I must say that at 52, going back to college and also trying to learn guitar has been very challenging. but I am doin my best to practice and progress even with all the law class homework. being a beginner, i have tried many guitars, i own 18 of em lol, but the best i have tried playing and the one that has rnewed my vigor for learning is my newest addition, ESP EII Mystique, this guitar is totally awesome and the neck has made it much easier for me to play. only other guitar I like playin almost as much would be my Parker. anyway just wanted to say hi and hope we all can help each other learn stuff on these boards. Heres a pic of my new baby.
My very first guitar, that I still have today, was a craftsman travel size acoustic guitar that my dad bought me when I was 7 or 8. I remember being in awe when my dad played guitar so much and was always picking it up, even though I wasn't supposed to touch his guitars, and trying to figure out what was going on with this magical item that made all these colorful emotions and stories through sound painted over silence. He eventually got my step brother and I each the travel size guitars and ever since I've just been fascinated.
I think I would consider GNR as 70's/80's rock n roll/ metal, almost like a fusion but heavier on the hard blues rock side of the spectrum. The only reason I consider it metal in a way is because the licks Slash does some crazy licks that are a bit more than your normal rock licks (aka Rolling Stones, the Beatles, ect...)
Hey bretherin! I just made a new youtube channel for all guitarist to join. I'm doing video lessons for anyone to learn from AND I will be interveiwing local artist in my area in videos soon to come! If you're in a band thats not exactly famous I will also be doing Skype interveiws in the near future. And since I can't post links just look up my name in the search bar and I am the first channel and vid to come up! I would love to see you all there! OH and I am always taking requests for new content to come. Come on and subscribe!
Ah I feel ya man. We all start there. So you've done the right thing! Strings that are comfortable are exactly what you need to start out on. Later on down your road of being a musician you will find that other gauges of string may be beneficial for different turnings. 11's are good for Slash music because he is tuned down a half step on all his strings. May not make sense to you now but it will down the road. But personally. I like the Cobalt Super Slinkys. They last forever AND they physically louder than any other string you will put on your guitar because of the cobalt in them. Give em a shot.
I am learning to play guitar. Currently Taking lessons, so most of the time I'm playing through a clean channel but sometimes I like to play around with high gain settings.
I believe I had 11/49s before but I thought they were to lose, and the low E strings was giving me an awful fret buzz, so I put thicker strings on my low strings. The tension seems fine, the tone is better but they feel thick and awkward compared to my ibanez.
Yeah man I got you. The pentatonic scale is made up of 5 notes in the scale from octave. Hence 'pent'atonic scale. Now without going into too much theory, I'll just call the notes in the pattern via finger number and string by note. Your guitar should be tuned in E standard. So the string order from thickest to thinnest string is E A D G B e. Your index finger will be 1, middle finger 2, and so on. So your standard pattern is E1, E4, A1, A3, D1, D3. E1 and D3 are the same note just an octave apart. To get your fingers moving we are going to make your scale you have learned into a "blues" scale. Don't worry! We are only adding one note =] and that is A2. So once you get used to that here is your riff to help your picking and finger mobility at the same time. And take it PAINFULLY slow at first. Your pattern will be E1, E4, A1, A2, D3, D1, A2, A3, E4, A1. I know that is a lot to take in. But once you get that down and find a good rhythm to it I promise you will be on your way to getting a great song down in no time. And don't forget your up strokes! =]