Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Calling all Axe People

As I mentioned a bit earlier, I purchased an electric guitar and I know enough to keep myself occupied for a while, but not enough to improve at any rate of speed. Pa've was kind of enough to offer to lend me a book, but I think I would like something I owned myself so I can desecrate it as I see fit.

I know a number of you play guitar out there so I am wondering if you know of any web or printed materials which might put me on the road to being a passable guitar player. I am pretty good on music theory (at least for what I need) and pretty weak on playing techniques.

9 comments:

pril said...

wholenote.com, for the web.

pril said...

oh yeah and most guitar magazines are great, too. They have the tab and music to songs, and then they also have the chord charts for the songs, and then the articles here and there toward the back about playing styles and techniques and all. I can't believe i almost forgot the magz. that's where i learned TONS of guitar.

Don Snabulus said...

Awesome! Thanks.

Tony said...

http://www.guitarnoise.com/

One of the best guitar instruction sites on the web. I've been playing 30 years and have learned a great deal from these guys

Pa've said...

Most important, Go find other people who play, and have them teach you. There are a lot of things which just can't be explained, and sometimes even with videos its hard to get a good look at what all the fingers are doing.

By the way, what kind of guitar and amp did you get?

Don Snabulus said...

I got their cheapest electric...an Eagle. The amp is a little Roland Crate which includes several types of overdrive/distortion settings.

After I save a few bucks, I will probably take lessons at the place I bought. That will probably be a couple months away at least.

Don Snabulus said...

Oops. I meant a Roland Cube 15. Just went out to check.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Most aspiring guitarists I knew in college relied heavily on Guitar magazine and the tabulature it supplies. However, many if not most of the beginning guitar players that wanted to jam with me at the university were totally lost if they didn't have tabulature in front of them. It can be a very good place to start, but I agree with Pa've that it's best to sit down with someone who knows what they're doing and follow their example.

Don Snabulus said...

First of all, thank you to both regulars and new posters for your perspectives and suggestions. I've already started pawing through the web sites mentioned above.

I will check out some guitar mags and plan to use tabs to help pick out a few favorites to play. However, I am more interested in writing my own music and getting good enough to improvise, so learning the techniques and chords is paramount before getting too deep into tabs. Lessons will be essential for this.

I do have the advantage of having some piano classes and a beginning theory class under my belt (from ancient times), not to mention some youthful attempts at musicianship with a couple of old friends/posters here.

In short, I plan to follow everyone's suggestions in some way. Keep 'em coming and thanks.