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    Guitar Beginner here need help!

    Hello everyone, I am quite new to guitars and have some how managed to pick up some of the basic Major/Minor chords but I really really need a good guitar guidance to continue on properly.

    There is still many more to learn and it is indeed hard to self learn, that's why I need the guidance.. from schools or maybe those who are good teachers or even anyone who are experienced.
    Whether it be Rythmn or Lead guitars, I'm happy with both sides.
    More importantly is the correct basic foundations of the guitars and techniques.

    Besides, there is really too many music school around and I don't know exactly which one to go to. (In Serious Dilemma!!!)

    Currently I am very much into Japanese rock music and I would really love to play electronic guitars as well as acoustic guitars.
    The equipment/guitar that I am using now is only J.Suzuki (Standard 15 guitar amp) and ESP LTD EC 50(guitar)

    Please do guide me along! Thank you! *yoroshiku*

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    Its 'electric' guitar, not 'electronic'.

    I'd recommend Yamaha Music School. A bit pricey but from what I've heard, they're good. Or, you can actually take the self-taught approach. Check out some beginner guitar books by Hal Leonard, they're quite comprehensive. Preferably get those that come with CDs, you can practise along with the CD and that will improve your keeping time.

    But yeah, I'd advise you to get formal lessons because thing about self-taught, you can easily learn wrong techniques, and correction would be harder later on. I learnt this the hard way.

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    Waa... Sorry my english is pretty messed up. m(_ _)m

    Yamaha Music School? They a few types of guitar course but I don't know which type would really suit best and I heard that their teaching pace is... slow? Is it true?
    Do they also teach to read the scores(not tab!) and even to learn chord progression?
    Eh.. Really sorry if I've asked stupid questions but I want to make sure I learn those as well..

    Hal Leonard.. Okay, noted. ^^
    Thanks~

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    i'll have to agree with eugenesmasher that getting formal lessons is good in a sense it puts u on the right path....as in music theory, chord progression, scales, etc

    it's easier to be corrected when u're just starting out, rather than when u've played for a number of years and developed a certain habit of playing which may turn out to be wrong...and having to spend considerable time getting rid of the habit

    in any case, for me, i found it useful to have a guitar map for reference when starting out. it helped me to understand better how chords and scales work. i'm still learning by the way but i think it's always good to have someone knowledgeable pointing u in the right direction before u start off so dat u don't get frustrated/demotivated.

    hope dat helps!

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    About Yamaha, depends on your view of slow. But I don't find it slow however. Apart from what the teacher teaches me, I also search for online lessons to further understand what I'm learning. You have to take the initiative also.

    If you're not sure what you want to learn, then ask yourself, what would you like to play?

    They have three, Bass, Electric Guitar (Rhythm and lead) and Acoustic. If you want to learn chord progression or read notes maybe acoustic guitar would be favorable, but I'm not sure if acoustic teaches to read notes but classical does. I personally don't care much about whether they teach to read notes or not since most music sheet I learn music from provides tabs and I can self figure out how to read notes :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticalpotato View Post
    i'll have to agree with eugenesmasher that getting formal lessons is good in a sense it puts u on the right path....as in music theory, chord progression, scales, etc

    it's easier to be corrected when u're just starting out, rather than when u've played for a number of years and developed a certain habit of playing which may turn out to be wrong...and having to spend considerable time getting rid of the habit

    in any case, for me, i found it useful to have a guitar map for reference when starting out. it helped me to understand better how chords and scales work. i'm still learning by the way but i think it's always good to have someone knowledgeable pointing u in the right direction before u start off so dat u don't get frustrated/demotivated.

    hope dat helps!
    Oh I see~ Thank you for pointing out that too.
    I have been playing guitars for months and I'd thought that I've gotten some part wrongly..
    By the way, what is guitar map...? I've never seen or known such a thing before..

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikiru View Post
    About Yamaha, depends on your view of slow. But I don't find it slow however. Apart from what the teacher teaches me, I also search for online lessons to further understand what I'm learning. You have to take the initiative also.

    If you're not sure what you want to learn, then ask yourself, what would you like to play?

    They have three, Bass, Electric Guitar (Rhythm and lead) and Acoustic. If you want to learn chord progression or read notes maybe acoustic guitar would be favorable, but I'm not sure if acoustic teaches to read notes but classical does. I personally don't care much about whether they teach to read notes or not since most music sheet I learn music from provides tabs and I can self figure out how to read notes :P
    Ohh I see..
    For myself, I know that I want to play Electric guitar (rhythm and lead) for sure and apparently, I only see Yamaha teaching lead guitars for teens..?? Don't they teach rhythm too?...
    Or should I start with lead guitar course then own self figure out rhythm guitars?

    Maybe I should ask them for further clarification. *sweat drops*

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    Although they state lead, you do learn rhythm too, basically what there is to playing the electric guitar. You start learning rhythm/power chords first anyway, but as for how much rhythm they teach, I'm not sure because I've covered mostly scales, learning how to identify notes, and playing techniques for now.

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    1. There are 2 dvd's by Fender which are extremely good. I absolutely love it and found it extremely useful and fun. They also have jamming tracks! The DVDs are
    "Fender presents getting started on acoustic guitar" and
    "Fender presents getting started on electric guitar".
    Both are presented by Keith Wyatt. Very easy to understand and extremely nicely presented. Highly recommended. You can borrow these DVDs from NLB before you decide to buy them or ...I don't want to say it...You can B**N them or D***L**D them...hehe...



    2. Youtube, Google video if you know what you are looking for. Pretty useful if you want a quick reference. Especially good on learning songs.

    3. Get-it-all.net! (FREE GUITAR LESSONS TIPS TRICKS INSTRUCTION ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR PLAYERS, PLAY!) has a very good 6 weeks course where they explain the basics. Worth reading and knowing.

    4. Fender Players Club (Fender Players Club - Guitar Lessons) its a good site with a lot of beginner guitar lessons.
    Last edited by Vimal; 18-04-08 at 11:09 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EugeneSmasher View Post
    Its 'electric' guitar, not 'electronic'.

    I'd recommend Yamaha Music School. A bit pricey but from what I've heard, they're good. Or, you can actually take the self-taught approach. Check out some beginner guitar books by Hal Leonard, they're quite comprehensive. Preferably get those that come with CDs, you can practise along with the CD and that will improve your keeping time.

    But yeah, I'd advise you to get formal lessons because thing about self-taught, you can easily learn wrong techniques, and correction would be harder later on. I learnt this the hard way.
    eugene in english its electronic guitar but we say electric guitar for short

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    Quote Originally Posted by HideX_X View Post
    eugene in english its electronic guitar but we say electric guitar for short
    Actually both can be used. In this case electric guitar is more appropriate because electronic refers to a more complex equipment that is able to compute, automate or has some form of AI (Artificial Intelligence) . When it's a simple circuit doing some form of conversion of electrical energy to something else eg heat or sound, then the term electric is more appropriate.

    Eg.

    Electric guitar
    Electric kettle
    Electric shaver

    but...

    Electronic calculator
    Electronic devices like MP3, camera, phone...

    I guitarist but I know how to check Lick-tionary one you know...donch pray pray!

    Arsony

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