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Old 12-15-2015, 02:13 PM
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Default One Year Ago Today I Bought My First Guitar

...and began learning how to play. Inspired by my first ever biopsy and it turned out negative, I decided it was time to look at some things I wanted to do for myself but had just been putting them off.

I recorded a one year anniversary sound clip of my progress and it's a little rough but here it is:

https://soundcloud.com/andy-elliott-...versary-medley

00:00 Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison
00:34 Knocking on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
01:07 Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
01:38 Arpeggio / Noodle by me
02:02 Outside - Staind
02:42 Turn The Page - Bob Seger
03:38 Proud Mary - CCR
03:52 House of the Rising Sun - Animals
04:30 Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
04:59 Run to You - Bryan Adams


Hey freedbaby, consider this a challenge.....you being the new stage star and all....
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Awesome! You are inspiring.
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Cool deal, sounds great for only a year.

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great progress. are you taking lessons?
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Very cool. What guitar did you get, and do you recommend it for a beginner?
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Yes I'm taking lessons, books and youtube are not enough.

As far as the guitar I walked into the Guitar Center just as ignorant as I can be about the whole thing and left with Yamaha FG700S which is around the $200 range. Solid top and good tone although the action is high right out the box which is expected for a high production made in China guitar. Yes I would recommend for a beginner.
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That's great it will be a year February for me but I played drums for 40 years and just decided I was done with it. I've got a great teacher and he is taking me farther than I really wanted to go. Stick with it and practice only on the days that you eat. Lol
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FYI, Old Crow Medicine Show is the artist for Wagonwheel, Bob Dylan wrote the chorus
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Dem's fightin words

Sounds awesome...now just gotta get you to play them lungs along with that GEE-Tar
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Dem's fightin words

Sounds awesome...now just gotta get you to play them lungs along with that GEE-Tar
Singing is the hard part! I can't do either. Nice work!
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I got my first guitar about 60 years ago and played my last song in the fall of 1967. I haven't touched one since then.
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I don't know if you guys already use it but I have the app Onsong and love it. I uploaded all my music charts to it and made notes on them before I uploaded. You can sink your music to it and also change the speed of the scrolling plus a few more things. Its nice to have everything on your Ipad.

Also if you are trying to learn a song the app Anytune lets you slow it down so you can pick up the strum pattern easier , you can also change the key the song is in so you don't have to tune your guitar and can just play with standard tuning.

These are just two apps that are helping to keep all my music neat and help me practice.
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Originally Posted by BaBa Bouy View Post
I don't know if you guys already use it but I have the app Onsong and love it. I uploaded all my music charts to it and made notes on them before I uploaded. You can sink your music to it and also change the speed of the scrolling plus a few more things. Its nice to have everything on your Ipad.

Also if you are trying to learn a song the app Anytune lets you slow it down so you can pick up the strum pattern easier , you can also change the key the song is in so you don't have to tune your guitar and can just play with standard tuning.

These are just two apps that are helping to keep all my music neat and help me practice.
That onsong looks pretty cool, I just use guitar tabs app, it's pretty good and you can scroll, etc. it's pretty easy to find any halfway known song and the tabs r free bc they are user submitted. The downside is that they are often wrong and some will take short cuts etc for chorus so you have to scroll back up. I've submitted a few tabs for songs I wanted to make sure are right.

Where do you get tabs to import into onsong? It also looks like you can add backing tracks, does anyone know where you get backing tracks?

Good job on your guitar learning and agree the hardest part is singing, at least for me, some guys probably naturally can do it. I can live with my guitar playing all my effort goes into trying to learn to sing on key and hit higher notes, tough and very slowly getting better.
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Congrats on the progress. I kind of did the same thing 6 or 8 years ago (in my early 40's) but unfortunately have been on and off and never really got very good at it. I still love to play but life doesn't seem to have enough time for all of my hobbies and my work and family. Keep at it.
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That onsong looks pretty cool, I just use guitar tabs app, it's pretty good and you can scroll, etc. it's pretty easy to find any halfway known song and the tabs r free bc they are user submitted. The downside is that they are often wrong and some will take short cuts etc for chorus so you have to scroll back up. I've submitted a few tabs for songs I wanted to make sure are right.

Where do you get tabs to import into onsong? It also looks like you can add backing tracks, does anyone know where you get backing tracks?

