Is it possible to learn to play instrument on your own ?

Andrej Naňo (@andrejn26) 8 years, 9 months ago

I always wanted to know how to play guitar or piano,… do you think it is possible to learn on your own ? with help of tutorials or books ? and if so, would you recommend please ?
Thank you in advance.

February 22, 2013 at 7:42 am
Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I taught myself, without books or tutorials. You just have to play it. You will pick up on it. It gave me a great sense of all other instruments too. I can pick up most instruments and play something at least decent.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I picked up guitar by myself. I actually find it easier to make songs not knowing what things mean, but just creating patterns and improvising on them.

I’ve been looking at keyboards recently as I’ve discovered the same feeling when playing the piano.

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, You know- Every Alex on this site is a cool motherfucker. :) You ever heard of a melodica dude? It’s like a flute keyboard. Really fun instrument.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@hollowinfinity, It’s all in the name ;)

Haha yeah I know melodicas. Don’t really look like pussy magnets though :/

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Alex (551) (@hollowinfinity) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@staylucky, haha not at all. I bet you could hook that shit up in a weird way to an amp- crazy to have a flute keyboard sesh with distortion. :P

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Suereyya (164) (@drapetomania) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’d suggest looking for tutorials on Youtube, most of them are pretty helpful :)

Guitar: http://www.youtube.com/user/martyzsongs

Piano: If you’re interested in learning to play certain songs, just type in the title and add Synthesia to it. Like here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL924vQS73E

Yeah, that’s all I can really say. Most of what I know comes from hanging out with others who play those instruments or simply trying to figure out things on my own.

Besides, I wouldn’t recommend taking any lessons. I did take lessons for about a month, and it’s just not as fun as learning it by yourself.

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ForthWedge (7) (@forthwedge) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I have been playing guitar for 12 years. COMPLETELY self taught via the internet and certain references purchased on amazon.

Something my father told me when I was young, stuck like glue.

He said, “I’ve been playing golf self taught for 30 years, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you can never be happy with where you are at – You must remain a student of the game. As far as becoming “good” at what you are doing, there is only one person stopping you”.

I took this and applied it to my guitar self teaching. I am currently in two bands that play every weekend around the area. When people ask me how long I’ve been playing and how I learned, they are dismayed when I tell them that I’ve been playing since I was 12 and am completely self taught.

Point being – THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON STOPPING YOU FROM TEACHING YOURSELF TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT.

YOU.

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Zykanthos (4,757)M (@chodebalm) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Yes. Definitely. I taught myself how to play the guitar starting at 13 years of age. The only thing I used to get me going was the back of a guitar magazine which had tabs on how to play the song “Right Now” by SR-71. So I looked at a couple lines from that tab and played it. Never looked back.

The great thing about being human and having this wonderful brain is that you can teach yourself virtually anything.

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E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@andrejn26, Yes and no. Don’t pay for lessons, they are a rip off and if you really want to learn you won’t need them, self taught musicians are generally more competent. I suggest buying Guitar/Piano for Dummies. Just to have as a reference. Just learn some chords and a little theory (keys and scales namely) and keep playing and pushing your abilities. This being said it is a good idea to befriend some more experienced musicians to both play with and get tips from.

Little starting tip; learn the chords E A B/G C D/C F G……they are all the same chords just in different keys and there is a shit load of songs the only use those chords. Most early rock n roll songs use the simple progression E E A E B A E, or the same in a different key. This might not make sense now but when you read a bit it will.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

i have no chord knowledge, no note knowledge, but people say I play some pretty good piano…. it ain’t beethoven, but I enjoy it and so do others.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Yeah what Jesus said. I have no clue what the fuck key, note I am playing on the guitar but I get compliments. Patience and practice is all you need to learn anything.

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ForthWedge (7) (@forthwedge) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@andrejn26 justinguitar.com is the best resource out there for beginners, intermediates, and experts!

