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    Hi, not sure if this is the right corner to place my thread. Keen to learn guitar but with constraint budget. Looking for guitar mentor to teach me willing to pay for reasonable rates.
    Hoping to start this week soonest. Lives in central area. Thanks!

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    Hi, with the diversed mixture of people in this huge forum, you may have a slight chance of finding your mentor. I'm learning guitar myself at the popular jap music school. Are you totally noob or you already knows some basic chords & structure?

    If you're fresh, just pop by those huge book store and buy yourself a self-help introductory book and start from there being the most economical. They often comes with a CD as well, so you can also listen and practice along. The key is practice and more practice which I didn't do and hence falls really behind in class. I'm more addicted to the cameller.

    Hope the above helps
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    Maybe you should let us know what type of genre of guitar you want to learn? There's quite a lot of different types. Also, good to know if you're a guy or lady (although your nick seems to indicate you're a lady); because if you are a lady, your physical hand size may limit you to certain types.

    Quote Originally Posted by linannabelle View Post
    Hi, not sure if this is the right corner to place my thread. Keen to learn guitar but with constraint budget. Looking for guitar mentor to teach me willing to pay for reasonable rates.
    Hoping to start this week soonest. Lives in central area. Thanks!

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    Hi. It sounds really good as you seem to be very much interested to learn guitar. Well you might come across quite a number of options to choose from once you get to know various tutors. But as a beginner you need to make a detailed study before finalizing on a particular tutor.Make sure you get the feedback from the student out there and also your well-wishers. It solely depends on whom you find as a best tutor. Finally it is the sincerity and dedication with which you take up the guitar lessons. In order to have a detailed information on the guitar lessons which are available online, check out the site.

    -garryhill,
    http://www.totallyguitars.com/
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    Hi fellow guitarist (to-be).

    Maybe you can share what's your budget?

    As jawzsg has rightly pointed out much do you know? For example, how much do you know about basic chords and strumming patterns? For me, I started learning since last September @ Believers Music and since then, I've taken 7, 7-week courses with them and now I'm basically on my own, learning by watching relevant videos on youtube, picking up other strumming patterns, new fingerstyles and more advanced chords ...

    Btw, you got a guitar yet?

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    I'm a self-taught classical guitar player. It all started with the old Central National Library (now all the stuff shifted to Esplanane) with some borrowed lesson books plus a guitar that was dumped at the rubbish bin. So, the only cost is to change the strings, plus many many hours and years of frustrating practise and practise daily. Finally, I saved enough, went to Yamaha, they gave me an audition, and was put straight to Grade 6. Subsequently, I finish at Grade 5(teacher grade). Only just to confirm my achievement.

    So, what's the budget are you talking about? The secret is whether you got the passion, determination, and how much you practise.

    Haha, please dun ask me to teach. As per any of my relative who asked me. No one teach me, so I can't teach. And till date, I'm still using my one and only $60 guitar which I bought with my 1st income, after that one from the rubbish bin broke.

    Cheers!
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    hi linannabelle, u should make a trip to Penisula Plaza. there r many shops teaching guitar. there is one particular shop at a corner open by a chinese uncle. many young amateurs crowd ard in his shop. if i pass by, i will get the shop unit number.

    or you may drop by
    http://www.sinamex.com/
    http://www.sinamex.com/store/store.html

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    Hi All

    I am surprised with the response of threads in here. Been wanting to learn guitar a few years back but was really busy due to hectic commitment. I know it takes lotsa practise and determination to master the fundamentals of guitar playing before moving on to the next level (which is not so soon).
    I bought an accoustic guitar one term back so I am determined to start really soon and get the passion going. Went online to do some research for guitar classes apparently, some charges $45 per 4 lessons with extra materials over at their studio some charges $25 per 4 lessons (each 1 hr) over at the nearest MRT stations or wherever convenient.
    I'm still making comparisons of the these or whether do I have the determination to learn through Library books alone cos I think I am a slow learner here. Ha! By the way, I'm a lefty therefore it is slower for me to master my right hand and make it the master hand to manevure freely with flexibility.
    Do let me know if proposed classes (being taught individually) is better or self taught is better.
    By the way, I know simple chords but the hardest part is to remember the chords on which fret and the strength needed to hold the strings to the fret.

    Thanks!!!!!!

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    Get a guy friend, many guys have fundamental knowledge, especially Church-going guy friends. I notice these tend to be good at improvising and accompaniment. Back when I was in school, and in the school guitar ensemble (we played classical though), I taught many girls for free and I notice that girls cannot really play that well due to hand size and a lack of power.
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    Actually, if you're a lefty, you should get a left handed guitar. I've taught students who are left handed and they do fine.

    As a compromise, simply restring the guitar the other way around - that wil also work, although what's weird is that the pick guard (for acoustic guitars) will be upside down.

    This is certainly better than trying to force a right handed guitar to a left handed person - which I gather you are trying to do.

    The strength problem is waht I was trying to get at when I asked if you are a lady. Ladies tend to have weaker hands (sorry not a bash at laides) and smaller hands. Which is why an assessment is made before buying the guitar - whether is strength the greater problem (in which case I normally recommend learning on a classical) or size (in which case an acoustic may be better). Classicals require less strength to press, but bigger distance. Acoustics require more strength, but smaller distance.

