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I have a friend who owns two of those and he loves them.

What color did you get?

This is it but in real life looks more like the bottom pic I found online. Cherry Sunburst is the color.

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I'm itching to play it but waiting is ok. I know I'm going to sound like a fool for awhile but I have been wanting to do this for a long time. 50 years was enough. I know I'll get discouraged at times but it's part of learning. Since I was in my teens and twenty's in the 80's you can guess that metal and hair bands are what I like to try and play. That era leaned heavy into guitar solos and a strong guitar presence. I'm a little OCD so I will definitely put time into it.

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So... I've been playing guitar on and off for about 25 years now.... It's probably been ON for about 20 of those years, maybe 18. Recently I've also started hacking away at the piano too. One thing I gotta say.... playing the piano, even for a meager 1+ year, has really helped me understand the guitar much better. I-IV-V makes much more sense, and transferring over scales is really kinda awesome.

So my advice... play the piano too. haha!

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I'm itching to play it but waiting is ok. I know I'm going to sound like a fool for awhile but I have been wanting to do this for a long time. 50 years was enough. I know I'll get discouraged at times but it's part of learning. Since I was in my teens and twenty's in the 80's you can guess that metal and hair bands are what I like to try and play. That era leaned heavy into guitar solos and a strong guitar presence. I'm a little OCD so I will definitely put time into it.

As important as putting in the time is using the time wisely and efficiently. I'd spend at least 10-20 minutes at the beginning of your practices just doing muscle memory types of things - first I'd learn all of the open major chords, and get to where you can really switch between them quickly. Then I'd move to scales. Books I've learned from actually suggest setting an egg timer even for 10/15/20 minutes and when it goes off, you forget about them and go on to....

Your "practice desert", which would be picking up some tabs from the internet/watching youtube to learn songs you want to learn, and having general fun w/ the instrument.

Also a thought - which comes from psychological principles of the primacy and recency effect - do the 10/15/20 mins of the "boring stuff" then take a break... like hours... then do your practice desert.

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So... I've been playing guitar on and off for about 25 years now.... It's probably been ON for about 20 of those years, maybe 18. Recently I've also started hacking away at the piano too. One thing I gotta say.... playing the piano, even for a meager 1+ year, has really helped me understand the guitar much better. I-IV-V makes much more sense, and transferring over scales is really kinda awesome.

So my advice... play the piano too. haha!

I have been wanting to take voice lessons, there is this lady that offers a voice/piano lesson that I have been thinking of trying. I don't think my voice will ever sound that great, but I atleast want to train it to hit the right notes.

As for the guitar, after 3 months of playing I can play 2 full songs now. I can play edmund fitzgerald, and sing it all, and I can play slow cheetah by the RHCP. No singing on that one. Sometimes on the fitzgerald song I don't cleanly hit the D chord, always the middle finger missing the high E string. I've been working on stairway to heaven the last week or so too. Only having to bar 4 strings has been an easier to way to learn bar chords, I can do that pretty well now.

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Also a thought - which comes from psychological principles of the primacy and recency effect - do the 10/15/20 mins of the "boring stuff" then take a break... like hours... then do your practice desert.

This is good advice. Some days I will sit there for 30 minutes and all I do is switch from G, to D to Asus2 to E minor, 1 strum each. Just keep switching. I just put the guitar next to my recliner and pick it up, set it down, pick it up. Yesterday I wasn't feeling it, so I took a day off.

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This is good advice. Some days I will sit there for 30 minutes and all I do is switch from G, to D to Asus2 to E minor, 1 strum each. Just keep switching. I just put the guitar next to my recliner and pick it up, set it down, pick it up. Yesterday I wasn't feeling it, so I took a day off.

I've noticed that when I do this stuff w/ piano, the next time I sit down at it, I feel like I was better @ that task/exercise than I was the prior time I sat down at the piano. It feels very noticeable. That noticeable improvement is what helps me w/ persistence.

The other thing I'd recommend, as quickly as possible, is trying to get w/ someone else that plays. Esp a drummer, for a beginning guitarist.

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I have been wanting to take voice lessons, there is this lady that offers a voice/piano lesson that I have been thinking of trying. I don't think my voice will ever sound that great, but I atleast want to train it to hit the right notes.

As for the guitar, after 3 months of playing I can play 2 full songs now. I can play edmund fitzgerald, and sing it all, and I can play slow cheetah by the RHCP. No singing on that one. Sometimes on the fitzgerald song I don't cleanly hit the D chord, always the middle finger missing the high E string. I've been working on stairway to heaven the last week or so too. Only having to bar 4 strings has been an easier to way to learn bar chords, I can do that pretty well now.

freakin sweet man. Singing & playing simultaneously is great. I'd love to do vocal lessons too. The more instruments I can play, the less I need other burnout musicians! haha

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I've noticed that when I do this stuff w/ piano, the next time I sit down at it, I feel like I was better @ that task/exercise than I was the prior time I sat down at the piano. It feels very noticeable. That noticeable improvement is what helps me w/ persistence.

