Topic: Some "simple" questions
I own a Johnson JG-100 student guitar with Martin extra light strings. I got it for Christmas and started lessons in January of 09. I stopped my lessons in July and may or may not go back in September. I have never played guitar before. My basic goal in January was to learn about it well enough to be able to pick it up and strum a few songs. I have accomplished that. I know some basic chords and can play a handful of tunes by my favorite band The Old 97’s. But of course I would like to learn more.
If I go back to lessons my instructor can continue on with teaching music theory(not such a bad thing) plus help me with basic questions and be a supportive coach/trainer.
Anyway, here are the simple questions:
When we play acoustic guitar I understand we are strumming the tune and we are not the lead guitar. Are there any lead acoustic guitar players out there? It seems like it is more satisfying to kick out some chords and sing along to your favorite songs. Later on when I get a lot better can I try to throw in some cool lead guitar tricks to make the tune pop?
Is there a way to play an acoustic guitar soft and quiet but still get vibrant sound? Last night I was trying to play soft as to not wake up the house and found I could hear the pick hitting against the strings sort of muffling the sound. Am I doing something wrong? I would like to try to be the quiet playing guitar at the campfire instead of the loud overpowering guy. Not sure if this is possible.
Am I holding my pick the wrong way? I usually hold it loose but last night I was holding it tight and making a hard connection against the strings. That’s probably wrong. I remember my instructor telling me it should be like a boat going across the water. But again I was going for a soft sound and it just didn’t sound right.
Thanks for listening.