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I Am Learning to Play Guitar

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 24, 2012

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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2014

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    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 1 Response Mar 6, 2011

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    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 1 Response Jun 24, 2011

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    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...
    TheWicked TheWicked 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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    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 3 Responses Sep 11, 2009

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    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 10 Responses Nov 4, 2007

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    Sometimes I Just Hate My Guitar!!!

    Hi ppl, Well just now came back from a party thrown by some of my friends. In the party was called a much more experienced guitarist (6-7 yrs) then me ( i would rate myself btw beginner and inter 8 months). The guy played songs like so smoothly and they sounded great and when he...
    toy67k toy67k 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 9, 2011

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    A long time ago I learned a few chords.

    It's difficult at the beginning. The strings hurt my fingers. Then you develop wonderful callouses and the real fun begins. Now I'm beginning again and hiring a teacher. Back to the painful part. Then will come the joy!!
    seewhathappens seewhathappens 51-55, F 3 Responses Jan 10

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    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 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 9, 2013

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    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

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 6, 2014

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    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 26-30, F Feb 26, 2013

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    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

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    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 16-17 3 Responses Aug 17, 2009

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    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 3 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    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

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    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 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 13, 2013

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    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 22-25, M Jul 18, 2014

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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M Aug 22, 2014

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    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 26-30, M Feb 28, 2013

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    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 19-21, F 3 Responses Feb 23, 2008

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    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 2 Responses Feb 24, 2008

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    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 22-25, M Dec 20, 2014

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    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

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    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 1 Response Oct 21, 2008

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    Slowly

    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 25, 2008

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    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 26-30 1 Response Jun 9, 2008

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    Wow!!finally Able To Play The Nothing Else Matters Riff Flawlessly!!

    yes yes yes, I am able to play it after a long struggle. I tried it before but sucked at it big time. Now i did it after about 6 months of practise mt finger picking got better and the barre chords (including the double barre the A shape chord) got better and i could just play it...
    toy67k toy67k 22-25, M Jul 27, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    I wish I could play guitar for a living. Session work, in a band, or just playing gigs. Guitar consumes me, I watch videos on YouTube and spend hours dreaming of my next guitar or...
    shayne34 shayne34 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 1

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    I'm 30 and I've been playing guitar for 25 years now. I love spending hours just with my guitars playing and writing. I currently have 6 guitars in my collection but definitely...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 5

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    I used to play guitar and i used to go to class but my parents out of blue stop me from going to class and i was really sick after and i couldnt practice and i forgot everything i...
    Pbehnaz Pbehnaz 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    Music is life. I've played guitar and sang since I was 5 years old and started writing my own songs when I was 12. I love being creative and being able to express myself with music...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 4

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    ok guys I really want to learn how to play guitar, the thing is my experience is ZERO so any advise how to do it (without going to classes cuz there is no time nor money lol). all...
    confusedGuyyy87 confusedGuyyy87 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    I play an acoustic Jasmine Takamine mainly. In the last year, I have combined a type hammer-on and tapping so that when I pick up an electric, I have no difficulty playing crazy...
    AmnesiaPlease AmnesiaPlease 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 15

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    When any song hits me i don't care how hard it is to play ....i play it on guitar............
    noahryan noahryan 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    Well, i was enjoying my holidays and one day i saw a girl and at the same time i was listening a song. Surprisingly, it matched the situation. That night i played the guitar whole...
    noahryan noahryan 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 4

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    I play the bass guitar and love it to death.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 15

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    I play the electric guitar,acoustic,ukelele,clarinet,and trumpet. My whole family is made up of music. So i guess my life isn't that bad
    Ashleygolden Ashleygolden 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Me and one of my guitars, my Epiphone SG
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Jan 21

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    I've been playing for almost 10 years. Some of my favorite players are Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Andy Timmons, Buckethead, and other similar diverse virtuosos.
    LifeofLewis LifeofLewis 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    I guess music in general is a safe haven for me when i am bored, sad, happy, or just cuz i have nothing else to do. It helps me be less insane.
    imashame imashame 18-21, M Jan 21

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    To be able to play guitar is one of my goals. I have "google searched" "free guitar lessons" and visited so many sites.Too many times I have checked out a website that offers free...
    NamelessWife NamelessWife 41-45, F Jan 10

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    I've been playing guitar for two years now. Im finally getting comfortable with people hearing me sing amd play. The reason why I started was my great uncle (more like my grandpa...
    kyleeMAe kyleeMAe 22-25, F 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    Logan3691wjw1 Logan3691wjw1 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 13

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    I have played guitar for 25 years now. I just absolutely love the sounds of different guitars. Every guitar has its own beautiful tone that is just magical to the ears
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Jan 5

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    I've been playing guitar for about 8 years now. Just a couple months ago jumped out of my comfort zone and got a 7 string. No doubt it's different with that extra string but still...
    ssgo ssgo 22-25, M Jan 9

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    Hey hi hello how are you all? I play guitar....and I sing. So yeah that's pretty much it
    RunDMC7 RunDMC7 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 7

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