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michaelg210
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01/12/2012 5:10 am
Ah, hi, first time here, not sure where to begin.

I bought a little electric guitar for my 10 yr. old daughter for Christmas.

She loves to sing, and actually rocks it at any karoake place we go, so i thought, you know............ Taylor Swift.....lol.

Anyway, i went to and showed her a couple web sites and how to do a chord or two and looked up a basic scale for her to practice. She tries, sort of, will play with it for 15 - 20 minutes almost every day, but doesn't have a clue.

I got here by searching for reviews on a product by Claude Johnson, (anyone heard of his supposed learn guitar the easy way program?). I was thinking of getting it for her, but.... you know, the too good-to-be-true syndrome usually is (too good).

So now that I am here, any advice?

Thanks
mjg
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01/12/2012 6:38 pm
Hi mjg,

I would start out with the Core Learning System where the pace is nice and slow and you really get a solid foundation for learning guitar:!

Check it out here: http://www.guitartricks.com/corelearningsystem.php

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01/13/2012 4:13 am
Hi Michael & Welcome ;)

I'm a beginner myself, progressing through the Core Learning program with instructor Christopher Schlegal and I would definitely recommend it.

The dedication, expertise and on-line lessons of the GT instructors are second-to-none.

Hope you and your daughter enjoy them as much as I have.

Am I the only one who plays multiple instruments? Let's be inspirational and find our muses everyday!

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michaelg210
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01/13/2012 5:25 am
Originally Posted by: axeman81Hi Michael & Welcome ;)

I'm a beginner myself, progressing through the Core Learning program with instructor Christopher Schlegal and I would definitely recommend it.

The dedication, expertise and on-line lessons of the GT instructors are second-to-none.

Hope you and your daughter enjoy them as much as I have.


I showed her the link today. We looked at the intro video. Do I need to subscribe or are the lessons the same? I don't mind paying for it if she does it / will do it... just want to make sure she will use it/practice.

Thanks
mjg
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michaelg210
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01/13/2012 5:27 am
Originally Posted by: Guitar Tricks AdminHi mjg,

I would start out with the Core Learning System where the pace is nice and slow and you really get a solid foundation for learning guitar:!

Check it out here: http://www.guitartricks.com/corelearningsystem.php

-GT Admin



Thanks, it looks pretty good. I unfortunately don't have the time to go thru it, but hoping she will. I watched the first video with her today. Will keep an eye on her / her progress.

mjg
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01/14/2012 6:56 pm
Originally Posted by: michaelg210Do I need to subscribe or are the lessons the same...


Guitar Fundamentals 1:

Chapter 1. Correct Posture and Technique


1: What A Pick Is And How To Use It
2: Right Hand Technique for Absolute Beginners
3: Left Hand Technique for Absolute Beginners
4: How To Hold The Guitar

Chapter 2. Basic Knowledge


1: Parts of the Electric Guitar
2: Parts of the Acoustic Guitar
3: Guitar Parts & Functions
4: Tuning with an Electronic Tuner
5: Tuning with the Guitar Tricks Reference Tuner
6: How To Read Tablature

Chapter 3. Introduction to Chords


1: The Mechanics of Fretting Notes
2: Simple Chords Group 1: Intro To C Major & G Major
3: Simple Chords Group 2: Intro To A Minor & E Major

Chapter 4. Playing Melodies


1: How Notes Are Named (Introducing A-G Terminology)
2: Note Names on the 1st and 2nd Strings
3: Note Names on the 3rd and 4th Strings
4: Note Names on the 5th and 6th Strings
5: Tips on Learning and Practicing Music
6: More Simple Melodies
7: Natural and Accidental Notes

Chapter 5. Playing Full Chords


1: Full Chords Group 1: A, D, and E
2: Practicing Switching Chords 1: A, D, and E
3: Full Chords Group 2: C, F, and G
4: Practicing Switching Chords 2: C, F, and G
5: Full Chords Group 3: Introducing the B Major Chord
6: Practicing Switching Chords 3: E, A, and B

Guitar Fundamentals 2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Music Theory


1: Intervals for Beginners
2: C Major Scale for Beginners
3: Picking Technique For Beginners: Scale Exercise
4: C Major Scale Exercises For Beginner Guitarists
5: A Minor Scale for Beginners
6: A Minor Scale Exercises For Beginner Guitarists
7: C Minor Scale for Beginners
8: C Minor Scale Exercises for Beginners

Chapter 2. Introduction to Minor Chords


1: Full Chords Group 4: A, D, and E Minor
2: Practicing Switching Chords 4: A, D, and E Minor
3: Mixing Major & Minor Chords 1: G, E minor, C, D
4: Mixing Major & Minor Chords 2: C, A minor, F, G
5: Mixing Major & Minor Chords 3: A min, C, D min, E
6: Seamless Chord Changes For Beginners

Chapter 3. Scales and Chords and Triads


1: Scales And Chords Relationships
2: Using Scales to Connect Chords Exercise 1
3: Using Scales to Connect Chords Exercise 2
4: Introduction to Triads & Chord Inversions

Chapter 4. Introduction to Reading Music Notation


1: Learning To Read Music Tutorial 1
2: Learning To Read Music Tutorial 2
3: Learning to Read Music: A Quick Reference

Chapter 5. Simple Songs Using Chords and Scale Notes


1: 12 Bar Blues in A
2: More 12 Bar Blues in A
3: House of the Rising Sun

Chapter 6. Learning and Practicing the Rest of the Minor Chords


1: Full Chords Group 5: B, C, F, and G Minor
2: Practicing A, D, E Major Chords
3: Practicing A, D, E Minor Chords
4: Practicing C, F, G Major Chords
5: Practicing C, F, G Minor Chords
6: Practicing E, A, B Major Chords
7: Practicing E, A, B Minor Chords

Chapter 7. Practicing Major and Minor Scales


1: Practicing Scales for Beginners

Chapter 8. Introduction to Barre Chords


1: Introduction to Barre Chords for Beginners
2: Practicing Barre Chords

Am I the only one who plays multiple instruments? Let's be inspirational and find our muses everyday!

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nmistretta
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01/17/2012 8:12 pm
I'm a new member and really don't know where to start. I started playing the guitar one year ago. I feel that I am at a stopping point and need some guidance. Any suggestions.

Nick
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compart1
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01/18/2012 4:21 pm
Hey Nick,
At what point have you stopped...?
Gordon
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01/18/2012 4:37 pm
Nick
first of all welcome here.
start with the guitar fundamentals 1 and 2. It is always worth. But a lot depends on the level you are now, as Gordon rightly pointed out.
Regards
Carmine

Regards,

cm

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