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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #425 on: April 13, 2020, 01:26:11 pm »
Do you have a clearly marked metal ruler whose leading edge counts as zero?
Use this to check the height of your strings above the 12th fret.  Position the ruler at a perpendicular to the fret and measure to the underside of the string.
A ball park set of figures would be 1.5-1.7mm for the high E and 1.9-2.1mm for the Low E. The other strings should be thereabouts in a slight curve to match the radius of your fingerboard.
Just done a quick measure and I have approx. 4-5mm between 12th fret and strings. May not be 100% accurate, bit not far off. This is for a Tanglewood acoustic guitar.

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #426 on: April 13, 2020, 01:29:29 pm »
Just done a quick measure and I have approx. 4-5mm between 12th fret and strings. May not be 100% accurate, bit not far off. This is for a Tanglewood acoustic guitar.

And how much neck relief do you have?
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #427 on: April 13, 2020, 03:24:11 pm »
And how much neck relief do you have?
I'm afraid I don't know what that means!

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #428 on: April 13, 2020, 05:45:52 pm »
Relief is the amount of bow you have in the neck.
Put a capo on the first fret, press down on the 12 fret E string.
You should be able to almost slide your thinnest pick between the 7th fret
and the E string. The string should barely life up from the pick.

DONOT TRY AND LOWER THE ACTION ON YOUR GUITAR BY RAISING THE RELIEF.
This is a pretty good video to help you deside wheather or not you want to try doing
your own set up
https://youtu.be/6DpLRfbv9ok






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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #429 on: April 13, 2020, 06:13:10 pm »


DONOT TRY AND LOWER THE ACTION ON YOUR GUITAR BY RAISING THE RELIEF.


But if you have too much relief that needs to be sorted first before you attack your bridge with 200 grit emery.

Relief, action, intonation
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #430 on: April 13, 2020, 10:01:56 pm »
Hi Paul. I’m 2 years into this so I’m clearly no expert, but I think you’ve got things the wrong way round. My opinion would be to follow the online lessons and use the song app to compliment those. The Beginner’s course is very structured and gives the foundations for what follows.
However, everyone is different and if what you’re doing works for you then stick at it. If you’re enjoying what you’re learning and seeing positive progress then that’s great.

Thanks for the feedback. Think I'm going to look through the Online BC

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #431 on: April 18, 2020, 04:28:55 pm »
Hey guys on the chord beat exercises are we looking for perfect chords everytime is it more a long the lines of the one minute changes where the odd bum chord doesnt matter?

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #432 on: April 18, 2020, 04:43:54 pm »
Hey guys on the chord beat exercises are we looking for perfect chords everytime is it more a long the lines of the one minute changes where the odd bum chord doesnt matter?
Your aim should always be to try for perfect chords. Of course you won’t always achieve it but there is no point practising sloppy playing.
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #433 on: April 18, 2020, 04:53:53 pm »
The end goal of any exercise is to get it perfect with no mistakes.
When you first start any exercise you will make mistakes. If you keep
practicing these mistakes you will continue making them.

We're all human and nobody is perfect so mistakes will happen. Do they matter?
Yes they do. The exercise is so you get good enough not tl make them.

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #434 on: May 11, 2020, 12:33:01 pm »
Transitioning from sitting to playing acoustic guitar standing up.
I haven't seen much here about this and seems to have its challenges
where it is no longer as easy or impossible to see your fretboard.
I've only recently started standing up after 9 weeks of sitting, beginner here so
watching the fretboard and finger placing seems normal .
I do like standing up playing . It seems easier to keep the rhythm going with
foot tapping and moving around some.
Any tips or is it just a matter of practice and memorizing your way around the fretboard ?
 Been playing with strap adjustments trying to get the ideal height but don't seem to be there yet.




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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #435 on: May 11, 2020, 06:40:33 pm »
So this is an interesting one for me as I've been playing pretty much 8 years and hadn't really stood up to play at all until last Oct/Nov...in all honesty it was pretty easy and after a few hours just felt as natural as playing sitting down. I guess from my perspective it may have been easier because I'm a bit more of seasoned player so don't need to look at the fret board quite as much (although you'll see in my recent videos I still do standing up).

I can't really think of any tips other than the obvious that you need to have a strap, make sure its firmly attached (strap locks are good) and that the guitar is at a comfortable height.
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #436 on: May 11, 2020, 07:29:35 pm »
I found it more difficult than Rossco. I think I played sitting down for several years before I tried standing up, so looking at the fretboard wasn't really an issue. Bopping around was, and felt like a workout. Now I can play the whole time standing, so it's something you get used to.

Maybe just work on getting through one song, and sit for the rest. Then try adding a second one as that first one gets easier. I still usually sit for finger picking songs. It just seems more natural.

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #437 on: May 13, 2020, 08:24:41 am »
Hello all,
Complete begginer here, guitar coming in a week or two,
Left it late to learn, 53 year old,
Any tips or advice welcome ,
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #438 on: May 13, 2020, 08:41:19 am »
Hi Derek, welcome to the forum.Tip .. follow the beginners course and stick with it.
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #439 on: May 13, 2020, 10:51:43 am »
Hello all,
Complete begginer here, guitar coming in a week or two,
Left it late to learn, 53 year old,
Any tips or advice welcome ,
Thanks.

Which guitar have you ordered ?
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #440 on: May 13, 2020, 11:24:00 pm »
Which guitar have you ordered ?
Would post pic but cant....
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #441 on: May 14, 2020, 08:23:09 am »
Nice Derekmr...My HB Tele was certainly better than I expected.

