Poll: Does a good guitar encourage faster improvement?
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View poll results: Does a good guitar encourage faster improvement?
Yes.
34 67%
No.
2 4%
In a way... (elaborate please)
15 29%
Voters: 51.
#1
So here's my question...

Do you think a good sounding guitar encourages faster improvement?

Over the last year i've been learning acoustic guitar as a rhythm player and have caught on quite fast compared to all my other friends(mainly because i start as a drummer and i can be creative in my strumming).

Recently, after I got my Martin, i've noticed that i've improved a bit faster than I used to. my chord changes are cleaner, my picking is more accurate, my accents are better, my dynamics are... well... more dynamic, haha.

The other day i went back to playing my Art & Lutherie and noticed how much better i sounded than before, and it kinda blew me away.

What are your opinions?
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#3
I think it does. My acoustic has lower frets than my friends acoustic, and it took me a while to get used to his
#4
I feel like its just when you get a to certain level of experience you can start to pick things up more easily as opposed to when you're just starting off and have no idea what's going on.
#5
yes it does
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#7
Captivate -- Like you say with your Martin, the subtle things get easier with a better guitar. Maybe though, better guitars make us better players simply because we play them more?
#8
Quote by milagroso
Captivate -- Like you say with your Martin, the subtle things get easier with a better guitar. Maybe though, better guitars make us better players simply because we play them more?


mm, yea. i thought about that too, but i was wondering if there were any other reasons, haha.

I can see how good sounding guitars can be more inspirational. I'm actually a very picky drummer. If I don't like the sound of the drum set, I dont play nearly as well as i do with a good sounding set of drums.

Any other thoughts?
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#9
A nice guitar will lend itself to more playing time and more playing time equals improvement.

So faster improvement is certainly possible because of a nice guitar, but I don't think the guitar itself would be directly responsible for said improvement. The amount of playing is.
#10
You like your guitar, so you play it more, and you get better.

Sounds simple, really.
#11
^ yes, I agree with the above. A good guitar will sound better and play more easily, both things that encourage one to play more.
#12
They are better guitars because they are just that better. The quality lends itself to better playing.
A quality neck will be easier to play on than a crappy one. They are designed much better and the materials are better, and they are made to play. Unlike cheap ones that are just made.
#13
play my new Taylor i feeled compelled to get better at finger style. pick up a cheap ibanez acoustic and i feel like throwing it against the wall...oh and running so i dont have to shell out 200bucks or so.
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#15
Depends. I learned sax on some of the worst instruments playable, and I'm a better player because of it. I had to learn more nuances of the instrument to try and force out the proper tone and playability that I wanted. Now I can manipulate my tone and feel a great deal more than other players I know who have been playing just as a long on a great instrument.
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#16
A good guitar will sound better and play more easily, both things that encourage one to play more.


Yup.
#17
For sure. When your playing a guitar that sounds good, what you play will sound that much better and will encourage you and build your confidence faster.
Word.
#18
You've been practising obviously.


What that was encouraged by? The answer to that, is the answer to your question. Personally, yes, a new guitar stimulates practising.
#19
I actually havent been playing any more than i have with my Art & Lutherie. i got it in april, which was when all my teachers decided that it was a good idea to give ISUs(LARGE assignments) for every course. I haven't really been practicing anything in particular either...
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#20
Quote by captivate
I actually havent been playing any more than i have with my Art & Lutherie. i got it in april, which was when all my teachers decided that it was a good idea to give ISUs(LARGE assignments) for every course. I haven't really been practicing anything in particular either...

Well, I believe that Steve Vai said in an interview that it was entirely possible to practice too much, and that taking a break can sometimes be the best thing for your playing.
Sincerely, Chad.
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