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    Default *OFFICIAL* Guitar Help Thread

    There have been way, way too many threads about the same guitar related problems. I'll address some of the most common issues to the best of my knowledge. If any of you have any suggestions, tell me and I'll include it in this post.

    FIRST GUITAR/AMP

    Anyone who wants to begin playing guitar will inevitably run into the elusive question of, "Which guitar should I start out with?" and/or "Which amp should I buy?"

    If you're a complete beginner, I highly suggest that you start off with a relatively inexpensive acoustic guitar. For one, as I already said, they're cheap. You won't want to go off and spend a couple hundred dollars on a guitar and amp only to find that you don't enjoy playing the guitar as much as you thought you would. Secondly, they're much more useful for novice guitarists in the way that they're much more efficient in building finger strength and developing callouses than an electric guitar, as the strings used for acoustic guitars are usually quite a bit thicker. However, if you MUST buy yourself an electric guitar and amp, here are some good suggestions provided by various members in different threads:

    Guitars

    Ibanez GRG170DX
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tar?sku=512496

    Ibanez Jumpstart Package (Includes guitar and amp)
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...age?sku=518877

    Epiphone G-400
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tar?sku=512590

    Epiphone Les Paul Studio
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tar?sku=512585

    Amps

    Fender Frontman 25R
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...mbo?sku=480669

    Roland Cube 20X
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...OSM?sku=487031

    Kustom Arrow 16DFX
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...lay?sku=480838

    And remember, THE TYPE OF GUITAR DOES NOT DETERMINE THE STYLE OF MUSIC. That is the job of the amp settings and/or the pickups in your guitar. If you want to play metal, and you would rather have the Epiphone than the Ibanez, it doesn't matter. Just get it.

    WHAT TO LEARN FIRST

    Initially, you should simply learn songs that you like, and that are easy enough for you to play. For instance, when I started playing, the first song I learned was David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World." Very simple. Perfect for any beginner guitarist. Some easy song suggestions are:

    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Van Halen (Or Whoever) - Pretty Woman
    The White Stripes - Expecting
    Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker
    Black Sabbath - Into the Void
    Gary Moore - Devil In Her Heart


    While you're learning songs to play, you should do some research on all of the basic chords. Play them over and over until you memorize them. Some very common chords you should learn first are G, C, D, Dm, A, Am, F, E, and Em. Some songs that use these chords exclusively are:

    Bob Dylan - Knocking On Heavens Door
    The White Stripes - Air Between My Fingers
    David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
    Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling In Love With You


    THEORY

    Though it can be a big pain in the ass sometimes, do yourself a favor and get the basics of theory out of the way before you get too far. They will help your understanding of the guitar and music by leaps and bounds. Learn the major and minor scales for now, as well as major and minor pentatonic. Learn why the major scale is what it is, and why the minor scale is what it is. Likewise for pentatonics. After you become very knowledgeable of the scales mentioned, you can start toying around with the modes (Mentioned later in this guide), however, I wouldn't advise it for a fresh, beginner guitarist.

    SPEED/COORDINATION

    Eventually, you should begin working on improving the speed and coordination of your fingers by practicing simple exercises to the beat of a metronome. Play the exercises very slowly, over and over until you can play them perfectly at least 5 times in a row with no mistakes, then raise the metronome by 4-5 BPM. Continue this for as long as you like. Here are a few exercises to begin with:


    E------------------------------------------
    B------------------------------------------
    G-7----------------7--------------------------
    D---10-8-7-8-10---10-8-7-8-10--------------
    A------------------------------------------
    E------------------------------------------
    7th fret is always an upstroke. Up, down, up, down. Never play two upstrokes or two downstrokes in a row.

    E----------------------------------------------------0-1-2-3-
    B------------------------------------------0-1-2-3---------
    G--------------------------------0-1-2-3-----------------
    D----------------------0-1-2-3-------------------------
    A------------0-1-2-3---------------------------------
    E-0-1-2-3-----------------------------------------
    Start on a downstroke. Open string is always a downstroke.

    E---------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4-
    B-----------------------------------------1-2-3-4---------
    G-------------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------
    D--------------------1-2-3-4-------------------------
    A---------1-2-3-4---------------------------------
    Start on downstroke. 1st fret is always down.

    MODES

    Yes, you should learn them. Here is a complete rundown of everything that is modal:

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lesso.../modes_ii.html

    Simple as that.


    TAB HELP

    http://www.skateboard-city.com/messa...dude+tab+guide
    Last edited by Skaterdude; 06-06-2008 at 11:03 AM.

