How to learn the ropes?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Seppo, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. Seppo

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 6, 2014
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    Hey there. New to this forum, and relatively new to electronics. Reviving this old post instead of starting a new one. Basically, I have the same question as the original poster, @danforth. I checked out a lot of the suggestions made in the replies, however I think what would be best is a simple, straightforward video series for learning electronics, circuits, etc.

    I've been watching mjlorton's "Electronics Tutorial" videos on YouTube ( and they have been OK. But he tends to draaaaaag on and belabor the points. Are there any streamlined video courses out there to teach electronics, perhaps using tools like a RPI, Arduino, breadboard, etc..??

    Thanks for any insight and guidance you can provide.
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  2. ISB123

    Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2014
  3. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    I tend to offer help to folks new to the hobby. My advice in the previous thread still stands, and I also recommend Volume 6 (Experiments) of the Textbooks shown on the top of this page.
  4. studiot

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 9, 2007
    Ask lots of questions

    Make lots of mistakes (we all did and I still do)

    Try stuff for yourself

    It's a grand life if you don't weaken.
  5. bertus


    Apr 5, 2008
  6. Sensacell

    Senior Member

    Jun 19, 2012
    To learn the ropes: Start pulling on them and see what happens!

    Just follow your passions, BUILD THINGS, experiment.
  7. Lestraveled

    Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2014
    BE BOLD! Burning out a part teaches you far more than sticking one in and it works. Learning means you are going to break stuff. And most important, don't forget to have a good time.
  8. Seppo

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 6, 2014
    Thanks everyone. I fully intend to break things and probably shock myself a few times along the way. :) However, I'm the type of student who likes to at least learn WHY things are happening the way they are and understand the basic building blocks of the material. Once I know the basics, I can start to experiment and at least make educated guesses as to what I am doing, what I should be doing, and what I've done.

    I think there is an opportunity for someone to make a clean, streamlined, short and to-the-point video series for teaching the basics of electronics. I'm actually surprised I didn't find one in my regular search.

    Please keep the suggestions coming. And if a video series does exist, please let me know. Thank you!
  9. Wendy


    Mar 24, 2008
    They exist, I bookmarked them on my blog.

    Build, then experiment. Be prepared to melt some plastic. Electronics is very much a scientific hobby, replication is key.

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