Do I need to give up
Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:23 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:11 PM
Your heading asks "Do I need to give up?" The answer is "Of course you do, if you don't want to learn to play!"
If you're serious, then hang in there and become one of the millions who have endless fun with guitar.
There's much advice here about how best to go about learning, all based on the experiences of individual members. My experience may quite well be different from most, but here's a few things I found.
The classical is easy to play because there's more space between the strings, great for fat fingered beginners like me.
The electric, like you have, is easy to play because it's not so cumbersome and the neck is smaller and easier to grab.
It doesn't matter what you learn on, the skills are all transferable to other guitars.
Maintain your motivation by learning easy things as well as the challenging ones. Don't get bound up by difficult "F" chords or barre chords. They're part of the deal but if you keep nibbling away at them they'll come good in time.
Don't waste time learning dozens of chords or scales. Learn just enough to play the music you want, then expand your learning as demanded by new projects. Most folk who learn twenty chords seem to forget fifteen of them because they don't need them yet.
It's not a race, and you'll never be judged, so learn in a way that maintains the fun component as a high priority. For my part, I've been learning for about seven years and still can't play for nuts. But I've had seven years of fun that can never be taken away from me.
Keep trying, and keep in touch.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:17 PM
Keep at it, 3 weeks is but a blink .
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:30 PM
Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:46 PM
I started a couple of months ago and was excited to be putting a few chords together and looked forward to practice every day.
The last few weeks have been more frustrating...like I hit a wall and was even slipping a bit, especially with the muting strings and clumsy fat fingers...driving me crazy.
Its nice to know its not just me...and its also good to get some encouragement from guys like karcey and mattz...your post was well timed for me.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:50 PM
Every now and then try something a little more challenging but don't get disappointed if you fail. Just improve what you know and you will move up as your fingers and finger memory become more acute.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:45 AM
Finally, the reason girls go for guys with guitars = solved.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 09:04 AM
You're going through what everone who has ever wanted to learn guitar goes through. Take your time and before long it will come together for you. Hang in there and you will do fine.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:09 PM
Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:39 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of guitar!
Good for you! Oftentimes we beat ourselves up for our perceived failings without giving ourselves credit for the progress that we have made. For sure, doing that will put you in a bad mental place. Remember, it's not a race. The only person you need to make happy is you.
Then this is what you need to do until you can play it cleanly. Precision is far more important than speed. Speed will come with consistent and directed practice, but as my old fencing coach was fond of saying, "Practice does NOT make perfect; it makes permanent." If you practice it sloppily for the sake of speed, you are setting yourself a trap from which it will be difficult to escape. It is of utmost importance--particularly at this stage--that you aim for precision.
As do all accomplished guitarists...
There is very little room for error, which is why you should focus first on precision.
B.B. King has big fat fingers and he seems to play ok . And as long as your instrument is set up properly and stays in tune for a reasonable amount of time it shouldn't be a problem.
IMHO, the worst thing you can do is have unrealistic expectations of yourself. Doing so just sets you up for frustration. Consistent and directed practice will get you where you want to go. Remember, guitar is incremental. You are starting with zero skills. It will take time for you to master the first simple skills, but as you do you will find eventually that it becomes easier to acquire new skills. And then the fun grows exponentially.
I would recommend setting small, realistic goals for yourself. If you set a goal of "next week I want to play 'Cocaine' as well as Eric Clapton," then you are setting yourself up for failure because you have set an impossible goal. Heck, if you said "in six months I want to play 'Cocaine' as well as Eric Clapton" you have still set an impossible goal. On the other hand, if you set a goal of "next week I want to play two or three open chords cleanly" then you have a much higher probability of success.
And nothing will encourage you like success
Remember, a baby cannot learn to speak in three weeks, but eventually it does because it never stops trying.
Likewise, a baby cannot learn to walk in three weeks, but eventually it does because it never stops trying.
And a "baby" guitarist cannot learn to play in three weeks, but eventually you will if you stick with it.
All the above is JMHO
"The fault lies not in our [guitars] Horatio, but in ourselves."
Posted 19 January 2012 - 07:28 PM
Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:30 AM
Ok it spoils the song im playing cos of a pregnant pause while i am changing the chord.
I am 10 times faster now than a month ago but still not quite up to full speed yet.
At your stage dont worry about speed just keep practicing getting the chords your learning sounding good and then practice changing them over and over again getting faster and faster.I nearly always mute strings on new chords im learning.Just takes a little time to train your fingers to hold it correctly.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:30 PM
I noticed you mentioned "electric" from Sears. Later, you wonder if your fingertips are "too large". Electric guitars have smaller necks than (many) acoustics. Electrics are also fitted with unforgiving steel strings and have a faster "action". (That means the strings are closer to the fretboard).
I would consider trading in your Sears Electric for a dirt cheap nylon-string acoustic. (Yeah, I know everyone wants to be the next Hendrix and you will be one day, brother). But, right now give yourself a break. Think of your nylon-string acoustic as a "practice axe". You can thrash it, learn many a 3-chord song, have hours of fun without worrying that a scratch will devalue your instrument by $500
The A chord comes... When you press hard. G will come when you get your "arch" going. You need strong hands to play guitar and you'll get the "calluses" whether you play nylon or steel. Took me two years before I conquered open B7 - But the sense of achievement !
Play songs you enjoy... That's the reason you bought the axe, right?
Kind Regards, NB
Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:25 PM
here is a tutorial the is pretty hard but once u get it right everything else will feel a bit easier:
good luck mate
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