(9 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I've tried all sorts of different finger picks, since I play mainly fingerstyle on a Taylor 314CE.  The only ones that I found marginally acceptable were the Alaska Piks, but even those I only use as a last resort.  Some fingerstyle players use artificial nails which I've tried and they were the closest thing to real nails for being able to "feel" the strings while you're playing.  Although, they take more maintenance to keep them in good condition and can be rather expensive, since it's best to have them applied at a professional salon.  I've also tried various nail hardener coatings that you apply like nail polish, but none were durable enough and would chip after playing for just a short time.

One of the members (Phill Williams) mentioned using superglue on his nails and that actually works very well.  It's essentially the same type of glue that they use to attach artificial nails.  I've been using nail glue for for the past 2 yrs and it's been working pretty good.  I just apply a thin coat to the outer half of my nail, since you don't need to coat the entire nail.  Since I also use a thumb pick, I only apply it to my index, middle, and ring fingers.


(48 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I have a few guitars and one Uke in my collection...

Taylor 314CE (made in the USA) - My current favorite!
Ovation Elite L718 (made in the USA) - It use to be my favorite, until I got the Taylor.
Cortez 12-string acoustic (made in Japan) - An inexpensive model that a friend gave to me.
Fender Stratocaster (made in Mexico) - The sound quality and playability is surprisingly good for a lower priced Strat.
Kala Makala MK-T Ukulele (made in China) - NIce sound quality for an inexpensive Uke.


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I have to agree with Zurf about Justinguitar.com.  I've used Justin's website for several years and you'll find everything you need on his site and it's free.  He recently undated his entire website and it's loaded with lots of good stuff whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or a veteran guitarist.  I've found JamPlay to be very good too, but it's not free.  They have some good instructors onboard who provided video instructions.  I was member for a year, since I wanted learn more about finger style and blues guitar.


(16 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I have 3 guitars in my collection, so far.  My favorite is the Ovation Elite L718 Acoustic/Electric.  It has a rosewood fretboard and inlays.  I bought it new, way back in 1995 and that's still my go to guitar.  I really like the Ovation Adamas series, but those are too expensive for my budget and since I don't play professionally, I really don't need one that high-end.

I also have a Cortez 12-string acoustic that was given to me as gift.  It's not an expensive model, but it plays and sounds very nice. For more variety, last year I decided to buy a Fender Stratocaster.  I didn't want to spend a fortune on an American Strat, so I opted for the one manufactured in Mexico.  When I tested both the American and Mexican models at my local Guitar Center, the Mexican Strat sounded really good.


(23 replies, posted in Acoustic)

In regards to the Alaska Piks, I think you either love them or hate them.  I play mostly fingerstyle on a 6-string acoustic/electric and occasionally on an acoustic 12-string and the Alaska Piks work well for me.

I've been using the plastic Alaska Piks for a few years, although I prefer to use a standard thumb pick.  Using the Alaska Pik on the thumb is too awkward.  It took awhile to get use to the Alaska Piks, but I like them much better than some of the other types of plastic and metal finger picks that I've tried.  I haven't tried fake nails, since I figured that they would be high maintenance if you want them done right.


(20 replies, posted in Acoustic)

The best 12-string guitar capo that I've used so far is the G7th Newport.  It's a bit pricy at $35, but the tension is adjustable and you can easily install/remove it with one hand.  It's designed for a 12-string, but it also works on a 6-string too.


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


I'm not sure if this is what you had in mind, but someone asked a related question awhile back and I posted some info about an iPhone app (My Songbook) which is available through the iTunes App store.  This iPhone app support files which use the Cordpro format which is also used here on Cordie.  Here's the link to that thread for more info....

This app doesn't sync files directly from your PC to the iPhone, but it does provide a few different ways of transferring files from your PC to the iPhone via your webmail account or if you have a website where you can upload/store files.  You can also access Cordie.com from within the app and download songs directly from here.



(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)


I've found YouTube to be a pretty good source for finding strumming patterns for some of the more popular songs.  I usually have pretty good luck at finding stuff by including either "Lesson" or "How to play" along with the title of the song in the search window.


I just recently started learning fingerstyle, since I'm getting bored just playing rhythm guitar.  Plus, finger picking sounds really cool!  I may throw away my picks also, if I ever get good at this ...LOL.


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

John... If your daughter likes modern country music, you may want check out some of the tunes by Taylor Swift.  She very popular among the younger folks.  Her latest album is "Fearless" which includes several songs that are pretty easy to play for beginner, e.g. "The Best Day", "Hey Stephen", "White Horse".

Another contemporary female singer/songwriter that I like is Colbie Caillat, but since I haven't tried playing any of her songs on the guitar, I'm not sure how easy they are for beginners.


(13 replies, posted in About Chordie)

mekidsmom wrote:

Good deal guys.  Do you know what the download version can do?  Is it a 7 day, 30 day trial etc?  Full featured, or just a look until you purchase?  Thanks!

