Guitar Tips Weekly's First Contest!


Thank you to everyone who entered this contest! It truly is inspirational reading how much the guitar means to so many of you.

Well, time for the moment you've all been waiting for...

There were a total of 487 contest entries, and winning comment number is #126 - Joshua B!

Congratulations Joshua!


That's right - I'm hosting a contest right here at! Read on for more details... this contest is so easy to enter your neighbor's pet squirrel could have a good chance at winning!

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Why Have A Contest?

I thought a contest would be a cool way to attract new people to GuitarTipsWeekly. There are already a lot of great people getting the weekly lessons, but the more, the merrier! So enter yourself, and then tell your friends and get them to enter as well!

What Do I Win?

The prize is a $50 gift certificate to Musician's Friend. Just as their name implies, they've got an incredible selection of pretty much everything a musician might want. Tons and tons of cool guitar stuff, yours for the winning.

Note: If you live in a part of the world where Musician's Friend doesn't deliver, I will contact you before arranging the prize, and we'll work something out. So wherever you are in the world - feel free to enter you might win some random presents for men! Don't hesitate to enter the contest!

How Do I Enter?

Entering is easy - all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this page, and tell me why you enjoy playing guitar. It doesn't have to be an epic long story (though it could be, I guess if you want!), but please make it at least a sentence! Make sure you use a real email address, because that's the one that I will use to contact you if you're the winner! Don't worry - nobody else can see your email address, only me. By entering, you're not signing up for anything, and you won't receive any emails (unless you win of course!) - all you're doing is leaving a comment on this page.

NOTE: If you want to sign up for the weekly guitar tips, you'll need to do that separately, using the form at the top right corner of this page.

How Is The Winner Chosen?

The winner will be picked randomly from the entire list of comments. So if I end up with say 71 comments/entries, then I will choose a random number between 1 and 71 using a cool software program I have. It's pretty simple and straightforward!

What is the DEADLINE?

The contest officially ends on April 30th - sometime on May 1 I will choose the winner from the comments below. Even if there are only 3 comments! So get your name in the hat while you're here on the page!

UPDATE: I've been reading all your comments as they come in - every one! - and thoroughly enjoying them. It's truly inspirational to see so many people's love of the guitar shining through! Keep 'em coming!

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488 Responses to “Guitar Tips Weekly's First Contest!”

  1. deb dennis April 19, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    I have loved guitars since I was a little kid. I messed around with them off and on for years. Just recently I have been trying to seriously learn something worth playing. Guitar music is like a way of saying something there are no words for.

  2. Kathy Inglis April 19, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Why do I enjoy playing guitar? Let me see- it's a very versatile instrument- I get to play some of the greatest music from all over the world. I've played folk music, classical stuff, and a bit of rock and blues. I've even played Indian ragas on my guitar.

    It's not all plain sailing, though-it can be a bit of a challenge, but I like that too-sitting down, working out fingerings,etc. You need a lot of patience, and a big, soft settee or bed to throw the thing on when it's just not happening.(Not that I recommend throwing a guitar anywhere of course.)

    I like the sense of achievement I get when a piece suddenly 'comes together', after what seems an eternity, when my guitar just seems to play itself.

    Being a guitarist has opened up the whole world for me-I enjoy the company of other guitarists-we seem to be creatures apart-I've met some truly amazing musicians, from whom I've learned so much.And when the partying is over,my guitar can be great company-never argues back, except to sting me when a string breaks!

    What I enjoy most, though, is being able to share my enjoyment with those I play for-friends in a folk club, the sick and elderly in a day care centre, and especially the kids I teach-passing on the knowledge, and encouraging those young minds and hands to discover for themselves all the different sounds and textures hidden in that beautifully shaped instrument.

    Now THAT'S why I enjoy playing the guitar.

  3. eliora April 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    umm i guess i have always like it more than any thing. i love to learn more to 🙂

  4. Andre April 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    At the age of 8, I used to sit by my brother's side, listening to him studying classical music on his acoustic guitar... I fell in love with guitar playing right there, and wanted to learn it as soon as was big enough to reach all the fretboard with my fingers. At 16, also through his influence, I fell in love with the electric guitar, listening to Hendrix, Pink Floyd , Rush, Cream, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc... That was 27 years ago... : )

  5. James April 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I play because it make me feel great!

  6. John April 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    Because it is awesome. No better way to spend free time.

  7. Cody April 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I love playing guitar because it is life changing. I have always wanted to be in the music business, guitar is a doorway into that! though i dont have any cash to get anything to help me on this journey, lol. so thanks for this even if i dont win!

  8. Matt Valtierra April 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    My uncle was a musical prodigy. One day he started to play piano and his dad signed him up for lessons. A week later the teacher comes back saying "I have nothing more to teach him." And he's has been playing ever since. So he tought me how to play. Everything I know about bass, guitar, piano, drums I learned from him. So i guess you can say I enjoy playing music because its in my blood.

  9. Mike April 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    65 and just started.Wanted to stay mentally active. It created another problem I never expected. I fell in love with the guitar, I'm addicted.

  10. Kraig McC April 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    its therapy... when I am playing all of the days ins and outs disappear. It relaxes me and helps me to unwind. I have played on and off for years. I am not a great player or even a real good player, but I enjoy it and have fun

  11. E. Bey April 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    I'm still in the learning stage. It would be nice to have help with getting some more gear. I like trying to play because it is my escape from the real world. I have no problems when I play.

  12. kirk April 19, 2010 at 7:15 pm #

    I play guitar cause it me feel good and music makes me happy and relaxed thanks kirk

  13. Elon April 20, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    I love playing the guitar in church and praising God!

  14. Steve April 20, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    i love my guitar,just practice i could play it better but that will come in time, practice, practice,practice im sure thats what some one told me, but my fingers get sore after about 3 hours practicing each day but its the only time i can think straight

  15. Troy April 20, 2010 at 3:03 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar becausce it takes my mind off other things.

  16. Jerry April 20, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    Playing Guitar feeds my Soul........I've been playing most every day for 50 years.
    Good on ya for getting this site going........Thanks for your efforts and keep up the good work.

  17. Rodney Conrad April 20, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    I have been playing for about 4 years now, and play exclusively at Church, and Church functions. I also play at several retreats, both men and women. I love playing and would like to become more proficient at playing lead. Sure would like to win.

  18. chazz April 20, 2010 at 3:18 am #


  19. paul brown April 20, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    i have loved the guitar since i heard my bro playing one back in the early 70's.
    from memory i think it was bad company or free for sure, i absolutely adore guitar.
    cheers paul

  20. Big John April 20, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    Playing the guitar is my recreation - literally the re-creation of my real self - when the pressures of the rest of life weigh heavily.
    Whilst I know that I am far better off than millions of people across the world, there are times when my own personal burdens (work, marriage, two young children etc.) begin to feel unbearable.
    Those are the times when it feels like music, and the guitar in particular, is my rescue, my comfort, my reminder of all the good stuff that gets lost when the pressure's on!

  21. Dolly April 20, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    I like playing guitar, its my passion and my happy place, and so is this website. Not just another rip off but a genuine person who has the time and patience to help me keep believing in myself and my ability. An old chinese proverb-when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Thanks Jonathon

  22. Kain April 20, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    playin guitar can be great for when you want to forget about the stressful situations in life,u just sit and play a few chords and b4 you know it a couple of hours have passed and you've forgotten about whats pissin u off.

  23. BOB April 20, 2010 at 3:24 am #


  24. Twilight Prince April 20, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    i already know a few other instruments - clarinet, sax, flute, ocarina - but i also want to learn guitar. you can't play chords with a single ocarina...

  25. kevin schaaf April 20, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    I get to express myself.

  26. Joe April 20, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Playing guitar has literally shaped my life. I met my wife when a local radio station DJ asked my band to back her up. We fell in love, got married and then life happened. We had children and the guitar was sold. For a long time I didn't play and she didn't sing. Now, 44 years later we are once again playing in two bands and enjoying every minute of it. Life is good !

  27. Matt Blood April 20, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    I play my guitar for many reasons. To relieve stress, to make myself and others happy, to tell stories, to experiment listening to and playing different types of music but I play mostly just to have fun. As long as playing guitar is enjoyable for me (which it never will stop), I'm going to play my heart out.

  28. Al April 20, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    In my younger days I used to sit and listen to people play and think to myself (If I could only play a few songs like that I would be happy). Well that was back in my late teens early twenties. I never really did anything with the guitar until about 2 years ago and I can now play more than a few songs and it is such a fulfilling experience. Now at 54 I have no delusions of becoming a virtuoso on the guitar but I practice and play almost every day and it is my escape from the everyday routines of work, and I challenge myself to learn new and harder songs.

  29. Sean April 20, 2010 at 3:56 am #

    I started playing guitar just because I thought it would be cool to play a couple songs, but then I started getting more into it and now I play because I enjoy learning about the musical theory, I like being creative and because its a skill that not everyone has

  30. John April 20, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    I love to play guitar for my church. It gets me involved in the ministry and helps the church out.

  31. mojojojosilva April 20, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    What a great way to relax and express yourself! As Santana would say, Let the Music set you free!

  32. Lucas Jackson April 20, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    Why I enjoy playing the guitar? The answer is quite simple really, as I would assume that it would be for most. The instrument is used as an art form, a form of expression, a form of communication, a form of defiance, or possibly a form of companionship. Many instrument! Need anyone say more? Enjoy the form of your choosing, but most importantly...ENJOY! All the best to each of you, and never become too busy to pull that old six string out of the case.

  33. frank April 20, 2010 at 4:15 am #

    The chicks. Girls love musicians

  34. JesseRay April 20, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    Like a LOT of guys my first motivation was- girls! Wanted to impress the ladies, and nothing does that better than a guitar.
    Of course being able to play one helps. And didn't take long for the guitar to become the reward.

  35. Paul April 20, 2010 at 4:20 am #

    I love playing guitar because its a great stress release and its also a challenge.

  36. Allen M. April 20, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    I've always loved guitar. My uncle, Matt, played it and inspired me. I started when I was 9 and have loved it since. 4 years now, and I'm not turning back. My guitar lets me feel like I can do anything. I'm in a band and I have no intentions of quitting.

  37. Adam April 20, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    I have only been playing for just over a year. I didn't think that I would become so addicted to playing guitar!! It is like a drug!! I play/practice every night and any chance I get. I only regret not starting sooner!!

  38. Erizario Tupaz April 20, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    When I was a kid (in the early '50s) I'd watch people like Chuck Berry doing what he does and always wanted to learn. Dad couldn't afford a guitar, let alone lessons, so later in age the bug hit me again and I bought one. The feel of that instrument in my hands gave me the thrill girlfriends couldn't. My soul was uplifted and the sound of notes simply cradled me lovingly as chords and riffs made me one with the gods. I love performing for others, especially the ballads that transport them (and me) to a beautiful world of love and happiness. Yea, give me my guitar any day! Apologies to my wife, but she knows she can't compete. Now that's love!

  39. dan murray April 20, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    love the challenge of playing its frustrating but still at the same time relaxing i play every day gotta get better maybe thanxs for the free lessons dan

  40. Colin Griffiths April 20, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    It's a great instrument to relax and impress your friends with those popular riffs we all know. I have a number of electric guitars and an acoustic and regularly play them all. I am not in a band because i have a regular day job and simply would not have the time, however i do jam with my friend and we exchange the chords of some of the greatest rock songs of the 80's. It's a way of life for me playing my guitar!

    Cheers everyone

  41. S Larkin April 20, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Guitar is a great way to relax and I can take it as seriously as I wnat. If I just wnat to strum, it is relaxing, and if I want to crank up some bluegrass flatpicking, I can try, and get wound up in the process.

  42. Chris Hunter April 20, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Rember the first time you strummed an electric guitar that was plugged in? I do, ohh, as soon as I did, that was it man. Now playing the guitar is a habbit of love, and has been for over 15 or so years. I could just stare at a guitar all day long now and not get bored.

  43. Christopher Covell April 20, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar because it provides me a way to express myself and forget about the stress of the daily challenges in life. It gets me up when I feel down.

  44. Randa April 20, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Still very new but I love the sound of music. Everyone should watch the movie August Rush. Thanks for all the tips and things you do to help everyone learn. Music should be shared to everyone.

  45. jim April 20, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    I like to create sounds and although I play various instruments the guitar is most intriguing

  46. Rowena April 20, 2010 at 5:20 am #

    I love the tips and your approach. I can't read music but am trying to learn to play scales - pentonic scales. can't figure it out. Maybe cause I'm 69. I love to sing with my guitar but not as slow as I play and I sing without an audiance. It's relaxing and relieves my thinking.

  47. Rene April 20, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    I first picked up the guitar as a way to occupy myself and as I've gotten older I've found that it's a great way to relieve stress

  48. John April 20, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    I love playing guitar, it's a part of my life. It's a way to express my feelings without speaking. I feel music is the universal language to share love, happiness, or what ever one wants to express through their music. Music to me is not a competitive thing, it comes from within ones self. To me, music is life.

  49. Sam Bloodgood April 20, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    I love quitar. I just started and have been playing for a few monhts. The I IV V and the scales disk have a been a great help!
    Thanks, from Sweet Home Chicago.

  50. Chuck Kostka April 20, 2010 at 5:38 am #

    I love music and have been playing for a long time, although I have limited ability and have to really work at it. I enjoy playing with groups and have the opportunity to play rhythm for a number of really talented musicians at venues that would be unavailable to me otherwise.

    I am a Rock 'n Roller at heart but get great joy playing Old Timey, Contra Dance, Irish and also International Folk Music with other hobby/semi-pro talents.

  51. Joel Toscano April 20, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Excellent question. Initially I picked up the guitar as a mid-life crisis (it was something that I always wanted to do. It was a toss up between the guitar and a red Vette convertable. The Wife vetoed the Vette!) I think more than anything else that playing guitar relaxes me and relieves stress. One other thing: take your guitar to the park or the beach and make a slew of new friends. Keep on picking...

  52. Frank King April 20, 2010 at 5:43 am #

    I love playing the guitar(or trying)because of the feeling I get when I can recognize a song. I am a newbie that has dabbled a few times over the years but has never gotten past a cettain point. I think your scale tips will help me reach a point where I am actulally comfortable with the guitar instead of just memorizing a few chords and passages

  53. Antoinette S Rolle April 20, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    I love music and playing the guitar puts me into another world.Jonathon, I've learned so much from watching the dvd I downloaded
    last night , it really help me to understand the way the minis work with the pattern 1-4-5.

    Thank you so much.

  54. Gareth Waltrip April 20, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    I am a beginner on guitar. Like many other musical instruments, joy flows from the creativity; it makes me feel good.

  55. Matt Kinsley April 20, 2010 at 5:46 am #

    I love music in general; I always have. However, the guitar has a special place in my heart. It's on this instrument that my heart can express the beauty, joy, sadness, agression, angst...all these emotions, that sometimes there are simply no words for. The instrument itself is so orderly in its design that, when the world is in chaos, I can come to 2 specific places I love, to find order in my universe: 1) the bible, and 2) my guitar.

  56. sal sr lo April 20, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    ........i alway imagine playing the guitar in my head...

    i'm memorising all the lessons....then hopefully i can start practicing without looking at he lessons...

  57. blackie April 20, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    I love your video's they are great and I love playing my guitar first and formost to give God praise in music and next it is so relaxing thanks for all you do Jonathan

  58. Mark April 20, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    Guitar playing has inspiered me for years. Though I never got started when I was young, and regret it, I finally said I going to learn. I'm having a blast but need to know so much more. My goal is to be playing with others in one year....Mark

  59. dave Roy April 20, 2010 at 6:01 am #

    I love playing guitar because it makes me feel free. There is so many ways to express yourself on your guitar . By learning new riffs or to learning new song rythms . I first picked up a guitar since I was 5 years old which was my dads and I use to watch and learn from him by mimicking his playing and I leardned my first chords from him . Cant beleive it has been 40 years ago since then . Also I love your new website it is awesome for beginners and regular players. Thanks Dave

  60. beebopdave April 20, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    hey johnathan man i love playing guitar there is just ni boundaries to creating music on this instrument and it feels invcredible when you come up with a cool new hook or lick or chord progression man its undescribeable thanks for all your help dave

  61. Jim Morrison April 20, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    G,day I am a seventy year old who took up playing guitar 2 years ago, I now enjoy Jamming and generally having a great time just trying out different Licks and Riffs.
    I drool watching the great guitar players.

