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Old 03-05-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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I'm wondering if someone can set me in the right direction here. I want to buy an acoustic guitar and take lessons. Where should I shop. Also does anyone know what this is going to run me? Thanks
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Old 03-05-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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Do a google search for Milano Music Center. They're on Main in Mesa and have been there for a very long time. Not sure on the costs, but I'm sure you could call them and ask.
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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I would recommend that you buy your first guitar cheaply at a pawn shop. If you decide it's not your thing you're not out much.

I recently bought this guitar for my 9yr. old daughter. Amazon.com: Jasmine by Takamine S34C NEX Cutaway Acoustic Guitar: Musical Instruments I give her some knowledge and also send her to lessons for piano and guitar 3x a week. This is the best sub$500 guitar I have ever heard. Her instructor thought the same. I replaced the strings with a lighter gauge for a few bucks...a steal at $100..
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Guitar Center is your best bet for a decent acoustic, or if you want used go with a pawn shop.

For lessons, I would reccomend craigslist, you can get private lessons. Guitar Center does have lessons but they're pricey. Your best bet is to get the guitar, and get some DVD's (most are free online) and it will teach you the basics. I learned to play almost every single Sublime song by watching youtube videos.

Yamaha F335 Acoustic Guitar and more 6 String Acoustic Guitars at GuitarCenter.com.

That's my guitar, it works well just replace the springs with some good Martin SP strings.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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Learning to play the guitar is hard. There is a lot of subjectivity to it. You have to have a lot of natural talent. It's not like taking piano lessons which is more straightforward but requires a lot of practice. Playing the guitar well requires having a good ear. You will realize that when you try to tune a guitar. I'm still amazed at people who can listen to a song, and then figure out the notes and chords in their head based on what they heard and then play it. It also requires a lot of manual dexterity and practice.

I was an utter failure at learning the guitar. I took lessons. My instructor made me buy lesson books. One chapter equaled one lesson. I would play "Happy Birthday", "This Land is Your Land" and "Norweigian Wood" through single string notes only. I learned basic chords but I never learned full rock songs and I could never play any songs. I hated it and lost interest. I think I might have had more interest if I learned to play a few songs first while simutaneously learning how to read notes and the music.

My sister and mom learned to play the piano and were both playing full songs in a few months. I felt like I could have played the piano really well but guitar was really challenging.

This is a very painful yet humorous (to everyone reading) moment in my life. I always wanted to play the guitar because I loved all forms of classic rock music.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Gilbert - Val Vista Lakes
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I'm wondering if someone can set me in the right direction here. I want to buy an acoustic guitar and take lessons. Where should I shop. Also does anyone know what this is going to run me? Thanks
I applaud you for wanting to learn to play an acoustic guitar today, when most are interested in the electric guitar.

Playing a guitar is like playing any other instrument. It takes dedication, study, and practice, practice, practice. If you really want to do it, you can.

With dedication, study and practice you will achieve what you want to achieve. You will develop the skills with practice.

Some people have a born talent for playing different instruments, or singing, and their skills may develop further because of the talent.

You may have that talent. The main thing at this point is to follow your dream to play that guitar and work at it. You will have many hours of enjoyment.

I started playing drums at age 14, and ending up playing with dance bands, and then was in the Army band in Texas for a couple years. I put music on the back burner when I began my flying carrer, but started back studying about 5 yeard before I retired.

Then I realized my dream of playing in a big band, and eventually had my own 17-piece big band, plus several party bands and jazz groups and booked them for weddings and parties throughout the San Francisco Bay area. I sold the band when I moved to AZ, but it is still in existance under my name. www.btso.com

Prior to retiring from Pan Am, I was based out of New York and studied at Drummers Collective where some of the top musicians were instructors. It was there I learned that in order to really learn the instrument I had to practice about eight hours a day. And I did.

I did not have the raw talent that the highly successful musicians had, but I developed a high skill level.

You can do it too. Talk to the people at Milano's and Guitar Center. Most of their employees are working musicians. They can help point you in the right direction. Good Luck to you.
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