LongLiveYorke, on Monday, May 31st, 2010, 2:43 AM, said:
First and OnlyI was given my first guitar last Christmas. It's a new MIM Telecaster, black body, white pick guard, maple fretboard. It's nothing crazy or special, but I think it's pretty. I only started playing last Fall when I moved in with a roommate who had a telecaster of his own and a nice acoustic Martin. I'd been meaning to learn for a while, but it's difficult to start if you don't, you know, have access to a guitar, and it's difficult to convince oneself to buy one if you've never played one before. It's sort of a Catch-22. So, I had him teach me a bit, I learned some chords, and have since been learning on my own, using the internet as a guide. I guess it's going well. I'm still very much a beginner, but I try to play every day and learn new songs as often as I can. If nothing else, I've discovered that learning guitar is extremely difficult and takes a lot of practice and work. Happily, I have enough love of music to stay committed and to push myself. The work is hard, but the reward can be large. Those moments where things seem to "click," even if few and far between, are very nice.Any advice from you experts for how to start out / how to make a plan to progress and get good / things to focus on / etc?
MIM tele is a hot guitar. Hugely popular in the indie world too; thing's a workhorse; amazing value. There are so many things to learn. This is super trill: http://www.cyberfret...itar-codex.html
this site is good just in general: http://justinguitar.com/
Learning a little bit of theory is so useful. People swear by this: http://www.amazon.co...4P185RA6KVBMVBW
Also, learning to play a lot of chords is really a great foundation...you might want to buy like the complete Beatles sheet music set or something you like that's similarly diverse, thorough and fun, and just force your way through it. Along with doing other stuff, like messing with that Justin guy's lessons and learning other songs, you'll come out the other end with a ton of knowledge and the ability to fret most chords. I hate recommending method books to adults, because no one wants to play "Camp Town Racer" or some stupid shit...with the internet and all now, learning to play a song you like is so easy and instant, I think those two sites, youtube searches, and possible a good songbook and that theory book would be a pretty great place to start...but I'm a horrible teacher and learned when I was a kid and didn't use the internet, so there are probably better answers.