It's full featured, but it'll prompt you to purchase the license each time you use it.  I'm not sure if there's a trial period before it shutsdown ...LOL.  Usually, if I like a particular shareware program after the trial period is over, I'll buy it, since then you'll get updates and support.


(5 replies, posted in About Chordie)

I have an iPhone app called "My Songbook - Lyrics & Chords" by Or Sharir.  It's $1.99 in the iTunes store.  I've only been using it for a couple of days, so I haven't had time to tryout all of the features.  However, I've been able to download my cordpro files (i.e. files that have the ".pro" extention) directly into the app from my web based email account (you have to email yourself the files as an attachment, then access your account via the web browser within the app).  There are a few other ways of downloading files into the app also, e.g. by ftp or if you have an online account where you can store your files.  However, I could not access my Windows Live skydrive account using the browser within the app.

You can also surf over to this web site (cordie.com) using the browser and download songs directly from here.  When I have more free time, I have to give that a try.  It also has editing features, so you can edit the cordpro files to make corrections, etc.  The song lyrics/chords display looks pretty cool and has an auto-scroll feature. 

For more info., here's the link to the fellow who developed the app... http://sites.google.com/site/orsharirapps/mysongbook


(32 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I prefer the thinner picks, but I haven't developed a preference for any particular brand(s).  As long as they have the right "feel", I'll buy them.  I'm currently using the Fendor thin picks, but with so many Dunlop fans posting in this thread, I may have to give some of those Dunlop picks try ...LOL.


(13 replies, posted in About Chordie)

Instead if going through all of the hassle of trying to reformat cordie (i.e. cordpro) lyrics/cords that you copy/pasted into Word, I would suggest using a Cordpro editor such as "Songbook" which is a freeware program by LinkeSoft.  It'll make your life a lot easier.

Not only can you copy/paste the cordpro formated lyrics/chords found on this site into Songbook, but you also have the ability to edit, correct errors, change fonts/font sizes, etc. and keep all of your cordpro songs organized.

After reading a thread in the "Cordie/Editor" forum about cordpro editors, I downloaded Songbook to give it a try.  Since I like to substitute/add different chord arrangements for some songs, I found this program to be just what I needed!  Oh, and the printed lyrics w/chords look very good and are easy to read.  You can make the font size as large as you wish.

Here's the link to that thread...  http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=12795
Also, here's the link to the LinkeSoft Songbook site...  http://linkesoft.com/songbook

I've been using Songbook for about a week now and it works very well.


(23 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I've been on a 10 yr. hiatus from playing the guitar ...LOL ...although I learned how to play way back in the early '70s.   So now, I'm starting out slow with a few simple tunes by Taylor Swift ..."The Best Day" and "White Horse" which I can play pretty well.

Next on my agenda is playing "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals ...arpeggio style.


(35 replies, posted in Acoustic)

naolslager wrote:

I took the plunge. I now own a Yamaha FG-260 slot-head twelve. Built in 1973, solid top, back, and sides. I'm cleaning it up and preparing to restring it.

Thanks for encouragement Zurf, as if I ever really needed it. smile

I'm glad you decided to buy a 12-string!  I'm sure you're going to love it.

I learned the basics on a classical, but I really hated that guitar ...LOL ...so I invested in a new 12-string Cortez back in the early 1970s.  It was an inexpensive model, but had a great feel and sound quality.  I still have that guitar, but I haven't played it in ages.  I guess I got hooked on my 6-strings Ovation Elite L718 acoustic/electric.  However, I still love the sound of the 12-string for certain songs.


(173 replies, posted in Acoustic)

The first song that I learned was John Denver's "Country Roads" which was way back in the early 1970s.  I believe his tunes and guitar playing are what inspired me to to learn how to play the guitar.

Thanks for the welcome, Zurf, and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Chicago!

Hi all...

I sorta stumbled upon this web site when I was searching for some new Taylor Swift tabs/chords.  This seem like a friendly forum, so I decided to join after being a lurker for the past few days ...LOL. :-)

I'm from Chicago, IL and started learning how to play the guitar way back in the early 1970s when I was in high school.  Yikes, that make me feel old ...LOL ...since I'm now in my early 50's.  I'm not a pro, I just play the guitar as hobby for my own enjoyment.  I'm pretty much self-taught, but I did take a couple of basic lessons many years ago.  However for the past 10 years or so, work and other hobbies have taken up most of my time, so I just recently started playing again.  Although I've been playing the guitar for awhile now, I still have lots to learn!

My first guitar was an old classical that was given to me by my brother, however that was a real pain to play.  So, I saved up and bought a 12-string acoustic (Cortez) a year later.  I still have that old Cortez, but I prefer my Ovation Elite L718 acoustic/electric which I bought new back in 1994 (I think).