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The Guitar (and Other Musical Instruments) Thread
1 April 2020
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Just started learning guitar, and it's been quite fun. Though would you all mind if I can ask how you can feel more natural with shifting your hands between the frets without looking? I can get a solid distance between frets if my eyes are on the neck but I want to do it naturally without looking. Any advice on how?

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@CakeMaestor practice a-hard-days-night-john-6

Seriosuly, just play and play and play until you get more of a feel for when everything is at. Try songs that jump around a lot to stretch your feeling muscles. Try singing or looking at people while you play, it forces you not to look down.

I don't know any more sophisticated techniques than that, that's just how I learned. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Well I paid off the bass, I'm just waiting for it to turn up, maybe tomorrow! And I found out that the Ascari is already 5 years old! It's been sitting on its ownsome in the shop with no one to take it home, awww. This will not do. Also I've decided I'm going to get a Vox ac15c1 to pair with a Roland JC-22 (well I will get a loadbox for the Vox so it won't be too loud) so I can wet/dry, the Vox has a lovely clean tone and ac15 is plenty loud and has a tremolo.

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There are several warmup techniques  to help with fretting accuracy. What is sometimes call “the spider” is a good one, where you use the first four fingers to walk up chromatically then moving up a string. Walk it up and down and move around to different locations on the fretboard. Once you’re comfortable with that try doing it with major and minor scales, or with more or less advanced scales or modes.

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Barre chords actually really suck and can go back to whatever hell they came from ahdn_paul_01. They frustrate me so f-ing much I swear......however, I will not let myself be defeated! I'm a Taurus, and thus much too stubborn for that! My fierce determination and frustration will drive me to practice and practice until my index finger literally becomes steel and I have mastered these goddamn mofos. I will be able to play Julia perfectly by summertime or by god I'm a disgrace to Taureans and fiery-spirited redheads everywhere. Nothing can defeat me! 

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Barre chords actually really suck and can go back to whatever hell they came from ahdn_paul_01. They frustrate me so f-ing much I swear......however, I will not let myself be defeated! I'm a Taurus, and thus much too stubborn for that! My fierce determination and frustration will drive me to practice and practice until my index finger literally becomes steel and I have mastered these goddamn mofos. I will be able to play Julia perfectly by summertime or by god I'm a disgrace to Taureans and fiery-spirited redheads everywhere. Nothing can defeat me! 

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Once your muscles are ok with them, your brain will love them. They unlock so much! The key to playing in any key and jazz phrazing starts with barre chords. Keep at it. We will see you on the other sidejohn-lennon-salute_gif

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^as a rather fiery-spirited individual with significant Taurean influences myself, I wholly approve this message. john-lennon-salute_gifpaul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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^^^Happy Guitariversary*, @Beatlebug!  What a beautiful acoustic you have there! I bet it sounds just as gorgeous and rich as its appearance.

*is this a thing? Oh well it is now a-hard-days-night-george-9

In other guitar news, I've started learning "Here Comes The Sun " with a little help from my friends guitar teacher. It's all a bit tricky but, as always, I'm determined stuart-sutcliffe

I got the intro mostly down (I just need to practice more in order to be able to play it straight through, no mistakes) and making steady but good progress paul-mccartney-thumb_gif. I've been listening to "HCTS" over and over to really get the song ingrained into my mind plus the fact that my guitar teacher gave me the task of trying to figure out some of the tab on my own (which I am glad to say I was able to accomplish ahdn_john_08_gif). I already have "Something " under my belt, so it feels good to add another Harrisong to my list of songs that I'm able to play a-hard-days-night-george-9

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^It does. If you dig through my art thread I've posted some covers with it, and recently I've posted a few things to my YouTube channel as well (you may have to snoop around to find them, they're technically unlisted but I've put them in a public playlist so let me know if you can find them ahdn_george_06). I need to change the strings on it, it'll sound much better, but even with dead strings it sounds beautiful.

Also, yes, guitaraversary is a thing a-hard-days-night-john-6paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

Good to hear you're making progress too! There's nothing like setting a musical goal and achieving it john-lennon-salute_gif

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Liddies and gintlepongs penguins and humans I present to you: Boris, the Classic Vibe 70's Jazz Bass Guitar etcetera etcetera. I have some adjustments in mind but before those changes I will say that it sounds very punky, Dead Kennedys/Stranglers tone, definitely weighted towards the bridge and that's partly through action/pickup height and light roundwounds. I will adjust it a bit to bring more of the neck into it and get me a himass bridge to give it a tad more oomph. It's got a great tone already though, and I'm very pleased with the weight and playability. Boris loves my Carcosa fuzz and a bit of drive from my Joyo American too!

