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  1. Melodies & Chords

    Just read my first response to the op and to this, "The mechanics of how to play melodies along with chords varies with how you strum the strings of your guitar. If you use a pick, you might play melody notes by not hitting certain strings, muting strings with your finger(s) or by dropping an unused fretting hand finger onto a string used in the chord shape", I would add, you may also play melody notes with chords by playing chord inversions. That would typically mean playing up the neck though, so not a technique for newbies in most cases.
  2. Hi!

    Welcome, in addition to extra light gauge strings, many manufacturers have begun making strings more flexible. Core materials are designed to be less cheese grater like and more student friendly.
  3. My Name is Chad Garber

    Welcome. What sort of lessons are you planning?
  4. Hello everyone

    Questions we don't mind. It's the answers that bother us. Welcome.
  5. beautiful strap

    While I have purchased other straps over the years, I still have the original strap I put on my guitar back in 1968. Is there a market for "vintage guitar straps"? I can't imagine there's not. People will collect "vintage" bricks as far as I can see.
  6. Halifax, Nova Scotia

  7. Hi

    Welcome. What's your best tip you can share after four weeks playing guitar?
  8. Hello

  9. Help me figure out the chords of this song

    https://www.justinguitar.com/en/ET-000-EarTraining.php https://www.justinguitar.com/en/TR-000-Transcribing.php
  10. I got a stray but

    How are you tuning your guitar? What reference devices (electronic tuner, piano, another guitar, etc) are you using to check your tuning?
  11. Hal Leonard Guitar method

    I was given the Hal Leonard books as a lesson plan back in the late '60's. I had been through about 2/3 of the first Mel Bay book with another instructor prior to making the change to an instructor who was a friend of my father. I spent the first year or so of Leonard learning most of what I had been taught in the Bay books in about four months. If you need to progress slowly on the guitar, Leonard will suit your needs. If you grasp the basic concepts of playing guitar (some players simply "get" the guitar faster than others), Bay will move you further, faster and, IMO, with more complete knowledge of why you are playing the next exercise and song. That said, I do believe Mel Bay is one reason so many student players gave up their guitar after a few lessons. On the other hand, Mel Bay is also responsbile for some of the finest guitarists of the last 60 years. Both lesson plans are decades old and have really only been updated with new songs and a fresh look. Teaching each individual student how to play the guitar has changed a bit since the '50's, or so I would like to think. I honestly wouldn't tackle either course as a self teaching method. Both were designed for use by an instructor who can sit beside a student and observe just what the student has learned and how they are taking in information. The instructor's job with either plan is to guide the student by way of the instructor's knowledge and experience. Taking the lessons on your own, and lacking that feedback from a more experienced player, means you will miss a good 1/3 of what should be taught that is not on the page.
  12. Hi, I need advice!

    You're doing quite well, keep at this.
  13. Learning to read music

    Take your pick; https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+read+music+notation+for+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=how+to+read+music+notation+for+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57.9357j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 They'll all teach you how to read music. It's the interpretation of what you read that's tough.

    You've not given us much to go on. No budget, no place in particular where you can shop. No needs or wants. If you are looking at the less expensive end of the mass market guitars, then you are going to see a lot of guitars with little to no real world differences in any given price range. Mass market guitars are going to come from a "third world" builder and often that builder will have contracts with several manufacturers to build their lower priced models. That means "X" label gets built on Mondays and Tuesdays while "Y" gets built on Fridays. It's the label and the day it gets put on that is the difference in many cases. Marketing costs and other factors will make the difference in price. A $200 guitar and a $500 guitar probably won't be that different and certainly not for a student just picking up their first guitar. If you want the least expensive guitar, buy from (at least) a well known name such as Yamaha or Fender. They have lots of experience building guitars and they do a very good job at the lower price range. Avoid buying the cheapest guitars. Know there is a distinct difference between cheap and inexpensive. Buying a pre-owned guitar from a good manufacturer can get you more guitar for the same amount of money. Buying, say, a used Yamaha would hardly ever be a bad choice. Buy from someone you can trust, and have a return policy with in case you change your mind, and you'll pay a slight bit more but likely get a much better guitar.
  15. Melodies & Chords

    Leonard has been around for a long time. His books move you forward slowly but you will learn if you stick with the plan as it is laid out. There are several good lessons and explanations on this forum if have a question and you need more information. I also tend to suggest https://www.justinguitar.com/ Do not bounce around between lessons though. Chasing the next bright shiny things is a waste of your time. Good lesson plans are laid out to build this week's lesson on what you have learned and mastered the week prior and the week prior to that. So follow the course work as it is laid out. You might occasionally even go back a bit in your lessons and try applying what you are learning now to the material you mastered a few weeks back. Be imaginative and be creative with your embellishments to your older material, that's the thinking of a musician. So finish the Leonard plan before you move to another. When you move, start from the start. Even if you find re-learning material boring, hearing and doing the simple steps taken from a fresh voice is worth the time. Good luck. Did I answer your question?