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Any guitar pickers out there?
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Ana - MO    Posted 11-11-2002 at 09:16:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Winter is coming and I've croqueted too many afgans so I've decided to spend these long dark nights learning to play the guitar. My adult sons play, one the acuistic, the other the bass; so I'm learning both. I know it's not smart to do both at the same time, but which son would I offend? Anyway, I've learned the standard chords on the acuistic--I'm not real fast yet, but where do I go from here? On the bass, I know the beginning notes and I've got some easy songs that I practice. Does anyone have any hints, advice, past experiences, websites, songs, or whatever to share with me about guitar playing? Even if I never play decent, I've learned to enjoy other's abilities and music. It's been great fun so far. Thanks, folks.

Chuck, WA    Posted 11-12-2002 at 11:45:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a picker, but 12-string acoustic strummer. Been at it for about 25-30 years and still consider myself to not be all that accomplished, but I do enjoy it. With others, I accompany singing in a couple of small church related groups - and no, that doesn't mean I'm very talented, just's one of those "make a joyful noise" things.

I get together with a few others every Tuesday night - that's tonight - ages 15 to 59 (me). We play mostly Christian praise music since church is where we got acquainted, but being a teen in the 50s and 60s, I love folk music. In addition to my 12-string, most others are 6-string acoustic, but my wife plays a little banjo, and one guy is multi-talented with guitar, mountain and hammered dulcimer, harmonica and others. When my violinist daughter visited recently, she and the 13-year old violinist of a friend joined us and provided great fiddle that we all could accompany - bluegrass favorites like Old Joe Clark, Cripple Creek, and many more including a few waltzes.

There is no substitute for playing with it. Don't let your shyness or lack of skill, talent or experience stop you - that's one way you'll improve, and you'd be surprised how many are out there with the same attitude. Ask around your might have several just like you who might love to get together, even though you didn't even know they play.

Here's a newsgroup that is really helpful for folks like us. Many of the folks here are into electric, but many are acoustic. Many are young, but many are more like me! :) There are a fair number of very experienced players who hang around and answer questions. Like this group, they are always very courteous, friendly and helpful. If your ISP doesn't provide it, look for it on Google Groups. The group is alt.guitar.beginner.

Here's a pretty fair guitar site - there are many - that I just learned about. Don't let the "Tab" fool you. Lots of the songs in the music archive have chords too - I don't do "tab" either.

The answer to the sore fingers is "practice, practice, practice" and after that, try a little practice! Some folks coat their finger tips with super glue when they are planning to be playing a lot, but there's no substitute for developing a good set of calluses.

Welcome to the "fellowship of sore fingers"! Have fun! And, remember, nobody's expectations of your ability count for much next to your own personal fulfillment in playing.

Don Bedford    Posted 11-13-2002 at 17:55:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]


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Ana--love that Google group!    Posted 11-12-2002 at 15:49:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm going back to read more of their FAQ's. Nice site, lots of info for someone like me. Thanks again. Happy Strumming!

Ana - you are so kind    Posted 11-12-2002 at 15:18:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks so much for the encouragement. And the websites---going to go look now. And I think I will ask around at church---bet you are right about that too. I get a lot of pleasure just watching others play---and a banjo---bet that's hard. Now I haven't seen too many try the 12 string. Got to watch for that one.

Les...Yep    Posted 11-11-2002 at 12:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I ain't much of a flat picker but I've been playin for about 40 years. Find some stuff you like and play along with it. There's no substitute for just doing it. Play with others. Learn their little tricks and licks. It's easy to tell folks who play by themselves all the time. Their timing usually leaves something to be desired.
In case you hadn't noticed, the bass is about the easiest thing to do. Very forgiving compared to a guitar, mandolin, fiddle.
There's a plethora of sites with music, lyrics, tablatures (I don't understand "tabs" at all) available on the internet. More than you could probably ever explore.
Here's a link to my band's website.

Ana- thanks, Les    Posted 11-12-2002 at 06:21:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, my puter doesn't see the names--need a better video card, I guess. I really appreciate your patience at answering all my questions, and what good ideas I got here. I was going stale here on my own. Thanks loads.

