skysurfer
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Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:02 am

Hey everyone, i finally got my hands on a left handed guitar and ditched the right handed one...i was wondering if any of you are so obsessed with playing guitar that you pay little regard to anything else? I mean, since i got my leftie guitar 2 weeks ago i've devoted 99% of my time to learning how to play it etc....anyone else feel the same? I know Kaz is learning, but i'm just so taken by needing it in my hands to learn and play that i have little time for anything else other than sleeping and working. BTW, vapor and JB and everyone else i talk to......i'm not ignoring you, i'm just trying to make something of myself! lol

Cheers
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pilot kaz
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:07 am

LOL nice one  Smile

Yes I have been devoted to playing to playing for round 2 years now, In my busy day I at least find 1+ hours of playing and getting better by the day  Smile

I like playing rock mostly, or if I hear a song a like I get the chords/Tabs and learn it  Smile

Picked this up for £140 on Monday

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/kazkaz/guitarsmall.jpg

I cant put it down LOL.
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Rj111
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:08 am

Good luck with it.   

I've been playing about 5 years. Studying music at uni at the minute so i've been practicing for about 6 hours a day for the last two weeks in preparation for my recital.

I'm playing 'Europa' by Santana!

[Edited 2005-04-09 02:10:15]
 
skysurfer
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:15 am

KAZ, that's very nice, i'm jealous!! I've got an acoustic leftie out on loan and my friend who's been playing 6 years says i'm playing like i have 6 months experience (i've been playing 'properly' 10 days)........i love it sooo much i think about it alll the time. RJ111....i hope your recital goes great, and i just wanna say to both or you ( RJ and KAZ) and anyone else out there...
'For those about to rock...we salute you!'....ACDC

I hope to jam with you guys/girls one day, it'll happen trust me

Stu
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pilot kaz
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:18 am

recital? Its just a Hobby for me  Smile

But good luck to you RJ111  Smile
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vaporlock
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:22 am

Quoting SkySurfer (Thread starter):
Hey everyone, i finally got my hands on a left handed guitar and ditched the right handed one...i was wondering if any of you are so obsessed with playing guitar that you pay little regard to anything else? I mean, since i got my leftie guitar 2 weeks ago i've devoted 99% of my time to learning how to play it etc....anyone else feel the same? I know Kaz is learning, but i'm just so taken by needing it in my hands to learn and play that i have little time for anything else other than sleeping and working. BTW, vapor and JB and everyone else i talk to......i'm not ignoring you, i'm just trying to make something of myself! lol

SkySurfer, wow, that is so great! I think it is amazing when I hear someone pull up a chair and start playing the guitar! Keep up the good work...congratulations is in order "lefty"..LMAO... Oh, that means you can play it while your out fishing, in between casts...he he  eyepopping 

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pilot kaz
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:23 am

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 5):
"lefty"..

Lol my Grandad and Dad are both lefty's with playing  Smile
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skysurfer
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:26 am

Vapor, you know ill be playing u a song (ahem, trying) to play u a song while we're trying to catch 3 eyed fish on lake ontario!!! Or maybe we'll go for normal fish on lake erie in london?? hmm who knows.......it'll be this summer tho thats for sure

Cheers
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KFLLCFII
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RE: Playing Guitar

Sat Apr 09, 2005 11:49 am

SkySurfer, I was the same way when I first started playing...Although I had never played a guitar before in my life, I knew I would play left-handed since this is how I had always air-guitared!  bigthumbsup  I bought an acoustic guitar and a tuner as a gift to myself for my birthday about 3 years ago (It was a dreadnaught set up as a right-handed, but I reversed the strings and filed down the bridge to accomodate...From there I searched online for some quick instructions on tuning and fretting chords, and downloaded some favorite tabs. I basically just memorized the chords, and played the progression as I knew the song. Before long, I realized that many songs use a lot of the same chords, so it made it easier to play new songs since I already knew how to play the chords.

