So I have an acoustic guitar now

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So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 29 Sep 2015, 11:27

and acquired "guitar playing for dummies". what a great book! I am now on about page 23, and have learnt 50 times more about the guitar than I knew before.

However it looks like it will be a while before I move on to page 24, as I practise E, D, A over and over and over again.
I kept thinking "swim as far as you can, swim as far as you can".

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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Fonz » 21 Oct 2015, 12:22

Are you still going?

Stick with it; when the calluses build up and your fingers get stronger it is much less of a struggle.
Can you do G and C yet?
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 21 Oct 2015, 19:29

Fonz wrote:Are you still going?

Stick with it; when the calluses build up and your fingers get stronger it is much less of a struggle.
Can you do G and C yet?


Thanks for asking!

Yes I play it a couple of times a day. I can play c, e minor, g, a minor and am working on f. I can do a recognisable kumbaya and shake it off.
I kept thinking "swim as far as you can, swim as far as you can".

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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Fonz » 21 Oct 2015, 20:12

la mome wrote:
Fonz wrote:Are you still going?

Stick with it; when the calluses build up and your fingers get stronger it is much less of a struggle.
Can you do G and C yet?


Thanks for asking!

Yes I play it a couple of times a day. I can play c, e minor, g, a minor and am working on f. I can do a recognisable kumbaya and shake it off.



:lol:

Yeah. 'Shake It Off!': Amin>Cmaj>Gmaj if memory serves!
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 21 Oct 2015, 22:35

Fonz wrote:
la mome wrote:
Fonz wrote:Are you still going?

Stick with it; when the calluses build up and your fingers get stronger it is much less of a struggle.
Can you do G and C yet?


Thanks for asking!

Yes I play it a couple of times a day. I can play c, e minor, g, a minor and am working on f. I can do a recognisable kumbaya and shake it off.



:lol:

Yeah. 'Shake It Off!': Amin>Cmaj>Gmaj if memory serves!


:D that's it! Simple as you like. That's the genius of it.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby bhoywonder » 22 Oct 2015, 08:26

I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar it meant that you were a protest singer.

ps – you might find some useful tips on this thread viewtopic.php?f=1&t=126742

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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 22 Oct 2015, 20:46

bhoywonder wrote:I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar it meant that you were a protest singer.

ps – you might find some useful tips on this thread viewtopic.php?f=1&t=126742


Thanks - that thread is a bit advanced for me at the moment. But I'll get there!

Shake it off is a protest song, no?
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Minnie the Minx » 24 Oct 2015, 15:13

Great stuff! Will be interested to hear of your progress.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 24 Oct 2015, 22:54

Minnie Boing Boom Tschak wrote:Great stuff! Will be interested to hear of your progress.


It looks like you are doing very well yourself.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Minnie the Minx » 28 Oct 2015, 02:18

la mome wrote:
Minnie Boing Boom Tschak wrote:Great stuff! Will be interested to hear of your progress.


It looks like you are doing very well yourself.


He he, thanks, but to be honest, the thing is (and the good thing) is that unlike something like a violin, you don't have to be technically amazing to be able to perform something listenable with a guitar and you can play for people pretty early on. I'm sure you already know that but in a couple of months you'll be able to play songs for people (and for you) and it's great.
I just wrote my second song and I still can't believe I've written songs, with music and everything.
It's magical.
Well - you know what I mean :lol:
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 04 Jan 2016, 13:50

A mate of mine came round a couple of weeks ago with two guitars for me to borrow - an Ovation electro-acoustic and some kind of electric guitar. He claimed playing steel strings on the acoustic would be easier than playing the nylon strings on my mum's old guitar - he wasn't wrong. The ovation is lovely. I haven't played the other guitar much.

But clearly making progress - the fingering is definitely easier now and I may soon move onto page 30 in my book.
I kept thinking "swim as far as you can, swim as far as you can".

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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 21 Mar 2016, 12:46

Well now I am practising D7, C7 and G7.

This guitar thing is fun. As it happens both my wife and son like hearing me strum away.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Minnie the Minx » 21 Mar 2016, 16:52

I fucking love D7
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 11 Apr 2016, 14:22

A few minor 7s under my belt now, so about to move on to a few major 7s.

According to "guitar playing for dummies" after this I move off the basics and on to the next stage....
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 02 May 2016, 20:28

I went to see my mate Dave today. He has 75 guitars.

Anyway I bought an Ovation custom elite.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby K » 02 May 2016, 22:22

A personal favourite is F#7 which I play as

E:--0
B:--2
G:--3
D:--4
A:--4
E:--2
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Fonz » 05 May 2016, 15:52

My personal fave is a generic min7 played with the thumb hooked over the neck, fretting the 6th string, then barring the 2nd 3rd and 4th strings at the same fret, with the index finger.
It leaves you other fingers to dance around Hendrix-style, doing hammers/pull offs.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Quaco » 09 Jun 2016, 21:29

Minnie the Minx wrote:I fucking love D7

I like playing around with D7 by changing the note on the E string. Just like regular D major, you can move that E-string note to the third fret, or do it open.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby Quaco » 09 Jun 2016, 21:31

K wrote:A personal favourite is F#7 which I play as

E:--0
B:--2
G:--3
D:--4
A:--4
E:--2

Leave that B string open too, and you get a great ringy, gothy chord. I love that one.
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Re: So I have an acoustic guitar now

Postby K » 09 Jun 2016, 21:40

Quacoan wrote:
K wrote:A personal favourite is F#7 which I play as

E:--0
B:--2
G:--3
D:--4
A:--4
E:--2

Leave that B string open too, and you get a great ringy, gothy chord. I love that one.



Yes. I like to play that pattern on the first four strings up and down the neck but let the B and E ring through.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
REDACTED, with nothing else to do, wrote:I just Googled his name!