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Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 15, 2013 at 1:15pm


I'm going to put the question you sent to the Newb group here because it's easier for people to respond to it from this space than by e-mail.  As an alternative, you could start a discussion when you have a question like that.  Nothing wrong with what you did, but I just think this way is easier.

A message from Andy Gallacher to all members of Acoustic Newb on Acoustic Guitar Community!

Hi everyone, as i was given and also downloaded some chords for practicing at home i noticed that several chords are written with differing finger positions, well, what I mean is some say 123 some say 213 for which finger, that's fine, i've realised it depends which you prefer, (which is easiest for me) Today though, i was looking for some chords that would also show me on the sheet which string to play from, so where there's an X on the 6th string for instance and an O on the 5th to show you play from the 5th string not the 6th.

upon looking online i have found several different pages where some say for the D and Dm play from the 4th string for both and others say play from the 5th for both... now I know finger position wont matter for other chords as you're still playing the same chord, but surely with the D playing from either the 4th or 5th is going to sound quite different? Is it, again, a matter of choice or is one definitely wrong.


Comment by Andy Gallacher on May 12, 2013 at 1:37pm

Hey, thanks for that info,  have found it and  saved the video thanks so much  for that.

Comment by JB Maddox on May 12, 2013 at 6:21am

For those just starting or having trouble getting the hang of it, try subscribing to Acoustic Guitar Magazine and goto issue 245--has Kaki King on the cover.

There are two video lessons in there from Josh Workman on Basics-Smooth Transitions--it shows how to learn chords, get them clear, use the right pressure and how to build speed and transitions from one chord to the next.

People get crappy starter guitars that are hard to play and that will kill any beginner but even with a nice setup for easier play, they just go too fast and develop bad habits that compound over time and get frustrated.

It is a muscle memory skill and all the books, videos, etc. will not instantly make you a player--only good practice will.

AC Mag has good stuff but mostly for experienced players, but now and then stuff like Workman's are posted.

All the hit and miss guitar information you can find on the Web is fine but as a beginner you need to work on being able to play clear chords and changing them without thinking about it.

Like the famous baseball catcher Yogi Berra said when asked about what he thought about hitting the baseball--You can't hit and think at the same time!!

Comment by Mike on May 10, 2013 at 5:19pm

we appear to share hair stylists too.

Comment by Andy Gallacher on May 10, 2013 at 3:33pm

Haha,  I liked the bit about your wife recognising a song. we have smoking in common too, well, I gave up over 30 years ago

Comment by Mike on May 10, 2013 at 3:18pm

Andy, I swear except for the being from Scotland part, our stories are identical. Stay with it and enjoy the journey. I started as a way to quit smoking. 17 years smoke free and my wife can sometimes recognize what songs I play.

Comment by Mark on May 10, 2013 at 10:26am

Andy,  My two favorite youtube teachers are:

Marty Schwartz


Justin Sandercoe

both are excellent teachers, and both have many, many free lessons available.

Comment by Andy Gallacher on May 10, 2013 at 7:39am

Oh, wow thanks for the tip,  Jan  was kind enough  to  find a youtube clip showing  various songs being played with only DCG or GCD  which was amazing to realise in some ways they were doing so little for something that sounded great but I shall go and try typing 'lesson' after a favourite song, thanks again.

Comment by TheValleyGirl on May 10, 2013 at 7:34am
Great story Andy! You may find YouTube a fun starting place. Pick out a favorite song of yours, type it in and add the word "lesson" after it. Good luck!
Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 9, 2013 at 3:21pm

I also meant to say that was a great story, Andy.  Sounds like you did everything right and used very practical criteria, but when the decision point came you ended up making it on a very sound basis instead of being slavish to your going-in plan. The process is a living thing and just can't always be based solely on a list of specs and limitations.  It's a lot more fun when you approach it with flexibility. Glad you found the guitar for you.


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