And that's all it took to learn how to play...I just downloaded the tabs, played the notes, and repeated it until I felt comfortable. From this, I learned how to slide, bend, hammer on, pull off, palm-mute (special thanks to Metallica Smile ), vibrato, etc. I eventually got my first electric (true left-handed...Ibanez GRX 20L), Digitech Metal Master distortion pedal, Fender amp, and the thickest-gauge strings I could find (D'Addario XL .013 - .056) for that deep de-tuned drop-B metal sound. Now I'm playing Sevendust, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, etc. whenever I feel like it, all because of a little motivation, determination, and practice. Keep it up and you'll impress your friends to no end!  cool 

PS...For anyone that noticed, Godsmack requires a cappo on the first fret if de-tuned to B (Tony Rombola tunes to C)
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EGGD
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 12:07 am

I have 3 Left handed guitars, been playing for 3 years and don't practice that often  wideeyed 
 
DLKAPA
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 12:39 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 8):
filed down the bridge to accomodate...

Why would you do something like that?

I've been playing for about 5 years now, and about 2 years ago I also picked up the Bass guitar. I'm trying to learn the 'little wing' intro by Hendrix, but I have many different styles.
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TupolevTu154
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 4:03 am

 eyepopping  That's a Yamaha Pacifica right Kaz? If it is, I have one of them!

Anyway, back to the thread, I have a guitar, and I get lessons, but I don't practice much, and I don't enjoy playing it much, I have no idea why  worried 

Tom
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 4:07 am

Stop taking lessons and learn what you yourself want to learn. After you've developed a really good technique and your own style, then see about lessons.
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:04 am

I've been "playing" the guitar for a few years now. I say "playing" because I still haven't really learned how to play it properly. Big grin

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skysurfer
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:20 am

Hey everyone, well i don't take lessons per se........what i do is go to a website to learn chords (to play along with the words) and i find it works wonders. I jam with a friend who is awesome, all he has to do is listen to the sound and he has it 'down pat', but i'm not up to that level yet. But i play what i want to play and work hard at learning songs/chords i want to play...it pays off when u're playing 5-6 hours a day with nothing else to do! To me it's the best thing i've ever done in my life (beats australia, Ireland etc) because this is what i've always wanted to do.

Cheers
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Rj111
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:15 am

After you've developed a really good technique and your own style, then see about lessons.

No offense but that the worst advice ever. Just a few lesson to begin with can be incredible beneficial, assuming you have a good teacher (and i was lucky to have an incredibly good teacher). In the beginning you'll learn about the right hand positioning and good exersizes to strengthen the hand and muscle memory. You're very unlikely to develop a good technique by getting no lesson. Infact you'll probably aquire lots of bad habits, which you'll have to get rid of.

It all depends on how good you want to be of course, there's nothing wrong with just playing it for fun, but if you want to get serious, lessons are essential. Even if you don't, a few lesson at the beginning can be very useful.
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 9:16 am

Been playing the darn thing for 20 years now my recomendation go to olga.net and there are tons of songs there and a few basics and lessons to keep you busy for a LOONNNG TIME.....

I also have 4 axes.

A Yamaha 12 strings
an Ovation Ultra 6 strings acoustic electric.
And Old Strat.
A Randy Rhoads model Jackson electric...

I wonder how I got married in the first place...nuts about, cars, nuts about planes, nuts about guitars...hey I forget I love women...hehehhee
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WunalaYann
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RE: Playing Guitar

Mon Apr 11, 2005 11:38 pm

Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 3):
'For those about to rock...we salute you!'....ACDC

That line only has "earned" (not sure it's that much of a prize...  silly  ) you a spot on my RU list, mate!

Btw, are there any right-handed guitar players on this thread?????  Wink

Cheers,

Y.
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:03 am

Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 17):

Btw, are there any right-handed guitar players on this thread?????

Me...

Got three at the moment, and want one more eventually. I'm looking for the Angus Young Signature Gibson SG at a reasonable price. But my next save-up job is for a Janglebox pedal.

Nice Strat BTW Kaz!  praise  Wot u playing it through?
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RE: Playing Guitar

Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:18 pm

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 18):
I'm looking for the Angus Young Signature Gibson SG at a reasonable price.

