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Learning Guitar

Hi,

For quite some time now, I wanted to do something extra in my life which is not computer related. And I think learning to play guitar will be a nice idea.

Unfortunately, I don't have a clue about where to start. My questions:

1. I don't know anything about music apart from the fact that I love to listen to music. Can I still learn guitar?

2. Which guitar should I start with? Bass (Electric) Guitar or Acoustic guitar? 6 string/12 string?

3. I was thinking that I will buy a second hand guitar from craigslist, should I keep any particular things in mind when buying second hand guitar?

4. How difficult it is to hear a song and start playing it on your guitar?

And finally, any recommendations for guitar tutor in NJ/NY area?

Thanks!
JD
P.S.: Mark, Do you teach guitar?
Permalink JD 
March 14th, 2005
Guitar is pretty easy to learn a few chords and play the rhythm part for simple songs, but it's really hard (in my opinion) to become talented at. Buy a cheap, 20 year old electric guitar for under $100 and then download some guitar tabs. You'll be able to play dozens of great tunes within a week or two. But getting to the next level (bar chords, solos, alternate tunings etc.) requires a great deal of effort, the kind that can only be fueled by true passion.

I think piano/keyboard is probably easier to learn and play at a higher level. Maybe start with one of those Casio keyboards with the keys that light-up, or watch a few of the PBS training videos.

A lot depends on the type of music you like. If you're an AC/DC fan, you'll probably shirk the keyboards, and vice-versa if you're an Elton John/Billy Joel fan.
Permalink Elemental, like uranium 
March 14th, 2005
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