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    so much better than the IJX40. tried em both out at guitar center before picking.

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...age?sku=518877

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy204 View Post
    so much better than the IJX40. tried em both out at guitar center before picking.

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...age?sku=518877
    Alright.

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    This is really good.
    Maybe you could have some info for the next steps, maybe for a beginner/intermediate guitarist.

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    pretty good guide. add more songs and how to do scales
    If you always did what you always done, then you'll get what you always got.

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    never get a starter pack and put seven nation army tabs its a wicked easy song

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    I wouldn't recommend trying to learn modes without understanding basic music theory from the beginning. Get a basic music theory book from a music/book store and you'll be flying.
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    I need some inspiration...


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    yo mods! sticky this shit!!
    Hey, check out this blog where I write about music and stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride_Destructo View Post
    This is really good.
    Maybe you could have some info for the next steps, maybe for a beginner/intermediate guitarist.
    that'd be good because im right around there

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    I went ahead and added a Theory section because I agree with Riskit. You shouldn't jump right into modes.

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    get a telecaster

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    I need inspiration to composing. I'm not born with it and everything I do sounds like forced bullshit.

    http://www.zentao.com/guitar/theory/
    Please add this to the first post, it's really helpful. Also, I recommend everyone to search John Petrucci Rock Disciple from Youtube to get a really helpful exercise that's equally affective for both left and right hand. I still do that exercise.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ffKr98Ium-M

    Here you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    I need inspiration to composing. I'm not born with it and everything I do sounds like forced bullshit.

    well that's just it, you can't force it. being creative isn't like a switch that you can turn on whenever you want, it just comes to you. the simplest way would be to take an idea you have and expand on it. and don't give up just cause you weren't born with amazing composing talents, you don't have to be a prodigy to make great music. so don't try so hard to be creative, just relax and it'll come to you.
    Last edited by Ynot; 06-09-2008 at 07:07 PM.
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    http://ultimate-guitar.com/search.php?s=warm&w=lessons
    These 1-4
    http://ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/c...r_workout.html
    Yesssss
    http://ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/c...our_hands.html
    Tedious but will pay off.
    To stretch out your fingers play
    Message in a Bottle

    Doing these will work wonders

    Just don't over do it like I did.

    http://www.justinguitar.com/

    Will help alot and if you can find the "spider" exercise that'll work wonders to.
    Love this site, he's got his head on right this fella.

    These should be added.


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    i have to buy me a guitar, cause im going to start learning how to play it
    and for some reason im directly starting with electric guitars
    i dont know shit about guitars, and the ones you shoed looked kind of expensive?
    are there any cheaper ones that you think i could get?
    oh and im left handed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by boodige View Post
    i have to buy me a guitar, cause im going to start learning how to play it
    and for some reason im directly starting with electric guitars
    i dont know shit about guitars, and the ones you shoed looked kind of expensive?
    are there any cheaper ones that you think i could get?
    oh and im left handed...
    I highly recommend getting a left hand guitar because many guitars are extremely uncomfortable to play left-handed, execpt for the V-Necks, but then again if you want to use a whammy bar it's going to be at a very awkard position so I highly recommend you get a left handed electric.

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    music theory confuses the hell out of me.

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    how terrible is it that most everything i play i only use a down picking action? any exercises that i should look at that might help me get out of that habit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy204 View Post
    how terrible is it that most everything i play i only use a down picking action? any exercises that i should look at that might help me get out of that habit?
    if you want to do alot of solo guitar suff, yeah that's terrible. just do a shitload of alternate picking, that's pretty much it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turboz View Post
    I highly recommend getting a left hand guitar because many guitars are extremely uncomfortable to play left-handed, execpt for the V-Necks, but then again if you want to use a whammy bar it's going to be at a very awkard position so I highly recommend you get a left handed electric.
    wait... you got me confused... letf handed guitars are extremely uncomfortable, but you recommend me to get one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boodige View Post
    wait... you got me confused... letf handed guitars are extremely uncomfortable, but you recommend me to get one?
    he means that it's uncomfortable to play right handed guitars left handed
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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy204 View Post
    how terrible is it that most everything i play i only use a down picking action? any exercises that i should look at that might help me get out of that habit?
    Not really terrible if you're just starting out, but you should correct it ASAP. Just practice the exercises I posted up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5deckollie View Post
    music theory confuses the hell out of me.
    Just start at the very basics. Get a workbook with exercises that get progressively harder and everything will be much simpler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ynot View Post
    he means that it's uncomfortable to play right handed guitars left handed
    oh... ok thanks..

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