Re: Right hand picking position
Thanks MindWalker & Bones. I (long ago) lived in Juarez, Mexico and watched a guitar player who simply strolled into the bar, set a chair on the small stage and began playing (I guess there are Spanish scales?) what sounded like a western show down. At times he played very fast and then there were times that the guitar "whispered". It was a great performance. If I recall correctly none of his strings were metal.
I am a beginning guitar player. I have had no lessons as I cannot afford them. I grew up in the 50's & 60's in East St. Louis, Illinois and I've listened to blues (and country when my dad played his albums) as well as growing up with Motown hits all around me.
I am nearing 60 years old. In my youth I sang in an 80's pop band. I had a good voice and found it easy. Not the case with the guitar. I am slowly learning but most guitar, (the freebee websites) playing vids I check out assume the listener has a basic grasp on music, or at least the guitar. Not me! Nada! Zip! About all I knew was which hand to hold the pick in.
Now I can play the "A" scale all the way up and down the neck. I have also used (especially when just jamming to a back track) the Pentatonic scale with some success. I practice picking as I am finding how one (attacks?) the strings also makes a major difference.
I am playing many chords but I can't seem to memorize them all by name.
So, any suggestions to free tutorial sites anyone knows that start with the BASICS! Any other tips about playing the lead in a blues band would be helpful and appreciated. I am learning the hard way, (no real musical knowledge and no teacher) and I am eager to start/join a band. There is a local band that (when I can get to them) lets me sit in and watch as they re-hearse(sp?). But they don't let me try to play along so I am stifled. These guys don't even want to answer any questions. They set up, drink (for the most part) beer and smoke some pot and play like hell. They laugh when they screw up but often I didn't catch how they messed up.
That's why I found this website as it not only has players, but a lot of Ibanez players. So ANY info on basics would be helpful to me.
How necessary is it to learn to read music? I know that Buddy Guy, Hendrix, Albert King and several giants were playing when they couldn't read music.
Is there a system that allows one to more easily learn chords as opposed to memorizing them?
I know these are probably inane questions for most of you. I cannot stress enough how early in the process I am and how badly I wish to learn the guitar. (and quickly).
I have been a martial arts instructor for the last 26 years and am wanting to turn that over to my wife and get the blues band thing going. I've always chased dreams, caught up to many of them and this has become my biggest dream ever. I am starving. I practice a lot but have very little understanding of what I am doing. My fingertips are well calloused and I'm still trying to widen my left hand to play barre(?) chords.
So my next question is does anyone have any tips that will help with both picking and playing rhythm, (as well as a way to more easily remeber the names of the chords I am playing?)
Did I mention that I don't know squat about playing the guitar? Thanks in advance to anyone willing to share info with me.
Last edited by Billy G. Blackard; 04-23-2011 at 09:25 AM.