Topic: Just learning needing help

Looking for advise on what is the best video (dvd) for learning guitar.  Also what should I stay away from.  Im just a beginner, so any advise would be great.  I have an acoustic guitar and will be buying an electric in the next few weeks.

Re: Just learning needing help

<img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_sad.gif" border=0 alt="Sad"> well,, if u ask me, i'd say u SHOULDN'T learn from a DVD.  u can choose what ever you want to do, but an electric guitar so soon is probably a bad idea if you've just started.  i don't want to offend you at all, but you might want to start simply with an accoustic guitar teacher. <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif" border=0 alt="Very Happy">

Re: Just learning needing help

an acoustic guitars strings are alot more tighter (not sure thats the corredt term to use but u get the drift) if you learn on an acoustic when u come to learning the electric ul fi d it alot easier as your fingers have built up enough strength plus the tip of each finger would of hardened a bit im currently still a beginner but i was given this advice by a friend of mine and although i own an electric (les paul)i found that learning on an acoustic really gives you an advantage when you come to change, i think someone posted on here not long ago about not going from one type of guitar to another. Hope it Helps Have Fun


N Wales

Re: Just learning needing help

Acoustic is more immediate fun without the obsessive knob-twiddling. You strum an acoustic and as you modify your fingers it can start to sound good straight-away. Of course you still need to learn and practise but the promise is there from the beginning.

Electric is more tricky, I find I'm tackling sounds that sound energetic but actually arise from light and precise plectrum strokes. Oh and each song has a 'right' sound arising from the at least 5 parameters and that's with the simplest beginners rig. Electric can distract you from actual playing with a detour into amp sounds, effects boxes, modelling, hot rodding...

The 'Fender Presents' Electric DVD is well regarded but get yourself on a lessons as you'll enjoy it so much more.

'The sound of the city seems to disappear'

Re: Just learning needing help

i agree with bluesman567. a teacher is always the best solution as they can teach you right from scratch. i find with some dvds that they progress too fast and it is sometimes awkward to see what they are doing with their fingers.

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I'm going to tell you a secret. It is a very closely gaurded secret that a very few people kow. The notes are the same on every guitar electric or accustic. They are in the same spot, chords are made the same way, the scales are all the same. The only thing different is the feel and the sound. I never went to the learn on an accustic then you can "move up" to an electric school and I'm glad I didn't. When I was learnning I had an electric at home and the coffee shop I hung out at had accustics that you could barrow to play there so I learnned on both at the same time. That being said, the best video I've seen (people are gonna laugh at me) is the one advertised on TV Estabon (is that how you spell it?). My buddies sister got it and I learnned a few things from it too. Plus it comes with a pretty decent accustic/electric guitar.

                                    - Mike

"Nobody paints by ear so why would I play guitar by sight?" hmm