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Old 08-09-2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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Ive been messing around with an acoustic Ibanez I have, and I'm trying to get down the first 3 basic chords which I think are the C, D, and G.
The problem Im having is I cant keep my fingers from touching the wrong strings and making buzzing noise.
I know this is a very common problem for beginners. Anyone have any suggestions?
Also any links to some good online instruction would be cool also. Ive been trying to learn from youtube, lol.

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When I first started I had that problem. I just kept practicing and I worked through it. Also if there is someone who can give lessons around you it helps a ton. Just learn how to read tabs and music notes and from there on you can pretty much teach yourself. I also learned my scales and that seemed to help me some too.

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Old 08-09-2009, 07:09 PM   #3
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Bend your fingers into almost a loop and try to keep that arch while you play.
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Old 08-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #4
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Keep working on one chord at a time until you can play it without buzzing and form it without looking at the guitar. Then move to the next chord and repeat.
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And don't forget to work on your transition between chords. If you have to just sit for a while and go back and forth between two or three chords. Once you've gotten those transitions down, try a new chord and transition from the chords you know into that chord.

This made learning a lot easier for me. Also, your fingers might be a little big for that particular guitar... so you might want a guitar with a wider, flatter radius fretboard. I'd go check out some other guitars at a local shop, just to see if you can find one that's easier to play.

Oh, and remember to use your finger tips not the pads of your fingers. You'll get it eventually, just stick with it.
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When you make the chord, strum each string individually. Find out which string you are not fretting correctly. Keep doing that until your chord is right. It just takes time and patience. Don't get frustrated.
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I find that it's especially bad when I need to press the yellow button and the green button at the same time. But I'm getting better!
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What kind of string height does the guitar have? And what guage strings are you using?

As for techniqe, make sure your thumb is on the back of the neck, and you're not "choking" the neck. Make sure the fretboard is vertical and your wrist is below it. Sit down when practicing.
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I find that it's especially bad when I need to press the yellow button and the green button at the same time. But I'm getting better!




i'll have to ask my brother for advice. he is an avid guitar player.
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I find that it's especially bad when I need to press the yellow button and the green button at the same time. But I'm getting better!
power chords are even harder,,,like the split from blue to red! ugh
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What kind of string height does the guitar have? And what guage strings are you using?

As for techniqe, make sure your thumb is on the back of the neck, and you're not "choking" the neck. Make sure the fretboard is vertical and your wrist is below it. Sit down when practicing.
I have no idea about string height or gauge...I jus know its a Ibanez.
I guess Ill just mess with it here and there. I'll get it eventually. Although I am very impatient, lol
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:11 AM   #13
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Also any links to some good online instruction would be cool also. Ive been trying to learn from youtube, lol.
Keep playing, that's the key. Try and pick the guitar up everyday, even if it's only for 10 minutes. I've been playing for about 18 months and it's coming along but the progress is slow and it's often hard to realize you are getting better, so stay with it!

My only regret is that I put off learning for so long but it's never too late. Summer is hard because there are so many other distractions but it's a great winter thing. But even in summer I try and play once or twice a day.

I find Free guitar lessons - justinguitar.com - Learn how to play Guitar free here! a great site for learning. If you look down the left side there is a Beginners Course. Just start at lesson one and work your way through. He has great videos and is very enjoyable to watch. It's free, donate if you want.

Online Guitar Lessons from JamPlay.com, Acoustic and Electric Guitar is also very good but it will cost you about $150 a year. It's not a bad price at all when you consider the quality of the information available. There is a link on justinguitar that will give you a free week.

Good luck and keep on playing
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I tried playing bass when I was younger but I'm just not musically inclined, I can play the harmonica but that's about it, just keep practicing!
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:54 PM   #16
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As a player for 13 years let me give you some advice

1) Start learning notes before progressing on to chords. I'd recommend Mel Bay's Guitar Lessons Grade 1 & 2. They're designed for students, but it breaks every note down. Sounds stupid, bu with the basics you can easily build onto music theory and scale progression. So you begin to rock much faster before sounding Plus, everyone loves a good Twinkle Twinkle Litter Star or Hot Cross Buns

2) Hold your pick the most comfortable way for you. Van Halen is infamous for holding his pick the "incorrect" way, but if it works for you, it works. I hold mine with the pad of my thumb and the side of my index finger. I think the 'official' way is to hold it with your thumb and pad of your index finger, but it's uncomfortable and hinders speed.

3) NEVER allow your thumb to creep over the edge of the top of the neck. When beginning, this is the biggest and worst habit to get into. Plus, when playing chords, laying your palm flat against the back of the neck will contribute to that buzz. Instead, press your thumb to the back of the neck and curl around. When you get good, then you can start putting your hand into a more comfortable position, but for now, you'll develop nothing more then a bad habit.

4) Speed < Consistency. No one cares if your fast if it sounds like shit. Start slow then progress. Same with chords and scales, if you look at the neck, so what, better then sounding like a steaming pile of turds.

5) When you hit the don't stop playing, there are going to be a few times this will happen. From notes --> chords --> scales --> soloing, it happens to the best of us and you will get bored. That's so just keep going with it. Playing guitar well doesn't happen overnight.

6) Say to your pinkie! On your left hand (or right depending) that pinkie cannot be ignored. If the song calls to be played with the pinkie, USE your pinkie, DO NOT HALF ASS THIS. If you do, what results is what I'm dealing with now where you curl the pinkie under while playing and have to slide up and down the neck.

7) Don't stick to one genre of music. It's the worst thing you could possibly do, and if you look at any professional guitar player Zakk Wylde , Slash Yngwie Malsteem, Burton160w you decipher that everything they play takes roots from various sources, be it jazz, blues, or rock foundations. I have just as much throwing in a little Stevie Ray Vaughn or George Thoroughgood as I do Job for a Cowboy and Black Label Society Plus it makes your own riffs and solos unique.

8) SCALES! SCALES! SCALES! Learn 'em from major to minor from blues to jazz. Play 'em over and over and over and increase speed. This is your foundation for solos and so don't skimp on scales. Grab some drum loops and just play scales to 'em.

Other then that, have fun and please feel free to ask me any questions! Make sure to switch up your artists, but for beginners oddly enough check out Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their music is mainstream and everyone knows 'em, but it's simple enough for beginners to challenege themselves with. Also sublime, the girls LOVE sublime

And GOODLUCK from one Ibanez player to another (I'll take my Ibanez over my Gibson anyday)
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listen to burton.
dont be lazy.
pick it up every day.
dont be lazy.

biggest thing i would say is to learn the notes and where
they are on the fretboard BEFORE learning anything else.

this is the harder way to learn, but the payoff is astronomical.
also, learm to count time in your head, even if its strumming
one chord in 4/4 time.
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listen to burton.
dont be lazy.
pick it up every day.
dont be lazy.

biggest thing i would say is to learn the notes and where
they are on the fretboard BEFORE learning anything else.

this is the harder way to learn, but the payoff is astronomical.
also, learm to count time in your head, even if its strumming
one chord in 4/4 time.
Absolutely! I didn't think of this, but if you are rhythmically challenged go pick up a cheap metronome, don't simply rely off of listening to the song. And yes please, pick it up everyday. And TUNE, TUNE, AND TUNE! Get a decent tuner for your acoustic and tune it every time you play. You'll get a sense of pitch and eventually be able to tune by ear.
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At least with those three chords you can play The House of the Rising Sun, the song any beginning guitarist can learn. If you don't know that song, you're too young.

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