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  • #16
    Shoot, hit backspace... :P


    Any excercises for that? Any way to keep/develop the calouses? I have been fingering a pair of scissors (dull end, but still definite on those new shears!). I don't want to lose what little I have developed after a week of not playing......

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    • #17
      Any excercises for that?
      A squishy ball may help, other than that practice.

      Any way to keep/develop the calouses?
      Yes, practice.

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      • #18
        No sandpaper?

        Nothing I can grip on the bus or at work?

        Yes, I know, practice, but there are more things you can do to make you run faster than just running (and no, I do not mean 'roids). Anything I can do to help accelerate some of these things the better....

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        • #19
          Yari bako

          I kid :P

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          • #20
            You need to learn how to walk first never mind running.
            You should be practicing and/or playing every day even if it is only for 5-10 minutes.

            Mostly practicing, as in practice a song (or what you know of it), practice a chord or a chord change, practice your strumming or your picking, practice your timing, practice a scale or a riff--you getting the picture?

            You want something to do on the bus or at work-buy a good music/guitar theory book-you can't go wrong.

            Go into your favorites and create a new folder called Guitar-in that folder create these sub-folders.
            Chords
            Scales
            TAB
            Theory
            Metronomes
            Youtube
            I'll post some links shortly to help you populate them.

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            • #21
              In Guitar folder tuners
              http://www.gieson.com/Library/projects/utilities/tuner/
              http://www.chordbook.com/guitartuner.php
              Chords
              http://www.chordguide.com/guitar/chords.asp?note=c
              http://www.chordie.com/chords.php
              http://www.8notes.com/guitar_chord_chart/
              http://www.chordbook.com/guitarchords.php
              http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/index.php

              Scales
              http://www.jazzguitar.be/guitar_chord_finder.html
              http://www.chordbook.com/guitarscales.php
              http://www.jamcenter.com/guitarscales.html
              http://www.freakguitar.com/scales.html
              http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php

              TAB-I usually google tabs as it is quicker when looking for a particular song
              http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/
              http://www.911tabs.com/
              http://www.guitaretab.com/
              http://www.mxtabs.net/guitar_tabs/
              http://www.tabcrawler.com/

              Theory (+lessons)
              http://www.zentao.com/guitar/
              http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/
              http://www.guitarchordsmagic.com/gui...ic-theory.html
              http://www.harmony-central.com/Guita...eory-chart.txt
              http://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthr...Tr#Post1582022
              http://s87874414.onlinehome.us/Fraze....Reference.pdf
              --Frazer Box's--a little steep but worth printing out

              Metronomes-why more than one? check them out
              http://www.metronomeonline.com/
              http://webmetronome.com/
              http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/metronome.php
              http://www.seventhstring.com/metronome/metronome.html <has foot help
              http://www.8notes.com/metronome/ <has drums

              Youtube-I use this folder for quick links to lessons and songs that I may be working on.
              Last edited by 5150; 03-13-2009, 07:07 PM. Reason: add link

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              • #22
                Kool, I will when I get home!

                Thanks!

                (BTW, it is strange, listening to music I can't hear what chords they are playing but I am starting to pick out the individual chords and changes. I hope to start being able to "see" the chords soon.....)

                Also, lame as it is, I am trying to remember the chord tabs while walking back and forth to work. Picturing D, D7 Dmaj7, Dmin, etc etc....


                It is just weird to me that somehow, I sit down after not playing for 2 or 3 days and I can finger the chords more easily than the last time. It makes no sense!


                They I listen to Horton Heat and try to picture his fingers moving and I get depressed to hell!

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                • #23
                  Oh man....

                  I just tried going through and finding a couple of tunes that SOUNDED relatively simple, but man was I wrong!

                  First mistake? QotSA "No One Knows". The first chord has a relatively simple base, but you have to have a double jointed pinkie to get the 12th fret e when your other fingers are all on 7, 9 and 10!