  62. Kevin April 20, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    when i get home form work
    i play
    sometimes introspectively
    sometimes very distorted and loud
    sometimes the tele or the strat
    sometimes the methodical but pleasing bass
    time goes by
    a peace comes over me trancending all the days
    accumulated stress
    there are other times
    i just play - just - to play

  63. Andy April 20, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Having learned in HS band to play diatonic and chromatic scales, you have filled the gap in understanding the differences in diatonic and pentatonic scales. Broadening my understanding of what differently trained musicians understand has been a huge benefit. I can apply the knowledge I have to guitar and make sense of it.

  64. Dave April 20, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    I play not only because I enjoy it, but mostly because I can go out there and make someone forget about thier day for a while.

  65. Jack April 20, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    I am 72 and tried to learn guitar a year ago. So far I am trying to work around my handicaps. 1st I am left handed playing a right handed guitar. 2nd my hand are small and fingers short. I cannot reach the basis 4 frets in scales, Barre chhords are totally out I enve had my hands and guitar measured ande was told to find a new hobby. With all this I kept struggling to find the things I can do rather what I could not. I found an area of being able to play lead on slow to medium fast songs and very with the the little progress I am making. I am interested in songs not theory Cannot read music but can folloow so tabs. Love the videos where you can see what string the teacher is playing. I will be following your site.

  66. Rand April 20, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Ive been fascinated with musical instuments since I was a kid. I always wanted to seriously learn guitar and never was able to dedicate the time. Right now Im commited and having fun!!

  67. konrad April 20, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Today, with the internet and youtube, learning and finding your best teaching materials methods are a real JOY. Very quickly you appreciate why you need to learn and DO scales and associated chord shapes .. you pick up rhythm and harmony very quickly but only what you want to know. Before, many of these things were a real pain that dampened enhtusiasm and were (literally) a great pain to do. As I right this I am looking at my guitar and wanna pick it up to Phrygian Scales, chord shape and arpeggios - RIGHT NOW - ... BEFORE I DID NOT HAVE SUCH MOTIVATION ...
    it also encourages many great teachers .. I'm sure you're one of them!
    Most importantly, the guitar is portable - you can take it anywhere!

  68. Tim April 20, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    First of all,love music.Second its just a great way to express yourself.
    Most important it just feels really good!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. Doug Bent April 20, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    I have always loved music and taughty myself how to play guitar. I've always wanted to solo like my heroes, Clapton, Santana, Zach Wilde, and Bonamassa. These guys can put together a 4 to 10 note solo that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. This is what inspires me and keeps me thirsting for more!

  70. Eric April 20, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    When I was 13 (a long time ago) the Beatles electrified me. They woke me up to the power of music, it's immediacy. The guitar is a very accessable instrument; portable and with so many people playing them one could become part of a community sharing ideas and techniques, harmonizing and discovering together what moved them.

    In short it put the power of music right in my hands and gave me an avenue of escape any time I wanted it.

    It was also a great way to meet chicks!

  71. Brandon April 20, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    I love playing the guitar because it helps me relax, and it gives me a chance to develop new skills. It's great to be able to accompany my family singing together, record pieces for a friend who is a recording engineer, and just be able to show off some skills!

  72. Tom April 20, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    I play for the enjoyment and to relieve stress. I'm in law enforcement and sometimes the day just gets to me. The guitar is a way to relax and have fun. I've been playing on and off for about 6yrs. Always looking for new things to do and new tricks to apply.
    enjoy your site.

  73. Rev Jimmy D Hall April 20, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    I am a minister and I have always wanted to play gospel music on the guitar. I enjoy southern gospel music especially the way it sounds on the guitar. Your tips have been very helpful. Musicians Friend is the greatest. I have purchased two guitars from them, one for my grand-daughter and one for myself, along with other equipment.

  74. Oo kraM oO April 20, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    I just hope to be like Jimmy Page someday... a man can dream 🙁

  75. Linda April 20, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    Playing the guitar is a great way to reflect. My husband is a musician so I am using your instruction to learn to play when he's not home. One day it will be a surprise.

  76. Billy McDaniels April 20, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    all i can say is if ive had a really bad day i can pick up the guitar and play and the sounds that come out some how soothe me so i can relax.

  77. Mike April 20, 2010 at 6:48 am #

    I've been hooked since the Beatles came to town. I've still not mastered playing yet, but I keep on picking. It's just great to play something that I really enjoy listening to.

  78. David April 20, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    Besides my Faith in God, Guitar is probably one of the only real passions in my life....

  79. James Burns April 20, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    Thanks Jonathan, I really enjoy the Tips and play because I've always know a little about guitar (mainly keyboards) but want to play professionally and this is a good start.

  80. Chuck Wilkey April 20, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Keep up the good work! Anybody promoting the guitar is a big help!
    Carry On!

  81. Mick Weiss April 20, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Thanks for the free lessons I get to watch every once in a while. Try to get more into detail into the theory without making it boring. Talk about how to make chords and scales and how to incorporate them into your playing. Things that no one else offers for free. And you'll get a lot more fans here.

  82. Bill April 20, 2010 at 6:54 am #

    I took up guitar again a few years ago after having given it up as a teenager. I guess a small piece of my heart retained the desire to play and that piece has grown much larger. So, I started taking lessons again. Now I find myself part of a worship band at my church. I love praising God and thank him for the opportunity to play and be a part of worship.

    One year ago, I would never have thought that this church would have such a cool band leading worship, much less that I would be a part of it. I am having a ball with it! My guitar is taking me places I never thought I would go!

  83. Rob April 20, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    There is nothing better than putting the kids to bed and easing out to the garage for some personal time with the guitar. Playing the guitar is both challenging and relaxing.

  84. Troy Mc April 20, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    I have wanted to play guitar since I was a kid. My older brother had a guitar and was showing me how to play a few chords one summer when I really started to develop a real interest and love for the instrument. Tragically, he was killed in an auto accident that year on the 4th of July. I was given the guitar and started to learn from a guy in our church. Unfortunately about a month later two guys came to reclaim the guitar as my brother had not paid for it in full and my dad could not afford the $80 to keep it. Fast forward 29 years I finally broke down in 2005 and bought a guitar to give it a try. Was afraid I couldn't do it but it always bothered me that I lost my brother's guitar and didn't get to learn. I play ok (chords basically)and would like to learn more. Just have seemed to hit a wall. LOVE my guitar and play everyday. It gives me a place to go with it to just relax and forget the worlds trials. I love to play worship music and just commune with God as I play.

  85. Larry Kilpatrick April 20, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Some 30 to 35 years ago, my answer would have been "because the chicks dig it", and that would have not been too far from the truth. From Stairway to Heaven, I Fooled Around And Fell In Love, You Are So Beautiful and Free Bird to just a simple little made up song that won the heart of a young naive beauty queen, the guitar has always been an important part of who I am. There have been many periods between then and now, when I would quit playing for months at a time, and even a time or two when I didn't even own a guitar, but somehow, someway, an acoustical guitar would find its way back in my life. They say with age comes wisdom and I believe it. Over the last several years, I have come to appreciate this wonderful instrument, and no longer take it for granted as in years past. I mean, you can watch TV for a couple of hours each night and not learn a cotton pickin' thing, or you can get busy about developing your skills as an artist. It’s a skill that can be handed down to your children and their children. If anything, a guitar makes me feel alive and at peace. It allows me an opportunity to express myself thru music and communicate with others who share this passion. And last but not least, that simple little made up song still has the same effect on that naive beauty queen after 33 years of marriage, and that my friend is worth it all.

  86. nigel April 20, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    Why else, its such a great feeling to be able to play your favourite songs. It rounds it off to a perrrfect start tot he day.

  87. Gary Potter April 20, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    I've always had the desire to play, finally took some lessons, and I'm always looking to improve. Music is a universal language and it's fun...

  88. Louis Kenny April 20, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Love to play guitar and learn music in general because it provides for a great escape from the mundane things of life. I get the warm fuzzies all over!! Plus i want to impress my wife one day.

  89. Mark Gilbert April 20, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    I suck at playing, always have, but its relaxing

  90. Tyler April 20, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    FREE STUFF? I'm in, skip the coupon for musicians friend, if i win send me unlocking 145. Your the greatest in the world of teaching guitar. do you get anything extra for schmoozin, lol

  91. Rick Schultze April 20, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    I am very interested in improving my playing, mostly for my own enjoyment, but I do play rhythem in three different Contemporary Gospel Groups.

  92. Barry April 20, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Playing the guitar is my time to be free from everthing eles

  93. Joe April 20, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    I have final started to work on a dream I had since I was a teenager. I never had the time and/or money to learn. I have begun to learn the guitar at age 58. I still do not have a lot of money but have some time. I started lessons about 6 months ago. I totally enjoy playing, or attempting to play, the guitar. I need all the help I can get but it is fun.

  94. Rick Hargett April 20, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    I fell in love with the guitar at the tender age of 5 years old,(I am now 50). I got married in my 20's and had to put it up for years. Then I went to prison for a crime I did not commit,was divorced, and had time to re-fall in love with it. It has saved my life...literally. My guitar is my best friend. I play it to alleviate my depression. It is one of the few good things in my life. I play it when I am sad and it cheers me up and I play it when I am happy. I have no friends other than my guitar, Named Lucille, (after B.B. Kings). I am unemployed and am finding it very difficult to find a job due to being an ex-con. I love your website because it teaches me so much. I live for the tips and lessons. You do a really great job showing and explaining the fingering, as well as the theory, and most importantly, you actually respond to my questions in my email! Thanks for saving my life.

  95. Gary Smith April 20, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    I love how it is relaxing and I want to become better so it is easier to play with friends.

  96. Allan April 20, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    I have been fasdcinated by the guitar since my younger days (the big 65 is coming in June). Just started taking lessons. Even though it is extremely difficult to play, there is a great sense of satisfaction to learning something new and being able to play it. I find that when I come home from work and sit down to practice, the stress of the day disappears and a sense of calmness takes over.

    There is a LONG way to go bnefore I can say I play the guitar, but, it is immensely enjoyable.

  97. Dennis Firestone April 20, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    I am 67 and I have been messing around with a guitar for about 48 years. The guitar is what i pick up and play to relax when i'm having a not so good day, or when i just need to get my mind off something. I just try and learn something everytime i pick it up. I don't always, put it's my goal. It's just my friend

  98. Vito April 20, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    I've always admired different style of guitar players,anywhere from Carlos Santana,to Jimmy Hendrix,To Wes Montgomery & Larry Carlton,to B.B.King,to Keith Urban.I have always tried to emulate these players & others in some way,(& have been very frustrated trying to do it)but I keep on trying!I don't play guitar for $$,just basically for my love of music of any genre,& mostly because it relaxes me & relieves some of my tensions after a tough day.I love getting tips from try to use them as best I can whenever I'm playing,& I am always looking to improve upon my(somewhat limited)abilities.Looking forward to future tips.Your sight is greatly appreciated!Keep up the good work!

  99. Josh Cooker April 20, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar for so many reasons, but mainly to express what I really want to say, when words don't cut it.

  100. Alan Smith April 20, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    I wake up thinking about music and playing guitar, i go to sleep the same way. If it was possible, playing guitar would be the only thing i would do. I like to make pepole sing and dance.enough of this, time to PLAY!

  101. Bob April 20, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    It's been the one constant,positive thing in my life.I still enjoy it, even through it is now painful sometimes.

  102. Henry April 20, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    I want to block the world and all its troubles far from my head. That's what happens when I sit and strum those strings... I want to do it every day of my life, like my grandpa used to do, and as long as I can do that, I can forget all politics and die a happy man. I want to play as easy as I breath, your site and recommended Guitar Resources are helping me do that. Muchas Gracias Amigo.

  103. Rich April 20, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    I enjoy playing, at some point while playing I get out of myself and into a better state of being.

  104. Donna K. Guyett April 20, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Hi Jonathan:

    I am a relative newbie at the guitar. I have picked around all of my life but just really started to take it seriously a couple months ago. My brother is as close to a "pro" as you can get and, even though he is in FL and I am in TN, he is helping me by making and sending me videos. And, of course, we email almost daily. Plus, I have a guitar instruction book that I am working my way through. And now... your videos.

    I'm getting to the point now where I can actually play a few songs and can slowly figure out new ones. What a thrill. All of my life, I have wanted to be able to "make music" and I am now actually starting to sound decent.

    And... your videos are awesome!! I just listened to (and played around with)the chord progression of "Mary Jane??" and I can actually do it!! It will probably take me a week or so to be comfortable with it (much slower than you, of course) but at least it's recognizable.

    If you just want to lose yourself for a while, pick up your guitar, head for the patio and, even if it doesn't sound all that great yet, keep at it and what a sense of accomplishment when you finally can actually play a song. I take my laptop with me and pull up your videos while I'm outside practicing. The guitar is helping me fulfill a lifelong dream.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you again for your videos.


  105. val barrutia April 20, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    I really like trying the suggestions from the e-mails.

    PS. In my next life I want to be a rock star!!

  106. Quincy Young April 20, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Playing guitar is a refuge for me, a way to escape from the world. And I want nothing more with my guitar abilities than to help others. That is why I make guitar lessons for, so that others may learn some of their favorite songs.

    Being a guitarist is the dream of many people, I am no exception.

    Thank you!

  107. carl April 20, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    i love to listen to and now play the blues thanks to your lessons all my family say i am improving and i find it a great way to relax after work

  108. Dino April 20, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I love music. I love the way it makes me feel.
    If I have a bad day at work, I can come home, crank the distortion, hit a few power chords and all the days troubles fade away.
    When I am feeling mellow, I can strum the acoustic, and serenade my sweetheart.
    Music is beautiful. Guitars are versatile and portable.

  109. Dan Burbank April 20, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Being a bit older , 68, and a newbie the lessons are a BIG help. I have some experience on the mandolin (2 years) and fiddle (4 months) but the guitar is definitely different but the learning is faster with
    Jonathan's course.

  110. Jo April 20, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I am a beginner and love the sound of the guitar. And love music also. It is nice to just get away with the guitar and make some music. Well at the moment, it is just noise because I am just starting out. How 'bout a discount on some of your videos. I
    am interested in scales and I IV V but they are a bit costly. Anyway, thank you Jonathan for your website.

  111. Upen April 20, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Music is love, Music is Life; and what better way to express it than The Guitar !

  112. Nick April 20, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    It a way to relax, a way to discover something new trying new things on the guitar, and an enjoyment once you get past the pain of conditioning your fingers. My fingers are arthritic and it is a fantastic way to exercise, and loosen them up.

  113. Mark Schraps April 20, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    aT 57 I can safely say I Love Playing since long ago Music and playing guitar You literally never run out of something to do being Music is a process Never Ending.did mention the fun and relax part?

  114. margaret April 20, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Had guitars 40 years ago. The fingers are beginning to remember but the brain is slower to hear the notes. I'm enjoying getting away from the first three frets and becoming comfortable frets 5-12. Looking for a good classical guitar as melody not speed are seemingly more satisfying at 2 am. Keep showing what the notes and riffs look like (in slow motion) from in front of the guitar since I often learn something new by watching someone else. thanks.

  115. Bobbo April 20, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    Great contest idea Jonathon - Playing the guitar has taken me to a deeper level of self-actualization...always a good thing.

  116. Jim V April 20, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Jonathan, keep up the great work. Your updates help keep us motivated to play, stretch and learn. For me, playing guitar is equal parts Zen meditation, community with others, and fun!

  117. Nick April 20, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    I'm a newbie, (at least in skill). I love the sound of the guitar and want to be able to "jam" with the few friends I know that play and not suck when I do it.

  118. Rudy April 20, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar mostly for the dynamics of music and sound. I love the fact that the things I hear on the radio and other people sing I can reproduce at home. With of course the possibility to create something of my own. Music moves me and playing guitar is like having that power in my hands

  119. Robert April 20, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    At the end of the day I can just pick up my stick and play all my worries away. Thanks for all the great help.

  120. Chuck April 20, 2010 at 10:39 am #


  121. Tony April 20, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    i had a choice when i was eight years old what instrument i wanted to play... i chose guitar (obviously) and i am certain that was one of the best decisions of my life so far 🙂

  122. BART April 20, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    Keeps me out of trouble!!!!

  123. Sunil April 20, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Hi, Jonathan....My name is Sunil.

    Actually I have never been around music in my life. Until about one year ago. I play the guitar for a worship team now. But, I started playing because we only had one worship leader, who was my good friend. He said he needed help. So i offered to lear if he taught me. Basically I taught myself eveything i know, he mainlyheped me with rhythm. The rest is all God. In one year i have learned how to solo effortlessly and also lead wroship in service playing along witht he drums. I have also learned to play the bass in this time.

