I love listening to guitar. Acoustic is very good, but I love electric most. In fact, I think electric guitar has the most beautiful tonal quality of any instrument except sarod. I've played around with the acoustic of my friend. I've now decided to learn playing rock guitar (both rhythm and lead). I need advice on three counts:
1)Which guitar and amp to buy? The total cost needs to be under 15,000/-, 10,000/- preferred, 20,000/- the absolute maximum. About.com suggested a Squier Standard Stratocaster. Is that a good choice? And is it available in Kolkata?
2)From whom to learn? Amyt Dutta seems to be highly recommended, but does he teach beginners? I want someone who can give me a solid grounding in theory and technique of both rhythm and lead playing, and who is up-to-date with modern methods. For me, understanding harmony and time signatures so I can come up with truly original compositions is more important than just playing fast and copying western guitarists.
3)Where to play? Once I pick up the basics and can hammer out a few chords and scales, I want to start jamming with other people rather than practicing alone. I think I can improve much faster that way, and have more fun.
Just for information, my favourite guitarists are (in approximately descending order) Kirk Hammett (Metallica), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Slash (Guns N' Roses), Joe Satriani, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) . For some reason, the God Hendrix doesn't go down well with me. I'm also very interested in Hindusthani classical music, and my ultimate goal is to fuse the intricate melodic structures of classical music with the aggression and rhythm of hard rock/heavy metal.
Thanks a lot for your advice.