Topic: New from Oz

Hi all,  have been playing for 18 mths now , started off with an acoustic and really struggled to get clean neat sound .
Now found a cheap great condition Mim fender strat hss and the difference since the change is really nice, chord changes easier , and            , cool sound!.
I'm 57 in a few days , looking forward to continuing to learn ,  bar chords are my next challenge , although the pentatonics are giving me grief .
  Soooo much to grasp!!

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Good on Ya for persistence !!  That is what it takes to improve on guitar..... desire and practice, practice and more practice.  Keep running the scale patterns, not for hours at a stretch but try to make at least an hour total time by the end of the day. If you can, recite the notes that are in the scale as you play them and in that way you will also locate all the notes in any key signature.  A real help when transposing on the fly, or improvising over someone else's chord progression.  There will be (of course) some that will not agree and feel that the actual notes are not as important as the sound, until it comes time to create inversions or wander out into the Jazz 6/9 chord region.

As for the barres, you should be trying to make your "open" chord shapes in the first position without the index finger, and getting the "pinky" in the game as well.  When you start moving those shapes (grips) up the neck you will already have the dexterity and finger strength to fret your notes cleanly.  Start with the "5" chords (root +5) and learn where the roots are on the two bass strings .  When playing your "set list", take a stab at doing like the first verse with open chords, and then the second with all barre chords, or just revert to the barres for the bridge and chorus.  That will help your ear in selecting which grip to use based on the actual sound rather than convenience..... first position and second position chords of the same name do actually have different "characters" and are not always harmoniously interchangeable.  Experiment ! and above all Have Fun with it !!

Oh Yeah.... Welcome to Chordie !!

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Re: New from Oz

Welcome to Chordie, I have moved your post here as I think it was out of place in the Jamplay section.

There is only three things you need to become a great guitar player:

(1) Practice;

(2) Practice;

and finally

(3) More Practice........ lol

Roger

Re: New from Oz

Welcome to Chordie - which part of Oz are you in??

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Hi Max, welcome to Chordie. Sometimes I wish I was starting out learning again, then I realise I still am.... learning to play properly. Take heed of what Doug has written, it's very good advice. 5 minutes here and there throughout the day learning chords and scales and picking out tunes is what the doctor ordered.

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Hi guys, thanks for the welcome, luckily I have plenty of spare time to practice ( wife working Kids grown up) when not fishing or just being at the beach (800mtrs away)!!.I am spoilt. If you get time look up Exmouth Western Australia , pretty remote, great weather but best of all check out all the water activities here , from big game fishing to diving with whale sharks and all the other critters here. Back to the important things , my guitar,    I love it, and can't get enough, I know everything come with practice so ,,,, back to it .I hope to absorb all you have to say , to help me along ,, Cheers and beers to ya all!

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Welcome to chordie great to have you on here. Your part of OZ sounds like a wonderful place to live,

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Welcome to Chordie, MAXOR ... glad you poked your head in to say hello. As others have already said, the learning just keeps on, no matter how long you play. That keeps music from ever getting dull, and each new thing you master makes you feel like you've conquered another mountain. Enjoy the climb, mate!

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Re: New from Oz

Welcome to Chordie MAXOR.

Not much I can add except maybe...................practice. smile

It all falls into place a little at a time.

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maxor1234 wrote:

If you get time look up Exmouth Western Australia

Ahhh, cool, if you're ever down closer to Perth, feel free to pop in for a jam ... I've only ever made it as far north as Kalbarri smile

-[ Musician, writer, guitarist, poor singer ]-
My songs             http://neophytte.mine.nu/audio/
My Soundcloud   https://soundcloud.com/neophytte1
My YouTube         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHnDpTAPTUE&list=PLhpGn51pPqN6q8kmuORnuWcAXRF1_b1zV

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Welcome to Chordie. Sounds like you are doing very well for 18 months in. Keep up the good work.

Everyone here is interesting in helping and learning from you. I think some of the better lessons I've taken from the site have been from others who have a new realization. So, please join in and keep us informed on how you're doing.

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Welcome to Chordie. You are now in one big happy family.  I`m the hoarder of the group.

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