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In Topic: I feel like giving up.......

01 August 2011 - 11:23 AM

I agree with Carol. Easy songs and REPEAT them. I think the key is repetition. If you have trouble with a chord change, repeat it, slowly and carefully. Try to do some guitar every day. You will have good guitar days and bad guitar days but eventually more and more good days.

When i was learning and came across a new chord shape i would just change from the chords i already new to the new one, sometimes this would be my main exercise for several days, but the chord would soon become 2nd nature.

You will make it. You will be paid back for your efforts over and over again.

In Topic: in your experience, what is..

05 July 2011 - 06:50 AM

It is well worth looking at all these methods for learning guitar, the more the better in my opinion. They all add to your knowledge and confidence.

But to be able to start writing music (depending on what style) you may only need a basic understanding of the most common chords in a key.

There is a pattern to this which can take minutes to learn. (Do a search of common chords in a key)

E.g for a major key this is the general pattern.

MAJOR minor minor major major minor diminished (<The bold major at the beginning is the major chord that the key is based on)

C Dm Em F G Am Bdim (common chords in the key of C)

Start with the key of C because it contains no #(sharps)or flats. You can start trying different chord progressions (sequences of chords) in the key of C by using these chords in different orders. Some progressions will work better than others but these are all things you learn from trying them (and help from sites like this one)and eventually you'll know which ones work or which ones sound good to you.

There is a similar pattern for minor keys which are related to the major keys

There is so much to music but this may be enough to get started on making your own music but won't necessarily give you much understanding about mastering guitar or music. If you keep on reading it all starts to come together after a while.

It really depends what you want to play for some types of music this is more than you need, for others types this is just the tip of the iceberg.

In Topic: playing the guitar

30 June 2011 - 04:19 AM

Speed (Rhythm)?

In Topic: in your experience, what is..

30 June 2011 - 04:15 AM

understanding chords. Which ones go together in different keys. The Major scale. and how chords relate to it.

In Topic: Where should i start?

04 March 2011 - 08:17 AM

I personally felt that i really got to understand my guitar when i understood the whole fretboard and how the chords could be found along it. The CAGED system was s great help with that. Apart from that i know the major scale quite well and these two things serve me pretty well. Kirk's method also simplified many things that seemed complex before. Enjoy the journey.