As Close says follow the beginner course. You'll probably fine you can watch the lessons a lot quicker than you can apply them in the early stages e.g. you might watch the lessons on A chord, C chord, D chord quite quickly but it'll take you a little while to get proficient. Spend the time practicing and getting them "good enough" to move to the next stage.

Don't forget the aim is to learn songs so make sure that onces you've got 2-3 chords under your belt you start trying...it wont necessarily be great, you'll probably be slow and hesitant BUT it'll be a start. I also find it drives me harder to learn a song than just do practice routines. As you progress through the stages you'll probably find yourself learning songs aligned with previous stage whilst you learn new things in the current stage.

There is not set time for completing the beginner course. It depends on any previous experience and the time you have. Typically anything between 6 months and 15 months is not untypical (for the classic beginner course). Try and spend a little time each day practicing, it really helps. You'll find you can only manage short period of time at the start 15 -30 mins so try and squeeze it in.

Justin's website has songs associated with each stage of learning so take a look at those and pick your favourite for the stage you are learning (or have learnt).

There is a big community on this forum. Explore the Audio and Video of You Playing part and see what others have achieved...when you feel ready contribute.

Above all have fun and stick at it.
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #442 on: May 14, 2020, 11:50:42 am »
Thanks
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #443 on: May 16, 2020, 07:06:31 pm »
Hello All,

Dumb question here, but I am at the easy song part on beginner s1 and learning on electric guitar.  Are all of those songs meant to be played on acoustic?  What songs out of the s1 song books should i focus on for electric? 

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #444 on: May 17, 2020, 07:36:08 am »
Hello All,
Dumb question here, but I am at the easy song part on beginner s1 and learning on electric guitar.  Are all of those songs meant to be played on acoustic?  What songs out of the s1 song books should i focus on for electric? 
No it doesn’t matter whether you play electric or acoustic, if electric just keep to a clean tone and just play!
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #445 on: July 04, 2020, 11:51:25 am »
hello everybody, I'm new and currently on Day 4 of my journey with Justinguitar and in learning Guitar more in general. I have ZERO musical experience and I'm currently getting mad with my transitioning between A chord and D chord. It's amazing how things get better when you put your time in. Every day it feels better and easier. That's promising.

I'm using a Fender CD60-S, I hope it's a good acustic guitar to start with.

Question for those who have been using the Justinguitar app: did it make a big difference in your learning progress? I'm happy to invest in my learning, I just want to invest in the right things.

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #446 on: July 04, 2020, 02:55:16 pm »
hello everybody, I'm new and currently on Day 4 of my journey with Justinguitar and in learning Guitar more in general. I have ZERO musical experience and I'm currently getting mad with my transitioning between A chord and D chord. It's amazing how things get better when you put your time in. Every day it feels better and easier. That's promising.

I'm using a Fender CD60-S, I hope it's a good acustic guitar to start with.

Question for those who have been using the Justinguitar app: did it make a big difference in your learning progress? I'm happy to invest in my learning, I just want to invest in the right things.

thanks

I have the same guitar as you and too was a complete beginner last September. Whilst there maybe way better guitars I’ve found it more than adequate to start learning on. One thing I did do early on following advice from the folk on this forum was to get it set up properly by a luthier and had thinner strings fitted. Both of these will make it easier to play and kinder on a new players soft finger tips.

I use the classic beginners course books including the songbook but also use the App solely for the vast number of songs available to play along to.
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #447 on: July 05, 2020, 01:32:10 am »
I started with Justin in Dec. and have used the app since about March. I highly recommend it. You will be playing real songs in no time. IMO, the best feature of the app is that you can slow the tempo of the song down to a comfortable, doable speed for you and then increase as your playing gets better. Good luck!
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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #448 on: July 05, 2020, 10:25:27 am »


Question for those who have been using the Justinguitar app: did it make a big difference in your learning progress? I'm happy to invest in my learning, I just want to invest in the right things.

thanks

I can't really talk about results yet as I'm only on day 4 myself but I have been using the app and I would definitely recommend it just for the sake of enjoyment.  I'm following the routines in the practice assistant, and doing all the one minute changes etc, but hacking my way slowly through an actual song is definitely the bit of the practice I am enjoying the most.  I find it pretty satisfying to play along to real music, even if I do need to slow it right down at this stage  :)

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Re: BC-101 • Common beginners questions answered
« Reply #449 on: July 09, 2020, 03:37:55 pm »
hello everybody, I'm new and currently on Day 4 of my journey with Justinguitar and in learning Guitar more in general. I have ZERO musical experience and I'm currently getting mad with my transitioning between A chord and D chord. It's amazing how things get better when you put your time in. Every day it feels better and easier. That's promising.

I'm using a Fender CD60-S, I hope it's a good acustic guitar to start with.

Question for those who have been using the Justinguitar app: did it make a big difference in your learning progress? I'm happy to invest in my learning, I just want to invest in the right things.

thanks

I've used the website and the app, though I haven't used the app in about 6 months (wasn't playing during that time).  For some things I found the website easier, and some the app.

The app is great for playing along with songs because of how you can vary the tempos.  Charting the 1 minute changes is also nice.  But it's a real pain in the butt to have to pick up the phone, click things, then get it re-positioned where I can see its comparatively tiny screen, and do all that while trying to play guitar. It's also very inflexible in terms of skipping ahead of bits you learned before buying the app, or going back and forth in the later stages when you know things well enough to move on, but there are 1 or 2 things you want to keep working on or revisit.  Ultimately, the app was frustrating to me.

Now that the beginner course has been revamped and the practice scheduler has been added, I think I prefer it.  I like the bigger screen, less fussing with the computer than the phone, fantastic practice scheduler, etc. 

Try them both. I think everyone will feel differently about which they prefer and for what, and it probably will also depend on how far into the course people have progressed.

 

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