Recommend me a book for learning to play guitar please

(17 Posts)
Kazzawazzawo0 Mon 28-Sep-15 21:37:28

I've always wanted to play and I'm trying to teach myself, can't afford lessons. Can anyone recommend a really easy book?

I can't read music. I can play a few chords having watched some online tutorials, but would like to learn more, preferably with some simple songs.

I have an acoustic guitar.

Ferguson Mon 28-Sep-15 23:35:33

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of books that might be suitable.

What is your favourite kind of music, or what kinds would you like to try to play?

I'll look back in a day or two.

BackforGood Mon 28-Sep-15 23:41:39

My dd has found the internet the way forward - I've tried buying her books but she says there really is no need, it's all on-line.
She's asleep now - I'll try and ask her if there are any particular sites she found helpful, tomorrow.

Kazzawazzawo0 Mon 28-Sep-15 23:53:06

Thanks. I'd like to play stuff I know, so rock, pop .. Anything that's a proper tune really, but not children's songs.

I've looked on YouTube, but I don't have a printer at the moment, and also think I'll focus better if I'm working my way through a book.

There are so many,I don't know where to start, so I thought maybe someone could recommend one that is ideal for beginners, but not just children's songs.

TrionicLettuce Mon 28-Sep-15 23:56:32

I can't help with books but if you can't read music tabs are great and Ultimate Guitar has endless songs in tab form. It's a fantastic resource for self-teaching.

Ferguson Thu 01-Oct-15 20:20:08

For quickness, I'll give you this link to start you off. This is the book that most of the guitarists of the last forty years started with.

Guitar is a difficult instrument though, and to start off making music I always suggest Keyboard as being an easier option. But that may not be a financial option for you.

You mention 'a proper tune', but most guitar beginners will start with chords, so you may have to sing the tune at first:

www.bertweedon.com/playinaday.htm

Ferguson Thu 01-Oct-15 20:26:07

And these quotes might inspire you:

www.bertweedon.com/quotes.htm

Kazzawazzawo0 Thu 01-Oct-15 22:22:26

Thank you, that sounds perfect.

Ferguson Sat 03-Oct-15 22:54:43

Something else you might like to listen to, and maybe one day want to get involved in, is music from Martin Taylor. I know it is too difficult to contemplate at the moment, but it gives you some idea of what else is out there:

martintaylor.com/guitar-academy/

Kazzawazzawo0 Sun 04-Oct-15 14:07:41

Thank you, that looks interesting.

Talulaley Sat 23-Jan-16 12:39:52

Can anyone recommend a book food learning to play guitar that doesn't require me being able to read music and teaches me to play chords?

I've looked online, but find it easier working my way through a book.

Talulaley Sat 23-Jan-16 12:40:47

Typo! "... A book FOR learning to play guitar ..."

Ferguson Sat 23-Jan-16 19:52:54

Playing ONLY chords can be a bit limiting, so knowing a BIT about music might help. If you have access to a Keyboard, that can make 'chords' easier to understand.

Also knowing the 'harmonic series' (and starting to UNDERSTAND it) is useful, but it does require effort to 'get your head around it'!

www.musicroom.com/se/id_no/010649/details.html?kbid=1582&gclid=CJuYmonYwMoCFRUTGwodIYEKPQ

www.musicroom.com/se/id_no/01119327/details.html?kbid=1582&gclid=CNSBmarYwMoCFUn4wgod57wBJg

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_series_%28music%29

Also look a other 'links' I put on this thread.

Talulaley Sat 23-Jan-16 22:53:30

Thanks. I'll have a look at those. But for now I'd like to start with a book with just chords, preferably a variety of well known popular songs.

SoConfused15 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:03:46

I know you wanted a book but this website justinguitar.com has a straightforward beginners course which teaches you chords, and has songs you can play with just 2-3 chords (A, E and D), so almost straight away.

I'm "returning " to guitar after 25 years so was coming on here looking for suggestions too smile

thenewaveragebear1983 Tue 16-Feb-16 19:12:15

I taught myself to play using internet sites like azchords, and ultimate guitar. Once you know a few chords you can play loads of songs. Learn c, g, e , a minor and D first! Lots of bob Dylan, oasis, OCS, Beatles use these chords. You can also get 3 or 5 chord songbooks which will have several songs using the same chords, but be aware that they do this by altering the pitch of the original song so if you sing along you'll need a capo. Also, if you sing my advice would be to buy the thinnest gauge of strings you can find when you restring your guitar, gives a much nicer sound more suited to the female voice.

hipHipboo Tue 01-Mar-16 09:06:20

I'm looking for a book too. I've mastered the chords G, D, C, A minor .. But I'm really struggling to strum .. I just don't know how to get the rhythm right. I don't like using a pick, but using my fingers doesn't feel right either .. But mainly the speed and rhythm are the problem.

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