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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by rajflyboy, Jan 31, 2010.
...and my Christmas present to me
I haven't read this entire thread, but I will. I'm 53, I've always wanted to learn to play either the guitar or
the bass. Life just seemed to go by so fast, kids, work, motorcycles, all the usual excuses. I've always loved
music and envied the guys in the band that rocked a guitar or a bass. Question, am I too old to learn to play?
Please say no. Please. Things are slowing down now, kids mostly grown and gone, so I have the time now. I
have no plans to play for anyone but me. If I can even learn to play at all.
I'd recommend guitar if you aren't interested in playing in a band (you'll get over that I'll wager) its a bit more rewarding. Way way back when I actually started on Bass, 7 foot of symphonic bass. When realized how close the instruments were related I switched to guitar.
Don't get me wrong bass is a LOT of fun to play, but three quarters of that is finding a hook between the drummer and the guitars (I really can't blindly following the rhythm guitarist, it drive me nuts).
Mechanically the bass is a bit easier, the guitar is physically easier.
right on. thanks for the info.
Thanks for the info. I usualy run a pretty light string on my electric, so I will definetly play around with the size.
Oh god on electrics I'm a retard.
My Les Paul is fine with standard 0.10 gauges, my BC rich likes essentially a hybrid, I use the top three sting for a set of tens and a the bottom three from 9s (yeah strings everywhere) waiting on the PRS in the mail, but it supposed to be happy with 0.10s it'll also have the longest scale of all of my guitars, so we'll see.
It's funny how people's likes/dislikes on strings are. I personally HATE Elixirs. To me they sound dead out of the box. They might last a long time, but I don't want a dead sound for a long time. I'd rather pony up 8 or 10 bucks every month or six weeks to have my guitar sound good.
My amazing Ovation custom legend from 1980 something- sooo glad I went big when I couldn't really afford it. And my $100 "camp" guitar that sounds like Lola by the Kinks (but has a piezo just in case)
My biggest learning experience was when I really tried to learn how to sing. Wow, really makes a difference when playing.
My Accoustic is an Ovation, what it lacks in tone it makes up for in sheer volume, and yeah, I wouldn't put them on a Taylor or Martin, but I'm not playing a Taylor or Martin.
Not too old to learn to play. Play for yourself. Play what you want. I just started last January, and a big part of the appeal to me was the challenge. It's a great brain teaser as well. Didn't take long before I was hooked. I'll probably never be a great guitarist, but I'm having a blast. And I can assure you, it beats sitting around watching tv.
Keep in mind you will have to have the nut modified as well as probably have the neck adjusted when you switch to thicker strings.
As for string, you can find some really good deals if you looks. I use D'Addario XL's and got 3 packs from Amazon for $8. Ernie Ball Slinky's are even cheaper. You can also save more if you get on a subscription. Best Buy has a deal on GHS's a while back. I think a 6-pack was around $6.
True. Most guitars take a range of strings before you really have to get into the set up.
As a general rule if the strings are buzzing (open) on the frets they are too light, if they are pulling the actions way off the fretboard (keep an eye on the 12fret) they are too heavy. On most acoustics you don't have an adjustable bridge, but it can be a bit of a headache with electrics until you figure it out.
.....THEN you notice that you actually have to adjust the guitars twice a year to keep it where you put it because the necks swell in the humid summer air and shrink in winter, both of which effect the action.
I didn't think of that one.
I agree with the others that it's never too late. I tend to think adults are more serious then kids are at playing. I agree that you'll want to learn to play the guitar over bass unless you're in a band. You'll want to decide on what you want to play though. That will dictate whether you go acoustic or electric. Also, set a budget.
Its REALLY REALLY easy to blow used car money on Guitar shit. If I were king I can think of about $20,000 worth of gear that would immediately appear in my house.....and that is basically two guitars and a half stack.
As an aside, is Rocksmith as cool as it looks?
I wasn't paying a lot of attention because I learned how to play years ago, but that looks about like Rockband with real instruments.
I HATED Rockband because more then once I ran across songs I could play on Guitar 15 years ago....and couldn't pull it with that stupid controller.
It's pretty fun. It has some issues, but all games do.
A pair of headphones is a wonderful thing if you dont want to annoy your neighbors.
My neighbors are a deaf dude and one of my better friends. I could crank my halfstack at 3:00am and no one would bitch.
Thank you all for your support. I'll go back to the beginning of this thread and read. Then, when I get a chance, work is
very busy right now, I'll go to my local music store and talk to them, and listen to them and some guitars and amps. Maybe
this is doable after all these years. I may finally be able to play music....... just a little..... :)
I wouldn't subject anyone to the horrible noises i make.
Rocksmith does get the guitar in my hands though. I probably piddled around for 4 hours with it yesterday.