  124. paul denis April 20, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    my stress reliver. far better than drugs.

  125. Austin April 20, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    I just loveplaying guitar because it just opens so many doors
    and its so easy and fun to understand. It just feels right

  126. Joshua B. April 20, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    i am 16 and specially disabled i go throguh constant struggles in life and its just been one down fall after another guitar has always been a way that i could express myself. my friends and family all say that i will neva be able to play but i have proven them wrong with your help and with my determination i have been able to make a family of non belivers into a family of lovieng encoureging freinds and family i love you and your lessons john rock on bro rock on

  127. ernie April 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    i have been doodling around for a few years and have learned a lot of basic stuff from you,keep up the good work for us nvices

  128. Bobby Cox Jr. April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar,but I'm a newbie and I can't seem to get out of the learning chords stage.Could somebody help me? I want to really play some Avenged Sevenfold,and write my own songs and play them.Thanks for all your support.Again my email address is [email protected]

  129. Peter van Lint April 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    I was 20, just graduated and jobless and without a penny. I had an uncle who played the guitar in a combo as a semi-professional. He sang also. But he didnt’t knpw English, so although his ear was quite good and he picked the sounds up correcly, half of the time he didn’t know what he was singing. So we made an agreement. I taught him (a little bit) of English, he taught me (a little bit) of guitar: I-IV-V, I-IV-II-V, barré, some boogie, and principles of improvising. That little bit came very handy in my career, which started shortly thereafter. And I used it in my classes when I was a schoolteacher, in my productions when I was a stagedirector, made simple arrangements for a vocalgroup and I could accompany myself while singing. And that’s what I still do, I’m not your great guitar player, nor your good singer, but I can manage. After I retired, I took singing lessons, piano lessons and got a degree in music theory, so I understood better what I was doing and what it was all about. Recently I had some troubles with my voice, therefore I decided to improve my guitarplaying, so I would be able to hide my vocal shortcomings behind some more interesting riffs. My example is, next to Django Reinhardt, Rosenberg and Eddy Christian, that guy John Pizzarelli. Would I could sing and play like that. But I fear that will have to wait till my next life.

  130. Billy Bair April 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I have been playing since I was twelve. I am now sixty-four. It goes way beyond enjoyment when ever I pick up my guitar. It is entering a state of existence that nothing else brings. It is my true self. It is my identity.

  131. Peter April 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Guitar offers me a source of tranquility.

  132. Einar Christiansen April 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    Just turned 78, have had guitars from age 16 but never really learned to play. 3 years ago we moved to our present address and met a very patient understanding young lady who tutors guitar. She has helped me enormously. Since thenI have purchased various online courses, the best being Griff Hamlin's Blues Guitar Unleashed. Am now fairly comfortable with rhythm guitar and now working on playing lead. Still got away to but getting there. Guitar has always been a favourite instrument. It is so easy to pick the instrument up and start playing. So rewarding when the tune comes out sounding like it should.
    Have enjoyed your videos, keep up the good work, the more we can get people playing music the better the world will be.

  133. Chad April 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Well granddad played and I always thought it was way cool and wanted to learn now at 40 I inherited granddada Martin so in his memory I thought I would finialy Lear to play and find it very relaxing and somthing better to do than sit around wasting time watching the boob tube.

  134. Jose Lopez April 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    To start playing again after these many years, I have kind of found myself getting that excitement that was there just like it was as a teenager. Those were really happy times.
    My partner and music buddy at time has past, and so I want to get back maybe just a little more knowledge of playing.

  135. Vernon Bird April 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Good work. I hope you get good donations. You deserve it. What you are offering people is truly an amazing gift.

  136. Tim Holder April 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Guitar scale pattern have really helped me a lot in understanding my fret board on my 3 guitars. I have played guitar for about 30 plus years and the patterns have really helped me to understand more about guitar playing in 2 weeks that I have had your video and understanding more on guitar theory. Thank you very much! Hope to get more lessons thru the internet that I can use in the future.

  137. Ida Marie C. Vivas April 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    I've been studying guitar here in Canada for only 4months. I've always wanted to sing with a musical instrument and I had to decide that guitar is the only thing that can help me attain my goal. I'm a Filipina here in Canada and being able to play OPM (Original Pilipino Music) songs in Tagalog (Pilipino language)and English helps me connect to my roots. I am proud of my heritage and I don't want to forget where I came from.

  138. Wayne April 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Hey Johnathan. How's it going? Where have you been man? Don't see much e mails from you here lately. Must be pretty busy scheduling concerts huh? Just kidding man. I really enjoy your skits. They help broden my scope of learning how to play guitar. Which is my favorite obsession now. I can't get enough. I love playing for my wife, (serenading her more like it)my mom and with my grand kids. Giving them enjoyment gives me enjoyment. Another little piece of happiness in this mad mad world.

  139. Fr. Mike Connelly April 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    I started playing guitar 40 years ago when I was 17, just so I could impress Susan in the tight red dress who sang in the church folk group. I never got Susan, but I still have the old Yamaha 140 to remember her by. Then at 28, I got married, sold the Martin D-35 that I worked and saved all year to buy, just so I could pay the rent and buy the baby formula. I lost my callouses and the guitar case went in the cellar. A year ago, I got the itch again. Bad. I started torturing the Yamaha just like old times, making my old-man arthritisy fingers stretch over those damn barre chords. Christmas, my wife did the big payback, bought me a fine, deep, dark, woody mahogany Martin D-15 off E-bay. The thing smells like pipe-smoke and plays like a dream. Now for me, playing guitar is as good as prayer. Every morning, the second-fret raga to the rising sun, the chords at evening covering me like a prayer shawl, letting me let go of everything but the strings beneath my hands. Guitar is my lasting gift from God.

  140. Ray April 20, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    A very dear girlfriend got me started with a baritone four strings of a guitar, if you don't know. I loved playing, trying to sing and collecting kids around to listen. I progressed to a guitar, still strumming, but then entertaining around a campground fire. Kids grew up, now I'm ready to retire...have 3 guitars, the original ukulele, taking lessons, watching lessons on youtube. I'm having a ball with it.

  141. Clark Anderson April 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm #


    I could tell you a long sad story about my disabilities and my abject poverty after my wife and kids left me, but instead, I will tell you the truth...

    I enjoy playing my guitar (from Musician's Friend) more than throwing cute little puppies out of the window of my car at 70 miles per hour.


  142. Graham Woodard April 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm #

    I like playing guitar because I enjoy expressing myself with others. I find that creative collaboration is the best way to become close with friends and family. Also, it keeps me from using lots of crazy drugs.

  143. Duck Durham April 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    Pickin' n grinnin' soothes my soul. It's like church to me. Dust off them rusty strings just one more time! I suck but ya know what? It's a whole lotta fun no matter how bad I am! One of these days the lightbulb just might come on.Feed your head and your soul and keep on pickin!

  144. Dave Loehrke April 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    Hey Jonathan, I've been getting your guitar tips for a couple weeks and really like watching each one. I play guitar to relax after a long day at work. Keep up the good work.

  145. Ken April 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    I enjoy playing the guitar because it is something that I've always wanted to do. Now that the kids are raised and out of the house, I've got a little more time to devote to learn how to play it. Plus, I travel quite a bit, so it gives me something to do while I'm sitting in the motel rooms at night. I think it's working, as I've been working on it now for about 8 months and have started playing at church providing background rhythm

  146. Paul Cunningham (Omaha, NE) April 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    Enjoy your site and lessons. The short little tips are easy to follow and practice. All the little tips add up to alot of knowledge and fun. Thanks

  147. John Paul Drum April 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I've always loved guitars and my love exceeds my skill!

  148. james shook April 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I'm 68 and I play to keep my mind sharp.

  149. Fellipe April 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Playing the guitar calms me down and hype me up it's just awesome!
    Thank's for the tips anyway!

  150. Fernando April 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar because it is the only thing that keeps me entertained for hours and does not bore me with the help i've gotten from guitar tips.Thank you.

  151. Rick April 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I'm 52 years old. I started playing in my early twenties. I love the sound a guitar makes both electric and acoustic. I love the looks and the feel of a guitar in my hands. I think it's the greatest instrument invented.

  152. Richard Jackson April 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar because:)

    The connection of mind body and soul become one as you play it expresses you. What else can you say

  153. jj April 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    Hi Jon!
    I read about your contest from an email you sent me, which said to leave a comment. Here is my comment, I copied it from Paul Guy's
    A Brief History of the Guitar over at
    Here it is:
    (and I copied it word for word, which is considered plagerism, but I am in no way shape or form taking credit for it, I am simply showing you.)

    The guitar is an ancient and noble instrument, whose history can be traced back over 4000 years. Many theories have been advanced about the instrument's ancestry. It has often been claimed that the guitar is a development of the lute, or even of the ancient Greek kithara. Research done by Dr. Michael Kasha in the 1960's showed these claims to be without merit. He showed that the lute is a result of a separate line of development, sharing common ancestors with the guitar, but having had no influence on its evolution. The influence in the opposite direction is undeniable, however - the guitar's immediate forefathers were a major influence on the development of the fretted lute from the fretless oud which the Moors brought with them to to Spain.

    The sole "evidence" for the kithara theory is the similarity between the greek word "kithara" and the Spanish word "quitarra". It is hard to imagine how the guitar could have evolved from the kithara, which was a completely different type of instrument - namely a square-framed lap harp, or "lyre". (Right)

    It would also be passing strange if a square-framed seven-string lap harp had given its name to the early Spanish 4-string "quitarra". Dr. Kasha turns the question around and asks where the Greeks got the name "kithara", and points out that the earliest Greek kitharas had only 4 strings when they were introduced from abroad. He surmises that the Greeks hellenified the old Persian name for a 4-stringed instrument, "chartar". (See below.)

    The Ancestors
    The earliest stringed instruments known to archaeologists are bowl harps and tanburs. Since prehistory people have made bowl harps using tortoise shells and calabashes as resonators, with a bent stick for a neck and one or more gut or silk strings. The world's museums contain many such "harps" from the ancient Sumerian, Babylonian, and Egyptian civilisations. Around 2500 - 2000 CE more advanced harps, such as the opulently carved 11-stringed instrument with gold decoration found in Queen Shub-Ad's tomb, started to appear.

    "Queen Shub-Ad's harp" (from the Royal Cemetery in Ur)
    A tanbur is defined as "a long-necked stringed instrument with a small egg- or pear-shaped body, with an arched or round back, usually with a soundboard of wood or hide, and a long, straight neck". The tanbur probably developed from the bowl harp as the neck was straightened out to allow the string/s to be pressed down to create more notes. Tomb paintings and stone carvings in Egypt testify to the fact that harps and tanburs (together with flutes and percussion instruments) were being played in ensemble 3500 - 4000 years ago.

    Egyptian wall painting, Thebes, 1420 BCE

    Archaeologists have also found many similar relics in the ruins of the ancient Persian and Mesopotamian cultures. Many of these instruments have survived into modern times in almost unchanged form, as witness the folk instruments of the region like the Turkish saz, Balkan tamburitsa, Iranian setar, Afghan panchtar and Greek bouzouki.

    The oldest preserved guitar-like instrument
    At 3500 years old, this is the ultimate vintage guitar! It belonged to the Egyptian singer Har-Mose. He was buried with his tanbur close to the tomb of his employer, Sen-Mut, architect to Queen Hatshepsut, who was crowned in 1503 BCE. Sen-Mut (who, it is suspected, was far more than just chief minister and architect to the queen) built Hatshepsuts beautiful mortuary temple, which stands on the banks of the Nile to this day.

    Har-Moses instrument had three strings and a plectrum suspended from the neck by a cord. The soundbox was made of beautifully polished cedarwood and had a rawhide "soundboard". It can be seen today at the Archaeological Museum in Cairo.

    Queen Hatshepsut

    What is a guitar, anyway?
    To distinguish guitars from other members of the tanbur family, we need to define what a guitar is. Dr. Kasha defines a guitar as having "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with incurved sides" .
    The oldest known iconographical representation of an instrument displaying all the essential features of a guitar is a stone carving at Alaca Huyuk in Turkey, of a 3300 year old Hittite "guitar" with "a long fretted neck, flat top, probably flat back, and with strikingly incurved sides".

    The Lute (Al'ud, Oud)

    The Moors brought the oud to Spain. The tanbur had taken another line of development in the Arabian countries, changing in its proportions and remaining fretless.
    The Europeans added frets to the oud and called it a "lute" - this derives from the Arabic "Al'ud" (literally "the wood"), via the Spanish name "laud".
    A lute or oud is defined as a "short-necked instrument with many strings, a large pear-shaped body with highly vaulted back, and an elaborate, sharply angled peghead".

    Renaissance lute by Arthur Robb

    Click on the picture to go to Art's website.
    Beautiful instruments!

    It is hard to see how the guitar - with "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with incurved sides" - could possibly have evolved from the lute, with its "short neck with many strings, large pear-shaped body with highly vaulted back, and elaborate, sharply angled peghead".

    The Guitar
    The name "guitar" comes from the ancient Sanskrit word for "string" - "tar". (This is the language from which the languages of central Asia and northern India developed.) Many stringed folk instruments exist in Central Asia to this day which have been used in almost unchanged form for several thousand years, as shown by archeological finds in the area. Many have names that end in "tar", with a prefix indicating the number of strings:
    two = Sanskrit "dvi" - modern Persian "do" -
    dotar, two-string instrument found in Turkestan

    three = Sanskrit "tri" - modern Persian "se" -
    setar, 3-string instrument, found in Persia (Iran),
    (cf. sitar, India, elaborately developed, many-stringed)

    four = Sanskrit "chatur" - modern Persian "char" -
    chartar, 4-string instrument, Persia (most commonly known as "tar" in modern usage)
    (cf. quitarra, early Spanish 4-string guitar,
    modern Arabic qithara, Italian chitarra, etc)

    five = Sanskrit "pancha" - modern Persian "panj" -
    panchtar, 5 strings, Afghanistan

    Indian Sitar
    The Indian sitar almost certainly took its name from the Persian setar, but over the centuries the Indians developed it into a completely new instrument, following their own aesthetic and cultural ideals.

    Persian Setar

    Chartar ("Tar")

    Tanburs and harps spread around the ancient world with travellers, merchants and seamen. The four-stringed Persian chartar (note the narrow waist!) arrived in Spain, where it changed somewhat in form and construction, acquired pairs of unison-tuned strings instead of single strings and became known as the quitarra or chitarra.

    From four-, to five-, to six-string guitar
    As we have seen, the guitar's ancestors came to Europe from Egypt and Mesopotamia. These early instruments had, most often, four strings - as we have seen above, the word "guitar" is derived from the Old Persian "chartar", which, in direct translation, means "four strings". Many such instruments, and variations with from three to five strings, can be seen in mediaeval illustrated manuscripts, and carved in stone in churches and cathedrals, from Roman times through till the Middle Ages. Right: Roman "guitar", c:a 200 CE.

    Mediaeval psalter, c:a 900 CE.

    Angel with guitar, St. Stephen's church, 1591.

    By the beginning of the Renaissance, the four-course (4 unison-tuned pairs of strings) guitar had become dominant, at least in most of Europe. (Sometimes a single first string was used.) The earliest known music for the four-course "chitarra" was written in 16th century Spain. The five-course guitarra battente (left) first appeared in Italy at around the same time, and gradually replaced the four-course instrument. The standard tuning had already settled at A, D, G, B, E, like the top five strings of the modern guitar.

    In common with lutes, early guitars seldom had necks with more than 8 frets free of the body, but as the guitar evolved, this increased first to 10 and then to 12 frets to the body.

    5-course guitar by Antonio Stradivarius, 1680

    A sixth course of strings was added to the Italian "guitarra battente" in the 17th century, and guitar makers all over Europe followed the trend. The six-course arrangement gradually gave way to six single strings, and again it seems that the Italians were the driving force. (The six-string guitar can thus be said to be a development of the twelve-string, rather than vice versa, as is usually assumed.)

    In the transition from five courses to six single strings, it seems that at least some existing five-course instruments were modified to the new stringing pattern. This was a fairly simple task, as it only entailed replacing (or re-working) the nut and bridge, and plugging four of the tuning peg holes. An incredibly ornate guitar by the German master from Hamburg, Joakim Thielke (1641 - 1719), was altered in this way. (Note that this instrument has only 8 frets free of the body.)

    At the beginning of the 19th century one can see the modern guitar beginning to take shape. Bodies were still fairly small and narrow-waisted.

