Once I had committed myself to really learning the guitar, I looked around at the available resources. I bought a course off the internet, and it did get me going. It’s called “Learn And Master Guitar”, and it’s pretty well put together, taking you through music theory step by step and applying that to the guitar itself. I bought it about five or six years ago for around a grand, but it’s considerably more now.
In the last two years or so what has really made the difference for me has been the internet. There is just so much stuff available for free that it can be overwhelming.
Once again, I guess that most people out there who are really into their guitar playing will find this old hat, but the internet, and Youtube in particular, has completely changed things for me. One has to be selective, and one also has to scratch and sift, but if you know what you are looking for, there are piles of free lessons and tutorials available.
I started with some fingerstyle exercises someone had posted (those ones are gone now, but there are plenty available), and then I plunged right in and learned some tunes.
A guy called Kirk Lorange has a pile of lessons, tutorials, etc at:
Off his site I started with Over the Rainbow, and a couple of others.
http://www.licknriff.com/ also has a bunch of stuff – I did Manha de Carnaval with him.
This site has a lot of lessons: https://www.anyonecanplayguitar.co.uk/
Adrian here does a very easy version of Freight Train – my first foray into Travis picking territory.
Sandra Sherman is teaching me Satin Doll at the moment.
If you haven’t checked out Justinguitar.com yet, then you really should. He’s not big on fingerstyle, but he has a very comprehensive and well organised site.
Oh, I nearly forgot about Activemelody.com. It’s run by Brian, and he is brilliant. He does some fingerstyle, but not a huge amount. Register with him, and get free lessons every week. He also has a pay section, and I might try that out in the future.
If there is a tab available with the lesson, then I print it out. If not, I have made blank tab pages, and I download the lesson video and write the tab out from there. It’s pretty easy, and I find that I tend to memorise the tunes that I write out a lot better than the ones that I print.
I signed up for a month’s free trial of Truefire while I was on holiday, and checked out a whole bunch of their courses. I seems they make everything available to you during the trial period, so it’s really up to you . . .
I hope that these resources are helpful to you fellow guitarists out there, and I look forward to hearing about some that I haven’t mentioned.
So that’s it: Inspiration, Setup, and Internet are what have made the difference for me.