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self taught or lessons - how did you learn the guitar
#21
gilmour girl your probably playing on a bad guitar. Good guitars usually won't hurt your finders as much.
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#22
Self taught, 9 years into it.

I think if you take lessons, you learn your teacher's habits and playing style.
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#23
Well I'm starting off on acoustic and have borrowed friends Takemine, fingertips seemed to have toughened up but I think I play for too long at a time. Not just my fingertips, the muscles in my hand really hurt. How long did it take you guys to sound good enough to not be embarrassed to play in front of others? I play in front of my mum and she cries, don't know whether it's cos she's moved or horrified. :D
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#24
gilmour_girl Wrote:Well I'm starting off on acoustic and have borrowed friends Takemine, fingertips seemed to have toughened up but I think I play for too long at a time. Not just my fingertips, the muscles in my hand really hurt. How long did it take you guys to sound good enough to not be embarrassed to play in front of others? I play in front of my mum and she cries, don't know whether it's cos she's moved or horrified. :D
Takamine - nice guitars! i think beginners think it takes a lot of strain to play (left hand fingering) but all you have to do is relax. your fingertips will hurt, though
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#25
A mixture of both. classical lessons at 14. I had a groovy girl (of maybe 19) teaching me. In 9 months I learnt Blackbird, and I Love Her ( Beatles)..Streets of London by Ralph MacTell and Greensleeves (typical!) But also Mood for Day by Steve Howe (Yes) and Horizons by Genesis.. and other stuff I forget :)
After that I bought an avon rose morris SG copy and started making weird noises in the garage until I went out and bought a Gibson SG at 17.
I'd say I was self taught as far as rock guitar goes . Im sure glad I had those classical lessons to turn me on to guitars tho.
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#26
gilmour_girl Wrote:Well I'm starting off on acoustic and have borrowed friends Takemine, fingertips seemed to have toughened up but I think I play for too long at a time. Not just my fingertips, the muscles in my hand really hurt. How long did it take you guys to sound good enough to not be embarrassed to play in front of others? I play in front of my mum and she cries, don't know whether it's cos she's moved or horrified. :D
Well one thing I notice many novice guitarists do is put too much stress on their fingers. Once you play for a while your finger tapping will get harder and you will need to tap lighter. But that's a good thing though. You elimnate stress from your fingers and you can move them more freely.
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#27
self taught, my dad handed me a guitar and i just picked it up



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#28
Best of luck to gilmour_girl in learning to play.
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#29
simps Wrote:Best of luck to gilmour_girl in learning to play.
Cheers simps and everyone else for their advice :;):
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#30
:music:
I PLAYED A WASH TUB BASS THEN I BOUGHT AN ACOUSTIC. I TAUGHT MESLEF TO PLAY THE GEETAR. I WAS GIVEN Am, C G AND D. THAT WAS THREE YEARS AGO AND KNOW I CAN PLAY FINE N' DANDY.
LEARN YA SCALES AND AWAY YA GO, MATEY!
even the space in between has it's purpose
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