    6-string guitar by George Louis Panormo, 1832

    The modern "classical" guitar took its present form when the Spanish maker Antonio Torres increased the size of the body, altered its proportions, and introduced the revolutionary "fan" top bracing pattern, in around 1850. His design radically improved the volume, tone and projection of the instrument, and very soon became the accepted construction standard. It has remained essentially unchanged, and unchallenged, to this day.

    Guitar by Antonio Torres Jurado, 1859

    Steel-string and electric guitars

    At around the same time that Torres started making his breakthrough fan-braced guitars in Spain, German immigrants to the USA - among them Christian Fredrich Martin - had begun making guitars with X-braced tops. Steel strings first became widely available in around 1900. Steel strings offered the promise of much louder guitars, but the increased tension was too much for the Torres-style fan-braced top. A beefed-up X-brace proved equal to the job, and quickly became the industry standard for the flat-top steel string guitar.

    At the end of the 19th century Orville Gibson was building archtop guitars with oval sound holes. He married the steel-string guitar with a body constructed more like a cello, where the bridge exerts no torque on the top, only pressure straight down. This allows the top to vibrate more freely, and thus produce more volume. In the early 1920's designer Lloyd Loar joined Gibson, and refined the archtop "jazz" guitar into its now familiar form with f-holes, floating bridge and cello-type tailpiece.

    The electric guitar was born when pickups were added to Hawaiian and "jazz" guitars in the late 1920's, but met with little success before 1936, when Gibson introduced the ES150 model, which Charlie Christian made famous.

    With the advent of amplification it became possible to do away with the soundbox altogether. In the late 1930's and early 1940's several actors were experimenting along these lines, and controversy still exists as to whether Les Paul, Leo Fender, Paul Bigsby or O.W. Appleton constructed the very first solid-body guitar. Be that as it may, the solid-body electric guitar was here to stay.

  154. ken koch April 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I enjoy guitar because i enjoy music and it allows me to participate.
    Ken K.

  155. walter April 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    my comment is I!m 57 yrs old always wanted to learned guitar.Never found the time to do it,maybe now i can learned something about guitar.

  156. steve sorce April 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    because it relates to something deep every emotion and it crosses all lines.It brings us together and shows us that we are so much more than we may seem.The guitar becomes something special in my hands and I see why people name their guitars. ask bb king,i'm sure he'll tell you Lucille is not just parts put together.The guitar allows expression on a level so incredible,it's almost impossible to put in plain words.Like the song says;-to dance beneath a diamond sky with one hand waving free.

  157. Joe April 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm #

    I am 77 years old,been fulling around with guitar for years. only got the urge to further myself. I desire to play lead guitar, and I know I have a lot to learn.but am willing to do my best to emprove
    myself, hopely thru you.and your teaching.however I am on SS and am limited to the amount of money I can spend.
    I wish to thank you for the instructions that you have given me so far. Joe

  158. loyd gulley April 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    I love playing and the lessons from you have really helped. thank you

  159. Trevor April 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi,I turned 64 a few weeks ago and have decided to restart my learning of the Flamenco Guitar to which end I have purchased a good start-up guitar and now have to get the fingers on my left hand working again so I can do the necessary chords;eg Bflat is way hard for me at the moment,but I will get there.

  160. sammy martin April 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    Ilove the guitar because I love music and this lets me be a part of this wonderful art form, an I can express how I feel.

  161. Ken April 20, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    It is about feeling, and learning to express it in your music.

  162. Jim "Lumpy" Lumpkins April 20, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    The guitar is the instrument I use the most an a general music teacher. The kids respond to it better than most other instruments.

  163. T Thompson April 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Playing guitar provides the best high in boosting that sense of accomplishment and self confidence to allow the creative juices to flow from the source of my imagination. It's such a non-violent way to interact with others on so many different levels as peace comes through the music created on the guitar and to harmoniously interact with others and instruments. It's great society building.

  164. Juan April 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm #

    I love music, i takes me away to this other rality where I can get closer to my God Jesus Christ, so playing guitar is my way to say thanks 4 all Father

  165. Jonathan April 20, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    I love guitar because once Is tarted playing, it became a part of me. The more I play over the years, the more I feel like my guitar is not only my best friend, but an empathetic extension of myself.

  166. Ben April 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    I love the guitar. Its the best instrument and I just love playing and singing. It's a great way to communicate fellings in songs that I write.

  167. Susan Cushley April 20, 2010 at 9:13 pm #

    When I was a sophmore in highschool, my father bought a guitar as a christmas present for one of my little brothers. I don't remember which one but that didn't matter cause I picked it up and it was love at first sight. We always sang while riding in the car and now I could accompany myself. I never had lessons so I played by ear and I think I did just as well or better than some who had lessons. I would practice daily with no encouragement, it was all my idea, I think I should have had lessons. Music has always and will always be an essential part of my life.

  168. trevor April 21, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Theres always something new to learn, and you can party even with 2 strings. So to hear 6 is even better. With all the talent that's out there, it's just amazing. From the old to the young is a privilege to hear. Thanks

  169. Bruce Hartley April 21, 2010 at 1:50 am #

    Because when I hear something really cool it gives me goose bumps and I just wanna play play play.

  170. sherri goss April 21, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    i used to enjoy playing as part of my living (five bars ect). now i play persoual enjoyment and to improve my playing, including leatning and mastering blues lead. Enough said!

  171. straddy April 21, 2010 at 2:48 am #

    i love music and play in a group called 'TREBLE CLEF' we do a lot of charity work we live in queensland australia we do rock ,country ,ballards etc .

  172. Joe April 21, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    I love playing hadr rock/metal being in my mid forties I wanted to play all my life. I sstarted playing 1.5 yrs ago. it fills a void that was always there.

  173. mark April 21, 2010 at 4:40 am #

    I took up acoustic guitar a few years ago at age 40. It was something that I always wanted to do. Now with 6 years behind me, I find playing to be all I had expected and more. I should have started 20 years ago.

  174. Guy Souza April 21, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    I'm 62 years old, don't have the gift of music but man when you get a lick or rhythm right it feels great !!.

  175. alastair April 21, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    i enjoy playing guitar because it requires 100% concentration while learning it and nothing else exists, once you can play without that concentration, your whole mind is clear leaving nothing but you and the music. the guitar was an escape for me from a lot of the troubles in my life and as i was growing up

  176. paul owens April 21, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    It is a great challenge to learn guitar. Once you learn something, you go to the next level. You never learn it all, yet you continue to increase your knowledge and the physical skills it takes to play.

  177. John April 21, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    I'm 50 years old and just started playing again 4 months ago..I had played when I was in my 20's but had stopped when got married, kids, house, etc...Now that I'm older I have come to learn way more than I did back than mainly because I have become very patient and a strong willing to learn as much as I can...Playing the guitar is the best stress releiver out there, it's very enjoying and relaxing for me..

  178. Robert April 21, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    I am 66 years old and took lessons from age 8 until 12. I love playing the guitar either as a soloist or in a group. I spend at leas 7 hours per week playing in groups now that I am retired. It is a great way to spend time.

  179. Hamish ( Jim ) April 21, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    I have always loved the sound of a well played guitar, I am 59 years old, and only ever done vocals before. But I am now working on my bucket list, Ha! Ha!, I bought a Gibson 6 string acoustic, and a 12 string Ovation, and I am now lokking to purchase a Les Paul, real one, I fully intend on learning and playing till they shut the lid !! Keep up the good work, 'cos every bit helps, all the best mate, Hamish....................

  180. Sam W..... April 21, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Love the sound, love the relaxation ...

  181. Mark Williams April 21, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Why I play guitar:

    Love the instruments, love the tone, love the freedom, Love the endless posssibilities.

  182. Bunny April 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    I love the challenge of trying new chords..riffs..and trying to learn sounds,,,

  183. Dave April 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Thank you for offering the contest and for doing the tips for free. I played drums for many years and I always wanted to learn the guitar. I play it because the sound is beautiful and it is so portable. I found I just had to put the time in to get a decent sound, especially with bends, palm muting, learning lead, etc. After about 6-7 months it has finally started for me. It's hard work but much more rewarding than watching TV. I can't get goose pimples from watching TV! I also like the fact that time can fly by when you start to play. I sit down for 15 minutes and an hour passes before I know it. My regret is that I didn't start years earlier.

  184. brandon April 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

    i love playing guitar because it keeps me outta trouble & outta jail!

  185. Robin April 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    I have been playing folk-style finger picking for 50 years -- totally self taught from listening to recordings of people like Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, etc way back when. I never learned all that many chords since most folk music is pretty basic -- tonic, dominant, subdominant and the same in the relative minor will see someone through almost every folk song. Recently I have become interested in learning more, and you have been a big help.

  186. Eric April 21, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    the guitar to me helps me express who i am through music

  187. Devin McDonald April 21, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    I love playing the bass because of many reasons.

    I love the deep tones the bass makes.
    It makes me sane.
    It gives me huge amounts of inspiration, creativity, and a reason to live.
    Playing music makes my life and the days go better.
    The bass is underappreciated and I am also, so we share that.
    I love being able to make music with my hands while some others can't (except for us musicians).

  188. Dylan April 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    I've looked for an opportunity for assistance in gear for so long.
    I got into guitar mainly because of my brother and have been playing for a 1 and a half. The chance to win this $50 would be the stepping stone to upgrade my gear and help further my knowledge and desire for guitar. Thanks so much for your lessons.

  189. maggie April 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Okay, I guess I'd best get onboard and share why I love playing guitar so much.
    My guitar is quite simply one of my all time very best friends. It is always available for
    a good pow wow, at any time of day or night. I can play great or awful, and it is still available and a pure joy. It adds to my ups, and pulls me up if I am down. It is a daily companion, and it serves me
    we have a long history of devoted companionship. It is such a huge part of my life, and it will continue to have a valued place, front and centre. We are a team.
    It offers so much quality and pleasure to my life, and also to the life of my many students and friends, and it is of a priceless value to me.
    I hold it with joy, always.

  190. marty tendler April 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    For me it relaxes me, I'm planing to buy your scale course, just waiting to save some money. thank you

  191. George Bachinsky April 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    Music is my way of relaxing. It recharges me. I have been playing the guitar since I was 14, I am now 62 and have been in many groups. I never had lessons, learned it all on my own. Your lessons are giving me tips and trick I wish I knew a long time ago.
    Thank You and keep it up.

  192. Alli Vogtle April 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

    Thank you so much for making all of these videos. I love to play guitar because it is fun and gives me something to look forward to.God bless you

  193. Alli Vogtle April 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for making all of these videos.I am 13 and
    I love to play guitar because it is fun and gives me something to look forward to.God bless you

  194. Jeanette April 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Playing guitar in a band is the ultimate high--there's nothing like it when you are feeling it all come together--the layers become one and they gel. Love it!

  195. Joe Morris April 22, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    The mood of the guitar can lift your spirits from the muck of life, and send them soaring above the clouds! So no wonder Saul had David play for him, as skilled vibrations with a special touch can soothe the savage beast! Joe

  196. jeffrey brown April 22, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    Hi, I've been playing for awhile and I'm actually getting my band back together. I'm 50 now but I've been given a gift, so I'm going to get into recording and hopefully do something with my talents.


  197. Tyrone R. Winfield April 22, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar because its an instrument that allows you to touch someone without physically touching, and its so intimate that i can take it anywhere and share it.

  198. Olive* April 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Your weekly tips are soooooo helpful!! (Even though i have been mostly focusing on the ukulele lately)

  199. dave lee April 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I started playing about 6 months ago because each of my sons and my daughter each are accomplished guitar players. Each is involved in music teams and all but one, also sings. They started playing when I purchased a guitar so I could learn. Well, you know how that goes. I'm working - they're learning. Now it's my turn and I'm lovin' it!
    I can start playing and before I know it, 2-3 hours have passed. Ha!! Well, I'll stop here so I can get stated playing again. By the way, thanks for all the info you provide -- it's been a great help.


  200. Steve April 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Keep the tips coming! It's great to see them weekly!

  201. Alli Vogtle April 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    you are so amazing jonathan. i love to play guitar because it relaxes me.

  202. Andrew McKenzie April 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar because it is one of the only things that i am truly good at. I feel accomplished when i play. However, that being said, i am rarely happy with what i come up with and am always striving to learn more and better my musical talent

    Thanks, Andrew

  203. Patrick April 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    i like playing guitar because i grew up watching guitarists and the music they played was amazing i wanted and still do want to do that for someone else

  204. Ben April 23, 2010 at 7:33 am #

    Had trouble flying in the Air Force... started playing guitar. Went through a divorce... started playing guitar again and actually sounded like a guitarist and singer. Lost my daughter in a car accident 15 months ago... play all the time. I really don't know how I would have gotten through the tough times without my guitar (actually six now). When life is good, there's usually music nearby; when life is bad, you need music. Thanks. Ben

  205. Fred Davis April 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    was a commercial fisherman-primarly shrimping. being on an 80-90 ft. vessel w/2 or 3 other cats can get 2 be a real drag. picked up an ax 4 something to do. After learning I have C.O.P.D. & after 2 back surgeries no more work. With the help of my Drs. I got myself REALLY strung out.Spending a LOT of $$ to nod 4 5,6,8,hrs & killing myself got to be old. Got into the music again;serious this X.It has literally saved my Life. I can get lost 4 hrs. just playing,practing,almost like making Love.Every day gives me the chance 2 learn something new;if not directly related to making music,then an interesting fact about some aspect of music or an obscure musician,a famous personality or just someone like myself;no delusions of fame,celeberity,fortune;just making music,learning for the love of it

    freddy D.NYC demonstrate the universial love of music I'll relate to you how John lennons death affected the World.
    I was at sea working texas,2 handed. The Capt. was an old(er)! sterotypical texas redneck-don't get your hackels up I hail from Knoxville!BUT we work the nights,from sunset to sunup.Sleep 4 a few hrs. in the afternoon. The Capt. woke me about 2 in the afternoon to tell me John lennon had been murdered. I got out of the rack & the two of us listened to the news on the radio & were watching the updates on the news. He asked me to fill him in on Johns' Life. he knew some But the point is; an old Texas redneck CRIED with ME over the loss. That's heavy

  206. R.E. April 24, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    When i play guitar basicly i deconnect. I'm in my own zone . So it's like a drug for me.

  207. matt elsasser April 24, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Playing guitar is my way to ditch stress and leave everything alone for a couple hours. Plus it's something i'm kinda good at

  208. David Woodruff April 24, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    Love the emotions that guitar sounds invoke in myself & others.

  209. Chef April 24, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    I enjoy playing the guitar because its a way to bond with others & the feeling of playing music With others is unexplainable/surreal. Its a way for my mind to wander & "meditate" when by myself. Its a great ice-breaker or mood setter.

  210. Dmoney April 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    i started playing guitar so i could get girls i always liked music though, but i wanted to learn so i could get girls and it worked but i keep playing guitar because its like i bonded with my guitars and im a different person when im really playing not just playing notes but pouring my heart out in to the music even if Im not Santana I still sound much better when im just soloing then playing a song somebody else wrote

  211. Steve Binney April 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    I love playing the guitar because it takes my mind off work and the everyday stress that comes with it.I also play the guitar because i really want to learn and play better,Thanks.....

  212. Sarah April 25, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    The guitar takes everything away for me and brings me straight to a relaxing, comforting space that absolutely no one can touch. I know I am only 15 but since i was 12 music has been my whole life, it is all i ever want to do. My guitars are a symbol of peace and just all around love for me, and I have a feeling that nothing will ever replace it. It's like your favorite song you know, every time you hear it you are suddenly brought back to the place where you first heard it, and the world makes sense again. ( :

  213. Lou April 25, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    I enjoy your tips and excellent way of showing your knowledge to us less experienced newbies. Keep it up buddy. Thanks

  214. Rachael Maguire April 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    I enjoy playing the guitar because it's the only thing that I find is solely for me. I have a very busy and stressful life, but when I pick up my guitar everything melts away.

  215. PETER April 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    dear j,playing and learning guitar is my passion.Iam very appreciative for you teaching me, I do not haver alot of coin, so if I win, pay urself. thank you peter

  216. Carroll Gazette April 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Why do I enjoy playing guitar... Well sometimes I don't! It's work! But then there's those moments when you know what Hendrix felt, deep down inside. There are many reasons why I enjoy playing guitar and I guess one of them, is that I feel like I'm doing something with my life. Learning a skill, a trade, just like when I went through my apprenticeship to become an Electircian. And when I play guitar, somewhere within me a light comes on. Shine on you crazy diamond!

