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I Am Learning to Play Guitar

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M Aug 22

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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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've always been very creative...always loved to write short stories...even had a couple win awards in high school. I taught myself how to play piano, guitar, and drums when i was...
    neamatoad neamatoad 26-30, M Sep 12

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    Hi everybody! I'm still sort of a newcomer to this whole musical side of things. I'm currently able to play a few songs that i really like Slow Ride - Foghat Me and my broken...
    MikeBrin MikeBrin 18-21, M Aug 30

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    When I got my first guitar I just could not stop playing.... so I decided to compose some of my own music.
    Deathcaster23 Deathcaster23 13-15, M 1 Response Sep 14

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    I'm getting a new guitar for my birthday. So existed!! :) XD
    Frankineedles Frankineedles 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 13

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    When times were hard I was never alone because my guitar was always by my side
    xXJakeWhiteXx xXJakeWhiteXx 13-15, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Just love it playing in the morning or night it's just awesome and I'm trying to do let her go but I'm half way
    shaun765 shaun765 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 25

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    My callouses are going soft. I am not dedicated to my playing. I feel so guilty.
    justme195 justme195 51-55, M Sep 4

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    Does anyone use GarageBand for their music production? I can't seem to get anywhere with it and it's probably just me. It doesn't seem very intuitive or user friendly. Maybe I...
    yorkshirelad65 yorkshirelad65 46-50, M Aug 26

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    Me trying to play guitar is like trying to eat a watermelon with a plastic fork... It's that difficult for me. I'm such a moron cx
    HappensForAReason HappensForAReason 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    Playing guitar makes me feel so much better It makes me forget things that make me sad. I love my guitar even though I'm not professional at it.
    FullTimeAloneBoy FullTimeAloneBoy 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 12

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    I am learning to play my guitar and would like to hear some of your songs or songs that are easy to play
    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 24

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    I love learning to play it too. Some people don't feel right unless they exercise....that is how I am with guitar, my day is not complete without playing
    Jawzenator Jawzenator 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 8

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    I learned guitar playing for 3 years during secondary school. I followed my best friend for the audition to get in music school. She wanted to learn to play the guitar and I...
    malacka92 malacka92 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 23

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    Currently, I'm learning about this website.
    SpiritOnAnEarthWalk SpiritOnAnEarthWalk 61-65, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    I used to dislike the instrument, alot. I would roll my eyes when someone showed off their skills and was tempted to suggest that they learn to play a real song, not just stuff on...
    LostEmeraldEyes LostEmeraldEyes 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I wish I had continued with the piano as a child but when it got to being a teenager I wasn't motivated by the waltzes and marches style of music. I took up the guitar and mostly...
    dpc2014 dpc2014 51-55, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    A bluesy guitar is fabulous, so is a reggae guitar. But I like a rock guitar, playing a riff I can identify with in my bones. The lyrics to the sound must resonate too.
    DearbhalC95 DearbhalC95 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    I want to play the electric guitar, and I willll.
    Tigerlily53 Tigerlily53 18-21, F Aug 28

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    Any guy I've ever met who plays the guitar is intelligent, thoughtful, romantic, and creative! It is so cool when somebody can create music out of notes and words..
    LilLexi16 LilLexi16 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 29

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    One time a friend played a song on an acoustic guitar while i tried to fall asleep. He played little rhythym and lightly hummed as i went to the place i love. Sleep.
    Marshey Marshey 13-15, M Sep 8

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