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    Welcome! Yes, I need lots of help. Mostly financial, but also psychological. As far as guitar goes, I am always ready to learn something new. After playing for about 52 years, I don't see much new anymore, at least that interests me.
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    Urgent - Guitar chords request

    There are free downloadable chord charts for just about everything. I've never paid for them. I did get 5800 hits. Lots of the 5800 are free, user powered sites that that depend on users for the content. You can grab screenshots from chordify and print them. I will share things I know or can find easily. It's hard for me to know what I'm looking for. My hearing is messed up. I did find free chord charts to the wrong song. I have doubts that any user here will be familiar with Pakistan's national anthem. I don't know how to play my country's national anthem. I have done as much research as I have time for. I saw chords in A or Am, and Ab or Ab minor, but nothing I would know for sure is the right answer. Dig a little deeper. Put in more time and sort through all the hits you get from a google search. Try a Google search with different wording and you will likely get different results. Good luck!
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    Bad Muscle Memory

    I've been spanking the plank for about 50 years, and there are quite a few experienced player here. The quick easy solution takes a long time and is lots of work. 🙂
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    Urgent - Guitar chords request

    Did you try Google? I did and got this:
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    Bad Muscle Memory

    The first issue sounds like more practice is needed. Yes, I had those problem's 45-50 years ago. I have this again from time to time because since I lost most of my hearing, I don't play as much. But if I spend a few minutes, it usually comes back quickly. The second issue sounds like you might have developed a bad habit in your playing. They are hard to kick. At times, I have had to just relearn a riff, meaning more practice. Everything is related.
  6. At the beginning, ease of play is perhaps the most important trait. If the guitar is hard to play you will become frustrated. You'll probably not find people who have the same models you are looking at. There are just too many models to keep up. I find that inexpensive guitars in a guitar store are not usually setup. Do you have a friend that knows guitars? There are a few things to look at that might not be obvious to beginners. You can only trust the sales person when they are not speaking. Its almost impossible to choose a guitar without touching it. Playing it. Especially inexpensive guitars because they are not consistent. Some come out OK and some don't. Sadly, if you want to be confident every guitar they make is a good one is to spend many dollars. Not hundreds, thousands. Most of us can't afford to sink that much money on something we don't know will work out. Get help from someone other than the sales people.
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    does anyone knows this guitar?

    I could not find any good information, but there was a review I found. These are not my opinions, but someone else's. I have never seen a Power Beat guitar. "Approx. $80 (US) Made in taiwan. Decent sounding guitar, good for begginers. I doubt any of you martin owners will give up your guitars for it though. Only guitar I've ever played, its sounds/plays pretty good. low action, decent tuning machines. Its got a nice sound. It is, however, the only guitar i have. Keeps in tune and sounds better than my friends italian made guitar. The finnish is not very good or durable. Yeah, i think thats about it. No wait... ITS NOT A MARTIN!!! Do You Need A Beater Guitar? Well then! By a Powerbeat Now!!! (coming to far eatern countrys near you) (people chanting powerbeat in background) *ting* * * * * * * * Nice... not for you Taylor/Martin owners though."
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    Blues fingerstyle songs in an open countryside

    He's playing a Collings guitar. They are wonderful. I have two.
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    Greetings and felicitations!
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    Howdie ya'll

  11. That was interesting.
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    Looking at AMPS, really confused, need help!

    The same approach should work.
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    Looking at AMPS, really confused, need help!

    It took many years and many amps to find what I like. I used them in live performances, and after a decade or so I found what I like. I've had the same amp for about 35 years. I am not familiar with Blackstar amps. I just looked them up. If it works it is worth $100. The tone of any inexpensive amp should be fine as a practice amp. I don't say what amp I have because it doesn't really matter, What I like could be very different from what you like. We're not all cut from the same cookie cutter. Reading specs on paper doesn't reveal the tone. Lots of watts are not important. Because of the nature of sound and hearing, most people hear +9dB as double volume. If you double the amp's power you get about 3dB. So, to sound twice as loud as 20 watts, you need 160 watts. And this doesn't add speaker efficiency to the equation. That can make a big difference in apparent volume. I will say I tend to lean towards tube tone, but tone is very subjective. Go to a store and try as many as you can. It all comes down to trying a few.
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    New to the forum

