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I Am Learning to Play Guitar

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Jul 17, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M Aug 22, 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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    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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    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 26-30 3 Responses Sep 22, 2008

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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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    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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    YouCantEscapeMyDemons YouCantEscapeMyDemons 13-15, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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

    playing it and learning by videos LOL 😁
    Joedog20 Joedog20 18-21, M Feb 17

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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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    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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    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

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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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    learning to play hay there Delilah - plain

    white T's. its kinda hard because I have small fingers Lol
    YourOneAndOnlyReject YourOneAndOnlyReject 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    I dream of playing guitar with a lady and singing harmony, or even a male who appreciates the music I enjoy. [I like everything from classical to metal to country} Huge fan of Enya...
    bAbShedSTRNG bAbShedSTRNG 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    Guitar playing as made a huge impact on my life in many different ways. It's given me self confidence and something to live for. When I'm feeling down I usually grab my Axe and...
    potatolawnchair potatolawnchair 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    I don't know where I'd be without my guitars.......... when the world gets too much, a Maton can always make you feel better!!
    scottie1974 scottie1974 41-45, M 3 days ago

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    You know that kinda super fast strumming thing that makes a digging kind of sound? What do you call that? (I've admittedly not been to lessons.)
    DarkLoser DarkLoser 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    It feels good to hear a somg, but to hear it when it comes from you feels EPIC
    PainfulMemories PainfulMemories 18-21, M Mar 22

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    Callouses, sore fingers, tired wrist, thats my life
    PainfulMemories PainfulMemories 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    Hello, i love to make music, i want ur opinion, maybe u can check it out on soundcloud.com/vicoramone and let me know what u think, namasté!
    vicoramone vicoramone 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I'm not 100 % new to this instrument but I'm not super experienced either. I just learned the solo of Smells Like Teen Spirit which I thought was going to be a big challenge...
    ErenBombastic ErenBombastic 13-15, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I played guitar since I was in high school. I love the sound of guitar instruments. I've never took course of guitar, I practice by myself. I can play guitar all night long...
    Letibeme Letibeme 31-35, F Mar 19

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    Playing Guitar saved my life. I was extremely depressed and suicidal, the only comfort from my sister, best bud, mom, and my dogs. Them my mom saw an ad in the news paper (a guitar...
    OmNimnom OmNimnom 13-15, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    So im looking for someone to play halo 4 with me please? Im in the mood for Halo cause i have been playing guitar hero all morning an its starting to get boring for me now ...
    otakugamerwolf otakugamerwolf 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I've written songs for as long as I can remember. My first songs were written for voice and piano. I eventually started playing guitar too, but I find the piano much more...
    lotusdrum lotusdrum 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    kinda stretching this one. I play electric guitar and have done since I was 12. since am in a band we also gave a bass player and he really got me in learning and the bass guitar...
    dougiecampbell dougiecampbell 16-17, M 1 Response