meet and greet (part II)

New to guitar or just new to Guitarnoise? Say hello here. Where are you? What are you playing, acoustic, electric or both? How long have you been playing? What styles do you like to play?
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Post by Musenfreund » January 16th, 2005, 4:18 am

Welcome to the musical madhouse!
Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon

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Post by limeylefty » January 17th, 2005, 6:33 am

Just a quick hello. My real name's Keith, I'm 53 and live in the UK (near Norwich at the moment). Like many people I started playing around with the guitar when I was at school (I must've been about 14-15) and a few friends and I started a band (we never got anywhere but we had a lot of fun in the process).

Being left handed and having to borrow a guitar I started out playing 'upside down' but as I liked playing rhythm or bass this wasn't problem. When I was 18 my then girlfriend (now my wife - today's our 32nd wedding anniversary :) ) bought me an acoustic nylon guitar (right handed) which I've had ever since.

My main musical preference is blues music and I've always preferred the acoustic sound of the early blues musicians to the later electric sound.

I don't know if it's because I'm left handed but I've never really progressed much beyond strumming chords and the odd very simple finger pick. I've a large collection of music tuition books gathered over the years but they haven't helped me much because many of the techniques shown are designed for someone playing the guitar the right way up. This has also meant I've had several 'dry' periods during my life when I didn't pick up the guitar for a couple of years or so because I'd become discouraged.

However, last Christmas my wife bought me a keyboard (I've always wanted to play keyboards) and I've started learning them (and not doing too bad, don't have to worry too much about being left/right handed :) ). Incidentally I've found a really good site called http://www.playpianotoday.com , if you are thinking of learning keyboards check it out. The smattering of musical theory I'd picked up while trying to learn the guitar really helps me with learning keyboards

But the funny thing is that while looking for keyboard learning resources I found this site and, combined with my new found musical enthusiasm from the keyboard, I've started seriously learning the guitar again (glutton for punishment me). I've learned so much from the site over the past few weeks (like what a turnaround is) and it's made me look much more carefully about how I go about playing the guitar.

I'm trying to work out some ideas about the best ways to approach playing the guitar if you're an awkward cuss like me and insist on playing upside down. I hope that at some time in the future I can contribute something back to this site by submitting the odd article on the success (and failures) of various approaches.

(Upside-down guitar lefty hint #1 - the string side goes AWAY from you.) :lol:
Regards,

Keith :)

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Post by gene » January 17th, 2005, 7:58 am

hey Limeylefty, welcome to the site. You'll learn alot here, and get lots of help. I think learning the guitar is hard enough the correct way. You seem to be putting a real obstacle in your path. But if you insist, it's your choice. Have fun and I'll see you on the boards.

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Hey ALL

Post by abeidson » January 22nd, 2005, 2:22 pm

Well I my name is Andy and I have been lurking here for the past couple of months.. I live in the wonderful state of Michigan and we just got dumped on with over 20 inches of snow so I will have some time to practice.. I have 2 guitars.. a 1964 Ventura Bruno V-10 that was given to me by my dad.. I recently bought a Washburn D-10 which sounds much better than the Ventura so that is my main guitar to play.
I picked up the guitar again after a 15 year hiatus because my daughter who is 4 and loves music ... even though I am not that great right now she is my biggest fan and loves to dance even to the simple tunes of Yankee Doodle.
I wanna Rock N Roll all night... Ahh who am I kidding I'll be in bed at 9 pm....

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Post by Honeytone » February 6th, 2005, 4:24 pm

Hi folks. :)

I'm Sara, I'm 32 and come from the North East of England.

I've been struggling to teach myself to play guitar for 2 years now, without much luck, I hasten to add. :lol:

I stumbled across this site by accident whilst searching for TAB and realised at once I'd found something a bit special.

What with the excellently written and easily explained lessons, I can honestly say I feel like I've progressed more in a week, than the last two years. I wish I'd found this sooner!

I've been lurking round the forum for the past week and it seems like everyone's really helpful and friendly...so much so, I found myself signing up. :D


Sara.

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Post by Doug_C » February 6th, 2005, 9:35 pm

I've been exploring GN for a few weeks now, but just discovered this Meet and Greet. I'm 53, and live in Maine, US of A. Like others here, I got my first guitar before I was in high school, but didn't do much with it.

I spent eight years in the Air Force, and from 1974-78 was stationed at Griffiss AFB (Rome, NY). Being an EMT, I worked part-time for one of the local ambulance services when the USAF didn't have claims on my time. My regular partner on the ambulance crew had finished his active duty tour at "the Griff" and decided to stay in the area. We hung out at his house, just a couple of blocks away from the ambulance garage, while we waited for calls. He turned out to be a very accomplished guitarist.

To shorten this part of the saga a little, Mike inspired me to get back to learning the guitar. I found a good deal on a Yamaha 12-string acoustic, and that's what I've pretty much stuck with to date. (The Ibanez "Jumpstart" bass set I recently got is another story.)
After I left the Air force and returned to my home town in MA, I kind of "just noodled around with it" when the mood struck me. Every so often, I'd get together with some friends at "hoot night" at a local bar, but I did way more vocals than guitar work. (I've won some karaoke contests, but it'll be awhile before I win anything for my guitar playing.)

I don't fingerpick (yet), don't do barre chords (well, only two or maybe three strings' worth), and don't get much below the third fret (yet), but I have a GOOD TIME. On March 1st, I'll attend my first class through the local adult ed program, with maybe 11 other people. The instructor's credits include the Guitar Study Center, the UMA (UMaine Augusta) Jazz Studies program, and the Berklee College of Music. And I will quietly remind everyone there that the guy with the most duct tape on his guitar case (probably me) hasn't necessarily been practicing the longest. I want to go at this as though I don't know much more than "the side with the strings goes away from your body." :lol: (Thanks, whoever shared that one.)