Good job on your guitar learning and agree the hardest part is singing, at least for me, some guys probably naturally can do it. I can live with my guitar playing all my effort goes into trying to learn to sing on key and hit higher notes, tough and very slowly getting better.
I go on ultimate guitar tabs to find the song I want then find the one that has the best tabs. If you go to print I copy and paste it to Microsoft word doc and I can change or add anything I like. I also have Drop Box and that is where I save it. Onsong links up with Drop Box and you can download it from there, add the music and you are all set. Takes all of 30 seconds.


With Onsong you can create different set list . Last time I played out my buddy just sent me the set list and I uploaded it to Onsong and I was ready to roll with out having to add each song. Defiantly worth the money to keep you organized.


After playing drums for 40 years guitar is coming pretty easy because I've always had great timing and never over played. Being able to read music helped too but I cannot stress having a good teacher I am on my second one because the first one was a KooK. The one I have now has a degree and music and really understands the walk before you run attitude.
So for all these years I use to sit behind the band now I'm up front and loving it.
Keep at it and I find if I get frustrated then just walk away from the instrument or take a day off, you will be surprised at how well you play when you pick it back up on a fresh start.
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I go on ultimate guitar tabs to fine the song I want then find the one that has the best tabs. If you go to print I copy and paste it to Microsoft word doc and I can change or add anything I like. I also have Drop Box ant that is where I save it. Onsong links up with Drop Box and you can download it from there, add the music and you are all set. Takes all of 30 seconds.


With Onsong you can create different set list . Last time I played out my buddy just sent me the set list and I uploaded it to Onsong and I was ready to roll with out having to add each song. Defiantly worth the money to keep you organized.


After playing drums for 40 years guitar is coming pretty easy because I've always had great timing and never over played. Being able to read music helped too but I cannot stress having a good teacher I am on my second one because the first one was a KooK. The one I have now has a degree and music and really understands the walk before you run attitude.
So for all these years I use to sit behind the band now I'm up front and loving it.
Keep at it and I find if I get frustrated then just walk away from the instrument or take a day off, you will be surprised at how well you play when you pick it back up on a fresh start.
That's awesome, I'm going to download that and try it out. Are there any program for drums or do use onsong for that too?

I would need to learn scales to get better at guitar to play more solo stuff and I just don't have the energy, I'm happy just doing my thing on an acoustic I can play along with just about anything and can figure most songs out in a few minutes.

I would agree when I put it down for a week and pick it up Its always easier on the tougher stuff
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As far as drums Ive been playing so long and have been in so many bands that it is just second nature to me so I do not know of any apps out there but then again I have never looked. I was always synced with the base player so he/she was my app. But then again practice practice practice. Teaching has evolved so much over the years when I started you had a practice pad and that was it, when you got your first kit like a year later it was a big deal, now they are teaching on a kit right from the start.

Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa were idols when I was young then I was introduced to" Devil Music" LOL and the John Bonham's , Niel Pert's took over.

I'm with you though just happy playing rhythm and pretty much only play the acoustic as since that is harder to play that is what I want to become proficient in. I have seen a bunch of guys just pick up electrics but suck on acoustic. Electric will come in time and hopefully so will those damn bar chords!
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Many thanks. Yes Old Crow Medicine Show and Bob Dylan....song has a lot of history.

As far as singing goes.......maybe one day but there is no guarantee this will be an improvement. Right now I can only sing a few of these songs to myself, the rest I either have to stop playing or stop singing.....coordination just isn't there yet.
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Singing and playing is one of the hardest things to accomplish. The best way to start is first learn the song forward, back ward, sideways etc. You do not want to be concentrating on what the next chord is you want to automatically be going there, play it with your eyes closed. Once you have this mastered you will no longer be concentrating on your hand movements or strumming then the singing will come easier. Time and practice is all it takes.
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As far as drums Ive been playing so long and have been in so many bands that it is just second nature to me so I do not know of any apps out there but then again I have never looked. I was always synced with the base player so he/she was my app. But then again practice practice practice. Teaching has evolved so much over the years when I started you had a practice pad and that was it, when you got your first kit like a year later it was a big deal, now they are teaching on a kit right from the start.

Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa were idols when I was young then I was introduced to" Devil Music" LOL and the John Bonham's , Niel Pert's took over.

I'm with you though just happy playing rhythm and pretty much only play the acoustic as since that is harder to play that is what I want to become proficient in. I have seen a bunch of guys just pick up electrics but suck on acoustic. Electric will come in time and hopefully so will those damn bar chords!
Bar chords will be easy if u ever pick up an electric I have played the acoustic so long I'm probably worse on a electric I bend the strings too much
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