Any Guitar players ?

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  1. Charlie

    Charlie Funster

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    Just taken up learning to play as its one thing I have promised myself I would do if and when time allows...

    Been at it for 6 weeks now and have learnt the basic chords and can play one or two simple tunes......

    Hell is this one hard and I do mean hard thing to learn ! It can be frustrating and rewarding in equal measures ! There are times when I end up elated and times when the study wall could end up with a guitar shaped dent in it ! :D

    I looked long and hard at where to start and with which type of guitar to start off with.

    It is apparently easier to both learn on and play an electric guitar rather than an acoustic. So I went electric.

    My guitar is a Hagstrom Viking deluxe (Swedish) Semi Acoustic electric . I have it hooked up to an Orange Crush 35RT Amplifier which is an old school analogue valve amp.

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    It will cater for a wide selection of music genres. Well that what they told me :)

    Do we have any players here ?

    If you hear a terrible din coming from a MH near you this year it could just be me ! :LOL::LOL:
     
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  2. Ivory55

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    Good luck, a guitar always sounds nice when being played at a pub in the evening. I did try to learn once but what my head thought and my fingers did was totally different, haha
     
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    There are some very accomplished talented guitarists on here. The Funster Band has several, plus there are a handful of other individual players not to mention ukulele players. Get yourself to one of the bigger rallies to see, hear and join in.
     
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    Bailey58 Funster Life Member

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    I intended learning the keyboard when I retired 12 years ago, it still sits in the corner gathering dust. :(

    I admire anyone who can play any instrument and I can listen for hours.

     
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  5. WynandJean

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    Hi @Charlie. Have you looked at the Guitar Players group on here? (Look under the Groups menu) I Don't know what's on there but I look at the Ukulele one (I've made more progress with the ukulee than a guitar I've had for years)

    Keep at it though. I'm sure it will fall into place one day.

    Wyn
     
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    Started teaching myself about three years ago. I am nowhere near as good as some of the Funsters but it is great when you go to a meet and have the chance to have a jam with some of them (y)
     
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    First of all Charlie, you have bought some quality gear which will not impede your learning in any way. So it's all down to your motivation and how much you practice.
    As said above, there are guitar players at just about every Fun rally and there will be occasional jam sessions at which everybody is welcome.
    Playing with other guitarists is by far the quickest way to develop your playing so come along to a rally and join in!
     
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  9. Khizzie

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    I have been learning to play classical guitar for past year and am enjoying immensely,can play many pieces now by Haydn,Beethoven etc ..its not easy but very rewarding.. Doesn't matter how old you are when you start to learn I am nearly 71 and have mild arthritis in hands but I manage quite well.I have achieved grade 3 of trinity college syllabus..if I can do it so can anyone. .Roy
     
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  10. Popeye

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    I used to play in a band, well we called it a group. You may have heard of them, 'Bay City Rollers' so in answer to your question Any Guitar players ? .............. No not in this household.......:LOL:
     
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    I have to agree with @makems. It's all very well sitting at home, trying a rew chords and thinking, "that's not right, try again" and you tend to not get very far. When I started on the ukulele I started off like that. Jean (my wife) arranged for me to go to @Barrie and @Janine 's ukulele group. I did not want to let anyone see my poor efforts and said I would go when I had progressed. Well I did not really get much better and eventually was 'persuaded' to go. It seemed a BIG step to take! Actually turning up and walking through the door took some doing I can tell you. However, once I started it was nowhere near as bad as I imagined. At first I would look at what we were trying to do and thinking,"That's impossible, how can anyone be expected to do that". But I would play along, missing out the impossible bits and rather than keep stopping to go back and try again it was just a matter of joining in the bits that I could manage (and sometimes couldn't!). Bit by bit you get used to where the common chords are and, like learning to drive, get the feel for it without having to keep looking down to see where the gearstick is! Gradually you realised that something you just played is among the things you had previously thought impossible. As new learners come along you realise that you have made progress and are even able to help the beginners. The atmosphere is very relaxed, no one will know or care if you play a wrong chord (well Barrie will but he or Janine will help show you how) and I am convinced playing alongside others has helped me improve no end. I am still trying to improve and probably always will but it's great fun and we all have a good time in the process.

    Wyn
     
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    In Kings Lynn we have the well known busker called juggling Jim. He has a guitar with no strings! So there is hope for anyone. Haha
     
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    Now that's the way forward. Why didn't I think of that?

    Wyn
     
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    I've been playing on and off since my teens (I was a budding punk rocker!!)

    I didn't realise there was a guitar group on here, so will have to take a look.

    You've bought some decent gear there which should last you years.

    I can strongly recommend justinguitar on YouTube, (just search for his site on YouTube) my son has just started learning and has used Justin's channel quite a lot.

    There are online lessons, including songs of all genres and abilities (you will come along quicker if you play something you like)

    Good luck, you're in for some sore left hand finger tips and a lot of frustration, but stick with it. What you think is impossible now will seem like child's play in a cpl of months (then your frustration will increase as you will want to get better and better!!)

    Remember there is no substitute for practice.

    Good luck :rock:
     
  15. Charlie

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    Its the Justinguitar site I am using just now. It a great site and easy to understand for a raw beginner like me .

    I have had 3 or 4 lessons but I found the young lady teaching just confused me. So I looked on a forum or two and was recommended to Justins site and is my "Go too" web site .

    I have only learnt the basic chords and a few strumming patterns and can play along the "The walk of life" by Dire Straights and "Walk the line" by Johnny Cash... But I have only been at it for a few weeks so not so bad ..

    I have one heck of a lot to learn and hope I can continue to make steady progress. (y)(y)
     
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    I go to a tutor ,because I couldn't get to grips with learning on line, much better on a one to one basis as tutor can spot any faults in your techniques before they become ingrained .i have an hour a week and the practice for about two hours a day in bits of no more than 20 mins at a time...works for me.
     
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    St piran Read Only Funster

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    Played guitar for 35ish years and STILL learning things. Nice kit, not sure an electric is easier to learn on other than lower gauge strings and a lower string action.

    It's practice practice practice Im afraid and then one day it will click and that level of expertise will never be lost. Then it's the next level and practice practice and practice again.....and so on and so on.

    Playing with others is good advice and any musician worth his/her salt will pass on tips, we all started like you, as learners!

    My advice, learn a simple song (walk the line is a good one) learn it well and nail it. The song is something you can return to when things are getting tough to prove that you can do it. Good at parties or jam nights to have a song that is yours and others will join in with you.

    Don't give up, the reward will come I promise.
     
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  18. Brian and Jo

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    Hi there guys I've been playing guitar (badly) for quite a number of years now and never had any proper tuition which I now feel has been a mistake.i have just got to the stage where I've got a lot of the basic chords and strumming and some very basic picking but now if I play different songs ( most of which are Bob Dylan based) they all sound very similar. I just feel that if I'd have had proper tuition in the early stages things would have been better.
    Brian & Jo
     
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    I am an accomplished air guitarist.

    If you need any tips - just ask(y)
     
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    Seriously?

    I remember wearing those ridiculous flares and platform shoes to a school party.

    I didn't get a sniff of a dance and just sat there looking and feeling like a right wally.

    If I could blame a Funster for that it would be great.
     
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