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Oooo that's a damn fine bass therebeatlemaniacs_02_gif

I is a bit jellya-hard-days-night-john-3

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The Hole Got Fixed said and I amend for my own porpoises
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I is a bit very jellya-hard-days-night-john-3

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On a related note, my dad has recently spoken about taking up bass, and he's asked me to research what would be a good, playable, not too expensive bass to get; anyone have any suggestions?

(naturally I'm ecstatic about this notion because this means I can steal it ahdn_george_06)

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a P-Bass is the be-all-end-all bass imo, but I'm also quite fond of my Mustang bass with PJ pickups (so, functionally a short scale P-Bass).

I also really like stringing it with flats instead of rounds. flats are more expensive, but you don't have to change them as often and I find them more comfortable to play. Sir Paul's a flats player fwiw.

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Me, before I started playing guitar: *wears nails long and painted, sports french-tipped acrylics*

Me, after I started playing guitar: *left pinky finger nail grows 1 mm the day after I just cut my nails* dammit my nails are too long to fret right

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^m o o d

I mean, I never had painted nails, but I used to forget to clip them for a while at a time. That all changed as soon as I started playing piano at 13, and I've never been able to tolerate long (by which I mean "not clipped in the last 5.5 days") fingernails. I don't even play piano anymore, but even if I'm not playing guitar actively they bother me. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Beatlebug said

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On a related note, my dad has recently spoken about taking up bass, and he's asked me to research what would be a good, playable, not too expensive bass to get; anyone have any suggestions?

(naturally I'm ecstatic about this notion because this means I can steal it ahdn_george_06)

First question is, how much does he want to spend? Not too cheap that you get something that will not stay in tune or be actually harder to play physically, but obviously not too expensive either! The lower-end Ibanez and Yamaha basses are very competitive with the Squiers (IMO a beginner should avoid the Affinity/Bullet Squiers because you have to learn how to set them up and that's a learning-curve on top of everything else).  So just on guesswork, have your Dad maybe check out youtube videos about an Ibanez SR200 or TMB100 or a Yamaha TRBX204 or he might like a Yamaha BB234, all good quality PJ basses at the lower end that won't break the bank (they're about $300-$400 Australian here so much cheaper there hopefully) and go to a GC and try them out and see if he likes that.

Boris got another workout today after some setup, he's so easy to play and so light. I might not get an alternative bridge until I've tried some different strings, after I play these ones out of their snap.

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I said (20 March 2020) 

Also, I'm pretty distressed because my little tin of Beatles and Fender guitar picks mysteriously went missing. At first, I suspected my little sister had snatched them so as to look at them, but profusely claims to not have them and I can't find them anywhere in my room or in my guitar case. I probably left them at my guitar teacher's shop, but because of corona we're doing lessons on FaceTime and I have no idea when I'll be there next to look. Worst case scenario they fell out of my guitar case at a random location.....

Luckily, I still have my Revolver  illustrated George guitar pick to use since I left it in the strings of my guitar and not in the case, though it's a thin one. But its better than nothing!

I really hope my Beatle picks turn up soon....

I found all these bad boys today by accident ahdn_paul_01

Turns out they were in my makeup drawer. I opened it up this morning and started digging around for my eyebrow brush and tweezers and found all my picks in their little Beatley box buried underneath an avalanche of my lipstick collection. Who knows how they ended up there....a-hard-days-night-paul-10

I'm very relieved, though......I've missed my Fender picksa-hard-days-night-paul-7heart

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My friend's just started learning guitar, so I'm (kind of) coaching him over Discord every so often. The way I learnt was from the ground up through a fairly strict teacher, but I've never really felt like that was the best approach, and it definitely wasn't fun. I think he's better off learning all the basic chords to start off with, and then scales and a bit of music theory so he can apply what he knows to new songs. I'd be interested to know what other people's thoughts are on this.

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Learning the note names is so incredibly useful its amazing how many guitarists don’t know what notes they are playing or what key they are in. Having learned the note names and basic chord shapes, other aspects of technique and theory are a lot less daunting. Learning to play by ear is great, but being able to apply what you play on paper is invaluable.

on the topic of learning by ear, its astounding how many player can rip scales up and down the neck, but for the life of them can’t play a simple melody like the ABCs or Happy Birthday .

Both of these skills should translate to a better ability to play whats in your head instead of guessing with your fingers.

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