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plectrum lifespan question

18 May 2010 - 05:42 AM

I only use plectrum for fast rythm playing/strumming on my electric guitar but when i do play heavy rhythm/strumming, I often wear them out completely (pointed end gets smoothed off) after 2-3 songs or even break them (some types last much longer than this tho). I am using a medium (not soft) and thin plectums. My friends tell me they have used the same plectrum for years and they show no sign of wear. Is this a sign that my plectrum technique needs work? or does it all depend on what you play?

Crazy Little Thing solo

10 March 2010 - 06:58 AM

This is a fun song to play but i don't know how Brian May's gets that lively vibe to it. Is there anything unusal about the style which he uses to create this? I don't necessarily want to reproduce it exactly but to just understand more of how to get that feel to it so i can improvise in that style. I play the solo over Bb,D,Bb,E chords.

World Time

29 July 2009 - 03:13 PM

Hello, As this is a truly international forum i sometimes think it would be nice to have times in a few key cities around the globe at the top of pages. Like in some offices, so you get a feel for where members around the world will be wide awake or fast asleep. Just a thought.

I want to buy my OWN guitar now

26 June 2009 - 10:17 AM

After using electric guitars lent or given to me for years i'm thinking of choosing and buying my very own electric guitar. I have plenty of time to try things out and want to get the best guitar for me for the money.

My budget would be around 250-300

What i want is one with good enough quality basics (body/neck/fretboard) which i can upgrade later finances allowing. No frills/ no extras but want quality where possible. So it would help if it is easy to upgrade too. Don't want to be paying for the name on the headstock if poss.

I like the les Paul style headstock but am coming round to Fender types too so not really an issue. I like a raw/twangy sound and want versatile instrument.

At the moment i have a Roland Micro Cube practice amp which is fine for my purposes for now so i don't need to purchase an amp (yet).

Any suggestions to help get my search going would be welcome - and also if you can point out any other things i need to consider when selecting. :winkthumb:

Learning Guitar using Piano

24 June 2009 - 04:34 AM

This might seem like an odd sort of question but...

Why do guitar theory lessons so often refer to piano keyboard with its black and white keys?

I am asking from the point of view of someone who has never played an instrument until picking up the guitar. I know a fair amount of music theory but for me the two instruments seem so different that i can't make much use of the comparison, the distinction between the black sharps/flats and white keys just confuses me. I can understand that the C scale is a good place to start on guitar but one great thing about the guitar is it doesn't have black/white notes, there is no distinction because they are all equal. I guess a few people come to guitar from piano but i think more don't. Can anyone explain?