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  • 6 month Anniversary of buying a guitar

    Posted by Cadgirl on April 2, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Today is my 6 month anniversary since buying a guitar (10-2-2020). I have practiced / played every day since then. I played before, some 30 years ago and decided I wanted to revamp my playing. EGADs! It’s a do over. On the plus side I do remember the basic chord shapes, but everything else is a wash. I started downloading some songs that I wanted to learn and it took FOREVER to learn just a couple songs! I started getting bored and it was beginning to not be fun. I started googling Acoustic Pentatonic Scales. A number of help sites came up and then lo and behold…. TAC. It took me a couple of weeks of going back and looking at some of the free stuff Tony offered and I finally joined mid Feb of 2021. I think it was the best thing I did for myself. I feel like I’m learning something now, not just a song, but strums, picks and the fretboard. Having the support group is such a benefit to hear some of their hangups are the same as mine! It’s only been 6 months, but I have gotten over the hurdle and now have more fun playing. Small win? maybe a little bigger 🙂

    Cadgirl replied 3 years, 1 month ago 5 Members · 10 Replies
  • 10 Replies
  • DanJG

    Member
    April 2, 2021 at 7:31 am

    When it’s fun, it’s BIG! Congratulations Cadgirl.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  DanJG.
    • Cadgirl

      Member
      April 2, 2021 at 7:57 am

      Yes, it is more fun now. I’m concentrating right now on the Fretboard Wizard. Some really helpful stuff on that course. Thanks for the congrats.

      • JohnV

        Member
        April 2, 2021 at 8:16 am

        Awesome! The fretboard wizard is a great course for those with zero theory.

        If I may ask, what guitar did you buy 6 months ago? I bought a Taylor 314ce in 2013 for my 50th b-day and love love love it.

        John

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        April 2, 2021 at 9:27 am

        @John , I bought a Martin D10 to start but upgraded to a Martin D28 a couple months later. I really like the guitar, it’s got a nice base… but, it’s a big guitar, I think I would have been better off with a tad smaller guitar. I recently purchased a Cordoba ½ size for a travel guitar. Nice to practice with, nice soft nylon strings too. As for the Taylor, It a great brand. Now for your Taylor 314ce is that a full size or is it a little smaller, I’m not sure? Next time, I’m at the guitar store I’ll take a look at it. I just read the reviews on it and they all said good things J

      • lisa18wheels

        Member
        April 2, 2021 at 4:38 pm

        I have a 314ce, which is a Grand Auditorium shape. It’s a full size body, between a Grand Concert and a Grand Symphony. I also have a Taylor GS-mini and a 717e-WHB Builder’s Edition. This link describes the different Taylor body shapes and sizes:

        https://www.taylorguitars.com/guitars/acoustic/shapes/overview

        • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  lisa18wheels.
      • Cadgirl

        Member
        April 4, 2021 at 3:58 am

        Thanks @lisa18wheels for the link. I wish I would have joined this site when I first started playing, 6 months ago. It would have really opened the door for me to explore other guitar brands.

      • JohnV

        Member
        April 3, 2021 at 12:31 pm

        @cadgirl the lower bout is about the same width as a dreadnought. The upper bout is narrower. I think the depth (front to back) is a bit thinner than a dreadnought as well but maybe 1/2 to 1 inch. Depending on how thin a pick you use, the Taylor will be significantly brighter in tone.

      • Cadgirl

        Member
        April 4, 2021 at 3:50 am

        Thanks @JohnV . My brother was just telling me the same thing about picks. The thickness affects the sound. I’m using a super thin pick. I’m going to get a mix selection next time so I can give them all a try.

        • This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by  Cadgirl.
  • Sharon_T

    Member
    April 2, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations.. that is so awesome. I am glad TAC is giving you everything you had hoped it would. Looking forward to following your progress.

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      April 2, 2021 at 9:35 am

      Yes @MommaTAC , I am very happy with TAC so far. There are so many different type courses offered. BUT NOW!! I want to write my own songs. I’m totally geeked about it. I still have to get over my shyness of playing on-line

      I just read your bio. I see you had a Cordoba too. I just have the ½ size, but I really like it. I can play anywhere and not worry about slamming it into a wall or the side of the desk. It’s also a nice travel companion.

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