(23 replies, posted in Acoustic)

um I wouldn't call it normal not to be able to play "horse with no name" as it's only 2 very simple chords... <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif" border=0 alt="Rolling Eyes"> make sure your nails are cut down below the fingertip level to avoid hitting the strings, and keep close to the fret.  it will come eventually


(26 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I Start playing the guitar every day within about 10 minutes of waking up, that gets your energy flowing and gives you more drive for playing later in the day.  Maybe try something to that effect.


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

are you being phocesious or do you really think people should forget scales LOL.  I personally don't use them, theres no need for scales if you are just playing for your own benefit or just playing folk music


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Actually, the topic isn't up for debate.  I Personally don't use scales either, but I knew I would have problems from the other users If I didn't mention them.

That makes absolutely NO sense at all.  Think about it.  The strings on an acoustic are MUCH harder to press down than on an electric.  Therefore OBVIOUSLY it will strengthen your fingers more.  If you want to learn on electric go ahead, but Don't expect to play acoustic well later.  I'm sure he rest of us can vouche for that, right?


(19 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Sparra, I Recommend you get yourself a light guage thumb pick.  they are exactly the same as a flat pick, except they have a loop typed thing on top to hold it on your thumb.you can still hold it like a regular flat pick, and it will not move. Hope that helps


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

wow thats shocking, oubaas didn't disagree with me  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_confused.gif" border=0 alt="Confused">


(53 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Steven.  You mentioned you wanted to play songs by John Denver and Paradise by John Prine.  There are no barre chords in paradise, when played properly.  There are also no barres in Country Roads by John Denver,  I Will help you find the chords for paradise if you want, the ones on here are usually wrong.  Hope that helps, peace.


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

<font face="Arial"><font color="orange">Well Since my first post gathered record replies LOL, I Thought I'd write another post out for the beginner, maybe something a bit more lucid.</font>


<font color="blue"><font face="Arial"><font color="red"><font face="Arial">The First thing you want to do, is obviously get yourself a guitar.  Maybe look into a "kit" for beginners, doesn't have to be anything fancy.  Don't sink a lot of money into it if you think you are just going to drop your whole playing ego in a week.</font></font>

<font color="blue"><font face="Arial">The Next thing you should do is grab yourself a guitar chord chart from a local dollar store or music store, whichever suits you. Make sure it lists ALL of the major chords, as well as the variations and barres. You may also want to get a chart of notes and scales.</font></font>

<font color="red">If you didn't purchase a kit, you will want to get yourself several picks, as they are easy to lose (all though I have never lost one) I recommend trying different styles of picks, get yourself some light picks, medium, heavy, guitar thumb pick, banjo thumb pick, and try them all! for people who don't grip a regular flat pick well, a thumb pick may be your answer.</font></font>

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Practice your scales first, then once you have those down, move on to the major chords.  You can learn some minor chords in between all that if you want, but that may just  complicate things.  Don't forget your F Major!! some people find this "too hard" to play, and merely just don't bother with it.  It's a major chord! you need it.</font></font>

<font color="red"><font face="Arial">When playing with other musicians, the most important thing other than knowing your chords and being able to change quickly between them, is timing!  If your timing is not on with the other persons, it will sound horrible.  Most people keep time with their foot, others just do it in their head.  Or you can use a metronome.</font>  </font>

<font face="Arial"><font color="blue">Start out slow and don't give up, no matter what, you can do it! learn some songs that are easy, but also ones that you like.  If a song doesn't hold your interest, what good is it?  Being able to play well takes time.</font></font>

If you need any help with anything, just send me a reply or post something on the chordie forum!  I'm sure this post will get most of our older members in a huff..LOL! So good luck with that, peace


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

There is no such thing as a C2 chord, merely just a C major on the second fret, with a capo.

OK Oubaas, I Will admit you are probably a good head, and lets drop this rivalry so to speak LOL.  Whoever said "do I own a martin because I am reccomding them alot" no I don't own a martin, I own a Yamaha FX-TBS-40, An experimental type Gibson Jumbo which is very rare, it has a bolt on style neck.  It's actually an epiphone, but it's an old one, about 20 years.  And I also have  a strat copy.  But I have played an Ovation, Alvarez, Martin, Taylor, Gibson Hollowbody, Guild, Yamaha 12 string and a Fender, and I still like Martins the best.

My apologies Oubaas for any hard feelings or negative comments, lets move forward.


(19 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Nice to see all of you giving Yamaha a good name.  Some people on this forum who shall remain nameless  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif" border=0 alt="Rolling Eyes"> seem to think there is something wrong with Yamaha guitars.  Personally, I have a Yamaha FX-TBS-40 which is a list price of 550 dollars Canadian, and it is well worth that.  The finish is not "heavy" and it sounds exquisite. Go get a yamaha!