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Anonymous (44) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Everything in the entirety of human history has been learned by someone on their own. For fuck sake the instruments had to be invented first before they were learned. Believe in yourself.

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Ike (24) (@icd1222) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@andrejn26, speaking from the viewpoint of a music student and teacher if you have the drive to teach yourself how to play and are able to stick with it and “build yourself a foundation” so to speak, or even just know how to make some cool sounds that you like, it will make a world of difference in your music playing. having ideas of your own and a style that you like can really help you as a student along the road you want to be on. It also makes it easier for your teachers to understand your understanding of music and what you want to do with it. (:

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Too lazy and high to read the above paragraphs.

Everything has an easy way to do it.

Find out that easy way and practice through playing with your heart.

You will excel trust me. I’ve done it with piano. Which is a super easy instrument but I achieved non the less :]

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PeaceRiot (178) (@peaceriot) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’ve found in my life that if you can figure out the WHY and HOW it works.. It is very much easier to learn from there.

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Alex (141)M (@alexishungry) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@hollowinfinity, This is true. I am also a cool motherfucker.
Haha, but yeah @andrejn26 it’s definitely possible. I’ve taught myself how to play guitar, bass, and piano and I’ve even written a couple songs on piano. They’re pretty basic but I like them. You don’t need sit in a class to learn an instrument. I actually learned to play drums from the video game Rock Band, haha. Mess around and experiment with instruments or watch a couple tutorials of easy songs on youtube if you’d like, and I’m sure you’ll pick it up quick.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@andrejn26, certainly. The history of rock is full of self-taught musicians (for example, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, to name a few). A teacher will help give your lessons structure and direction, but there are also a great deal of free resources online, such as YouTube videos, guitar tab websites and forums, and other such things. This is the situation I’m in, myself…..I’ve got no money for lessons so I have to teach myself. It’s definitely possible.

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Manimal (2,998) (@manimal) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@andrejn26, What kind of question is this?

Of course it’s fucking possible. Of course it’s really simple.
You think the first person to play the piano was taught by some teacher with a book?

Press a key or pick a string. Nice, you just played a note. Play a few in the row, whoa dude that’s a melody. Play two or more notes at the same time, chord time bitches. Play a few of these, you just made a friggin song. Congratulations, you’re now a musician.

If you want to learn how to play a certain song, that song alone is the only teacher you need. Just listen to it, then play.
Does it sound the same? If yes, sweet you just did it, awesome.
If no, just move your fingers around until it does.

Simple.

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who (557) (@season) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@andrejn26, I would honestly not recommend any other way. Learn the basics of chords, scales, and basically what music means and learn songs you like. I only started to learn what music really means after I quit lessons.

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@season, “I only started to learn what music really means after I quit lessons.”
This guy knows what’s up.

Try to play with people too. I’ve learned way more stuff jamming with people compared to (I’m just gonna concentrate practicing with only myself)

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VoodooChild (160) (@olson781) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I recommend this site. It literally has everything you would need to know about learning to play guitar.

http://audio.tutsplus.com/articles/web-roundups/30-insanely-useful-websites-for-guitarists/

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Jack Mitchell (28) (@jaackko) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I play guitar and I find it easier to know your instrument, learn how to read sheet music and and play from there, but it usually depends upon how your brain works and if you are musically minded or not.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Just listen. Don’t play the instrument, play music!!

That said, music theory is not as hard to learn as some people tend to make it. There is a reason people created theory, which is to be able to talk about what it is your playing. Maybe its not so useful to the person who only plays by themselves, but the beauty of music is talking to other musicians through music. At the end of the day, if your good with just your ear, thats great. If you want to play with more knowledgable musicians, not knowing theory will be like trying to communicate in a country where no one speaks your native language.

I encourage everyone to learn theory so they can forget theory.

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Anonymous (272) (@) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I learned 5 instruments on my own. You can only get so good by yourself, then you need to hang out with others who have mastered it to get better.

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