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Play the bass high. Look at the really good jazz players with great technique and this is how they do it. Allows for better left hand position and shifts are tons easier, resulting in greater facility. Down low you need to move your whole arm to change one position instead of a small pivot.

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

Rockman Guitar Ace is the classic.

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I'm primarily a woodwind guy, but saw this thing in my local music store the other and just had to pick it up. It is pretty fun to play.

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It is their Merlin guitar. Basically a cross between guitar and dulcimer. DADD tuning. Just something else to keep me out of trouble. The saxes come first.

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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.

Thanks for bringing up Manring. I'm a huge Michael Hedges fan. Discovered him too late, but better late than never.

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I finally bought my first guitar a couple weeks ago, a used Epiphone EJ-200, like the one below. It's a very slow learning process, but I'm loving every second with it. Luckily for me I have a roommate who is willing to teach me.

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Nice axe!

I'm actually really interested in acquiring a new acoustic.... drooling over a Taylor 114ce. 214ce if I'm feeling wealthy

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I finally bought my first guitar a couple weeks ago, a used Epiphone EJ-200, like the one below. It's a very slow learning process, but I'm loving every second with it. Luckily for me I have a roommate who is willing to teach me.

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vc

That is a sharp looking guitar. How is process going?

I'm seven months into learning, really happy I stuck with it.

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That is a sharp looking guitar. How is process going?

I'm seven months into learning, really happy I stuck with it.

Thanks. Sorry, never saw your post. It's been a little over two months and I absolutely love playing. Seeing the progress from one week to the next is pretty satisfying. I just can't put the guitar down when I have any sort of free time.

It has been tougher to learn without my roommate while I'm home from school, but there's plenty of resources I've used online that have helped a ton.

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Thanks. Sorry, never saw your post. It's been a little over two months and I absolutely love playing. Seeing the progress from one week to the next is pretty satisfying. I just can't put the guitar down when I have any sort of free time.

It has been tougher to learn without my roommate while I'm home from school, but there's plenty of resources I've used online that have helped a ton.

There are definitely a lot more sources out there for today's beginner. <old man Mayhem mode> When I started playing in 1979 you either had to have a book, pay some stoner or have a friend who knew how to play teach you. Now you kids these days just fire up the e-mail machine and go youtubing to learn how to play anything. </old man Mayhem>

Good for you though, seriously. It's like golf in that you can always improve and there is a certain joy when you hit certain levels.

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Thanks. Sorry, never saw your post. It's been a little over two months and I absolutely love playing. Seeing the progress from one week to the next is pretty satisfying. I just can't put the guitar down when I have any sort of free time.

It has been tougher to learn without my roommate while I'm home from school, but there's plenty of resources I've used online that have helped a ton.

Cheers! That's great to hear!

If I had to do it all over again, I'd learn scales from day 1. I actually enjoy the monotony of practicing them, but even if you take like ~10mins a day to practice them, over time that will make you slay on the axe. No doubt about it. That's my $.02, adjusted for inflation.

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Ray posted this in the Whatever thread, but very apt here:

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Cheers! That's great to hear!

If I had to do it all over again, I'd learn scales from day 1. I actually enjoy the monotony of practicing them, but even if you take like ~10mins a day to practice them, over time that will make you slay on the axe. No doubt about it. That's my $.02, adjusted for inflation.

This is truly the best thing one can do on any instrument. Scales and arpeggios every day.

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Quote from my 3.75 yr old daughter:

"I was making music with my toots."

Of course, I told her to practice her scales.

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Quote from my 3.75 yr old daughter:

"I was making music with my toots."

Of course, I told her to practice her scales.

Solid.

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This is truly the best thing one can do on any instrument. Scales and arpeggios every day.

this is still true af

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Just picked this guy up:

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...along with a little Marshall tube amp. Pretty bad-*** all around. I've played off-and-on since about 22 years ago but not for the last 10-12. This time I'm getting lessons.

Also have a ~1998 Telecaster, a 12-string Ovation whose bridge is about to split apart (hopefully not while I'm facing or playing it), and some pedal steel guitar that I should probably just sell.

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Just picked this guy up:

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Cool! I've owned a couple of semi-hollowbodies and liked them. It's not my style but they sure did play nice. The Bigsby is cool too! I had one on a old SG.

What I really like about that is the toggle switch is on the horn where it would be on a Lester. I've had a couple of guitars where I added kill switches in that same position.

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