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Old 09-05-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Woo last night i taught myself how to play guitar!

I'm so proud of myself! I was just chillin in my room listening to John Mellencamp, my latest obsession, when i picked up my acoustic guitar and started picking out some of the notes. The next thing I knew i was playing the guitar part of "Small Town"!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of myself
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Learning how to play the guitar is a slow, but rewarding process.
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technically you taught yourself how to play 'small town', not the guitar. you'll soon notice there's a pretty big difference in being able to play songs and being able to play the guitar.
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well i taught myself the guitar part of the song...not the actual tune
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in addition my teaching myself that song gives me a better understanding of how to play the guitar in general. so....whatever!
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It's an insane learning curve for guitar, but once you get over that hump, damn it's worth it...

I am 100% self-taught as well.
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I'm really determined to learn....I'm having trouble with chords. Any tips? (I played violin for about 5 years and so i'm fairly good with fingering)
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I never quite learn guitar playing with my teacher really, whenever something gets too detailed I loose focus so once he thought me the power chord well that was all I needed. I can play great guitar now. I have friends who are quite good and very much into the whole virtuoso thing and they say I'm really good and better than the majority of guitar players out there. What you realy have to so is feel the song, you can play anything you want if you get in the mood of the song. Why don't you try coming up with stuff of your own? I love doing that. I have millions of riffs!!!!!
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I'm really determined to learn....I'm having trouble with chords. Any tips? (I played violin for about 5 years and so i'm fairly good with fingering)
Buy a book called Chord Chemistry.

It maps out every chord you could possibly build with your hand... and even more that aren't humanly possible.

Personally I would recommend lessons. A lot of people will tout the purity of the self-taught method, but honestly it takes just as much work either way.

Good luck with your pursuit. Check out the Even Better Than The Real Thing forum... that's where most of the instrumentalists post.

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technically you taught yourself how to play 'small town', not the guitar. you'll soon notice there's a pretty big difference in being able to play songs and being able to play the guitar.
Sad but true.
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Alright thanks for the tips y'all!
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How to play chords?

Don't worry about nailing the changes every time. You won't.

The best song I learned to play (and the first) was I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. 3 chords: D, G, A. Those three are also the three most popular chords, so it helps a lot changin between the three.

Also good to practice is Pride. A, G, Em, D.

Practice practice practice!!!

Its very rewarding once you get over the hump. I've been plaung for 3 years now and I've never once regretted a penny I've spent on my guitars.
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Sad but true.

i know personally that i can play bunches of songs by a variety of bands, but i'd never say i can play the guitar...i can't really do anything spontaneous, i need to know what part i'm playing beforehand, or have a recording playing at the same time so i can figure it out.
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i know personally that i can play bunches of songs by a variety of bands, but i'd never say i can play the guitar...i can't really do anything spontaneous, i need to know what part i'm playing beforehand, or have a recording playing at the same time so i can figure it out.

You mean you can't improvise? I think that comes with practice and time. Improvising is the best thing, coming up with solos or riffs on the spot is great. There's nothing better than the blues to learn how to improvise. Trying to improvise while a song is being played on the background is also a great exercise and good fun. I also say that I don't really know how to play the guitar cause by now I have forgotten the names of the notes and even most of the notes really. Not that I think that matters so much (I mean Toni Iommi didn't know what he was doing until sometime after and he was making unbelievable, intelligent and interesting music) but sometimes I feel limited and that’s why I want in the near future start taking classes again.
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You mean you can't improvise? I think that comes with practice and time. Improvising is the best thing, coming up with solos or riffs on the spot is great. There's nothing better than the blues to learn how to improvise. Trying to improvise while a song is being played on the background is also a great exercise and good fun. I also say that I don't really know how to play the guitar cause by now I have forgotten the names of the notes and even most of the notes really. Not that I think that matters so much (I mean Toni Iommi didn't know what he was doing until sometime after and he was making unbelievable, intelligent and interesting music) but sometimes I feel limited and that’s why I want in the near future start taking classes again.
well, i don't play everything i know how to play note for note like whatever band that actually does the song, but i really can't sit down and play random shit and have it sound like more than just random notes. so no solos here...riffs...well, i guess when i pretty much listen to punk rock, no riff i come up with is going to sound really original

i've got no patience for taking lessons, and i'm convinced the reason i hated playing the piano when i was younger, and trumpet in school, was because i had someone telling me how to do it. i like playing piano parts from recordings, that's fun.

i'm pretty much ok with my limited abilities, i know i'll never join a band that will ever have ambitions higher than just friends messing around. the only thing that sucks is getting stuck in ruts, which is why my guitar didn't come to school with me...i've got no motivation to play it at the moment. in about a week i'll be hit with the realization that it's not here and i miss it...i'll get it and bring it back to school when i go home to do laundry, play it regularly for about a month, and then repeat the cycle...
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