"I changed to wooden pins from plastic. I think it made a difference, maybe not. Cheap, easy, what's not to like? I tried bone pins on another but sold the guitar with the pins. The bone pins seemed brittle.I haven't been energetic enough…"
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"Sounds like information overload. Rome wasn't built in a day. A good teacher would break that cycle, but in the mean time pick a song to learn it. Learn the basic chords, then the melody and play it until you know it inside out. Improvising is…"
"I'll repeat what lots of others have said: find some people to play with! I picked up the guitar after a 20-year hiatus five years ago. What really got me going was joining an informal folksinging group. We don't perform or practice, we…"
"There is a lot of very good advice here. One common theme I see is getting out and playing with others. I have been playing for about 35 years and have found that playing with others is the most satisfying way to learn and also to get inspiration.…"
"for me what I get frustrated with is trying to figure out what to practice. so I put all my tabs/leads/solo/songs/scales in a binder, then I write the name of that song or whatever it is on a playing card. everyday I shuffle the deck and deal out 5…"
Here's what worked for me. I reached a plateau in my 40s, where I seemed to be going around in circles. I played some melody and a lot of rhythm.
I decided to learn everything about fretboard theory. I especially liked Kirk Loranges…"
"There is another thing that I have noticed and I don't know if it is common or not. Once I get to a certain point with a piece, I can't progress any further with it no matter how long or hard I practice unless I put it down and move to…"
"Are you playing with other people? For years I had no one to play with, which didn't help, then I started recording. I would program the drum machine, then layer bass, guitar, mandolin, and vocals. Having that drum machine helped me to break…"
"Hi John, I know how you feel.
I'm 40 years into it now, and I'm still playing the same stuff over and over....but the thing is that over the years my circle of same old stuff continues to widen...a stone in a pool of water you know. It is…"
"Ed: You're right about going back to things you thought you knew. To help solve this problem I use 3-ring binders and sheet protectors to make books of songs that I'm pretty sure I've learned. I'll make copies, put them in the…"