Anifa Posted September 30, 2003 Share Posted September 30, 2003 Since I'm now taking guitar lessons, along with my daughter since my son backed out, I'll be asking questions here and there. Some may be as dumb as "what kind of strings do you use?" or other questions that experienced guitarists take for granted. I know there has been a lot of heckling about the dumb questions that get asked, so I'm just going to ask that those experienced who think it's a joke to ask novice questions to avoid this thread and not make fun of it. On the other hand, those seasoned players willing to offer advice and answer questions will be appreciated. I'm just an old foggie that somehow got roped into learning to play the guitar to inspire and assist my daughter in her learning to play. I'll be using the guitar I bought for my son, hoping that he'll pick the interest back up once he see me and my daughter jam after learning to play. If he does, then I'll buy another guitar. My first question that I neglected to ask or catch the answer to during the first lesson is; How often, and for how long do we need to practice? Our lessons are once a week, and we started out with 3 chords to practice. Em Am and C Also, I stopped by a friends house on the way home from practice to show him the guitars that I had bought. With him being an experienced guitarist that I've jammed with as a keyboardist, he thought it was cool that I was taking lessons. He wanted me to show him what I had learned, and then corrected me as I was playing the C chord. He said that you leave the 6th string off when playing a C chord. I was playing all 6 strings during practice and not aware that I needed to leave off the 6th string. Is this correct to only play strings 1 through 5 when playing a C? I don't want to practice it wrong all week long, and then find out that it needs to be the other way. Also, I don't want an outsider to confuse my lessons with an experienced instructor either. My third and last question for now is; What can I do to ease the pain of tender fingers? When I went to practice a little this afternoon, it was like setting my fingertips on hot coals when I applied pressure to the strings. Is there anything that will help the break in process go smoother? Thanks in advance for the answers and for not jumping all over some ole' foggie, who is serious about learning to play, for asking dumb questions. You can take the man away from his music, but you can't take the music out of the man. Books by Craig Anderton through Amazon Sweetwater: Bruce Swedien\'s "Make Mine Music" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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