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Member Since 09 Apr 2010
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In Topic: Tennessee Rain - My first Music Video

28 August 2011 - 11:34 AM

Excellent video. Well done, both musically and visually. WOW, great job.


In Topic: Too Late Beginner?

05 March 2011 - 02:57 PM

Hi arstark,

I starting playing when I was about 15 years old. I learned slowly to make chords, pick melodies, etc. I drove my mother nuts playing the same songs over and over. I never had lessons because I did not know anyone in my hometown that played guitar. I heard Chet Atkins and Merle Travis songs on the radio and wondered if I could learn the 'thumb and finger' style that they used. Anyway, I tried and tried to get that but never really got it.
When I got married and started working I gave up the guitar. 25 years later I decided to try it again in 2008. This time I practiced just the thumb and strumming parts over and over and over ... Finally, I think I got that part down and started adding the melody to songs like: Freight Train, Windy & Warm, several Christmas songs like Jingle Bells and Silent Night, etc. I had completely forgotten almost everything I learned in my youth since about 25 years had passed. I did remember the basic chords, C, G, E, A, D, F, and some of the minor ones like Am. I also forced myself to learn to play by notes and have used some tab sheets. You can find many free tab sheets on the Internet, and some sheetmusic with notes, and some with both notes and tabs.
Now, after about 3 years I can play the above mentioned songs pretty well. At least I think so. Ironically, my mother, now 97, wants to hear me play. Things have a way of turning around, if you wait long enough.
My point is that you can learn, if you keep at it. The nice thing today is we have youtube and guitar sites on the Internet that we can view. You can practice while you watch TV, be it finger patterns or chord strumming. Just muffle the strings with the palm of your picking hand so as not to bother everyone else. The key is lots of practice. As they say, Practice Makes Perfect.
Good luck to you.

In Topic: well I bought it

12 April 2010 - 04:53 PM

johnmay said:

I am probably not the best person to answer this but I think that what you want the sound to be should direct you.if you want the sound to be as close as ossible to the unplugged sound only amplified then you might want consider a guitar with a mic . you might want to listen to as large a numder of guitars as possible, decide what you like the best and act accordingly. If you already have a decent guitar it might be more cost effective install a quality electronic system in it . they can be pretty pricey.

sound and music like all other art is subjective. It is often very hard to get a consnesus on what is "best". It boils down to what you like best for you enjoyment.

Thanks, Ken

In Topic: well I bought it

10 April 2010 - 09:20 PM

Thanks for the info.

In Topic: Hello from Illinois

10 April 2010 - 10:53 AM

I am in central Illinois. Thanks for the quick response.