When I first started to learn guitar I was a teenager full of desire and no where to turn to except my friends who also played. The Beatles were my heroes and Eric Clapton of Cream and even Andres Segovia. The guitar was and is a magical instrument and I wanted to play one. I ate and slept to learn guitar!
I had only my friends and books and records to learn from at first. Online guitar lessons did not exist or even, for that matter, did online. I bet you don't remember the days before the internet! Today there is the internet and you are in an amazing age of information. You have at your finger tips the most incredible amount of information to learn guitar.
You have lots of free information you can research and go a long way to teaching yourself how to learn guitar. As always of course when you have so much information often it is difficult to narrow your focus. You need a system to learn to play guitar.
If you decide to get a teacher and I do think you should eventually, you will find that it is easy to burn through a few hundred dollars rather quickly. There are now many fine online teaching programs that are available and I do recommend these as you get a whole lot of value for the money you pay.
You are able to use the material at a time that is convenient to you, you do not have to have a lesson time,anytime can be your lesson time. You can review the material over and over as mush as you like. You have recorder tracks to play along with just like playing with a friend or a teacher. That is a wonderful tool.
If you use online learning properly you can a get years of use before you spend another dime. You have a virtual teacher, as it were and you can see state of the art videos of the teacher's hand up close on all of the movements.
When I first began to learn guitar I got a popular guitar book and did it on my own. Keep in mind my motivation was extremely high and I am adept at self-learning. You may be motivated but not adept at learning on your own.In any case why do it all alone if there is another alternative?
If you choose to try some on your own I recommend folk guitar books because they are simple and use the basic strums with songs most everyone knows. I did eventually start learning guitar with a teacher and this was often good and sometimes not so good. The teacher can sometimes be the wrong one or at least a non-productive one for you.
I had a very nice guitar teacher once that was very into jazz and I was just a kid wanting to play rock and roll so that did not work very well for very long. When you are a kid you just go down to the local music store and ask for a teacher, they set a lesson time and you show up. You do not know the questions to ask and no one can expect you to, really. But you spend good money on the lessons never the less.
To learn guitar can be difficult, especially at first. It is very confusing with its various chord positions and tunings. The piano keyboard is very straightforward, easy to visualize and comprehend but the guitar is much more difficult from a visual standpoint. The same chord can be played in various different positions with no apparent relation to one another!
You can see that this can be confusing for the beginner. Combine this with the right hand technique, left hand, the written music and you can see how complicated it can get. This can be very overwhelming to someone just starting out.
This is all to say that a proven system to show you each step of the way is the answer. I would say first get an online learning program and take advantage of all of the resources that are out there for you today and by the way, I really envy you learning guitar today. You are very lucky to live today and be able to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities for learning guitar.
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