(21 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi doc!
I have noticed another thing about picks. Seems like different guitars demands different picks (at least when I'm playing). I own 3 guitars now and have moved from a noname cheap guitar via a 200 euro Tanglewood and now playing a 500 euro Takamine. In my case I have used lighter and lighter picks. First I thought that it was my progress that made this difference, but when I tuned up my noname the other night I played it a bit and imedeately felt I had to change to a harder pick to get the right feel. Anyone else felt this?

You are all right about those damn fingerpickers. They rule... I've tried and tried but I can't nail it. Seems my biggest problem is to get my brain to nail the pick pattern (meltdown even on easy left hand patterns) and then there is the problem to get a nice tone when you've eaten all your nails down...



(16 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Paul!
I have a little system to learn songs. I'm a total disaster at learning by heart...

I have a binder with plastic pockets. Every week I try to find a couple of new songs, print them out and place them FIRST in my binder. When I have time to play I start from the beginning and work my way through. This way the new unknown songs always gets the first attention.

The plastic pockets are good for many reasons: They protect the paper from messy fingers, beer and other party fluids :-), They make it easier to read because they ad some distance from the folder binding.

I have a second binder I call my gig-binder. When I go to a party or to my sons kindergarten for a live gig I lift over the suitable songs to that one.


By the way the A/F# signs sometimes point you to play a bass run. Try to understand them and use them because they can add a lot to your playing (If you don't understand it or brake your fingers trying, just play the first chord and ignore the stuff after "/").

If it's a bass run it's often written like this: (example C to G and Am to C from Lennons Imagine)

G                               C       /e   /f    f#           (Play the C chord and then "walk" single notes (only low E string) up to the G) chord)
   Imagine there's no heaven.
G                        C       /e   /f    f#   
   It's easy if you try.
G                C       /e   /f    f#   
   No hell below us.
G                         C
   Above us only sky.
C              Em     Am       /b  C
   Imagine all the people
    D               D7
   living for today, oooh

You have to time the notes in the bass run to comply with the beats to next full chord.


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Well, that was a refreshing little dispute with the big d, wasn't it...

Funny to see how the chordinas (the real ones I mean) stand up for the site and people they never met other than virtualy. I love this site because everyone try to help eachother by their own best effort. No question is a stupid question and even a rookie like myself can contribute with my rookie knowledge. If you get something wrong or don't know the whole story there is always someone who picks up and explain without stepping on the less educated.

Thanks friends.

By the way, my father got his pension two years ago. Now he lives at the golf course but he still can't hit a decent drive. Bit like me playing a guitar...
If you love what you do, there is no need to be good at it :-)    (that sounded cool, think i'll use that as a signature)


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

He, he get some therapy for you I am god syndrom...


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I don't think you'll get banned, everybody is free to have an opinion. I just don't understand why you waste your time on this lousy site...


(7 replies, posted in Song requests)

Well mate, Google is your friend. It took about 20 secs to find it. Google "lady antebellum love dont live here".
First hit is the one I gave you.

A tip to you (and to all): When you want to find a song you dont know who is singing or want to hear a song you want to play use youtube.

I've got youtube hits even on very unknown swedish bands/singers.



(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Sometimes we could do better without some members that don't do anything but whine. The incorrect tabs/chords are free to correct. AND it's absolutely free to choose other sites than chordie.

Harsh enough?


By the way, as upyerkilt pointed chordie is a search engine so if you find erratic tabs the error comes from another site...


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Sadly it's becuse the guitar is so illogical (is that a correct english word?) there is so much to gain by learning the boring theory. I've done some basic studying and it really helps.

Of course you can be a great guitarist without it, but if you understand the instrument it speeds up the learning.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I don't know what came first, the guitar as it looks today or the piano (or predecessors like chembalo etc). On a piano it's much easier to see the logics in the scales and progressions knowing that the whites are standards and the blacks are flat/sharp, left is low and right is high.


(7 replies, posted in Song requests)

Try this link:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/m/m … re_tab.htm



(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi guys 'n girls!
This is probably a question/statement for Jerome about flats/sharps... (don't know if I dare get in to a discussion on theory with the Jerome guru :-)

In my (swedish) book basic theory for guitar the explanation for why you choose to say flat or sharp (ex. F sharp or G flat) is that in a scale there can never be both a "full" note and a sharp/flat with the same name.

If for example the scale contains a standard F, there can't be a F# (or a Fb) in the same scale, it will then be called Gb (or E#) instead (same shit, different name :-).

And now some theory to enlighten you (you already know this Jerome):

If you build a major scale it's composed by stepping through the scale (the full scale is ALL notes A, A#/Bb, B, C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E, F, F#/Gb, G, G#/Ab) by this order:

Root,  full step, full step, half step, full, full, full, half (and you are back to the root 1 octave higher)

If you use that and create for example a D major scale you get the notes:
D (root), E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D (back to root). To see this theory, look at the D string on your guitar, start with an open string (note D) and walk up the neck on that string by the steps above.

In the D major scale you have "jumped" the F and C notes and got F# and C#. There is already a G and a D in the scale so you can't use Gb and Db.

Now build a F major scale the same way and you get:
F (root), G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F

The first half note step goes from A (which you therefore already used) and you get a Bb, of course it's the same as A# BUT you can't use both A and A# in the same scale which instead in the F major scale give you a Bb.

Mostly as a hobby guitarist you don't now (or don't care) what scale the songs are built of, but the creator probably knew the theory and give your brain some problems by using F# in one song and Gb in the next...

