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Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 14:44
by korbain
Yeah man it looks great, i need to finish it badly. Been sitting in my cupboard for a year lol Only one pickup was working, need fix the wiring. Its a nightmare compared to how easy it was to solder humbuckers into my ibanez

Sorry about my post spam! i was trying to edit but kept hitting the fucking quote option haha!

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 14:58
by GamingKen
I'm sure one of the mods will wander by and fix it up :D

Really makes me want too pick up a cheap 2nd hand guitar to strip back and rebuild. This thread is going to cause me to spend money, I just know it... :lol:

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 16:52
by Celticangel82
I play acoustic bass for my husband when he needs me.. usually it's just he, my uncle and I. He loves his guitars.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 18:13
by bender
I been playing for nearly 10 years, but i'm completely self taught. I only played acoustic for the first 5 years, just chords and finger picking. I didn't learn any theory (though i learned a bit of piano when i was young). I then borrowed a friends electric for a few years to muck around on, used guitar rig and my creative sound card with asio support, so there was virtually no input latency. It worked really well, especially with my AD900 headphones.

I stagnated for a long time. Then I bought an electric Fender American Strat 3 years ago, started playing heaps. Being self taught, i didn't really have any proper learning regiment, so i just mucked around heaps and half learned a bunch of songs. When rocksmith 2014 came out, i started to do a bit better, but i couldn't stand the latency and the game was really picky at times. Sometimes i would make blatant mistakes on notes and it would pass them, other times i would play the correct notes, but maybe not quite loud enough and it would fail them. So i gave up learning songs with it, though i did enjoy playing the session mode. Since then, I have steadily (slowly) been learning scale patterns and chord theory. Still couldn't tell you notes on the fretboard, except open strings.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 20:17
by korbain
Mearehear wrote:I'm sure one of the mods will wander by and fix it up :D

Really makes me want too pick up a cheap 2nd hand guitar to strip back and rebuild. This thread is going to cause me to spend money, I just know it... :lol:
Do it man, they're so cheap. I got mine for free, it's not a band brand either! Wood is awesome and it plays well. Let me spend a fair bit on good parts

The pickups i bought from the US, got em all for like 240 dollars including shipping. The dollar was much better then though :p The bridge was pretty expensive, was a gotoh one. Getting is sprayed in the bright orange was cost me $70 through a panel beater friend :D

The ibanez on the other hand...cost me about a grand :?

I hate looking at guitars though, i just wanna buy em all haha
bender wrote:
Im mostly self taught as well man. Used to get basic guitar lessons. Definitely learn scales! I been getting into scales again lately :) Use this site

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php

Just choose your key, scale type, etc. Really useful if you can record like a riff, starting with like a C for example and then jam some C scales over the riff just get your head round how it works :)

Music theory is pretty hard for some people, like me haha But i can write whole songs still.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 21:12
by GamingKen
korbain wrote:I hate looking at guitars though, i just wanna buy em all haha
Same! I'd love to just collect them, but the money that would set me back would be crazy, so I refrain! Definitely going to be looking around for something basic to strip back and rebuild as my own though!
Bookmarking this!
bender wrote:I been playing for nearly 10 years, but i'm completely self taught... <snip> ...Still couldn't tell you notes on the fretboard, except open strings.
Sounds much like myself really. I think many of us fall into patterns like that when teaching ourselves.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 17 Nov 2015, 22:33
by bender
I think guitar is one of those instruments where teaching yourself is pretty doable.
korbain wrote:Im mostly self taught as well man. Used to get basic guitar lessons. Definitely learn scales! I been getting into scales again lately :) Use this site

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php

Just choose your key, scale type, etc. Really useful if you can record like a riff, starting with like a C for example and then jam some C scales over the riff just get your head round how it works :)

Music theory is pretty hard for some people, like me haha But i can write whole songs still.
Scales really helped with my finger strength and dexterity. My hands feel a lot more capable these days, i even notice the difference while typing with my left hand haha.

What i figured out about scales is the major/minor ones all follow the same 5 patterns, but have different notes for different keys:

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So i havn't bothered learning actual scales/keys. When playing to a song, I just play a few notes to find the key (sometimes it takes longer) and figure out which pattern those notes are in. I think i would need to learn the notes on the fretboard before i learned the notes in the scale.

