How To Learn the GUITAR by Yourself!
Im 19 Years Old Fresh Out of High School
Whatever you hand finds to do , do it with all your MIGHT! ; Ecclesiastes 9:10
“What do I do now,” I thought to myself. The world is mine for the taking and I don’t want to do anything with my life that has been suggested to me so far.
So I decided right then and there. (I had my guitar for awhile before I decided) that I was gonna be a Rock n Roll Guitar Player.
I shot this idea over to my parents but in retrospect I should have just done it and not talked about it.
Anyway…here we go…
At 19, I had seen someone play on stage and I thought it was cool so my cousin lent me a Guitar and I went home and played forever, and every day after that since then.
Then I decided that I wanted my own guitar and went and got my black guitar. Its and old Epiphone, special model, solidbody guitar. Yes I still have it. Its like 20 years of age now.
Its old and beat up, just the way I like it. I won’t get rid of it.
So after my black guitar days, I play the thing in a band of four friends. It was in this house in the living room and in a shed, yep a tool shed!
The band was ultimately the best thing Ive ever done. Those were the best years of my life, just like that corny Bryan song, “Summer of 69.” Only this was the Summer of 97. lol.
We would go bond and we would listen to our metal bands on the radio for inspiration, cruise down the street and then just let it out for years on end.
The Most Incredible Feeling
It was just the most incredible feeling when everyone was in sync with each other. Its the greatest thing ever. So I joined a few bands later that didn’t work out for me but we’re great bands and I really wish they were still making music today. Actually I think one of them is.
All of this happened after high school. I never picked up guitar until after high school.
I never even listened to music before I went to high school. (ha ha) This is true. So I started to and I really didn’t know what to listen to and then one day some video came on the TV, on MTV videos right, and I was like… “what is that!” So I looked further into it and I basically just pretended that I could sing for about two years.
That was my sophomore year in high school. Later on after high school is when I learned the guitar, and I learned it all by myself.
I didn’t have a teacher. Well, thats a lie. Everyone has a teacher. In this case my teachers were those bands I was listening to. I was learning rhythm, shape of a song, speed, tempo, intros, outros, bridges, riffs…etc.
I thought about going to music school but I didn’t like classical music and I didn’t like jazz music.
It was kind of all worth it because I like the loud rock guitars.
The Greatest Thing
It was the greatest thing to me and still is.
It helped me express what I was feeling. I expressed my anger and I had lots of it. It was and still is total therapy. Although, I feel like I could have more fun these days with the guitar like I used to so Im gonna try that from now on.
So anyway, I went to my room and basically didn’t know what a chord was. All I knew is that I had something inside me that got me to produce some kind of rude, loud noise.
It was rude, and it was crude and it was heaven.
Heres what you should do if you want to learn by yourself…
Start to build a habit. Start picking up the guitar on a consistent basis. If the guitar is important to you then do this. You wouldn’t be reading this if it wasn’t important to you. Get a feel for it. Clean it, change the strings, pet it. Its an extension of you.
Thats it. Build the habit. Once you start the ever so simplistic, yet so freaken hard to do, act of picking up the guitar… you will play it. You will start to learn what it is that you need to do to get better. And thats a great start.
Go ahead, pick it up!!!…