  217. tom April 26, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    i love to play because there is no feeling like seeing people respond to the music that you are playing. the energy is incredible.

  218. Nathaniel L. April 26, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    I play guitar because it's fun and is a way of relaxing. It gives me something to do plus, chicks dig it hahaha naw I'm in it for the music.I LOVE music.

  219. matt April 26, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Hey Jonathan. Thanks for all the tips! I love playing guitar because it is my best friend. Not to say I don't like people but my guitar is always there for me, and can always turn a dark day around. Its fun, its meditation, it makes you feel good and there is an endless amount to learn. I love it. Since I've picked up a guitar, nothing compares. My guitar is my best frined.

  220. mike April 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    What's up J.,basicly I play the guitar to excape the stress and headaches of the real world,and relax doing smoething I really enloy.

  221. brian April 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    i just love palm mutting there is nothing like a nice drop d progression finished with a nice open set of "junt! junt! junt!" or alternating between palmmuting and normal picking on the same note, beautifully vicous

  222. T.J. LeDoux April 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I just turned 59, played trumpet for years but felt something was missing. I came across your wed site and found that after picking up an old guitar I really enjoyed your tips and videos. Found that you explained things in a very easy sucinct way, and the skill level is improving everyday with just the 20 minutes of practice. Muscle memory improves and the playing and callouses get better. The easy scale progressions make endings and fillins a snap. So thank you very much and when I save a little money I want to buy some of your lessons. This has given me a lot of pleasure and with a little dedication I know that your web site has helped and enthused me to be a good guitarist.
    Thanks T.J.

  223. rob April 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    I love playing in a band. I'm a back-up guy

  224. Ken Garrett April 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Been playing for 50 years., still love it like I did at 12 years old so why I enjoy playing guitar I guess is something in my blood,.., Really like your videos as well ,. thanks,.,.

  225. Charles April 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    I love to play the guitar because of the many different sounds and things that you can do with it. An electric guitar with an amp and some good effects can make infinite types of sounds and it is fun to try and come up with some new tune or sound. Its just an instrument that you never get tired of playing or listening to. Every day is like a new page in a book of many chapters when you are playing a guitar.

  226. Tracey Gannaway April 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm #

    I love playing the guitar because it is fun, relaxes me and I like to do something a bit different from everything else I do that is an artistic expression all of it's own. Nice to challenge myself with something new and difficult to play at times too.

    I like playing at home to my kids, but especially like playing lead guitar on stage with a band, can't beat that feeling of soloing expressively to an audience. Communicating through music crosses all sorts of cultural and language barriers.

  227. Chris Snider April 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    My girlfriend digs it.......

  228. Les Dean April 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    "Well you can stick your nine to five livin'
    And your collar and your tie
    And stick your moral standards
    'Cause it's all a dirty lie
    You can stick your golden handshake
    And you can stick your silly rules
    And all the other shit
    That they teach to kids in school
    ('Cause I ain't no fool)
    Gonna be a rock 'n' roll singer
    Gonna be a rock 'n' roll star"

    Ok, so ACDC wrote the lyrics for the singer but it applies to rocknroll in general. The reason I play guitar is ACDC, and the few other bands that still rock because they like to ROCK.

  229. Gergo April 29, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    I play the guitar because that leaves
    space for creativity; you can make
    something out of nothing. Especially
    when you're in a band - when all members
    can add their own ideas, that's
    something that every single person
    should experience at least once in
    a lifetime.

  230. Ian April 29, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    I play guitar because it soothes my soul and lets me rock and roll : )

  231. jseremula April 29, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Luv your info! Great site!

  232. Toad April 29, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    Playing guitar keeps me grounded. Gives me time for myself to recharge and be more available to others.

  233. thomas benton April 29, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    i played guitar from 8yrs old 30yrs old now im 62 and decided to start again due to all of help via internet i beleive ill be better than i ever was within a year.the yonger people today dont know how difficult it was b4 computers to learn new songs etc.good luck with your site im actually learning what ive always done by ear and so far ive been right 99% of the time as far as song keys etc.its quite amazing thks again tb

  234. pete April 29, 2010 at 3:03 am #

    I love your weekly tips. I'm just learning the guitar at 65 yrs old. it brings me a sense of calm.

  235. Randy April 29, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    I used to play in my very young years and have picked it up again. I find it relaxing as well as challenging and look forward to learning new things every week.

  236. Winant Juriansz April 29, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    Several reasons why I enjoy playing the guitar spring to mind. It's great fun, it gives me a lot of personal satisfaction and pleasure, helps me unwind and allows me to express myself. Music is an integral part of my life and playing the guitar is a very significant part of it.

  237. Paul April 29, 2010 at 3:24 am #

    I started at 10 yrs old strumming on a harp, the upgraded to a wooden door with strings I attached to nails in the door and connected to the doorknob and finally to a guitar with 3 strings. I just love those good vibrations.

  238. john nealon April 29, 2010 at 3:27 am #

    I think I was born to play,not that im a natural.I have to work hard at it to play well.But its not work to me and I can get lost in it for hours at a time.

  239. Roland James April 29, 2010 at 3:31 am #

    ....because it brings me peace.

  240. Rob Patterson April 29, 2010 at 3:38 am #

    I am a relatively new player, so when I get a chance to play I really have to concentrate on only the guitar. This actually helps clear my mind of all the nonsense and stress that comes with job, family, etc. I really enjoy your tips Jonathan.

  241. mackie l johnson April 29, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    i love playing it

  242. Wendy Zach April 29, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    I have been playing on and off throughout my life since I was 8 years old. I always made sure I had a guitar even if not other basic items. There was a time I started to be on top of my game playing until my life took a turn where it made playing seem insignificant.
    Now here I am out of my 30's thinking I have life under control and find my guitar as a fun hobby until 2004.
    I collapsed and my life went into a whirl wind of years of hospitalizations. Finally, I am home, wheelchair bound... But the one thing consistent in my life is my guitar. I can now pick it up again and it still has the same effect on me as it did when I was 8 and my parents were getting divorced.
    The guitar is like a magic wand for me. I start playing and no matter what was/is going on or how bad I was feeling... it is now all gone. Washed away. Strummed away. Picked away. Erased away. All I feel and think about is the sound coming out of my guitar. Music. Music to my soul.

  243. Brian Barnard April 29, 2010 at 3:48 am #

    I love playing guitar because it takes the stress away from normal life. Time flies when I play and I wish it didn't because then I could play longer. Playing the guitar or the bass guitar make me feel like I'm at peace with myself. It is relaxing and fun. It is challenging. I still have much to learn.

  244. Les Cline April 29, 2010 at 3:54 am #

    I really enjoy your tidbits. I will be ordering your scale lesson real soon.


  245. Rob Powley April 29, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    I LOVE playing guitar, have done so for 45 years now, not a chance of my enthusiasm waning at all, I use it as my 'work' (teach 58 pupils per week, involve 3 schools per week in music programmes and mass singing, play my 5 guitars every chance I get around the home, assist parents with buying guitars for their kids, play regularly in a local band, it connects me with my favourite artists by playing their songs (bob dylan, leonard cohen, van morrison,)would own dozens if I could afford.....I don't think my dear wife would agree, however....

  246. Pearl & Whi April 29, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    We enjoy singing and laughing together while playing guitar. Sometimes we can get the whole family to join in -busking can be fun too.(Pearl can play the guitar holding it on her back, without looking-sounds cooooool too!)she's 11 yrs young !!
    -cool accent J!
    Whi & Pearl
    (mother of Pearl)

  247. john carr April 29, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar in church as a part of the worship team. I grew up in a family that music was the main entertainment for family gatherings as they all played something. Guitar is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself thamks John

  248. Ken R April 29, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    I needed a relaxing hobby that would not violate parole

  249. dave April 29, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    I play guitar because I'm disabled and I'm in a wheelchair .I play the Guitar all the time because it helps me take my mind off of being disabled. I let my creative playing bring me back of playing was before being disable ;when I could stand. It is like I'm not disabled anymore . Also my stress goes away and frustrations.I love watching your video lessons .They help me pick up thinks I have forgotten about way before.

  250. DeanP April 29, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    when I play my guitar time seems to stand still, the worries of the day disappear and life's good. Nuff said. 🙂

  251. Christian Joli April 29, 2010 at 4:10 am #

    Just getting back to playing the guitar, after 45-some years; so playing the instrument, however badly, is a walk down Memory Lane.
    I enjoy your videos and advice.

  252. Gil Rodrigues April 29, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    Aloha, I've been playing the Baritone Ukulele for about 6 years now and have recently taken up my guitar so that I can add to the sound that you can have with 6 strings or 12 for that matter that you simply cannot produce with 4 strings. I love the guitar's sound and it always helps me to relax. We play just about every night and hope to be as accomplish and well rounded musical player.

  253. Lee April 29, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    I started out early in life learing to play the organ. After serving in the Navy for 6 years, I tried the banjo, but got frustrated. Then a friend left his guitar at my place for a few weeks and I got hooked. Never really got into riffs or leads, but got into playing harmonica along with guitar. Played in a couple of bands both piano and guitar, but got away from it in later years. Now I'm just getting back into it and realized how much I missed the guitar and playing music in general...

  254. Mr Bliss April 29, 2010 at 4:19 am #

    Practice, composing and jamming in an attempt to release some inner creativity requires a degree of concentration that totally distracts me from the stresses of work and strains of life. I believe there must be some generation/release of serotonin involved.......

  255. Daved April 29, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    I read all of the instructional tips you provide thru the newsletter
    and find many of them useful. I am always looking to improve and as well as expand my playing style. I play weekly in a band and sometimes don't want to take the time to "practice" excercises or scales due to the song learning curve for a weekly performance. It helps me to look over what you send out sometimes to force me to take a break and do things to get better as well.

  256. Tim Woodell April 29, 2010 at 4:27 am #

    Guitar just creates an atmosphere whether it be an audience or a lonely room. I started enjoying Guitar in 1976 and it has became a part of me. Yeah, Just like my old truck. Tim

    PS I'm enjoying my patterns video. I love the Pentatonic scale!

  257. Jarry April 29, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    I just recently got back into playing and then all of a sudden lyrics started forming around my playing. So now I also write. Talk about a release from everyday stress!!!

  258. Joe April 29, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    I was first exposed to guitar in 1963 but never took it seriously. In fact after learning basic chords I put it away. After retiring from the Air Force in 88 I thought I would start again, didn't work out. Now, after open heart surgery and two heart attacks and evacuating Biloxi MS. from Katrina, I find I have plenty of time to play or practice. It always soothes me especially since I've learned enough to let me express myself a little. Thanks for the videos. They help lots.

  259. Randy Harrell April 29, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    Sometimes my guitar is my best friend its just there for you and its a way to escape reality for a while and it never fails to be waiting for you to pick it up and just hold it and play it if that makes any sence at all I just love it, its a pashion

  260. matt April 29, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar because it is my escape- a good stress reliever, and a way to take your mind away from everything else for awhile -of course it is also just enjoyable, but this is one of the main reasons it is for me

  261. Tom Morss April 29, 2010 at 4:47 am #

    I like playing guitar because you can never learn enough it seems like.
    Every time you play you find a different way to play up and down the neck. And it's a way of life. Tom

  262. Fred April 29, 2010 at 4:49 am #

    Music is such an important part of my life and playing guitar has allowed a return to states of mind and creative ideas that I haven't visited since my teens.

  263. Ron Kleider April 29, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    For me it all started when I was young . I would watch my uncle play and he was good no formal training, he could play be ear. Well I could see the joy it brought him and all those he touched with his music and at the age of 10 I said thats what I want to do make a differace in someones life with music and I have been doing that for as long as I can remember, and with the tips you give and all that you do on your site it helps me remember some stuff I forget so with your help you have made playing fun again and I am playing with some friends in a christian rock group at my age and making people feel good about themselves. Thank You Jonathan - Ron

  264. Dan April 29, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    I like playing guitar because it sounds so beautiful and it's one of the best ways to express yourself without using words.

  265. john April 29, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    ill tell u little about why play i have play since was kid when got older didn t have much time 2yrs ago i suffer a stroke had worst 1 u could have and played evernight4to5 hours and sometime all day 1 because i love to play and read up on it one off best thing do to help build up i was very lucky didn t have anyside affect i was 43 so slow myself down and do what love and it put me at ease that why love play guitar

  266. Dennis April 29, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    After playing drums for forty years, I wanted to try the guitar & finding out the other side,sort of speak. I know all the guitar leads in my head, but playing them on a guitar two different things. Thanks to you it's becoming reality thanks.

  267. Carol April 29, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Playing the guitar to me is like taking a good nap on a rainey day. It lifts my spirits, stretches my imagination and causes me relax and rest. I have been playing the guitar since 5th grade. I love music and I talk a walk down memory lane every time I play.

  268. Barbra Wire April 29, 2010 at 5:04 am #

    Hey Johnathan,
    I love playing guitar for a myriad of reasons, relaxes me, even when I'm just fooli'n around. Next, I tend to forget about the rest of my world, and all the problems in it..#3, I never get board, there's always something new to learn or practice, and I know I'll never run out of material...who knows maybe I'll even create some of my own ? #4 Whenever my Grandson is crying, I just pick up the guitar, start playing, and even if it's not great he starts smiling, and moving to the beat and singin...he can't carry a tune yet...but I'm confident I'll have a singer or musician on my hands in the future. I even gave him an old cracked acoustic to play with until he's big enough for a beginner guitar.

  269. FWD April 29, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Playing helps me relax and wind down after a trying day. Trying to learn new songs or chords makes all else disappear as I concentrate on running my fingers up and down the neck. Pure enjoyment.

  270. Carlos Weiser April 29, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    I just started learning how to lay guitar a few months ago. I try to practice every day and during that time I just feel I'm in my own world and I can just forget about problems at work, how bad the day was, bills I have to pay, etc. It's my way to get rid of all the stress and I just love the sound of the guitar and how no matter how much I progress it is always challenging.
    Thanks for the contest and your website!

  271. Jim Preston April 29, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    I purchased my first guitar after the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Then, as now, it's about the GIRLS!

  272. Joe Terry April 29, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    getting back to playing again, i find it relaxing, wanting to learn to play lead and solo and get my daughter interested in guitar

  273. Curtis Pritts April 29, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    Playing the guitar allows one to be able to communicate in a universal language, felt by all who listen. In music there is a verse understood by all and a way to the truth not found in the spoken word.

  274. Steve Smith April 29, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    Starting late with the guitar (62) but I find it relaxes me and my dexterity is much better now.

  275. barb April 29, 2010 at 5:21 am #

    I have been tinkering around with the guitar, on and off for years.
    I fine it really helps ground me and bring balance into my world.

  276. Jon Bouye April 29, 2010 at 5:22 am #

    After my wife's health failed and I retired to take care of her I found I had plenty of time to develope a hobbie I have loved a long time. I always enjoyed playing around with the guitar, but since I found your site I have learned enough to entertain us as we nurse her back to health. Thanks for all you do.

  277. Tim Holder April 29, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    I realy like getting lost in the guitar and finding new sounds when I get in the zone.And the feel of my calises on my finger tips makes me jones for more plaing.I practice every night my cheet sheet for about a half hour then cords and a few songs using the pstterns to fill in with. Thanks dude.Keep the info coming please.Later Tim....

  278. Rex Perry April 29, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    I began playing over 50 years ago and up until recently only picked up the guitar infrequently. I have started playing with a group of friends and I have rekindled my interest in music. I have taken it so far as to begin taking fiddle lessons. It all is great fun.

  279. Michael Dembisky April 29, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    Had a Gibson Electric when I was 11yrs.old. My older bro & me were taking weekly lessons , bro was paying for all this. That was 52 yrs ago.We had to give it up after 6 months.No way to travel the 20 miles for lessons.Brother passed away less than a year ago and I promised him I would complete our earlier endevour.

  280. Alvin Myers April 29, 2010 at 5:44 am #

    I started playing guitar 3 months ago. This to me is very therapeutic and relaxing. Where else can you get finger strength and flexibility as well as learn something new? Also to now actually hear the semblance of music coming from the guitar is nice.

  281. Russell Overdirth April 29, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar because I better express the things I feel with music. I enjoy entertaining and playing guitar is also an excellent stress reducer.

  282. Tom April 29, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    Playing seriously again after 25 or so years, relearning & trying to improve. It's my therapy from life's stresses.

  283. Antoinette S Rolle April 29, 2010 at 5:59 am #

    Hi Jonathon, Guitar is my life , I have a passion for it. Playing the
    Guitar takes me into anothe place, expressly when i am playing and mediation in songs.

