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By design...or not

Music theory is man made, the long continuous tone from low to high being divided into identifiable segments. Physics is not, it is fundamental to the universe and is discovered rather than invented…Continue

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Puzzle
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I have a puzzle at the moment. I've been playing a few months and my first guitar was a Yamaha F310. I was making satisfactory progress and despite having large hands could play most of the open…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Harris May 30, 2013.

Getting a new(ish) guitar
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I'm just a beginner but I'm satisfied with my progress and my enthusiasm remains high despite being aware of the long hard road ahead.I have gravitated to Finger Style Blues from starting with an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Harris Apr 18, 2013.

Finger spread
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As a beginner I expected to have many problems to overcome but I'm having one I never anticipated. I'm 6'2" and have very large hands, I take XL in glove size, XXL fits better when I can get…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ronald Harris Nov 20, 2012.

 

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By design...or not

Music theory is man made, the long continuous tone from low to high being divided into identifiable segments. Physics is not, it is fundamental to the universe and is discovered rather than invented by man. Which has made me ponder the answer to the following...We know how the scale is made up of 5 whole tones and 2 semi tones. This seems to be very convenient as shifting the location of the half tones gives us the major scale and the minor scale with it's variations and enables composers to…See More
1 hour ago
Ronald Harris replied to David's discussion Trouble with c chord
"I'm only a beginner myself so these aren't exactly pearls of wisdom. However a fat finger should touch the G string just as much as the E string. If it's only ever the E string, perhaps the E string is being touched by your hand along…"
Jan 26
Ronald Harris replied to Steven Donovan's discussion Hello all, glad to be here.
"Hi Steven. I am another beginner. FWIW I don't think that not achieving smooth chord changes after only 4 months is anything unusual. Just use the advice on the internet to ensure your technique is OK and then just improve with…"
Nov 28, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to David barnsley's discussion Hi newbie here
"Thanks Dale. I'm afraid I'm destined to play alone short of dragging a passerby in off the road. It's only the practical side that I have to learn. My music theory is OK having played cornet and euphonium in a brass band and trumpet…"
Nov 5, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to David barnsley's discussion Hi newbie here
"Hi. I would also like to add my thanks to Dale Williams. I'm an elderly beginner, about 15 months now. I know and can play a bunch of chords and can pick a tune or two, but it's all spoilt by clumsy chord changes. I'm now going…"
Nov 2, 2013
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Oct 31, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Guadalupe Ybarra's discussion Emails about your Acoustic Guitar profile?
"...Did the email indicate that she actually had information from your profile and was it specific that it was your Acoustic Guitar membership profile. Otherwise it could have been a randomly worded generalization sent out to zillions knowing that it…"
Sep 20, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Guadalupe Ybarra's discussion Emails about your Acoustic Guitar profile?
"I would say, very definitely a scam. Did she/he  contact you through the forum's own communications channels which only operate if you are "friends". If she/he by-passed that then this is an indication that they are up to no…"
Sep 20, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to michael medex's discussion why do picks turn in your hand as you play?
"I think maybe that your fingers get tired after 10 mins or so. Because people have a whole hand grip that is strong they think that their fingers are too. The main strength is coming from the palm muscles and playing guitar doesn't use these.…"
Sep 15, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Mick Colman's discussion Playing along in tuition group or to CD
"As another beginner, I have the same problem. I think there are 2 phases in one's learning 1. When you can do things but you have to think about and concentrate on what you are doing and 2. When you can do things without thinking about it…"
Aug 21, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Frogngerm's discussion The boot option: essential to a guitarists wardrobe
"The "Look of Envy" This is worn on the faces of beginners ,like me, when they hear a decent guitar player."
Aug 11, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Midge's discussion Metronome Use, Advice Please
"I give my opinion as an elderly beginner who knows he's never going to get great but owes it to himself to get as good as he can. That means at the very least, playing at a fairly constant tempo. In my opinion, if you play the bits that…"
Jul 23, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Mikheil Tsitsishvili's discussion Vintage full-range 10-12" loudspeakers to amplify acoustic guitar
"Hi. I believe that that full range drivers are a compromise that struggle with demanding sound output, such as a Symphony Orchestra playing sophisticated music. However straight forward guitar playing should not be too much of a challenge and they…"
Jul 15, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to FloridaGull's discussion I want to record and put something up in the Community, but am having trouble...help!
"...I will also try the "ripping" the DVD idea above.  Will Windows Movie Maker be of any use to me if I can get the DVD decoded... After ripping it will probably end up in "My Videos/Videos" and you should be…"
Jul 10, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to FloridaGull's discussion I want to record and put something up in the Community, but am having trouble...help!
"Hi. With regard to the 2nd half of your post, you need to rip the dvd, not copy it. Not quite as simple as an audio cd but these links might…"
Jul 9, 2013
Ronald Harris replied to Sherif Fahmy's discussion Guitar making and engineering
"I think that you can only go so far with pure science or engineering. Sound is too subjective. We live in a totally silent universe where totally silent pressure waves pass through the air. It is only when the wave vibrates the ear drum or bone…"
Jun 7, 2013

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
1-2 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Tanglewood Nashville IV
Fender Squier
What type of music do you like to play?
Finger style blues
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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