I'm also starting to look at intervals to figure out what works best within the scale for a melody/riff etc.

I have no idea if this is a good way of learning though.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 18 Nov 2015, 23:29
by korbain
There is no real right or wrong man, if it works for you do it. Im sure there are easier ways, but i'm self taught as well haha Its a lot to take in, scales come in handy becaues it gives you a rough idea what notes/frets work together when playing.

When i write stuff, i just use my pedal tuner to see what notes im hitting and match up the 2nd guitar part with. And maybe use that guitar scales site for some idea's on writing a little solo or something :)

I really wish i was better at theory, im a very competent player so it shits me knowing i could be way better with more theory knowledge! haha

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 12 Apr 2016, 04:49
by Matty
Reconnected with old mentor so been playing more seriously lately so figured I'd revive this thread with pictures!

So that's my LAG Jet next to my Line6 spider valve. And a VOX practice amp sitting on top of that.
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And my Sammick acoustic and a Yamaha bass I sort of acquired.
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I've been lusting after a Paul Reed Smith lately but I don't think it's a smart financial decision currently. So tossing up if I should get a looper or a rocksmith cable to record on PC instead :dodgy:

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 12 Apr 2016, 11:22
by Artful-dodgeR
I rock out on a Monterey MU-175 Soprano... Ukulele.

I enjoy my uke much more than I ever did guitars, just more peaceful to strum along to.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 12 Apr 2016, 13:13
by GamingKen
Matty wrote:So tossing up if I should get a looper or a rocksmith cable to record on PC instead :dodgy:
Have you ever looked at a Behringer Guitar Link? I use one and it is great, and comes at a reasonable price ($75 to 85). No latency issues (using ASIO drivers). Works as its own sound device in Windows. Works with all your DAWs, and grants you a copy of Tracktion 4 (though that is free for anyone now I believe). I use mine all the time with Amplitube 4 Custom Shop (free Amplitube where you buy only the components you want) and I am completely happy with it. If you are specifically after something for Rocksmith then it wouldn't be what you want, but I keep hearing bad things about latency with the Rocksmith cable and would be hesitant to grab one of those for any PC recording.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/UCG102-BEHRI ... Swqu9VR9fi

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Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 12 Apr 2016, 13:35
by Matty
The problem is that I can't find software that recreates a looper, so I'd still have to get a looper pedal -.-

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 12 Apr 2016, 13:59
by GamingKen
Amplitube 4 includes a 4 track looper, but you have to have the full version of Amplitube to use it, which is pretty damn expensive. http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/am ... 4cs-looper

Have you looked at VST loopers? I've never used one so I am not sure exactly what you are needing with it, but there seems to be VST Looper plugins out there.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 29 Nov 2016, 16:23
by GamingKen
Anyone still playing, or learning anything? I've been dipping into the new Metallica songs, which are a lot of fun, but I'm rusty as fuck at the moment. Though, I've traded off a lot of game time for guitar time, so hopefully that improves. Did a little test of uploading a cover to YouTube last night, a rough one take thing, but I might do a few more and put some effort into it in future, Putting stuff out into the public viewing might make me put some practice in and sharpen up my shit.


Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 29 Nov 2016, 21:50
by Matty
Mearehear wrote:Anyone still playing, or learning anything?
I've been playing quite a bit. I would of had a new guitar this weekend but I used that money to buy a motorbike :dodgy: I did get a mixer though so I can play over backing tracks, which was one of the best things I got for practice.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 29 Nov 2016, 22:03
by GamingKen
Matty wrote: I've been playing quite a bit. I would of had a new guitar this weekend but I used that money to buy a motorbike :dodgy: I did get a mixer though so I can play over backing tracks, which was one of the best things I got for practice.
Ooo motorbike! That might have won out over a guitar for me too, though eventually I would have killed myself with it, that I'm sure of :shock:
Mixer would be great though! I use Tracktion (DAW) for that which comes in handy too. Plus Youtube has lots of different backing tracks, even things like just drum and bass Metallica songs, that I can convert to MP3 and load up into Tracktion. (or just load up regular songs like I did in the video) Usually my best way of staying interested in practicing, which I am very much in need of again.

Re: Guitars and people who strum them.

Posted: 28 Mar 2017, 11:29
by Disco
I'm in the mood to pick it up again, thinking of signing up for some online lessons via guitartricks, anyone tried them?