    Thank you so much for your DVDs .

  284. Scott April 29, 2010 at 6:00 am #

    The Sound, I love the sound of a guitar with new strings, all tuned just sounds great. I enjoy playing these days becuase if a song or two we do will bring a life changeing connection with Jesus Christ to someone's life...all the practice was worth it.

  285. WAYNE LAMBERT April 29, 2010 at 6:04 am #


  286. Tim April 29, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    I love it cuz it's Bushido man! It's a sledgehammer and a calligraphy pen, it's expression & it's discipline, it's rage & it's tenderness... it's an extension of me. It's universal language!

  287. Tim Law April 29, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    I love playing the guitar to relax after a hard days work...unwind, relax and foirget the troubes of the day.
    Secondly and most imprtantly it gives me time and common interest with my 20 year old, passing on old
    Tricks and new licks (that I learned from your video). I love playing with my son,Josh.
    That's more reason than I need....

  288. Tony April 29, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    I've been playing on and off for about 40 years. I think it's cool to be able to make music and entertain people. I also enjoy the fact that I can play some of the hard riffs that the guitar Gods play. When I'm playing the guitar, I don't have to think about anything else that's going on in my life or in the world.

  289. Tom Brophy April 29, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I am not that good at guitar, but I love to play... it is an escape from the daily grind; it is an opportunity for free expression, and an opportunity to make people smile and tap their toes. If more of us focused on making music the world would have to be a better place.
    Keep on rockin and rollin…

  290. Daniel Thacker April 29, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I enjoy playing the guitar for many reasons. I could go on and on about why I enjoy it so much, but rather than write a book about it, there are a few reasons that stand out.
    One of the cool reasons that I enjoy the guitar so much, is that all I have to do is put on some music, and I can just sit back in the comfort of my own home, and jam with any great artist or group that I choose. It is so cool to put one of the many available music channels on, and just take up the challenge of playing into whatever comes up. I've found that nearly without exception, I can improvise a guitar part, on the spot, that works well, and sounds good. By taking on random playlists, I find my depth as a player has increased over time.
    Another reason that I enjoy playing the guitar, is because it is an excellent vehicle for writing songs. Often times I'll be noodling in a scale, and a chord structure will take shape, a melody will develop, and before long, I'll be composing the lyrics. The thing that is so cool about writing songs with the guitar, is that the reverse of the process just discribed, works equally as well. I can write a lyric, develop the melody, pick up my guitar, find my key, and in no time, I'll have the chord structure.
    Ofcourse, one of the most enjoyable things about playing the guitar is the fact that it is a great ice-breaker. I can go to a local tap room, mall, cafe, or even a buss stop in any towm, pull out my guitar, and in seconds, I'll be making new aquaintances, and friends. I believe that if pressed, I could go into any town, without funds, and nothing other than my guitar, and aquire food, shelter, and companionship, just because I can play and sing. For whatever reason, people seem to love a good guitar player, at least, that's my experiance.
    Before I conclude, I must mention one other reason why I enjoy playing the guitar so much. For the past 30+ years, I've played in many diverse venues, with various cover bands, and more than a few studio projects. I've managed to supliment my income nicely, while doing what I love. After all, how many people can truly say "I went to the night club this weekend, enjoyed myself until closing time, both nights, and left there each night with more money than I came in with"? When you think about all of the plusses, it's not hard to understand why I enjoy playing the guitar.

  291. Bill April 29, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    Playing the guitar gives me satisfaction and relaxation.Simple as that.It's one of the few things in life that it's alright to be selfish about.

  292. Jack Rider April 29, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    Hi Jonathan, I've been a drummer for years but recently fell in love with the guitar as a joke. I kept the other guys in the band about upstaging me all the time as they always make me sit in the back. So I bought this $10 fixerupper to mount a set of small electric drum heads in. Well, after extensive refurbishment including bridge repair I through an old set of strings on it and made the mistake of strmming it one time. That did it !! Can't put er down. I've upgraded the guitar and have very basic understanding of the 1-4-5 system. I'm having a blast banging out a few tunes in the key of "D". And who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks ... right.

    PS - Your email messages are coming to me in the "Spam" box.

  293. Tim April 29, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Music is a way of life for me. I've been playing for guitar for 40 years and can't ever get enough. I like playing alone and in public when it all come together it is the greatest rush ever. The feeling follows me and stays with me. I get the same feeling listening to others play it puts me in tune(so to speak) with them. I know eveyone that is leaving their comments here know exactly what I'm talking about.

  294. Steve Hayward April 29, 2010 at 6:21 am #

    I really like playing guitar because it is interesting , My father use to play in a band . it is something I have always wanted to do . I am not that good yet and may never make it but I do love to play guitar . I guess I would like to be like my dad

  295. Todd April 29, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    Playing allows me to find out really who I am!When you finally get it,it's almost like an out of body experience!Like Triumph said,"It's not just a game of notes,it's the sounds inside your soul"!Practice,practice,practice!There is no other way!However,John has created a shortcut worth the while of any aspiring guitarist!Now,back to that sheet music!LOL

  296. Wayne April 29, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Hey just picked it up again after 30 some years kinda hoping to do it right and stick with it your video did shed some light on some stuff so good deal.


  297. Mary Mondon April 29, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    I'm not a newby, but have been picking up the guitar here and there for over 40 years. Mostly interested in chords and picking to accompany myself. Playing guitar has always soothed my soul especially as I went through the trying teenage years. My first gig - I made $10 in a coffee house in the bottom of the YMCA. One of my greatest joys recently was giving my daughter one of my guitars and now she is learning at the ripe old age of 36. Someday, we'll be doing duets. I just sent her the link to your website. Good job!

  298. Dick Goff April 29, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    When I retired I vowed to learn something new each year. I enjoy singing so I took a few guitar lessons a year ago. So far I just play chords but I want to learn more. Surprisingly even in retirement it's hard to find time to practise daily, I guess it's a lack of disipline.

  299. Cretins Bezoar April 29, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    I thoroughly enjoy catching womens panties with my teeth while pulling off a deep long bend.

  300. DG April 29, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Playing guitar is way to express creativity that I would otherwise not have an outlet to express. It's also a great way to burn off stress and keep your mind sharp.Plus it's always cool to learn new things. There's nothing better!!!!!!!!!!!

  301. Dave April 29, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    Playing guitar takes my mind off of everything else. It's like a mini vacation every time I play!

  302. RAY GRATTON April 29, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    after having the music, guitar-fiddle-keyboard-aside for aprox. 20 years,a friend ask me to show him a few chords,in country music.
    i'm 67 year old now, i just play at home for fun now.
    i myself,still have lot to learn yet,but just by showing,my friend,some main major chords and seventh,an a few riffS,gave me back the taste to practice again.
    i've started to try and play guitar around 15-17 year old,just trying to learn,from others,and a small chord book,never learned the guitar neck,but i should have learned it,it would have saved me hours and hours of hard work.
    thank you,for your free lessons,it keeps me learning,now that i'm retired,and keeps me busy.
    keep up the great work.



  303. Garry Dooley April 29, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    I am a blues guitarist, and when I play alone there is a sense of calmness and self awareness that I cannot seem to find anywhere else. When I play with the band I am with, the feelings of being together with others who live, love and feel the music as I do is overwhelming at times but it is all good!

  304. don brown April 29, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    My Mother got me a Mexican Classical guitar when I was 12 or 13. I called it a "Club" but I taught myself to play. My first gig was 8th Grade Talent Show and we did Top 40 songs "I'm not your steppin' stone"-Monkees ,"Just Like Me" - Paul Revere and the Raiders, "Gloria" - Shadows Of Night etc. Well I still have my Gibson SG I bought in 1966 and still play in a band playing the Classic Rock songs. and FaceBook. I have a passion to share music and started last year teaching guitar and lovin' every minute of it. I'll be 57 in July....Keep On Rockin' in The Free World!!

  305. Lars Larson April 29, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    I enjoy playing with another guitarist. One of us playing the normal chord structure while the other plays in the same key but with a capo so he is in a different chord structure. I enjoy the richness this creates.

  306. Mike Chasse April 29, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    My father played and got me interested. I like it because it is a challenge, Mode of expression that I am good at and it is a way to communicate with others.

  307. Robert April 29, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    What's a guy to do after retirement? Learn to play the guitar, what else? At my age, I enjoy old time western, and southern gospel music. I may not be very good, but my grandkids think grandpa is great! (retired school teacher)

  308. Doug Furnstahl April 29, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    I enjoy making music and singing. Others enjoy listening to someone playing an acoustic and singing songs they know. It's a way for self and public entertainment.

  309. Rod April 29, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Playing guitar is the most fun thing I have in my life. It takes my mind off all the stress and pressure I have to deal with.

  310. Scott April 29, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    I just started playing a little over a year ago as a stress reliever. Once I was able to start play actual music I became hooked. Not only am I hooked but I have gotten some friends hooked to so we can learn from each other. GUITAR ROCKS!

  311. Brian April 29, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    Love playing my Dad's old Fender acoustic guitar. Doesn't matter if I'm working on scales, riffs, or trying to learn a new song, but when I'm playing it's like there's nothing else going on around me, and it's just me and my guitar.

  312. Bob Shepherd April 29, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    Thank you so much for your Guitar Instruction. You have really helped me.

  313. Rusty April 29, 2010 at 7:05 am #

    I have been playing on and off for about 6 yrs. I play lead guitar in a rock band and enjoy it very much. I use the guitar as a stress reviler and to keep focus in my life. i enjoy rock,blues and jazz. I'm always up for learning new tricks on the guitar. i am also an accomplished bass player.

  314. Bob Shepherd April 29, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    Thank you so much for your Guitar Instruction. You have really helped me. Please continue to give information on playing the

  315. Esther April 29, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    I enjoy playing the guitar especially when I learn a new song. My best friend was one of the best guitarists there ever was, but then one day he was gone to the guitarist heaven in the sky. So, in his memory I have now decided to play and continue on where he possibly left off. Of course I know, I will never be as good as he was at playing.

  316. steve edwards April 29, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Playing the guitar lets me go into a place I can't get to any other way. Like meditation.But, at the same time, if I choose, it lets me meld with other people. Its a great way to share a special place with family and friends. It allows my wife and I to go to a special place, and in fact is one of the main reasons we got together. Also, the joy of playing in a band is really something.

  317. Barry Brada April 29, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    For me, Guitar Playing is a SLOW ORGASM put to Music!

  318. Tim Simpson April 29, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    I enjoy playing guitar and seeing people having a good time behind it. When I put my guitar behind my head and play and somebody screams that is great. Working on hard songs and getting them right is a challenge. Having some young player come up and ask for a lesson means I got at least something about my playing right.

  319. RockNRobin4ever April 29, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    I love seeing my dog roll over and her back and howl when I play guitar. I guess that says something about my skill level. I'm going to have to take these lessons you have... Even at that, I still love the "place I go" when I play. Keeps me calm. RR

  320. Jeff April 29, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    Well, Im really not that good at playing Guitar, I can play a little bit, and a few chords, but just sitting around by myself I Just go blank, I really love music, always have, and I can sing a little, would love to sing and play at the same time, I know you can do that with just a few {3 or 4 } chords, but Im just missing something somewhere I guess,been trying for years, just cant remember anything without listening to the music, or song, what is the problem? I pretty sure you can do alot of songs with the same 3 or 4 chords, what is the best way to learn to play the few chords, and sing, and play at the same time, anyone have any tips, would love to figure this out, well anyway ,thanks everybody for listening to my problem.

  321. Olin Sides April 29, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    I have been playing guitar for several years, but was never too serious about learning until lately. I'm so glad I ran across your website . . . not only have I learned a lot, but it has inspired me to learn more.

    Thanks for all the tips and instructions and tips.

    Olin Sides

  322. Monty April 29, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    G'day, my story is fairly long but I have my guitar to thank for my life! I was given my first classical guitar at the age of 8 and I am now 52!!!
    Unfortunately for my father's work we moved around a lot and therefore never had a teacher. My music came from listening and trying to copy what I saw from books and people.
    At the age of 41 I sufferred a near fatal head and brain injury. Neuro-surgeons told my family they didn't expect me to live. I was in a coma for nearly a month and when I came to everyone was extremely grateful and surprised.
    From my injury I lost the whole of my left frontal lobe, including about 10% of dotted areas of my other brain tissue. The neuro-surgeons told my family I would never be able to live the rest of my life on my own, I would have to be taken care of by a nursing institution.
    Well after more than two years, I was back playing my guitar and withing three years I had bought my own home and had moved hundreds of kilometres from any family member. I was living on my own. That was seven years ago.
    All I can say,....and the neuro-surgens and doctors say, that my recovery is a true miracle and believe my recovery has to be due to my interest in music and playing the guitar.
    I have over 600 covers songs in my collection,.,..all of which I have worked out by ear. I perform still to this day for private parties and weddings.
    Am I ever going to stop playing the guitar? No way, I owe it my life and enjoy the joy it gives me and the enjoyment I see in the people's faces that listen to me when I play.
    Thank you for reading, enjoy your playing, can literally save your life.
    Kind regards, Monty from Oz!!!

  323. Lee Haro April 29, 2010 at 7:26 am #

    What I enjoy most now is learning lead guitar, something I did not start doing until recently. Learning theory, scales and other things related to lead guitar is actually fun once you get, fairly quickly, to the point where you can do some jamming along with songs or to backing tracks.

  324. Ted Kroll April 29, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    I love hearing country guitar music and I have been learning how to quite well from your weekly lessons. The one thing I really, really, really wish you would cover is any tips you would have for changing from one chord to another. There has got to be something I'm missing.

  325. Mike April 29, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    I broke my wrist in 1984, and totally stopped playing until about a year ago. Now I play strictly for fun. I'm not very good, but it really doesn't matter, because I love music and I enjoy experimenting. The internet makes it much easier, because there are many sites out there (like yours) where a person can learn new tricks and songs. Now -- if only I could play that darn F inst4ead of cheating with a Dm7!

  326. Jeanette April 29, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    My guitar is like my closest friend; it is always there for me for the good times and the bad times

  327. Alan Jay April 29, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    I am a small guitar builder, and it is very good feeling when you are actually able to hear all the things you are striving for in the building process. Thanks for all your help

  328. Elitist April 29, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Well, as many of us in my generation, I started playing as a teenager. Played in a band all through high school. Tons of fun and the money wasn't bad either, but I got drafted in 1969, 3 months out of school. After the service, it was work, starting a family, work (lots of it to support those wild little boys I had), but very little time for music. Picked up the old acoustic once or twice a year and strummed a few cords.
    While traveling, doing commercial construction, I had time after work with just a hotel room to hang out in so I decided to pick up the guitar again. Bought a new (used) Epiphone Studio and started on the long and winding road to rediscovering the joys of playing music. I've come a long way but find the more I learn, the more I need to learn.
    It's great reading all the comments, best of luck to all, and enjoy your instruments.

  329. Ernie Kerns April 29, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    I have been playing guitar for about 5 years. I enjoy country music mostly.I go to weekly Jam Sessions an also play in Church. I started your lessons to improve my strumming technique and improve myself.

  330. Ruby April 29, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    I love playing guitar it relaxes me and I take pride in it. We are always intertaining, and as a child my family were all musically inclined except for me because I am much younger than they are. Now that I'm older,I realize what I've missed out on. We camp a lot during summer months and you get to meet many people. That's where guitar playing can really come into play. With a few drinks and lots of socials, music is a plus for gatherings. If there were no music, camping and gathering just wouldn't be the same.

  331. Avery Perkins April 29, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I have had numberous back operations,and I also have carpal tunnel in both hands. Playing guitar helps my hands stay limber and it takes my mind off of the pain in my back. Playing guitar is the best pain management plan ever , trust me I have triied a few.

  332. Dennis Spears April 29, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I started collecting guitars. Finnally to justify further purchases I started learning this year. It has been hard. I suffer from sausage fingers (short and fat) but it is enjoyable and your tips have helped!

  333. Mike Campbell April 29, 2010 at 7:47 am #

    I really enjoy guitar because, not only do I find it relaxing and enjoyable to practice and play but, I enjoy learning new things in general and it seems the more I get into the guitar and music theory, the more there is to learn.

  334. Mark April 29, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    Playing guitar is a lot of fun and I enjoy seeing myself improve.

  335. Paul April 29, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    I enjoy the guitar because my mother always said to me as a child, " Sonny, if you don't get over there and enjoy that damn guitar right this minute I'm gonna send you to bed without any dinner!"

