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25 Dec 2018
I've recently bought the Ibanez Jem JR, which has a floating bridge, i absolutely love the guitar, but it's my first guitar with this kind of system on, and i'm having some issues regarding tuning.

I do not understand how to tune it, or i thought i did, but it aint working.

So i've put on new strings since the ones it came with broke, i followed a youtube video and changed 1 string at a time to avoid the bridge to "fall down". It all went smooth, and i'm at the tuning part.

I know the strings goes out of tune as they stretch when they are new, i've changed on my stratocaster a trizillion times, but my issue is that whenever i go about tuning the strings, i go string 4-3-5-2-6-1, but whenever i come back to around, it sits flat again, but the bridge raised slightly, so to me it seems that when you tune it up, you just raise the bridge and you just go around in a circle, getting the bridge sitting higher and higher.

Am i doing something wrong ?
5 Feb 2015
Hello smile.gif

I am starting to dig a little into playing the acoustic too, i pretty much always played the electric guitar and been doing that in about 7years.
I currently have a Fender CD-60 acoustic, but i must admit i feel very uncomfortable playing it, due to the size and the amount of pressure i need to put down on the notes, maybe this is just something i have to "force" myself to getting used to, but...

my first problem is the amount of pressure i need to put down on the notes for them to ring clear, i know it's a bit tougher than the electric, but my fingers hurt, and they keep doing that, even with my finger tips as hard as stone, i just can't play for very long, is this just something i need to deal with ? oh and barre chords is a big no, i can do it somewhat fine on the electric, but it's impossible for me to do on the acoustic.

Then there is the size, my back is a little messed up and therefore i can't sit fully upright, i sit with my back bend a little more than normal which means i feel like i'm sitting with my chin right on the top of the guitar, now, while i would like if there was a little smaller guitar than the standard size i ofcourse is not looking for an ukulele or something baby size, but just maybe a tad smaller than standard so i can feel comfortable sitting with it.

Then there is my strumming arm, this might be a technique issue, i don't know, but basicly my right arm goes num after about 2minutes of playing, i rest my upper arm on the edge of the topright of the guitar

My electric guitar feels good and comfortable to sit with and to play, but the acoustic is really causing me issues sad.gif

So i was wondering if there's guitars that is maybe a little smaller than the standard size and maybe a little easier to take notes with, or is this just problems i have to learn to play with ?
20 Nov 2013
Looked in the REC forum posts to see, but couldnt seem to find an answer to this, so sorry for filling yet another spot in the forum wink.gif
Found a lesson that i think suits me very well in difficulty, not impossible but hard and will need practice and some improvements, but can play it.
Only have 2 problems, one that i can't do anything about and another that i would like to wait a little before learning to master.

one being that it uses the wammy bar, and because my guitar is a cheap crappy beginner guitar (Tradition Strat) i cannot use it unless i want instant horrible out of tune sound.

Second being it also uses the wah wah pedal and although the Boss GT-100 has that function i have never touched, it is on the "to learn" list, but feel like my playing and teqniques is more important as of right now.

So can i leave those to things out ? or is that not a valid REC video then ?

It is:
Satch Style by Piotr Kaczor
17 Nov 2013
Hello there, not been very active here for a while, but i'm now back to hopefully learn alot of new things, get better and have a awesome time.

But regarding the guitar playing i've been having a hard time lately, been feeling like i really don't wanna waste more time to get nowhere, i have been playing for a little over 7years now and i play everyday, and rarely under an hour, and many times more, in one go or spread across the day, so i'm not just sitting and waiting for the skills to come on it's own which is also the reason why i'm beginning to get very frustrated.
In every single lesson in here i have to be at the beginner stage to be able to keep up and actually play the stuff, and beginner still at 7years of playing ? that can't be right...
I'm a fast learner and the first year or maybe two was going really great, was learning fast and felt like this was really something i could do and had a great time, after that, i've been stuck, i've not increased speed AT ALL, maybe a little but that's very little, and still sound pretty similar, my techniques might have improved to be more clear and are more accurate than before, but i still feel like this is where my wall is, and i aint getting over it.

I've been frustrated before, learning new techniques, but i fight for it and don't give up because it's hard, it is and i've accepted that, but never felt like this before, never wanted to give up before, and dont get me wrong, i dont want to quit playing guitar, i love it, but being as good as i was 5years ago is not something that makes me want to continue, cause i have ALOT to learn still.
And the thing that makes me so angry with myself is that all those amaing songs that i wan't to play i can't because they are simply too fast or have too many fast parts in it so i cannot play it. i'm still stuck with the same songs that i was playing 5years ago..

I'm a cover guy guitarist... i'm not interested in making my own music, jamming to some backing track and so on, i really enjoy playing covers (Joe Satriani, Jack Thammarat, Steve Vai, Vinai Trinateepakdee and that kinda music) i play covers by myself at home and for my friends when they want me to and that's what i want to do smile.gif
I've also never ever been looking at any music theory cause my thought was that i wan't to play the guitar, i don't really care what key i'm playing in, what scale fits where or what chord i'm playing and so on, wanted to focus on the playing part.

Do i limit myself in learning because i only want to play covers ?
should i want to make my own music ?
Is music theory important ?
Where does this wall come from ?
how do i get over it ?

I have many more questions but this is probably enough reading for you right now, i hope you can light my path, cause i really really want to be better and continue learning, i want to defeat this evil wall smile.gif

Michael Rasmussen.
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