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by unimogbert
January 2nd, 2013, 7:34 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Life Getting In The Way
Replies: 11
Views: 4633

Re: Life Getting In The Way

I put my guitar aside for 20 years following college. Navy, marriage, new job, outdoors activities all were more important to me at the time. But when I came back to it, the internet , electronic TAB, forums and 1000% more resources were available. Made lots of progress in a short time on as little ...
by unimogbert
February 1st, 2011, 10:48 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: What does it mean to "KNOW" how to play a song to you?
Replies: 9
Views: 1803

Re: What does it mean to "KNOW" how to play a song to you?

You know a song when you can play and sing it well enough that no listener cringes and even non-relatives compliment you when they aren't forced to. (My YouTube has pleasantly surprised me that I'm up to this standard.) The question makes some assumptions about the type of music to be played. Multip...
by unimogbert
January 25th, 2011, 8:41 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: stringing guitar
Replies: 17
Views: 3439

Re: stringing guitar

Another option is to go to the guitar store and ask them if they'll install new strings and show you how they do it.

This would mean buying some strings from them (at least), and maybe $5 or $10 for the labor but it would be a once-in-a-lifetime lesson and you could do it for yourself from then on.
by unimogbert
September 14th, 2010, 5:33 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Just seen one of the most ridiculous guitar services...
Replies: 16
Views: 2664

Re: Just seen one of the most ridiculous guitar services...

Seems like a bad idea to me.
Different rates of thermal expansion/contraction of the materials causes problems. Broken solder joints being quite common.

See Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT). (Which I've done on computers. Yep, we broke them pretty quickly.)
by unimogbert
July 14th, 2010, 5:01 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Strumming With a Pick
Replies: 18
Views: 6085

Re: Strumming With a Pick

I now have a couple of guitars where the sound hole ISN'T dead center so picks don't go in there anymore. That's helped my flatpicking tremendously :-) And I can keep using the same pick for weeks and weeks.... Like so many things it's a matter of paying attention to what you're doing and how it's w...
by unimogbert
June 23rd, 2010, 12:22 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Multiple Guitars? Why?
Replies: 60
Views: 4803

Re: Multiple Guitars? Why?

They follow me home.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
by unimogbert
June 22nd, 2010, 6:13 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Best guitar learning program/movies ? guitar principles ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1531

Re: Best guitar learning program/movies ? guitar principles

Jamie Andreas offers learning material which I'm sure is quite good but the thing I think is most important is that she has documented important facts about learning. The principle of focused attention and correct practice is wonderful. Not just for guitar but for anything you want to do. I'm able t...
by unimogbert
June 14th, 2010, 2:20 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Sight Reading
Replies: 103
Views: 12387

Re: Sight Reading

Standard notation starts with a key signature. That tells me - immediately - four or five fingerings that are probably really good ones. A glance down the page to see the high and low points - which jump right out, since they're on ledger lines - narrows this down to just one or two I'll rely on. I...
by unimogbert
June 10th, 2010, 12:15 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Musical notes make my brain hurt
Replies: 5
Views: 1050

Re: Musical notes make my brain hurt

Long ago my wife started learning the guitar with a teacher this way. In 2 years she couldn't play any songs and quit because she wanted to play songs. Now, much later in life, she can't do anything with the guitar. About the same time (in a different part of the country) I went to a guitar teacher ...
by unimogbert
June 8th, 2010, 7:36 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: learning chords?
Replies: 5
Views: 1291

Re: learning chords?

Take a look at any tab site. See how many songs are tabbed vs how many have chords and lyrics.

I think the case for learning chords wins.

(but do both :-)
by unimogbert
May 21st, 2010, 4:57 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: I took apart my guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

Re: I took apart my guitar

I'm not going to try to work with the pictures since I don't even own an electric guitar. (I'm an Electrical Engineer who has soldered together many kits and repaired many electrical things.) Soldering is very simple but isn't something you learn effectively by reading on the internet. It's about li...
by unimogbert
May 20th, 2010, 10:21 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: I took apart my guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 1854

Re: I took apart my guitar

The black one is attached to something, but the white one is just hanging around. Is it supposed to be like this? If you mean that the end of the white wire isn't attached to anything it sounds like you found your problem. Wires usually attach to stuff. There might be the remains of the wire end wi...
by unimogbert
May 15th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: What
Replies: 21
Views: 3510

Re: What

When I was new I didn't understand what a big difference new strings made either so don't feel bad.

Any guitar store that sells strings is likely to be able to change them for you and show you how to do it yourself.

I have two stores within a mile of me. Your situation is probably different.
by unimogbert
May 13th, 2010, 12:50 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: What
Replies: 21
Views: 3510

Re: What

First of all - you CAN do it. Really. The work that folks are referring to is the work of setting yourself to figuring things out when you encounter them. Admitting that you don't know how to use your electronic tuner says that you haven't applied yourself to solving that little mystery. You CAN do ...
by unimogbert
May 10th, 2010, 4:51 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Barre with ring finger
Replies: 9
Views: 7108

Re: Barre with ring finger

If you can develop your ring finger to do the mini-barre that will help in the future but... I can't do it either.

Don't forget that a Bb can be found using an E shape barred at the 6th fret. So you could largely hold the same barre shape and just move to/from the 1st and 6th fret to change.