  336. Steve Walker April 29, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    All I can say is that it's in my blood. I never stop improving and learning and I now have over 40 years of it behind me. I was certainly no prodigy and may not play as well as many others who have been at it as long, but it will be with me as long as my fingers are able to do it. And for about the last year-and-a-half I've been learning the luthiers trade and have completed my first acoustic guitar.

  337. Ollie Pardue April 29, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I like playing the guitar because I always have something to do. I'm never bored because I can always pick up my guitar and play. Every time I play I get a little better. I find that I'm never too old to learn new things and there is always room for improvement.

  338. Bobby Dale April 29, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    In the beginning it was a way to take my mind off the war,Vietnam. Then in 1971 I joined a country band.From band to band for the next 30 years,but in the end it's all about the music and what it does to those who don't play. You can actually see people's troubles fade away while they are listening or dancing and that's a very powerful thing. So you begin to understand how playing a guitar can bring so much to so many especially you. There are no limits, except what you place on yourself. Now I use it to relieve depression when the demons come running through my mind. There's nothing in this world like playing music it truly does sooth the savage beast.I also believe it is a gift from God that should not be wasted.

  339. Theron Singer April 29, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Well I'm not good at expressing my emotions, so the best way is to do it through guitar. What better way to do so. No one can judge what you say. There's no words only feelings.How can you judge that.

  340. Stefandotcalm April 29, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    My true love thinks my playing to her is sexy and seductive.

  341. Justin C. Gibson April 29, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    I love music more than most people do. I play guitar because I love the creativity and challenge of it. I am not a real good player but I read a lot of articles and watch a lot of videos (like yours, thank you) to better my playing. I want to become a good player not for fortune or fame but for myself......I just really dig playing guitar

  342. mike peabody April 29, 2010 at 8:29 am #

    i play because it relaxes me and i love to play different types of songs

  343. Bill April 29, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    Guitar playing takes me away from my daily and professional concerns

  344. Tarry Hays April 29, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    It was a dark and stormy night, the electric had been knocked out. I picked up my acoutic guitar and played the night away. It was probably one of the best practices I have had in a long time.
    The guitar is a way of entertaining not only others, but yourself as well.

  345. Andrew April 29, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    Playing guitar is relaxing and calming. It's fun to be able to hear a song learn how to play it. If you can play guitar well, it's impressive.

  346. Jim Allen April 29, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    I have played for sometime only as a "Thumper" because fo no formal teaching just self taught, this Page has been a large help with Riffs & Licks, also I am enjoying the DVD's they are very informative. Thanks.

  347. Sman April 29, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    i enjoy playing guitar cuz it fills any kind of void in my life

  348. Kevin Burns April 29, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Hi Jonathan, Once again thanks for your "tips" and as most wanna be guitar players do , I need discipline.

  349. Kevin April 29, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    Playing guitar has always been a way for me to have alone time or hang with friends and either way, forget about everything that is troubling me (except when i just can't seem to get that new solo just right and it backfires...). It also has been a way to meet new friends (and girls) as it gives you something in common to talk about.

  350. Bob White April 29, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    I play blue grass music (Banjo) and always had a love for the versitility of the guitar. I just have never tried real hard to master it. My intentions are to use this site to gain a better understanding, and use of the guitar.

  351. Tommie April 29, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    I play and sing at our church and I must say at my age it is one of the things I look most forward to. I did not start playing until I was in college and sorry to say have not learned more than the first four frets on the guitar.....I would like to learn more!

  352. Mark April 29, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I like playing guitar because it relaxes me after a long day at work. It is nice to be able to create something that sounds so nice.

  353. George Muff April 29, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Like many, I have a definite love of music. While I have my favorite genres, I truly dig the sound of a guitar no matter what is being played. Learning to play the guitar allows me to enjoy that pleasure along with sharing my pleasure with others. Playing with others in a band setting is great fun and again allows all in the band to share with others and join in there excitement when you play a song that they truly enjoy. Lastly, guitar gives me a release after a hard day at work. I can noodle mindlesly to relax when I want to or dig in to a tough lesson when I need a positive distraction.

  354. E Lowe April 29, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    Playing in a band situation , when all are in the same groove, has to be the most enjoyable, fulfilling feeling in the world.

  355. Zack April 29, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I started playing guitar a little over a year ago..I'd always been fascinated by catchy riffs and proggressions and solos...after getting an electric last may I really started getting into the technique of it...pinch harmonics, tapping, alt. Picking and sweeping have become a staple in my style of playing

  356. J Preston April 29, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    I have always wanted to play the guitar, I am almost 30 and i finally picked one up last summer. I have just gone back to school, so when I need a break from reading it is perfect. I can pick it up for 15 minutes or an hour, and it just puts my head back in the right place. I love the guitar now and i know I'll be playing the rest of my days!

  357. Stephen April 29, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I enjoy playing my guitar because it's a physical extension of my soul. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than creating music.

  358. Keith April 29, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I started learning to play just over 3 years ago at the good old age of 53, I realise that I'm never going to be an 'Eric Clapton' but I just enjoy chilling out with the guitar in the evenings when the mrs is watching all the soaps. Getting to grips with a good lick or riff is really satisfying- Better than sex at my age! lol

  359. ray pigott April 29, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    I I have been playing the piano for 30 yrs ! and started learning the guitar about 1 year ago , i really enjoy being able to take my guitar anywhere i go ! I can't drag my 6 ft grand piano with me !

  360. Jon Caffery April 29, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Hi Jonathan,

    Playing guitar at any level is challanging and fun but the reason I play is deeper. It connects my mind, body and soul in a way that nothing else can. It is both an inlet and an outlet that is personal and spiritual. It's better than sex...

  361. Dave April 29, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I enjoy playing the guitar since the Dr's office told me to get a hobby or do something to help handle stress. I watched a TB special on learning an instrument that the guitar can be fun and also help your brain.

    I bought a learning guitar. Then after about eight months got a new high end guitar that I just love to play and listen it.

  362. jonel dilag April 29, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    i play music because it expresses my inner feeelings and it sooths me when i feel depressed.

  363. GregO! April 29, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Jonathon,

    I Have been a percussionist my whole life; so at 48 years young, I decided to check out the "How" and "Why" of what the pickers "Do" at church and in other groups. Then, figure out for myself the "how to"r Part...and that's where you and GuitarTipsWeekly fit in. It's just perfect for what I want and need to do to learn how to play this new Axe I bought last fall...So there ya have it!
    Keep on Rockin' in the Free World!

  364. Jim Nelson April 29, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    I believe that sounds and harmonics are truly a healing element created by God. The guitar is a great gift to everyone and playing makes me feel that I am part of the healing. Play and feel well. With a guitar in your hands you are never truly alone!!

  365. paul April 29, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    To express the music in my soul.

  366. Debra April 29, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I used to play woodwinds, but I love my guitar. I can just pick it up and play anytime, no need to prepare a reed. I practice chords while watching TV - just play softly.

  367. Jess Cause April 29, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    For nuttin but cept "jess cause"

  368. Nancy April 29, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I learned basic guitar many years ago. I pick it up now and then, but wish I had more time to play my 12 string and develop my talent. I love the richness of sound that it produces! Thanks!

  369. Mark April 29, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    I Love playing because it is relaxing and rewarding.always something new to learn That speaks volumes.

  370. Dick April 29, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I like playing the guitar because it's something new to learn and because it gets me interacting with new people at our community Senior Center. I may be nearing 70 but I'm not done yet.

  371. Don April 29, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    I like to express my feelings with the music I write and play. I think music is a good way to reach people about the Lord.

  372. Bryan Howell April 29, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    over the last 20 years it's been the most satifying hobby,and a way to share with other musicions,nothing compares to a good jam session!!!

  373. Olive April 29, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I love playing guitar because it gives me an avenue to worship the Lord.

  374. Russ Allen April 29, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    I've played guitar for 38 years and the stuff you send is is good for me to expand my playing. I also teach and I share some of the ideas I've learned with my students. I also tell them to sign up themselves.

  375. Jack April 29, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I'm youngest of 3 boys. My bro's played, I never 'got' it.My closest bro was murdered 1981, About 1 yr. later I picked one up and now I 'get' it.I play 'Free bird' and 'Simple Man' like a dream.I am working on gathering all the local music talent for the "4th" celebration where I live to have a " lets Jam together"
    party at the park on 4th of July.( Never had a lesson.)


  376. ANTHONY SALINAS April 29, 2010 at 11:25 am #


  377. Robert Palmer April 29, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    I've always loved the guitar. I finally decided to learn to play it and started taking lessons four years ago at age 60. I now play/practice an average of two to three hours a day and have become addicted to learning something new every day.

  378. Francisco April 29, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    Playing guitar is one of the things that I most enjoy in my life and I enjoy it because I like a lot how expressive one can be with the right knowledge and also because when my playing improves or I learn something new I feel very satisfied and happy with myself.

  379. Tiffany McCarrick April 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar and singing because it is a way for me to worship my Savior. I also love teaching others to play as well. I teach at a middle school. It is so exciting to see 6th, 7th and 8th graders become passionate about worshiping with the guitar.

  380. tony sheehan April 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    I injoy playing the guitar to entertain my self as well as my friends. I love to sing, so being able to play the guitar as well is a double bonus.Playing and singing is relaxing and a rewarding feeling.

  381. terry April 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    i am just getting to play guitar again ( a 45 year passion ) had to quit for a few years do to arthritis. still slow going but i'm hanging in there

  382. don orr April 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    If I didn't play I would not be using the god given talents I have been blessed with ( or possibly cursed with) and that would be the greatest sin of all.

  383. Joe Richardson April 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm #


  384. Robert Nelson April 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm #

    I love to play in order to worship. The guitar makes me feel closer to God some how. I'm 67 and started playing 2 years ago and have played every day except sick days etc. If only I could have started playing at 8 or something like that.

  385. Michael April 29, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I just simply love the guitar and all of the awesome sounds it can produce. It is the greastest thing that I have ever done with my life. I want to pursue a career as a musician and the guitar is the instrument that will get me there. Music is everything to me right now and the guitar, to me, makes the best music.

  386. David C. Bayer April 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    I am 70 years old and have always liked to sing. I have been singing along at a monthly Hootenanny for about five years. Last year I decided to take guitar lessons to accompany my singing. I love it. Singing folk and country songs is so much more enjoyable along with the guitar.

  387. Farhan April 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    I love playing guitar because I can express my inner self to the world, and because music is what feelings sound like.

  388. ChaliQ April 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I love playing my guitar because it allows my mind to leave this godforsaken planet that my body inhabits.

  389. Doug McCarten April 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I love playing guitar mostly when I come home from work, and I can really take what ever out on my guitar. It really is a relaxing and exciting feeling all at the same time. I also love learning new techniques, licks, etc. but that doesn't come as easy.

  390. Leigh April 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Two years ago when I turned 50 years old, I vowed that I was going to learn to play guitar before I died! A friend gave me an old guitar and a chord book, and that was my beginning. I still consider myself a beginner, which is completely frustrating, but I love playing nonetheless, because the guitar is such a beautiful musical instrument. There's nothing like it! So satisfying...

  391. Jay Merryman April 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I love guitar and have been hacking for over 55 years. I have not been able to really improve because of Parkinsons Disease that has made it very difficult to play any thing but chords. I try everyday run the scales and try to improve but I guess I will be a rhythm player the rest of my days.

    Thank you

  392. Ross April 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I have always wanted to play a musical instrument but never had the patience.Bought a guitar at age 52 and have been playing for 2 yrs and love it but would love it more if I could sing.

  393. Ross April 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    I have always wanted to play a musical instrument but never had the patience.Bought a guitar at age 52 and love it.Would love it more if I could sing.

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  395. Bigtime April 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    Hey Jonathon: Why do I like playing the guitar? uh.Well sometimes I really dont want to play it at all,just because I dont feel like it. Well excuses be gone people!Ive been trying to play this thing for some 30yrs now and Ive finally come to the conclusion that I just really practice it and I feel much better about that part of it.I started messin with this guitar when I was around 12yrs old and every time I strumed it everyone left the room except me. Im 64 now and they still do! I guess its because they cant play it or wish they could! Well I'll tell ya folks I can get around on that gitbox pretty good now since I started these guitar tips that Jonathon puts out and I can sing to and people love it.People love to be entertained no matter what you do cause they cant or wont. Keep on pickin an grinnin and PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE. Bigtime.

  396. Jan DeShore April 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    I get great pleasure from listening to (guitar) music, and I try to put that same pleasure back into the music I play, passing it on to those who listen. It is a great, big karmic circle that I enjoy contributing to. It helps me stay sane and grounded, by giving me a place to dump my pain and frustration, to share my joy of life and love, to express myself in what ever way feels right at the time. The best part is - I'm never alone. There is always the music of others, sharing their emotions and feelings, also feeding that great karmic circle. Music, a most visceral, yet intellectual form of communication. Without it, life would be very drab.

  397. Marvin Rea April 29, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    It feels great to play those songs you love so much. Kind of puts you there in the music. But I really like the feeling I get when I write my own song even if it's just a riff or a chord progression.

  398. Delores Campbell April 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    I first learned to play the guitar in 6th grade I went to a very small church school, we sold candy and made money to buy guitars for all the students above 5th grade and our one room school teacher taught us how to play chords. I didn't play much for about 20 years until my daughters wanted to join a Friday night gospel jam at a local restaurant. So I dug out the guitar and started going to jam, soon the youngest daughter wanted a upright bass, she has since gotten a mandolin and the oldest daughter picked up a 12 string guitar. I want to learn more so I can help my kids learn to play better.

  399. Jeff April 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    Just starting out, I have tried several times to learn to play the guitar but now that I am retired I feel I can take the time to learn the right way. I need all the help I can get. Thanks. Jeff

  400. Dave April 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Being 58 yo I started back in the 60's learned a few songs to impress the ladies now alot older thought I give it another try maybe get a old timers band together play for my enjoyment

  401. M.J. April 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar because i love to learn new songs for myself and for my church's youth group

  402. dave April 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    I used to play guitar a lot in high school and university. Then life happened and I haven't really touched it for 25 years. I found your site and dusted off my guitar. Thanks for rekindling my interest. The theory you have taught me helps.

  403. Mick April 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    I started guitar when I was about sixteen, Finally I can get some techniques that are truly helpful........

  404. Kent April 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    I've played by fake books and by ear many years ago. I stopped because I did not progress as much as I would like to. Its about time I started learning to play at another level and improve my skills. Your site has been a great resource for me. Thanks for stepping up and making this a place to go to learn.

  405. Pete April 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    I love music and I enjoy being able to play my favorite songs.

  406. John Leake April 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    It's a challenge , it's relaxing and I find it an enjoyable hobby.

  407. Rick April 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    I enjoy playing guitar because there are so many things you can learn and do with a guitar. I started with basic open chords and have progressed to barre chords and simple riffs but I plan on keeping at it and hope to become even better so that when I'm jamming with my friends, we can start to make cool music

  408. jason belcher April 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    i love playing because I'm new at all of this , and when i learn something new, boy do i have fun. i enjoy playing guitar , and i want to be the best, and the only way to do it IS TO PRACTICE.

  409. Tim Piazza April 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    have something important to say and i want to say through music

  410. Ruben April 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    Because I have nothing better to do.

  411. Larry April 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    I've been playing guitar for about 43 years and I find it most satisfying when I'm playing with others. It seems that you can always learn something new, even from those that don't play as well as you do.

  412. Nate April 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    There are many reasons why I love playing my guitar but one in specific is to run away from any problem in the quietness of my room rather then turning to alcohol.

  413. Jim R April 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Love playing the guitar because it is my escape and relaxation.You dont find many things in life that will continue to teach and expand as you improve,yet still put yourself in a zone that can be totally comfortable.

  414. Luis Cotto April 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    I enjoy playing the guitar because I enjoy doing things that challenges me. Lucky for me the guitar challenges the ears, sight,fingers,knowledge of the fretboard and more.Talk about a challenge !!!

  415. James H. April 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I use my talent in church. I am self taught but would like some add insight on leads and progressive chords.

  416. george April 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    it’s relaxing and I find it an enjoyable pastime

  417. Chuck Wilkey April 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    Playing guitar is a great escape from this world!
    It's challenging and I enjoy it at the same time!
    Plus it keeps your hands, fingers, and your brain flexible!
    I also enjoy finding new things about it!

