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03-16-2014 02:21 PM
This Old Sailboat
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I heartily agree with the recommendation to find a local teacher but I would add that it's most important that you find the right teacher for you.

Lots of people can play, many of them teach. But like any other subject, only a few can teach well and fewer of them can teach YOU well. You have a particular learning style. You want to play a particular style of music. You have a unique personality. Find a teacher that fits those and you will waste less time and money getting where you want to be. Find one who gets you. Find one with a progressive method of teaching that can work with you over the long term.

Approach it in phases. Learn a style or certain level of play, then just play for a while. Master it. Then go back to lessons for a while and learn a different style or level of play and repeat.

Don't take shortcuts, learn the theory. Commit time to practice. They will serve you well as you progress. You don't need to learn to read sheet music, but it can be valuable. At least learn tabular notation. If you can imagine ever playing with others, learn the Nashville numbering system and you can sit it with almost anybody.

Have fun with it. Don't let it become drudgery. It's called PLAYING guitar. The best guitar player in a group is the one who's having the most fun!

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03-16-2014 12:11 PM
Nostrodamus
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

We live aboard our boat cruising around the Med.
I look forward to every winter as there are other like minded people living aboard and we practise together a couple of times a week.
Good fun and playing with others where you have to go on even if you **** up means you learn so much quicker.

Anyone got any suggestions for easy songs to play on a guitar in a group?
03-16-2014 12:04 PM
Bruce_L
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I play a Seagull S6 - cedar top and a nice sound too - traded for it about 15 yrs ago and it sat in the case in the closet forever because i couldnt play a thing. About 2 yrs ago, I started learning to play a "cheater" version of the eagles song hotel california that a friend showed me. Was mostly chords around frets 0 - 1- 2. I dont play that song much now, but use every single one of the chords I had to learn for that song to play my own creations. Thats what I like to play. Goof around with my ideas.

Funny that the guitar I got back then has the most nautical name of all guitars sold. And i didnt even sail back then. Have some fun and practice on one simple song you like to listen to. Its all about the practice.
Good Luck, Bruce
03-16-2014 09:07 AM
Group9
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

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Originally Posted by bobperry View Post
Find a teacher and get some lessons to get you started. There are lots of "tricks" that are hard to discover on your own. Then with some rudiments and a small chord vocabulary under your belt you can download words and music to any song you like.

I'm an hour north of Seattle and I'd give you some lessons if you were in the area. I taught my neighbor's grandaughter to play last summer.

I applaud your effort to learn.
Thanks, it sounds like a teacher is the way to go. I'm going to try and find one down here.
03-15-2014 07:34 PM
John Casey
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

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Originally Posted by Group9 View Post
This is slightly off subject, but since there are a lot of guitar players here, what is the best way for a 56 year old guy, with limited music experience, to learn how to play some simple songs on an acoustic guitar?

Thanks.
Watch YouTube and have a 10 year old teach you how to play something.

Your pride will do the rest
03-15-2014 07:22 PM
bobperry
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Not accomplished, just old. I've played since I was 14 years old. I wanted to be Elvis. I have some buddies coming for dinner tonight. Both can outplay me. But I can play louder!

I hope to get together with some other buddies in NC next week and do some David Allan Coe tunes.

Guitarguy:
Your son has a nice looking hand position on that bar chord. Good to see him not using a pick.
03-15-2014 05:00 PM
guitarguy56
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

My son just learned guitar about two years ago and is seriously good at it already. He had classical trombone training since the 5th grade... so music comes easy to him and he was principal chair in his orchestra...

Here he is playing some Jack Johnson music... the woman in the upper right of the photo inside this Starbucks is my wife...



Pick the music/chords and practice... Bob's offer is well just as fantastic as any you'll ever get... he seems to be an accomplished player as well.

Tabs are also great as well as lyrics with the chords above them... there are a basic number of chords to learn and barring any bar chord fingerings you'll learn those later... most of modern music today can be played with about 6-8 basic chords.
03-15-2014 04:01 PM
bobperry
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Not sure I'm "learned" but I sure am "seasoned".
I'd bet there are a ton of guitar instructional vids available today on the internet. I'll bet there are lots of apps available for teaching guitar.

I think det's advice on an "accomplice" is excellant advice. That's pretty much how I learned, sitting with my jr. high buddy working things out between us.

03-15-2014 03:51 PM
deltaten
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Bob,s offer is not only generous; but GOLD! A session or two with a learned player and you'll learn more in an hour than twenty years of books. It's all about *HOW* to do it. A few tips on the way to place fingers annd how to move between chords makes using a chord book a lot easier.
Then try to find a willing accomplice to play with. Ya learn a lot more when ya can swap tunes and techniques.

Best of luck w/it
03-15-2014 12:37 PM
bobperry
Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Find a teacher and get some lessons to get you started. There are lots of "tricks" that are hard to discover on your own. Then with some rudiments and a small chord vocabulary under your belt you can download words and music to any song you like.

I'm an hour north of Seattle and I'd give you some lessons if you were in the area. I taught my neighbor's grandaughter to play last summer.

I applaud your effort to learn.
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