Ana- thanks, Les    Posted 11-12-2002 at 06:12:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, my puter doesn't see the names--need a better video card, I guess. I really appreciate your patience at answering all my questions, and what good ideas I got here. I was going stale here on my own. Thanks loads.

cowgirlj    Posted 11-11-2002 at 20:42:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Ana, this might sound silly, but when I had the urge to learn to play, my kids were just little. I found that kids songs are real easy two and three chord songs, and kids love to dance and sing along to anything. Besides that, they never hear your mistakes. It's a good confidence builder. So, you got any little people in the family?
One thing though, if you find something to take the burn out of your finger tips while you are learning, could you let me know? It's been years since I've played, and my guitar is calling to me again.

Ana--hadn't thought of that    Posted 11-12-2002 at 06:24:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, cowgirl, good idea. I read children's books in order to practice my spanish, so wonder why I didn't think of that. Like I told Les, I was going stale here by myself--needed some extra heads. :)

Hogman********** Might try salt water    Posted 11-12-2002 at 01:28:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soak finger tips in it, works for tough'un up dog paws for huntin season. Never tried it on fingers tho.

Realy, tha very bestest way ta get em so They don't get sore is ta tough'un em up on the fret board, AND, remember Ya don't have ta crush tha string "thru" said fret board ta make a clear note. Practice slides,lots of em,They'll tough'un up'er fall off one'er tha other.

Patria / PR    Posted 11-11-2002 at 16:42:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey did your gig went last night?


Les    Posted 11-11-2002 at 18:38:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
The gig went well, thank you. This is the third time we've been part of a show for this friend of ours. She puts one on once in a while to raise money for something. Last night it was for a skating rink.
She has a brother who plays the button accordion and I just love to hear him play.
Also, a friend and co-worker of mine played three numbers on the alto sax with piano accompaniment. It was just wonderful.

Coaltrain    Posted 11-11-2002 at 15:53:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hay Les Great music! We meet here at the barn every Tues. night about 6:30 till ??? and jam old time gospel some bluegrass and coutnry if you are ever in NE OKLA Coaltrain

Ana    Posted 11-11-2002 at 13:07:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, but what's a flat picker? And which Blake Mountain Band member are you? Is playing in a band more fun than playing for your own pleasure? Do most bands have conflicts between members? Did you start playing by just doing it? Sorry for all the questions, but I'd really like to know. Thanks again.

Les...Whoa there a minnit    Posted 11-11-2002 at 13:22:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Too much too fast.
A flat picker uses a flat pick (surprise, surprise) to pick out the melody rather than just strumming chords which is mostly what I do and probably what you're doing. Doc Watson is possible one of the best flat pickers ever. Chet Atkins (I love that guy) is more of a 3-finger picker. He is without equal in my opinion.
I'm the one with the guitar whose name is "Les" (another surprise). For the next 3 questions, the answers are Yes, Yes and Yes.
Most bands do have conflicts between members and bands come and go and their composition changes. We have been extremely fortunate in that we have been playing together for almost 20 years without the kind of bickering and hard feelings that usually happens in groups.
Find yourself a friendly group of musicians who don't mind if you sit in with them, have fun and learn. If you were around here, you'd be welcome to come play with us when we get together.

Les...'Nuther suggestion or two    Posted 11-11-2002 at 13:27:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you like bluegrass music, go to a festival. There's usually "field pickin" going on pretty much around the clock. You can sit in with most any group and either jump right in or hang back around the fringe until your confidence gets built up. A very low-pressure, go-at-your-own-pace way to learn.
Friends of ours in VA have a campground which is pretty much dedicated to people who play bluegrass. If there's something like that near you, again that is a good way to learn and you'll meet some of the nicest people in the world.

DeadCarp    Posted 11-11-2002 at 14:58:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I couldn't agree more - you find a couple other pickers, set in with them and pick along for an evening and you'll learn more than all the lessons combined! I've been playing with it for 50 years, no good but i love to play and can keep up with darn near anything. :)
Why not try to set up a regular jam session nite every week or so with the other family members? You'll be surprised how many kibitzers will start tapping on an oatmeal box!

tick picker mostly    Posted 11-11-2002 at 10:09:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
dang ticks

Ana    Posted 11-11-2002 at 13:08:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate them chiggers more!

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