I Am Learning to Play Guitar

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 328 People

    Cow Picks?

    Last weekend I went to my very first Bluegrass music festival. Actually, it was my first real listen to Bluegrass. While there I purchased three guitar picks made from animal horn. The pick Dude didn't know what animal the picks were made from. We guessed either cows or goats...
    AlDemone AlDemone
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Jul 17, 2012

    I have an awesome teacher

    and it is awesome.
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    1 Response Nov 2, 2015

    I love music..well everyone loves music.

    .i also love playing some music..n especially guitar..playing guitar infront of a huge crowd is one of my biggest dream... But unfortunately several reasons interrupted me to buy a guitar and learning it...recently i have bought an acoustic guitar and learnt some few chords...
    ucbenetton ucbenetton
    26-30, M
    Dec 9, 2013

    Acoustic To... Electric

    And my, what a difference! It feels powerful! it sounds so dirty... i love it. i absolutely LOVE playing the electric guitar. I'm playing an ESP EC-1000 with an Orange AD 30 amp, with am Ibaneze tube screamer. Very nice sounding ;) thank you to my lovely fiance for teaching me...
    LiveloveJ LiveloveJ
    31-35, F
    Feb 26, 2013

    Can Be Fustrating

    It's a lot harder then I thought but it's one of those things I have always wanted to try. I really enjoy music, would be nice to play some
    BooSFla BooSFla
    41-45, M
    Mar 6, 2011

    I have wanted to learn

    for a while. I am "teaching" myself since I cannot afford lessons. But I've started with chromatic scales and I am working up to chords. This really helps with my sporadic thinking, hopefully I continue!
    Lostkid16 Lostkid16
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Dec 2, 2013

    Who's Muting Their Guitar Strings By Accident?

    I have recently started learning to play the electric guitar. I am struggling to fit my fingers perfectly on the fret strings... I am always muting the string, either immediately above or below...Anyone else having this "teething" problem...?
    Cybersangoma Cybersangoma
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Sep 11, 2009

    On and Off

    I have been learning to play guitar for about two years. I start practicing then I stop but recently I have learn alot. I have an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. I'm not bad at playing guitar but I'm not good enough to be in a band. I wanted to learn so I could...
    7maybe7 7maybe7
    2 Responses Aug 17, 2009

    Just Picked It Up Today And Already Playing Songs

    Or rather bits and pieces of songs Basically I picked up my father's acoustic, looked up a few tutorials on youtube, and started playing some simple chords in about 30 minutes im playing "For what it's worth"
    Thisnameisbetter Thisnameisbetter
    22-25, M
    Oct 10, 2013

    you never stop learning.

    I've been learning over 40 years now
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    1 Response Nov 3, 2015

    We Know A Few Chords

    Shortly after she made me up, she decided I can play guitar. So I can play it in her head. However, she doesn't actually know how to play the guitar except for a few chords, so if I were trying to pick up a guitar in the real world, I wouldn't be able to play it. So she's been...
    ImNotARealPerson ImNotARealPerson
    31-35, M
    1 Response Apr 13, 2013

    I just got a guitar! I can't wait to start

    playing it and learning by videos LOL 😁
    Joedog20 Joedog20
    22-25, M
    1 Response Feb 17, 2015

    Strumming and Writing

    I'm learning guitar for the sole purpose of writing songs. Its been such a great tool to my songwriting and ability to just create melodies. I'm not the bombdiggity at it but I'm learning 4 months now. I'm not so good at the finger playing, I'm better at just strumming...
    ladynau ladynau
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 23, 2008

    I haven't played in a while,

    but I write a lot of songs and I think I'm going to start up again.
    Simone423 Simone423
    Jul 27, 2015

    One of my dreams is to play guitar!

    But, I never have so I want to learn! If anyone has a link or tip for me plz reply or pm me!
    UniversalCutie UniversalCutie
    16-17, F
    Jul 29, 2015

    Third Time's a Charm

    this is my 3rd time trying to learn Lol, I can't really afford a tutor but know how to self-teach it may be harder but hey i wanna learn dammit! This time I'll be out of school as my exams are over so I will have more time to pratice hate tuning my guitar in though its a...
    deleted deleted
    Jun 9, 2008

    Any Tips?

    I've been playing on and aoff for roughly a year, and I've definatley made progress, learned a bunch of chords and licks and improved my speed and dexterity, but I feel like I need to make more progress faster.  I haven't taken lessons, and I can't read music (but I want to...
    thetruuth thetruuth
    18-21, M
    Oct 21, 2008

    It's Always Been Part Of A Dream

    I treated myself to a black and silverburst, Dean Access Performer, Acoutic/electric and i cant wait to start playing. Unfortunately... FedEx is retarded and delivered my guitar..... to the wrong door so i cant quite start yet... buttttt... i am going to do it. :) Its decided...
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    Aug 24, 2012

    I like to paint my nails

    and have them long but you can't do that if you play guitar or at least learning to play it.because shorter nails makes for a better playing but I feel like once you get good at the cords you'll be able to have them long because how else wood people.like Miranda Lambert be able...
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    Jan 22, 2016

