The suggestion, as always, is to start at the beginning of Justin’s Beginner Course which is widely regarded as one of the best guitar learning resources out there. And the great news is it’s all free:
There is also an optional paid-for app that you can use which gives you loads of play-along songs, which will help if you can’t find a guitar buddy.
Finding a guitar buddy can be quite hard, especially in a foreign country, but there are a couple of other people here in japan (although it’s a big country so you might not be close to each other).
I’d like a jam buddy as well. I’m in Kumamoto, 3 driving hours from Nick, I’m guessing. I still call myself a beginner, but in English-teaching terms, I’d say I’m a false beginner. I can drive wherever if that works out. Let’s try to coordinate.
Hello Sara, and a warm welcome to the community .
You‘ve found the perfect place to put your guitar journey to the next level. Justin’s course is super structured. He takes you by the hand and leads you forward - step by step . And if you have any questions, need some advice or just some motivational words - stick to this community. Very friendly and helpful people here .
I wish you lots of fun with your six-string-friend and playing with your jam buddy .
Hello Sara, a warm welcome to the community.
Coming to JustinGuitar, following the unsurpassed beginner course lessons will help you learn and finding a home here in the community here will only support and encourage that.
I can’t help you with jam buddies but I can with most everything else - just ask if you need anything.
Welcome to the community. Playing with others really helped me develop as a musician. I was fortunate there was a music club within driving distance (45 minutes) from where I lived. Perhaps there is a community group nearby? Or a ukulele group?
I’m Nick, a Brit living in Kagoshima. I’ve been in Japan for over 25 years now and have played with various people here. In truth, the easiest people to play with are English speakers, so although I do play with Japanese people, it doesn’t always go smoothly.
A few ideas are - depending on what you’re doing here (teaching in schools, universities or working in a company) you could check out whether there are clubs or groups playing where you work. If that’s not an option, try to find out if there are any ‘live houses’ around where you live. You may find that there are but they may be hidden away if you’re living in a smaller Japanese city / town. Also, try going to a local music store as they sometimes have notice boards with adverts looking for musicians. If there’s nothing on there that suits you, you could place your own advert (though it might be good to get a Japanese proficient person to write it for you if you can).
My experience is that there is a lot of stuff going on in Japan but you have to make it known that you’re looking, as generally, playing partners don’t come looking for you.
Lastly, if you’re not worried about actually being in the same room as someone else, then this website is great and you will learn a lot from it.
Best of luck,
Welcome, Sara! (that’s a fun username you have, btw ). I hope you are able to find a jam buddy there. And I absolutely mirror @Majik’s first reply about following Justin’s course from the beginning - it is absolutely fantastic. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help or with any questions you have!