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Hello! I'm Trevor, I'm 19 and I've been involved in a lot of projects and jam sessions growing up with my friends. I've only focused on vocals for 4-5 years and I've kind of just gotten tired of it. I want to actually learn an instrument and a note system that I can directly understand and make use of for many types of genres not being restricted by a vocal range. 

 

The situation right now is that I don't own a guitar with more than 3 strings and it will take a few weeks in order to get one and I had questions based on what I can start trying to learn now while I'm waiting to get my hands on a working guitar. As the years go by and I get more skilled, I'd like to focus mainly on Math Rock, similar to artists like CHON and Via Luna. I specify this because I love the emotion that can be given simply from instrumental music and it has a big factor in my self development. So here are my questions;

 

1. Based on where I want to take my guitar playing, what type of guitar should I look to purchase, an acoustic, or electric?

 

2. What topics should I look up and study before I obtain a working guitar, I have a 3 string acoustic that I can use as a reference for notes, etc.? Stuff that I can write down and study every day like music theory, but wanted to know if there is more than that.

 

3. I am avoiding physical lessons, so when I have a guitar, who would you guys recommend for beginners wanting to pursue in more technical finger tapping riffs, or if I should start and learn the basics before branching off into that?

 

Thank You! (:

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Three strings are enough; https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+play+a+cigar+box+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=how+to+play+a+cigar+box+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i65.20509j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Tune your guitar to an "open tuning"; https://www.google.com/search?q=open+tunings+for+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=open+tunings+for+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i65.4421j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

A three string cigar box guitar will be tuned to either an open G (GBG) or open D (DAD) in most cases.  The point of an open tuning is you have more than one full octave available to you and the individual strings are tuned to the root and the third (or the fifth) of a triad.  A triad is the basic formula for creating a chord.  Therefore, in open G, the guitar produces a G Major chord when strummed with all strings open (unfretted).  Tune to an open D and the guitar will produce a D Major chord when strummed open.  That would be termed your "I" (one) chord.  Moving up the neck fret by fret moves the chord and the "IV" (four) chord is located at the fifth fret and the "V" (five) chord is at the seventh fret.  A "I-IV-V progression" is the heart of thousands of songs you can learn to play with just your three strings; https://www.google.com/search?q=songs+with+a+i-iv-v+progression&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=songs+with+a+i-iv-v+progression&aqs=chrome..69i57.10529j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

You can play the chords and individual notes either with your fingers, a slide or lay the guitar down on your lap and play lap style; https://www.google.com/search?q=lap+style+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=lap+style+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57.5448j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Using just that much you can learn songs and learn how to understand and to play scales which are the backbone of music theory for any guitaristhttps://www.google.com/search?q=practical+music+theory+for+a+guitarist&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=practical+music+theory+for+a+guitarist&aqs=chrome..69i57.13073j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

Buy an acoustic guitar and get the basics in your head and under your fingers before you move on to a specific genre.

 

 

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