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(@slodogg)
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Well, im getting my A,D and E chords down now pretty good. What i did was I started reading the book, 'Idiots guide to music theory' but would i be getting ahead of myself reading this now while at the same time learning the guitar? Or should i just get another beginners guitar book and read that one as well as my guitar for dummies, which im using now?

I was trying to think of how i wanted, or needed to phrase my question. Really, should i learn all the notes and chords first on the guitar before trying to play any type of song? I guess thats what i was getting at. But the music theory book seems more aimed at the piano and actually reading and writting music. I dont believe im at that stage yet !! Or, should i just read the theory book all the way through without stopping to learn what everthing means?

Sorry for the long drawn out question(s) but im kinda stuck now on how to approach it.

Thanks all

Pat

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(@kingpatzer)
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That is a great book and I highly recommend it to my students as a great primer on theory.

No, you're not ahead of yourself by reading that book. You are doing yourself a favor by reading it now!

The book is aimed at reading music, and like most theory books, it uses piano phrasing and diagrams because piano is very easy to understand as it relates to theory. On the piano, all the notes are layed out lowest to highest in one place only. The notes are color coded (sharps and flats are black, naturals are white). The notes are on a simple repeating pattern across the keyboard, etc. It's a great teaching tool!

But learning the basics of reading music is always a good idea, and there's nothing too tough for you to work through in that guide. It's really is an introduction book.

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(@Anonymous)
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Start playing songs and with other people just ASAP.

The whiole ideal is play, not work guitar at this point.


   
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(@dogbite)
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I think I learned songs BEFORE I learned the chords.
hearing songs got me wanting to play guitar in the first place.
so I started playing songs.
of course you do need to know a few chords.
three is enough to play 90% of the songs written.
by learning and playing songs two things happen.
well three.
1. you get happy.
2. you learn more than just notes; you learn application.
3. you learn guitar faster.
4. you end up learning a lot of notes.

ok four things. :)

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(@dylan6776)
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I started learning ALL the basic Major and Minor chords, but along with putting them into practise i.e playing songs. Best to start out with the essential chords G, D, C, followed by Em and Am...those five chords alone will virtually fit into any song!

I also kept this tip permanantly at the forefront of my mind:

THOU SHALT NOT GET FANCY TIL THOU KNOWETH WHAT YA DOING! LOL

In other words, as someone earlier said, learn as many songs as you can...then learn notes etc...

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(@slodogg)
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That is a great book and I highly recommend it to my students as a great primer on theory.

No, you're not ahead of yourself by reading that book. You are doing yourself a favor by reading it now!

The book is aimed at reading music, and like most theory books, it uses piano phrasing and diagrams because piano is very easy to understand as it relates to theory. On the piano, all the notes are layed out lowest to highest in one place only. The notes are color coded (sharps and flats are black, naturals are white). The notes are on a simple repeating pattern across the keyboard, etc. It's a great teaching tool!

But learning the basics of reading music is always a good idea, and there's nothing too tough for you to work through in that guide. It's really is an introduction book.

Thanks alot !

SLODOGG62


   
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(@slodogg)
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Start playing songs and with other people just ASAP.

The whiole ideal is play, not work guitar at this point.

Thanks !

SLODOGG62


   
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(@slodogg)
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I think I learned songs BEFORE I learned the chords.
hearing songs got me wanting to play guitar in the first place.
so I started playing songs.
of course you do need to know a few chords.
three is enough to play 90% of the songs written.
by learning and playing songs two things happen.
well three.
1. you get happy.
2. you learn more than just notes; you learn application.
3. you learn guitar faster.
4. you end up learning a lot of notes.

ok four things. :)

Thanks alot dogbite !!

SLODOGG62


   
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(@slodogg)
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I started learning ALL the basic Major and Minor chords, but along with putting them into practise i.e playing songs. Best to start out with the essential chords G, D, C, followed by Em and Am...those five chords alone will virtually fit into any song!

I also kept this tip permanantly at the forefront of my mind:

THOU SHALT NOT GET FANCY TIL THOU KNOWETH WHAT YA DOING! LOL

In other words, as someone earlier said, learn as many songs as you can...then learn notes etc...
Thanks alot !

SLODOGG62


   
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(@ballybiker)
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use your new found chord skills and get playing.....theory can be learnt when you are not playing...remember it should always be enjoyable and the sooner you make music the more fun you will have 8)

what did the drummer get on his I.Q. test?....

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(@slodogg)
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use your new found chord skills and get playing.....theory can be learnt when you are not playing...remember it should always be enjoyable and the sooner you make music the more fun you will have 8)
Thanks again ballybiker !!

SLODOGG62


   
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