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by Robert_S
Yesterday, 1:09 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Self-Taught vs Private Lessons
Replies: 6
Views: 2570

Re: Self-Taught vs Private Lessons

I taught myself for six months, but I saw that I was getting complacent.Strumming A, D and E casually, the major scales were better, but I wasn't pushing myself hard enough. So I got a teacher. Someone who will task me to do the next thing in line. Working four strum patterns using A, D, E, G, C, G7...
by Robert_S
October 17th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Metronome work and relaxing.
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Metronome work and relaxing.

I'm having trouble focusing while using a metronome.

If I count it and/or tap my foot, I can make chord switches cleaner and more accurate for a longer time, but when I bring out the metronome, I feel under pressure and mess it up.

Any ideas on how to relax before my inanimate machine overlord?
by Robert_S
September 27th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: From Here to There
Topic: Line 6 Pocket POD vs. Behringer V-AMP 3
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Re: Line 6 Pocket POD vs. Behringer V-AMP 3

I've ruled the V-AMP 3 out after seeing a video with a person's hand on it. The thing is pretty damned big. But I might look at a VOX AC30 instead.
by Robert_S
September 25th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: From Here to There
Topic: Line 6 Pocket POD vs. Behringer V-AMP 3
Replies: 1
Views: 330

Line 6 Pocket POD vs. Behringer V-AMP 3

Anyone with experience with one, the other, both?

I'm looking to get one or the other so I can have something even more portable than my bedroom amp and not have to worry about yanking cables as well as something I can use for standing practice.
by Robert_S
September 17th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Do fingertips swell from guitar work?
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Do fingertips swell from guitar work?

Please humor me. This is more a medical question, but I figure someone with experience will know. My teacher gave me a list of 12 chords to practice switching between, but even before this, when I was doing A, D and E on my own, I found that as time progressed, it got more and more difficult to fing...
by Robert_S
September 9th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Best Les Paul "Knock off"
Replies: 44
Views: 10779

Re: Best Les Paul "Knock off"

I've heard nothing but good things about the Epiphone LP Tribute. I want to get one, but I just plunked down for a second hand Gibson Faded T.
by Robert_S
September 9th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Need help deciding on my first guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Re: Need help deciding on my first guitar

Wow, $1000+ for a first guitar? You must be doing pretty well for yourself. I tend to be more conservative. My first guitar, as an absolute beginner, cost $220, but it was also a package deal with an amp, picks, tuner, etc. My next was a second hand in mint condition for $550. I never spend huge amo...
by Robert_S
August 26th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Big Beginner Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1686

Re: Big Beginner Problems

I have tennis elbow, a form of tendonitis, that I got when I was lifting wights. There are some exercises you can do outside of playing the guitar. Squeeze a foam ball. loop 1 or more rubber bands around your fingers and expand them out. I have an exercise kit that I use daily: https://www.amazon.co...
by Robert_S
August 26th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: classical sitting positions for rock guitar?
Replies: 15
Views: 3785

Re: classical sitting positions for rock guitar?

Isn't classical guitar typically finger picked? I tried a classical posture early on, but I found flat picking near sideways was awkward, even if fretting was easier. Rock and other genres tend to be flat-picked, so it's a tradeoff of what's easy for the fretting hand and what's easy for the picking...
by Robert_S
August 26th, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Hello from the Midwest
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Hello from the Midwest

I'm a 54 yr old that started learning back in March. No musical background other than I love music. I have two guitars: An Epiphone LP Special II and a Gibson Faded T I bought second hand in mint condition. I also have a Yamaha THR10C amp I use. My knowledge so far: I can finger the A, D and E chord...