This is spot on. One day you can't make the switch flawlessly, the next day you can. That is what keeps you going. I have been working on the C chord lately. The shape of that chord didn't seem natural at all, it's weird to get your hands to do something they haven't done. Next thing you know you're not thinking about it anymore. I might not hit it cleanly more than 60% right now, but at least I'm not thinking about what I need to do.

The other thing I'd recommend, as quickly as possible, is trying to get w/ someone else that plays. Esp a drummer, for a beginning guitarist.

Could you expand on this a little bit? For a guy like me who has only been playing a few months and only know about 10 chords it seems like it would be intimidating to work with anyone who is decent at an instrument, they might feel hindered. I have a couple of good friends who a good musicians, so that might ease the nervousness.

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freakin sweet man. Singing & playing simultaneously is great. I'd love to do vocal lessons too. The more instruments I can play, the less I need other burnout musicians! haha

I really wish I would have started playing music as a kid. I hated it. Now I can't wait to get home from work and practice while I watch sports. Singing and playing is real difficult. There is a rhythm to it.

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Could you expand on this a little bit? For a guy like me who has only been playing a few months and only know about 10 chords it seems like it would be intimidating to work with anyone who is decent at an instrument, they might feel hindered. I have a couple of good friends who a good musicians, so that might ease the nervousness.

Well, the reason I say this is mainly for rhythm purposes. I've noticed over the years that it's a mutual help for people to play together, they help one another quite a bit. Ideally you would find a drummer that is a lil bit better than you at your instrument so you can learn from their sense of rhythm. I think you'd be surprised what others will put up with as for as noviceness goes.

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freakin sweet man. Singing & playing simultaneously is great. I'd love to do vocal lessons too. The more instruments I can play, the less I need other burnout musicians! haha

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That is great. To think; some of us can't walk and chew gum at the same time. I don't know if it's true, but I've always thought one needs some talent to be a good musician. I do know, I have none of it.

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Well, the reason I say this is mainly for rhythm purposes. I've noticed over the years that it's a mutual help for people to play together, they help one another quite a bit. Ideally you would find a drummer that is a lil bit better than you at your instrument so you can learn from their sense of rhythm. I think you'd be surprised what others will put up with as for as noviceness goes.

Metronome. Always practice with a metronome.

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They make a little practice amp that plugs in to your guitar and then you can plug earphones in to the gadget. I'm pretty certain they are cheap because one of my daughters bought her boyfriend one for a gift a number of years ago.

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They make a little practice amp that plugs in to your guitar and then you can plug earphones in to the gadget. I'm pretty certain they are cheap because one of my daughters bought her boyfriend one for a gift a number of years ago.

Wow--How cool, there are tons of them!

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They make a little practice amp that plugs in to your guitar and then you can plug earphones in to the gadget. I'm pretty certain they are cheap because one of my daughters bought her boyfriend one for a gift a number of years ago.

I have a Vox version and it is fantastic.

Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Vox amPlug Metal Guitar Headphone Amp

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There you go! I couldn't remember what they were called and had no personal experience using one, but it seemed like a useful gadget. I know that if one of my kids had decided to pick up guitar, I'd have bought him or her one. Youngest really liked (still does) playing her keyboard with earphones at times. We have a grand piano, but for certain types of practice or experimentation I can understand the want of some privacy.

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Soooo, playing this thing is rough. I know my fat stub fingers are a hindrance but I also know they need to get toughened up on the ends to make doing this easier. My forearm is really getting stretched out trying to hit the strings properly. Detaching my bicep from the forearm last year isn't helping matters but this will force me to stretch the tendons into proper shape. I have a hard time putting my palm face up flat because of the surgery repair but it will be fine eventually. I look at some of the chords and ask how the hell am I supposed to do that? I know, practice and a ton of it.

I need to watch youtube and see how people place the guitar in reference to their body. Everyone has their own style but currently I will be forced to have it high towards my chest to help me wrap my wrist around. I maybe should of looked for a wider neck guitar for my first purchase but I'll deal with it. I do enjoy it and even though it is frustrating, it is a needed relaxing hobby for me.

Edit: I told the wife I should of bought a bass to give my hand more room but I'm just not a bass kind of guy.

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Soooo, playing this thing is rough. I know my fat stub fingers are a hindrance but I also know they need to get toughened up on the ends to make doing this easier. My forearm is really getting stretched out trying to hit the strings properly. Detaching my bicep from the forearm last year isn't helping matters but this will force me to stretch the tendons into proper shape. I have a hard time putting my palm face up flat because of the surgery repair but it will be fine eventually. I look at some of the chords and ask how the hell am I supposed to do that? I know, practice and a ton of it.

I need to watch youtube and see how people place the guitar in reference to their body. Everyone has their own style but currently I will be forced to have it high towards my chest to help me wrap my wrist around. I maybe should of looked for a wider neck guitar for my first purchase but I'll deal with it. I do enjoy it and even though it is frustrating, it is a needed relaxing hobby for me.

Edit: I told the wife I should of bought a bass to give my hand more room but I'm just not a bass kind of guy.

Tom Morello and The Beatles wear their guitars high. Sure it doesn't look as cool as a low strung guitar but it's much easier to play that way plus you'll be in good company.

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