(242 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Aloha guys! 28 year old Hawaiian boy living in Nebraska. Originally born in Germany(ex-Military brat).

Only really been playing for the past 8 months and loving it. I'm the worship leader at my church and wanted to learn to play guitar and add a different sound to the service. I'd eventually love to learn to play latin style fingerpicking, but that's later on down the road. Once you get the basics down, the possibilities are endless.


(1 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I know, I know... on the chees-o-meter that probably tipped the scales, but I just couldn't resist. I really do have a couple questions about the capo. I'm sure this has probably been asked on here 100 million times already, so what's one more time?

First, when you capo, can you do the same chord fingering and still get the same sound? Or is it a whole new set of finger placing? And second, if that's the case, is there any "rule of thumb" or guidelines or charts I can get ahold of to help me? And finally, are there any suggestions on a good capo for beginner guitarists?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated and well taken. Thanks so much guys for helping beginners such as myself learn things you won't learn in a classroom. Keep up the awesome work!


(242 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Aloha everyone!

I'm originally from Hawaii but living in Nebraska. I got a guitar for Christmas from my wife two years ago, but I've only been playing for almost 5 months so I guess by the looks of it, I may be the rookie here. All you guys (and gals) who have been playing for years are an inspiration for me. I covet your wisdom and knowledge to help make me a better player. Take care!


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I'm doing some window shopping for a guitar and I keep seeing "dreadnought". What is it? How is it different than the other steel and nylon guitars?


(26 replies, posted in Acoustic)

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<b></b><font color="crimson"></font>Hmmmm...several things come to mind. Keep playing everyday if you can...just a few minutes a day will keep your callouses built up. Also you can cheat a bit and tune the guitar to Eb and put a capo on to reduce the string pressure. Make sure that you wipe down the strings after playing...some of us have a high salt content and the strings will tarnish and get rough! Really eats up the fingers...also make sure your hands are dry and clean... playing while the callouses are soft will eat them up. Also check the set-up of your guitar...there is a tremendous diffence in the playability of a guitar that is properly set-up and one that's not! Hope this helps...

You brought up great points jaygordon. But what did you mean when you said to check the set-up of your guitar? Can you elaborate a bit? I'm a beginning player as well with soft hands. I don't want to get discouraged because my fingers feel like they're being amputated. <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_wink.gif" border=0 alt="Wink">


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

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<table border="0" align="center" width="90%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td class="SmallText"><b>scrimmy82 wrote on Wed, 14 March 2007 12&#58;59</b></td></tr><tr><td class="quote">
Bollocks, im lost  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_lol.gif" border=0 alt="Laughing">

<img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif" border=0 alt="Very Happy">  Lets see if we can find you...

A suspended chord means that you don't play the third of the scale, and instead play the 2nd or the 4th as indicated.

So a C major chord (or any major chord, for that matter) is made up of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th notes of the C major scale....

Thanks for all the responses. Jerome, I <i>THINK</i>I'm getting it. So then, for another example of a major2 chord-such as D2, I would play the DEFA notes right? If I'm following right, then you explained it great Jerome. Let me know. It's a really interesting lesson on suspended chords as well.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I'm a beginning guitarist and I'm trying to get better by playing songs I love. I've come across some songs that have a C2 chord and also a D2 chord. What are those, what does it mean and how can I do them? I've looked on the chord dictionary and they seem to have every other number but the 2. Also, do all the major chords have a number 2 for them as well? Any help would be greatly appreciated