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Old 01-04-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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crys getting frustrated

okay, i hope this is normal. i guess picked up guitar. Saying i suck would be speaking highly of myself. i am trying to play a simple D chord. is it normal for a new player to not be able to touch only one string. not sure if you guys will get what i mean
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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yeah,course!! youll get it after a while!!
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:20 PM   #3
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i mean i know i got fat fingers, but they aint snausages oranything. its the 1st string that keeps getting in my way on the D chord, they gut showing me how to play was like try switching from an D to An A. its easy, im determined, but i was just curious. he said strumming was hard and fretting was easier, im finding the opposite to be true. He showed me an A minor power chord, think its minor, i got my work cut out for me
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Old 01-04-2005, 04:02 PM   #4
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hang in there, you'll get it eventually. It's always hard at first.
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:34 PM   #5
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i guess i have to train my hand to stay in the right position. i have nothing but time. Did all of you have the problem i described. you know one finger rubbing against the other string so when you try to play a chord a string sounds like muffled dick
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:25 AM   #6
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at the very beginning i had this problem with a C - dunno why. but the hardest thing for me was to switch from an A minor to an F major . well, with time it gets easier - believe !
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Old 01-05-2005, 01:07 AM   #7
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Actually my probs started when trying the Bm, because its not a natural stance for the fingers. C is much more in the line of your fingers. and than the barre stuff is quite nice to hahaha. I must admit i have long thin fingers that worked quite good.

I also thought it was a hell to change to electric with the sharp strings omg!! anyway i am still a live and its still getting easier to play just keep going!
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Bm is easy . Well, I have thin and short fingers... .

Anyway, I like to play on steel strings more than on nylon strings...
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Old 01-05-2005, 12:44 PM   #9
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i practiced for a half an hour yesterday an another half today. I talked to a guy where i work hes been playing for forty something years. I motioned the chord to him and he suggested right away to hold it another way. I had my thumb around the neck instead of behind it. now when i play play d chord i don't hit the 1st string with my third finger and fuck up. i still fuck up just not that way. i still am slow at changing chords. Baby steps people, baby steps
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Old 01-06-2005, 12:01 AM   #10
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you really have to be patient. many gave up just because of your problem - but that's no reason - just keep on tryin!
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Old 01-06-2005, 05:08 AM   #11
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I've been playing for about 30 years now but can still well recall the excruciating first six months when any chord that involved more than two fingers was close to impossble and it seemed as if I was never going to make any headway. The only thing that kept me at it that first year was the (mistaken) hope that it would make me more attractive to girls.
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Old 01-06-2005, 07:51 AM   #12
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I find picking up your guitar and arsing about is the best way to go btw plain old G was my devil cord
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Old 01-06-2005, 11:19 AM   #13
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I really need to take some lessons. I've been playing for 4 years or so, with no lessons. I am really good at playing chords and all... something I used to have a hard time with were power chords that slid up and down the neck like on Vertigo. It was hard to keep the pinky and ring finger together, because I don't like to bar my chords with just the one finger. You will find that the pinky is the hardest finger to control, it's a little wussy finger lol.

The problem I still have is that I have small hands Like a carny... only I don't smell like cabbage.
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:01 PM   #14
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okay, note to keep bugging you guys but i tried recordoing a couple chords on my shitty cell phone just to see how i sound. I am playing the guitar without the amp, i have company, and the sound the pick makes while strumming is overpoweringly loud. what gives? The pick says .73 mm. is this a shitty pick. shitty strumming, shitty the brush, all of the above?

feeling less frustrated though. I have seen progress over these three days. And i have nothing but time.
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Old 01-06-2005, 02:50 PM   #15
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I can tell you what. First day I got my guitar, it was Christmas... a Fender Strat, and I sat there on the couch with my pick, and didn't know any songs. I popped in a video that I got for Christmas on how to play the guitar....

Now, I am one of those people who gets really really frustrated with things, and tends to throw them through the wall. I was so upset at first because I couldn't do exactly what the guy was doing on the tape and it seemed so hard. I put it down and thought it was worthless to learn. It seemed that everyone else had an easy time. But, after a while, I somehow learned how to do it after practicing a ton. All I did to learn was look at tabs, because they're straightforward. Play this fret on this string.... and all that.

So, I played tabs and learned the chords from them and after a while, I was able to play. It takes some time and commitment, I'll tell ya that much. I would recommend taking lessons if you have the money though.
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Old 01-11-2005, 04:48 AM   #16
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D is not and easy chord. F is the hardest for most people. you can also make a D with two fingers. just lay the first one down over the bottom 3 strings,2nd fret then put the middle finger on 2nd string,3rd fret.
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Old 01-13-2005, 05:09 AM   #17
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I still remember the first time I successfully played an Open chord, I think it was an A... wooohoo!

But relax - it just takes time and being willing to stick to it.

I get frustrated with where I am sometimes - but then I remember where I started...
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:55 PM   #18
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I've been playing on and off for about a year now and I still can't play the D nicely but after awhile you get the hang of it...and yeah the F is pretty hard
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:38 PM   #19
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ANyone who can play a moderately decent guitar has spent hours and hours and hours and has been frustrated and frustrated and frustrated.

But the thing is, once you see progress, you get exicted and then you realize that you pretty much suck, so you spend more hours with more frustration and you get more progress, and then you realize you still pretty much suck.

And repeat this process for a couple of years, and as long as you get better, that's all that matters.

As far as chords, I have short stubby fingers, it's ALL been hard for me, besides E major. F is murder. I can play it well enough, but not perfect even to this day.

It's hard to say how long I've been playing because I went from bass to guitar back and forth, stopped playing, picked it back up, then eventually, I got an acoustic at a pawn shop and played it everyday (as it doesnt make enough noise to disturb the neighbors) and I got pretty good.

Now, I am average, I can play any U2 song with a decent tab and even some by ear. But I didn't get here because I was naturally gifted, I played the fuck out of that guitar and got better.

And once you get over those humps, like the basic major chords and then you learn the minors, or at least some of them, it becomes so much fun.

But it will most CERTAINLY not happen overnight. If my short stubby fingers can play certain songs, then ANYBODY can. I am not saying I am really good, probably just decent, but I am much better than I used to be, and that's all that really matters, right?
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Old 01-21-2005, 08:17 PM   #20
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Just some advice, dont do what I did and just learn songs right off the bat. Start from the basics, and learn chord progressions, and how to read music. and in strengthening your fingers and make them faster and more controlable and then you will have no problem with learnign any song. I went straight to learning songs and now I wish I regret it, because I would have been such a better player if i would have started with the basics.
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