Originally Posted by Justin626
So I've been wanting to learn how to play guitar for years but haven't found the motivation or inspiration quite yet. Does anyone have any suggests for some good ways to get started.
I guess what I'm looking for is a good computer based program or a good book series. Or personal experiences anyone had when they were learning how to play.
Start with chord charts. Just learn the basic chords - G, C, D, E, A (B and F are a little tricky for beginners).
Once you can fumble through some chords, head on over to YouTube. There are TONS of how-to videos on playing all different styles of guitar.
Now, once you start playing, your fingers are gonna be sore. It will take a while to build up the calouses on your finger tips, but just muscle through the pain.
I played for many years then kinda stopped until about 6 months ago. Needless to say, I had to build my calouses up again. After the first couple of days, it will be pretty sore for you to play - but, if you just keep doing it anyway, it will kinda go numb. Just keep doing that for a week or so and you'll be on your way.
Good luck to you! There are few things in life more fun than playing guitar!