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I Am Learning to Play Guitar

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 234 People

    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M Aug 22

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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

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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 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 16-17, 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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Dude, I'm bleeding. From playing guitar. As a hardcore guitar player, I get callouses all the time and as I'm typing this, my finger is bleeding. At least it's not getting on my...
    queenettejeanette queenettejeanette 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    Playing guitar is one of the most amazing things to me. I've been playing guitar for 25 years now and could not imagine life without my guitars. I love playing music, creating...
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 9 Responses Oct 30

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    Playing guitar is one of my stress reliever.
    Lakee112812 Lakee112812 36-40, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    My babies ;) Learning to play some queens of the Stone Age, love rocking out to 'no one knows' but I haven't quite nailed it yet, Just for fun I'm gonna list all the songs I can...
    Supermassive93 Supermassive93 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    My guitar has a metallic abalone inlay that's a kaleidoscope of turquoise, aqua, amber, copper, and purple, but it's hard to see in the picture. It's a phoenix and everything else...
    queenettejeanette queenettejeanette 13-15, F a week ago

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    My guitar playing is my second language. Ive Been playing for 5 years non stop and im only getting better and better. Ive know that this is what i want to do in the future. Im...
    vickepicke vickepicke 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 4

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    This guitar that i hold in my arms is so ******* beautiful. Full of endless creations and meaningful bliss. As i pluck these strings, they are weightless. Delicate and clean.
    jac426 jac426 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 9

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    I love guitar so much. I just wish I had the guts to play on stage.
    marlyr marlyr 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 22

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    Hey I just learned how to play "Horse With No Name" - by America! I feel awesome its the first song ive learned on guitar! :D
    Bonjovi11 Bonjovi11 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 1

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    Music is life, I enjoy every second of any song, I love playing my guitar🎸🎧🎶
    roxylynch roxylynch 16-17, F Nov 10

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    It's addictive. I play acoustic, electric and classical (which I'm currently doing my Grade 5 for). Once I start playing I can't stop until my hands ache, which is about 2 hours...
    EmmaBirchall EmmaBirchall 13-15, F 4 Responses Nov 4

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    Nothing better than spending a good arvo serenading myself and playing out all my feelings :)
    Aquarius1402 Aquarius1402 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    I'm a full time musician :)
    PregnantChildLover PregnantChildLover 22-25, M 18 hrs ago

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    This. Is an experience. Well.
    Franse Franse 22-25, M 3 hrs ago

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    Idk what I would do if I couldn't create sounds to express the way I feel.
    clamthatjams clamthatjams 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 24

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    It was hypnotizing, entrancing, just simply beautiful. Now I won't be able to hear that beautiful sound anymore...
    VampyreLady VampyreLady 18-21, F Oct 28

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    It's concert time for me!!! I got signed to epic record labels and now I have a show to do :) wish me luck guys!!!
    singleboy145 singleboy145 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 3

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    Show time!! Love you guys thanks for support :) ❤️
    singleboy145 singleboy145 16-17, M Nov 3

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    Ace we all love you do a good show!!!!-your pall Joe!
    singleboy145 singleboy145 16-17, M Nov 3

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    well guys I have a album coming out in christmas :)!! And it's a good one any girls wanna Skype before my show ?
    singleboy145 singleboy145 16-17, M Nov 3

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    I play guitar and piano. I play both electric and acoustic guitar! I want to be a Christian musician and play my music from my Lord and Savior!!!
    zzzkt12crazzy zzzkt12crazzy 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 24