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  1. Snow_Fox

    Snow_Fox Well-Known Member

    So, I've always kinda wanted to play guitar..

    So.. given the xmas budget.. I could get two new samsung b2330 monitors... or I could get a razer blackwidow and new mouse pad and something else.

    I am kinda thinkin about getting a guitar.

    I have never played, and I don't want to play professionally or anything but, I kinda would like to have something I can practice..

    I am wondering how hard it is to teach yourself to play first and second how much would a good guitar cost?

    I don't need anything super expensive or ultra nice..

    However, I want something that is more than just a "practice" guitar if you will.


    I am sorry I forgot there is a music section.

  2. DaSchmarotzer

    DaSchmarotzer Blame it on me VIP Member

    Moved your thread. ;)

    I've been playing guitar for about 3 years now. I prefer acoustic guitars over the electric ones but both are different and nice. If you are not sure what to do, you should get an acoustic guitar (for about $100 you can get a cheap "real" one). Stick with it for a while and if you want to buy a better instrument (acoustic, electric, classical, whatever), you'll be able to pick a guitar you really like and you won't regret spending so much on it. You can then use your first guitar to play outside or stuff like that. :D

    You can become quite good if you teach yourself and it's much cheaper than lessons. In my opinion, it varies greatly from person to person. Also the more your practice the better you will get, it's that simple. With internet you can learn pretty much everything you want. ;)

    As for good guitars, I seriously don't know. I own a cheap acoustic (about $100), a not-so-cheap acoustic (a little more than $400) and a cheap electric (Epiphone Les Paul Special II, I don't remember the price but it's not good at all, it was about $200 if I recall correctly).

    There isn't that much of a difference between the two acoustics (well, besides the look). But for the electric, you should get an instrument of quality (I'd suggest at least 300-400 for an average guitar).

    Plus a lot of people start playing and give up, so you should start with something simple. Also with an acoustic guitar you'll get the "classic guitar sound", but with an electric you'll need a quality amp and you probably won't get all the sounds you want from it.
  3. Snow_Fox

    Snow_Fox Well-Known Member

    thanks for the move sorry for the trouble.
    Yeah.. someone recomended Yamaha Pacifica saying its about 150$ which seems ok.

    I think I would prefer an acoustic to start with for quite a few reasons.. I am not an audiophile or I don't consider myself one.. but, I suppose I can still be picky.. Going electric would take too much time/energy for me.

    If I get really into it down the road.. maybe.. till I am really in want of an electric specifically I'm sticking to acoustic.. which I am a metal head.. but, kinda like the sound of just an acoustic guitar.
    Yeah, the idea of practicing something that isn't as much critical thinking as writing a program is very nice. I was hoping to avoid lessons seeing as my bet is that I would pay for lessons, end up going, then still practicing 30 minutes to an hour or more every day.. I mean you can pay for all the lessons in the world but, at the end of the day, its all in your drive to practice and get better..
    Eh.. def wanna stay under 200$ or 150$ I want something that sounds good, and something that as soon as I get semi decent I am not going to say "well.. time for a new guitar!"

    On the flipside, I don't need anything super high end..
    Yeah, I figured electric would be a lot more expensive.. Like I said, if I ever have need for one or I feel comfortable enough with the acoustic that I really wanna hop on an electric, I can cross that bridge later.

    Acoustic is fine with me. Hell, could be fun to try and learn some of my fav songs on acoustic.

    Songs your use to hearing on electric always have a new flavor on acoustic.
  4. DaSchmarotzer

    DaSchmarotzer Blame it on me VIP Member

    For brands, well, avoid anything like "First Act Guitars" or things like that. What you want is probably the cheap guitars in a music shop, not the guitars in a Toys'r'us or a Wal-Mart.

    The best thing would be to go with a friend to have him/her pick a good acoustic guitar. Trying all the frets, looking for "buzzing" sounds, stuff like that.