I don't need help from anyone on anything, especially not from someone who thinks Martin is a bad guitar, because they obviously don't know what they are talking about.

Ok I Just found out that Elixir was bought out by W.L. Gore after speaking to a Martin representative.  So the set I have was made by Martin.  And NOWHERE on the Elixir site is there even a MENTION of d'addario.  So you can pull your head out of your ass and stop making things up that you think you saw in your mind.  I Don't care if you have been playing the guitar for 6 million years, that doesn't mean you are doing it right...the sound hole is on the front BUD!  Also Yamaha uses one of the thinnest finishes used today, looks like that heavy finish is on your brain eh!  Get your facts straight before you go against me.

you won't have to wait long for those to wear out! they are worn out the second you open the package.

yea I will be reccomding elixir forever, I have been on the websites of about 40 bands today and in the top corner they all say "this band(whatever the name is) uses Elixir Strings" So you obviously don't know what you are talking about. if you want to use stupid d'addario go right ahead, thats you problem.  D'addario has nothing to do with Martin, and martin does make elixir strings, as it says right on the package "made by cf martin co." so get a life. thanks

I Don't have any problem with you sir, and I don't claim to know everything, all I know is what experience has taught me.  I'm sure you know what you're talking about to a certain extent, same as I know what i'm talking about to an extent.  You may like d'addario strings, but I don't because they don't last very long.  If you play a set of d'addario strings that are brand new, and I play my elixir strings that are 3 years old, they will sound better than the d'addario.  I Also like them because they muffle the squeaking of your fingers on the strings down to an almost not audible level without compromising overall sound.

<b>Whoa, hoss! I never said Yamahas were "poor quality". Their quality is unquestionable, as far as construction goes. But those heavy gloss finishes tend to take the edge off what would otherwise be, no doubt, genuinely brilliant tone. I played one of their solid wood handmades, and as I said, a solid-top, laminate-bodied guitar topped it for tone and projection. But if they ever lay off the heavy gloss and offer a thin nitro, or better yet, a French polish finish on the L series, I'll buy one that very day!</b>

My Yamaha doesn't have a heavy finish at all, infact it's so thin you can plainly see the grain of the wood on the top and sides.  You have probably never seen my guitar although it is fairly new, it is not on the yamaha website.  If you want to learn off of a dvd go right ahead, that's not my problem, as far as I'm concerned it's better to figure the whole thing out on your own or from a real person.  I'm happy to entertain any comments you can throw at me lol.  So yeah, I'm not saying anyone is wrong or right, just stating my experience. peace

My post was not meant to upset anyone, just point some beginners in the right direction.  As for Martin guitars being "average" tell that to most of the musicians in the world today who play them.  I Come from a family of the greatest instrumentalists who ever lived, not that I am one of them, but still.  When you can play as good as my uncle JP Cormier (www.jp-cormier.com) let me know, and I will listen to whatever you say.  I Don't doubt that some of the people here know what they are talking about...although I have gotten many songs off of here with the chords so wrong that it didn't even remotely sound like the song.  As for Yamaha guitars being poor quality, I have a Yamaha FX TBS-40 (Retail $550.00 CAN) and it is the best sounding guitar I have ever played.  Sure it's no match for my 1963 Gibson stereo, but then again, what is? The reason I say "DVD's Are crap" is because they are usually a rip off, unless it's Doc Watson or somebody teaching the course, All they really know is the basics.  I Am a folk and old country style guitar player, not into rock.  Some people can learn on an electric and play the acoustic later, some can't.  Personally I learned on both a strat model and a Gibson jumbo D shoulder model acoustic, and have no problem applying adequate string pressure.  As for you not liking coated strings...Elixir coated strings made by Martin are the most used strings today by all musicians, and if you haven't tried them, you don't know what they are like...they are not like other coated strings.  D'addario are the cheapest crap you can buy, and are even lower quality than factory strings.  Sorry to get all of you in a huff. peace

<font color="orange">Here are some tips for the beginners out there, from me (a professional) to you.</font>

<font color="red">If you already have an acoustic guitar, Don't get an electric guitar (until you learn acoustic first) thats the best advice I can give you.  Playing an electric guitar is easy, therefore if you learn on an electric and want to play an acoustic later, you won't be able to...not well anyways.  Playing the acoustic will strengthen your fingers and give you the feel for the frets. </font>

<font color="blue">DVD's are not much good, and are more of a second choice, they work for some people, not for others. </font>

<font color="red">You should get yourself a chord chart listing all the major chords, the minor chords and maybe the scales if you want to be real fancy with it. get those chords learned before moving on.</font>

