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The Guitar Tips Thread for Players (Beatles or otherwise; tutorials, videos, suggestions, techniques)
5 June 2013
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Sorry, I never heard of the Rosenberg Trio.

 

My main influences on acoustic guitar are James Taylor and Paul Simon.

 

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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

Not to say that you're no good but I know how to play that one, so it must be easy!

Talking of guitar playing, I think my teacher's back from Thailand by now. Time for sore fingers again!

 

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fabfouremily said

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

Not to say that you're no good but I know how to play that one, so it must be easy!

Talking of guitar playing, I think my teacher's back from Thailand by now. Time for sore fingers again!

 

That doesn't sound right, it would be very awkward if you know what I mean.

6 June 2013
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Funny Paper said
Sorry, I never heard of the Rosenberg Trio.

 
 

I recommend looking them up.  Really good.

 

fabfouremily said
Not to say that you're no good but I know how to play that one, so it must be easy!

Talking of guitar playing, I think my teacher's back from Thailand by now. Time for sore fingers again!

 

Oh it's ok, I am very much a beginner.  I'm "getting better all the time" though!  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!"

 

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Gerell said

fabfouremily said

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

Not to say that you're no good but I know how to play that one, so it must be easy!

Talking of guitar playing, I think my teacher's back from Thailand by now. Time for sore fingers again!

 

That doesn't sound right, it would be very awkward if you know what I mean.

That hadn't registered when I wrote it, sorry. I don't think his Thai girlfriend will like that. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

 

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Thanks for the tip LHL -- I looked up the Rosenberg Trio and it's nice, breezy jazzy stuff, with a hint of Brazilian!

 

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7 June 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Glad you liked it!  My husband really likes them, very talented!  

"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!"

 

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Came across this link on youtube. This guy has got the guitar parts down to many Beatles songs especially Harrison's parts. This really shows how good he was at adding just the right touch to the songs. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/channe.....3AybZypQfA

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This is the thread for all guitarists, including bassists, to talk about technique, certain instruments/gear, and give/ask for any tips about playing a certain song/style/etc.

Recently, I've been trying to learn/improve my blues guitar playing and soloing, so to start off this thread, here's a guy I found on YouTube with some great blues lessons. For those learning it's probably wise to start here.

Please contribute tips and useful websites/videos, and anyone with a question, please ask because someone probably knows the answer!
Enjoy! a-hard-days-night-george-10

This is not a duplicate thread*
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There is a thread that has one post that is about a similar thing, but that thread seemed about anything guitar related, such as the original poster's inquiry about purchasing a certain guitar, this thread is for tips on improving your playing!

 

NOTE by Ahhh Girl 1 May 2014: @Mr. Kite 's * and spoiler were just too cute to delete even after I combined the threads.

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What is different about finger picking vs Pick?

What way to play is more rhythmic vs melotic? 

How do I get more melody like?

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With finger-picking, you can play two stings that are not right next to each other at the same time, and there are many different finger-picking patterns you can't play with a pick. There's also a different sound between plastic hitting the string and your fingers.

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There's also a common guitar-playing pattern called "Travis picking" which can be done either with a pick or while fingerpicking.  With fingerpicking, you basically hit a bass note, then pluck (or strum with the edges of your fingernails) two or more other strings. 

Often, Travis picking has a 1-2 1-2 kind of rhythm, and the bass notes are usually on the main note of the chord (e.g., D for the D chord) alternating with the 5th note below (e.g., lower A for the D chord).  If you try this with a D chord for a few beats, then go to an A chord for a few beats, then go back to the D chord, you will note a distinctively country sound.

In one of the songbooks put out for the songs of the Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, I saw a parenthetical note for one song, "Use Travis picking style" -- then there was an asterisk for a further note at the bottom of the page, which said:

"If you don't know what Travis picking is, get a job. -- G.L. "

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Thank you for combining the threads, @Ahhh Girl!

And thank you for your informative post @Funny Paper, the thank option isn't working for me.

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@Ahhh Girl, that's odd... The URL says Beatles Guitar Lessons on YouTube, so you must've moved all the posts to that thread then changed the name... Hopefully that won't confuse anyone, I'm probably just over-analyzing.

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We have several threads that are like that (thread title and URL are different). If it gets too confusing, I can make a new thread, move everything there, and see if that helps. But not tonight. My eyes are crossing.

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YW, Mr. Kite.

I also wanted to mention that I've been playing acoustic guitar for years, and I've always preferred fingerpicking to strumming.  It seems most acoustic guitar players strum (McCartney is one of the few who does both, depending on the song).  9 times out of 10 when I walk by some sidewalk musician or somebody at a street fair, I find to my disappointment they are strumming (though there is a logical reason for that -- it's harder for people in a busy public place to hear fingerpicking).

My fingerpicking style has borrowed a lot from James Taylor over the years, though I have mixed it up with personal stylings too. 

I no longer fret (pun intended) over trying to mimic guitar playing I hear on a record, but I remember years ago I would be more obsessed about that -- for example, going over like a hundred times James Taylor's guitar work on his song "Secret O' Life".  For several weeks I practiced that until I got it all down (one of the chord changes is really challenging -- a barred F#7th 9th where your pinkie has to stretch really far).  These days I'm more relaxed about it and just try to have fun and not be such a perfectionist about copying fingerings.

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Non Beatle and Beatle songs: There is an easy strumming pattern that I like to use, it makes it easier to sing at the same time too! Basically, try strumming with four beats like Down Down Up Up Down Up, it's more like (Down Down Up, Up Down Up)

Beatles: Start off with learning songs like Love Me Do first, that's a simple song to play on guitar :)

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Any tips on drumming a chord that don't useall six strings like from G to D or ssomething 

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Annadog40 said

Any tips on drumming a chord that don't useall six strings like from G to D or ssomething 

When I started playing I would play them all, that didn't sound too bad if you have trouble muting the low strings, but what some people do is just try and strum the strings of the chord.

My method, which I started doing without thinking about it, is just putting my thumb over the top and muting the E or E and A strings when necessary.

@Funny Paper I use strumming or picking depending on the song, and like them equally. I play in semi-loud, semi-crowded areas almost everyday, and I tend to strum more due to that, so I understand what you mean.

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I've played a few open mics over the years, and always have fingerpicked.  Once it was outdoors with lots of ambient sounds and people wandering around and there was a sound man but he told me my playing was just too soft to carry, but he would do his best to amplify it.  At that point, I didn't have an internal mic attached to the inside of my guitar.  Later I got that and had a little amp; but I didn't like that wire always stuck inside my guitar, so I removed it.

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