    Where To Start

    i bought a gutair step 1 complete ha ha now to learn i bought a teach yourself how to play cd but it seems to b crap hell i dont even know how to tune the dam thing and if it is tuned i know jack **** but i can admit it now its time to fix that wish me luck im working
    romanticmike romanticmike
    31-35, M
    Feb 28, 2013

    I have been trying to teach myself how to play

    for the past 7 years and still have a long way to go before I can fulfill one of my life's goals to become part of a band. Would like to meet other people who are learning to play guitar and experts alike to chat and possibly even get together and jam!
    kchondo90 kchondo90
    26-30, M
    Jul 18, 2014
    YouCantEscapeMyDemons YouCantEscapeMyDemons
    16-17, M
    5 Responses Apr 12, 2015


    I started a year ago learning to play an acoustic guitar- as the tutor is a friend, it is quite a casual learning setting, meaning that as much attention as should be demanded is not.  I commenced by learning the intro to Smoke on Water and was very pleased with myself...
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    Jun 25, 2008

    I Am Just a Beginner....

    I love to play just enough to build my caluses. I don't play much because I havn't had a guitar of my own, but I do love to learn new strumming techniques at the very least. I know only few chords and have been wanting to learn more scales. Eventually I will. My next investment...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 22, 2008

    learning to play hay there Delilah - plain

    white T's. its kinda hard because I have small fingers Lol
    YourOneAndOnlyReject YourOneAndOnlyReject
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 19, 2015

    My fingers are hurting.

    At first, I was kinda proud to have these calluses...but now...they're kinda ugly to look at! Haha oh well, all worth it when I am learning new songs to play! :)
    littlemisslight littlemisslight
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 7, 2015

    i always wanted to be a professional guitarist.

    .i'm learning guitar on my own since i dont have time to go to a master..i have manages to learn all the basic chords and i can shift the chords easily..i can even play some tunes..but the thing is i'm unable to play this barr chords..can anyone help me how to play them easily
    ucbenetton ucbenetton
    26-30, M
    1 Response Dec 20, 2014

    I've been playing for twenty years,

    but still after all this time, there is still so much to learn!!! I think if I ever stopped learning, it will only be because I'm dead!!!
    scottie1974 scottie1974
    41-45, M
    1 Response Sep 18, 2015

    Falling Asleep With My Guitar Beside Me....

    Three months ago I bought a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar copy (colored black and white). I believe my love for music has its roots from the classical music my father made me listen to when I was younger. He had a penchant for classical music and oldies, it may sound...
    johdirockette johdirockette
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 23, 2011

    Smoke On The Water

    Got a big gig in a few weeks with my 10 year old son.  He plays rhythm, I play lead.  Got that song down pat finally.  It'll be him, me, and about 15 other 8 to 10 year olds.  I have this fear that I'm gonna end up in that coloring book they give you in the 2nd grade.  The...
    AlDemone AlDemone
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Apr 4, 2012

    Planning On Reteaching Myself Again...

    After I get mine fixed(the weather hasn't been kind to my poor acoustic; the neck is separating form the body), I swear I'm going to try to teach myself to play for the (and this is probably exaggerated here) tenth or twentieth time.  I have the books and desire to learn...
    stygianangel stygianangel
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 24, 2008

    Bought a guitar yesterday.

    It's a fender acoustic guitar. Later, I will save some money for a Gibson guitar! Learning some chords, it will be fun to learn to play an instrument again. Music is a big part of my life and playing my guitar will change it...hopefully in the positive direction.
    EsteeVonne EsteeVonne
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 23, 2014

    I have always been jealous

    when my sister used to play the guitar and all I had was a flute XD. When she decided to give it up a few years ago I wanted to start so when nobody is home I pick it up and start teaching myself it from a book! So far it is going well but I guess I will never tell anyone...
    hhannahw hhannahw
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 6, 2014
    andrewj2014 andrewj2014
    22-25, M
    Aug 22, 2014

    Embracing The Journey

    Started learning but quit as a teenager. Picked it back up about a year ago. Feels overwhelming and impossible at times but then a minor breakthrough happens. It is an empowering experience, particularly for someone not musically inclined.
    WriterGuitarist WriterGuitarist
    31-35, M
    1 Response Nov 14, 2013

    I Quit Before

    I really need to find something else to do with my life, instead of getting on the internet and watching tv, I need to find something productive to do, so I just decided to get the old guitar out. I'm going to be consistent with it this time, dedicate at least 10 min a day to it...
    NewPersonUnderConstruction NewPersonUnderConstruction
    18-21, F
    Jun 24, 2011

    First to Write On This Topic

    Wow, the people who say this haven't written anything about it. Well, I'll be the first. I love talking about my guitar. It's been about 7 months since I started learning guitar. But I'm not very good because my teacher likes to go really slow. He goes to the next thing only...
    julygirl julygirl
    18-21, F
    8 Responses Nov 4, 2007
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