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    New kid in town

  16. I was born in the 1950s, grew up in the '60s during the Great Folk Music Scare. I learned to play to the protest songs of the era. I'm still singing protest songs. This is from the Lewis & Walker CD titled X, circa 2016. It seems so obvious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RLwYYxBV7s
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    Nylon strings

    Its been sold - gone for almost a decade. I sold all but 6 due to catastrophic financial failure. No, there weren't many inexpensive guitars in the photo. There was a time, long ago when dirt was young, I had a high income job for about a decade. I bought a few of the pricier guitars during that period.
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    Nylon strings

    Back row, farthest left is a classical, a Guild Mark 3.
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    Here & Gone

    Thanks! Its not the same anymore. I have no happy songs to write. I can't find anything to write happy songs. I;m putting my most valuable guitar up for sale. I need the money, and I can't hear, so why have a $5000 guitar just hanging on the wall. BTW, want to buy one of the best guitars in the world? I need to get about $4500 out of it, which makes it a rather exclusive market. Depression has reared itself again. We are so broke I might have to sell all the guitars and just say " off!" to music. Most of the instruments and recording gear are already gone. The money might get us through 2018 without selling our house. I work my ass off to write and record music no one wants to listen to. Here are a couple with my recent lack of ability to sing. "City Of New Orleans" was recorded in the past month or so. I have model trains and I built a complete "City of New Orleans. It's a great memory of almost gone passenger railroad. The singing just ain't the same as 6 or more years ago. I still remember what it was like too be able to perform. Now I have to manipulate the vocals for hours to get a take that isn't too bad. I'm playing the computer. I have to take the computer's word on how close it is. I can't tell. My dog died 3 years ago today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqUeg-vKO24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAy_wesbrI0
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    Nylon strings

    Nylon strings last much longer than steel strings. They don't sound dead nearly as soon as steel strings. None of that matters. The most important thing I would advise is to use only nylon/classical guitar strings on a classical guitar. Its important. Steel strings will rip a classical guitar into several pieces. I have some experience in this area. When I was younger I worked in a music store as the guitar repair guy for almost a decade. I've seen just about everything a person can do wrong with guitars. I used to have many guitars, but most were sold after I got laid-off. I kept 6. The best 6, of course.
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    Nylon strings

    Nylon doesn't corrode. A new set takes a couple weeks to stay in tune, but they last longer than steel strings. The winding on the wound strings will corrode, but they still last a long time. Only put nylon strings on a guitar made for nylon strings. You will cause damage with steel strings. Nylon strings last longer than Elixir steel strings anyway. I don't mind changing strings, except a slotted headstock. So, I cut the old ones off. It's the easiest way I've found. Tie on the new strings and keep tuning for 1 to 2 weeks before they really settle in. At 2 weeks I want to change steel strings, but I can't always afford too do so. When I performed live my strings lasted for 1 or 2 nights. I'd buy a dozen sets at a time. Sadly, Our budget makes strings a low priority right now.
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    Q&A: Musicality and Giftedness

    I find it hard to reconcile labels. I defer my opinion on language and word usage to my son, an English major. I think the "gifted" are people who practice, or play 8 to 10 hours everyday. Then they become gifted. There is an old saying that I will paraphrase; "A good player has to practice 2 hours a day, but it only takes a virtuoso 8 to 12 hours a day." This is all just about semantics anyway. Words can be used to enlighten, cheat, confuse, steal, and many other uses. English has so many synonyms and homonyms it's surprising we can understand anything at all
  23. I tend to learn the guitar part so it can run on autopilot while I give attention to singing. You can also try to learn in short segments or phrases.
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    string gauge

    Brand, type, gauge? On a Gibson ES335 I would use the same strings I use for every electric guitar. I use Elixir nanoweb 10 to 46. On acoustic it depends on the guitar. I have a dreadnaught and I use Phosphor Bronze 13 - 56 on it. On my OM, a smaller guitar, I use 12 - 54. My favorite acoustic strings brand is John Pearse.