I saw some mention of left-handed guitarists. My friend Casey, back in MA, always amazed me because he didn't restring his guitars "upside-down," he just did his chord fingering differently. It was kinda handy because the two of us could share a mic without much risk of our guitar necks colliding.

So, I'm toughening up my calluses, working on various songs from David's ESB (Beginners) and SFI (Intermediates) lessons, and looking forward to the class in March.

Play on, folks.

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Doug C.
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Post by sirN » February 6th, 2005, 9:54 pm

Hi, my name is Dave and I'm a Gemini....wait, wrong forum.

Ok, I've played guitar about 20 years or so and have played in a few cover bands. Nowadays I'm more into recording and also do some video work, which I score myself. I play some bass, some keyboards and will sing when physically threatened to do so.

Live in Sacramento CA area.

Well, that's about it for me.


next.....
check out my website for good recording/playing info

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Post by Navydoc1 » February 20th, 2005, 3:46 am

Hello my name is Dave and I've been playing for a few years now. I took band in high school (played Saxophone) where I learned to read music. I always loved the guitar and had a tremendous amount of respect for those who could play well. After high school I gave up the sax, but I never lost the itch to learn to play the guitar. As the year went by I finally bought a cheap entry level acoustic and a copy of “Mel Bay's Guitar method grade 1” which I very slowly work through every exercise and then went on to the next 2 grades. One day I realized I can play most of the music in this book, but I couldn't even play a single song. I felt like I was making no progress at all that is until I found Guitar Noise. Now I can Play Pink Floyd's Whish You Were Here, Horse with No Name, and Now Neil Young's Harvest moon. Wow, Guitar Noise where have you been all my life?

I now intend to hire a guitar teacher and maybe, just maybe I will finally get good at playing the guitar. Thanks for the great site :D .

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Post by chuckie » February 26th, 2005, 10:05 pm

Navydoc1 wrote:Wow, Guitar Noise where have you been all my life?
Hear hear! My name is Chet, and I've been teaching myself guitar for about 9 months now. I've always been a huge Dave Matthews fan, and after hearing Tim Reynolds and Dave's 'Live at Luther College', I decided I had to learn to play!

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Post by Navydoc1 » February 27th, 2005, 4:33 am

Welcome to the world of guitar chet. There are many great articles in this site that will help you grow as a guitar player. If you know any Dave Matthews's song maybe you can post them on this site. I bet there are a lot of Matthews fans here.

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Post by Elecktrablue » February 27th, 2005, 10:06 am

I'm sure Musenfreund won't mind too awfully much if I welcome you all to the madhouse! GuitarNoise is a WONDERFUL place to meet guitar players at ALL levels of learning. And these forums are full of people who are more than willing to offer great advice. I'm sure you all will fit in nicely! Again, welcome to GuitarNoise! You've found the BEST place on the net for guitarists to gather and exchange and teach and even collaborate on their songs, songwriting, guitar techniques, etc....... I could go on and on and on! :D
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"Don't wanna ride no shootin' star. Just wanna play on the rhythm guitar." Emmylou Harris, "Rhythm Guitar" from "The Ballad of Sally Rose"

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Post by chuckie » February 27th, 2005, 2:09 pm

Thanks Dave (and Elecktrablue). I know a couple DMB songs. I'm not too sure I'm going to post them, because I found the tabs online at guitartabs.cc ....
:shock:
um...was that blasphemy?
am I allowed to mention another guitar site on this forum?
:D

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Post by Elecktrablue » February 27th, 2005, 6:07 pm

chuckie wrote:Thanks Dave (and Elecktrablue). I know a couple DMB songs. I'm not too sure I'm going to post them, because I found the tabs online at guitartabs.cc ....
:shock:
um...was that blasphemy?
am I allowed to mention another guitar site on this forum?
:D
No, not blasphemy.......however we do have a specific forum especially for promoting other music sites........ you'll find it on the main forum page and the title is: "Unabashed site or product promotion"..... post away! :D
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Post by Navydoc1 » February 28th, 2005, 12:27 am

alright looking forward to trying out the DMB songs : :D

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Post by 300m » March 2nd, 2005, 11:20 am

Hello everyone, I been lurking for ~ a month and decided I should introduce myself. I am 50 (today), played guitar in HS with a couple of different bands. I was the rhythm player, never bothering to learn to read music or scales. I just played and had fun. For you old timers, I had a Silvertone, remember them?? :) . Lost interest when I went in the service, guitar got damaged at home and folks sold the amp, I was oldest of 5 so money was a factor. I tried again in my 20, but did not do much except amuse myself, went through a divorce and amp and guitar got sold. Now that I am much older and have the urge to ply I bough another guitar, a beginners book on music, cords and scales and I am making a very concerted effort to actually learn the notes on the guitar and reading music. I have made good progress in the last 6 weeks and feel I know more about the guitar than I ever had in the past. I found this site while looking for some info on a song that David Hodges had done. I am now working on those lessons, some from my Hal Leonard book, Nick's articles on reading the fret board (thanks), and trying to understand what scales are. Scales still mystify me, but I figure in time more things will make sense. I have to really work hard now as my daughter wants a guitar for her 9th birthday and we bought her a mini strat. “The folk guitar was just not cool enough dad; I want an electric like you have.” LOL So I had better learn quick or she will leave me in the weeds. Thanks for having a great site.
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