Re: Starting over . . . Again, and again...
- From: Ric Tibbetts <ric.tibbetts@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 20:04:23 GMT
"Ric Tibbetts" <ric.tibbetts@xxxxxxx> wrote in message news:0iGCe.8922$t43.145@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Ric Tibbetts wrote:
Well, I have to say, that it was easier to learn when I was younger, or else I just didn't know any better. ;)
I've spent the past few months trying to learn the six string (an accoustic). For the past month, the guitar has been hanging in the stand, untouched. I just ran out of steam. The problem was, I bought a CD course, and was working on that, then I saw 100 other "free" web based courses, all, of course, promising to teach you to play like a pro in just a few weeks. lol.
After a while, I was flooded with tons of methods, and I got overwhelmed, and totally confused on what the BEST way to learn was, and I parked the guitar (with the excuse that the guitar "sounds" funny, and needs a good setup.. (the intonation IS off)).
But the truth is, none of those methods was teaching me what I felt I needed to know. Since I have 3 daughters in music lessons of some kind, private lessons are just not an option for me.
Then, couple of weeks ago, my youngest started in guitar lessons (she is not quite 8). I've pretty much ignored her, until today, when she was having trouble practising, and wanted some help.
So I grabbed my guitar, dusted it off, tuned it up, and sat down to help.
To my surprise, what he is teaching her is one note at a time. No chords. No tab NO learning to "monkey play" songs. One note at a time, and all sheet music based.
I spent nearly an hour working with her (and will continue to do so in the evenings until her little light goes on). I think I learned more in that hour than she did! :)
It's what I wanted to learn!
Yeah, you need to learn chords. But you also need to know how to read sheet music, and some music theory, etc..
I'm going out this week, and finding the adult version of the books she is using. I can keep learning chords too, but I also want to know the more techical side of things. Without that, you're just copying what others create, not creating your own.
Can you please post the names of those books you found along with the ISBN numbers?
I'm at the same intersection as you.
I was digging through the guitar books today at the music store.
The closest thing I could find to the kid books, is the Mel Bay books. Get the Course #1. It starts with the one string at a time, and will help in learning to read music, instead of reading tab.
It also moves along faster than the kids books. I may invest in it, and use it along side my eMedia system, (which is focused on chords). I really think you need both.
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