Things You Wish You Knew When You Started Playing Guitar

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  1. Axiomatik

    Axiomatik Member

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    What are something things you wish you knew when you started playing guitar?

    I've been a lifelong bass player, but have only recently dove into truly playing guitar. I want to make sure I establish good habits. For example, I noticed I'd been hold a pic with a three fingers so I'm changing that, but I'm curious as to what else I can do differently.
     

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    DotStudio Silver Supporter

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    A pinky can in fact be used to play the pentatonic scale.
     
  3. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    You only need a guitar. Everything else is a distraction from learning.
     
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    Stevie 202 Senior Member

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    I wish I would have known better than to learn to play right-handed.
     
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  5. Axiomatik

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    hmm only need "a" guitar? :p:D
     
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    DarrellV Derl Ver.... ERMAHGERD!.........It's a Nerlin! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Lifelong bass player here too, 15 year guitar player.:cool2:
    Still learning lead guitar.

    Playing bass has definitely given me a solid foundation for my rythm playing!

    Thing I noticed when starting lead playing was the need for my middle 2 fingers! I had very little strength or coordination in my ring finger from years of using the pinky on bass.:eek2:

    That was different.:eek2:

    I started with a lot of barre chords and 'cowboy chords' and worked on variations from there.

    Of course any little dittys or runs you used to do on bass translate nicely over to the guitar, until you get to those last 2 skinny strings! The ones that didn't used to be there! :mad2:

    And they are tuned different! :mad2:
     
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    C_Becker Dat Gibson smell Premium Member

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    How to setup a guitar the right way, because there is nothing that hinders your learning more than a guitar that is hard to play and isn't intonated right.
     
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    I force myself to use my pinky when I practice, but I'm honestly considering dropping it from any lead work. My pinky is disproportionally short compared to my other fingers, so using my pinky tends to put my wrist and other fingers at odd angles.
     
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    My lefthand technique is pretty solid, I've always used 4 fingers for a pentatonic scale so that wasn't difficult. Where I do struggle is with partially barred chords. I'm not used to have my fingers on top of each other. I'm very used to having my fingers right on the fret(which you don't to do on guitar?), I play bass with a very low action and a light touch.
     
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    OR....

    A pinky doesn't have to be used in any way, shape or form to play a smoking hot lead...
     
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    I wish I knew that "anchoring" my left hand with a pinky touching the pickguard or top of the guitar would become a hard habit to break.

    I wish I knew to really study vibrato earlier in my learning to play guitar

    I wish I knew who was worth listening to, and who wasn't, as far as helping my journey as a player

    I wish I learned cool Jazz chords (I guess there's still time)

    I wish I learned earlier that bigger necks and bigger frets are actually easier to play

    I wish I didn't spend so much damn time trying to play like Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King and open my eyes to other players, earlier

    I wish someone handed me The Allman Brothers, Live at the Filmore and said, "here, study this"

    I wish I knew which gear was worth buying and which was just momentary GAS

    I wish I knew to buy a shitload of Norlin era Gibsons and 70's Fenders because they would be worth a lot now

    I wish I knew not to sell my BC Rich Koa Eagle Supreme because it would be worth a friggin' fortune now.
     
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    Hmmm...fast does not equal good, learn rhythm before lead and play what you like not what others tell you to.
     
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    I wish I'd started with a real teacher from the outset instead of having years of self-teaching (and, consequently, years of bad habits to break). I also wish I'd known that, no matter how much I may improve, I will always think of myself as a guitarist who sucks, so shouldn't worry, but just relax and enjoy the ride instead...
     
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    The singer gets most of the girls
     
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    Reckon the most fundamental thing is to get good technique as it’ll make everything easier/ more enjoyable
    try to have any movement from the biggest muscle/joint ... like when fretting use the big knuckle to push down on the string (or pluck with picking hand)....for barre chords use your shoulders to pull back and put pressure on the strings.



    There’s lots of classical guitar books/lessons with proper technique about but more recently I’ve seen some good lessons on the mechanics of picking... this guy is good,and makes a good point in this vid if you're interested in playing faster stuff

    Troy Grady is good too.

    Oh and dont underestimate how long it can take .....1000s of hours to get to just 'good' levels. No exceptions...all the 'amazing' players just practice more!
     
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    I watched the video, turns out I don't really have a problem picking "fast". However I'm still unsure if I'm holding the pic properly. Should the tip of index finger be facing the tip or should the nail of the finger be facing the tip. They both feel equally comfortable. Perhaps there is no right or wrong way... I don't know...
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    def no right or wrong unless it's extreme and limiting in some way...depends on what's best for you.... Size of your thumb vs index etc wil change from person to person

    suppose a test could be trying somehthing that's challenging then see what way seems easier....also, there's nothing to say it can't be a mixture, I def don't hold my pick the same way all the time, just depends. Like... you wouldn't drive in the wet the same as you would on a sunny day....
     
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    I wish I knew to buy a burst at 1977 prices.
     
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    This may not be an issue because you already play bass, but one of the best pieces of advice I received from my first guitar teacher was simply to relax. My neck and jaw, especially, would be super tight when I was trying to learn a new song or riff, and it would add to my frustration when I screwed up. Also made me fatigued quicker.
     
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    1) That any note in a chord is an acceptable note to use in a solo over that chord.
    2) That playing from a scale or other set of notes does not automatically mean it sounds good. Music is a language and the notes are the alphabet. You still need to learn the vocabulary.
    3) It's not uncommon that a single scale will NOT work over a chord progression.
    4) Learn the notes of the fret board ASAP.
     
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