for beginners. Also have a look around for. TAB books that'll show you the chords.

Do you have a metronome?  If not, buy one and practice with it daily.  It is ESSENTIAL to developing rhythm.  

Regarding resources,  Justin Guitar has loads and loads of free lessons.  Also, Spy Tunes has a pretty solid structure for learning. 

Thank you for the resources! They are great. I was planning to use an online metronome (http://www.webmetronome.com/) is there any particular advantage over buying one?

No, not that I can think of.  As long as you can manipulate how many bpm's you want to set it at, you should be fine.

Just be sure to practice daily with a metronome.  Despite it being somewhat boring, it really does help.  

Advice worth noting.....do not buy a bottom of the rung guitar, go for a mid grade one.  If you cheap out you will find yourself buying a better one eventually and have one you couldn't give away.  look at musicians friend or guitar center scratch n dent section.  Epiphone makes a real good les paul and can be had for a couple hundred or less.  Pawn shops are great for deals too, always haggle with pawn shops will usually work with you.  I would really get one acoustic and one electric.  There are tons of websites and youtube books but it is going to take time on the strings to get where you want to be.

Enjoy and have patience........

Thanks Adrian, I live in Italy and have managed to track down a few decent music stores. I live in a pretty small city so there isn't much choice. I'm not planning to get an absolutely bottom range guitar but I don't want to spend much more than €100... I don't have much money at the moment, I'll start with an acoustic and if I get to the point where not having an electric is limiting me I'll get one then.

Thank you for the advice...

In the end I got a Yamaha F310 for €130 and it is perfectly good enough for what I need. It sounds nice and is clearly well made. I started today with Justin Guitar and my fingers are sore now after about 20 minutes so I'm going to give it another go tomorrow...

My journey to playing decent guitar has begun...

Your fingers will be quite sore at the beginning until you develop the calluses.  Ultimate-guitar has a lot of lessons and tabs/chords for pretty much anything you'd like to learn ( http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons ).  Youtube is a great tool also.  If you are using a Mac and have Garageband there are many tools on there also such as lessons, and using loops to play with some drums to keep a beat rather than that monotonous metronome.

Thanks Charlie. I'll check it out! Yes, my fingers are pretty sore. I can't play for more than about ten minutes but I think in a couple of weeks I'll be set.

I'm a bit torn on what to offer. I've been playing for a long time and should be a whole lot better than I am but never had, in truth made, time to practice.

I am completely self taught and relied heavily on tab. What that means to me is that I can play what I most like pretty well (blues and classic rock built on the blues) but when I try to branch out to  other styles I find I am  pretty trapped. For example, I am growing in appreciation for jazz and for the hippie jazz-rock fusion stuff that was coming out in the late '60s early '70s.  It is nearly all modal music (music based on different kinds of scales within the same key signature). And that sums up my knowledge of it and I sure as heck can't play it.

I guess the real moral of the story is that I started with a specific style of music in mind, learned to play it and now that I want to diversify I discover I should have taken a  more general approach and need to basically begin again.  Looking back I wish I'd focused more on the theory and less on being able to play tunes, as bassackwards as that sounds (and boring, too!)

I will definitely try and take a broad approach to my learning. Especially as I don't have a specific style in mind yet. 

Learn the C-A-G-E-D system, box scales, and their pentatonic versions. It will unlock the fret board for you. That is basically all I learned in my first few months of lessons.




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