jdsmodulus wrote:I would think you should make a choice about learning "music" or just guitar. Lessons are great if you can find a good teacher. Learning basic theory is essential. Music is a life long lesson and for me, the Dead are the best teachers. You must draw off all things guitar though. Good luck and keep at it.
thunderman wrote:I guess I am trying to find a formula, do I study chords and learn all the scales first? Do I learn the Jerry solos? Do I learn songs? Do I do this while singing?
is there a "good way" to learn?
jefkahn wrote:I think your approach depends on what you want to be able to do with guitar and how far you want to go with it. These are some options:
1. Do you just play along with Dead songs? Get a chord book (or better yet, use RUKIND tabs), learn some basic chords, and strum along. Try to learn by ear by mimicking some of Jerry's lead lines, or use tabs to figure out what he's playing.
2. Do you want to learn guitar well enough to jam with others? I think you could combine a study of basic music theory (which includes learning some scales, such as major and pentatonic) with a study of common chords (open chords and barre chords), and practice those on guitar until you feel comfortable quickly changing from chord to chord and finding the right notes in a scale (for lead work).
3. Do you want to write your own songs? Learning theory is helpful, although I doubt the Beatles knew much of theory when they started writing. But theory is going to be a good way to facilitate the process.
4. Do you want to be so killer you knock others down with your licks? Don't ask me, I haven't figured that one out.
waldo041 wrote:AND the ones you do not like.
mijknahs wrote:#1 - Play music with other people.
Stevo123 wrote:Woodshed, woodshed, woodshed. The main thing for me that made the fretboard start to seem manageable was hours and hours of (more or less mindlessly) playing up and down diatonic scales in rhythm. Take chord progressions and learn how to play them with as many possible permutations of chord forms. Do it with 2 or 3 note chords only so you can hear how each voice in the chord moves individually. Practice strum patterns until your right hand is like a metronome.
Learning to jam is a whole different monster of a skill from just being able to play through songs and if you want to get good at it you have to find musicians at or above your level you can regularly jam and grow with. It's is rare to find a situation like that because the higher level musicians won't want to jam with you until you reach a certain level, and the lower level musicians that are dying to jam with you will frustrate you because they won't be good enough to actually jam.
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