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    Default Need Advice: Toying Around With The Guitar For The First Time

    In the Fall, I will be meeting up with my Dad, who's got an Ibanez that he can loan me.

    I'm 46, have always wanted to learn to play, and I am thinking of taking the plunge.

    Dad...bless him...has been playing for many, many, years, but has five songs pegged. I am not going to learn anything from him.

    I have had someone offer to tutor me online, but I don't want to go that route just yet. I am much better learning something on my own.

    As for taking private lessons, that's not something that I can afford right now.

    So...are there any websites or resources that y'all can recommend?

    Please don't put too much time into your reply; there are a lot of great people on this board, and I wouldn't want to waste anyone's time, until I know that I am going to pursue playing an instrument. I am just looking for someone to point me in a direction, until I can sort it out and go from there.

    Like I said, I have a couple of months (minimum), until I meet up with my Dad; this isn't something I am going to start tomorrow.

    Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDL View Post
    In the Fall, I will be meeting up with my Dad, who's got an Ibanez that he can loan me.

    I'm 46, have always wanted to learn to play, and I am thinking of taking the plunge.

    Dad...bless him...has been playing for many, many, years, but has five songs pegged. I am not going to learn anything from him.

    I have had someone offer to tutor me online, but I don't want to go that route just yet. I am much better learning something on my own.

    As for taking private lessons, that's not something that I can afford right now.

    So...are there any websites or resources that y'all can recommend?

    Please don't put too much time into your reply; there are a lot of great people on this board, and I wouldn't want to waste anyone's time, until I know that I am going to pursue playing an instrument. I am just looking for someone to point me in a direction, until I can sort it out and go from there.

    Like I said, I have a couple of months (minimum), until I meet up with my Dad; this isn't something I am going to start tomorrow.

    Thanks in advance
    https://www.justinguitar.com/songs (free but he does take donations)

    https://licklibrary.com (For $20 a month you have access to TONS of theory, songs, techniques, etc.)

    https://musiciswin.com/ ($10 a month you have access to beginner to advanced concepts, theory, song writing tips etc)

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCbBxlhYg2iEd2sn85RaDww For Van Halen song lessons, Doug Steel is Great and free.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    https://www.justinguitar.com/songs (free but he does take donations)

    https://licklibrary.com (For $20 a month you have access to TONS of theory, songs, techniques, etc.)

    https://musiciswin.com/ ($10 a month you have access to beginner to advanced concepts, theory, song writing tips etc)

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCbBxlhYg2iEd2sn85RaDww For Van Halen song lessons, Doug Steel is Great and free.

    Good luck!
    Well...uh...nevermind, it looks like he got this covered. Lol.

    Great post.
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    I recommend watching a lot of this:



    And I'm being serious. I mostly learned by watching LWAN and TAB books.

    I had one other book called "The Guitar Player's Handbook" that had a bunch of scales and chords in it.
    The only genre I really know is Van Halen.

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    Pick up the bass. Your old man fingers are going to have a hard time learning guitar.
    If I don't respond to you it means I have you on ignore, which means you are a douchenozzle.

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    Find a good picking exercise and practice picking up and down using all 4 fingers

    Hammer on pull off exercises to build finger strength

    Grind it like you might a treadmill or other kind of workout


    Learn the campfire chords and then learn about some 3 chord songs


    Play always -have it on your lap and fiddle with it as often as you possibly can




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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyBHarris View Post
    https://www.justinguitar.com/songs (free but he does take donations)

    https://licklibrary.com (For $20 a month you have access to TONS of theory, songs, techniques, etc.)

    https://musiciswin.com/ ($10 a month you have access to beginner to advanced concepts, theory, song writing tips etc)

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCCbBxlhYg2iEd2sn85RaDww For Van Halen song lessons, Doug Steel is Great and free.

    Good luck!
    Many thanks for your time, and extremely helpful, reply!

    Quote Originally Posted by Get The Show On The Road View Post
    I recommend watching a lot of this:



    And I'm being serious. I mostly learned by watching LWAN and TAB books.

    I had one other book called "The Guitar Player's Handbook" that had a bunch of scales and chords in it.
    Thank you for an excellent tip! I can watch Ed noodle for hours...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Pick up the bass. Your old man fingers are going to have a hard time learning guitar.
    I appreciate your take on my endeavour. And that's what I was concerned about; I don't have sausage fingers, but for a guy with big hands, I don't have a huge stretch.

    Quote Originally Posted by hain23x View Post
    Find a good picking exercise and practice picking up and down using all 4 fingers

    Hammer on pull off exercises to build finger strength

    Grind it like you might a treadmill or other kind of workout


    Learn the campfire chords and then learn about some 3 chord songs


    Play always -have it on your lap and fiddle with it as often as you possibly can




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    Excellent suggestion (and one I would never have thought of). Thanks!
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