Evening all, i'm Jim, im 26 just picked up my guitar a week ago, it's a fender strat lookalike called "elevation" one of those, £50 and comes with everything you need, phono lead, practice amp etc..
I have spent years procrastinating at the thought of learning to play guitar and recently while, listening to some operatic metal i decided it was time to stop air-guitaring in the car and get on with learning it, so here i am. I work long hours and so fitting in practice can be a bit tough but the first three days i spent reading a beginners guide to the guitar and learnt some basic chords (G, Am, Em, C, C add 9, D) but found following the book to be a bit hard going, and the videos that accompany it seemed totally out of sync with what i was studying in the book, today i had a day off work and spent a mammoth 8 hours practicing and watching the tutorials on YouTube from Marty over at Guitar Jamz.com and can somewhat comfortably play Green Days "Good Riddance (time of your life)" in as much as i can change chords fairly quickly and it's easy to follow what song im playing, i'll admit i impressed myself with my progress only having spent 3 days and a total of 4 hours prior to today sat down and practicing.
Do you think this was the right way to go? I found watching his chord progressions in the video and playing along much easier than following the notation in the book and my progress was much quicker, although my fingers hate me right now but having heard myself playing a song now i've got the bug to keep going, my long term goal is to be able to play everything from Black Sabbath, to Trivium, Slipknot etc.. but bends, hammer ons, pull offs et al are all well out of my league for at least the next few months, im currently happy learning the slow easy stuff while i learn the chords before i move on to anything more advanced, so yeah thats me i look forward to seeing you all around the forums and hopefully becoming a more pro-active member here.
I'm quite new here, so please forgive me if this is in the wrong section. I'm currently considering buying a guitar, and would very much appreciate some feedback.
Although I like a wide range of music, I mainly want to play Jazz/Bossa Nova because it's the style that got me interested in learning guitar. I told my friend, a rock guitarist, about this, and he suggested buying a dreadnought to learn the basics. I considered it, but backed out of buying one.
In the opinion of the users here, what is the best kind of guitar for a beginner that wants to learn Jazz and Bossa Nova? Are these styles something a beginner should even attempt to learn? What is the best method for learning the basics of guitar?
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