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But I've picked up a guitar and trying to learn.
No formal lessons, just fiddling around on Youtube trying to learn to play by playing.

Must admit I'm total crap. Worse than what I imagine a newb should be hahaha! My left hand ring and pinkie are practically useless (not through any injury, just idiotic, weak and disobedient) and I'm struggling to work out how to hold the guitar to allow my hand/wrist to bend around so I don't hit the small e with my fatty hand.
Oh, and without cramping as much as a 30min selfie (so I've heard).

Using a Michael Kelly 6 string electric I bought from a colleague who needed the cash. Small little amp and speaker too.

The guitar has a switch that seems to alternate between a smoother (acoustic?) and electric sound. Prefer the smoother/deeper. Tuned it (I think) with a phone app :D

Very challenging but a lot of fun so far. Fingertips already feeling a little sensitive :D

Hitting some stereotypes, I imagine quite a few of you play, Welsh being musical and all? Or is that mainly singing (of which mine is worse than guitar playing)?


Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:08 pm
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Concentrate on basic open chords until your fingers loosen up. Learn G A D and Em, then move on to C. By that time you'll be able to play 99% of every song ever written.
Once your fingers loosen up you can try a few bar chords.
Best of luck. Noodling on a guitar is one of life's great pleasures.

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Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:47 pm
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Off to Google to find out what a basic open chord is.
Only thing I know is Eddie Eats Dynamite Good Bye Eddie :D
And I finally know what a fret is.

No more xbox guitar hero for me. I'm the real deal now.


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When yo do your world tour remember , principality stadium roof closed !

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Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:34 pm
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TheSmurf wrote:
Off to Google to find out what a basic open chord is.
Only thing I know is Eddie Eats Dynamite Good Bye Eddie :D
And I finally know what a fret is.

No more xbox guitar hero for me. I'm the real deal now.


Try this for size ......

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Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:57 pm
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Err, why should I do that when I'm trying to play a guitar?
I'm prettier than her, too.


Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:52 pm
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Just buy a PlayStation or Xbox and get guitar hero :D


Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:41 pm
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I asked a guy how to get to the Albert Hall once. He said, Practice, Practice, and Practice more.

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Bouch wrote:
TheSmurf wrote:
Off to Google to find out what a basic open chord is.
Only thing I know is Eddie Eats Dynamite Good Bye Eddie :D
And I finally know what a fret is.

No more xbox guitar hero for me. I'm the real deal now.


Try this for size ......

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If 'I' did, I'd be harping on about it for days :D


Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:30 pm
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Smurf would lose a chord, byti.

Well, a string .....

And I've seen pictures of Smurf - OXO cubes ain't pretty, Smurf.

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Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:46 am
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[youtube][/youtube]cos of this thread I went off on a youtube adventure, always a mistake cos it can last for days ... I found this guy :-)



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Bouch wrote:
Smurf would lose a chord, byti.

Well, a string .....

And I've seen pictures of Smurf - OXO cubes ain't pretty, Smurf.

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You ain't seen me. You ain't seen shit!

Err... wait that came out wrong.

Anyway, chords are my nemesis. Along with everything else involving playing a guitar.


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I got a geetar, the bit where the strings connect where you strum it broke so I glued it back together with super glue .. it don't sound any different. I over tightened a string using a stupid electronic tuner instead of my Mam's fork on the cooker. Thing about cords is that your fingers gotta be flexible like tarantula legs on speed, it takes practice, practice like painting the fence in The Karate Kid. :D


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Try Googling for simple guitar songs. Bands like Oasis or The Beatles have some songs that are relatively straight forward.


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I Started when I was 18. Did it for a few years (mainly during Uni) then just stopped.
What I always remember is how painful started out was. Fingers ache, fingertips practically bleed by the wires cutting in and no rhythm in my strumming hand.

Persevered and eventually it just clicked. I used to put my fingers into a chord shape with my free hand but then changing chords almost instinctively is a great feeling. I pick up my guitar every now and again and wished I put in way more practice. There's good work in pubs for live music everywhere.

Also, start off on an acoustic and the electric will feel way easier after that!

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