Anyone play guitar?

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  1. D_Preasteman Breastemann

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    Just wondering if there were any members that played the guitar?
    I started playing the electric a few weeks ago.
    Any tips?
     
  2. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Make sure its plugged in? lol.

    I might buy an electric soon. I can only play Silent Night and Smoke On The Water, nothing fancy.

    I memorised D, A and G. Apparently a lot of songs are built around them?

    The key is to practice every day. Obviously I don't do that :redface:
     
  3. D_Preasteman Breastemann

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    Yeah, I heard that too. I'm having trouble switching chords though.
    It'll probably get easier once the tops of my fingers go callous.

    So far I can play the following riffs:
    Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
    Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
    Knocked Up by The Kings Of Leon
    the intro to Superstar Tradesman by The View
    the intro to Wisemen by James Blunt (I hate JB, it's just an easy riff to learn)

    and I'm learning the main riff in Helicopter by Bloc Party
    but that's pretty hard.
     
  4. B_ScaredLittleBoy

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    Okay I just bought an electric guitar! Talk about impulse buy! lol.

    There are finger exercises you do too where you just stretch your fingers from fret to fret. Over and over and over. Then you'll be able to move around the fretboard better and not have 30 second pauses between chords :redface:

    The key though is practice and commitment
     
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  6. D_Preasteman Breastemann

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    I want a Gibson Les Paul!!!!
    Not gonna get one just yet tho, I can't play properly. lol.

    And ScaredLittleBoy well done! lol
    Did I influence ur decision to buy one? lol

    Hope u enjoy it as much as I do, and yeah I preactice for 2 hours every weekday, I don't bother on weekends due to hangovers etc. lol
     
  7. tripod

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    Alright buddy, I am about to dispense with some valuable shit, so copy this post to your computer and refer to it as the Things you need to accomplish when setting about the journey of learning how to play the guitar.

    This also goes out to anyone beginning or thinking about learning how to play the guitar.

    Get some good tablature and stick to them and learn to play the classic guitar god songs (Led Zepplin, Boston, Van Halen, Cream, Kansas etc.)

    But in order to do that, you will need to:

    Know what a hammer-on, pull-off, and slide are and learn to perform them well.

    Learn how to properly hold your guitar and pick.

    Learn how to use a tuner and if you don't have one, go out and buy one, they are indispensable.

    Learn the names of the strings and figure out the layout of the notes of the fretboard.

    Figure out how to bend your strings properly

    Learn what a half step and a whole step means

    Learn the major and minor chords

    Learn about the major scale and what a root note means.

    Figure out where the harmonic are on your guitar (hint- the best ones are at the 5th, 7th and 12th frets.

    Learn how to perform a pinch harmonic.

    Play often and develop the callouses necessary to play properly.

    Practice while you are sitting as well as standing.


    And last but not least, I will give you the advice that I got from a very wise old man who passed me by one day whilst I was playing guitar in the sunshine. he said, "Son, set it where you want it and WAIL!!!!!"
     
  8. Drifterwood

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    Good advice Tripod.

    I have six guitars - three acoustic, three electric.

    Good finger execrise.
     
  9. _avg_

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    Practice. Persistence. Patience. Everything else is just details.
     
  10. Mr Ed in Mass

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    Bass guitar here
     
  11. Drifterwood

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    Know a drummer Mr. Ed?

    I already have a couple of groupies in mind. :biggrin1: :wink:
     
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    i'm a drummer!

    but i do own 2 guitars, an acoustic & an electric...

    and Guitar Hero, which is obviously cooler than anything else. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have a Fender Jazz bas, a Carvin acoustic 6 string, an Alvarez 12 string, a Strat, and a mandolin. I try to play six-string every day, bass twice a week, and the mandolin 3-4 times a month.

    The key? Think CAGED. Those are the main chords you'll use. The shapes you form to play them wil transfer into a lot of other chords, too.

    Then practice, practice, practice. Scales, finger exercises, and songs, in a ratio of 3:2:1. No more than 15 minutes a day. If you're learning on a steel string guitar it will serve you well to build up the toughness in your fingertips gradually.

    Also, find people to play out with. The really good ones will sit with you and encourage you. I play anywhere, and with anybody. I'm actually a fairly good bass player, but a middling guitar player, so I play with anybody who'll have me around.

    Practice. Just pick up the guitar every day.
     
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    And with the lights out when you learned the above. :smile:
     
  15. Mr Ed in Mass

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    We have enough people here to start a good size band,do you know a busfull of groupies?
     
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    ...this one time at band camp...!!! I couldn't resist. I always wanted to play more instruments. I haven't played any since junior high.
     
  17. Nrets

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    Don't stop until it hurts.
    The first time your left land blisters, you can take a break.
    If it blisters again...try to keep playing
    Eventually you wont get blisters on your left hand.
    The first time you get blisters on your right hand....start using a pick.
    if you still get blisters....clean up your style.
    Other then that....learn power chordds if you like punk or want to play rythym.
    Learn scales if you want to play lead.
    Learn it all to kick ass!
     
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