If you understood anything of this jidderich you can just as easily build a minor scale. Just learn the note steps: full, half, full, full, half, full, full and use it from your root (the root gives the scale it's name)

Don't now if this confused or explained...



(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Mean something like this doc?

http://actiontuners.com/?gclid=CJOtguKY … QgodHTrTWA


merry christmas by the way...

This might be stupidly obvious but...
Im quite a rookie and one thing that helped me a lot (against the sore fingers) was when my friend told me to grab the chords closer to the frets. It's a ton of differens in the force you have to use to get a clear chord if you put the finger far away from the fret or just over it. Put the finger as close as possible to the fret (nearest the body) and you get both a clear tone and less stress on the finger tips.


(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Gus!
To me it seems like your problem is more psycological than anything with your playing...

Anyone can learn to play a guitar, BUT to be good at it (as with everything in life) you have to like what you do AND let that joy shine through when you play.

I have been playing for 1 year now and I fully enjoy every time I get a moment with my beloved Takamine accoustic. It doesn't care if I play alone or have anyone listen, I enjoy, and it shows.

Last summer (when I had played for about 6 month) me and a friend was asked to be trobadours on a wedding. At first I was petrified, thinking I can't play/sing well enogh to have an audience of 110 guests listening. They talked us into it and there we were, nervous as hell, playing easy songs (a couple of open chords, no bas runs, no barré chords, nothing fancy what so ever).

All through the night people were singing along, dancing, giving us compliments. Why?
Because how ever rookies we were, however nervous we were, we fullheartedly LOVED playing for them.

So Gus, the next time you grab your gear, FEEL what you want with your playing. If the answer is that you want to play because you enjoy it and want to bring joy to others, you are home safe. If you don't find that feeling you should do something else.

And Gus, life is very short. Spend it doing stuff that are primarily good for you. If your happiness shows it WILL wear of to others around you.



(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Acoustic!
I've been playing a year now and sometimes I have the same problem as you. You strum the patern til you feel you know it, start singing and the barain goes into panic mode... Nothing works.

At first I solved the problem by learning a simple strum pattern (d d u u du). Played that til I could do it in my sleep and used it for ALL 4/4 songs. It works but it doesn't allways sound right. When you get more familiar with the strumming you can test new styles.

Here is a site that gives you some reading abot strumming:

For the every rose i found this:

It's not optimal for learning the strum but you can hear it, and see hes strumming hand.

There was a great video on the song at nextlevelguitar.com but I just found out that those videos arn't free any more...

Hope it helps...



(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I played with a friend that owns a couple of Martins. He let me try one and boy are they sweet... I still don´t think it´s 3800 Euros better than my 200 Euro Tanglewood but It´s like you say, it has something you can´t put your finger on in the feel and sound.

The one I tried is built of brazilian rosewood and the Martins are suposedly built on the edge of exploding to get the tensions in them to produce the perfect sound. They also have a lifetime warranty to the first buyer of the guitar. Pitty they are so expensive...
I could actualy fly to the us, buy a Martin and fly back and still have some money left compared to buying it in Sweden.


(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Thanks for the tip. Checked and mine was pureblood RG...


(7 replies, posted in Electric)

A little tip. Click the "Resources" tab here on chordie. Click "A large chord chart".
Find the chord you want and click it.
Voila you get a lot of alternative fingerings for it.

For Cadd9 there are tons of alternatives. Take a look at:

http://www.chordie.com/voicings.php?tun … hord=Cadd9

I myself mostly use the second one on the las row (032033).



(8 replies, posted in Electric)

I ran the chord through revers chord find on http://chordfind.com/ and it named it:


He he... Thats what I call a serious chord name :-)



(16 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I always google for trobadours playlists. Many trobadours publish lists of what they perform when they do gigs. If they use the songs they are good accoustic songs.



(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi again!
If you have more strange chords you can't name try:


And use revers chord find (upside down chords won't work)  :-)



(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Is the X the high or low E?

If it's like I think the low E (and you have turned the chord 180)  that chord is a Cadd9...

http://www.chordie.com/voicings.php?tun … hord=Cadd9

Last row second chord.



(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Dont know if this can help you.


Transpose if you need to.



(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Doc!
I second most of what you say. When I wrote not rich I meant in money to spend on guitar stuff. My life is very rich otherwise. Beatiful and loving wife, 4 year old son and another one in wifes belly (4 months and only seen on ultra sound). Good and fairly well paid job (where I mostly manage on my 40 h a week and some rare nights/weekends). I still got my health (maybe a little to overweight, because i LOVE good food too, and I rather do some chords/scales than run in the woods...).



(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Doc!
I have a non micked acoustic Tanglewood and lately I have got my first gigs and needed to "amp up" to be heard...

I'm not rich so I choose a sound hole microphone that was realy cheap (approx 50 euro) and it works super. You just place it in the sound hole and a spring keeps it in place. A cable comes from the sound hole and you plug it to the amp.

I looked at some more expensive ones that have separate screws for each string so you can get the sound as you want (the price for those in Sweden is 100 euros and up).

They dont effect your guitar at all and can be removed just as easy when you dont need amplification. One problem with mine is that its so thick that I have to detune one string to get it in, but I don't use it often so it's really not a problem.

Theese mic's only work on metal strings, nylons don't induce any current in the mic so they won't produce amped sound.

A link to get you some info:
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/revi … ern+1/10/1