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    Any guitar players out there?

    My son is getting group lessons at his school and it made me remember my old electric acoustic guitar in the garage that hadn't been played for about 17 years. We used to go down to original banana row back in the day and thrash about (very badly!)

    Anyway, I decided to get it repaired again and while I was in my local shop doing so I saw one of these and couldn't help myself. Ideal for practising when I'm out at work and good for those who are, ahem, blessed with slightly stubby fingers like myself.

    I dug out the old book that taught me the basics all those years ago and only now realise how boring it was. Im not even going to try and look for the accompanying cassette. I persevered with the first few lessons last night though and the tips of my fingers are on fire/numb which feels great.

    To anyone who plays, is my choice of guitar OK (over the Squier mini) and is there anything out there, free or otherwise, that's a little bit more interesting to get me started again?


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    Have you got an Xbox or PlayStation?

    I'd recommend Rocksmith if you have. You get a cable that connects your guitar (which looks very nice by the way - I just got a Squire Stratocaster before Christmas to learn on).


    The game teachers you real songs, gives challenges to learn scanners and chords etc.

    At the moment I'm working my way through about seven Oasis subs and about the same for Radiohead. It's brilliant playing along to songs you know and love. The difficulty increases as you get better at each song and it goes back a bit if you're struggling.

    I've tried a few times to learn and this is by far and away the best imho.
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    I took up the bass a while back & love it, frustrating at first trying to play chords but a few visits to you tube & now I can play a few songs from The Cure, James, The Pogues etc. I started off with basic riffs using tabs.

    I also struggled with learning more than four bars at a time & moreso if I tried to play a more complex song. I bought a couple of books by Hal Leonard, started at basic & Im now between basic & intermediate. Timing was an issue, particularly when playing along to a fast song, I started off well then played as if I was using someone elses fingers 😄

    Im now onto learning Stone Roses songs, in particular & relatively easy is She Bangs The Drums, brilliant chunky bass lines. I am struggling with Peter Hook & the Light, Hooks bass playing is on another planet 😄

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    My advice would be to set aside say 15-30mins every day for a wee practice. You won't notice the small daily improvements but after a few weeks you'll see the difference.
    As mentioned, the YouTube lessons are a great free source for learning.
    Re. guitars. You usually get what you pay for. Epiphone if you can't afford a Gibson and Squire if you can't afford a real Fender.
    If you want a good affordable acoustic beginner's guitar, I recommend the Yamaha F310. You can pick up a 2nd hand one for around 50- 80 on eBay/gumtree. I think they are approx 120 new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matty_f View Post
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    Have you got an Xbox or PlayStation?

    I'd recommend Rocksmith if you have. You get a cable that connects your guitar (which looks very nice by the way - I just got a Squire Stratocaster before Christmas to learn on).


    The game teachers you real songs, gives challenges to learn scanners and chords etc.

    At the moment I'm working my way through about seven Oasis subs and about the same for Radiohead. It's brilliant playing along to songs you know and love. The difficulty increases as you get better at each song and it goes back a bit if you're struggling.

    I've tried a few times to learn and this is by far and away the best imho.
    I don't have anything but my son has an Xbox one s. I've had a wee look at Rocksmith and it looks really good and gets great reviews.

    Is it something a nine year old would appreciate as well or will it be a bit too hard/advanced for him? I'm going to meet a bit of resistance if it's just for me and I have to invade his room to play it.

    Edit: ...how much did you pay for it if you don't mind me asking? It looks pretty scarce and very expensive from Amazon etc...!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyhibbie View Post
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    I took up the bass a while back & love it, frustrating at first trying to play chords but a few visits to you tube & now I can play a few songs from The Cure, James, The Pogues etc. I started off with basic riffs using tabs.

    I also struggled with learning more than four bars at a time & moreso if I tried to play a more complex song. I bought a couple of books by Hal Leonard, started at basic & Im now between basic & intermediate. Timing was an issue, particularly when playing along to a fast song, I started off well then played as if I was using someone elses fingers 😄

    Im now onto learning Stone Roses songs, in particular & relatively easy is She Bangs The Drums, brilliant chunky bass lines. I am struggling with Peter Hook & the Light, Hooks bass playing is on another planet 😄
    The bass is cool and something that I'd like to get into once I'm fairly proficient on a normal guitar. I'd probably just end up confusing myself right now.

    When you said The Stone Roses, She bangs the drums was the first song that came to mind. A lot of their songs had brilliant basslines.


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    My advice would be to set aside say 15-30mins every day for a wee practice. You won't notice the small daily improvements but after a few weeks you'll see the difference.
    As mentioned, the YouTube lessons are a great free source for learning.
    Re. guitars. You usually get what you pay for. Epiphone if you can't afford a Gibson and Squire if you can't afford a real Fender.
    If you want a good affordable acoustic beginner's guitar, I recommend the Yamaha F310. You can pick up a 2nd hand one for around 50- 80 on eBay/gumtree. I think they are approx 120 new.
    Thanks for that. I'm trying to take the little and often approach but time doesn't half fly when you're in the zone and 15 minutes turned into 45! (Very sore fingers and wrist now).

    I looked at lots of guitars and decided that it would be Epiphone or Squier over unfamiliar/shops own brands as they are sort of linked to Gibson and Fender (which I can't afford).
    It's odd that the 3/4 size squire strat was 30 more expensive than the Epiphone and even 5 more expensive than the full size strat! The guy in the local shop (who I'll be supporting from now on) was really helpful and said that the quality was pretty similar and its down to personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
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    I don't have anything but my son has an Xbox one s. I've had a wee look at Rocksmith and it looks really good and gets great reviews.

    Is it something a nine year old would appreciate as well or will it be a bit too hard/advanced for him? I'm going to meet a bit of resistance if it's just for me and I have to invade his room to play it.

    Edit: ...how much did you pay for it if you don't mind me asking? It looks pretty scarce and very expensive from Amazon etc...!!
    A nine year old could play it - my daughter has a go on it.

    You might be able to get a second hand copy cheaper, I only have the 360 versions otherwise I'd offer you a loan of it to try it out - it's not backwards compatible on Xbox One so I'll wait for the next version to come out before getting it for that.

    I think it's brilliant though, I've had a few goes over the years at learning and this is the only one that I've found particularly rewarding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matty_f View Post
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    A nine year old could play it - my daughter has a go on it.

    You might be able to get a second hand copy cheaper, I only have the 360 versions otherwise I'd offer you a loan of it to try it out - it's not backwards compatible on Xbox One so I'll wait for the next version to come out before getting it for that.

    I think it's brilliant though, I've had a few goes over the years at learning and this is the only one that I've found particularly rewarding.
    Thanks man. I think I will wait for the newer version.

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