Learning Guitar

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  1. xXriderXx7 macrumors 6502a

    xXriderXx7

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    Hi,

    My dad has told me he is going to pick up a very nice Ibanez acoustic/electric guitar for me for Christmas, and seeing as I do not know how to play guitar, he suggested I look for a good Mac app to assist me in my efforts to learn guitar. Im going to up a USB connector tomorrow, and Im wondering if any of my fellow MacRumors members have any suggestions as to the best app to assist me in learning from scratch?
     
  2. pepsipopup macrumors newbie

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    lessons

    i never heard about an app that does this but i recommend lessons.
    i am 11 years old an a kid my age is learning how to play some songs without a teacher!
    but i don't see why you wouln't just take lessons like all the good guys and gals. ;)
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    wise 11 year old! i have a guitar and its so hard/frustrating to learn on my own

    i need lessons
     
  4. xXriderXx7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ive thought about it, but there is really no way I can pay for continuous lessons. Im going to be drained after Christmas, and with all the college fees I really dont have enough money to spare. Thats why I was thinking about just purchasing software once, then using it as I please.

    SO, any one else have any recommendations?
     
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  6. xXriderXx7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No help? Can no one recommend me a viable app to learn with?
     
  7. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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  9. mynameisraj macrumors 6502

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    Congrats on starting guitar. I've played for 7 years and it's a wonderful instrument.

    Waiting on my recording interface though, hopefully it works well with OS X :D
     
  10. james-thescalie macrumors member

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    www.ultimate-guitar.com thats what i use, any chords you dont know how to play just hover over them and it gives you a diagram. these diagrams are drawn as if you are looking down on the fret board. (low)-EADGBE-(high)
     
  11. mongrol macrumors regular

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    Agreed. I've played guitar for over 20 years and never found a program thats any good at teaching. Get out your favourite albums, go to the above site and get stuck in. Also good is a copy of "The Guitar Handbook". A seriously great book that teaches theory, history of guitar, different styles and more importantly, how to look after the thing so it doesn't end up all bent out of shape and lying in the corner.
     
  12. grinning walrus macrumors newbie

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    They also have lessons at that site. Some of them are better than others. Check out the ones with the highest user ratings. Cyberfret is also good. Here's the link for their beginner lessons. http://www.cyberfret.com/first-fret/index.php

    I've been playing for several years. I took lessons for a brief while, but most of what I learned was from internet resources. Since almost anybody can submit guitar lessons to websites, a lot of it is on you to find out what is accurate out there. Look around. If you find several sources telling you the same kind of stuff, you're probably good to go. But cyberfret seems to be very good as far as online material goes.

    I don't think you'll find a good 'app' for lessons. There are a lot of apps though can give you good resources. Maybe an index of chords or scales. It's good to soak in whatever learning material you can find. Guitar magazines have lessons in them too.

    Another point. You can learn a lot online, but the benefit of having personal lessons is that you will have someone who can look at your form. This is something a teacher can gauge only by watching you play. Since you don't have the money for ongoing lessons, I'd suggest you learn a bit on your own and then maybe take a few lessons to address issues in your playing that require someone who knows what they're doing to watch how you play. Best of luck to you. It's a great instrument and it will provide you with years of enjoyment!
     
  13. LittleApple08 macrumors member

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    If your looking for a program I prefer Guitar Pro. You download the tabs and then the program plays them for you at a comfortable speed. You can also get blues scales and different things. Good luck!

    Rock on dude!
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    My brother learnt to play using a Windows program called Guitar Pro, it was very good, and now, he's very good.
     
  15. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Another freebie to help you keep your guitar in tune is Tuna Pitch, particularly if you don't already have an electronic tuner. It's certainly better than pitch pipes.

    http://www.freeverse.com/apps/app/?id=5012&view=goodies

    For some reason the 1st string in this app is much louder than the rest.
     

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