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Using a strapon

Ok - got a strap (the propper name for that is what?) It does NOT work. It takes me back to pre-begining stage. I CAN'T SEE! Is guitar like typing? Should I try not to look as I learn?
(Not that it even sounds possible at this point)

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Re: Using a strapon

10/22/2003 8:11 PM

Derek Belser (1067) wrote:

I started out backwards by learning on a thin electric guitar and developed a very bad habit. But then I was introduced to the acoustic guitar which was much wider and you could barely see the fretboard when you held it properly. If you are having this problem and beginning a bad habit, try an acoustic fo awhile. It worked for me and also strenghtened my fingers alot.

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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 1:44 AM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

That's what I'm using.
I would love to avoid starting anything I'll be sorry for later. I guess I'm looking for that 20/20 hindsight.





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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 2:56 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Dear Angela,
The fingerboard is tilted slightly so that you can just barely see each of the strings above the fretboard when viewing on edge. If you turn the neck so that the strings are more visable to you, your hand will have to do a lot more curling to make your fingers come down on the strings.


You will need to learn to play by shifting the hand to the right position marker. There are position markers on the fret board and on the edge of the neck. Use them. Set the strap so that the body of the guitar is centered in front of your body. The tuning keys should be at eye level. Once you have the guitar firmly set up you should not have to fight trying to hold the guitar and play at the same time. Position is about that of holding the classic guitar. It may feel different, but this is the best position with a strap. Take care. Charlie





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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 3:01 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

I had two leather straps made for me by a shoe repair shop as what I wanted was not in the stores. My cost I think was about $75 - 90. If you get a cheap one, just think what might happen if the strap breaks. Repair costs for your guitar??? Don't go skimp on this item. You could be sorry later. Sort of like skimping on getting the brakes fixed on your car??? Charlie





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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 9:34 AM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

WOW - Thanks Charlie. I needed some step one stuff. I've been holing it to where the tuning keys are almost even with if not darn near lower than my strumming hand. (Why I always skip the important begining stuff I'll never know)





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Saw Garth Brooks on cable ...

10/23/2003 9:42 AM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

Ok, the pizza place down the street had some music thing going on the tv, of course my eyes were glued to the guitarists.
Garth Brooks came on. Now I know he's a heck of alot better than I am, he has to be right? But watching that one particular song made me think maybe he isn't such a great guitarist? Has anyone seen him play?
The entire song had the other guy all over the place on the guitar but Brooks was doing something that even looked as if I could do. I mean his fingers NEVER moved. NEVER. Every now and again I detected what might have been a finger or two comming off the strings to go right back down to there holding spot or a pinky going down then up without any movement of his hand or other fingers, but not once did he change positions till the song was over, then I am almost certain that little 'up and down the strings thing' he did was without sound.
(This is not a Garth Brooks bash, but I was so suprised! Maybe it was this one particular song hu?)







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Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 9:53 AM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

I was asking a while back about different cords (if that is what they are) that are made by adding a pinky finger or moving a finger or two and creating different sounds.
EX:

G


Ok, now I can make 'good noise' by doing these things with this same cord:

C(ish)?

Or
G with umph?

Or
No clue


Same with the A or D cords, and I'm assuming the others as well. Now I know you can make the same sound in several different ways. So how do I know what cords those are? Isn't there a thing somewhere around here to enter those cords in and it will give you the name of them? (It'd make life alot easier if I could play the cords MY way)









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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:03 AM

Jon Brauk (4028) wrote:

The first chord you had was a G the second is a G4 I believe... third is G I believe and 4th is a C2











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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:10 AM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

So they do have names! Thanks. (why this excites me I have no clue).
Now to find songs that use those cords and I'll be set :-)
I still have a hard time getting tgo certain cords in decent timing. G, E, A, those are all easy enough - but C, B (heaven forbid I have to play an F)...the timing is so off I doubt anyone could figure out the song I'm playing.













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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:32 AM

Jon Brauk (4028) wrote:

Just keep practicing... You'll get it!













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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:35 AM

Helgi Briem (2659) wrote:

Well, F, B, Bb and other chords become a lot easier when you master barre chords.

Here's a nice F that's easy to play for now:
Easy F

Just let your index finger mute the high E-string if you find it hard to the half barre. This one is extra easy to change to a C and back.

B is fairly hard, but here is an easy fingering for B minor (ii in the key of A, iii in G, vi in D):
Easy Bm

Technically speaking, it's a Bm/D, but it sounds fine.













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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:28 PM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

THANKS!
This F is the best I've seen yet (Ok, easiest).













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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:37 PM

Jim Heidinger (8553) wrote:

Try this one:







You can use this where you want to hear a an F major type of sound.

It's real easy to play and sounds sophisticated. I like those kind of chords. Easy to play but sounds cool!

Jim











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Re: Those cord things ?

10/23/2003 10:33 AM

Michael Warren (6249) wrote:

Actually it's a Cadd9. A Csus2 would look like this
. :)










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Re: Those cord things ?

10/24/2003 2:48 AM

Michael Roberts (769) wrote:

You've got a G, a Gadd11 (because you kept the 3rd down on the A string), another G (it's still just called G because you just doubled the 5th instead of the 3rd, which are both in a G major triad), and a Cadd9.







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Re: Saw Garth Brooks on cable ...

10/23/2003 10:28 AM

Michael Warren (6249) wrote:

He's a songwriter, so I'm sure he can handle the basics (which is all that he probably does).






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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 10:55 AM

Dale Lindsey (8281) wrote:

Yeah, that is hard on your fretting hand. I tend to hold my electric like a classical guitar, balanced on my left knee (or above with the strap) with the fretboard angled up. I know that isn't the "cool" way to play, but it is comfortable. Some guys sling their guitar down to their knees and play half bent over. I don't see how they do it. Oh well, I don't have to look cool anyway - no one's looking.

-Dale





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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 2:49 PM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

Bent over is tough on the back. Ever have need of an adjustment? Chiropractor time? Back trouble can really make a person tired. Good posture helps offset pain. Asprin or tylenol may help but only temporarily. CHarlie







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Re: Using a strapon

10/23/2003 6:47 PM

Dale Lindsey (8281) wrote:

Well, like I said I don't play that way, so I don't have problems with that. I try to take good care of my back. I went to a chiropractor once when I had some problems and he put me in a BIG world of hurt, so I am not really hot on going to one again.

-Dale









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10/24/2003 2:24 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

A physical therapist is far better for back adjustment. Some of the chiropractors are too rough and others are really very good. Just like some doctors and dentists. When the need arises we all use one of the above. Keep yourself well. Charlie







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Re: Using a strapon

10/24/2003 5:26 PM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

Ok - I know I'm heading for a big fat delete here...but after taquillia sunrises for lunch I just can't help myself...

I wouldn't advise bending over in this thread! LOL!





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Re: Using a strapon

10/24/2003 5:25 PM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

LOL! As far as looking cool. I'm thinking that playing an entire song without messing up the timing would be REALLY cool.
I'm so worried about sound right now that looks don't matter one bit. I only hope to get to that point.



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Re: Using a strapon

10/24/2003 10:43 AM

Laura Poston (243) wrote:

ummmm strong fingers!! I need those, I want those..........
lp

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