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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Just picked up the guitar again!

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Caribbean Cowboy - Posted - 03/03/2018:  16:03:20

So I just brushed off the 6 strang for the 2nd time. With Youtube and online being the only resources I have since driving to a teacher is not an option. I love picking, have emulated a few picking riffs like Dueling Banjos or Sweet Home Alabama off the Vids. Really want to have a better foundation. Should I start with learning chords and chord changes first...ANY suggestions appreciated. Methods, DVD's etc...Want to learn right.
Thanks to all.

Flatpickit - Posted - 03/03/2018:  18:08:34

Changing your strings should be the first thing you do, if you want to start with, as you term it, a better foundation. That assuming the instrument has a good setup and is comfortable for you to play in terms of string height. No need to fight the instrument - it will only make learning harder.

Chords, yes. Since you play some already, I'll guess you have a couple of favorite keys. I think a good way to start learning chords, that would be fun, is to learn how to play the songs you know already in different keys than you currently would play them in. Doing that, you'd be forced to learn not only new chords, but the relationships between them.

Scales are also important to that foundation. In the long run, you'll need them as well.

Good Luck!

Caribbean Cowboy - Posted - 03/04/2018:  13:56:35

Thank you! Wasn't sure if I should just strum chords or try and pick with various Chords. Strumming is what made me put this down last

wannabedoc - Posted - 03/04/2018:  16:21:59

What you should do next depends on what you want to be able to do and whose playing you like. I'll bet if you add that sort of information, plenty of folks here will be able to give you some good suggestions. With all of the resources available today, I don't think there's ever been a better time to learn to play. Have fun!

Caribbean Cowboy - Posted - 03/05/2018:  04:41:42

I set out to play old west songs. My desire for picking up again is to be able to learn to 3 finger pick songs (one finger?) Just being able to pick. Strumming is fine too if I need to to learn the basic chords etc but that is what I am trying to figure out. So I am looking for direction where to spend my time first. Learn Chords and strum a while until I move smoothly on the left hand? Strumming too much is what bored me last time) Guess if I could find, on line or DVD lessons even, to start me off with proper drills to get me over this awkward hump and feel like I am going to make progress with what I am spending time doing. Look forward to your suggestions. Thank you so much.

Caribbean Cowboy - Posted - 03/05/2018:  14:36:58

I like Townes Van Zant style playing...Hank JR....Any western music like Amarillo by Morn etc.

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