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I Am Learning to Play Guitar

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M Aug 22

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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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Technically I have been playing guitar for 6/7 years but I refuse to say that because I never took guitar seriously until about 3 or so years ago. I wasted the first few years...
    Contranaut Contranaut 16-17, M 2 Responses Nov 30

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    I was playing guitar and the sunlight was so bright that the phoenix on my guitar was reflecting the light EVERYWHERE. I absolutely love how it's a kaleidoscope of colors and how...
    queenettejeanette queenettejeanette 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 7

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    Playing guitar is one of my stress reliever.
    Lakee112812 Lakee112812 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 17

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    I've been playing guitar for 25 years now. Couldn't imagine life without it now
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 8

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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 2 Responses Nov 21

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    Am a solo guitarist and need some friends who play well ;)
    Pollla Pollla 26-30, M Nov 29

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    Okay so you people probably know a lot about guitars! I really need help. Can you comment below or message me if you're kind enough to help me PLEASE.
    gorgeoushobo gorgeoushobo 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 8

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    Nothing better than spending a good arvo serenading myself and playing out all my feelings :)
    Aquarius1402 Aquarius1402 22-25, F Nov 20

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    I'm a full time musician :)
    PregnantChildLover PregnantChildLover 22-25, M Nov 22

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    This. Is an experience. Well.
    Franse Franse 22-25, M Nov 22

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    I love it but I suck.. Only tried to learn it to have something to bond over with my dad, but that was a fail.
    samsdname samsdname 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 24

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    There's something about putting how I feel into a song that really helps me get through a lot in life. It just makes me feel like its real and actually happening and helps me get...
    Vagabond01 Vagabond01 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 24

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    I get physically and emotionally wrapped up in music. My heart beats faster. The melody and rythmn fill my soul. Reality drifts into the background.
    mandolion mandolion 41-45, M Dec 7

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    Do the tambourine and claves or clapsticks count? I've played these since I was 8 that was over 15 years ago. I want to learn how to play guitar and piano, though; I have always...
    ja131989 ja131989 22-25, F 5 hrs ago

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    I've been playing guitar now for 25 years. I couldn't imagine life without it. I love my growing guitar collection too. I have 5 so far with many more to come.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 8

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    I'm waiting for my bass guitar to arrive already. I'm so anxious and nervous to start playing. It's crazy! It's like I'm In love all over again. The bass guitar has such a...
    ponycupcake ponycupcake 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    For months and months I've played quietly. My head is full of these sickly sweet melodies. Every time my hands touch my guitar one of them comes out. I like to hear that intangible...
    Iblis88 Iblis88 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    I just put a 12 string on layaway. I got month to wait but I just love how it make simple cords sound beautiful. It's almost like a Mandocello, but with 2 more strings it's more...
    jackkodiak jackkodiak 22-25, M Dec 2

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    I AM REALLY HOPING SANTA IS REAL. BUT HE IS NOT. CAUSE I WANT A GUITAR SO BAD. YEARS BACK I HAD A 12 STRING EPIPHONE AND THE SOUND WAS LIKE A HARP. THE NECK ON IT WAS NOT WIDE AND...
    CUTEANDCUBBY CUTEANDCUBBY 46-50 2 Responses Nov 23

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    I love artistic guys especially someone who can play the guitar or sing. I don't know why someone like that appeals to me but it does. It's just really cool. It would mean the...
    jess271201 jess271201 13-15, F Nov 30

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    Working on grade 3 with my newish guitar, nylon strings are so different!
    Charliee4 Charliee4 16-17, F Nov 29