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The Guitar Tips Thread for Players (Beatles or otherwise; tutorials, videos, suggestions, techniques)
14 March 2013
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vonbontee said
(BTW congratulations on passing the 500 post mark! :) )

Thanks!  a-hard-days-night-john-1

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

14 March 2013
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Depends completely on what you're playing.

I hardly ever use a pick unless fooling around with solos. I like being able to pluck multiple strings simultaneously (Blackbird being indeed a great example).

 

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I too wondered if the reason I can't get on with it was because of my newness to playing guitar. Thought maybe it was just me but clearly not...

Fellow guitar-newbe here! :)

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I won an acoustic guitar at a local store and I started out this semester taking a beginning guitar class. I wasn't sure if I wanted to play left or right handed so I started out trying both. But because I have an internship where I have to carry heavy equipment, I ended up torquing my wrists and had to go to the hospital to make sure I didn't break them (luckily it was just a strain and they're much better).

I'm sure I was doing something wrong to cause that much strain on my wrists. Unfortunately a class at school wasn't the place to get the kind of personal attention I needed to make sure I was playing correctly. So for now the guitar is sitting in the corner, unplayed. :-( Hoping I can pick it up again.

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14 March 2013
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Some beginners may mistakenly think that finger-picking with multiple fingers (thumb, index and middle finger) demands great talent. 

When I began to do it, I just picked patterns at random, trying to keep a basic tempo consistent, but otherwise not worrying about how orderly my arpeggios were.  Slowly over time I got better and better.

"Travis" style is fun if you can try to learn it:  Strike a bass note with your thumbnail, then strum (or pluck) any combination of strings with your other fingers, alternating with your thumb, and keep doing this while changing chords.

Another big help to me in my early guitar years was to play along with songs on records.  My first record I bought the songbook for and began to try to accompany with my budding knowledge of chords was Red Rose Speedway It was so fun the first time I was able to match the chords to the song "Little Lamb Dragonfly", for example.

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16 March 2013
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I should buy more songbooks.  I have a Paul McCartney and Beatles one, but especially with the Beatles one, most of them are pretty hard.  I looked up "Two Of Us " which I can kinda play now...  which I love because it's one of my favourite tunes!  heart

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LongHairedLady said
I should buy more songbooks.  I have a Paul McCartney and Beatles one, but especially with the Beatles one, most of them are pretty hard.  I looked up "Two Of Us " which I can kinda play now...  which I love because it's one of my favourite tunes!  heart

Yes, it's a great song.  If you notice in the film Let It Be , Paul is strumming by brushing his fingertips across the strings (no pick involved).  I was always impressed by how evenly his strumming sounds on that song, which is hard to do, because the backhanded motion coming up on each alternate strum can have a slightly different pressure -- but every stroke of his strumming sounds even and the same as every other stroke.

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17 March 2013
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Cool, I'll have to watch that again soon.

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11 May 2013
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I am looking at a guitar I'm hopefully buying off of a coworker today, it's supposed to be a half-size.  I hope it's what I am expecting, because I think it will help my playing immensely.  My hands are pretty small, being a petite woman in general.  There are so many chords I just can't play on my regular sized acoustic.  I can play more on my electric but I prefer the acoustic...  so this could be perfection.  Can't wait!  a-hard-days-night-john-6heart

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I play electric guitar, but it's the same six-string device, is it not? My favorite Beatles songs to play are Dear Prudence , and the recently learned Doctor Robert . Blackbird is easy if you learn it the right way, but I haven't done so yet; same goes for all of Paul's acoustic songs.. Help has good chords, and so does I'm Happy Just To Dance With You . Unfortunately, it's hard to find 100% correct chords online.

Paperback Writer is only two chords, as well. It's a good one to do if you want to switch C to G or G to C easily. I did so with I'm Only Sleeping though. It's G - C -G - B7, and switches faster.

Let it be known that I've only been playing since December, so I can do chords better than I could 6 months ago, but still not quite at any level considered good, yet. I've mainly learned that although some shapes seem gargantuan and ridiculous (look at George do that last chord in the Til There Was You solo.. WHAT?), but it gets easier to stretch your fingers as you play more. I take advantage of bar chords when doing rhythm as well; 

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That "Till There Was You " chord is one of the most awesome chords ever, I find it even hard to name it. It's best you learn using the acoustic guitar, as switching from the electric guitar to the acoustic is harder than switching from acoustic to electric. 

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That chord is the best thing about the entire song! (Well, the whole solo's great, but the final chord is the best thing about it.)

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2 June 2013
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Update:  I bought that guitar and it's pretty cool!  A bit smaller and easier to play.  If I had to choose I still prefer the sound of my full size acoustic (sounds more rich and deep in comparison) but it's a great little guitar to practice on!  I have been playing "Another Day " a lot!  It's great song to learn on.  Lots of new chords that I learned from it, and as I keep practicing it, I am getting better and better.  

Funny Paper said
I've played acoustic guitar for over 30 years.  A nice fairly simple McCartney song would be "Every Night "

http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....ls-vocals/

I know it looks complicated, but here's a trick:  For the complicated parts, just finger bass notes for each chord, then when he sings the "woo woo" part that's a good place to practice chords, since it's just E to A to E to B7 -- repeated over and over.

 

 

I have to try this one later, one of my favourites on that album!  heart

 

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Yeah, Every Night is a special song, one of the times McCartney pierced through to greatness (though the song is deceptively unassuming sounding).

But when playing the E chord, I'd advise you not to try the configuration Paul is doing -- I still have difficulty doing it, after 30 years of playing!  And it's particularly difficult to transition from that to any other chord (like to A).

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/1230250

 

 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8  Nice, thanks for the tips!  

 

I saw this on Youtube the other day:

It's only from his last tour, I wish he was doing it for this one!  It's perfect for him now, because his voice has gotten a bit lower over the years.  

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Thanks LHL, that was interesting.  Both videos show that apparently he requires two guitars to fill out what's heard (I just assumed it was one guitar on the record, strumming, then doing that rhythmic arpeggio at certain points -- so he likely double-tracked two guitars on the album).

 

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3 June 2013
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That's the problem I have playing "Two of Us".  It's actually pretty easy, but Paul and John and both playing an acoustic guitar, so it just doesn't sound right with one.  ahdn_paul_01

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I've been practicing a lot all weekend, and I discovered that "I Should Have Known Better " is great for practicing!  The chords are simple, and it's a good practice going back from G to D fairly quick.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

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LongHairedLady said
I've been practicing a lot all weekend, and I discovered that "I Should Have Known Better " is great for practicing!  The chords are simple, and it's a good practice going back from G to D fairly quick.  a-hard-days-night-john-1

I've never tried that one.  There are so many Beatles songs I've never tried!  I'm ashamed!  But I did finally learn the Mexican classic Farolito recently, so that makes up for it...

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Funny Paper:  Being a long time acoustic guitarist, I must ask:  Are you a fan of the Rosenberg Trio? 

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