About PlayGuitar365 …
Want to buy your first guitar?
Wondering how to play the guitar?
Need recommendations, product reviews, and discussion about guitars, amps, accessories, and lessons?
If you answered “yes”, or even “YES!” to any of these questions, you are in the right place! Videos of kittens are cute, but this site is about learning, buying, and playing guitar. No cat videos here!
Hi, I’m Rob from PlayGuitar365.com and I have loved music for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, my mom thought I was obsessed with it. Even now I have songs, rhythms, or melodies going through my head most of my waking hours.
I always liked guitar but it wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I had a job and was finally able to buy my first. I was so proud because it was a nice looking blue Aria Pro II electric, the Cat model. (Okay, you caught me. There is a picture of 1 ‘cat’ on this site – but no cute video!)
And although I finally had the guitar there were a few things I immediately realized:
Problem 1: Before purchasing it I really didn’t know a lot about what to look for. So the color, the price and the name ‘The Cat” were the determining factors in my purchase. Yeah, that’s nuts but chalk it up to inexperience. The setup, or lack of it, was so bad that it wouldn’t stay in tune – my friends called it the “sick cat”.
Problem 2: Although I was the proud owner of a new guitar, I really didn’t know how to play. (That might also explain the “sick cat”). Teaching myself by ear went nowhere. And this was the mid 80’s, there was no YouTube because the internet had not quite made it to any civilian fingertips. Then again there were no home computers either … I think dinosaurs were still walking the earth. A guy in town gave lessons, so I gave it a try. There was a disconnect, I wanted to learn music theory – he wanted to just teach songs. I learned a few basic songs and some open chords.
Eventually, life got busy – I sold the guitar and life went on. You’d think that would be the end of the story, nope! Fast-forward a few decades and my love for music and the guitar has just grown deeper.
I started playing again and purchased a few more guitars … but this time with research, knowledge, and understanding of what I wanted, why I wanted it, and where to buy.
I also took steps to learn how to play. I’m not in a band, per se, but I get together with friends and we enjoy playing the guitar for the love of music. It relaxes me, it energizes and entertains me. The fun takes some of the stress of everyday life away. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that!
I’ve put this blog and site together to help, among other things, address Problems 1 and 2 mentioned earlier. I know there are a lot of people with experiences like mine. You know you want to play guitar but don’t really know how to go about it. Have you asked these questions?
- Should you take lessons in person?
- Should you learn, or can you by watching YouTube?
- Is there an app or online course that’s worth my time?
- What kind of guitar should I buy?
- What should I look for? Where can I go and not get ripped off?
Or you may already play but want to move to the next level – make the chords and notes you hear in your head come to reality when you play with your hands.
My goal is to help you navigate the process and learn the guitar at your own pace so you can enjoy a very satisfying hobby or even start you on your way to stardom.
I will review online courses, guitars, amps, accessories, apps and all there is about the guitar – but from a beginner’s perspective.
Please feel free to leave a comment, question, or suggestion.
All the best,