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  • just starting out

    Posted by ckinglearning1963 on June 5, 2024 at 7:14 am

    I want to try moving my fingers from the second frett to the third, then the fourth, one pick at a time, to get the feel and get accustomed to the string placement. I seem to put too much pressure on the string, locking up my progress. My fingers are short and stubby. Chording looks and feels impossible right now. But I am doing ten ten-minute playtime, maybe twice a day, so far to build up my finger strength and stop cramping. OUCH.

    ckinglearning1963 replied 22 hours, 34 minutes ago 5 Members · 5 Replies
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  • John_Bolling_Hall

    June 5, 2024 at 12:36 pm

    Give it time and be patient. Every time you pick up your guitar you will improve a little, enjoy the journey.

  • ProbablyBryan

    June 5, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    Learning the guitar is learning anything.

    I know how to Swing dance, but it took me about a YEAR to just “get” it. You need to lead another dancer and dance to the music; there is rhythm, the floor, other dancers, the temperature in the room, your muscles, and a bit more!

    At least, with a guitar, it’s not moving around, and you’re just sitting there.

    My point is: It’ll take time. Like anything. Learn to crawl, then stand, then walk.

    Really, it’s that easy.

    How do I know this? I began this past January. It took a while to learn the chord changes (there is still trouble from D to C, but it’s “getting there”).

    After “failing” the F-chord (the Barre F), one day, it “just worked”!

    So: Take. Your. Time. (That’s it.)

  • Loraine

    June 5, 2024 at 7:49 pm

    @ckinglearning1963 Welcome to the TAC community. The others have given great advice. Guitar is not an easy instrument to learn, but it’s not impossible. I learned the true meaning of patience and perseverance the first few years. As difficult as and even impossible as it might seem at the beginning , if you are consistent, put in at least the minimum per day, you will progress. It may seem impossibly slow at first, but then all of a sudden things fall into place and feels like it is the most natural thing. Really celebrate the small wins, especially at the beginning. They will show you that you’re moving in the right direction.

  • HammerTime

    June 12, 2024 at 10:40 am

    To summarize the 3 previous posters: Be patient.

    To summarize Tony: Its a journey, not a destination.

    So relax, keep it fun, and bask in the enjoyment of the journey that awaits you.

  • ckinglearning1963

    June 17, 2024 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for your input, and just a point. I took my guitar to a repair shop because it did not sound right. I found out my string bridge was set too high, and the strings were lowered, thus improving the need to force the strings to make the right sounds.

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