i thought it might be interesting to see how far the brotherhood of guitarist reach.

i am from dallas texas,40 yrs old,been playing 17 yrs.

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(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

my fave is a guitar that is beat to hell and the pawn shops wont loan ya any money on it,so no matter what i always keep an old war horse around the house.ha,ha.,.

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(6 replies, posted in Electric)

hey caz check it out.usually on tab they sometimes have the chords above the tab itself,a lot of tabs do.

when i was starting out with tabs i was lost also but then i realized the chords were written out on the top.

if you know the song and you know the chord fingering,then try to strum it out.for me it was easier that way.when pulling tab from chordie sometimes they give you the option of tabs or chords.give it a shot.

first time out,definateley let a tech do it.

looking back 17 yrs in now,wow,never thought i would get it down,my reasons are a little different.i was 24 my girlfriend was prego and i had decided to get married and have a kid and i wanted to be able to play for the offspring,but also wanted to be able to walk in guitar center and jam.and now i can do both of those.

HELL YEA!

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(1 replies, posted in Acoustic)

if your new and interested in fingerpiking check out the white stipes,the song is we are going to be friends and believe me it does not get any easier than this and you can get the tab on chordie,it is corny,i guess thats why it the theme song to NAPOLEAN DYNAMITE. this song can be accomplished in about 5 minutes regardless of your expertice,enjoy.

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(4 replies, posted in Acoustic)

dude if it were me i would stick with acoustic until i perfected strumming,the reason is with acoustic every thing you do must be clean or it wont sound right,with electric you can crank up the gain(distortion) and all the mistakes can be covered up.i personally believe starting out with acoustic is better because it forces you to be more accurate in your fretting and strumming.and when starting out with electric and an amp it can be really trying to get a good tone for strumming,dont get me wrong though,cranking it up with power chords,dropped d ,etc... is a blast and really gets your pump going.best of luck man.

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(2 replies, posted in Electric)

hixxstar might have confused you or maybe not,not trying to slam the hixster at all.by reading your question i can get an idea of where your at with the guitar.lets look at it like this. what you are looking at is the neck of the guitar,but remember your top string on your guitar is the bottom string

on that chart,basically its upside down.the numbers you see are the fret locations where you put your fingers,the xxx's you see are muted strings which means barely lay your fingers on them not pushing down to hard and it will give you a chucka chucka sound when you strum them.

in the 1st chord pattern on that chart you could use your index finger to fret the A-string on the 2nd fret and you could use your ring finger to lay across theD,G,B strings on the 4th fret.hope this helps,anymore questions just ask.

good luck.... remember the chart is upsidedown.

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(9 replies, posted in Electric)

i also agree with whatever is comfortable to you,but i tend to rest my picky also.resting your pinky will help you in the execution of picking strings and skipping strings.

hey cazador keep in mind that with electric you can crank up the gain on your amp and you have distortion,and with distortion you can cover up a lot of sloppiness and mistakes,with acoustic you have to be clean or you and others can hear the mistakes.

so if you want to be good at the guitar i would highly reccomend you stay with the acoustic for a while and get your fingers trained to make chords properly and get your picking and strumming down.

that was some of the best advice that i got when i started out,thought i would pass it along to you.also keep in mind that a acoustic can be taken and played anywhere,lakes,parks,etc. electric you must have electricity.the convience speaks for itself.and believe me there are a lot of very cool acoustic songs out there,metallica,etc,etc...

best of luck..

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(4 replies, posted in Acoustic)

im not sure how long you have been playing but you have stumbled onto something,and that is, that most begineers concentrate on the fretting hand which is a very integral part of playing the guitar however, i try to get people to realize that the strumming hand is what its all about,and now you have figured that out on your own.just keep at it and it will come.its all about repitition and lots of practice.if you have heard of janes addiction they have a song called jane says,the chords are g and a.

when playing that song stum the g with downstrokes and the a with all upstrokes.that might help you figure out what upstokes are all about.have no fear you will get there.

