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Old 02-08-2010, 09:31 AM   #46
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I have a lesson question at the end of this.

There is sure a difference between a cheapie and a good guitar, just like anything you do get what you pay for. I went to a little shop this weekend to talk to them about my guitar. I could only play/practice for about 30 min and my fingers would be so sore I could not stand it any longer.
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See my above post about setups - makes a HUGE difference, even with the cheap guitars! Indeed, I've seen some pretty nice $150 guitars. They don't have the cachet of a custom hand-built, but many can be set up to play very well.
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:47 AM   #47
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See my above post about setups - makes a HUGE difference, even with the cheap guitars! Indeed, I've seen some pretty nice $150 guitars. They don't have the cachet of a custom hand-built, but many can be set up to play very well.
I agree with this and with your suggestion of a nylon string acoustic. I have 2 nylon string guitars and the better of the 2 is one of my favotires.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:01 PM   #48
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As I learn more I think the string type and the action on my 1st guitar was what was killing me...you could slip 2 nickels under the strings and still not hit them. I think it could be adjusted out and different strings put on but I just wanted to do something different.

I think when learning something like this you need to go with what motivates you...and that old guitar was fighting me and I did not want to mess with fixing it....I was actually thinking about putting it down. I had the cash so I just bought the new one and I am happy that I did, it has changed my outlook on it...it does not seem to fight me.

I could be stupid in what I did, but it makes me want to go home and play with it so I don't this was a bad thing that I did.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #49
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Frankly, if you can't figure it out for yourself, you should take up another hobby.


But that's just my opinion.


frankly, you should piss off with your little i learned on my own therefore i am better than you and you shouldn't be doing this because you're not as good as me attitude. dipshit.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:24 PM   #50
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Just a suggestion. Put a capo on the 2nd fret and you'll be able to play a lot longer....
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:27 PM   #51
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frankly, you should piss off with your little i learned on my own therefore i am better than you and you shouldn't be doing this because you're not as good as me attitude. dipshit.
Hey, that wasn't called for!

My experience, and that of a lot of guitar players I know, is that most good guitar players learn what they know on their own, not by paying someone to teach them.

Having attemped to teach guitar, reinforces that learning.

And really, if you can't figure it out, maybe you shouldn't be playing guitar. Or else you will be slaved to an instructor.
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:37 PM   #52
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^^^^ Maybe you weren't a good instructor?
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:39 PM   #53
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^^^^ Maybe you weren't a good instructor?
That is possible. But I'll stand by my statement. Figure it out! Or move on (like to the accordion).
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:44 PM   #54
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That is possible. But I'll stand by my statement. Figure it out! Or move on (like to the accordion).
I started with a harmonica.

Just teasing about the instructor thing.
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:47 PM   #55
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Just a suggestion. Put a capo on the 2nd fret and you'll be able to play a lot longer....
That's because the nut action is too high - get it lowered and all will be good.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:37 PM   #56
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That's because the nut action is too high - get it lowered and all will be good.
Even with a great guitar, a capo on the 2nd fret makes it easier to play.

And I started with the harmonica as well.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:27 PM   #57
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Even with a great guitar, a capo on the 2nd fret makes it easier to play.
Academically speaking, a bit. But only significant if the nut is too high. You're suggesting that playing open without a capo is difficult, which on a properly set up guitar is simply not true. Fix the real problem and enjoy your playing - a guitar only has so many notes, why take 6 of them away?
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:30 AM   #58
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Academically speaking, a bit. But only significant if the nut is too high. You're suggesting that playing open without a capo is difficult, which on a properly set up guitar is simply not true. Fix the real problem and enjoy your playing - a guitar only has so many notes, why take 6 of them away?
Well, what do I know, I've only been playing the guitar for 45 years...
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:38 AM   #59
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Well, what do I know, I've only been playing the guitar for 45 years...
Only 40 years here, but I've been fixing them for 30 - let me adjust yours for you and you can ditch the capo!
But seriously, I have clients who have arthritis and debilitating neurological disorders, and none use a capo. We set up guitars for many of the local children's programs, and none use capos. I appreciate what you're saying, and technically speaking it's true, but I just disagree that it's a needed measure, if the guitar is set up correctly, which many are not.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:18 AM   #60
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Well, what do I know, I've only been playing the guitar for 45 years...

maybe you should try some lessons.
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