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Guitar Things

Post by Venomous_Bear » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:40 am

I just left this here, because I figured it fell into the general theme of this threadcluster.

Can we have an area where people talk about guitar technique and things? I am but a wee guitar Padawan, and... Ok. So I have a chord chart, and I've been doing scales and shit. And then I have been trying to play along with some songs and figuring them out. Because I'm away a lot and can't bring Steve with me (oh, excuse me...Stephen, my guitar. He is very friendly), I have a mini travel fretboard and GarageBand. My progress has been limited though, because hhhhh.

Basically, I'm just wondering if anyone can pass along anything that really helped them? Like... Was there a book or website that contained some sort of advice that really stuck? Are there fun tricks you can do to become more dextrous?

Sincere thanks!
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Re: Guitar Things

Post by ScarletPlanetMoon » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:58 am

As someone who's just starting to learn to play, I'd also like to know anyone's tips of getting going :)
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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Cassie » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:09 pm

ScarletPlanetMoon wrote:As someone who's just starting to learn to play, I'd also like to know anyone's tips of getting going :)
Ditto! I started taking lessons a few months ago and would love some tips.

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Bella » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:39 pm

Ditto - not that i've had time lately to pick the thing up...

I stuggle with getting the strings to ring clearly - I'm obviously not putting my fingers in the right place... the more so If i'm tring to move from one position to another

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Cassie » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:46 pm

I think Frank should offer an online course :grin:

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Cassie » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:52 pm

VB: on dexterity. When you are sitting in traffic or watching tv or whatever, touch your 1st and 3rd finger together, and your 2nd and 4th finger together at the same time. Swap back and forth which set of fingers is on top or bottom. I can easily touch my second and fourth fingers on top, but it takes a stretch to touch them together under my 1st and third. And keep them straight. Did I describe that well enough? It helps.

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by metronome » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:56 pm

Bella wrote:Ditto - not that i've had time lately to pick the thing up...

I stuggle with getting the strings to ring clearly - I'm obviously not putting my fingers in the right place... the more so If i'm tring to move from one position to another

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You should put your fingers as close to the fret as possible... it may also be to do with what string gauge you're using especially if you're a beginner http://www.newstrings.co.uk/guitar_string_tips.html
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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Venomous_Bear » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:10 pm

Cassie wrote:VB: on dexterity. When you are sitting in traffic or watching tv or whatever, touch your 1st and 3rd finger together, and your 2nd and 4th finger together at the same time. Swap back and forth which set of fingers is on top or bottom. I can easily touch my second and fourth fingers on top, but it takes a stretch to touch them together under my 1st and third. And keep them straight. Did I describe that well enough? It helps.
I have very nimble thumbs from ze gaming, everything else not so much.
But...what? Hahaha. As in, my fingers look like a cluster-pyramid? I think I've got it. I'll try what I'm doing now and let you know how that goes. Thanks!!!
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Re: Guitar Things

Post by marowak » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:49 pm

One of the reasons I stopped along guitar was that my hands got arthritic and it made holding chord shapes very difficult.

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by minorkeys » Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:14 pm

The best thing to do is keep practising those chord changes, keeping in time to a steady beat and gradually increasing the beat allowing the changes to become faster and more fluent...the dexterity will get there I promise! Sounds old fashioned it's the best way.

If your fingers start to hurt, don't be afraid to have a break for a couple of minutes. Overdoing it puts a lot of people off learning. Patience is key! :) :D

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by ScarletPlanetMoon » Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:29 pm

I have double jointed fingers, which makes holding chords really difficult when my fingers just want to bend backwards all the time. It's particularly bad in my little finger which just bends backwards with the slightest pressure (they literally go to 90 degrees, backwards), or locks my knuckle, so just the top part is bent. I have weird fingers, what can I say? It just makes holding the strings down hard and changing chords even harder, because I can have them held down normally then suddenly they'll bend backwards. It sounds more drastic that it really is. It's not painful or anything, just annoying.

I'll have the patience to practice properly sometime, then I might actually get somewhere!
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Re: Guitar Things

Post by minorkeys » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:30 pm

ScarletPlanetMoon wrote:I have double jointed fingers, which makes holding chords really difficult when my fingers just want to bend backwards all the time. It's particularly bad in my little finger which just bends backwards with the slightest pressure (they literally go to 90 degrees, backwards), or locks my knuckle, so just the top part is bent. I have weird fingers, what can I say? It just makes holding the strings down hard and changing chords even harder, because I can have them held down normally then suddenly they'll bend backwards. It sounds more drastic that it really is. It's not painful or anything, just annoying.

I'll have the patience to practice properly sometime, then I might actually get somewhere!
I'm double jointed too. You will find the more you practise, the more your finger strength will develop. Being double jointed is quite advantgeous in terms of dextirity, once your muscles have built in the right place. Make sure you press with your finger tips rather than playing with your finger flat across the strings, if you see what I mean (apart from barre chords). One of the advantages of being double jointed is that playing barre chords with an "a" shape such as Bb major are a lot easier, as I only use my index finger to barre the fret and, then my ring finger to play the other three notes as it bends back so far. Hard to explain! It looks awkward, but works for me!

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Bella » Sat Aug 31, 2013 1:10 pm

wow - some gret things poping up in here - I really need to pick up the guitar again and have another go - prehaps not today though... maybe when I've some real sleep and then some nice strong coffee ..

mmmmm coffee...

*goes to find the "breakfast bomb" coffee... its in here somewhere... :twisted:

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by nbhc » Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:22 am

you should check out justin sandercoe's website, he's one of the best online teachers going!

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Re: Guitar Things

Post by Venomous_Bear » Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:59 pm

nbhc wrote:you should check out justin sandercoe's website, he's one of the best online teachers going!
ACE, thanks everybody!!
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