can't learn guitar help


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Aug 12, 2006
I give up i can't do it. I can't follow it by books or the CD-rom anychance I can follow a class at some music shop. How much do those run. I want to learn but im hopless. Just 5 minutes into the cd-rom I give up its to fast I can't read music Im hopless can anyone help any good softwere for people like me.I could try and play by ear might be my best shot.:( :(
Dec 5, 2006
Dont give up .. 2 of my sons taught themselves to play guitar by books and now they have progressed to playing the piano .. no professional lessons ....just trial an error

I taught myself but havent picked up a guitar in years .. oh The House Of The Rising sun in AM .. brings back memories

i am sure there are some interactive web sites out there .. somewhere
Nov 20, 2003
Try doing a very small amount each day, it may soon mount up and you will surprise yourself!


Why not try something else instead of struggling with something that's making you feel frustrated?

I have never been able to play the guitar (or anything with strings) despite my guitar hero ex boyfriends best attempts at teaching me. He was (and probably still is) a fantastic guitar player but I just exasperated him...

I gave up on the guitar and decided to play something else instead... I can now play the flute, recorder and several other instruments perfectly!

... I would love to play the Solo Hammer Dulcimer but it has strings... probably ain't going to happen so I'll stick to the crumb horn!
Nov 16, 2002
dont give yet up Lex. You'll get in eventually if you're really passionate about wanting to play. :) Does your school offer any classes? Ask son takes guitar lessons once a week through something called the "21st century grant program" Its not part of the regular curriculum and takes place after school hours, but the grant money provides transportation home via bus anyways.

Its worth looking into. :)

My dad is self-taught and has been playing lead guitar in a country band for over 50 years (he is 67) He taught himself to play when we was about 11, I guess. My brother is also self-taught and cant read music. He can play anything you ask him to, as long as he knows the tune in his head. (he plays classical rock mostly...Eric Clapton type stuff)

It just takes time and a strong desire to play, I think. Sorry you are feeling so frustrated.
Apr 14, 2005
It takes time.

If the software isn't helping, maybe try finding a person to teach you.

Good luck :)
Jan 10, 2002
lexmarks567 said:
I give up i can't do it. I can't follow it by books
Don't give up, its not that hard..... learn the names of the strings first, then learn a few chords by looking at a diagram(from a book) which shows you exactly where to place your fingers. Get a beginners book (Guitar for Dummies is a great offence) and it comes with a cd too, that will explain in the simplest form possible what you need to get started. .......and oh, by the way, its always easier to learn on an electric guitar (the strings press down easier) you are learning on an acoustic it will be harder on your fingers.

For remembering the names of the strings use this simple memory trick:
Elephants Always Dodge Great Big Eagles


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Apr 17, 2002
Come on can do it!! You just didn't pick the right program to start out with! ;)

I play the clarinet...but started out on the violin...because the violin has such a beautiful sound...I wish I'd stuck with that! ;) But I ended up first chair in A band in both middle and high school...and loved being in the marching band! :D And no...I wasn't a GEEK! :p :D
Apr 14, 2005
Hiya angel!

I picked up the ukulele by myself, but that was only after I'd been taught music theory and another instrument in person.

If someone hadn't taught me the saxophone, I never would have gotten very far on it. If it hadn't been for having it as a class in school, I would have given up on it at some point. But I'm glad I didn't.

Keep at it. :)

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