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    Geetar Playin

    I've had a guitar a few times in my life. But only enough to learn C,G,D,F and a few minors enough to play a few easy songs. I'd play a while, give up and sell the guitar.

    Around Christmas I decided to try again, made a deal with the missus. Buy a cheap guitar and if I stick with it 6 months I could get a decent one. Bought the bikes-direct version of guitars, an Orangewood and really fell in love with playing again. And youtube was able to help me get at least better than I was before. While cheap the orangwood was a LOT better than my old yamaha. I missed 2 days of playing in 6 months.

    In July the MIssus gave me the approval and I checked out Martins, Yamahas and Taylors. I ended up with a Taylor 114e which I LOVE. Gonna sell the orangewood and get something for travel like a baby taylor or even baby orangewood to replace it.

    I'm hooked, fingers are callused and although progress is slow I'm trying to learn the basic barre shapes and trying to get better with my strumming and fingerpicking.
    I even played with someone else for the first time which I loved and didn't struggle as much as I thought I would.

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    Enjoy Yourself

    I had to use both my fingers and toes to add it up, but I figured out I've been playing guitar for over fifty years. I still love it to death. I uncork my Gibson L-00 acoustic and play the thing practically every night. Enjoy yourself! And don't worry. Your fretting fingers will eventually callous up, allowing you to play 'till dawn.
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    Hey Vaughan, very cool. Kudos to Melly for the upgrade.

    Pandemic caused me to spend a lot more time with the git fiddle and unleash my latent high school hard rocker. I dusted off my Ď86 Gibson SG, bought a Focusrite Scarlett Solo to play through GarageBand on my Mac. I already have a decent set of speakers connected to it. I now, thanks to Grageband, have all the effects pedals I couldnít afford as a kid and been having a blast recording some songs and laying down some rhythm tracks so I can shred some almost gnarly solos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    Hey Vaughan, very cool. Kudos to Melly for the upgrade.

    Pandemic caused me to spend a lot more time with the git fiddle and unleash my latent high school hard rocker. I dusted off my Ď86 Gibson SG, bought a Focusrite Scarlett Solo to play through GarageBand on my Mac. I already have a decent set of speakers connected to it. I now, thanks to Grageband, have all the effects pedals I couldnít afford as a kid and been having a blast recording some songs and laying down some rhythm tracks so I can shred some almost gnarly solos.
    Coolio! Don't know nuthin about them thar 'lectric geetars but it sounds great.. I would like to be able to record some of my stuff eventually. Solos are out. I'm a simpleton at this point. I'm playin me some John Prine, Todd Snider and Tyler Childers, more pickin' than shreddin.
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    I started playing after retiring a couple years ago, taking lessons once a week and learning lots. Got Cort Earth70 to for my starter. I'm really sure my technique is the major limiter for now in sound quality but get something nicer if/when I am more skilled. Right now working on a couple tunes with bends, not quite there yet. My instructor gives me plenty of fun tunes that have me learning new techniques of picking and strumming, slides etc as we go. Most of the music 60s/70s rock classics for acoustic and blues too. Plenty of work on finger drills and scales too. I've found a few interesting youtubes that do a good job walking through learning different pieces too. Very much liking it, my family gets a little tired of me playing the same things over and over while I try to master them, but for now they tolerate me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapei View Post
    I had to use both my fingers and toes to add it up, but I figured out I've been playing guitar for over fifty years. I still love it to death. I uncork my Gibson L-00 acoustic and play the thing practically every night. Enjoy yourself! And don't worry. Your fretting fingers will eventually callous up, allowing you to play 'till dawn.
    I've had guitars a few times in my life but only with a Mel Bay book and a few songbooks and never a lesson except for my uncle showing me C,G,D & easy F. It was a good base when I started up again this year and now with youtube I'm getting a bit better. And DocRogers has helped me a lot as well.

    I had good callouses within a month of starting up again. Fighting the barres but I'm a lot better than I was six months ago. The Missus ears don't bleed quite as much as when I started.
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    I'm in same boat. Since the pandemic I started messing around with my basses. Don't have anybody to jam with so I mess around with a video game called "Rocksmith". You use an actual guitar (or bass in my case) and follow the notes. It won't teach how to be a musician but it's fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VaughnA View Post
    I've had a guitar a few times in my life. But only enough to learn C,G,D,F and a few minors enough to play a few easy songs. I'd play a while, give up and sell the guitar.

    Around Christmas I decided to try again, made a deal with the missus. Buy a cheap guitar and if I stick with it 6 months I could get a decent one. Bought the bikes-direct version of guitars, an Orangewood and really fell in love with playing again. And youtube was able to help me get at least better than I was before. While cheap the orangwood was a LOT better than my old yamaha. I missed 2 days of playing in 6 months.

    In July the MIssus gave me the approval and I checked out Martins, Yamahas and Taylors. I ended up with a Taylor 114e which I LOVE. Gonna sell the orangewood and get something for travel like a baby taylor or even baby orangewood to replace it.

    I'm hooked, fingers are callused and although progress is slow I'm trying to learn the basic barre shapes and trying to get better with my strumming and fingerpicking.
    I even played with someone else for the first time which I loved and didn't struggle as much as I thought I would.

    Who else?
    Ooh nice.

    I started playing when I was 16 but there is a huge gap of about 20 years in the middle where the guitar sat in the closet. I basically started from zero 8 years ago. I play just for fun, sometimes I lay off for months. I just started playing again after not really playing for 2 years. Mrs69 suggested I hang the guitars on the wall and thatís what really did it - Iíve been playing for several hours each day and seriously trying to improve the technical aspects and relearn songs I havenít played for a while. Iíve even gone back to my college days playing rock and roll and blues and Iím amazed at how much has come back even after 30 years. I replaced the 30 year old strings on my Les Paul (my first ďrealĒ guitar, a 1982 Studio which I bought in 1986. I replaced the PAF Gibson pickups with a pair of Ultrasonics designed by Bill Lawrence. I originally wanted Seymor Duncan but the guy at the store steered me to these and Iím glad he did). Anyway, itís had more playing time in the last month than the last 30 years. Also replaced the Gretchbuckers on my G5120 with a proper set of Filtertrons.

    Right now I have the Gibson, a Breedlove acoustic (which if you like Taylor, youíd like Breedlove), the 5120, and a Gretsch Honeydripper single cone resonator, which I like but itís like a black paint job on a car - shows all the flaws.

    Also have a Univox Unicord 720 420 and an old Traynor practice amp. The two electrics sound great.

    I mostly play ragtime and Kentucky Thumb picking type stuff but Iíll try just about anything. The problem is finding people to play with.
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