Appreciate music? Be a player!

Once I learned how to play the guitar, it blew my whole world open.

I had my genre preference in music, but I could really see and appreciate guitar work from all styles. I was no longer confined, I felt free.

Slow, fast, twangy, mellow, crunchy, smooth, scream, melodic, simple, complex, finger-picked, palm muted, big chords, slide… Lots of things to admire about the art.

I became a better listener, fan, and creator.



The Fun

Yes, sometimes I don’t get around to putting up a new blog post.  That doesn’t mean I am not connected!  I still get emails and Twitter DMs all the time, which can keep me busy.

That is the real fun of this project.  Connecting and helping…  Answering questions and getting feedback.  I can’t ask anyone to come out publicly, but I am glad to hear from those of you who get in touch!  I’m glad my work is helping you better understand all the elements in playing guitar!

Thank you and keep working!


What you get from me…

Buy my beginning guitar eBook, you get those lessons.

You also get the information in this blog.

You also get the ability to ask me questions directly.  @selfstartguitar on Twitter.

You get ideas and direction to take your playing to a more advanced stage if you so desire.

When you learn and have video or music to share, I will help drive views.

What does the other guy do for you?



I wanted some sort of hobby and skill, and something to put my energy into.

I wanted to try writing songs, and have something productive to do when I was by myself.

I wanted a challenge, also to be able to bond and make new friends.

I wanted to record (studio) and do scratch recordings at home.

I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone by taking all my hard work and performing for others and with others. 

I wanted to accomplish all those things, in stride, and I did.

Now I want to share the starting steps with you for a small reward.

I don’t want to see you fumble about with no direction.  I made mistakes in my learning that need not be for you.

That is why.

Selling makes me happy too…

I’ve had this beginning guitar lessons eBook going for a few months now.  I have done some promo giveaways because I hear “word of mouth sells books.”

That may be true, but really what I have found is that people (not necessarily you) don’t take free seriously. 

Honestly, at this point, don’t give me a mass appeal to people wanting free lessons.  Give me a handful of people every week or month that will make a small investment in their learning.

Four or five dollars is a pack of strings…. A magazine… A fast food meal… Or beginning guitar lessons.

Which of those has the best long term return? 

And since you have money on it (skin in the game) then it’s up to you to get your value out of it. 

I claim that if you know and are comfortable with these lessons, then that knowledge is worth at least $50 of traditional one on one lessons.  Easily. 

If you are a seeker of free internet stuff and YouTube videos, I still believe that working through and understanding my eBook will help you grasp everything faster.  A little direction is worth the money. 

It makes me happy when a sale comes in.  I haven’t yet bought even a single soda with your money to date.  I’m actually trying to let this build up for my son to cash in on in 12 years when he goes to college.   I think that’s the best thing we can all do.  It’s such a fair trade off… You learn your intro guitar basics and I get (after Amazon/iTunes cut) a couple bucks to bank for the little guy. 

Thanks and keep working! 

If I did a podcast…

I thought about making a podcast interview series with all the guitarists I know based around questions involving how, when and why they started playing guitar.  But upon further thought, I figured the stories would all be four kinds of similar. 

I imagine the Group A people would say:
Had a family member or friend inspire and teach.

Group B:
Took lessons or played in student band with another instrument then took up guitar later.

Group C:
Talked parents into buying me a guitar and did formal lessons for a while then just learned from books and magazines on my own.

Group D:
Was given a guitar or saved up for one and learned mainly from books and by ear.

Furthermore all the stories would be the same when I would ask about practice.  All the groups would tell me about hours upon hours of routine practice. 

All the groups would also have a story of failure, or of times when it seemed they weren’t improving.

For a minute the podcast sounded like a good idea, but I think I can sum up 85% of that content.  It may be worth doing just to test my speculations and to figure out what cool stories may be in that 15% that I don’t know about.

I haven’t talked myself completely out of it yet.


You have to know if you have the time to put into learning guitar.  I’m not saying it’s going to take a major chunk of your week, but like exercising, a little bit here and there, done right, in a good routine will pay off huge. 

I’ve been in your shoes.  I’ve walked 5 miles in them.  I know because of my personal experience how to filter out the noise and get you a decent understanding of what you need to know to get you playing guitar. 

My lessons are the key to solving your first batch of problems.  As you play more and more you will develop other problems and you can easily find ways to solve them.  You will be experienced enough to tackle these new problems individually.  You will be prepared mentally to take your playing further.