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    wah i want to learn also! any more recommendations?

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    wah i want to learn also! any more recommendations?
    wah 17, you still around......
    Objection !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    wah 17, you still around......
    yah u also

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninelives View Post
    wah, at least you got patience.

    i learned by myself for 3 months, then gave up...
    That's why I signed up for classes! Anyway nowadays the genre I play are more of praise and worship-type but now I'm slowly picking up the contemporary ones ... for example I'm challenging myself to play Jay Chou's 菊花台 ... this one is a combo of fingerstyle and scales and I'm still struggling!

    The point is, learn the basics, i.e. the chords, scales, the strumming patterns and the fingerstyles. Once that is done, you are very much on your own. Not forgetting, you'll need to practise regularly and yes, initally you'll have problems such as painfully finger tips and unable to press the strings firmly ... but with practise and motivation, it can be overcome!

    By the way, I'm still new to the whole thing!

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    Who knows ... though we may not have many guitar mentors, we can still form a guitar support group where we can find kakis here!

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    Adam: Heh after a while your fingertips will develop a hard layer of skin, such that its no longer painful :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Goi View Post
    Who knows ... though we may not have many guitar mentors, we can still form a guitar support group where we can find kakis here!
    I like this!
    sounds good!

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    I like the idea of Guitar Kakis Support Group too. We can call it Clubsnap Guitar Group (CGG). Ha!
    Am glad so many enthusiatic guitarists share their valuable experiences from a beginner to seasoned player.
    I will be starting my first lesson today, let's see how he teaches me and if he's good can recommend those who are keen to learn. He's really a nice guy, he drives all the way to my place and teach though, something not many people is willing to do.
    My problem with playing the chords is what a few of them says, remembering string by string as its self taught unless you have strong determination if not for someone like me needs coaching.
    As the saying goes: "Monkey see monkey do."

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    Lina - as I advised eariler, learn chords not string by string, but as a shape

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Lina - as I advised eariler, learn chords not string by string, but as a shape
    agreed

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    I can hardly press the frets properly.. don't know why just no strength, or that my hand posture is incorrect.

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    Which is why i think i need someone to guide me the proper way and kick the old habits.

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    Do let us know how your foray into guitar tuition plays out Maybe we can all learn something as well!

    Quote Originally Posted by linannabelle View Post
    Which is why i think i need someone to guide me the proper way and kick the old habits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    I can hardly press the frets properly.. don't know why just no strength, or that my hand posture is incorrect.
    keep at it.. it takes some time for the finger strength to increase..
    I also took very long before I could play the bar chords.. painful and long experience trying

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    Yup, hope I am not too slow for anything at all. Least its a good start I'm finally starting somewhere. Printed some tabs on the songs that I am keen to learn as a start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    I can hardly press the frets properly.. don't know why just no strength, or that my hand posture is incorrect.
    Maybe your guitar has poor action. There are guitar clinics that may be able to help, but not all guitars can be "healed". Check with those guitar shops if they do provide such service.

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    yes, for newbie you hands will become very stiff after a while, take a break, dont force yourself. .there are stories people injured their hands because of extreme straining on the hands.
    Objection !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redstone View Post
    I can hardly press the frets properly.. don't know why just no strength, or that my hand posture is incorrect.
    check the action. if the string is more than 2mm above the fret its probably due to neck warpage etc or the saddle's too high.
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Ah, I specialise in this form of guitar. Basically, playing pop music songs using classical guitar solo style. That is not the same as classical guitar solos though (classical songs aren't my style :P)

    The video seems quite doable something - I always loved arrangements with artificial harmonics. Do you have the score for this? Or is your 30% b ased on watching the video? (siong)
    i've been trying to get the score or tab of it to no avail have to buy edgar decruz's DVD for it -_-~
    chezburgr i can haz?

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    What I used to do is to remove the plastic saddle, and sand it down as much as possible but without having the strings hit the frets or hit the wrong fret. That helps for classical guitars where the action is high.

    For the unintiated, action means the distance between the strings and the frets, ie the amount you have to press before string hits fret.

    Finally, difficulty in doing bar chords may not always be due to action, but also in neck wideness, as well as tension of the strings.

    Quote Originally Posted by psychobiologist View Post
    check the action. if the string is more than 2mm above the fret its probably due to neck warpage etc or the saddle's too high.

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