How Much Do You Value Playing Acoustically?

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons' started by MichaelAndrew3435, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. MichaelAndrew3435

    MichaelAndrew3435 Premium Member

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    Another reason I've been playing my acoustics more is to work on my barre chords. E shaped have never been too much of an issue for me, but I've always sucked with my A shaped barre chords. After spending a good 30 minutes a day just playing A shaped barre chords on the D-18, today I finally noticed some improvements. Less buzz incidents, and I can switch between E shaped and A shaped barre chords from my previous "snail" speed to a new and improved "turtle" pace.
  2. MooCheng

    MooCheng Senior Member

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    Artsy ? :rofl:
  3. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Senior Member

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    As an old timer, band, big band and studio musician turned Luthier in late life, most older guitar musicians will equally quip that the more volume and effects used the lousier or sloppier player you probably are because your hiding all the mistakes you make. I think that there a lot of famed 70's, 80's, 90's rock guitarists that will even admit to that. I even read a decade or so ago that Jimmy Page and Pete Townsend admitted to that and accused many other of the same. Stevie Ray Vaughn was a horribly sloppy guitarist, very entertaining, but hid the sloppiness in 11 gain and pedals. Ever heard Vaughn play an acoustic? Never. If you can't play with an acoustic what you play with an cone busting electric and sound good, you know what the problem is. IMHO.
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  4. HeartString

    HeartString Non Prominent MBR Premium Member

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  5. SteveGangi

    SteveGangi V.I.P. Member

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    This is true. The set up counts. My Epi 12 string is a pretty good player. The one on the wall at the shop is hard to play and requires a lot of fretting pressure. It's the set up.
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  6. DW4LesPaul

    DW4LesPaul Senior Member

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    Due to my living conditions and skills, I don't even have an electric anymore, but I never played it anyway. There just seemed like too much "cleanliness" to get down before moving to electric. lol

    There is one thing that I wish you could do on an acoustic, which is do full bends. You simply cannot play Santana on an acoustic or leads that require you to bend full steps+. Other than that, I would always play acoustic because there is just so much more going on with electric. For example, as others have point out, every touch is a new sound. It gets distracting, and is a completely different world of playing.

    Don't get me wrong. One of these days I would love to move to electric and play the stuff I cannot play on acoustic.
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  7. parts

    parts Senior Member

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    I play my 65 J 200 with light Bronze strings about like I play my 65 ES175 that has 9s,,

    A little more effort to bend but after all these years together..and that very narrow fast neck..
    I play it quite differently than my 68 Dove..
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  8. Thumpalumpacus

    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I've gone years at a time playing only acoustic guitar one period of two years, one period of eight, and then another of five -- almost half the time I've played. I love the instrument for what it is. I don't ask it to do what my rig does, I take it on its own.

    I don't own a classical and haven't in years, but I'll play the same genres on flattop as I do on electric (rock, blues, jazz, classical); I just approach them differently.

    Taking the time to learn acoustic setups is well worth the effort. Getting the saddle right is the biggest difference.

    lol, take ten minutes and try again with this one. [​IMG]

    It depends. I play .012s now, and in standard tuning I can get a full-step at the 12th fret first or second strings. Like anything else, you have to do it a lot and develop your strength.
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