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These are the chords you know, corresponding to your beautiful picture:
A minor, E major
A major, D minor

I'm not a teacher, but I've been a shitty (self-taught) guitarist for a long time. I think you should learn the rest of the basic chords. Print out a chord chart. C, G, and F are awesome and sound pretty good together. Ignore any chords that are labeled with a 7 for now.

Pick a simple-sounding song you want to learn. Look up the guitar tablature ("tabs") online and learn it. Repeat.
Posted by LumberjackD on September 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM · Report this
LEE. 2
learn a barre chord so you can actually play songs.

also, I've texted you twice this week about you playing drums with us. hoping this public shaming will get you to respond...possibly if only to tell me to go fuck myself!
Posted by LEE. on September 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
s.maxim 3
Learn songs you like. That's the easiest way to go about it. It'll help you on transitions and you'll pick up certain songwriting patterns (E-A-D, A-D-E, D-E-A, etc).

Tom Petty is a good go-to for easy song learning.
Posted by s.maxim on September 19, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Report this
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what do you do now?
start a band!
Posted by easytarget on September 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM · Report this
derek_erdman 5
Possible names:

GRANT BRISSEY & HIS SISSIES

THE BRISSNESS

GRANT'S TOMB
Posted by derek_erdman http://www.derekerdman.com on September 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM · Report this
Grant Brissey, Emeritus 6
Thanks everybody except for Derek!
Posted by Grant Brissey, Emeritus http://www.grantropolis.com/ on September 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM · Report this
Larry Mizell, Jr. 7
ooh, that's fun:

BRIZZY G
BRISS & THE WEINERS
GRANT ME THE WISDOM

Posted by Larry Mizell, Jr. on September 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM · Report this
tallchris 8
Pro tip (after seeing your rig in the basement): Don't use an instrument cable to connect your head to your cabinet, unless you liking breaking amps;)
Posted by tallchris http://policeteeth.bandcamp.com on September 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM · Report this
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Learn all the other basic (not sharp "#", or flat "b", yet) major/minor chords. (you can easily find 'em on the internet) If Bmaj and Bmin are a pain in the ass don't fret (haha!) too much, just do your best. So that's A, B, C, D, E, F, G, both major and minor, all in all.

Then learn barre chord shapes, the major and minor flavors. Remember not to strain your wrist and to use your thumb behind the neck for support. They suck at first but stick with it.

Next, learn which notes are where on the guitar neck, more or less. It's a repeating pattern (with one string that fucks things up slightly) so once you see it you'll realize it's not hard.

Now learn a major scale and a minor scale, as well as a major and minor pentatonic one.

Now learn the common chords for the keys (look this up for a better explanation) and what the "I chord", "II" chord, "III" chord (and so on are). Learn to identify relative major and minor keys.

Then spend lots of time just fucking around. Maybe learn some stuff like 7 chords, major and minor chords, and sus chords.

At this point you will be thoroughly overqualified to play rock guitar.

Posted by Actionsquid on September 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
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Extra stuff: Suck it up and learn barre chords, but once you do, know you can play just the lowest two or three notes of them (typically muting all other strings with your index finger) to form so-called "power chords". These chords lack major/minor qualities and complexity but hold up well with lots of distortion (not to mention being easy to play and transition between quickly) so they are the weapon of choice for a lot of fast/raw stuff. Don't fall into the trap of never learning anything else, though.
Posted by Actionsquid on September 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Trent Moorman 11
You should also get as many Roto Toms as possible. Like a rack system of Roto Toms.
Posted by Trent Moorman on September 20, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this
LEE. 12
once you transition from a chord's major to its minor (strumming D, then Dm for instance), you have unlocked The Beatles hook. never use it in writing songs unless you are absolutely sure it's necessary.
Posted by LEE. on September 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM · Report this
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It's definitely not the traditional method, but I learned power chords before normal chord shapes and barre chords (which I thought were physically impossible the first time I tried one). Way easier and a lot more fun. Look up some guitar tabs for dum easy punk songs you like, turn up the overdrive/distortion and play em loudly.

Once you can do that, you should probably get to the actual chord shapes and learning the notes on the fretboard, but you won't get that far if you don't enjoy it first.
Posted by Mike Ramos on September 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM · Report this

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