I need some encouragement

Posted by Marcie on Wed, 06/26/02 - 22:21:40.

Hey, I am 15 and I just started playing the guitar and I had my first lesson a few days ago. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the bar chords and other difficult things to play. I really want to learn to play and I'm starting on a Fender acoustic because I've heard that it's better to start out on an acoustic although I listen to and want to play mostly punk-rock and death metal. I guess what I want to know is, will I ever be able to do guitar solos like metallica or other metal bands, and if so, is starting out on an acoustic the best way? I'm not giving up on playing, that's for sure, but does this overwhelming feeling ever go away? And will I eventually learn what guitars are best and distortion pedals, and amps. It's all so confusing!! If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Marcie



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You can DO IT!!

I started playing when I was about 13 (I'm 24 now)
with a crappy electric guitar called a RokAxe which
came with a 1 watt amplifier. I can remember how it
felt having no idea how to play, where to put your
fingers, etc. So, the basic rule that covers your
situation is "Practice makes perfect". The first
song I learnt to play was "Ode to Joy" (hey, you have
to start somewhere!). Start with simple songs so
that you will feel rewarded for your efforts.

For the music you are into I also suggest you learn
the "power chord", one chord shape which requires two
fingers and can be moved all around the fretboard (ask
your guitar teacher about it). There is a lot to learn
but just be patient and dedicated and it will come to
you.

Your acoustic guitar should be fine to start with but
I would keep an eye out for a decent electric guitar
and amp package. Soloing is A LOT harder on an acoustic...

My current set-up: an old strat copy electric guitar
(I'm going to get something better REAL soon)
I have a Yamaha GW-33 effects board which has about
six pedals and all the effects I need (distortion,
phaser, compression, reverb, digital delay, etc.)
and I have a Crate 100 watt (i think) amplifier with
2 x 10 inch speakers. I've had this setup for about
6 years and it does the job nicely (without spending
too much money :P )

Another fun thing to do (once you know the basics) is
jamming along with some easy songs. Just have a song
on repeat and play along with it. Buy a few guitar
mags which has songs you know transcribed and learn
them too.

Good luck, dude. See you on stage!!

Dennis B.

: Hey, I am 15 and I just started playing the guitar and I had my first lesson a few days ago. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the bar chords and other difficult things to play. I really want to learn to play and I'm starting on a Fender acoustic because I've heard that it's better to start out on an acoustic although I listen to and want to play mostly punk-rock and death metal. I guess what I want to know is, will I ever be able to do guitar solos like metallica or other metal bands, and if so, is starting out on an acoustic the best way? I'm not giving up on playing, that's for sure, but does this overwhelming feeling ever go away? And will I eventually learn what guitars are best and distortion pedals, and amps. It's all so confusing!! If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
: Marcie

Re: You can DO IT!!

: Yeah man, dont give up. I remember the feeling. I took my first lessons about 16 years ago when I was 15. I remember having the same questions going through my head (sometimes I still do) you just need to learn the basics first and learn them well. everything builds off what you are learning now, so learn it well and learn it right. You need to learn rhythm guitar before you can play leads and solos. 90 percent of your playing is going to be rhythm, so take it slow and start there... and practice, practice, practice. Stay with it and keep jamming!!

I started playing when I was about 13 (I'm 24 now)
: with a crappy electric guitar called a RokAxe which
: came with a 1 watt amplifier. I can remember how it
: felt having no idea how to play, where to put your
: fingers, etc. So, the basic rule that covers your
: situation is "Practice makes perfect". The first
: song I learnt to play was "Ode to Joy" (hey, you have
: to start somewhere!). Start with simple songs so
: that you will feel rewarded for your efforts.

: For the music you are into I also suggest you learn
: the "power chord", one chord shape which requires two
: fingers and can be moved all around the fretboard (ask
: your guitar teacher about it). There is a lot to learn
: but just be patient and dedicated and it will come to
: you.

: Your acoustic guitar should be fine to start with but
: I would keep an eye out for a decent electric guitar
: and amp package. Soloing is A LOT harder on an acoustic...

: My current set-up: an old strat copy electric guitar
: (I'm going to get something better REAL soon)
: I have a Yamaha GW-33 effects board which has about
: six pedals and all the effects I need (distortion,
: phaser, compression, reverb, digital delay, etc.)
: and I have a Crate 100 watt (i think) amplifier with
: 2 x 10 inch speakers. I've had this setup for about
: 6 years and it does the job nicely (without spending
: too much money :P )

: Another fun thing to do (once you know the basics) is
: jamming along with some easy songs. Just have a song
: on repeat and play along with it. Buy a few guitar
: mags which has songs you know transcribed and learn
: them too.

: Good luck, dude. See you on stage!!

: Dennis B.

: : Hey, I am 15 and I just started playing the guitar and I had my first lesson a few days ago. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the bar chords and other difficult things to play. I really want to learn to play and I'm starting on a Fender acoustic because I've heard that it's better to start out on an acoustic although I listen to and want to play mostly punk-rock and death metal. I guess what I want to know is, will I ever be able to do guitar solos like metallica or other metal bands, and if so, is starting out on an acoustic the best way? I'm not giving up on playing, that's for sure, but does this overwhelming feeling ever go away? And will I eventually learn what guitars are best and distortion pedals, and amps. It's all so confusing!! If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
: : Marcie

Re: You can DO IT!!

