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posted: 5/14/2005 at 9:18:42 PM ET
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Hi guys, im just starting to get into music and im getting my first guitar in a week or less im so happy, but i dont know how to read music. I am taking a high school guitar class next year (im 14) and band so im sure ill learn there but i would like to learn now so my guitar doesnt gather dust. Now I read the thing they have on this site and it was helpful but i got lost when it got to counting and what the notes were so if anyone could help it would greatly be appreciated. Thank you and have a good day.

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Ashley PA

posted: 5/14/2005 at 9:58:35 PM ET
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Go to 8notes.com, and toeria.com. These are two very good sites. Also, play by ear. Just listen to something you like, and try to play along. Beleive it or not, this is how many musicians learn. It has worked for me, and I still play by ear, while I learn to read. Be good to your guitar, and it will give you many years of pleasure.

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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 5/15/2005 at 12:43:41 AM ET
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Is Oz as in downunder Oz?
If the guitar is a steel string, change the string guage so that the 1st is a .010. This will speed up your progress by an average of 20%.

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Winnipeg, Canada

posted: 5/15/2005 at 2:11:12 AM ET
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Hey Oz,
I am pretty excited for you. They never had guitar class in school back in the stone ages when I attended. Consider yourself lucky. You are going to learn a lot and you are going to learn it properly. Until that time when classes start there is probably a lot you can do to familiarize yourself with your guitar. Learning simple major and minor chords and how to finger them and change between them might be a good place to start. I'm sure there are some good beginner web sites out there. Ignore the sore fingers and don't expect instant results. That will just make you feel bad.
Good luck, have fun and don't drive your parents too crazy.

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