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Bedubya Learning to play guitar (19) RE: BS: Learning to play guitar 15 Mar 01


Hi BEK

While there is much to be said for formal lessons for beginning (or any level) guitarists, I feel it is equally important to play as often as you can with other people in informal settings. I'm what's usually called "self-taught", but a more appropriate term would be "community-taught". I've learned most of what I know in countless hours playing with other people at festivals, sessions, parties and living room jams.

Beginning players should try to develop friendships with players who are somewhat better than themselves and who are willing to show them a thing or two. Find out if there are any public sessions in your area that you can sit in on. Attend music festivals and take your guitar along. You'll start out in the outer circle (with the rest of the newbies) but, before you know it, you'll be in the thick with the "big dogs".

Everybody has something to teach, you just have to be there to learn it.


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