Beginning Guitar Next Week

Lazmo

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& You Dont Stop said:
This week my teacher said he can always tell when he's giving a lesson to a drummer because even when we misfret a chord, we're still keeping time and changing chords on time.
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I was a drummer first and then started playing guitar later. It has made me a much better drummer now because I am now playing for the song.
I'll echo what Rhythmace said about learning theory with a keyboard. As you progress you will probably want to get good at reading music and keyboard is a must for staff reading skills and understanding the theory. I for one have the personality that isn't satisfied with knowing patterns on the guitar without the theory behind it.
Enjoy yourself. I now gig at least once a week playing guitar and love it. Yes, it has cut back on my drum practice time but I believe it's a positive tradeoff as it will make you a better "musician" and open up more possibilities.
 

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would it be a good idea to get in the habit of freting an open G chord with pinky on high E and ring finger on low E?
What are you trying to accomplish? The most used way of playing that chord is is with the ring finger on the 3rd fret G on the high E string. Using your pinky frees up your middle finger to add a note and change the chord. For example make a G with your pinky like you were saying then put your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the D string. Boom, you have a G7. So using your pinky might give you some options out of the 'norm.'

It gets down to the question of usefulness. What is better for what you are going to do? If you want to make a habit you might want to make the habit of being able to do both. Kind of like practicing sticking patterns/rudiments. You want your sticks to be able to land anywhere on the kit they are needed at the proper time and you need your fingers to be able to go anywhere on the fret board anytime they are needed. My opinion is practice both.
 

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& You Dont Stop said:
would it be a good idea to get in the habit of freting an open G chord with pinky on high E and ring finger on low E?
You need to learn both positions. For one reason, the new G, with the ring finger on the D of the second string, is popular. Also the position with the ring finger on the G (6th string) allows all kinds of neat stuff. You can go back and forth between G and C real easy and fast. It also frees your index and middle finger to add notes. Add the C on the second string and the E on the 4th string. Hammer off and on with those two fingers while holding the G. Ace
P.S. Reminder- that G with the D on the second string is the opening chord for "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." G D F G
 

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This is my first post back after a hiatus...
I basically put my drums away for a few years to focus on raising three little kids, but I wanted to keep playing an instrument. My boys are into scouts, so I taught myself to play a 4-string guitar, called a Tenor Guitar (23 inch scale length), to play songs around the campfire. 4 strings was easier to learn than 6 strings, and I tuned it like the high 4 strings on a regular guitar, DGBE (there are no bass strings), to make it easier to learn songs/chord shapes via the Internet. I'm now looking to get back into drumming. I'm sure I will approach the set differently than I did in the past. For anyone looking to try a string instrument, if you can't find a tenor guitar (they are harder to find and can be expensive), try a Baritone Ukulele, which at a 21 inch scale length and also tuned DGBE, can still produce a decent sound that doesn't come across like Tiny Tim.

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I'm on my 5th lesson and my teacher is having me playing the chord progression to Autumn Leaves. He says its his way of familiarizing me with chords that students "get stuck on" or never take the time to learn

stuff like Amin7, D9, Gmaj7, Bdom 7

He assured me we'll eventually get back to rock n roll
 

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I am messing with "California Girls" on guitar. Found it on Youtube. Guitar can be such a blast. Ace
 

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Here is a thought. Train your right hand early, to pick at the same time you fret. It set me back to finger a note, then think about picking. Now I move my pick at the same time I move my left hand. You think that your left hand is slow, but it's fast and the picking hand can be slower than you think. Ace
P.S. Nice looking guitar.
 


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