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Ash
post Jan 14 2009, 11:54 AM
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Hello,

I've always wanted to play the guitar but only recently decided to jump into it. I did about 8 years of classical piano when I was a teen, so I know musical theory, but I really did not know much about the guitar; For the record, when I started to do some music, I wanted to play the guitar, but in France (yes, I'm French, but I lived in the UK for 5 years and did loads of travels around the world personally and professionally, so i feel more comfortable in an international community than a French on) you couldn't do that in the "conservatoire" until you were 14, and there really not other workaround at that time (it was, **sigh* quite a long time ago). So I started on the piano but it was quite an investment (for myself and the family) and I did/could not change that for a while.

After that, other requirements (studies, work and family in that order) took over the music. But I now have some time available and still the same desire. So I decided to do what I always wanted, bought a few books, did some research (and found this site), tried a few guitars, bought myself a nice Fender and amp and tried a few things.

Now I feel it's time to introduce myself and possibly ask for some advice. Basically, due to other constraints, I can dedicate around half an hour per day to the guitar during work days, twice that and more for week-end days.

I have already tried a few lessons, in particular
  • The "absolute beginner" series by Andrew (great job, btw), as well as the mandatory "smoke on the water" (love this one)
  • The Chord series by Ivan (really nice too)
  • Strumming and Arpeggios by Muris (Really melodic and inspiring, great for exercising, although some re hard at start, in particular barred chords)
  • And a few others from books...


I have made a series of daily exercises from all these, and I feel I am steadily improving, which is nice.

I think I'm really hooked now, the only difficult thing is choosing where to go with all the lessons on this site, starting from this nice area.

There are only two things which worry me, really, which is getting stuck on something too hard (and that should be avoidable seeing the variety of lessons), and making a "mistake". The kind of mistake that I have in mind are the usual ones for a learning curve, including starting bad habits that would be hard to correct later, or forgetting to train some kind of skill that would be hard to integrate at a later stage.

Obviously, there are areas in which it's easier to progress faster for me, but I would not like to forget things or to learn too fast something wrong, so any advice would be appreciated.

Ash, a.k.a. Philippe

P.S.: Oh yes, one of the only difficulty that I have really is using the Anglo-saxon notes (A, B, C, etc.) instead of the latin/french ones (Do, Re, Mi, etc.). I did all my piano using the latter and I can really visualise these, whereas i'm still lost about the other ones, which I'm still learning by rote. I expect that will pass, as I learned to juggle multiple currencies, but that is still ahead of me... smile.gif

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post Jan 14 2009, 12:00 PM
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Welcome Ash. smile.gif

You seem to be on the right path so just keep it up.


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post Jan 14 2009, 12:01 PM
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Great intro Ash,welcome to the site.smile.gif


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post Jan 14 2009, 12:02 PM
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Welcome to GMC Ash smile.gif .

Just as a suggestion regarding not getting into bad habits - look at the various videos on alternate picking and consider this as a possible addition to your practice routine.

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post Jan 14 2009, 01:17 PM
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Welcome to GMC Ash, wonderful introduction thread !

As far as your questions go in order for me to spot some things you might be doing wrong, I would need to see you play smile.gif
Lots of members record videos, upload them on youtube and then embed the video on forum asking is this good, bad, what about my solo, sound etc.
So I strongly suggest doing that as it will enable communication and help as in real time smile.gif



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post Jan 14 2009, 01:20 PM
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Welcome Philippe!
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post Jan 14 2009, 01:48 PM
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Welcome to GMC Ash wink.gif


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post Jan 14 2009, 03:04 PM
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Great intro Phllippe and welcome to GMC. As stated earlier, I also would strongle advise you to focus on alternate picking as this is probably the #1 bad habbit, all downstrokes. Trust me, I know.. rolleyes.gif


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post Jan 14 2009, 03:12 PM
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Hey Ash! Great introduction! Welcome to GMC! Count with me if you have any question. smile.gif


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post Jan 14 2009, 03:20 PM
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Welcome Ash, you are doing pretty good already!. as Tony suggested, don't forget alternate picking in your routine, that is always picking up/down/up/down, it really helps develop speed. New guitar players sometimes tend to only down-pick, which is a bad habit.


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post Jan 14 2009, 03:22 PM
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post Jan 14 2009, 03:26 PM
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Welcome here smile.gif it's a good place to get your guitar playing smile.gif


As for the old habits....
In school I had Do Re Mi, too, but I've learned C D E long time ago. Now I have sometimes another problem - in Poland I learned that your note B I was calling H and by B I was meaning your Bb.... geez.... it gets me sometimes confused wink.gif


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post Jan 14 2009, 03:32 PM
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Welcome to GMC Ash. smile.gif

We all (instructors) have problems when signing level for each lesson,
that is very personal matter and not everyone will have
same problems or progress with certain lesson.
My advice is not to pay too much attention on levels,
of course you should stick with beginners lessons now
but also try some higher level stuff,
you don't have to master every lesson 100%,
learn just few licks from other lessons and you'll benefit a lot. smile.gif


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post Jan 14 2009, 03:41 PM
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Welcome aboard man!

I have made a small series for beginners, you can check it out here.
Since you already worked you're way through Andrew's lessons and some of my own chord lessons (stay tuned for more of those btw the chord workshop series just started! smile.gif ), you can continue checking out other lessons from that plan. There are lot of theory recommendations there, but if you already know theory you can skip that and move on to video lessons right away! smile.gif

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Bonjour, et bienvenu à cette site!
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Welcome Ash, you are doing pretty good already!. as Tony suggested, don't forget alternate picking in your routine, that is always picking up/down/up/down, it really helps develop speed. New guitar players sometimes tend to only down-pick, which is a bad habit.



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QUOTE (seagull @ Jan 14 2009, 04:00 PM) *
Unless you want to become the riffing-monster that is James Hetfield laugh.gif


yeah, that's why I'm trying to forget this my old habit now wink.gif


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