    Also the "action" is really important. It's the distance between the strings and the neck. The higher it is, the harder it is for your fingers (it's probably going to be rough at first, until some small calluses build up). The lower it is, the easier it will be, but if you play too loud the string will touch the neck when vibrating creating a "buzzing sound", something you really don't want when playing. ;)

    I don't really know what else to tell you, are there any other guitarists here?
  5. Snow_Fox

    Snow_Fox Well-Known Member

    Now, I just need a friend. x.x
  6. tommy_ed

    tommy_ed Well-Known Member

    I play acoustic, piano, and ukulele. Been on the acoustic for about 5 years. I've never owned an electric, so i'll steer clear of any advice giving in that dept.

    takamine and washburn are two great starter brands, you can usually find a decent guitar for around $150-350. Washburns have good "action" like daschmarotzer was talking about.
    As far as lessons, I started out buy looking up all the major chords online and learning those. Once you learn all your majors, minors, and maybe even a couple 7th chords, you can start looking up chords to songs and messing around with them. My brother is a really good guitarist, so I can attribute fast learning to his help, so it's always good to know someone who can help you out a bit.

    I always tell people the key to learning an instrument is to WANT TO PLAY IT CONSTANTLY!!!! :D

    hmm looks like a good place to PLUG SOME MUSIC!:p
    http://www.myspace.com/failuresavvy- me and my brother a couple years back
  7. Xyro

    Xyro 4 8 15 16 23 42 Moderator

    I started teaching my self about 2ish? years ago. :)

    I have heard lots of good things about those Yamaha Pacifficas too.

    And you really ought to check out this website: http://www.justinguitar.com/

    The guy offers loads of lessons free of charge. Start with the beginners course :)
  8. jgreetham

    jgreetham Well-Known Member

    tommy_ed is exactly right. You won't be able to get thru the "really sore fingertip period" unless you really want to play. I've been playing guitar for about 40 yr.

    My sister & I put in $10 ea. and bought a guitar from a pawn shop. I still can't believe I learned to play on it - the strings must have been 1/2" off the fret board.

    This was in '64 & I got books of Beatles songs and just learned to play. One sister was taking piano lessons then and her teacher wrote out lots of popular songs including the guitar chords so I learned to play lots of them too. I had a couple of friends learning at the same time so we could get together & learn from each other. Played rock & roll for a few years - learned a lot from our lead guy.

    Bottom line is - just get a guitar & start playing - don't worry about the model at this point. You can get a better one if you find that you really like playing. Also when starting, electric or acoustic doesn't really matter - a guitar is a guitar from a new learner POV. In 6 mo. you might have learned enough to know which style you really like to play.

    One caution - learn to play the whole song, not just a riff here & there. I've met many good pickers that just don't know any songs all the way thru. You can't get girls to sit down with you if all you know is the beginning of "Stairway To Heaven". Learn some funny songs to get them laughing and then start slipping in the love songs.
  9. Dr.StainedGlove

    Dr.StainedGlove Well-Known Member


    I have been playing for 25 years, and have been in working bands for most of them.

    GO TO THE PAWN SHOP! Musicians are notoriously broke, hence the joke: what's the difference between a guitarist and a pizza? the pizza can feed a family of 4.. They are ALWAYS in and out of pawn shops, there are lots of good find there for beginners.

    Also, in my experiences, if you know other guitarists or musicians, once you get a few chords down start jamming with them.. You will learn much quicker, and it will keep you interested. One of the bands I was in we had a guy who had only been playing for 2 years, after a few months playing his with us he sounded like he had been for 10.
  10. Snow_Fox

    Snow_Fox Well-Known Member

    Lots of good advice here.

    Thanks everyone.

    I am still evaluating my options.

    As much as I am really considering it since there isn't much else I can really opt for during xmas.. Still kinda hesitant to jump in.

    Will def think about it all.
  11. jaywigz311

    jaywigz311 Member

    Guitar noodling is an awesome hobby. I've always been a big Ibanez electric fan. They have some low end models that are really high quality for the price. Check out Musician's Friend for some great deals. I've always preferred Ibanez because the fretboard is thinner than most Fenders and seem a bit easier to play in my opinion.

    Be sure to learn some scales along with the chords. Minor Pentatonic is the easiest. You'll be terrible for about a month so just accept that and keep practicing.
  12. Tslide91

    Tslide91 Well-Known Member

    My vote goes to self-teaching. You need to be able to figure out music on your own if you want to be good at it, and the best was is to teach yourself.

    I started playing at 5, my dad showed me some of the basic stuff and by time i was 12 i could solo and stuff lol it probably would've been sooner, but I wasn't all that into it from ages 7-10 but I picked it up again, and I'm glad I did.