  418. Paul Carpenter April 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    At 78years old I have owned my Gibson Guitar since 1964 and have never taken time to learn how to play,until this year. I am now working with your penatonic scale. I tried to order your program when you ran the special in March, butmy computer would not allow me to type, so I missed the chance. I have learned the scale you have sent through your newsletter. I am having a ball playing everyday and recently bought a new electric/accustic Thanks for your motivation,

  419. Tina April 29, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Being new at this I want to play with true feeling and emotion through Guitar and Guitar being a very expressive instrument, I look forward to play the music I feel

  420. SteveT April 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    Because the music soaks into my soul and put me in the right place.

  421. Ray Matwick April 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Learning all over again 40 some years later brings back sum old memories, and I still remember the struggle to learn, and the persitance you rquire to stay at it

    The old fart

  422. Fred April 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Just starting.....

  423. Clark Francis April 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    I am a newbie. I have wanted to learn guitar since I was in my 20's. So finally at 51 I decided it was time to do it. It is not easy and my hands get sore, but it is fun when you hear something good coming out of the amp and you know you did that.

  424. Clyde Jones April 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    I love country music , and would like to be able to play the songs.

  425. Walt April 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    I LIKE ALL KINDS OF Music--It runs in the Family, back to My GrandPa
    and My Uncles on My Mothers side of the Family, including My MOM who
    Play`d the Piano--I put the Guitar down for a long time 15-16 years
    but I`m back getting the callus`s back on the finger tips.... I like
    Youre direct approach in plane talk. THANK YOU...

    Wal of the`RAPIDS`-`CEDAR`that is

  426. mark April 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    I play guitar to escape from the problems of the world. When I am playing i am in a different world, free of stress and worry. Playing guitar is much more effective than meditation or medication.

  427. tony April 29, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    i enjoy playing guitar because I consider it an extention of me and the way I feel, which I express through it

  428. Jose Inzunza April 29, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    I love playing guitar because of the groove you feel playing in the pocket it like everything can be fallen apart in your life but once you get that guitar on an start to play it just feel right and you feel you can anything life thorw at you accomplish
    ahahahahahaha yes!

  429. Jimmy Ellis April 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    I play Violin, 73 AND 79 Strat, Martin's and F/Style Mandolin really good, and i teach Guitar and Mandolin, I sleep with, live and love Guitar and Strings, Dulcimer, Dobro, Banjo, The list goes on, I live to play!!!!

  430. Bob E. Barnes April 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Played In a band for 20 years, Guitar & Harmonica. Guitar, always back-up. Harmonica, lead & back-up. I do great on chords and rhythm but I need help learning to play some good guitar lead.
    I have not played for a while and I would like to start jamming, and when someone says take it Bob I can light up the room with my Tele. Another old Fart.

  431. Nate Hopkins April 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    I just love switching through a bunch of effects and making lots of stuff happen without having to actually hit a lot of notes.

  432. mike greenwood April 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    I love guitar has been my closest friend since I was an 11 y.o. Shows me where I'm at inside gets me laid, and gives me 100 times more than I give it, can make me cry and smile at he same time.

  433. Terry Withers April 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    I wish I could practice more than I do,but I love trying to learn new things and it's a good release to relax.

  434. Shawn C April 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    I've always loved watching and listening to great guitarists like Clapton & Santana (Metallica blows me away on how fast they play). It's would very cool if I could play any of their music someday.

  435. Gary Partlow April 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

    Playing guitar gives me a way to express my feelings -agressive,peacefull,funny,loving. I never play for money, it cheapens the art and renders you to play what others want you to play.

  436. Winston April 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    I enjoy playin guitar and being able to share my passion for music with others and the ability to accompany myself and others singing.

  437. marcellus wells April 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    I always wanted to learn to play the guitar after watching The Andy Griffinn Show with Andy,Barnie, and the Darlins on the front porch in a jam session. I know it sounds corny, but that's what made me want to learn to play.And now that I'm learning I use it as stress reliever and I'm blown away by my progress.

  438. Jim April 29, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    When you find that riff and the thrill of putting into a progression you have been playing.

  439. don April 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    just love to keep trying.

  440. Zach April 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    I volunteer at a senior care center, and the people there enjoy hearing me play my guitar and sing for them.

  441. Tom April 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    I play with a Shriner Band, and enjoy playing and singing '60s songs,as an additional part of our shows to aid our children's hospitals.

  442. mountain mike April 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm #

    I have been playing guitar for 25 yrs 2yrs seriously. I used to play only accoustic. Now I play on a fender strat. The 25 years I played accoustic were not very productive. I knew the basic cords only a few bar cords and a couple of riffs. Since I got my strat my skill level has greatly increased. I think that a presision guitar made the difference. The variations of sound with a good amp and a effect pedal (bossme 25} rekindled my passion for playing, I got board with accoustic. I got an online course that helped me alot. I go to to get cord and tabs for songs I want to learn. Now playing guitar is a passion. I look forward to palying everyday
    Rock On / Mountain Mike

  443. Pat Shannon April 29, 2010 at 8:38 pm #

    The guitar brings me peace and comfort..

  444. Ross Dean April 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    I love playing guitar because I love to sing, and accompanying myself when I sing is icing on the cake especially when I can play to songs I've heard on the radio. Also the sound vibration of playing chords on a well-tuned guitar resonates with my heart and produces subtle waves of satisfaction.

  445. larry r. April 29, 2010 at 9:01 pm #

    its fun to learn guitar you have agreat time with freinds and family lots of laughs when someone says remember that song and you can play it

  446. Mick Smith April 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Playing the guitar is an expression and extension of who I am

  447. Mike Cowan April 29, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    i like to play guitar becuse me like loud boomstick!!

  448. Mark Nudelman April 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks. I enjoy playing guitar because:

    It is my friend in my deepest need to express myself in quiet.
    I can accompany myself when singing songs i love or that I have composed .
    Uplift others in my preferred religious path with my music
    Play at family gatherings and with my nephew who also plays guitar and bass.

    If I win, I ewill apply the gift to a Shure B57A microphone.

    Best regards,

  449. Delton Maddox April 29, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    I had the opportunity to build an electric guitar, and learning to play it so I know what it sounds like is a kick. put it in the hands of a master and listen to it and....Wow,I built that! I want to play like that.

    Delton Maddox.

  450. ron miller April 30, 2010 at 1:40 am #

    i love the guitar, what else can you do to entertain yourself,friends and family and even complete is one of the most versatile instruments ever made.i enjoy kicking back and just playing different scales, songs or just playing around with chord progressions,the guitar is never boring!

  451. emerson biggins jr. April 30, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    The Emerson Bigins jr. blues guitar experience began over three decades ago, young Emerson would sneak into his sisters room and strum an old acoustic she had in the closet, occasionaly he'd skip class and spend any study time hide out in the band room and plug in an old electric guitar the school's stage band owned but no-one played , or played well. The first riffs Biggins began playing were 12 bar blues bass line runs, his first few chords followed soon after,and been pickin ever since!! I always have felt this bluesey boogie -woogie rock a billy feel with a splash of funk and a lot of soul wrapped up with Rock&Roll!! Now 30 years later several guitars amps drummers,ex-wives, bass players, and long stories, etc., jr. continues to lay down the boogie. " I'm just out here looking for the Music, Man!" Biggins says." There is no doubt in my mind that these Weekly Guitar Tips and other resources will help any level player,at any age,improve, expand,and enjoy their music more than ever!No mater what genre of music you like , or if you blend many styles together, like me, you will get better and have more fun!!!"I'm ALL IN!! sign me up... and let's rock!!! The More The Merrier is right !!! Emerson Biggins jr.

  452. Will Hoover April 30, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Playing guitar brings my focus to the music and away from the rattle and hum of my less interesting day. I love where I go when I play

  453. Lou April 30, 2010 at 3:52 am #

    I enjoy the guitar because of it's versability-able to playit anywhere without having to plug-in. It such a great accessary to a voice.

  454. Allan Woodrum April 30, 2010 at 3:55 am #

    i started playing guitar when i was 10 years old after my grandmother passed away it was something she wanted me to do and my grandfather gave me my first guitar and it was like it was meant to be. guitar playing got me thru some rough times it my life it kept me out of so much trouble as a teenager plus it was great to vent my anger on. i wrote some pretty cool songs angry lol . its a pure way to express my emotions in any mood i'm in. guitar feels like it a extension of me it a part of me i can't live without

  455. Rick April 30, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    Playing the guitar is my way of expressing myself. I've used it this way since I was a kid. Minor for meloncoly. Major for happy etc. Joined guitar tip hoping to learn to play with other musicians more gifted than myself. As of now, I can only play with sheet music or chord/lyric sheets.

  456. John April 30, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    I started playing guitar after taking piano lessons, my family couldn't afford a piano so I switch to guitar, they were a lot cheaper. I love playing guitar and have been playing for more then 30 years!! I am 41

  457. Rufus White April 30, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Playing guitar, for my part, involves learning chords, transitions, strum patterns, and is usually part of my lunch break at work. In learning to play guitar I am diverted from the demands of my work and return from lunch with a fresh perspective. Harmonica is my main instrument- guitar is for me a cool addition to my music...

  458. Jeff April 30, 2010 at 8:20 am #

    I enjoy playing the the guitar because I can make the sounds that appeal most to me and that reflect my own sense of taste and style!

  459. Eddie Jones April 30, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    I enjoy playing my guitar for a lot of reasons I will give you the main one. Playing the guitar allows me to express my feelings without the enbaressment or leaving me wide open for any rejection.

  460. Jon Jost April 30, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I love to play guitar with my friends and write songs about life's experiences. It's something that we can work on together and learn from each other.

  461. MELVIN BATSON April 30, 2010 at 9:39 am #


  462. James Bozeman April 30, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Playing takes me into another world where I can escape from the pain and injuries of caused by my military service. I love slow sweet melodies and slide blues. With my guitar I can listen to my music not that noise on the radio.

  463. steve April 30, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    WOW!!! why do i love playing guitar..? i am 61 and retired. when i was about 8 or 9 years old i heard chuck berry's classic intro to johhny b goode on the radio for the first time...rock 'n roll was in it's infancy, new and exciting, bold, out there, and in your face....ever since that moment i knew i wanted to play guitar...bugged my parents to let me take lessons, until my mom walked me to downtown kc to see a teacher...hands too small he says...he talked my mom into having me take steel guitar lessons...i hated it....i wanted to play rock 'n roll...when i was around 13, i finally got to take lessons playing on an old used acoustic guitar i picked up some, i wanted to be in a band..well, finally when i was about 15, in the mid 1960's i taught another friend how to play...he was a damn natural...way better than me in 6 months...we formed a small garage band together with a couple of other friends...the friend i taught became our lead player, i played rhythm, and for the next 3 years we were all "neighborhood rock stars"...we played at party's, school dances, small gigs.. the most fun i ever had in my life....there is no rush in the world like playing in front of folks, and seeing those folks enjoy it...i was willing to play for free, it was so much fun...we would practice on the front porch of my from all over the neighborhood would hear us playing "louie, louie", "twist and shout" or maybe "surfin' usa", and gather and literally dance in the street in front of our home...our little garage band gave way to marriages, kids and well, you know the story...i didn't play guitar again for over 40 years..and now, retired, i have rediscovered that wonderful instrument again...learning to play blues now...that's where it all began anyway...not a great guitarist..never will be...but i enjoy it more than ever...due to chuck berry'e early influence, i am a double stop know what really sums it up?... and i bet most guitarists would agree...we all just love music, love the guitar sound, and it's just cool anyway, straight up....sorry to be so long's an old man's disease..

  464. jim April 30, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    I love playing guitar because it allows you to exspress yourself. Guys dont usually talk about there feelings, that doesn't mean we don't vent them in other ways. I use to do martial arts, fix or build what ever was needed, till an injury. Going from working an average of 80 hours a week to none will drive you mad, the guitar has kept my mind busy, i dont know what i would do without it.The older Rock-N-Roll and Blues just relaxes the soal if you know what i mean.

  465. Steve April 30, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    It's all good, picking up new skills everyday. Thanks

  466. Tom April 30, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    At 58 yrs of age, I started up the guitar again after a long off spell. I started playing again just for the sheer joy of hearing my guitar. It relaxes me and helps relieve some of the stress from the day. I enjoy jamming with my friends at a Blues Workshop every week.
    Our leader is a 85 year old gentleman and well appreciate music and enjoy playing the blues...

    Thanks for matter how old you are, you can all ways learn...

    Tom T.

  467. Mike April 30, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    It is my great relaxation after a hard day at work.

  468. mike jones April 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    i enjoy playing the guitar because it gives me a means of escape from the hustle an bussle of everyday life an allows me to express myself in a way never before possible

  469. Shadow April 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    It quells my pain. I am never satisfied with what I know how to play, and want to learn more.

  470. don levine April 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    guitar playing locks me into the moment. its just like surfing.

  471. bluezmann2000 April 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I play blues because it's like the breath of life. It's so fabulous and so necessary.I improvise mostly (lead work), don't really play any chords except maybe for double stops and variations of it, and I have always played my own stuff. I'm 57 and at this point in time, maybe I need to learn more theory, chords and other people's songs. What I always enjoyed was that because of the way I learned to play (from the basic pentatonic and expanding on it over and over and longer)I have always been able to jam with most folks whereas some of my friends (who know a 1000 songs) just can't because they never developed their own style. I feel now if I learn a 1000 songs, I will still always have my own style.I may never be great but I have always felt that if it sounds good and feels right your listeners will perceive it as such also. Thanks for allowing my comments.

  472. Paul Landeg April 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    "... the only time I'm happy is when I play my guitar..." was always the best reason.

  473. Eric April 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    guitar helps me relax

  474. Leonard Cunningham April 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    A chance to express myself.

  475. Jesse Hubbell April 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    Playing guitar helps me relax.
    It makes me work.
    It takes me back
    and it makes me move forward.

  476. Jim "Lumpy" Lumpkins April 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    It's just a great way to enter into a new level of understanding the relationships between touch and the aural senses.

  477. lance pratt April 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    Playing or trying to play has given me a inner peace that i have not had for a long time so thank you for your efforts

  478. Bart April 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm #


  479. don April 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    I love trying.

  480. Terrie April 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Well, I started playing guitar and learning music/music theory to keep my ole brain working. I've read that the best way to help your memory is to exercise your brain. That's why I started. I keep playing because of the peace it brings. When I'm practicing and doing what I call playing, all stress is released and I can loose myself in the music. I love music.

  481. Brad April 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    I was a drummer for a country/rock band for 14 years. In 1985, I bought myself an ovation and taught myself how to play chords and learned some songs. I've added alot of songs to that list over the years, but still don't understand a thing about the guitar. Oh, I can embellish a little, hammer on, pull off, short runs etc. but still don't understand any all.
    What gives me joy is the emotional aspect of listening and playing. I've listened to songs (by others) that made me cry with their beauty and/or message. That, to me, is perfection. To convey an emotion through the music that stirs the heart with an emotion. Any emotion. Fear, Anger, Pride, Joy, Love, or Loss. That's what I want to do. Write and perform songs that does something to people that they don't see coming, and make them wonder what hit them.

  482. Frank Felix April 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I've always loved music especially when I was little. Started playing at a very young age, but never took lessons. I just couldn't afford it. Back then, the main reason why I played guitar was to meet girls. As I continue to play on, I started to notice how music touches the soul of every individual including myself. It started to take away all my problems and relieved me of all my stress. Also, playing guitar bring out my true emotions of how I'm feeling at that moment. Today, I'm playing for a church here in Hawaii and love it so much.

  483. Raymond Garber April 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    I love to make music it is just that simple

  484. Anthony April 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    why i enjoy playing guitar?
    well first i wouldn't call it playing.i'm still learning how to hold it but i know i will play soon . i've listened to b.b king , robert johnson,muddy waters and it's emotion not music that i hear . to relay emotion to music is what i want to do .

  485. Jackie S. May 1, 2010 at 10:08 am #

    Guitar is, plainly, the expression of my soul. When I cannot find words to explain my feelings, or I just want to hide away in my room all day, I pick up my guitar, play, and then I'm ready to walk out the door energized and relieved. No need for energy drinks!

  486. Tim S May 1, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    Man, this is a hard question. First and foremost it makes me feel alive!!!! It's like a drug with out side effects. I play mostly electric ROC and ROLL with a Bluesy Influence, and I just love it. Have sense I was a kid. I'm 49 and I'll never quit until my body says no.

  487. Cody Houck May 2, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    I play the guitar because it brings my confidence up when I play a part right. It's also really fun, it can be frustrating at times but it's mostly all FUN.

  488. Andy Gagnon January 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I enjoy guitar playing as a sense of recreation some time tv and radio get boring then I make my own entertainment

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