A few months back I decided to recommit myself to the enjoyment of my acoustic guitar, a 1980ish Ibanez purchased before a deployment while serving in the Navy. The sessions I sat in on during cruise #1 prompted my purchase before cruise #2. Since then I have dabbled every couple years but life (and kids) can consume a bit of time.
The Ibanez, while in great shape, had suffered one major set-back while resting comfortably on the stand, the bridge had raised from humidity. My research for a replacement brought me to GC and the purchase of a Yamaha FG700, which I traded in a couple weeks later for an S6 Original.
Which is how I found you, since then I have learned:
Keep on playing that F chord
One guitar is probably not enough
One’s skill set does not need to be directly related to the number of guitars you own
A guitar for every mood is appropriate
New is good
Play it before you buy it
Search CL and e-bay daily for deals, used can be good
You tube is a good thing
Now I need a spruce top
Now I need a bone saddle
Now I need Ivory tuning keys
I need lessons
I need to learn more about music as a whole
I probably should consider a professional setup
I needed a third (Kyser) capo
Shake, shake, shake that pick out
And that is the first month, you guys are doing a great job, I appreciate it.
Enjoying the heck of my S6!
Great post! Thanks for sharing, Mark!
Hey Mark. I just down loaded a very cool app om my IPOD called "The Amazing Slow Downer" it will slow down any tune you are trying to learn so you can pick out the details. makes restarting a little easier.
Hey, I first learned to play in the navy, too, but then I gave it up for a couple decades.
Excellent pst, you sound just like me as I just recommitted a few months back.........4 guitars now and counting including my new Maritime SWS SG.
Moving to a new home with about a 10 foot wall available for hanging guitars on, so I may need to buy one or two more to fill up the space...............oh, and I'll need a room humidifier and a hygrometer................and, and....
The main reason that I have the uniquely-shaped Giannini Craviola 12-string is internet-initiated GAS. I was researching 12-string guitars on the internet (GAS beginning), and found references to the Giannini Craviola. I began looking at the advertisements on Amazon - it was $567 - and posted a link in the 12-string guitar group. Well, I don't know if it was because of hits from this community, my incessant looking at it, or whatever, but I watched the price keep dropping until it hit $360.44. GAS attack! And, when I went to order it, I found that I could get another $30 off if I put it on a new Amazon/Chase credit card! I had no defense...thankfully, I have an understanding wife... ;-)
+1 on that Mark! Welcome and thanks for sharing your journey. I have both an FG700S and S6 Original (and a few others! LOL). The Amazing Slow Downer is a great program for learning to play at speeds for the rest of us mortals...
About the F chord: I alternative among different ones:
1. Partial barre (though sometimes I "cheat" and simply play the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings and mute the 1st
2. Full Barre (rarely play this one)
3. Thumb wrap-over (use this one a lot!)
4. F/C (C in the bass)