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The Guitar (and Other Musical Instruments) Thread
8 April 2020
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I learned basic music theory before I ever picked up guitar, and although I'm not too bright at reading sheet music (I feel heavily dyslexic every time I look at the stuff a-hard-days-night-paul-7), I know chords, keys, intervals, and relative minors inside out and upside down, though in a very instinctual way (I'd be hard-pressed to explain it to a newbie in any kind of way that made sense), so I'm not sure how much use I can be here, but...

I think it's better for most people to learn it in a hands-on way, like through learning songs they care about. It's important to balance learning what you need to know with having fun and retaining your interest in the process, especially in the beginning.

Tl;dr what you're doing sounds good, Qman -- you can always get into theory later, there's plenty of time. You can't overload people with too much information at once.

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Completely agree - personally, with an instrument like the guitar (which is mostly used for playing popular music of various kinds as opposed to classical) I think it's better for someone to learn once they're old enough to be really into music on their own terms, because then they'll have the enthusiasm to put their heart into practicing and improve fast. 

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Oh, I really love guitars, it's my favorite musical instrument. I am playing it since childhood, and I can play almost any song on it. Unfortunately, my old guitar got broken by an accident a while ago, and I had to buy a new one. Fortunately, I have found http://www.happynewguitarday.com, this is a really nice site that recommends different guitar gear at the lowest prices on the market. I got a new guitar and some accessories from it, and I am really happy now. This is definitely the best shop that I have tried so far
 

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Siobhan the G&L Ascari GT-90 has landed! She sounds awesome!

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That

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You've got quite the collection going on now, ewe2. Not jealous at all...a-hard-days-night-john-3a-hard-days-night-john-3a-hard-days-night-john-3

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Gorgeous!!! 

That reminds me, I'm planning on starting to save up a little bit of money at a time to buy another guitar, but I'm really stuck on what I want to get next: should I just save up for an electric guitar so that I can 'upgrade' from acoustic and expand my regular guitar-playing skills, or get a bass guitar so that I can explore into a different direction and play all those Macca basslines that I've been dying to try out for a while? a-hard-days-night-paul-7 

I've been trying to weigh the pros and cons but they always seem to equal out! 

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I'd say get an electric and you can play fake bass on that as well as groovy bendy riffage. It's also much better for impressing your friends. OR don't do what I did and get a bass because your priorities straight. Never let a Libra rising give you advice on making a decision, both of you will just end up confused ahdn_george_08

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What I'd say is this - if you're planning on playing in a band at some point, then learn bass, because there are a zillion guitarists out there and not enough bassists. As for general playing, I think you'll probably get more enjoyment out of an electric. 

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^Listen to what the (Quarry)Man said

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lovelyritametermaid said

I've been trying to weigh the pros and cons but they always seem to equal out! 

  

Being a multiinstrumentalist I have the same conflict, and I'm also good at arguing myself out of starting new things because it might not work. This is why I have to get a keyboard at some point or I'll go mad.  But here's my 2c - electric guitar is different but bass is differenter and if you're looking for an expansion of your musicality that will get you further now, and you can get the electric later.

I'm sure one of the cons that block you is "what if I'm bad at it" well you'll suck at it to begin with anyway, but you'll never get good at it just sitting there either. I suck at barre chords still, although Siobhan is the easiest guitar for it I've yet owned so I might get a bit further along now, but it still didn't stop me buying 4 guitars because I love them and have a lot of fun without necessarily being a virtuoso.  Playing bass is a new physical experience that takes time to learn and appreciate the subtlties of, getting a good note every time is just as important as on any guitar. Embrace the challenge, you'll be a better musician for it.

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QuarryMan said
What I'd say is this - if you're planning on playing in a band at some point, then learn bass, because there are a zillion guitarists out there and not enough bassists. As for general playing, I think you'll probably get more enjoyment out of an electric. 

  

Funny enough I started out looking for a guitarist to play keys with, only to discover a million drummers and bassist, not a single lead guitar player. I had to step up myself. My bandmates are quite good which makes my job a bit easier, but I typically find myself alternating keys and guitar. I played my first full set as a lead guitarist a couple of months ago and it went quite well, however our sound is very different depending on what instrument i’m playing. 

LRMM i’d go for an electric guitar. They are too fun and too cool to pass up. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Huh, I've only really been in one band but we could never find a bassist, so it would alternate between me playing bass and lead guitar. 

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My fingers would just like to say: having not played guitar much in the last month, all of a sudden playing for 3 hours causes serious pain!blue-meanieblue-meanie

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I've just ordered a new electric guitara-hard-days-night-ringo-6The excitement is killing me. I'm going to go sit by the front door waiting for the delivery Scott Pilgrim style. 

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@The Hole Got Fixed I went about a week playing no guitar and my fingers were killing me, can't imagine a month a-hard-days-night-paul-7 Build dem calluses! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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QuarryMan said
I've just ordered a new electric guitara-hard-days-night-ringo-6The excitement is killing me. I'm going to go sit by the front door waiting for the delivery Scott Pilgrim style. 

  

That was me on Tuesday, it was agony. But it only took from Friday to Tuesday in the middle of a pandemic to get here, that's great compared to amazon's dismal efforts to send me a coffee grinder that is yet to arrive since I ordered it on 3rd April ahdn_paul_01

I hope your new guitar is as wonderful as Siobhan is proving, I can really barre chords much better on her compared to my other guitars so that's giving me much-needed muscle-memory practice. Oh I got a strap for her:

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That strap is groovy af*! I approve paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

*How's that for pimply teenage hyperboles from across eras a-hard-days-night-george-4

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Good afternoon for al,l Beatles fans and friends.
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My dad, my friend, and I went to the guitar shop to try out bass guitars today and beatlemaniacs_02_gifheart it was worth having to wear a mask (I DESPISE masks and avoid them like the plague/other people/touching my face/coofing, unless absolutely required to wear one). Though I really love the way the guitar shop smells and I really missed smelling that lovely expensive-wood smell. a-hard-days-night-paul-10 But anyway, we looked at and tried out a few different ones and my friend gravitated toward the Ernie Ball Stingray (she liked the way the body shape felt) while my dad and I are split between the Fender Precision and Jazz basses (although I liked the Stingray too).

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The Stingray has big dick energy ahdn_george_06

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Having played a precision bass, I can throughly recommend one Bebu!

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