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(@trguitar)
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Joined: 16 years ago
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Bleeding fingers are badges of honor! Welcome to GN

"Work hard, rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard,
grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em."
-- The Webb Wilder Credo --


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(@selzam)
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Joined: 13 years ago
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HI all - another Oldie/Newbie here (I'm 46) - took lessons 20 years ago, kept some of the old books (Mel Bay and William Leavitt modern method books) and have no time for a private instructor. Any further recommendations as far as reading material/media?

Thanks! - Scott


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(@maelendiir)
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Joined: 13 years ago
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Welcome aboard, Scott

I'm very new myself, only been playing for a month or so, and just booked in for 1-to-1 guitar lessons, first one starts on Monday!

As far as reading material, I've found this site / forum to be incredibly helpful - it really has so much information, for free.

There's a forum user here called Noteboat - Tom, I think, who's published a guitar theory book. I've not seen it myself, but heard some very good things.

Welcome back to the guitar


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(@diceman)
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Joined: 18 years ago
Posts: 408
 

I would like to recommend that you use a light gauge string , at least at first . They wil be easier on the fingers and easier to get a decent tone from your guitar . When you have built up your calluses sufficiently you can try heavier gauges if you like . It will be your own preference as to what string gauge you wind up using , some prefer very heavy gauges and others very light .

If I claim to be a wise man , it surely means that I don't know .


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(@dr_faustus)
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As another oldie but newbie - I started playing at 40 (I'm now 42) and as a fellow America living in England, I'd like to say just enjoy playing. There's a brilliant little book called Zen Guitar that I've found hugely helpful; not in terms of technique but about attitude. The calluses will come - make sure you have the guitar set up properly - that made a huge difference for me. And find songs that you love - that makes playing all the easier.


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