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I got a guitar for Christmas and I can now play 3 chords!
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neoshmengi wrote:

I got a guitar for Christmas and I can now play 3 chords!


Awesome... only one more to learn and you are SET!

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The hard part is getting to where you can do quick chord progressions. I still take about 40 seconds to reposition my fingers for a new chord cry .

But I have only been playing for what, 3 weeks?
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There so much cool stuff to learn on the guitar. Once you are conformable with some chords try playing them in the dark.

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jearles wrote:
Awesome... only one more to learn and you are SET!

Bah, the best songs only need 3 chords anyway!

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Acoustic or electric?

I've been taking lessons for about 3 months, and I'm already light-years past where I was, technically. I'm still as sloppy as a dog, but I feel like I've made a lot of progress. I used to play in college, but I was more concerned with messing with weird-ass tunings than I was in gaining any kind of proficiency.

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Bah, the best songs only need 3 chords anyway!

I listened to this particular cover like mad in high school. Always loved Max's bark in it.
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G, C and D I betcha. That'll cover about a million songs. 98% of blues tunes are just 3 chords.
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I'd guess Em, since it's the easiest to learn, and Am.
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Learn Dm. It's the saddest of all keys.
(At least that's what they tell me...)
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tickmanfan wrote:
I'd guess Em, since it's the easiest to learn, and Am.


It's... It's like you KNOW me!

The first one I learned was G as I was trying to learn Brown Eyed Girl from here:



Then I learned that you needed not one chord to play guitar, but several!

So I started with his lessons for beginners, and Voila, Em and A.

I can't wait to see what happens next!

It's an acoustic guitar. I had my Dad's in the basement for decades and finally decided to have it strung, but there was a crack in the neck that became evident when I had it restrung.

Is it normal to have to retune the strings every day? Is that the sign of a cheap guitar (which it is) or just because it's brand new?

Edit: Now rocking the D chord!
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It's normal to do a little re-tuning every day, but if your strings are off by more than a semitone every day, it may just be the guitar.

The D chord is a pain in my butt. So is Dm and D7. It's funny, when I "played" guitar in college, I didn't bother learning the open chords. Instead, I picked up barre chords. My thinking was, if I knew barre chords, why should I learn open chords?

Now, 15 years later, I am my teacher's only student who is fine with barre chords and gets frustrated by open chords.
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IngredientX wrote:
It's normal to do a little re-tuning every day, but if your strings are off by more than a semitone every day, it may just be the guitar.

The D chord is a pain in my butt. So is Dm and D7. It's funny, when I "played" guitar in college, I didn't bother learning the open chords. Instead, I picked up barre chords. My thinking was, if I knew barre chords, why should I learn open chords?

Now, 15 years later, I am my teacher's only student who is fine with barre chords and gets frustrated by open chords.


It could be the strings too. I've found that depending on which strings I use, it can take a week or two for them to fully break in and not require a little daily tuning.

The funny thing about barre, open, and 'alternate fingering' chords is that when you try to play some song you really like it could just be that the reason your "C" doesn't sound like their "C" is a slight difference in how you finger and pick the chord.

Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door" is good three-chord song that lets you practice the changes. Green Day's "Time of Your Life" is a notch higher in difficulty, but still relies on some pretty standard open chords. They're both good songs to practice playing and singing at the same time too.
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D, C add9 (easy and pretty) and G(leave your ring finger on the D note at the 2nd string 3rd fret for the C add9 chord and the G chord) and you never have to lift your ring finger. Think Marshall Tucker's Can't You See. (D/// C add9 /// G/// D///)

Strum each chord 4 times

Gonna catch a freight train
Down at the station
(Duh! As if one could catch a freight train at the marina.)

You will hear variants of this in a hundred songs.

EDIT: I've noticed some tuning issues but I'm positive it can be attributed to the temperature variations during the day. I have a programmable thermostat that lowers the temp during the day. My guitars are a little sharp when I first pick them up when I get home.




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I got a guitar for Christmas too, and a copy of Rocksmith.

I only know one cord, and yes, it's e minor.

I thought I knew A, but it turns out I was doing it wrong.

What is a good book for beginners.

I like Rocksmith, but it's kind of hard as well, because you have to look at the screen instead of your fingers.

I've been playing for three days now. My fingers hurt.

Also, my 'd' string buzzes on the second fret, but not on any others. how can i fix that? Is it cuz I got a cheap guitar?
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Acoustic guitar or electric? If electric, make and model? I've recently gotten fret buzz on a decent quality guitar that last week was fine. Temperature, humidity and string tension affects the neck over time. It is usually easily correctable. There are plenty of DYI videos on youtube or if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself, most guitar stores have a technician who can do it for a fee.
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So you've got the 3 chords all you need now is the.....

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TRUTH !
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SybotCB wrote:
I got a guitar for Christmas too, and a copy of Rocksmith.

I only know one cord, and yes, it's e minor.

I thought I knew A, but it turns out I was doing it wrong.

What is a good book for beginners.

I like Rocksmith, but it's kind of hard as well, because you have to look at the screen instead of your fingers.

I've been playing for three days now. My fingers hurt.

Also, my 'd' string buzzes on the second fret, but not on any others. how can i fix that? Is it cuz I got a cheap guitar?


Are your fingers bleeding yet ? Squeeze harder !
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Electric, Gibson Maestro beginner pack guitar & amp sold at Best Buy.


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Maestro+by+Gibson+-+Single+Cutaw...

It's not that big a deal. It's really just a learning guitar to play with rocksmith game. I figured if I was still playing it after three months, I'd look into buying a 'real' guitar.

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SybotCB wrote:
Electric, Gibson Maestro beginner pack guitar & amp sold at Best Buy.



Looks like your ax has the Gibson style tun-o-matic bridge. It is extremely easy to adjust the tun-o-matic bridge. A very minor adjustment in string height might quick fix that. It just takes a screw driver. google it or youtube it.
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scribidinus wrote:
SybotCB wrote:
Electric, Gibson Maestro beginner pack guitar & amp sold at Best Buy.



Looks like your ax has the Gibson style tun-o-matic bridge. It is extremely easy to adjust the tun-o-matic bridge. A very minor adjustment in string height might quick fix that. It just takes a screw driver. google it or youtube it.


Thanks. I'll check it out.
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