Originally Posted by sczx10r
Hey I got one too. just bought a guitar and want to learn how to play... Got the DVD but Im lost should i take lessons or just keep trying the DVD? If so what would that be under in the phone book?
How do you stop a guitar player from playing?
Put music in front of him
It's a lot like motorcycles, if you “only” teach yourself and/or have friends show you what they know... it's likely you'll only go so far and inherit a lot of bad habits along the way.
How good do you want to be?
I'd say explore the guitar using the DVD's and friends, but look for a properly trained instructor that is a real musician (classically trained – a real student) and has the ability to lead you towards a goal. Remember, with the guitar, you should never play a song "your way" until you can play the whole song "their way" (the way of the songwriter/performer that is).
**I'm probably coming from a different direction than most. My parents gave me my first guitar in 1983 (a knock off Les Paul @ 12 years old!) and I feel I consistently hit brick walls over the next 10 to 15 years, because I didn't know the difference between being a “player” and a “musician.” If you try to become a musician (and I don’t mean building your own recording studio or making this an obsession), the more enjoyable music will be for you overall… and you’ll truly understand where the guitar fits and doesn’t.
I found a highly qualified teacher many years ago using this site.
IMHO, you picked the best instrument f’sho