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What kind of/maker of pick do you like best?
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Am thinking about a Clayton wood pick for a more natural tone.  What do y'all use?Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by sonia kelley Jan 16, 2012.

Moving the top part of my palm OFF the 1st string
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When fretting and playing C and F chords (and some others) I inadvertently mute the first string with that part of the top of my palm between the 2nd and 3rd fingers.  I'm trying a variety of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Laurence Eddy Jul 31, 2011.

F chord help
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I am a 6 year cerebral hemorrhage survivor. My lasting leftover from it is hypertonicity (permanent stiffness) on my left side. This affects my fret hand. I recently began playing guitar to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pascal Proust Jul 9, 2011.

 

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sonia kelley replied to Michael Shaw's discussion What kind of/maker of pick do you like best?
"you say natural..   do you want bright or more muted?  there are many materials out there... blue chip makes a pick with good volume and excellent sound though they are heavy ... there is very little if any rythym pick slap noise they…"
Jan 16, 2012
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What kind of/maker of pick do you like best?

Am thinking about a Clayton wood pick for a more natural tone.  What do y'all use?See More
Jan 16, 2012
Laurence Eddy replied to Michael Shaw's discussion Moving the top part of my palm OFF the 1st string
"Try and keep the fretboard vertical. You may not be able to see it to position you fingers, but it will mean there is less rotation and stress on you wrist and your fingers won't be pulled down onto the strings. Hope that makes sense!"
Jul 31, 2011
Ship of fools replied to Michael Shaw's discussion Moving the top part of my palm OFF the 1st string
"Pascal has the right idea, but I would put it even more simply. When doing open chords you thumb position should be more parallel to the neck. The problem that you are experiencing is caused from your thumb being like the first picture Pascal has…"
Jul 9, 2011
Pascal Proust replied to Michael Shaw's discussion Moving the top part of my palm OFF the 1st string
"First off : C is what is called an "open chord", which means theres no need to do a barré (in its first position pattern obviously) and its pattern has some open strings added to fretted strings. The 1st position of C is not that…"
Jul 9, 2011
Pascal Proust replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help
"You're welcome Michael. Oh by the way, I wrote a slight mistake : when doinng a barré, this is not your left thumb face but its edge that will contact the neck the most. Sorry for this, I wasn't on my guitar when posting this…"
Jul 9, 2011
Michael Shaw replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help
"Thanks Pascal.  I'm going to use these directions to work my way through optimal positioning."
Jul 9, 2011
Michael Shaw posted a discussion

Moving the top part of my palm OFF the 1st string

When fretting and playing C and F chords (and some others) I inadvertently mute the first string with that part of the top of my palm between the 2nd and 3rd fingers.  I'm trying a variety of elbow/arm/wrist/hand/finger position changes, but am having problems with consistency.  Sometimes I mute 1, sometimes 1 rings. Any hints would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.See More
Jul 9, 2011
Pascal Proust replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help
"Hello Michael, First off, keep in mind than learning how to do a barré chord, and then doing it well every time, isn't easy for all. It can require quite a long time to master this technique. It depends on various factors such as how you…"
Jun 24, 2011
Michael Shaw replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help
"Thanks for the help everyone!"
Jun 24, 2011
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Jun 20, 2011
Michael Shaw replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help in the group Acoustic Newb
"My thanks to all of you!"
Jun 15, 2011
Mark replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help in the group Acoustic Newb
"Hi Micheal! Here's a link to a discussion from last year about this very same subject: http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/group/acousticnewb/forum/topics/f-chord   My own method is to turn the index finger "in" so that the…"
Jun 13, 2011
Ray replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help
"You might want to talk to a luthier about this.  It is possible that you have a problem with your frets.  If your guitar has had a lot of use, the first fret is probably worn where it contacts the 1st and 2nd strings.  Or you may need…"
Jun 10, 2011
Edward Sparks replied to Michael Shaw's discussion F chord help in the group Acoustic Newb
"Someone else asked about this before and here was a suggestion my me!   Hey RS, another hint to help with mastering F and Bb...tune your guitar down a half step and then put a capo on the first fret, you are now basically back to standard…"
Jun 10, 2011

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional 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.
Ibanez PF30ESCENT
What type of music do you like to play?
Rock, Folk, Christian, Blues, Jazz
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At 4:52pm on April 26, 2011, Walt Pilcher said…

Michael,

Welcome to the Acoustic Newb group.  You'll find an interesting mix of people, from new players to more experienced ones, and even some teachers.  We all learn from each other.  Have fun!

Walt

 
 
 

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