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The Guitar Tips Thread for Players (Beatles or otherwise; tutorials, videos, suggestions, techniques)
17 August 2014
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I'm in the process of learning the lead guitar for this masterpiece- 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....DobuzNnNzQ

I have almost all of the licks down, but the solo is something else (Eddie Cochran pun intended) 

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17 September 2014
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I have finally managed to scrape together enough money to invest in a nice vintage guitar. I've been looking at quite a few, but I haven't settled on any yet. I've mostly just been researching vintage Gretsch models (which is what I'm looking for) 

Most of these models have a zero fret. I've never played a guitar with a zero fret. Does anyone have experience with them? What is the purpose of a zero fret exactly? 

It's weird when you revisit a thread you completely forget existed, and you find the last post on it was one you made

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There have been a ton of times with all the merging that a thread i never knew existed has been dug up by AG for where to/be merge(d) and i've posted in it a handful of times. I could use the excuse of having been here for so long but it also happens with posts and threads from a week previous.

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17 September 2014
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I used to have a super-duper memory capacity. The aging neurons and the jumble of 46 years of life experiences have things slipping away much more easily and frequently now. My memory has become much more selective. It is hard to make the adjustment. It makes me sad. I'm trying to learn to live with it. THB, I think stress plays a role too. Ah, we digress. While My Guitar Gently Weeps .

@Mimi, hopefully someone will come along and enlighten us with answers to your questions.

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(Edit: enlightenment is here.)

Zero fret: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_fret

That was really informative.

Now I've been learning the Unplugged version of Layla, and I have the intro solo and all the chords down so far, but I'm sill trying to get the way I play the intro (speed, emphasis) just right, then I'll move on the the main solo learnin' and I'll record I in a few days!

I haven't changed my strings in a while and was wondering what I should get for my acoustic. I read Clapton uses light gauge phosphor bronze, and I think I currently have some medium gauge bronze ones on. Any suggestions?

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@Mr. Kite thanks for the enlightenmenta-hard-days-night-john-3

It makes sense that Clapton would use light gauge, (for his acoustic guitars anyway) as light gauge strings are better if your are going to be doing any sort of finger picking. 

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@Mimi, and for all the bends he likes to do, although there isn't much bending in the acoustic Layla specifically.

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So I went with custom light (10's I believe) D'addario phosphor bronze strings for my acoustic. Changed them a few days ago and cleaned my guitar, looks and sounds amazing, especially with this pick I found on the ground somewhere, I think it's a medium (which is what I usually use) but it's flexible.

I spent a lot of today messing around with tone on my electric, and I found a nice slightly dirty blues tone that I've been using to put together my own interpretation of the Cream version of Crossroads.

Might record it...

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 I've been messing around tons of Beatles riffs around lately, but never a full song. I can probably play Twist And Shout , I'll Be Back and something similar I guess, "full"... but for everything else I find myself in need of another guitar. Wish I had four arms.

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LongHairedLady said
I have been learning a bit of acoustic guitar, mostly strumming.  I have tried using a pick (or a plectrum) but I just hate it.  I've tried and tried and it just feels so disconnected from the guitar.  Is this possibly because of my inexperience, or could it just be personal preference?  When I was a kid I played the ukulele fairly well, and I hated using a pick to strum then, too.

 

I like to use my thumb.  I started this way because I would practice late at night, and it was quieter so I would not wake anyone up (basement suite-thin walls).  Now I can't get used to any other way.  On that note, I have considered putting a short acrylic nail just on my right thumb.  Has anyone else tried this?  I know Paul gets one on his index finger when he tours for playing songs like "Blackbird ".  

 

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I've been playing about a year, and I loathe picks-- except for when I play the Anthology "While My Guitar Gently Weeps ", in which case it's sorta necessary. I use my thumb a lot, for strumming and plucking, and my index finger nail for strumming. Very effective, and not as easy to lose as a pick. a-hard-days-night-john-6

EDIT: I now love picks. I think it was a learning thing. 

