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I Play the Guitar

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    I started learning guitar

    when I was about ten, and I learned pretty quick. My aunt taught my cousin and I at the same time, so we learned the same songs at the same time. We used to play together whenever we saw each other, but he's not even in the country anymore. I still know a lot of current songs...
    klic klic 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    I've been teaching myself

    for about four years now :) It's tough going! I also built an electric guitar - see the photo. It's Steampunk inspired (supposed to be).
    Umorella Umorella 18-21, F 6 Responses Mar 31

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    Working on grade 3 with my newish guitar,

    nylon strings are so different!
    Charliee4 Charliee4 16-17, F Nov 29

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    I play the guitar it's one of the best things

    that I've learned I honestly don't know why I'd do without music playing my guitar just relaxes me so much and makes me feel alive
    taylorsueb taylorsueb 13-15, F 5 Responses Apr 27

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    Teodora27 Teodora27 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 29

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    1970's And Beyond.

    I started to play in 1970 after hearing Led Zeppelin III on the then burgeoning f.m. rock radio. I started out with a very cheap acoustic guitar and an instructional rhythm guitar booklet put out by a local music store I saw on a cable call board channel for $5.00. I had one...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M 8 Responses May 8, 2011

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    So far I've learned The Man Who Sold The World

    and Come As You Are, still getting there though
    sturmgewher44 sturmgewher44 18-21, M Sep 22

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    I got a new fender. The E string snapped

    while I was tuning it, it hit my arm. I wanted to scream HOLYSH--- and couldnt cause my throat is swollen
    chocolatecurlz chocolatecurlz 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 23

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    Cheshirethecat Cheshirethecat 18-21, M 4 Responses Sep 18

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    helreb helreb 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 23

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    Going from a six string to a seven string is a

    very weird and awkward transition
    iveyj0425 iveyj0425 16-17, M Nov 29

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    gtop gtop 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 24

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    domain1992 domain1992 22-25, M Dec 5

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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? What are tabs and where do I find them? Whatvis a good amp? Also how long do I think it will take to learn the basics and be good enough to play...
    MTBlake33 MTBlake33 22-25, M Oct 19

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    Me too. I just bought another acoustic.

    This now brings the count I owe up to five.
    TTisTAMI TTisTAMI 51-55, F 3 Responses Apr 18

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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 tried to....iam one of the many people

    who gave up lol now its just sitting on a corner but i think i might start taking out someday
    Camouflage Camouflage 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 23

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    I Don't Do Requests

    Been playing since I was 12 years old and I'll always think of myself as 'still learning'. Comparing your guitar ability to that of others is like being a gunslinger in a cheesy western movie - there's always a faster gun. At some point you need to stop being concerned about...
    justme195 justme195 51-55, M 7 Responses Jul 22, 2013

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    Living Out Daddy's Legacy.

    I just started playing a few months ago. I do feel like I've picked up on it naturally. It is very easy. Not to mention I'm learning on an electric guitar...without an amp...or a tuner. :D My dad was phenomenal at playing the guitar, he passed away less than a year ago and left...
    NoWhiteFlag NoWhiteFlag 22-25, F 6 Responses May 1, 2012

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    I play acoustic and sing!

    It's one of my favorite things to do. It calms me down when I am angry or nervous about something. I want to be in a band so badly!
    kissthedeadly kissthedeadly 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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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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    My Story

    I tried learning to play the guitar as a kid twice. Both times I failed. I wanted to play the electric guitar, but the music store recommended an acoustical guitar to start. Then my parents signed me up for lessons. Each week was was learning a new string and playing some new...
    Stereoguy Stereoguy 46-50, M 8 Responses Apr 23, 2013

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    I'm really good too I can play like any song.

    I like playing my chemical romance songs or green day tho
    rainbowgirl42069 rainbowgirl42069 13-15, F 3 Responses Dec 6

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    I Love Playing The Guitar That I Might Post Some Videos

    I always wanted to sing in public and play my guitar.. Or just play a song for someone I love.. maybe it'll be really romantic if the guy does that.. But I really want to do it anyway. I think it will look cute. :)I was inspired to play the guitar because (if you read my story...
    Amandra Amandra 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 30, 2012

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    I just bought an ibanez GSR-200 starter bass

    and it will be here in a week, what should I expect. What are tabs and where can I get them? Also I am worried that my hands will be too small, I have super small hands & fingers. Like so small when I was in high school I couldn't throw the football with my friends because my...
    MTBlake33 MTBlake33 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 23

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    Jam Session

    I've been playing acoustic guitar for about 7 years, I'm self taught. I'm pretty good at strumming chords and have a good vocabulary of chords. About a year and a half ago I started going to jam sessions about once a month. I've learned a lot from going to them but itamazes me...
    DTF890 DTF890 46-50, M 3 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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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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    Yes I play the guitar it really is a beautiful

    instrument I love playing post-rock guitar on my electric :3 soooo soothing :)
    FireQueen10 FireQueen10 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 5

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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 part of myself I'd never know without the gift of music. However... I've been itching for something else. I used to rip it up so hard. I used...
    Iblis88 Iblis88 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    kacey5533 kacey5533 13-15, M 3 Responses Nov 30

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    I love the sound of the guitar.

