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    Anybody on here play the guitar?

    With the nights drawing in, i quite fancy learning to play the guitar!!

    Here's the thing thing... I am near on 40 now, and will be a complete and utter novice. Never played an instrument in my life and cant read music!

    I have looked around in my local area, and there are a few places which offer lessons etc, so that could be a good start.

    Has anyone here been in much the same position and given it a go?

    Any pointers on how i should best approach this? What equipment should i be looking at etc?

    I would be more inclined towards the electric guitar instead of the accoustic variety.

    Cheers
    Aidi

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    i've played since i was 11 (about 16 years) I would advise learning the basic chords on an acoustic first off, just pick up a cheap one but not nylon strung, get a steel strung one. Basic equipment you will need
    Guitar, guitar tuner, plectrums (just a couple), a good ear and access to the internet. Might be worthwhile buying a basic chord book but there is so much info on the internet now. After you've got to grips with that and are wanting to move up to the electric then its
    Electric guitar, strap, Amplifier, tuner. That be it, when you move on to the electric and are progessing from just strumming chords, i'd recommend using tab which whos you what string and fret to put your finger, its internationally recognised and most books have it now aswell. It's an enjoyable past-time. It will hurt your fingers to start with, so much that they may bleed a little, but stick with it. It's like everything else, you will get points you'll feel you are not progressing, but you will be hth

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    Thanks mate. Would you advise perhaps getting a few lessons to get the ball rolling?

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    My uncle started to teach me to play when I was about 9, 13 years ago.

    I also advise to start off on an acoustic and to start on basic chord strumming.

    I have got a Farida electric guitar that I would give you for nothing if you were a bit closer as I don't play anymore, it was just a £100 starter guitar but good enough to learn on.

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    edit: On the lessons part, it depends how you feel you would learn better, wether someone sitting infront of you showing you the chords will be better for you than reading it from a book.

    You don't have to have 1 to 1 to learn to play, but I certainly think it would be a quicker and easier process as it would give you more determination to learn because you wouldn't want to let your teacher down for when you see them the next week.

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    A very generous offer mate, but a bit far to travel!!

    Ill ask around at work, i am sure one of the guys has probably got one sitting in a loft somewhere and could probably work out a deal with them.

    I do try to stick to new things i try, and i dont mind spending money to get me going.. but you never know!

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    As above, it depends how you learn, i didnt take any lessons until i had been playing for 3 years, even then it was just for school as i had to for doing the gradings for classical. Believe it or not, classical and heavy metal/rock (my fav) are very closely related! lol
    As for money. You can get a good starter outfit from a local music shop for circa £100

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    I have been doing a bit of looking at prices etc. I look at the prices, and they range from £100 to many ££££££!!

    The more i read, many seem to say there are some real nice ones between £100-200. Call me a sceptic, but when you see the price of some, the low price seems a bit too low for it to be of good quality.

    There are a few music shops in my area as well, so i think they will need to have a visit and see what they each offer and make a comparison and see what comes about.

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    The Yamaha Acoustics are really good value for money.

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...TIC+GUITAR.htm

    I had the one in that link, really nice sounding guitar!

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    first guitar i bought was a genuine Fender (amongst the best) electro acoustic (basically and acoustic which can be plugged in for gigging/recording. I paid £170 for it, it's still as sweet as the day i bought it, i then bought a peavey predator electric, again paid £170 for it and still got it. I've had a couple dozen guitars, most expensive being a American strat that cost £600, didn't rate it at all. Cost is not everything. Most guitars esp acoustic, sound great with the proper strings

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