Hey, i was looking for some info on my guitar a Rokaxe. Its my first guitar. I'm 15 now and i play my guitar for 6 months now. I didn't take any lessons (yet) i just learn from friends who know how to play.
I really agree with you Dennis. Its the same story. i learn little songs or very easy versions of "nothings else matters" and then i learned my powerchords. And i also learned to play some songs from nirvana very popular and easy to play with chords. Yesterday i learned to play a whole song... yeah, its an easy one but i'm very happy i could play a damn song from the intro till outro. Its called Hypnotise from white stripes. i have an acoustic guitar too i'm learning to play stairway to heaven now, i works fine 4 now. i thing i'll figure it out someday.

Greetz from belgium (srry 4 my bad english)
-Krieke-

Re: You can DO IT!!

Hey, i was looking for some info on my guitar a Rokaxe. Its my first guitar. I'm 15 now and i play my guitar for 6 months now. I didn't take any lessons (yet) i just learn from friends who know how to play.
I really agree with you Dennis. Its the same story. i learn little songs or very easy versions of "nothings else matters" and then i learned my powerchords. And i also learned to play some songs from nirvana very popular and easy to play with chords. Yesterday i learned to play a whole song... yeah, its an easy one but i'm very happy i could play a damn song from the intro till outro. Its called Hypnotise from white stripes. i have an acoustic guitar too i'm learning to play stairway to heaven now, i works fine 4 now. i thing i'll figure it out someday.

Greetz from belgium (srry 4 my bad english)
-Krieke-

Re: You can DO IT!!

: I started playing with myself when I was about 13 (I'm 24 now)
: with a crappy electric guitar called a RokAxe which
: came with a 1 watt amplifier. I can remember how it
: felt having no idea how to play, where to put your
: fingers, etc. So, the basic rule that covers your
: situation is "Practice makes perfect". The first
: song I learnt to play was "Ode to Joy" (hey, you have
: to start somewhere!). Start with simple songs so
: that you will feel rewarded for your efforts.

: For the music you are into I also suggest you learn
: the "power chord", one chord shape which requires two
: fingers and can be moved all around the fretboard (ask
: your guitar teacher about it). There is a lot to learn
: but just be patient and dedicated and it will come to
: you.

: Your acoustic guitar should be fine to start with but
: I would keep an eye out for a decent electric guitar
: and amp package. Soloing is A LOT harder on an acoustic...

: My current set-up: an old strat copy electric guitar
: (I'm going to get something better REAL soon)
: I have a Yamaha GW-33 effects board which has about
: six pedals and all the effects I need (distortion,
: phaser, compression, reverb, digital delay, etc.)
: and I have a Crate 100 watt (i think) amplifier with
: 2 x 10 inch speakers. I've had this setup for about
: 6 years and it does the job nicely (without spending
: too much money :P )

: Another fun thing to do (once you know the basics) is
: jamming along with some easy songs. Just have a song
: on repeat and play along with it. Buy a few guitar
: mags which has songs you know transcribed and learn
: them too.

: Good luck, dude. See you on stage!!

: Dennis B.

: : Hey, I am 15 and I just started playing the guitar and I had my first lesson a few days ago. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the bar chords and other difficult things to play. I really want to learn to play and I'm starting on a Fender acoustic because I've heard that it's better to start out on an acoustic although I listen to and want to play mostly punk-rock and death metal. I guess what I want to know is, will I ever be able to do guitar solos like metallica or other metal bands, and if so, is starting out on an acoustic the best way? I'm not giving up on playing, that's for sure, but does this overwhelming feeling ever go away? And will I eventually learn what guitars are best and distortion pedals, and amps. It's all so confusing!! If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
: : Marcie

Hey, I found this cool website about practicing guitar...

http://www.guitarprinciples.com/

This guy seems to know what he's talking about!

Dennis B.

: Hey, I am 15 and I just started playing the guitar and I had my first lesson a few days ago. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the bar chords and other difficult things to play. I really want to learn to play and I'm starting on a Fender acoustic because I've heard that it's better to start out on an acoustic although I listen to and want to play mostly punk-rock and death metal. I guess what I want to know is, will I ever be able to do guitar solos like metallica or other metal bands, and if so, is starting out on an acoustic the best way? I'm not giving up on playing, that's for sure, but does this overwhelming feeling ever go away? And will I eventually learn what guitars are best and distortion pedals, and amps. It's all so confusing!! If you could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
: Marcie

Re: Hey, I found this cool website about practicing guitar...

mate, stick at it, after a while things will come together and you'll start to sound good. As for solo's, if thats what you want to play then persevere and you WILL get there. I myself cant play solo's cos they don't really interst me, i'm purely rhythmn, i've been playing for about 6 months and I couldn't live without it ! thats the key, if you really want to do it. I think an accoustic is a good way to start, the main issue is the action on the guitar (the distance between strings and fretboard) with an accoustic it will be harder, but it will strengthren up your fingers in the long run, also because an electric is smaller generally, playing bar chords and the like will be easier

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