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Newbie Dean
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Fender Question
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A good friend of mine recently purchased his first guitar at age 58.  It is a used Fender Model SJ65S with serial number KS99030025.  The tag in the body states manufacture in Korea.  The Fender web…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judgestone Mar 12, 2012.

Strum Patterns
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As you can tell, I'm relatively new to this fun stuff.  I am at a point where I can handle the chords I need in order to play the songs I want.  BUT, my major problem is picking out a strum pattern…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Newbie Dean Oct 20, 2011.

Protruding Fretts
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As you can tell from my name, I'm relatively new to guitar.  So pardon me if my question/comment is obvious.  A frind just purchased an upper end guitar and I noticed that the frett wires are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by FloridaGull Dec 12, 2011.

Top Guitars
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My coach and I had a discussion the other day:  What are the top 5 to 10 acoustic guitar manufacturers/brands on the market?  We're not looking for custom gits made by independent luthiers, though. …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by FloridaGull Nov 29, 2011.


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Latest Activity

Newbie Dean commented on Derrick Miller's group Acoustic Newb
"I'm still here, too.  I don't get in here as much as I'd like to.......but I enjoy the postings.  Just "keeping it fun"."
Nov 19, 2014
Newbie Dean replied to David's discussion Trouble with c chord
"I had the same problem because of FAT fingers.  I kinda solved that by getting a guitar with a wider nut.  My first git was an Epiphone PR350E with a 1 11/16 nut.  I had the opportunity to play a Taylor GC with a 1 3/4 nut.  BIG…"
Feb 8, 2014
Newbie Dean replied to David's discussion Key of C,G,F,D,A,E.
"What has helped me is to work with the Circle of Fifths.  there is a really good interactive site that I use and have printed off the main/basic keys.  It is really simple to select the key you want and see the chords within it's…"
Apr 13, 2013
Newbie Dean replied to Brian's discussion Music Theory for a beginner
"The guy that got me started knows VERY little theory.  But, he is a very accomplished player and has played in some very good bands over the last 45 years.  But, as a retired engineer, my mind demands that I learn some theory behind what…"
Mar 26, 2013
Newbie Dean replied to Les's discussion Suggestions for beginner practice schedule
"I subscribe to an news letter by Lisa McCormick.  A while back she posted a free e-book with 10 steps to better pracicing. I would imagine you could "google" her and find that e-book. I do not take any formal…"
Mar 5, 2013
Newbie Dean commented on Jim Handsfield's group Taylor Owners
"When I picked up my GC3 at the shop, the tech made me play for a few minutes before he would let me walk out with it.  He watched me play to observe my technique (or lack of).  He took it and adjusted the action a bit for ME.  The guy…"
Feb 23, 2013
Newbie Dean replied to Dale Preston's discussion How good can an old-timer get?
"I started 3 years ago at age 60.  I never played guitar before but envied those that could.  A gentleman I got to know when I retired got me started. He gave me one of his "bangers" to plunk on along with a few chord…"
Dec 5, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Chris's discussion New Here + Question in the group Acoustic Newb
"I'm 63 and started this git thing about 3 years ago.  I have not had an instructor.  I have a local friend that has played for 45+ years that got me started with basic chords.  The rest I've learned from sites like…"
Oct 18, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Les's discussion Problems and Solutions
"Good point, Craig.  I remember the first time my wife came into my practice room and told me she recognized the song I was playing.  ade me feel pretty good."
Oct 18, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Les's discussion Problems and Solutions
"I've been at this just over 3 years.  I am no where near where I would like to be.  I'm not ready to sit in FOR Clapton.  What keeps me going is HAVING FUN.  If I miss a day or 2 of not plunking, I get the shakes. …"
Oct 17, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Edward Sparks's discussion Great article on stage fright... in the group Acoustic Newb
"YUP.  Someday I'll put my ego aside and "go for it"."
Oct 2, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Edward Sparks's discussion Great article on stage fright... in the group Acoustic Newb
"There was also a great article in the Taylor mag Wood & Steel on performing your FIRST gig.  I have never played outside my own home, not even for friends.  I have that article posted in my practice room and keep looking at it. …"
Oct 2, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to David's discussion New Here and playing guitar
"David...........Welcome and I know you'll get a lot of good help on this site.  I have.  My biggest piece of advice is to Keep It Fun, Dean"
Sep 19, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Jordan S Bell's discussion Beginner Acoustic Guitarist just saying hello!
"I'm a 63 year-old grandpa and got my 11 year-old grand daughter started almost 2 years ago.  I've met her instructor a number of times and am impressed with his approach.  He is introducing her to various styles of playing. …"
Sep 5, 2012
Newbie Dean replied to Anna Laura Welsh's discussion Beginner guitarist :-)
"Hey, welcome.  I'm a relative newbie myself.  Where I live, there are no formal instructors available, so a buddy of mine that has been playing for 45+ years got me started.  Unfortunately he's not a "teacher" so…"
Aug 21, 2012
Newbie Dean commented on Derrick Miller's group Acoustic Newb
"Welcome Miles............I too have been at this git thing for just over 3 years.  I've found a lot of good people and answers on this site.  You're gonna enjoy it.  Just Keep It Fun......Dean"
Jul 20, 2012

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
Less than 1 year
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
1991 Epiphone Pr350E
2009 Epiphone EL-00
What type of music do you like to play?
Country and Old Rock
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 11:55am on January 22, 2010, Becky Wright said…
I know what you mean..we'll never be guitar stars. I'd like to be a good acoustic player..teach beginning students maybe or at least grandchildren. Someone recently told me the first year is the hardest. Now that I've passed that mark I agree. My fingers are almost suddenly not sore much anymore and the calluses are evening out rather than having depressed string marks on them. I'm now able to play regular music with a little work, and preferably with chord suggestions written above. I do practice an hour a day +- and that has payed off.

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