    Use your ears to find the pitch of a note, then find the note on the guitar. It just takes some practice man
  13. mycaermita

    mycaermita Well-Known Member

    I play the guitar. I only use an acoustic Yamaha but it works well for me. If you plan to be a starter, originally I would've recommended a nylon stringed one. But I think it's best that the ones who are new to playing it should start with metal strings so that it's easier for them to use other guitars as well. Calluses are inevitable, and sometimes even a must. Go for it!
  14. hudson5672

    hudson5672 New Member

    I've been playing guitar for about 30 years I play a Martin d45 mostly classical very few lessons accept for some classical composing all you need is devotion I also play a fender acoustic that I love which was about 300 bucks that's all you need a Martin d45 will run you about 2500 good luck
  15. Bish0p34

    Bish0p34 Member

    I've been playing about 15 years, and am self-taught. You can definitely excel if you teach yourself, but I would stress taking lessons from someone. It will save you a lot of time if you don't develop bad habits that someone can help you avoid. It makes figuring things out much easier when you have someone to show you. I would find someone that can teach you general playing habits and help you learn songs that you want to learn (much easier to stay interested than just music theory). Also, ask anyone you see how they do things you want to learn. Some guys are really helpful.

    I second the nod for Ibanez guitars (electric and acoustic). They have some decent stuff in a cheap range. Fender has some good acoustics at a cheap price.
  16. feedtheflame

    feedtheflame Member

    I've only been playing guitar for about 7 months (but i have years of experience with other instruments) and imo, you definitely DO NOT want to buy a cheapy to just try it and see. You get what you pay for and no matter how good someone says a cheap guitar is, its still gonna suck to play. It wont sound good, feel good, or play good. You probably dont want to spend any less than say, 300 after tax. Even that guitar isnt gonna be so good, but it is true to a certain extent....why buy an expensive guitar if your not going to play it in the end. So just go to a good music store and take a look around, ask the employees there for advice.

    Ive been completely self-taught in music, never had lessons in my life. Youtube, and ultimateguitar.com have been the only things ive used to learn songs.

    Im just throwing this out here....i have a ytube channel where i do music covers on guitar. If any of you wanna see me sing.... :D http://www.youtube.com/user/pklfeedtheflame?feature=mhum
  17. Notes_Norton

    Notes_Norton Well-Known Member

    If you like the sound of electric, go electric and if you like the sound of acoustic, go acoustic. You are not going to play what you don't like.

    Make sure the strings are close to the neck, and get light gauge strings to start with.

    If you can afford lessons, at least to start with, that would be a good way to go.

    I've been playing music all of my life, and guitar is my 7th instrument. When starting out the guitar I got the most out of was a used Epiphone Casino. It's an archtop, full hollow, acoustic/electric guitar. I paid about 400 for it. I can play it plugged in or not, it has a very easy to play fretboard, and it's very light weight. If you go with any used guitar, get it at a reputable music store that has a guitar tech and have him set it up for you (good advice for a new guitar, too).

  18. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter Administrator Moderator

    Haven't played in a while but i learned about...... 17 years ago. Don't even own a guitar anymore :)()

    Anyone seen googles home page today with the tribute to les paul? Pretty cool (there is even a record function
  19. jimjeffcoat

    jimjeffcoat Active Member

    Taught myself to play when I was a senior in high school, and I'm 52 years old now.... so it's been so long ago I really can't remember how difficult it was to learn. I do know I practiced a lot in the early years, not so much these days. :)
  20. McLabia

    McLabia Well-Known Member

    Ive been playing air guitar for about 25 years now, and I know its not polite to toot your own horn, but Im one of the top five in the world...just sayin. lol.
  21. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Well-Known Member

    Been playing for 5-6 years, taught myself. I wouldn't say it's difficult, it's something to do. Something to learn. A skill to develop, like any other.
  22. Look at epiphone...they've got some pretty good gutars for the money.
  23. smileyface33

    smileyface33 Member

    A lot of my friends play guitar and I really wanted to learn it but I guess I'm just not musically talented.. it's not that I dont know how to strum or learn chords, i just couldn't really "play" the music.. i was more reciting them and it's boring when you have to follow everythign textbooks style.. I couldn't make it my own.. plus i suck lol
  24. ddodger

    ddodger Member

    it's not too hard. If you get the hang of it, you can play easy songs as long as you have chords. I bought my first guitar at costco, about $100. for your first guitar you can just buy anything that sounds good and is cheap. Pawn shop sounds good.
  25. Stinky Stinky

    Stinky Stinky Well-Known Member

    I can play VERY good air Guitar and Guitar Hero too!!

    I am the best at air guitar though ;)


    I can play them like a pro! :)




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