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I Am Learning to Play Guitar

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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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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M Aug 22

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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 18-21, 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 6

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I love guitar so much. I just wish I had the guts to play on stage.
    marlyr marlyr 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    My new baby. I've started learning to play. All I can say is it can be a bit painful on the fingers when you have very weak skin. lol Plus I was pressing the strings to hard. to...
    SadisticPsychoBitch SadisticPsychoBitch 31-35, F Sep 24

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    There can be lots and lots to gain from music, it like therapy and sex.. i consider it an aphrodisiac.. lol especially when alcohol is involved.
    Zakkh1994 Zakkh1994 18-21, M Oct 10

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    I play guitar and I'm really good cx right now I'm learning welcome to the black parade by mcr
    danibabe42069 danibabe42069 13-15, F Oct 14

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    Started playing guitar 25 years ago. I couldn't imagine life without playing guitar, making music.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M Sep 28

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    I've been playing guitar for 25 years. I can play bass guitar. I can also play a bit of piano and a bit of harmonica
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    Playing guitar has given me such a stronger appreciation for music and artists, and for that, I am grateful.
    InvertedWorld InvertedWorld 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 26

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    So I want to start learning to play 4- string bass, I decided to go with the ibanez GSR-200 for a starter bass and I have a few questions. First off how do I read music on a bass...
    MTBlake33 MTBlake33 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    I just got told by a women it is attractive that I am learning to play a guitar Is that true
    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 29

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    I'm looking for a girl to play with
    traceybend traceybend 22-25, F 6 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    I can't listen to good classical guitar music because it would make me too envious and angry at myself for not being able to play as well :P And if the music is good enough, it...
    unicornbombz unicornbombz 16-17, F Sep 30

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    I play the guitar since 10 years and i still have anxiety when playing in public. I feel like my hands are shaking and sometimes i forgot what i used to play. I play it very well...
    Bagh8 Bagh8 18-21, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    Whenever I feel down and upset playing my guitar helps me feel better. I can express what I feel through playing the music I can relate to...
    ItsMusethBabe ItsMusethBabe 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I play a acoustic guitar but I am not very good at it yet and I have tuned it in but I think it sounds not quite right, can anyone help me with this
    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 28

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    Correction. I play the bass guitar. I prefer the tone of the bass.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Oct 12

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    I am a god awful singer but, I love when I'm alone and can play and try to sing :)
    bigbrownbastard bigbrownbastard 18-21, M Oct 13

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    I have had so many jobs that resulted from my need to learn new things. Once I figure it out, I move on lol.. But hey. At least now I know a lot of cool stuff. I can tattoo...
    mrsdavid1975 mrsdavid1975 36-40, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I've been playing for almost 3 years now, and I absolutely love it. If it was possible, I'd play all the time. I play both, electric &' acoustic. I do covers of older heavy metal...
    Skydes17 Skydes17 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 3

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    I want to learn the piano and want to know are there better digital versions of learning to play piano? I want to have a well rounded approach (not just play songs) so from...
    LockieLeonard LockieLeonard 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 5

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    Was coerced into piano lessons in 3rd grade and been playing ever since. Mostly classical to start but then I started playing clarinet and saxophone (mostly tenor, a little...
    mrafeeky mrafeeky 22-25, M Oct 8

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    I really want to learn how to play an accordion. I play piano, drums, guitar, and bass. I could be a one man band but I'm not really good at all. I'm average on bass. Bass is my...
    strawberriful strawberriful 18-21, M Oct 1

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    The very first song I ever learned how to play was You and Me by Lifehouse. I've been playing since I was 8.
    EowynElf EowynElf 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 11

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