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trying out guitar?
#2738875 05/23/18 09:47 AM
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Any of you pianist also decide to learn guitar? I've been playing piano for about 18 years now (took about 4 years of formal lessons in college, and just kept at it on my own after that). I still enjoy it, but I think I've become a little bored with it lately. I have very minimal experience with guitar, but think I'm going to take a stab at it. One thing I found that I really enjoy with piano is playing along with some of my favorite songs (mostly modern music...pop, rock, movies), so I'm sure I'd enjoy doing that with guitar as well.

For those how play both, did you enjoy learning another instrument? Another thing I think I will like about guitar is that I can tune it myself whenever I want. Sometimes my piano drives me nuts because I have to deal with varying amounts of wonkiness for extended periods of time.


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I did the opposite, I began with guitar for 13 years then moved to the piano. I find that a lot of the finger dexterity of piano is very similar to guitar, so the process of moving from one to the other is a lot less taxing than you might think. Let us know how it goes! Best of luck!


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Lot of the finger dexterity of piano is very similar to guitar.

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Guitar probably has more self-taught players than any other instrument.

I think it’s the easiest instrument to take up because it doesn’t require a teacher to learn to make the sound (unlike violin), the fingering for chords is very natural and easy to form from day one (unlike piano), it’s very forgiving of mistakes because of all the simultaneous sounds (unlike single note instruments like flute), and you don’t even need to learn to read notes for it because so many guitarists are note-illiterate so they transcribe just about everything into visual tabs (6 lines representing the 6 strings; a number on the line shows which fret to play).

You can also get by on a cheap guitar to start off, so if you give up it’s no big loss.

I personally hate steel string guitars because the strings are uncomfortable to press and I don’t like the sound they produce or styles of music they’re for. Nylon strings are soft on the skin and are for classical acoustic guitars.

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[quote]the fingering for chords is very natural and easy to form from day one (unlike piano)[/quote]
My experience is the exact opposite. And tabs are illegible to me! Horses for courses as they say.


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Weird, quotes didn’t work and post is instantly uneditable.


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Radio.Octave #2858403 06/14/19 03:49 AM
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Hi

I started Piano at about the age of 8 and 50 years later am still playing. I took up guitar when I was in my 20s and went the classical route and took a few grades, then got bored with it and stopped playing. 2 years ago I started again, and intermittently I now dabble with some blues and reading (both tableture and the notes).

Contrary to a previous poster I don't find the basic chords at all easy. Sure some are, and it obviously depends on the type of guitar you have, but switching between say a G and a C isn't easy at all (for me). For that reason, and because I can't sing I've avoided the learning to strum the basic chords route.

The other issue with learning a 2nd instrument is finding the time to practise. It's hard enough to reach a decent standard on one instrument let alone 2! But if you enjoy it, do it!

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I guess I'm wrong :) I did not like the guitar, not my instrument, although I made many attempts to play it.
 
As the second instrument, I chose the drums but did not immediately come to this decision.

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I tried playing the guitar a little, not too much though.


I like guitar, but still i prefer piano by alot, so that's what i play.

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I taught guitar for about five-years. One thing I always showed my students was selecting the correct strings and most importantly, the value in having their guitars properly 'set-up' by a certified luthier. On some guitars, a 'set-up' can make a world of difference. Even a cheaper guitar (not a toy) can be improved and easier to play by the skillful workmanship of a luthier. Changing chords is muscle memory. One technique is to not look at your hands. Try playing C to G in the dark. Who cares if you slightly miss the chord? Do it again and again until you get it. It will suddenly happen and you will smile.

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For those how play both, did you enjoy learning another instrument? Another thing I think I will like about guitar is that I can tune it myself whenever I want. Sometimes my piano drives me nuts because I have to deal with varying amounts of wonkiness for extended periods of time.[/quote]
I play the piano accordion and not the guitar. One can really use a lot of piano experience in order to learn how the LH works. One really can really use piano experience when learning a new instrument.
The difficulty with the guitar is that you often are taught how to play eg D, G and Am but never what notes you play. At school I was forced to try the "weird" guitar. I learned how to play a D chord but I never understood anything about the guitar "keyboard" aka fretboard. The piano keyboard system is way easier to understand theoretically.


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