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(62 replies, posted in Electric)

my favorite is a beat up yamaha acoustic and on the electric side is another beat up guitar that i call the mongrel,its pieced together from many guitars,the reason theyre my fave,is because pawn shops wont accept them which means i always have a gun in the house,YEA!

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(4 replies, posted in Electric)

hey dalex,a guitar tuner cost about 15 bucks and makes it really easy however,lets say your top(6th) string is in or close to tuned,all you would do is fret the top string at 5th fret and tune the {5th}string to the sound of the {6th}that you have fretted at the 5th fret.then fret the 5th string at the 5th fret and tune the 4th string to the pitch of the 5th string you have fretted at the 5th fret,what your trying to do is get them to sound exactly alike.next you fret the 4th string at the 5th fret and tune the 3rd string to that pitch,now your going to switch it up a bit and this is the only time its different,here we go,fret the 3rd string at the 4th fret and tune the 2nd string to that pitch,now your going back to the same as above so,fret the 2nd string at the 5th fret and tune the 1st string to that pitch,now your guitar is in tune. weather your 6th string{top} is in 440 {standard} tuning or not,at least your guitar is in tune with itself,hope that makes sense

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(6 replies, posted in Electric)

thanks rox,actually sounds like a good challenge,especially since all i play is metal and acoustic ballads.do jazz players have a special way of strumming or is it basically finger picking,or way different timing?i do play alot of randy rhoads melodic stuff and i think his influence was a guy named fernando sor,yet i have never heard any of his stuff.i dont know if he is considered jazz or ?i would like to check him out though..

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(4 replies, posted in Electric)

thanx axe,that sounds familar.

i will give it a whirl.its a heavy tuning and big time fun!

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(4 replies, posted in Electric)

having a blonde moment,when in standard tuning how to i get to


c g c f a d


a lot of nickelback is in this tuning,and i forgot the procedure..


thanks guys

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(15 replies, posted in Electric)

dee by randy rhoads,i'll challenge ya!

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(6 replies, posted in Electric)

thanks bduffy, will have to give it a try,havent been down that road before.

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(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey bud dont want to steer you wrong,in my earlier post i explained to you about fret positions,now i havent actually seen the exact diagram your talking about but sometimes the 1,2 and3s could mean exact fingering on certain strings within certain frets.this can be figured out,for instance,if you see a number 6 and above anywhere obviously that would mean fret position,if it never goes above 5,this would mean exact fingering as we only have 5.

hope this helps.

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(6 replies, posted in Electric)

18 yrs in and stuck in a rut!

does anybody other than me feel like thier playing the same thing over and over?when i do stumble on to something new i call it a new door opening,but lately those doors are hard to find.im sure we all have been through this at one point or another,so any advice or suggestions of how to find the next damn door will be highly appreiated.thanks guys....

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(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

if im reading you question right,the 1 2 and 3s are the fret locations,and if you buy guitar magazine and use the tablature to learn songs the same principal applies,but keep in mind that on tablature the top string on your guitar is the bottom string on the tab,its upside down but as you use it more and more it will make sense to you. enjoy!

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(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

HEY JOHN,BELIEVE IT OR NOT IF YOU CAN GET A CLEAN STRUM

THEN YOU ARE COMING ALONG JUST FINE.

IM 18YRS IN AND THE BEST ADVICE I CAN GIVE IS ,WHEN YOU PLAY TAB PLAY A SONG YOU KNOW AND THE RYTHM WILL COME MAN.ALWAYS REMEMBER,FOCUS ON THE RIGHT HAND UNLESS YOUR LEFT HANDED,DONT GET CAUGHT UP WITH THE FRET HAND,EVENTUALLY YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN.


STRUM YOUR HEART OUT MAN AND BE PATIENT,IT WILL COME.

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(2 replies, posted in Electric)

the easiest way to learn is playing with somone that is a little further along than you,try to stick with songs that have 3 to 4 basic chords that you are comfortable with and have ease switching back and forth.1 major thing to keep in mind and it may not seem to make any sense to you at this time,{concentrate on your picking hand)so many people get caught up in the fretting hand and yes it is important but guitar playing is all about the strumming and picking hand. GOOD LUCK BE PATIENT AND HANG IN THERE.