    I have a twelve string that I really should dust off and strum. I love this photo. Reminds me of a holy place. It's the inside of a guitar
    CopperHeart CopperHeart 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 31

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    I can't say I'm an expert

    or anything, but I absolutely love the sound of an acoustic guitar. Playing guitar was one of those things I just happened to pick up so I can sing while also playing music. But I fell in love with hearing merely the acoustics. I wish I had the time to play more often, but I'm...
    JohGrace JohGrace 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 20

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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

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    I finally learned how to play these songs!

    Yay! Sing - Ed Sheeran Little Things - One Direction Amnesia - 5SOS
    messybunsandsnowflakes messybunsandsnowflakes 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 9

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    I love country music

    and love playing on my guitar even if im not that good
    lynnewolf99 lynnewolf99 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 15

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    I Wish I Have Four Arms

    It could be an abnormally grown tumor-like arm beside my waist or ribcage (as long as it isn't fatal); It could be a prosthetic arm; It could be a voo doo tricks or a curse that made me four-armed freak; An incomparable and unusual radiation that will let me be a beast or...
    chaud012 chaud012 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 23, 2013

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    I was 12 years old when I first picked up the

    guitar. I immediately became obsessed, and music took hold of my life. I started spending hours a day practicing the instrument and studying the history of rock n roll. Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Tony Iommi, Thurston Moore, and all the...
    asnplaysrugby asnplaysrugby 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 27

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    Look up Willhorse on YouTube.

    They're a little Canadian rock band and they're amazing please help spread the word.
    Jessethebear Jessethebear 16-17, F Nov 10

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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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    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 at home i swear!but when its behind people or when i do my music exams i ruin everything! Any help!!
    Bagh8 Bagh8 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 15

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    levio13 levio13 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 20

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    Ok I need advice on how to play without getting

    hand cramps. I have a habit of not having my thumb flat behind it, I have hitchhiker thumb and my thumb always wants to bend. In rock music it's hard playing notes really fast, chords are much easier. And it hurts my hand and its difficult, any tips? Is it just something I'll...
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 7 Responses Oct 27

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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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    I'm a lead guitarist

    for my own and my friends band, I'm not great, I don't shred massive licks and solo like the greats, but what I can do sounds immense. In in two Nu-Metal bands, which are Stonigma and Cereal, Stonigma has the nice dynamics of Nu-Metal, but in my rough copy of Incantation it has...
    XxXxSPRIGGSxXxX XxXxSPRIGGSxXxX 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 15

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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 bands and country music. I'm beginning to learn blues &' classical. I ******* love it. Haha.
    Skydes17 Skydes17 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 3

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    How I Started

    I never knew how to play a guitar. At first, there wasn't anything that seemed to interest me about it. During elementary, I would hear some of my friends play it. Once, I heard one of my friends play "More Than Words" and she just sang it so beautifully. It was then that I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Feb 5, 2013

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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 the radio. Then I met a guy who plays. He eventually turned into a romantic interest, then briefly into my boyfriend, and shortly...
    LostEmeraldEyes LostEmeraldEyes 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 19

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    I'm happy ive learnt Prayer in C by Lilywood

    and Waves by Mr Probz, two beautiful chill out songs hahah
    surfdas surfdas 22-25, M Oct 12

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    I have been for a few years.

    I take lessons every week. It is fun. I play soft rock/folk on the acoustic and some classic rock (not very well) on the electric. My son started taking lessons about 6 months ago. He is 14, almost 15. He has Aspergers. He isn't great with social situations, but he is one of...
    imjustaguy13 imjustaguy13 46-50, M 2 Responses Mar 30

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    Guitar, flute, violin,

    piano, trumpet, and a whole bunch of others. If I couldn't play music, I wouldn't be me
    Arasuki Arasuki 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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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 MADE IT EASY TO PLAY. BUT MY BROTHER BORROWED IT AN GAVE IT TO HIS LAWYER FOR A DNPAMENT ON SOMETHING. HE NEVER TOLD ME.
    CUTEANDCUBBY CUTEANDCUBBY 46-50 2 Responses Nov 23

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    Dezireesdesire Dezireesdesire 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 17