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  1. oldstrummer

    Sunny Guitar Cover

    Pardon me for saying so, but although your playing is well executed, it doesn't fit the "flavor" of the piece. "Sunny" is a light, fluffy love song. Your lead playing makes it sound loud, harsh and unsentimental. Just my two cents, of course.
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    Coming Back to Guitar.

    My opinion: Get lessons from a professional guitar teacher. Preferably someone you DON'T know. My teacher is teaching me discipline, perhaps above everything else. He paid me a compliment last lesson: "I can tell you really love guitar."
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    Coming Back to Guitar.

    This is what I did after a long layoff: take guitar lessons. You'd be surprised how much improvement you'll see.
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    Hi Carl, Welcome to the forums! I don't know any of the artists you mention (I'm not into metal), but I think you'll find a lot of good information here.
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    Guitar Practice Journal Idea

    These days, journals are called "blogs."
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    Guitar Practice Journal Idea

    I already do this. But to a different degree: I find a song I like, learn the key, the chords, the lyrics and write them all down on manuscript paper. Then I add it to a binder. This becomes my library or repertoire...
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    Can I change the neck of my guitar with any other one?

    If you don't know how and don't want to pay for it, I don't think you'll get very far...
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    Hello from WA

    This is the "Introduce yourself" thread. I welcomed gitarwmn. And this is my last word on it.
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    Hello from WA

    OK. Whatever floats your boat. I see gitarwmn has been successfully silenced.
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    Hello from WA

    Like I said, I sometimes go against my instincts. And usually I regret doing so. I'm going back to talking about guitar stuff. This isn't the place for navel-gazing. Don't go away, Rockerbob. I enjoy your comments and insights.
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    Welcome, dreeds21.
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    Hello from WA

    My instincts tell me I should just stay out of this. But sometimes I go against my instincts. This thread started as an introductory post from gitarwmn and has drifted quite a bit! I hope if gitarwmn is reading this, she hasn't been spooked away. As a disinterested third party, I'd like to add a comment, perhaps to seek or offer some clarification. "Philosophy," as defined by dictionary.com is: 1. the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. 2. any of the three branches, namely natural philosophy, moral philosophy, and metaphysical philosophy, that are accepted as composing this study. 3. a particular system of thought based on such study or investigation I see the words "study," "investigation," and "thought." I think Zen and Atheism are belief systems. "Religion says the existence of God can be proved; the agnostic says it can't be proved; and the atheist claims proof of the nonexistence of God. Obviously, the dilemma of the wanderer from faith is that of profound confusion." I'm not going to proselytize. I just observe that you have different belief systems. And there's nothing wrong with that.
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    Easy Guitar Chords?

    There's a nice, short, easy to learn (includes diagrams) on two-finger chords! It shows them first, and then shows how to expand them to their "standard" forms.
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    Rut That I Can't Escape

    Kirk is right! For a broke college student, a one-time outlay will provide you with more "lessons" than you can imagine! I consider it my "back pocket" Swiss Army knife for guitar. I've found that I lack the self-discipline to sit down for 30 minutes a day and practice scales, finger exercises, and the like. It may sound whacky, but I'm meeting with a guitar teacher who, I hope will hold me accountable for doing the work I need to do. Kirk's program is something you can do without the headmaster standing over you, provided you have the motivation to do the work.
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    Rut That I Can't Escape

    A personal addendum to this thread: I am pursuing guitar lessons. I found a teacher less than a mile from my house and will be going tomorrow for a free introductory course. That's my current solution. However, after a long hiatus from playing, I took to heart the following advice: pick up the guitar and play every day for fifteen minutes. Even if you don't want to. There's an article on another site that makes the same basic point: