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Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

What are some of the worst things a beggining guitarist can do? Just wondering....I figured this would be a very informative post....
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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/12/2000 7:14 PM

Nicolas De Guzman (2715) wrote:

The main thing to avoid would be getting a tattoo with the name of your first band...

Nick.



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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/13/2000 4:29 PM

Jason Tafilowski (1468) wrote:

Do you speak from experience?



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11/13/2000 6:50 PM

Nicolas De Guzman (2715) wrote:

I saw that question coming. The answers is no...but for humours sake let's say that the name of the first band I was in was pestilence, or badly drawn boy, or the abominable....just go along with it.

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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/12/2000 11:16 PM

Carl Anderson (2230) wrote:

Go into a guitar store and play "Smoke on the water," "Smells like Teen spirit," or any 3 chord Blink 182 song.

Carl



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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/13/2000 2:38 AM

Dick Onstenk (2202) wrote:

Start a band.



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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/13/2000 3:26 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

By not being humble. Give praise to those who deserve it. Don't put anyone down. Life is too short. Be kind to your self. Treat your self now and then. Small victories carry the battle. When you reach the point where you think you have it all under control, you will meet someone with handicaps and they play circles around you and make you feel your actual size and yet are friendly and are GIANTS in PR and rappor. From time to time words of wisdom come out of the mouths of "babes". One last item. Avoid profanity because it makes you less of a man or woman. Your stature is larger when you speak with clarity and respect for all.

Charlie



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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/15/2000 11:18 PM

Carl Anderson (2230) wrote:

Haha!

I agree totally! That is always pretty bad. I've seen it too much myself!

Carl


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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/13/2000 8:58 AM

Adam Donovan (6) wrote:

Try to play things that are too hard too fast. This only works as being demoralising and counterproductive!

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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/13/2000 9:59 AM

Lex Jones (1789) wrote:

it is bad to think that what ever the teacher/book/video your working from/with says is the absolute gospell truth. this is often far from the case -- don't asume that something you hear is true/right untill you've given it a complete b.s. screening.

the other bad thing you can do is playing the guitar in a way which is damaging to any part of your body. aim for the most natural (the way your apendages/joints were ment to work) possitions and movements possible. if you hurt you are doing something wrong.

another bad thing is to think that something is impossible for you to do -- if some one else did it -- so can you.

also, keep it mind that; even though our fingers and hands get most of the credit we play guitar with our eintire beings -- our physical-emotional-intelectual-spirtual selves. if you neglect just one part of your whole self in your study/persuit/quest for music your goals will be much harder to accomplish.

the bigest misconception that most people have is that there is an end to it. you start playing guitar and you get a little better, bit by bit untill you die (or quit playing) but you never get to a point were you have IT -- it is a journey with no destination on an infinitly long and winding road.

every once in a while you will think you have a handle on something -- enjoy these times -- they never last long.



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Re: Worst things a beginning guitarist can do.

11/14/2000 4:57 PM

Paul Stelzmann (340) wrote:

I most definately agree with all of these sentiments and with the words of Charles Gracsi a few boxes up.
Certainly do not put your teacher on a pedestal; this is a particularly difficult pitfall to avoid when one is so new to playing and is easily impressed. challenge your instructors and question them when you are unsure about something. If you suspect they are full of b.s. then they probably are. Give your sense of intuition some credit, for its all you really have to go by at this stage.
Also, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of correct posture and hand and guitar positioning. USE A MIRROR. Get good habits ingrained early on so that you won't get injured or have them limit your progress later.

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