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I'd like to figure out how you become one of the dudes in the background, never any spotlight, for a legend. Never do anything that difficult, but just rock out every night w/ a legend. Like Bob Dylan.

Practice a ton and have connections. The big jobs I had started from a recommendation from my bass teacher who was talking with a booker who said he heard that Michael needed a bass player, do you know anyone. I got a call and we clicked and that led to a big tour. Then people knew me and I could pursue gigs. Very much a vagabond life but fun for one who is in his early twenties.

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I know mentioned it earlier in the thread, but I wanted to know if anyone here played rocksmith?

I pretty much didn't touch the guitar during the summer, so I had to start over in September. I have finally begun to enter uncharted territory. I can actually play a couple of songs that only have 3 or 4 chords, been working on bar chords and scales. Finally becoming fun. The only reason I asked about rocksmith is because a guy at work is offering is selling his electric guitar for cheap and throwing in rock smith. I feel like I want to pull the trigger. Seems like it offers a fun way to practice.

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I know mentioned it earlier in the thread, but I wanted to know if anyone here played rocksmith?

I pretty much didn't touch the guitar during the summer, so I had to start over in September. I have finally begun to enter uncharted territory. I can actually play a couple of songs that only have 3 or 4 chords, been working on bar chords and scales. Finally becoming fun. The only reason I asked about rocksmith is because a guy at work is offering is selling his electric guitar for cheap and throwing in rock smith. I feel like I want to pull the trigger. Seems like it offers a fun way to practice.

It's fun and worth it in my opinion. I know you're able to find the game for cheap online now (I see deals for console and PC all the time) and the cable shouldn't be expensive if you do a digital download (if you were thinking of getting it outside of buying an electric with it).

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It's fun and worth it in my opinion. I know you're able to find the game for cheap online now (I see deals for console and PC all the time) and the cable shouldn't be expensive if you do a digital download (if you were thinking of getting it outside of buying an electric with it).

I like to hear this.

I just recently bought a new acoustic guitar, so I have been getting the itch to get an electric as well. And this game keeps popping in my head as a good learning tool.

I practice no less than an hour everyday, usually considerable longer. It's really cool to notice progress. One day you can't hit a chord, the next you can. But man, this ain't easy. Took me 1 hour this weekend just to play one bar chord...just one strum with all the correct chords hit. Didn't know my hand could get into that position.

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I'm jealous. I tried playing the strings years ago, even had a guy who played help me. I just ain't got it. I have the musical talent of a brick.

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Its really very frustrating but the reward is worth it. Once you pass a certain point, it can be hours of uninterrupted entertainment when you write that first song etc.

Then the frustration of trying to get to the next level sets in. It's a lot like golf in that way.

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Personally, I'd be more interested to know the guitar and price he's selling it for, rather than rocksmith. I don't have any experience with rocksmith.

What you will find is that the electric guitar will be much easier to play than acoustic, ie less frustrating. However, it will not build your strength and dexterity like an acoustic will.

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Its really very frustrating but the reward is worth it. Once you pass a certain point, it can be hours of uninterrupted entertainment when you write that first song etc.

Then the frustration of trying to get to the next level sets in. It's a lot like golf in that way.

yeah I definitely have hit plateaus, they're very frustrating.

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Personally, I'd be more interested to know the guitar and price he's selling it for, rather than rocksmith. I don't have any experience with rocksmith.

What you will find is that the electric guitar will be much easier to play than acoustic, ie less frustrating. However, it will not build your strength and dexterity like an acoustic will.

The guy left for the day, so I will ask him when he returns next week. I was able to convince him to loan it to me for a week so I could test it out, so I'm not obligated.

The acoustic will always be my first option, I enjoy the sound of it too much.

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Personally, I'd be more interested to know the guitar and price he's selling it for, rather than rocksmith. I don't have any experience with rocksmith.

That's why I mentioned seeing a ton of online deals, it maybe cheaper/smarter to just get a different guitar + rocksmith (if he wanted) than getting rocksmith as a throw in to a deal.

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Its really very frustrating but the reward is worth it. Once you pass a certain point, it can be hours of uninterrupted entertainment when you write that first song etc.

Then the frustration of trying to get to the next level sets in. It's a lot like golf in that way.

