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I got an awesome new guitar for Christmas!! Now what?

I was spoiled rotten at Christmas, and received a brand new guitar!  I’m very excited; however, I have the slightest clue how to play it  …..YET, that is!   Maybe you could help?  Any helpful tidbits would be greatly appreciated.

I’ve heard of many people teaching themselves, but I just don’t think that is an option for me.  I have no musical background whatsoever; nor am I known for any musical abilities.  

When you learned how to play, what helped you?  Is there an instructor you’d recommend?  Teaching book?  YouTube video?  

Also, if you can suggest any super simple songs (like Tom Petty’s “Free Falling”) that would be awesome too!  It is much more inspiring for me to continue practicing when I can actually play a song.  

Thanks for all your help.   Also, I must commend anyone who can play any instrument.  It is hard work, tedious, and my fingers hurt!  

I’m not expecting to become some amazing guitarist like Keith Urban or Brad Paisley, but I am determined to at least be decent! 😎


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