Notes vs Chords for level 0 beginner


mulham.haffar
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01/04/2024 8:07 pm

Hi everyone,


Happy new year!


I'm an absolute beginner, who's starting a bit late (I'm 41 :)). But I wanted to learn to play the guitar for 25 years just never got the chance to. So, I'm gonna give it a serious try and I'm hopeful.


My question is do you recommend that I start with learning chords and not notes ? I'm fascinated about playing lead guitar and learning how to read notes more than strumming. But I see that all the beginners courses only teach strumming and chords.


Sharing your thoughts is highly appreciated.


Mel


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William MG
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01/04/2024 8:19 pm

Happy new year, 41 is a great time to start.


I would really encourage you to do the Fundamentals for beginners.


Best of luck


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This year the diet is definitely gonna stick!

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01/04/2024 8:45 pm
#1 Originally Posted by: mulham.haffar

Hi everyone,


Happy new year!


I'm an absolute beginner, who's starting a bit late (I'm 41 :)). But I wanted to learn to play the guitar for 25 years just never got the chance to. So, I'm gonna give it a serious try and I'm hopeful.


My question is do you recommend that I start with learning chords and not notes ? I'm fascinated about playing lead guitar and learning how to read notes more than strumming. But I see that all the beginners courses only teach strumming and chords.


Sharing your thoughts is highly appreciated.


Mel

Since you are an absolute beginner I recommend starting at Guitar Fundamental 1.  


There are 2 reasons most guitar curriculums starts with chords.  First, the guitar is quite often an accompaniment instrument, which means playing chords to support the vocals, or structure of a song.  Second, the wider motions of playing chords is a usually a little easier to start with as opposed to the very small, precise motions required to play single note melodies (for example, lead guitar lines).


If you follow the GF 1 course, you will eventually get to the lessons involving scales & melodies.  You could, if desired, simply skip or watch through the material until you get to what you are interested in.  But you will probably miss quite a bit of learning context along the way.  And the conceptually content of lead guitar is built on, relies on, knowledge of chords, key signatures, harmonies, etc.  


For what it's worth, I understand your excitement about & interest in lead guitar.  It's very dramatic & fun stuff!  But it's only one aspect of what you can do with a guitar to play music.


Hope that helps!


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01/05/2024 5:47 am
#2 Originally Posted by: William MG

Happy new year, 41 is a great time to start.


I would really encourage you to do the Fundamentals for beginners.


Best of luck

Thank you for your advice.


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01/05/2024 5:48 am
#3 Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel

Since you are an absolute beginner I recommend starting at Guitar Fundamental 1.  


There are 2 reasons most guitar curriculums starts with chords.  First, the guitar is quite often an accompaniment instrument, which means playing chords to support the vocals, or structure of a song.  Second, the wider motions of playing chords is a usually a little easier to start with as opposed to the very small, precise motions required to play single note melodies (for example, lead guitar lines).


If you follow the GF 1 course, you will eventually get to the lessons involving scales & melodies.  You could, if desired, simply skip or watch through the material until you get to what you are interested in.  But you will probably miss quite a bit of learning context along the way.  And the conceptually content of lead guitar is built on, relies on, knowledge of chords, key signatures, harmonies, etc.  


For what it's worth, I understand your excitement about & interest in lead guitar.  It's very dramatic & fun stuff!  But it's only one aspect of what you can do with a guitar to play music.


Hope that helps!

Thanks a lot for the detailed response.


That's exactly what I was after when I posted here, as I don't really know what's best.


Appreciate your advice. I will stick to the GF-1 and will take it from there aftre.


Thanks,


Mel


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01/05/2024 5:36 pm
#5 Originally Posted by: mulham.haffar

Thanks a lot for the detailed response.


That's exactly what I was after when I posted here, as I don't really know what's best.


Appreciate your advice. I will stick to the GF-1 and will take it from there aftre.


Thanks,


Mel

You're welcome!  Best of success with your guitar learning.


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