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How to begin Beginners first steps

#1 User is offline   Snoopy69 

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

Hello All,

I have recently purchased a Gibson SG 2006 in mahogany. I have a Peavy Mustang Amp. I am wondering what I should do to begin learning how to play this guitar. Would the forum recommend lessons with an instructor to start or can I start laying a foundation without an instructor?

Any comments are appreciated........thanks everyone!


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 09:51 PM

I like the lessons on this site. If you try them dont rush through. Practice each lesson until you can do it easily. The benefit of having a teacher is that he can give you feedback on if you are doing something right, but I think Justin is the best free internet teacher out there.
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#3 User is offline   L5Larry 

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:13 PM

Things are SO different now than they were when I learned to play 45 years ago. There is so much out there on the interweb and such, but.....

There is nothing like the one-on-one interaction with a real live teacher, and having a hard copy printed book to hold in your hands.

Having learned from Mel Bay books, and then becoming a personal friend of Mel's, I will say that the Mel Bay Guitar Method books will stand the test of time as great instruction manuals, and many "legitimate" instructors use them as the basis for their classes.

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 10:12 AM

Wise words all... [thumbup]

The most important basic skill is rhythm...a teacher can best guide a student in this...

The other thing to decide is whether to learn to read music... [thumbup]


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Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:24 PM


Check out the Gibson's Learn & Master Guitar course. It is an indepth home-instruction guitar course that you can go at your own pace with. It won the Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Players Choice Award for Best Instructional Material. You can learn all about it here... http://www2.gibson.c...ter-Guitar.aspx

And, yes, by the way, I'm the author.

If I can help you out with anything along the way, please let me know.

- Steve

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 07:17 AM

Steve does a great job! [thumbup]

Cheers... Bence

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:03 AM

View Postbtoth76, on 24 July 2013 - 07:17 AM, said:

Steve does a great job! [thumbup]

Cheers... Bence

+1 Steve does a great job. I can't recommend L&MG (and Steve) enough.

I tried them all: Justin Guitar, Guitar Ticks, and others. When I finally purchased the L&MG course I actually started to progress. The Student Support Forum is also really helpful and I suggest you go there and snoop around a little.

To get a "taste" of L&M I also suggest you go and sit in on a live lesson here. They are every (almost) Tuesday night at 7 PM Central time. Steve may have a special guest or it may just be Steve as it is going to be next week. Two weeks ago he had Earl Klugh as guest!

If you order the L&MG there are two versions of it. A standard (10 DVDs) and one with bonus materials (20 DVDs). Whatever you do make absolutely certain you get the 20 DVD version. It is way more than 2x better.

It is, admittedly, an initial investment compared with some of the free sources out there. But worth every penny.

Good luck in your studies!
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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:35 PM

Versatile said:

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Wise words all... [thumbup]

The most important basic skill is rhythm...a teacher can best guide a student in this...

The other thing to decide is whether to learn to read music... [thumbup]



Versatile, I first picked up a guitar when I was 50, thank god for tab. If you're young enough and keen enough, yes, learn to read music.

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:43 PM

L5 Larry is on to something
Nothing like a god book to show you the ropes, worked for me too!

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It's an old good book ......there are no $1.25 books any more but the internet is free right?

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