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I wish to breathe new life into this thread! 

As you all may know, I'm a guitar fiend, and when I'm posting, I sometimes let my guitar-fiendishness get away with me a bit. I have to remind myself to keep it layman-friendly. So I would like to be not the only person posting here, if you know what I mean. a-hard-days-night-george-9

This should be a good conversation starter: a neat tutorial video I found for Something . I always played it in C with no capo on my Martin, and it sounds good, but I think I shall learn the capo'd version too. 

 

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learning to play the same chords and stuff aaaaall along the fingerboard is a very good practice, so go and try it and upload your very own tutorial ; )

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Well, I've learned it. It sure does sound much more Beatleful than what I'd been playing. Though I was fond of those C-Cmaj7-C7 chord shapes... perhaps I shall, ahem, recycle them. a-hard-days-night-john-6 

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Another thread I didn't know about!

Ahhh Girl said
I used to have a super-duper memory capacity. The aging neurons and the jumble of 46 years of life experiences have things slipping away much more easily and frequently now. My memory has become much more selective. It is hard to make the adjustment. It makes me sad. I'm trying to learn to live with it. THB, I think stress plays a role too.

My memory for music is still working but I suspect I would have greater trouble learning 10-15 new songs than I would in my 20's. One of the benefits of age are little mnemonic tricks for keeping track (like lyrics for knowing where you are in a song!), which gets around raw capacity or the inability to keep refreshing.

So, a little bass-players corner here. I used to be great with a pick, but now I'm getting tendonitis which means I can't hold a pick for too long before i get pain in my thumb, so I can manage a song at a time but need to go back to using my fingers (it's the curse of age again. Sting has the same problem). Beatles bass doesn't sound too wrong with just fingers if you know how to get the right sounds: you play closer to the neck or in front of the leading pickup for a more pillowy mid-heavy sound. This is great for songs like With A Little Help From My Friends . For songs needing more of a clank, play closer to the bridge. Some finger players can get more "edge" to the sound by playing with a bit of fingernail (Colin Moulding claimed to do this, but I've seen him use a pick), I find this difficult, and prefer another technique which is changing the angle of my fingers to strike the strings as close to 90° as I can, and as a side benefit of allowing you to play quite quickly. With the exception of a song like Old Brown Shoe (unless you're the bassplayer for Black Sabbath), most Beatles songs are quite finger-pickable if you need to!

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An having a major AHHH moment here: I just found some really gear tutorials for playing Harrison slide licks! And you know me and Harrisonic slide. heart 

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February 11th is national Get Your Guitar Out day.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/.....uitar-day/

Seemed like a good reason to post in this thread.

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Ahhh Girl said
February 11th is national Get Your Guitar Out day.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/.....uitar-day/

Seemed like a good reason to post in this thread.

Is February 12th Put Your Guitar Away Day?

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Yep. After that much playing a guitar needs a day of rest.

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Ahhh Girl said
February 11th is national Get Your Guitar Out day.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/.....uitar-day/

Seemed like a good reason to post in this thread.

Is February 12th Put Your Guitar Away Day?

Since I didn't observe yesterday (I don't need to really, I Get My Guitar Out Every Day a-hard-days-night-john-1), I'm not going to observe today. I'm sure the lads would be very disappointed if I showed up to jam and said, 'Sorry, I'm not gonna play, I'll just watch, because today is Put Your Guitar Away Day.' Particularly as our other guitarist is engaged elsewhere* and so I'll be the only guitarist. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 

And it seems like I wanted to ask a question here, but I forgot what it was. a-hard-days-night-paul-3 

 

*not as a guitarist, you understand-- he just has stuff to do 

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February 11th is national Get Your Guitar Out day.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/.....uitar-day/

Seemed like a good reason to post in this thread.

Is February 12th Put Your Guitar Away Day?

And if you don't have a guitar, every day is Put Your Guitar Away Day

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