    If you're feeling particularly rich relatively, you can do what i did, get a classical guitar with a narrow neck. That cost me around $500 to S$600, has narrow neck, and can allow plugging into external amps. Not a bad buy


    Quote Originally Posted by linannabelle View Post
    Hi All

    I am surprised with the response of threads in here. Been wanting to learn guitar a few years back but was really busy due to hectic commitment. I know it takes lotsa practise and determination to master the fundamentals of guitar playing before moving on to the next level (which is not so soon).
    I bought an accoustic guitar one term back so I am determined to start really soon and get the passion going. Went online to do some research for guitar classes apparently, some charges $45 per 4 lessons with extra materials over at their studio some charges $25 per 4 lessons (each 1 hr) over at the nearest MRT stations or wherever convenient.
    I'm still making comparisons of the these or whether do I have the determination to learn through Library books alone cos I think I am a slow learner here. Ha! By the way, I'm a lefty therefore it is slower for me to master my right hand and make it the master hand to manevure freely with flexibility.
    Do let me know if proposed classes (being taught individually) is better or self taught is better.
    By the way, I know simple chords but the hardest part is to remember the chords on which fret and the strength needed to hold the strings to the fret.

    Thanks!!!!!!

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    Hi All

    Yea just gotten an offer from a guy who is willing to teach me at $10/hr over at my place with free materials and notes. He is currently a freelance performer and also like what you mention earlier, church cell group guitarist.
    Hoping to start my soon which I am in the midst of finalizing my details with him. Hope I can master this as much as I can given the time constraint that I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Goi View Post
    Hi fellow guitarist (to-be).

    Maybe you can share what's your budget?

    As jawzsg has rightly pointed out much do you know? For example, how much do you know about basic chords and strumming patterns? For me, I started learning since last September @ Believers Music and since then, I've taken 7, 7-week courses with them and now I'm basically on my own, learning by watching relevant videos on youtube, picking up other strumming patterns, new fingerstyles and more advanced chords ...

    Btw, you got a guitar yet?
    wah, at least you got patience.

    i learned by myself for 3 months, then gave up...
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    i'm a leftie.. and i use left handed fingering.. there's more advantage being a lefty for fingering, can go faster, and more accurate, and control

    the only disadvantage is that the right hand is less responsive, and you probably wont be able to do perfect rasguedoes or rumbas w/o proper practice
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    Quote Originally Posted by linannabelle View Post
    Hi All

    Yea just gotten an offer from a guy who is willing to teach me at $10/hr over at my place with free materials and notes. He is currently a freelance performer and also like what you mention earlier, church cell group guitarist.
    Hoping to start my soon which I am in the midst of finalizing my details with him. Hope I can master this as much as I can given the time constraint that I have.
    hmm, $10 is affordable . can i have his contact? is it open to non-christian?
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    the problem with me is that when playing chord, i cant press down the stings together, i have to press down 1 string at a time, my finger like retarted....
    Objection !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    the problem with me is that when playing chord, i cant press down the stings together, i have to press down 1 string at a time, my finger like retarted....
    ahh
    i think i know the problem.
    seems to me you're looking the chord as a "string by string" . example, a "d" chord is press here, and here, and here.

    try looking at it from a chord point of view, as in d is press all these together.

    (I had this prob)

    or if its not cos of this, try playing a chord that you can play without problem , strum once or twice the cord, then change to the chord you are trying to learn, strum once or twice, then change back. do this as fast as possible. It'll be very very very annoying at first but after a few sessions of doing just that, it should get better

    this is how i learn new chords.

    Either this or find a song with the chord and familiar chords and practice that song more fun that way too

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    To add on, I actually teach my students to learn chords as a shape, not as a string by string. Hence, your fingers form the shape, then the whole thing press down. Not one string at a time.

    For example, D chord - form a triangle with the three fingers. Press down at this point.

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    some inspiration for those who are into classical guitar solos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxR7dVPKnD4

    i'm only 30% into learning this
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    Ah, I specialise in this form of guitar. Basically, playing pop music songs using classical guitar solo style. That is not the same as classical guitar solos though (classical songs aren't my style :P)

    The video seems quite doable something - I always loved arrangements with artificial harmonics. Do you have the score for this? Or is your 30% b ased on watching the video? (siong)

    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiologist View Post
    some inspiration for those who are into classical guitar solos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxR7dVPKnD4

    i'm only 30% into learning this
    Last edited by vince123123; 2nd December 2008 at 05:09 PM.

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    Find a good tutor who can inspire you, self taught has limitations. Also if you can afford get a guitar that has good action ie the strings are never too far from the fret and allow you to sustain your playtime longer. But as a new beginner, I doubt you will be able to tell the difference. This will be more expensive. Get a Taylor if you can afford, and forget about upgrading, provided you are not into classical. Sinamex in Parklane offers a wide range ( $700-$7000 ). Hope you find one that suits you. Enjoy shopping !

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