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Learning to Play the Guitar

Updated on June 23, 2015

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The Best Ways to Learn to Play Guitar

Traditionally the best way to learn guitar has been to get your own personal mentor. That is you would need to have a tutor and pay for lessons in a formalized one on one relationship. However it is getting ever more expensive, and difficult, to find qualified instructors to teach you.

Whenever I have spoken to musicians about how they learned, and what works best, they often say that they did not really start to develop until they joined a band. This is because they have to learn to keep up and play as well as the other band members, and also due to the fact that they could watch and see how the other band members tackled each part of the song or number being played, and of course the benefit of being able to ask to see a particular technique demonstrated.

Unfortunately in today's high pressure world there are not many of us who can afford the time to go and play in a band on a regular basis. So how do we go about tackling this problem?

What if you could watch and replay the techniques of many of the top players and even play along with them? Well now you can! through the revolution of the Internet and streaming video. There are several top rated Guitar learning to play courses available that you can download and learn from, in the privacy of your own home. You retain the benefits of your own personal tutor, and can even play along with their band.

Video and Internet Based Guitar Courses

For Guitarists that are too busy or too far away from major towns learning to master the guitar has been a problem. Well this is no longer true as there are now a whole range of video courses available either on-line for download or as DVD and CD sets. Either of these options is great as you can move along at your own rate and replay any lessons or pieces that are giving you trouble. The key features of these courses is that they provide the ability to keep replaying, so that you can go at your own pace, and do not have to keep paying for repeated lessons.

Some of these courses will also allow you to learn more than one style of play and of course you can pick and choose styles as you progress. You will not have to find a new tutor each time you decide to change styles.

Guitars from Amazon

Amazon is a great place to buy a guitar due to their low prices and their returns policy ,if you are not completely satisfied. The guitars I have listed would all be suitable for beginners right through to accomplished musicians.

Acoustic Electric

This steel string guitar is suitable for the beginner through to quite advanced and it combines an acoustic guitar with amplification. This one will not annoy the parents too much while practicing, but will have sufficient sound to play with a group of friends.

Fender FA-130 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Pack, Black
Fender FA-130 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Pack, Black

A really great choice for those who like the softer tones of an acoustic but sometimes want to knock it up a gear with the addition of amplification

 

Something Different

For those guitarists that have a style and want to show it there are some real beauts on the market!

Dean V Dave Mustaine Guitar, United Abomination
Dean V Dave Mustaine Guitar, United Abomination

The ideal guitar for those who want to stand out as different from the Gibson, Fender crowds!

 

The Traditional Band Favorite Guitar

The all time favorite amongst band lead guitarists the most versatile electric the famous Fender Stratocaster. Used by players with styles from Hendrix to Hank Marvin!

Fender Deluxe Players Strat, Maple Fretboard - Crimson Red Transparent
Fender Deluxe Players Strat, Maple Fretboard - Crimson Red Transparent

The all time favorite for the big rock bands the famous Fender Stratocaster, the guitar that all serious musicians will want added to their collection.

 

A Beginners Stratocaster

There are cheaper Strats for the beginners.

Starcaster by Fender Mini Strat Electric Guitar Starter Pack, Black
Starcaster by Fender Mini Strat Electric Guitar Starter Pack, Black

A great starter kit from Fender to give you the feel of a real electric guitar and not so much power that you will drive away all the neighbors with the noise of those initial practice sessions!

 

The Les Paul

The most popular electric guitar with an acoustic box all time is the Gibson Les Paul. The Gibson product is expensive, but there is also a cheaper version made by Epiphone, just as Squire make a cheaper version of the Stratocaster. The cheaper models are just fine until you have a real stage presence and are making enough from playing to really make a name for yourself!

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Guitars from eBay

eBay is another great source of both new and used guitars, for the less feint hearted and those that like the rush of the auction style of buying. The selection here will change as product is sold so visit often.

Stratocaster eBay

You can often get a good deal on a used Stratocaster from eBay.

Les Paul On eBay

Les Paul guitars often vintage come up on eBay regularly.

Squier On eBay

Even the less famed Squiers and Ephiphones come up on eBay.

Let Me Know What You Think About Guitars

Which type of guitar and what makers do you prefer? I love comments and the more you add the better

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    Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Zeross4: Never too late to try! I took up playing classical again around 40!

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    Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

    Very interesting, this is something I've always wanted to do but never had much success with it. Great informative lens though, who knows- maybe I'll give it another try someday!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @ecogranny: A woman after my own heart!

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    Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

    I am both a Hendrix fan and a Segovia fan, (as I mentioned above). When it comes to playing, though, I am happy with anyone who can get my toes to tapping.

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Dressage Husband: Oops the 10,000 hour!

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    Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @hmrezaul123: Get one of the courses an instrument and give it a try!

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    hmrezaul123 4 years ago

    I love to learn how to play guitar.

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    Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @shellys-space: It does because you can learn to pick out a tune in about a week, but it is still one of the hardest instruments to truly master!

    The 100,000 hour rule applies to mastery!

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    Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

    The guitar makes a wonderful instrument for the beginner!

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    Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @weallmatter: It can be very romantic and relaxing or really quite dramatic. The range of the instrument in the right hands is truly amazing!

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    weallmatter 5 years ago

    I truly enjoy guitar instrumental music.

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    Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @pcgamehardware: Sounds like an unfulfilled wish or just your plain old faithful, anyway you are obviously a player that knows their own mind!

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    pcgamehardware 5 years ago

    Ovation round back with installed pick ups... :)