Hi People 

I should be taking delivery of my CBG in the next few days.

I'm a complete beginner!

I've approached a local guitar teacher here in Guernsey and has never seen before? 

While I'm happy to have lessons I'm wondering if I'm better of in fact teaching myself the basics and then once I find some holes in my skill set. Then I can go to him with more specifics on what I need to learn?

Some order of steps to follow and learn and material I need to look and order would be really cool :D

My wife plays piano mandolin and the dulcimer.

Many Thanks 

Glen.

Views: 504

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

if theres a dulcimer in the house you're off to a really good start.  Tune up to the same as that dulcimer.

now, if you see where the dulcimer has frets (and where it does not) thats a scale!!

just follow that, and practice practice practice.

Any guitar teacher worth his salt will pick up on 3 or 4 string guitar straight away, it doesn't matter if he's never seen one before if he's any good

Glen...check out some of the great videos here...search "beginner" or something or "lessons". Really good info here at your fingertips.

Learn the minor pentetonic (blues) scale. 

I started out with no music or guitar background at all. This is what helped me

Learn the 12 bar blues. 

Look at this guys vids on youtube. They will start at the very basics. 

 http://www.youtube.com/user/LLJJEEYY?feature=watch

Instructors are hard to find. Some can pick the CBG up and play. Some seem afraid of it. You know which to pick. 

A good teacher will help you with right hand technique. It's also important to decide if your looking to play this with a pick or your fingers. A guitar teacher can help with 'Travis' style picking and using a pick. Banjo teacher might be better for claw hammer.

When choosing a teacher don't settle for what you don't want. It's your time and money. I had a robotic violin teacher. Every response she had was pre planned. No personal attention to me at all. I kept telling her over and over. "Please don't play the song before I learn it." She would automatically whip the tune out. I'd then close the book and play it back to her. I'd pul the learners tape off the violin. She'd put more on. I left. Please don't settle.

Seriously if you're willing to pay a guitar teacher, then I would just pay for the Beginner course on http://www.learncigarboxguitar.com/

 

Patrick Curley is the teach and has a course outline, lots of great videos and tools.  My wife actually found this site and got it for my birthday.   He actually has taught music before and will take you through step-by-step.  Its for a total beginner.  He's exceptional because he actually mentions timing and syncopation unlike most on-line guitar instruction I've seen.  I highly recommend.  $47 bucks is a steal for what you get.  I wish I'd had this guy when I was first learning 6 string.  He's an exceptional teacher.

 

Of course, check out videos at this site as well. 

No! Do NOT take lessons from a guitar teacher! Struggle for months trying to figure out music theory on your own. Stay away from helpful Internet websites and YouTube. Don't even pretend to watch anyone that looks or sounds like they may know what they are doing. You are trying to develop your own raw, primal, artistic voice, as so many thousands before you have done. Put your slide on any old finger, and wave it around any old which way on the strings. Do not even bother to tune your git. Pick with your fingers, your nose; heck, pick yer nose. Play Mary Had A Little Lambchop until your significant other's ears bleed. Then go out on the street to try to earn money with your reedy, adenoidal voice. Stand there morosely in the wind and rain, while passersby ignore your latest rendition of Milk Cow Blues, and try to figure out, unsuccessfully, what you are doing wrong.

Then, take up the harmonica. Rinse. Repeat.

Only when you have surfed the waves of Despond, eaten from the tree of Disappointment, slogged through the fens of Frustration, built and rebuilt your first git a thousand times, will you be deemed worthy to accept the challenge of the Next Level:

Recording.

Alternatively, you could ask your wife, very humbly and sweetly, if she could larn you a musical thang or two. Have the divorce papers and a pen handy.

But whatever you do, stay several thousand kilometers away from The Blues.

do what Oily said...ha ha!   it wouldn't do any harm to have a few lessons on the basics of playing any instrument, the principals are the same - A B C D E F G  etc, it gave me a good grounding in music which helped me repair guitars and make my own (-:

Thanks for all the help :D

I think I will go cold turkey and learn it from the head and heart. I feel much happier there is a site like this for me to ask for help :)

"I look up and see a mountain to climb? I will do it in dog biscuit chunks at a time"

You do know I was kidding, right?

I thought you were deadly serious, myself. Old Grimface Oily, right?

Damn. I been found out. Not enough curmudge, eh?

Indeed :D

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building Basics

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Forum

Duel output jacks

Started by Justin Stanchfield in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Uncle Toad yesterday. 5 Replies

How to Get Your Own Music on Spotify

Started by Cigar Box Nation in Feature Articles. Last reply by Southern Ray on Thursday. 2 Replies

CB Bass Guitar

Started by Mi Rankin in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Justin Stanchfield Jan 27. 5 Replies

HELP !! IN VERMONT.

Started by Ranblin' Dan Stevens in Other stuff - off topic, fun stuff, whatever. Last reply by Patrick Kelly Jan 21. 7 Replies

Fat Back Neck

Started by Jim Booth in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Jim Booth Dec 15, 2023. 7 Replies

Brick House CBG

Started by Ian Boyd in Building Secrets, Tips, Advice, Discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Dec 13, 2023. 3 Replies

Latest Activity

AGP # liked Glenn Kaiser's photo
32 minutes ago
AGP # liked A.D.EKER's video
33 minutes ago
A.D.EKER commented on A.D.EKER's video
1 hour ago
A.D.EKER posted a video

Rapture (instrumental) BCB 2024

a Instrumental to catch the vibe for a Sunday Gathering Playing on the Porch just a warm up getting the Juices flowing and a good portion of blood to the f...
1 hour ago
Taffy Evans replied to Joe's discussion Guitar for the grandson
"Hi, or you could start your scale length at the 5th fret of your 25.5 scale. As if using a capo,…"
1 hour ago
Carl Floyd liked BrianQ.'s discussion Attention 1st time builders!
2 hours ago
T-Gripped replied to BrianQ.'s discussion Attention 1st time builders! in the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"I would enjoy hearing more from Glenn. He was instrumental (pun fully intended) in getting me going"
2 hours ago
T-Gripped liked BrianQ.'s discussion Attention 1st time builders!
2 hours ago
BrianQ. added a discussion to the group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
Thumbnail

Attention 1st time builders!

If you’re wondering where to start, here’s square one:Article from cigarboxguitar.com …See More
3 hours ago
BrianQ. liked Glenn Kaiser's photo
3 hours ago
Andy joined Cigar Box Nation's group
Thumbnail

Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101

This group is for discussing the basics of CBG building for newer builders - where to start, what…See More
3 hours ago
BrianQ. replied to Joe's discussion Guitar for the grandson
"You could end up with an instrument that will never be in tune if you try to shrink the scale on a…"
3 hours ago

Events

Music

© 2024   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->