I'm not a terribly musical person, but I did learn piano for twelve years and pass Grade 8 (which is like graduating from the technological college of classical music). Pianos aren't very portable instruments and it's hard to get attached to them. Mine is currently infested with butterflies.
It's most likely the terrible bandom influence, but I came to the decision - this morning - that I'd like to learn to play guitar. I think you can use the verb that way - 'play guitar', not 'play a guitar', but as I said, all my musical knowledge is piano-based. You can 'play piano', so.
I said as much to my mother.
ME: Can I get a guitar for my birthday?
Mother: A guitar? It used to be a violin.
ME: Yes, it did used to be a violin. When I was twelve.
Mother: What would you do with a guitar?
Me: I don't know. Wear it as a dress?
She laughed and went off. I did not get that reaction when I asked for a PDA for the wards, which is the story of my life, really.
In a nutshell, I know that guitars can be acoustic or electric and may sometimes be blue. I assume there's not as many notes involved and that they're written differently, which is fine, because I wasn't that crash-hot at sight-reading anyway, and a decrease in the amount of musical notation involved can only be a good thing. I have no interest in taking exams, because they sucked all the joy out of my piano-learning experience and, well. Scales. That's all I have to say about that.
So, can anyone tell me where I should start? And what kind of guitar I should look for? And any recommendations for primers? I don't know if I'd bother with a teacher - more to the point, I can't see myself finding one in the immediate vicinity.
I'm looking down the nozzle of a long dark summer of studying for USMLEs, and I think I need an outlet. Have eyeliner; will travel.