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Quote from: Sandbiter on November 13, 2016, 12:04:14 AMDo I really need to get my guitar set up already? Does it make a big difference for a total beginner to learn? I've always felt like with setting up things (same for dirtbike suspension etc) that it'll be something to worry about in a later stage. First get to know the basics, be able to play some songs and then worry about setting it up correctly to make it sound even better. I actually never tune my guitar. Most of the time when I tune it to be sure it's still in tune it's still in tune. Should I check if it's in tune before every practice session?
QuoteThanks for pointing out about Andy's explanation as well. I'll try to do the chords etc how they can be found everywhere else instead of what he's telling everyone. The finger anchoring part is actually helping me out tho. But I've always thought that actually lifting off every finger and then putting them back on in another chord shape would make my muscle memory better for those chords. Should I just lift off all my fingers instead of anchoring?
QuoteI unfortunately don't understand what you mean with the chord progression though "You can transition using --000- as this is part of a G chord and will should fine in this context, while opening up your hand for a full chord change." Do you mean that on lets say the first strum I can strum --000- and 'search' the G chord?
QuoteI'll be using a metronome next! Is Google's metronome good enough?
QuoteI'll be trying Nirvana - My Girl, unplugged version soon. I'm curious how that'll go
Quote from: Asdrael on November 13, 2016, 07:23:58 PMA lot of guitarist do technique > rhythm > feel as priority, while it should be the opposite.
Quote from: TheFatController on November 13, 2016, 06:11:12 PMPlaying guitar is essentially comes down to muscle memory. If you learn how to strum and keep time allowing you to alternate strum, and strum missing strokes or adding strokes in between a basic 4/4 pattern by still moving your arm / hand while missing the strings or adding strums you need to do it to the point it becomes second nature. Once this happens you won't even think about it allowing you to concentrate on what your fingers are doing on the feet board. And once certain chords become part of your muscle memory you won't really have to think about what you're playing while you sing. Warm up routines for me would involve tuning the guitar by ear with harmonics, then playing a couple of things I like which use all strings bottom to top. If it sounded good I'd know I was in tune ok and by that point I'd made all the right connections between fingers and brain. For the most part it really is about repetition. Nobody learns at the same rate so it's impossible to tell if something is going to be too difficult or too easy, but Asdrael is right about grunge.. It's probably the easiest place to start.
Quote from: BadStar on November 13, 2016, 07:11:06 PMI think "simple" is more of a personal preference.. so just try various ways to "learn" and see what works for you!I tried the same approach "learn a song" and it was hard, it slowed me down and took me much longer to pick up any skills.. but my point is its a individual thing.. so I had to re-adjust and approach learning in a diff way.Personally, learning a song only cause me to learn a few aspects of one song and I didn't have much gained after..but this is just me. Learning to play random rhythm and such helped me pick up skills and "understanding" quicker.For example.. Many say you need to learn basic chords and basic songs. That's great, but what about doing a simple rhythm with just single notes? It's very possible and its a quick way to learn how to pick and work on muscle memory..So, while your learning let's say "chords" E, A, C etc etc.. also just pick the note in a rhythmic fashion... single notes.. EEEEEEEEEE, AAAAAAAA,CCCCCCC,AAAAAAAA repeat. just to start playing! Then add more fingers for chords and so on.Downfall: I may not have good habits like asdrael mentions lol.. but now that I am more confident, I can revisit some lessons that caused me issue's in the beginning.
Quote from: Asdrael on November 13, 2016, 07:23:58 PMI am self taught as well. Started with a book, then basically practiced on tabs. Then Youtube came up, but at that stage I was advanced enough to filter stuff out. I have always used songs to practice techniques. Keeping it musical and fun beats mindless drills anyday.The good thing with a looper is that you'll hear yourself play. Great way to spot mistakes. But record your loop with a metronome... A lot of guitarist do technique > rhythm > feel as priority, while it should be the opposite. As for online material, I took a few month at jamplay.com years ago. It was surprised by the quality of the material there. It is not free but was well worth the money. Spend a bit of time finding an instructor you like and roll with it. As far as I could see (like 8 years ago), most of their beginner instructors had a good approach mixing technique and sufficient music theory for it all to make sense. There are sections for a bit of everything, including in depth song analysis. Maybe give it a try and see if it sticks.