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After you learn the chords, find your strumming rhythm.  Nobody can teach you how to strum, thats something you figure out on your own.  Once you have learned all major chords (except b, that is a jazz chord and isn't used very often, but you can learn it if you want) and can switch between chords quickly, you can start learning the minor chords and others, or some of them anyways.  I Use Am, Bmaj7, D7, G7, Em, and others on a regular basis so thats important. </font>

When you can play a tune blindfolded, with your eyes closed or in the dark, you have learned how to play.  Some people think doing that is hard or impossible, but if you can really play, it isn't even the slightest bit difficult. </font>

<font color="red">Don't be cheap when buying your guitar, it will probably be with you your whole life, the best guitars in the world are made by Martin, Gretsch, Gallagher, Guild, Rickenbacker, Fender and Gibson.  Martin does make some low(er) priced models for beginners, around 700-800 bucks US (I Know thats alot, but it's worth it. </font>

<font color="blue">When choosing your strings, I reccomend Elxir strings, thats all I use and ever will use.  They are coated with some special coating that makes them last for years and years.  I have had a set on my guitar for 3 years and they still sound like brand new, with awesome tone and sound quality.  They will run you about 38 dollars, which is really worth it, because if you had to buy a regular set of strings every 2 months for 3 years, it would cost you quite a bit at around 10 dollars per pack.  If you can't afford these then go with Martin phosphor bronze strings. And for electric go with Fender strings. </font>

<font color="red">If you want a cheap, yet great sounding guitar, Yamaha makes some nice guitars. You can get elixir strings at pretty much any music store or at www.elixir.com, and martin strings at music stores as well or at www.martinstrings.com.  Now back to playing...Don't start out trying to play that "heavy metal" crap, just try some easy folk tunes or old country tunes, which mainly consist of 3 chords, most songs consist of 3 major chords.  Always strum up and down, unless you are playing a waltz which is where you hit the top string and do 2 down strums.  This isn't used very often.  All songs have their own beat, and you need to find it on your own, that can't be taught.  If you don't have a chord chart just go to Google Image search and type in for example "D major guitar chord" or whatever chord you need.  Thats what I do most of the time.  So I hope this helps all you beginners, if you need help with anything at all on the guitar you can send me an email at <a href="mailto:bigdjindustriez&#64;eastlink.ca" target="_blank">bigdjindustriez&#64;eastlink.ca</a> or go to my website at www.bigdjindustriez.tk  Peace out  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif" border=0 alt="Very Happy"> </font>


(23 replies, posted in Electric)

did you say stratocaster? there is no bridge on a stratocaster...not a standard one anyway, they have a metal saddle (with a pickup in it) but if you got the name wrong and you have a guitar with a bridge, I would strongly reccomend a bone bridge..(A Real bone bridge, not plastic) which will last longer.  The bridge doesn't really affect the sound that much unless it's not installed properly (the highest part goes towards the top string) your problem more than likely is being caused by the neck not being set up.  This may also cause the strings to rattle or buzz..I Have the same problem with my strat. copy. Take it to a music shop, or if you are so inclined, set the neck yourself by turning the truss rod(s) about a quarter of a centimetre either way, depending on which way the neck needs to go. Hope that helps.


(26 replies, posted in Electric)

My inspiration(s) for playing are in this order: JP Cormier (My Uncle - www.jp-cormier.com), Doc Watson, and Chet Atkins. As well as my father (www.josephcormier.tk) peace


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Two years old? well theres your problem...if they are just regular strings.  Time to get a new set.  If your guitar is an "Old Clunker" you should get a medium guage Martin String, or if it's a fairly new lower end guitar, you can try light guage Martin strings.  For brand new high end guitars such as Martin, Gretsch, Gallagher, Gibson or Rickenbacker, I Would strongly reccomend Elixir Ultra-Lights.  The best strings I ever had are called "Elixir" and are made by the Martin guitar company.  The have some type of "nanoweb" coating which keeps them going a longgg time. I Put them on my Gibson 2 years or more ago, and they still sound brand new.  They will run you about 32 dollars, but it's well worth it.  Hope this helps  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif" border=0 alt="Very Happy">


(4 replies, posted in Electric)

Hi David 137, I Have a Fender Strat, 63 Gibson Stereo Hollowbody, Yamaha FX-TBS40 and an Epiphone Jumbo body, I Strum them all in exactly the same fashion, maybe a little bit lighter on the electric, as the strings are wound tighter and are thinner. I Tend to play the strat without the amplifier, and strum it quite hard to get sound out of it, And have broken a few strings, so I would say always use your amp and a light pick on electric.  Hope this helps!  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_twisted.gif" border=0 alt="Twisted Evil">