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Discussion in 'Skills and Smarts' started by Trenchfriend, Oct 2, 2021.

  1. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    I'm still on bloody rookie level, let's say always exercising for fun at home, without any pressure.

    A while ago, I had classic concert guitar. This was a horrible, huge and probably kind of low end piece and absolutely unplayable for me. With my short fingers, I wasted a real amount of time on this BS!

    Ok, trying first chords was okay to, back then, but the fun of course didn't really came.

    But now, I finally got an electric guitar (humbuckers) with a handy, small neck and THIS totally changed the thing for me!
    Exercising over headphones, with the super nice chorus option active on the amplifier and already, the fun appeared! And I even started with plectrum and this time, it WORKS!

    So now it seems, that this will be the real good basic for me to improve my exercising.
     
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  2. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    Neck pickup is just fun. Especially with chorus effect on the headphone amp.

    Gimme synthy! :D:D:D
     

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  3. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    Ok, using the effects on the amp too often isn't good for batterie's life... :oops:

    But chorus effect is just so much fun! :D
     
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  4. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    But another question:

    Loungers, how long are your fingers?

    Whatever the experts say, I think, my short fingers are simply soft handicap on grabbing chords. Doesn't smaller the fun to exercise for me, but I just don't have these tentacle fingers, some people have. ;)
     
  5. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    What Nylon plectrums do you recommend??
     
  6. ES335

    ES335 One of the Regulars

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    I'm glad you're having a good time, music will take you to places nothing else can or will. I played Blues/Rock/Slide guitar for 40-plus years and for the last 10+ years averaged about 40 gigs bar/club annually until arthritis claimed my left hand. I urge you to play as often as possible with others, also to play for live audiences. Nothing is better to focus you and not only improve your playing, but to raise your confidence level as well. You will never regret it. Good luck my friend.
     
  7. ES335

    ES335 One of the Regulars

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    1.0 mm, not too small or too thin. Experiment, and play loud ;)
     
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  8. ES335

    ES335 One of the Regulars

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    Check out anything on YouTube by Danny Gatton. I saw him many times, and he had very small hands and played vintage Telecasters with huge necks. Don't worry, just carry on.
     
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  9. Trenchfriend

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    But another question, always running through my head.

    Bluesers on stage, do they usually use reverb?
     
  10. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hey, great thread! It will be nice to talk guitars. Here is my '62 Gretsch Tennessean and '48 Fender Deluxe 5a3.
    I typically use 1mm Clayton pics, myself.

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  11. Trenchfriend

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    I bought a bunch of new plecs, two days ago.

    The Dunlop Jazz III is getting one of my favorites, actually. :)
     
  12. Trenchfriend

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    You will find some Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac in it. ;)

    Engerling Blues Band, one of East German's stars since 47 years.

     
  13. ChazfromCali

    ChazfromCali Familiar Face

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    Andres Segovia, said he had little sausage fingers, or words to that effect. Didn't seem to hurt him.
     
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  14. ChazfromCali

    ChazfromCali Familiar Face

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    Peter Green uses reverb to great effect, especially on the Boston Tea Party recordings.
     
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  15. ChazfromCali

    ChazfromCali Familiar Face

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    What style of guitar playing are you trying to learn? There are a lot.

    When I started playing as a teen I gravitated towards heavy blues rock like Jimi Hendrix & Robin Trower, Pat Travers and Frank Marino. Of course I was listening to the more straight-up rock stuff of the day as well, Van Halen, Montrose, etc.

    I got into blues later and then much later jazz guitar. I really like Wes Montgomery, to me he IS jazz guitar. Also really dig Kenny Burrell.

    My philosophy (lol) now, is if it has guitar I'll give it a listen. I may end up not liking it but I'll check it out.

    I made a channel on Bitch Ute called Guitar Centric where I post stuff I like. https://www.bitchute.com/channel/p2bWW78zv5NW/ If something has guitar I like, regardless of style I'll post it.

    I'll put up some pics of my current guitar (yes, I only have one ;-) when I dig out the hard drive with all my old pics on it. I've had some pretty cool guitars over the last 40 years, and I have the standard guitar player regret for selling most of them, lol.

    cheers,
     
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  16. Tark

    Tark New in Town

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    Got a Larrivée D-03R and a Godin Kingpin II archtop myself. Started in summer 2019, stopped playing until around June of this year and have been at it since then. Mostly been focusing on covers of Russian songs but I do plan on getting into blues and jazz in the near future...gotta get that music theory down solid

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  17. Trenchfriend

    Trenchfriend

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    Not trying to learn, just exercising for fun. Bluesy, rocky. :)



    :D
     
  18. ChazfromCali

    ChazfromCali Familiar Face

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    Just exercising, say wot? ;-)

    It's very satisfying to learn how to copy / play a song you like.
     
  19. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    A lot. Reverb is popular; if you get more into the rockabilly end of things, echo (a very, very short variation of delay) is also popular. (Not much difference between reverb and echo to the average ear, of course.)

    That's the best way. Try 'em all, and you'll find what suits you quick. I discovered Dunlop Tortex picks very quickly. Start with .46s, later moved to .6, before finding I preferred the heavy 1mm. Use those for a few years then switched up to the 1.14mm for no reason other than that I preferred the colour. Been using those for well over a decade now.
     
  20. Trenchfriend

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    Actually trying the small Dunlop "Jazz I" with rounded tip.

    This seem to be really fun to exercise with! It just feels good in my fingers. :)
     

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