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#1 MrNerf

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:09 PM

I've been having trouble finding real life guitar tutors (one's that are good anyways and not overbooked)
so I was wondering what would be the best site for easy to read, easily understandable, free guitar lessons.
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#2 Swords

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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:29 PM

Well, I've been teaching myself for 3 years now. After you get the basics down you don't really need a teacher. You can get some TABS at this website. There really is no need for a teacher and online music is hard to find. Not much to it.
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Posted 12 May 2008 - 09:35 PM

Well, I've been teaching myself for 3 years now. After you get the basics down you don't really need a teacher. You can get some TABS at this website. There really is no need for a teacher and online music is hard to find. Not much to it.


Personally, I prefer having a teacher break things down for me, and at the same time encourage me to figure it out myself, but I started on tabs.
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#4 RustInPeace117

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 01:08 PM

I've been playing for nearly 2 years and I suggest using tabs with a program called guitar pro. It's really useful.
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#5 Wax

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 02:57 PM

I've been playing for nearly 2 years and I suggest using tabs with a program called guitar pro. It's really useful.


Guitar Pro also costs $60. For a program with some similar functions and also a high number of existing tabs I suggest Power Tab, which is free. It's not the same caliber of product, but at least it's legal (I'm assuming everyone pirates Guitar Pro).

That being said, an actual guitar teacher is always preferable, assuming you're actually dedicated to becoming an accomplished guitarist. You can teach yourself a lot, but having someone hold you accountable for improving as well as being able to show you specific techniques will help a lot. For individual song tutorials though, I usually just search on Youtube until I find someone that actually knows how to play the song and has a decent tutorial.

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#6 slowguitarman

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 04:20 PM

If you can't afford a teacher, get guitar pro. Even if you get it the legal way, it would still be worth $60, but it is easily attainable via many torrent sites.
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#7 eddieoctane

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 01:15 AM

Tabs are good for more simple songs and learning the basics, but you can't read tabs in time because they aren't written in time. Sheet music is written in time, so you can keep the rhythm easier. If you are serious, learn to read sheet music and find a teacher. Unfortunately, there is an absurdly large number of guys who have spiked hair and wear polo shirts with popped collars who think playing guitar just makes them all the cooler and will get them laid. You know, these jackasses:

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All they do is make it impossible to get music lessons of any kind and piss off real Italians.

At least, that's how it was when I tried to get bass lessons.
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#8 Wax

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 04:26 AM

You don't need to be able to read sheet music and be able to translate it into notes, but you should be able to translate it into rhythms. Guitar Pro and Power Tab list the tabs and a corresponding staff with notes. The notes can be determined by the tabs and the rhythm by the sheet music. They'll also play the song for you in time, and you can speed it down / slow it up to really work out the rhythm. Then again, there's always the notion of listening to the song until you get the rhythm down.

Reading sheet music straight to guitar is hard because there's about a billion ways to play any given note on various strings, or using harmonics, or whatever you feel like. It would be a valuable skill, if only because you'd be able to look at a fretboard and know what note on each fret for each string is, which would be beneficial for improv especially. Reading music for guitar is not a very emphasized skill, and I sure can't do it with any reasonable speed, but I have been reading music itself since first grade due to learning the piano, and that background has been useful.
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