I have learned guitar the harder way.. without any tutions.. so i hv faced many problems.. but it gave me a wide vision of wat to do.. wat not to do.. how to approach.. Here I am putting my 7 months experience.. and in the perspective of a newbie.. trying to put it all.. Here it goes..
BUYING THE GUITAR
Start with a good accoustic guitar,the hollow one.. i feel Hobner or Givson will do.
Many approaches r there..but i follow..this ( or else u may use guitar tuner s/w or a pipe)..
start from the thinnest string thats E..tune it with a reference.. then play the E note in the next string B.. that will be in the 5th fret.. play both E notes together till u get the resonance in sound.now E and B are tunned.. Proceed like this.. play B string open then G string's 4th fret note that is B.. till u get the resonance.. Proceed this way until u reach the thickest string E. Ur guitar is now tunned.
To play any song with chords and sing along.
A perfectly tunned guitar, a chord chart table ( u can get it from google or PM me ).. internet access and the most imp. determination to do it... Thats all.
I m not going to discuss much of the theory here.. u can get it easily and read many books.. they don't help u much initially. There r six strings.. E A D G B E starting from thickest to thinnest.. each note has a sharp key.. except B and E.
consider any scale.. there r 12 notes.. like for C scale.. C C# D D# E F F# G G # A A# B.. we have minors also associated with notes and combination of minors and sharps too.. we have chords of sevenths.. too.. No need to go for suspended and augmented chords now..
1> Start with simple chords..
NOTE: don't try barre chords now..
easy practice will be playing A C D E F Am Em G.. (i m putting B out because i preffer it playing with barre chord) Go on playing these chords repeatedly.. reducing the time gap between change of one chord to other. Newbies face biggest problem here in changing chords fastly.. exercise is for ur left hand.. for right hand.. try different strumming patterns.
2>Believe me onething.. there is no well defined or algorithmic way to strum.. it shud come from inside ur mind.. listen the song many times and use ur feet to feel the rythm.. actually feeling the beat needs god gifted ears.. some ppl can do it once some take months to do that... but it the another big problem which may dissapoint u.. but don't give up.. keep practising
3>once u can get a little bit mastering in the above 2 steps.. u r ready for playing songs..goto step 4 else goto step 1.
4>Here u can make a choice between how u want to begin.. Chords or Tabs.. I will suggest u to go for chords.. this will motivate u more if u r a singer and playing chords need more practise then tabs.. so go for chords.
5>I will suggest u now to choose the easiest song.don't go for songs with sharp keys.. good one will be Papa Kehte hain from QSQT or Take it easy by eagles.
u can get chords in IGT (for hindi ) and A-Z Chords.com for (english)
papa kehte hain : G C Am F.. keep the pace
take it easy : G C D Em A ( combination of these )
6>BARRE CHORDS.. there is no escape from barre chords.. one day or other u hv to play them.. any chord that can b played with simple chords can played barre.. u need to stretch ur fingers accross the fret board.. initially painful but don't ever give up. Why barre chords ? becoz u can't get the effects like muting using open chords.. but to add open chords sound better when u just go for plucking..
7>Once u r familiar with barre chords.. its time for u to play.. # keys.. A# C# D# F# G# and minors Bm Cm Dm Fm Gm and combinations.. A#m C#m D#m F#m G#m.. (note its better to play B and F chords always barre )
8> Now go for songs like..
Pal Pal Dil ke Pass : C# B F# Abm Ebm ( a combination of these)
Hote California : Bm F# A E G D F# ( follow this pattern)
9> Now its time to go for power chords.. suspended chords.. augmented chords.. chord of sevenths.. use the chord chart.. to play these..
10> Now u can play any song.. u want..
some good ones..
summer of 69 , bheege hont tere , who the fu.ck is alice, when u say nothing at all, words , please forgive me , breaking my heart , evrything i do i do it for u.. Anjane Kyun ( by strings ) use power chords there..
11> Now stop downloading chords.. By this time u have already developed an ear of music.. Listen to the song u like many times.. get into the beat.. find in which scale the song is.. find the root note..find the nearby chords for that scale.. even if ur scale is wrong.. ur relative chords need to be correct. if u find the exact scale.. then shift the scale by the difference between root notes. u will end up with perfect chords.
12> Just Chillllll.............................
Note: this post was totally based on my experience of learning and i posted the way i found it comfortable to learn.. so ur opinions may differ.
Frnds.. if atleast one among u find this thread or the post useful... plzz let me know.. i m also planning for a tutorial on tabs.. depending on the feedback.