#1
Hi all,

I've been playing for 3 months seriously now... This is what I have learnt so far... Please let me know your thoughts on my progress.

Able to play the following chords and switching between them efficiently...

C , D , E , F , Dm , Am , Em , A7, C7, D7, B7 , ASUS2/4 , ESUS, DSUS2/4, D/G slash chord,

Major/Minor Barre chords on the 6th String (Still trying to learn to play the a shape barre chord)

Able to play easy 4 chord songs / very easy fingerstyle songs (i.e intro for every breath I take) and a few easy folks/travis picking patterns / A minor pentatonic scale on the middle of the neck

Theory / Understand how chords are built, chord progressions , how to find chords in a specific major scale if given a formula (WS , HS etc).

Any feedback is much appreciated =)
#2
Better than me after 3 months, that's for sure.
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#3
Doing a great job after only three months. Your progress is probably close to what mine was. Are you taking lessons from an instructor, or working on your own? Either way, good job and keep it up.
#4
Quote by KG6_Steven
Doing a great job after only three months. Your progress is probably close to what mine was. Are you taking lessons from an instructor, or working on your own? Either way, good job and keep it up.


I'm working on my own. I'm using a few different sites including Marty Schwartz and Justin S.

Hopefully I can play some intermediate strumming and fingerstyle songs one day.
#5
I wish I can be as motivated as you. You are doing great so far !
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#7
Keep at it!
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#8
Quote by vinhlamn
I'm working on my own. I'm using a few different sites including Marty Schwartz and Justin S.

Hopefully I can play some intermediate strumming and fingerstyle songs one day.


I'm planning to rely heavily on Justin.
#10
I remember I played for about 6 months and avoided the F chord like a plague. But then I realized I really had to learn it. Then I discovered I could move it up the neck a couple frets and have a G and a couple more makes an A. That was the beginning of my studying theory.

You're doing great man. Check out the Circle of Fifths. You'll be able to transpose songs to fit your vocal range and maintain the feel.
Last edited by stueycaster at Feb 5, 2015,
#11
Question for you: at first, did you have a lot of difficulty forming the chords with your fret hand? I am having a terrible time, but I've only been working on it for a few days. I get a lot of clunkers at first...and spent about 15 minutes working on the D chord last night and never quite got it clean (did get the Am clean after some work). I'm just looking for reassurance that this can be overcome quickly enough to be where you are in 90 days.
#12
Quote by ridire
Question for you: at first, did you have a lot of difficulty forming the chords with your fret hand? I am having a terrible time, but I've only been working on it for a few days. I get a lot of clunkers at first...and spent about 15 minutes working on the D chord last night and never quite got it clean (did get the Am clean after some work). I'm just looking for reassurance that this can be overcome quickly enough to be where you are in 90 days.


Yes it is hard at first. it sounds like you might be struggling against a high action though. Do you have a fairly good guitar. On some of them the space between the fingerboard and the strings can be too wide. That makes it harder than it really needs to be. But even with that you'll get to where the changes happen fairly quickly and the callouses build up before too long.
#13
Quote by stueycaster
Yes it is hard at first. it sounds like you might be struggling against a high action though. Do you have a fairly good guitar. On some of them the space between the fingerboard and the strings can be too wide. That makes it harder than it really needs to be. But even with that you'll get to where the changes happen fairly quickly and the callouses build up before too long.


Don't know. I'm going to take it in to my kid's guitar instructor next week and he is going to go over it and make any adjustments he feels necessary. I assume he knows what he is doing, as he was in a band in the 80s whose songs are in my iTunes library.

The guitar is a good beginner guitar, I believe. Not super high-end by any means. It is a new Epiphone PR4E acoustic-electric.

EDIT: but thank you a ton for the feedback. Another friend told me to make sure the string height was adjusted by a professional or it would be difficult to play, which is why I'm taking it in. I didn't know what he meant by "difficult to play", but you are now confirming that perhaps some portion of my current challenges are the result of this.
Last edited by ridire at Feb 5, 2015,
#14
Quote by ridire
Don't know. I'm going to take it in to my kid's guitar instructor next week and he is going to go over it and make any adjustments he feels necessary. I assume he knows what he is doing, as he was in a band in the 80s whose songs are in my iTunes library.

The guitar is a good beginner guitar, I believe. Not super high-end by any means. It is a new Epiphone PR4E acoustic-electric.

EDIT: but thank you a ton for the feedback. Another friend told me to make sure the string height was adjusted by a professional or it would be difficult to play, which is why I'm taking it in. I didn't know what he meant by "difficult to play", but you are now confirming that perhaps some portion of my current challenges are the result of this.


Another thing I just thought of. Are you sure it's being tuned to the correct pitch? I've seen some beginning guitarists tune the guitar too high. If the strings are too tight they're hard to press down plus it can bend the neck.

From what I've seen Epiphone makes good stuff. You should let that guy check it out though.

Update: I just looked up that guitar. It's an Acoustic with with an electric pick-up. Definitely let that guy check it out. Acoustics that are not set up right can be a bear.
Last edited by stueycaster at Feb 5, 2015,
#15
Quote by stueycaster
Another thing I just thought of. Are you sure it's being tuned to the correct pitch? I've seen some beginning guitarists tune the guitar too high. If the strings are too tight they're hard to press down plus it can bend the neck.

From what I've seen Epiphone makes good stuff. You should let that guy check it out though.

Update: I just looked up that guitar. It's an Acoustic with with an electric pick-up. Definitely let that guy check it out. Acoustics that are not set up right can be a bear.


I tuned it with the auto-tuner. I assume it is tuned properly.
#17
I had heaps of trouble with chords when I first played especially the "D" chord.

Honestly it probably took me a few weeks to get it right (ring out clearly) and then even switching between say a G to a D was still difficult and slow.

Theory is a must if you want to progress as a better guitarist.

I remember learning the F major barre chord and other barre chords one at a time.

After learning the theory I can find any major/minor barre chords throughout the neck by finding the root notes.

It's worth checking out "Guitar theory for dummies".
#18
Quote by vinhlamn
I had heaps of trouble with chords when I first played especially the "D" chord.

Honestly it probably took me a few weeks to get it right (ring out clearly) and then even switching between say a G to a D was still difficult and slow.

Theory is a must if you want to progress as a better guitarist.

I remember learning the F major barre chord and other barre chords one at a time.

After learning the theory I can find any major/minor barre chords throughout the neck by finding the root notes.

It's worth checking out "Guitar theory for dummies".



Thanks. Good to know, as I am beginning to thing my left hand should qualify me for disability benefits because it is so useless on a fret board.
#20
Quote by ridire
Thanks. Good to know, as I am beginning to thing my left hand should qualify me for disability benefits because it is so useless on a fret board.


Don't be too harsh on yourself.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Don't forget to warm up too!