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« on: October 11, 2008, 12:15:18 AM »

Felt good, too.

He's been asking for a few weeks, and he suddenly just seemed excited about it.  He's done some research and really wasn't sure what he wanted.

We went to a few shops today, and I helped him pick a nice starter guitar.  A Squire Telecaster, $229.  A lot of guitar for the money.

He seems really happy with the purchase, and enthusiastic about learning.

Damn.  There are so many reasons to love music.

I got to help a friend today.
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2008, 06:23:38 AM »

Cool...

I remember when I bought my first guitar... it's was a good feeling bringing it at home and start making some noise  devilbang

Have fun!

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2008, 11:18:17 PM »

Excellent Auci.  nana devilbang _band
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2008, 12:54:36 PM »

That's really cool!  And THANK YOU for showing him a decent guitar to start out with.  I drive me nuts to see guitars being sold at Wal Mart and other big places with such low quality that it's almost a fight for them to learn.  Strings hanging an inch off the fingerboard...... you can't enjoy learning with something like that.  I know parents don't want to throw money away if they become disinterested in the idea but with them buying these pieces of crap, they're pretty much guaranteeing them that the kids are going to lose interest.  Anyway, enough of me ranting....... great job and I hope you can show him a few things if his interest drops a bit.
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2008, 06:10:46 PM »

I'm going to help when he asks.

My friend has been searching for years for a hobby that he can really get into.  He has a house full of stuff that been eagerly purchased, only to be quickly forgotten.  War games, miniature boats, model trains, RC cars, on it goes.

I hope his interest doesn't wane with guitar.  But... we'll see.

Either way, I wanted him to get the best-possible start, and the Squire Tele was the best bang for the buck.  I probably could have gotten him to pick up a nice Ibanez for about $460, or a Parker for $600, or even a PRS SE for $600-800.

But given his history of buying big and then dropping hobbies, I thought $229 was a smart start. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008, 02:54:36 PM »

I really wish I had somebody who I could just sit down with and have them teach me some things.

I have a good friend who is a fantastic blues guitarist and he's willing to help me, but he's a horrible teacher.
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008, 11:22:21 PM »

Well, there have to be some online tutorials.  I realize those aren't the best way to start, but they're better than nothing.

Are there no guitar teachers near you who could show you the basics?
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2008, 12:19:32 PM »

Well, there have to be some online tutorials.  I realize those aren't the best way to start, but they're better than nothing.

Are there no guitar teachers near you who could show you the basics?
I don't have Internet at home, so online stuff isn't really going to work,,,,,and my jaw hit the ground when I heard what guitar lessons cost.
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2008, 08:20:05 PM »

Well, you can still go pretty far with books or instructional DVDs.
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