The one with the vibrato?  Cool Funny thing, though. Angus Young seldom plays with a vibrato. I have found maybe 3 or 4 pics of him playing with a vibrato. His style of play does not make it very useful, but it does look great on the Signature SG!!!!  bigthumbsup 

As for the price, it'll still be cheaper than a Les Paul Supreme... or a Paul Reed Smith...  cry 

Great choice, Whitehatter!!!  Smile

Cheers,

Yann.
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Tue Apr 12, 2005 4:44 pm

Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 19):
The one with the vibrato? Cool Funny thing, though. Angus Young seldom plays with a vibrato. I have found maybe 3 or 4 pics of him playing with a vibrato. His style of play does not make it very useful, but it does look great on the Signature SG!!!!

That's the one. Angus designed it for Gibson as being his "dream" SG with everything on it he could possibly want in a guitar, and specified the electrics as well. He's a total SG nut.

I was a little surprised at the vibrato as well.
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RE: Playing Guitar

Tue Apr 12, 2005 5:06 pm

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 20):
He's a total SG nut.

He's got all kinds of '61 re-issues (which I don't like much), Standards, Faded's, etc.

He says he uses a Strat for some studio sessions, but I have never seen him use anything else than a SG. Some say it's because of the (big) size of it, that emphasizes his own (frail) stature. Apparently he's like 5'4" or 5'5"...  Wink

If you've seen the Big Gun clip, you can tell when he stands next to Scharwzy...

 biggrin 

Other big SG fans include Pete Townsend, Robbie Krieger, Mick Taylor...

Your Signature's colour will be cherry, right? There's only one colour, if I remember correctly.

Cheers,

Y.
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:10 pm

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 18):
Nice Strat BTW Kaz!

It's a Pacifica! I have one too, great guitar for the money.. I have to admit that although I own an SG, I don't particularly like them. It looks good, no doubt, but the neck is so heavy and awkward. I feel it hampers my technique when i'm trying to play something fast and I have to hold up the neck (especially higher up the neck where more force needs to be applied). I'm thinking about getting a Les Paul as well, I absolutely love Gibsons, so stylish.
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Tue Apr 12, 2005 10:13 pm

The problem with the SG is, if you let go of the neck, the headstock makes a fast dive for the floor. It's a really oddly balanced guitar. They sound great for balls-out rock, though.
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WunalaYann
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:23 am

So which guitar would be the easiest to "handle"? I'm speaking of the major manufacturers...
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:33 am

Quoting EGGD (Reply 22):
I own an SG, I don't particularly like them. It looks good, no doubt, but the neck is so heavy and awkward.

I'm no great player, but I know that the SG is very light compared to this:

drooooooool:


For me, no guitar sounds as good. but its very difficult to play compared to, say, an Ibanez, because of the weight and the thick thick neck. The SG is more on the side of the Ibanez's and other fast hard rock guitars.


Kay
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:36 am

Quoting Kay (Reply 25):
Ibanez's and other fast hard rock guitars.

Hmmm... When you have 7 strings, you need virtuoso-like skills to play it fast...

 Wink
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:41 am

talking from an experience i did once when i tried to play on an ibanez, i made 10 times less mistakes, and played faster than on any other guitar (even if they have thin strings)..

was it the exception or the rule?
 
WunalaYann
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 12:43 am

No idea. How many strings did it have?
 
Kay
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:11 am

it probably was one of those Ibanez "Joe Satriani", probably 6?
 
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 1:16 am

I think there's only one 7-string JS signature.

Satch plays with 6 strings most of the time.

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Rj111
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RE: Playing Guitar

Wed Apr 13, 2005 7:52 am

SG's look pretty good, but i find the sound to be too muddy, i'd much rather just get a Les Paul. Like this one but with a white scratchplate.

 
skysurfer
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RE: Playing Guitar

Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:44 am

RJ111, my friend has the same les paul without the plate and he wails like you wouldn't believe, he is awesome!

wunulayann...thanks for the RU thing, i'm just playin as best i can and i hope i can actually be a 'good' player. It's hard, but with practice i'm gettin there slowly!

Cheers

Stu
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