Congratulations on buying a guitar. The guitar does not have to be frustrating to learn. Do yourself a favor -- Find a really good teacher. Look for someone who plays the music you love and in the style you want to learn and take some lessons. It will be worth the money.
Rule #1 Buy a good tuner It will make the whole process much more enjoyable
Ann, Ann, Ann. Didn't we warn you that the ukulele might look cuter than puppies but is actually a gateway to the hardcore strings? Now look at you. Next you'll be asking for tips on tuning a tack-head banjo (unsafe to even attempt without peg dope).
As far as a tuner goes - I bought a digital tuner when I got the uke (because my ear is not as good as I thought it was) - so I'm covered. And for other strings, there was this sweet banjo mando at the flea market...
Welcome to the throw-back club Ann! I got my guitar last year for Mother's Day. (My kids are grown, I bought it for myself.) I've been taking lessons ever since. I agree with Chris find a teacher - one that is good for you. I've found I'm much more likely to practice/play when I know I have to "perform" for Alex (my teacher) each week. I bought mine with the same idea of just wanting to do sing alongs around the campfire, but have found a wide variety of styles and songs that have been a joy to sit alone with my guitar and play. I've learned everything from the Beatles (Alex's favorite) to Tracy Grammer (my favorite) to Francisco Terrega! Have fun girl!
Kathryn--That's very encouraging! I found out that the University has beginning folk guitar classes (which I can take for free as an employee), so I think I will start there.
Must be catching. Retiring this month and my Guild D-40, Richie Havens acoustic signature model just came in - a retirement gift from my colleagues. I've been teaching myself to play o a loaner in Open D with the help of internet resources and Richie's method DVD (w/ Arie Traum),and lots of internet research.
Open tunings are fascinating and might be worth a look.
Try the Rise Up Singing! songbook from the Sing Out folks. Get a good teacher and play with as many people as you can. Best of luck.
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