posted on Jul, 8 2009 @ 06:45 AM
I think whaaaaa summed it up very well.
I've been playing for about 40 years. Depending upon the type of music you like to play, having a friend who has a similar style show you a few
chords can get you inspired to experiment a little -- find your own style.
For example, I play mostly rock. I learned by going through a very boring series of books which taught me to read music while I was learning to
play. I think it would've been a real benefit had somebody turned me on to some power chords initially.
I'm really glad to have learned to read music, of course, but I didn't get really excited about playing until I FINally wandered into chord
About 20 years later, I took classical guitar lessons for a year, and that was GREAT! I play some classical guitar sometimes (Fernando Sor mostly),
however learning rest strokes and becoming more adept with my fingering really improved the rock and metal playing as well.
If you're left-handed, consider learning to play right-handed. Otherwise, you won't be able to just pick up any guitar and play.
My first guitar was a Fender hollow body, and it had a wide neck, which I think was easier to learn on, versus, say, my Ovation, which I think
would've been harder to learn on with it's narrow fretboard.
Your fingertips will be sore initially, until you build up some callus. Just keep at it. My two electric guitars are much easier to fret in that
the action (distance from the fretboard to the string) is much closer, plus it is amplified, and I don't have to press or play as hard.
Good luck and skill! If you're like me, the guitar will be your lifelong faithful friend, as well as ongoing interactive therapy, outlet for
agressions, outlet for creative impulses.
[edit on 8/7/09 by argentus]