Originally Posted by Eric335
Ive been playing guitar for about 3-4 years, starting with electrics. I started on a Fender Starcaster starter package. It sucked, bashed on it for about 1 year. Saved up some $ and bought an Epiphone Les Paul and a nice 15watt Marshall amp. Those were both electrics, both great.
Since then, ive bought two acoustics. The only one of substance is an Epiphone, which i link below. I suggest you go to a GuitarCenter and grab a few and see what fits your body/eye. Im partial to Epiphone since ive owned two and loved both very much. If you didnt know, Epiphone is the baby brother to Gibson, a very reputable guitar manufacturer.
I suggest you find yourself one like this: Epiphone PR-150
I own this one and love it. I was AMAZED at how it felt/sounded compared to the $500 electric guitar next to it. Only an expert could tell the difference in sound compared to a Martin ($x,xxx!!!!!).
As far as learning guitar goes, there are several ways to do it. I was really motivated, and taught myself for 6 months. I eventually got myself an instructor (turned out to be a crack addict lol ). He didnt teach me much, other than a bunch of scales and a few chords that didnt help me progress. I personally learned the best by listening to who i loved (Guns n Roses, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, BFMV) and tried to play the tab to their songs. I dont consider myself and expert by any stretch of the word, though.
To be honest, it kind of depends upon where you want to take yourself with you guitar. What kind of music do you enjoy? Theres a difference between learning hard rock and learning jazz
The difference is typically who teaches you, and what they teach you. The basics are all the same, but it eventually branches out.
The absolute most INVALUABLE resource for guitar i have EVER HAD:
I use this to look up Guitar tabs (which is a form of written music for guitar. Its the easiest to read/write/learn. Very intuitive.)
First of all, thank you for such a well written and detailed response.
I really don't know much about guitars but that Epiphone looks great. I don't want to spend more than $200 on my first guitar so that's right in my price range. I definitely want to check it out in person.
I love all kinds of music. From country to rock. When I start, I don't expect to be able to rock out to anything such as Metallica. I'd love to be able to play some slower rock, pop and country songs. And obviously as I progress, I want to be able to play more difficult songs.
You think teaching yourself is the best way to start? I feel like I might be able to learn the basics on my own and then hire an instructor to help sharpen my skills.