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Brian Miller
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Posted: 11 November 2018 at 1:12pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Based on this thread, Robbie has more guitars than Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley combined. 
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 02 March 2019 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

At 54 years old I recently decide to learn guitar as a total beginner.

So I went out and bought my first electric guitar (and orange Fender Squier Strat) and practice amp.  Iím taking lessons every Thursday for a half hour and Iím committed to practicing daily!

Ive only had my first lesson so far and my homework is to learn to the open chords E and A and to simply change between them.

The tips of my fingers are numb and I fucking love it!  Iíve WORSHIPPED musicians my entire life.  I hold them in such regard that I didnít think I belonged in their space.  But it hit me that Iíve got fewer years in front than behind so it was time to try.

I figure Iíll be 70 by the time Iím proficient!  


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Brian Miller
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Posted: 02 March 2019 at 7:57am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Great to hear. Stick with it David! Iíve been playing for 30 years. Iím still learning stuff. 
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 13 March 2019 at 6:59pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My life right now?

E..A..E..A..E..A..E..A

And occasionally...E..D..E..D..E..D..E..D

Fingers hurt...and so do my forearms!  

I love it.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 13 March 2019 at 7:23pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Now do ADADADAD
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 13 March 2019 at 9:20pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I recently bought an Epiphone Les Paul and am going through a similar process. Not crazy about the callouses that have built up on my LH fingertips. I play the piano and the callouses just kind of make the fingers feel a bit numb in the tips.

I did mess around with an acoustic when I was in my mid teens, so I already knew the shapes for a few basic chords, but having a lot of fun with the power chords and a little bit of overdrive on the amp.
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 20 March 2019 at 3:53am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

@Brian....

Yup.  Iím there as well.

My instructor has added C and A minor to my mix.  My task now is to transition from all of them.  

Iím really...REALLY clumsy with it.  Iím worried that Iíll never find the dexterity!   I try to practice at least 45 minutes a day.  But I like to spend a minute of two just blowing off steam and having fun!  My Strat has a tremolo bar so I crank up the gain and just make the most god-awful/wonderful noises possible!   

I wish I had started this when I was a kid.  Damn.


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Rod Collins
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Posted: 24 April 2019 at 5:49am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

After a couple of work-related injuries - two torn ligaments in my right thumb and then fracturing the tiny bone at the base of my left thumb - I'm getting back into playing again.  

The thing I'm struggling with is tremolo picking, due to the lack of strength in my right thumb.  Playing chords is, surprisingly, not a problem.  The worst part of the process was looking at the wall of guitars and amps in my home studio and not being able to play anything for nearly two years.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 24 April 2019 at 8:39am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Wow. Two years? Thatís enough to make any man (or woman) rusty. 
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 24 April 2019 at 11:09am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Rod, i`m no guitarist, but have you ever had or been
shown how to do physiotherapy on your digits? I had a
nasty thumb and wrist injury a few years ago, i was
given things to do whilst watching tv etc, like use a
rubber band between thumb and forefinger, stretching
exercises to aid strength and mobility.Squeezing a
tennis ball between thumb and forefinger etc, it may
help!
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Rod Collins
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Posted: 24 April 2019 at 6:13pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Thanks Bill,

I've done plenty of physio work on it.  Unfortunately once you tear ligaments you lose a certain amount of strength and dexterity.  I just mainly noodle about these days.  Finger picking seems to do the thumb some good, so maybe I need to keep up the playing as a form of physio.

Brian, 

Two years is an eternity.  One thing that may interest guitarists out there is that before the injury I preferred playing my Rickenbackers.  Since the injury occurred I've been mainly playing my Telecaster, Takamine 6-string and Gibson ES-335. Not sure if it's the wider necks or that they've got the freshest strings, but that's what is getting the most play at the moment.  

Also, I haven't even really bothered plugging in of late, preferring to just sit on the lounge and bang away while watching something innocuous on the telly.
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Rod Collins
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Posted: 24 April 2019 at 7:07pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Peter,

I purchased a Joe Bonamassa Epiphone Les Paul like the one reviewed here: 

 
A good way of getting a top notch guitar without having to pay the big $$$ for the Gibson branding on the headstock.


Edited by Rod Collins on 24 April 2019 at 7:08pm
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