June 01, 2006
Time to learn

Zoe has been learning to play the Bass Guitar since January. I've been talking to my friend Paul about it and even discussed learning to play the guitar myself. Being a slacker, I've taken no action to actually move toward learning to play myself. Paul plays guitar and has mentioned it to me several times.

I was quite suprised this weekend when Paul presented me with my own starter guitar and amp.

This is an exceedingly generous gift and I'm quite excited to start playing.

I've been goofing around with it, but need to start learning. I searched on 'learn to play guitar' on Google and was overwhlemed with sites. I have idea how to seperate the wheat from the chaff.

Any suggestions where to start would be appreciated!

Posted by michael at June 01, 2006 10:50 PM


Nice gang sign with the right hand! I tried learning the guitar once...no ear for music whatsoever. Check your local Junior College for classes.

/Chuck in Bakersfield

Posted by: Chuck C [] on June 2, 2006 7:41 AM


You guys should start a family X cover band.

*steve in seattle*

Posted by: steve [http://www.finkbuilt.com] on June 2, 2006 9:01 AM

Frederic Noad FTW. The dude is l33t. Set the Tivo for stun... I mean "Guitar with Frederick Noad" on PBS.

Further, titles by Frederick Noad:

Guitar For Dummies
Solo Guitar Playing 1
Solo Guitar Playing 2

He focuses mainly on Classical Guitar, but all techniques are transferable.

Posted by: Yoshi [http://www.oblivitor.com/] on June 2, 2006 10:23 AM

If 80's music is any guide you should

(a) Sling it way down low (Foreigner, "Juke Box Hero")


(b) Play it 'til your fingers bleed (Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69")


Posted by: Brad [http://www.flyingw.org] on June 2, 2006 11:07 AM

Get a few easy song books and learn some chords. That's the best way to start. Your fingers will hurt at first until you build up some callouses. Then when you are comfortable with chords you can start looking at guitar tab sites. Also, learn the penatonic scale and practice it all the time. It is a blues scale that is used in a lot of rock music.

Barring that - take a few lessons with a good instructor (something I never did but wish I had.)

Posted by: bribo [] on June 2, 2006 11:52 AM

Bring it on over when I get back into town. I'll teach you some basics, if you like.

Tele's are the best. Mine is black.


Posted by: Ken [http://emmanate.org/wretch] on June 2, 2006 2:10 PM

Dear Mike,

Very nice axe you have there. I read your message about weeding through all of the guitar instruction sites. How about one I built with my own bare notepad happy hands?

I recommend JFRocks.com. Not only is he an amazing and free instructor, but he's a hell of a nice guy to boot.

If only Wil and I had Jeff (the J of JFRocks.com) while we were shooting "Toy Soldiers", then maybe the helicopter pilots wouldn't have complained about all of the noise we were making. (Wil on base, me on a $99 squire)


Keith Coogan

Posted by: Keith Coogan [http://www.jersisalon.com/index1.html] on June 2, 2006 2:29 PM

All you need is a Mel Bay chord book and a Back in Black CD. Read, listen, play, repeat.

Posted by: Travis [http://www.guyinasuit.com] on June 4, 2006 12:14 AM


Ahh, my old guitar days. 2 humbuckers with a floating tremolo. Too bad it never stayed in tune.

Posted by: Travis [http://www.guyinasuit.com] on June 4, 2006 12:18 AM

My boyfriend is a fantastic bass player and teacher. He's in the Monrovia area. We just put up a website for him. It's www.petestrobl.com. His budding blog is called www.bottom-end.com.

Posted by: Amanda Wray [http://www.livinginmonrovia.com] on June 16, 2006 9:05 PM

Just started playing again after a number of years slacking off. I find this site useful for its chord diagrams


Like your site btw

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