                  So I tried looking for some Who, but unfortunately, some chords just did not sound right. The C/D in "SqueezeBox" did not fit, although "Imagine a man" sounded right, it was just hard to play.

                  I think I looked at However Much I Booze, but I am not sure on that one...

                  The key is, some of the tabs being called out just did not sound right. I know, it could have been me, but setting them up slowly as called out, they did not ring true to the same sound that I was hearing on the studio recording (even though they were rated well on 911...).

                  Ah well, I guess the question is simple, are there any easy songs to get used to? Any bands I should be looking at? Early Beatles? Simon and Garfunkel even? Should I focus on the power chords while learning acoustic or are they primarily for Electric?

                  Learning chords is nice and all, but it is like learning your ABC's without even touching Dog or Cat yet. They have no context and it does not help the hardest part which is trying to go from one chord or another. Progression, movement and feel of that are more important than knowing Dmaj7 (although Dmaj7 might be useful to know for other reasons, but anyway).

                  So if anyone knows a few simpler acoustics I could practice to get my fingers more used to placement, I would appreciate it. I tried myself and I kept getting "Archipelago" instead of "cow".

                  Hell, I needed spellcheck to get Archipelago right!

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                  • #24
                    "Arpeggio"?

                    Anyway, I've picked up the last couple of issues of Acoustic Guitar magazine (think I'm gonna subscribe) and it has had some pretty easy but good-sounding songs. I'll try to get "Come Monday" by Jimmy Buffet in here:

                    Code:
                    Verse:
                    G C D G    Headin' up to San Francisco for the Labor Day weekend show
                    G C D G    I got my Hush Puppies on, I guess I never was meant for glitter rock and roll
                    Am C D     And, honey, I didn't know that I'd be missing you so
                    
                    Chorus:
                    C G       Come Monday it'll be alright
                    C D       Come Monday I'll be holding you tight
                    G Bm C D  I spent four lonely days in a brown LA haze
                    C D G     And I just want you back by my side
                    
                    Bridge:
                    A D    I can't help it, honey
                    A D    You're that much a part of me now
                    A D    Remember that night in Montana
                    C D    When we said there'd be no room for doubt
                    F C G  (instrumental)
                    
                    Final Chorus:
                    G Bm C D   I spent four lonely days in a brown LA haze
                    C D F C G  And I just want you back by my siiiiide
                    And the song goes:
                    Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Verse, Chrous, Final Chorus

                    The only really "tricky" part is the Bm barre chord. Enjoy

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                    • #25
                      Bm is kind a hard to get to from the others, but it looks fairly strait forward.

                      All I gotta do is find the tune so I can hear what it is supposed to sound like before I murder it!

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                      • #26
                        Am to C looks like an easy transition, but I still have not been able to go back and forth between C and G easily yet.

                        Well, you know what they say, practice makes....well....practice!!!!!

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                        • #27
                          I have an 800 dollar Dinky 2 with Duncan Design pickups that I wish I had the patience to learn how to play. I DLed Guitar Pro and over 100,000 tabs to go with it, I just don't know where to start. What are some good songs to start with?

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                          • #28
                            Here's a youtube vid of Come Monday:
                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0---Q97pG4

                            Can't play along with it without a capo though.

                            Am to C should be easy - you're just moving your third finger, keep the other 2 down.

                            C to G should be really easy as well with just a little practice. Keep your second and third fingers in the same shape and move them from the 4th/5th strings to the 5th/6th, then put your pinkie down on the 1st string.

                            G to Bm is harder. Perhaps try focusing on your 3rd finger, which is on the 6th string/3rd fret on the G chord. Concentrate on moving it to the 4th string/4th fret. Let that be your 'anchor' for the chord and let the other fingers fall into the shape.

                            Bm is Am but two frets down, but you have to use your first finger for the barre, so the other 3 fingers make the chord shape instead of your first 3 fingers.

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                            • #30
                              I will have to try to give it a go when I get home...

                              Thanks again guys!

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