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I had been interested in electric guitar music overall (And specifically for videogame music stuff). But I have 0 knowledge about how to start, 16 here.

I did do a quick search here and there and noticed that there are various points people do mention when buying guitars and accessories (Guitar, amp, pedals). But in return, I'm quite short on money. I did read about audio interfaces, would they be a good way to skip the whole amp/pedal part and leave it to digital stuff like VSTs? (Since I had played with LMMS and some free VSTs before.)

As for composing, unfortunately I'm not capable of going with a teacher. So, would it be better if I tried to look up some courses (On Udemy/Skillshare..etc) or instead just learn some songs and gradually improvise?

Thanks in advance!

  • Sadly, music is not a cheap hobby. I suggest finding any after-school job you can get and saving every penny for guitar gear. I worked at a fast food joint for a few years and every time a terrible customer or mean coworker got me down, I reminded myself it was all to buy a better guitar. Aside from all that, I'm afraid this question as it is isn't such a good fit here. We normally don't offer opinions or recommendations on gear. – Todd Wilcox May 24 at 4:17
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I did read about audio interfaces, would they be a good way to skip the whole amp/pedal part and leave it to digital stuff like VSTs?

Yes, although software isn't necessarily cheap either, and sometimes there can be issues in setting up a computer audio system that works well. If you want to start with a minimum of equipment, a cheap multi-effect unit may be all you need (in addition to the guitar and necessary cables of course).

Buying second-hand reduces the risk of making a loss if you sell later. Getting advice from a friend who plays when you do so is sensible if you are buying something second-hand.

As for composing, unfortunately I'm not capable of going with a teacher. So, would it be better if I tried to look up some courses (On Udemy/Skillshare..etc) or instead just learn some songs and gradually improvise?

Sure - although those resources on their own won't be at good as a good teacher, they are fantastic compared to the resources that people had access to only a few years ago.

And of course we are always here to help!

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