What's the best way to learn how to play the guitar?

@trinale (1479)
United States
February 17, 2007 10:52am CST
Aside from hiring an instructor, what is the best way for someone who has never played a musical instrument to learn how to play the guitar. I've been wanting to do this for a long time and this past Christmas, I purchased an acoustic guitar. I watched one video but it was obviously intended for folks who at least know how to read notes.
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@TDonald (1423)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I hacked away on my guitar for many years. I never got far until I signed up for some lessons from a qualified instructor. Do it in the beginning before you develop bad habits. Trust me on this one. Once you have a good grasp on the basics then try it on your own. I reccommend the Progressive Guitar Method Books. Most of them come with a CD so you get an idea of what you are supposed to sound like. Other Necessities... a tuner, a metronome. Good luck, practice regularly, enjoy the process.
@limitup (324)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Do any guitar players find value in these guitar learning online ebooks or courses? I know of some very popular ones but I wonder if real guitar players find value in them. I think my personal preference would be to learn from somebody in person, but then again, I've never played an instrument.
@trinale (1479)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Yeah I sorta resigned myself to the fact that I would have to get an instructor. I have taught myself many things during my life, but the guitar is not going to be one of them.
• South Africa
20 Jan 08
I would definetly say that you should go for some formal lessons in guitar. I tried for a few years to teach myself and that didnt work. it is alot harder that it seems. I then got a teacher and in a few lessons i was playing basic guitar. Get a few lessons and then you can think about teaching yourself further but the initial lessons are very important in my view.
@trinale (1479)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Yeah, I pretty much decided that's what I'm going to do. Now I just need to make the time to get it done!
@Mondoh (147)
• United States
15 Jan 08
I agree U should get an instructor to stop U from learning some bad habits to start with. When I first started trying to make money from the web I started a page at www.freewebs.com/mondohguitar (Just lost my job so I'm back to it) Go to the Guitar Alliance link & then check out their "Just Acoustic Course" There R others but U can learn on yer own time & instructors have 2 eat 2 & get expensive.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I have seen many good DVD programs for learning guitar as well as other musical instruments. My husband took lessons from an instructor as a teen but still checks out the lessons he can get from books and tapes just to keep up with things. I asked him and he said aside from an instructor, find a DVD with a book that accompanies it so that you have charts and visuals. He recommends Esteban.
• Portugal
1 Mar 07
A goot tool for learning is guitar pro 4, it helps you a lot. Download scales and tabs from www.mysongbook.com for Gpro4.