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July 14, 2009 11:19 AM Subscribe
TwangFilter: I've got about 2.5 months to pick up guitar. I'm not looking to play Stairway - I need to play chords and sing along, basically. Mostly folksy songs. What books/methods are best for learning?
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I'm a music teacher that's been hired to teach non-musicians about a few musical instruments. I know most of them I've been asked to do: recorder, autoharp, etc. I don't know how to play guitar, though. I've got about 2.5 months before I need to start this up.
I'm looking for either a beginner book/CD combo, or some other method. I'm up for taking lessons (I'm in grad school for music, so hitting a guitar player up for lessons isn't tough), but most of my friends are out of town at the moment, and I'd like to get a jump. I already have the guitar - I just need a place to start.
The music I'll be teaching is folksy, simply chord stuff. Nothing too complicated. Ideally, I'd like to get to the point in my own playing where I could pick it up at a party and strum a couple of songs - my primary instrument is bassoon, which is infinitely less helpful at parties, let me tell you.
So MeFi, how do I pick up guitar?