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04-11-2010, 04:39 AM
 
RE: guitar
(04-11-2010 04:19 AM)gaglamesh731 Wrote:  Ear training - I actually meant getting used to notes , so if I hear a note I can easily say , ok that's A# from scale 3.Am i going about this wrong ?

Ummm....YES. Sorry, but that sort of thing is reserved for very experienced and technical musicians. You should be able to identify chords by ear, and bass notes "by feel" if that makes any sense to you (at last that's how I can explain it), but the rote memorization of notes by tonal qualities is ridiculous unless you are trying to transpose music from one format to another and have no way to look at the sheet music or tablature. Play for the love of it, and listento the notes to know how they are played. But you don't need to be able to identify it as the "second string fourth fret in a DaddSus9". That's just silly.

(04-11-2010 04:19 AM)gaglamesh731 Wrote:  Any sites you recommend ?

I go to Ultimate-guitar.com, but look there at your own peril. There are thousands upon thousands of songsthere in hundreds of versions, and it can be difficult to tell what is crap and what is not. Look at the ratings and the comments on particular versions and memorize at your own peril.

For online lessons I go to guitarnoize.com, and I also download free guitar podcast lessons from the Apple store.
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05-11-2010, 02:11 AM
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Picking a notes name just by hearing it requires perfect pitch. I don't have perfect pitch and it is not nessessary to play. relative pitch works just as good in most cases.

As for guitar sites - try these; (no bot intended) Tongue
http://www.zentao.com/guitar/theory/
http://www.musictheory.net/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/user/guitarworld#...RdwjyroOMA
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Lessons/Search/
http://www.studybass.com/tools/chord-sca...e-printer/
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05-11-2010, 05:17 AM
 
RE: guitar
(05-11-2010 02:11 AM)No J. Wrote:  Picking a notes name just by hearing it requires perfect pitch. I don't have perfect pitch and it is not nessessary to play. relative pitch works just as good in most cases.

As for guitar sites - try these; (no bot intended) Tongue
http://www.zentao.com/guitar/theory/
http://www.musictheory.net/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/user/guitarworld#...RdwjyroOMA
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Lessons/Search/
http://www.studybass.com/tools/chord-sca...e-printer/

Thank you No J., I am going to look into those as well.

Treated myself to a Levy's strap the other day to replace the stock crap that came with my guitar. It's softer, blue instead of black and just feels...right. I had stared at it for a while and it was relatively inexpensive. Doesn't make any difference in the paying (obviously :rolleyesSmile, but it makes me happy. Other than that, the solo for Floyd is coming well, I just don't have time to practice it too much except on weekends.

@ gaglamesh731: for the guitar, I would start with single string songs like "mary had a little lamb" and work your way to the Star Spangled Banner (or whatever your own national anthem may be) while you work on chords. Learn a riff or intro to a favorite song to keep yourself interested as some chords can be frustrating.

Then, work on to your first full song. It all comes in steps. I learned the opening to some Metallica (much simpler than they sound if all you want is some riffs), then I moved on to a little Nirvana, and my first song was "Jesus don't want me for a sunbeam". If you are looking for a slightly easier song, try America's "Horse with no name", as it only has two chords. Currently, I am working on "Wish You Were Here", by Pink Floyd.

if you want lessons for free, I suggest looking up the Guitar Steps podcast by Andy Read. he makes it wonderfully simple to learn the first few chords and chord families.

http://andyread.libsyn.com/

Or, you can find him on itunes.

(psst: what did you name your guitar? lol)
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05-11-2010, 07:32 PM
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Good straps are comfortable and that comfort makes playing and practicing easier, and more enjoyable. I prefer wide straps with a slightly rough underside. These distribute the wieght of the guitar over a larger area with more of it on the bony part of the shoulder, away from the neck. The bony area can take a lot more wieght for a lot longer than the muscle next to the neck. The roughness of the underside keeps the strap from sliding on your shirt, so the guiyar stays where you want it. You may not notice now, but in a while you will be more aware of the difference a good strap will make on your playing.
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05-11-2010, 11:50 PM
 
RE: guitar
(05-11-2010 07:32 PM)No J. Wrote:  Good straps are comfortable and that comfort makes playing and practicing easier, and more enjoyable. I prefer wide straps with a slightly rough underside. These distribute the wieght of the guitar over a larger area with more of it on the bony part of the shoulder, away from the neck. The bony area can take a lot more wieght for a lot longer than the muscle next to the neck. The roughness of the underside keeps the strap from sliding on your shirt, so the guiyar stays where you want it. You may not notice now, but in a while you will be more aware of the difference a good strap will make on your playing.

Maybe so, but for right now, the guitar still sits in my lap! Big Grin
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06-11-2010, 11:30 AM
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(05-11-2010 11:50 PM)Soldieringon Wrote:  
(05-11-2010 07:32 PM)No J. Wrote:  Good straps are comfortable and that comfort makes playing and practicing easier, and more enjoyable. I prefer wide straps with a slightly rough underside. These distribute the wieght of the guitar over a larger area with more of it on the bony part of the shoulder, away from the neck. The bony area can take a lot more wieght for a lot longer than the muscle next to the neck. The roughness of the underside keeps the strap from sliding on your shirt, so the guiyar stays where you want it. You may not notice now, but in a while you will be more aware of the difference a good strap will make on your playing.

Maybe so, but for right now, the guitar still sits in my lap! Big Grin

same here
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10-12-2010, 03:59 PM
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Hey guys,
Know any tools I can use to record what I'm playing ?

Something like Acoustica Mixcraft - only free Smile
I want to see if what I play sounds like music or farts Smile)
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10-12-2010, 07:08 PM
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A small multi-track recorder will let you do bed track (rhythm), a solo track and a couple more tracks.
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10-12-2010, 10:14 PM
RE: guitar
(10-12-2010 07:08 PM)No J. Wrote:  A small multi-track recorder will let you do bed track (rhythm), a solo track and a couple more tracks.

Can you recommend any ?
Preferably ones that work on Windows XP (yes I refuse to upgrade to Vista or Windows7)
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11-12-2010, 02:13 PM
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I don't keep track of the ones you may be interested in. I am looking to upgrade my studio and am looking at Cubase and Protools as my options. These would be more expensive than you want and the learning curve a little steep if you haven't had audio recording experience. Protools is a professional system and Cubased is of professional quality. Protools works better with Macs, Cubase with PCs. I will buy a dedicated computer to run this software and not use the one I am posting here with. Audio uses a lot of memory and other programs in the computer can affect the performance of the software.

Go to a store that sells music gear and ask someone in the recording deptartment. You may be able to get a second hand unit for a good price.

You can also search the web under audio recording downloads and multi-track (multi-trac) downloads.
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