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XBallardite

Member Since 28 Dec 2007
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What about rattling?

29 January 2009 - 01:20 PM

I don't think my strings buzz so much as rattle. When I play the open B, G and A strings I can hear something vibrating, but I'm not sure what it is. Has anyone had this problem, and is it an easy fix?

For the record, I have a telecaster-style Agile left-handed electric guitar. I've owned it a little less than a year and have never changed the strings on it. I tune it every day before I start playing.

Any insights would be helpful. Thanks!

Adam

Neato!

07 September 2008 - 01:09 AM

So I've been playing and making slllloooowwww progress at the gee-tar for about 9 months now, and while I still have trouble with chord changes sometimes and timing -- and don't even get me started on the F chord! -- I did make what I thought was a neat discovery.

One day I'm playing around with the E-minor pentatonic scale and I discover that inside the scale are the notes to "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," "Hard Times Come Again No More" and other folk songs. I can only play the melodies to these and don't know what the chords might be, but I was still fascinated to find that such folk songs can be gleaned from just messing around with the notes on a scale.

This may not come as news to the experienced guitarists, but as I said above, I thought it was pretty neato.

Any other epiphanies out there?

Adam

Now I just have to learn what to do with it

14 February 2008 - 08:57 AM

Well, I've gone and done it. I've entered the electric guitar fold. Here it is, my new toy: an Agile TC-630. :claping:

Next step is getting an amp, but it's fun to practice with in the meantime.

Adam

Electric Guitar in an apartment???

29 January 2008 - 06:04 PM

Hi,

I'm getting a larger-than-expected tax refund this year and have been toying with the idea of getting an electric guitar (I have my eye on an inexpensive Agile telecaster copy). But here's the problem: I live in an older apartment building where the walls aren't soundproof and was wondering if it's a) even worth considering. I already have a nice classical guitar that I practice on; and B) feasible to set up a system where I play through headphones or my laptop or some other ultra-low-output way.

I like the idea of playing with an electric, but I really don't want to bother anyone else.

Ideas? Am I wasting my time? Should I stop being so greedy and be happy with the nice acoustic guitar that I have?

Thanks,

Adam

Some newbie thoughts

01 January 2008 - 09:41 PM

Hi there,

I see a lot of helpful threads and posts here, and thought I'd share some of my experiences as I try to figure out this weird thing called music.

Most of the advice that I see from experienced guitarists here is, learn the chords first. This certainly seems the way to go, and it's how I'm starting with my instruction. (For the record, I'm using the "Learn To Play Acoustic Guitar" DVD from Fender as my instructor; scheduling doesn't allow for classes or private lessons at the moment.)

Anyhoo, the current obstacle is changing from one chord to another. I was able to master the E, A and D power chords reasonably quickly, and after only about a month was able to transition from one to the other in time with a practice track on the DVD.

Now, however, I'm struggling with the same sequence, only using the full E, A and D chord fingering. By themselves, I can play the chords; getting to switch from one to the other in rhythm is a tough nut, however.

When I first started playing the A chord, I tried barring the D and G strings with my index finger, and using my middle finger on the B string. One thing that helped is changing from this to using my first three fingers on those strings, and (I think) my fingers are better placed to move to the different chord positions.

I'm nowhere near ready to play songs yet, but I find that with steady, regular practice and an infinite amount of patience I'm able to simply keep strumming away, knowing that the skills will come.

Sorry for writing such a long post. I wanted other beginners to know what I'm going through and offer anyone who's interested the chance to comment, offer advice or share their own experiences. How do you deal with the enormity of learning such a complicated subject?

Take care,

Adam