As a child of the 60s/70s I wanted to play the strings but found I had the musical talent of a brick, so I moved on (and I'm jealous of you guys).

And you make a great connection with golf. I think it was Sam Snead who said "a 5 handicap is closer to a 15 than a 2."

So right.

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You realize quickly how useless each finger is when isolated. Pinky and ring finger had no independence to start. Limited, at best, now.

Some days you feel worse than the last, golf analogy was perfect.

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As a child of the 60s/70s I wanted to play the strings but found I had the musical talent of a brick, so I moved on (and I'm jealous of you guys).

And you make a great connection with golf. I think it was Sam Snead who said "a 5 handicap is closer to a 15 than a 2."

So right.

I played in the 60s and 70s as well. Started taking lessons in 1968. The very first song I ever learned was, "Hang on Sloopy." LOL

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I idolize musicians. I saved and purchased a guitar in high school and since one of my good friends played in a major band, I of course incorrectly assumed he could teach me to play. Well with homework, social life and practices, that never happened. I learned what playing 'till your fingers bled meant though. And I never made music. I joined the Army with two southern boys who were learning, Floyd Wardlow and ? Galyeon. Again no luck and give up. Learned a little to play Taps and some simple tunes on a coronet. Found I did not have the lung power to do much more. My grandmother sold her piano when she moved into a smaller home so that instrument also went away. Most of the older family could play. Mom could paint. I eventually found I could cartoon quite well.

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Just bought my first ever guitar at the ripe age of 50. All my brothers play. Almost everyone in my family plays an instrument (piano and guitar) and I have been wanting to learn something so I wasn't the black sheep. My guitar choice is a ESP ltd 256 electric. I don't want an acoustic because that isn't really my style of music. The reviews were good and the price was nice for something new. Now I have to wait for Santa day to play with it. My 8 year old daughter still believes in the fat bearded one so I'm stuck waiting to play. I can take lessons form a co-worker of my wife. I have stubby fingered man hands and correct technique could probably go a long way. You tube will be my song learning friend too.

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Just bought my first ever guitar at the ripe age of 50. All my brothers play. Almost everyone in my family plays an instrument (piano and guitar) and I have been wanting to learn something so I wasn't the black sheep. My guitar choice is a ESP ltd 256 electric. I don't want an acoustic because that isn't really my style of music. The reviews were good and the price was nice for something new. Now I have to wait for Santa day to play with it. My 8 year old daughter still believes in the fat bearded one so I'm stuck waiting to play. I can take lessons form a co-worker of my wife. I have stubby fingered man hands and correct technique could probably go a long way. You tube will be my song learning friend too.

Congrats. It's never too late. The secret is keeping your hands on it as much as possible. Even if you're watching tv or something. Keep your hands on it.

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Congrats. It's never too late. The secret is keeping your hands on it as much as possible. Even if you're watching tv or something. Keep your hands on it.

Al Bundy agrees. Also try to play your guitar often.

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You can always play your electric while it is not plugged in for practice. Good way to work on muscle memory. Mike Manring does much of his bass practice this way with the claim that you think more about what your body parts are doing without the distraction of the loud sound. I have tried this and do find it helpful once one gets over the feeling of nothing going on.

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You can always play your electric while it is not plugged in for practice. Good way to work on muscle memory. Mike Manring does much of his bass practice this way with the claim that you think more about what your body parts are doing without the distraction of the loud sound. I have tried this and do find it helpful once one gets over the feeling of nothing going on.

yeah this is how I practice most of the time.

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Al Bundy agrees. Also try to play your guitar often.

Yep. This is really an every day endeavor. Progress is slow, but noticeable on a weekly basis, which is rewarding. I've been at it a few months now. Went from never playing to playing a couple songs and learning close to 8-10 chords which I can switch seamlessly. Still working on them bar chords...

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Yep. This is really an every day endeavor. Progress is slow, but noticeable on a weekly basis, which is rewarding. I've been at it a few months now. Went from never playing to playing a couple songs and learning close to 8-10 chords which I can switch seamlessly. Still working on them bar chords...

Start with power chords first. Bar chrords def take some finger strength that isn't something you just have.

Good luck man.

Also, learn your 1-4-5s.

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