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I'm a developer for pay and a guitarist for fun.


Oct
29
awarded  guitar
Oct
28
answered Guitar for super-small hands?
Oct
28
comment Is it important for a guitarist to know how to use a pick?
I was responding to this: "I strum very hard and I'm afraid that my guitar strings would break from the pick." Playing hard might occasionally break strings if you're Godzilla or play with a metal pick, but breaking strings comes more from string age, metal fatigue and problems with the instrument. Never meant to imply Pete doesn't play with a pick, just that the worry is not well founded.
Oct
28
answered Is it important for a guitarist to know how to use a pick?
Oct
28
answered Why learn scales? What are they for?
Oct
25
answered How can I prevent the noise my guitar pick makes?
Oct
5
comment How do I chose my first electrical guitar?
Also, if the fret ends stick out of the neck and cut your hand, that's a problem.
Oct
1
comment Can I play a regular guitar as a Lap Steel by replacing its strings with steel strings?
The action of my acoustic is naturally high enough that I can play steel on it, without a nut extender. Not that this is how it should be. Be aware that you can get something playable like this, but for what we normally think of for this style, you really want something with a resonator.
Sep
27
comment Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?
I'd point out that Jerry Garcia and Phil Keaggy lost part of their picking hands.
Sep
22
comment Violin strings breaking in fingerboard area
With the addition of the "strings unwinding", I have an unrelated answer to my previous answer. I used to play acoustic in an otherwise electric band, and I would play hard so I could hear myself, and I would play with a brass pick to sound brighter, so I could hear myself. I got to the point of getting an unwound G string for my acoustic, just so the windings wouldn't break and split. That is very unusual. It only happened with me when I was playing hard with what amounted to a small brass knife. There is something, and I have no idea what, that's going on with your strings.
Sep
21
answered Violin strings breaking in fingerboard area
Sep
20
comment Why does the D string in a guitar breaks so often?
The most common string to break for me, before I learned to tune, was the E because I overtighten it. Once I got better at tuning, I started first grinding then popping the G string, but that was because I was swinging hard and using a brass pick which was sharpening against the strings, which is not a common case. I only break the low E when there's a problem with the string manufacturer. Which can and does happen. If the D string breaks often for you, talk to your repair guy.
Sep
16
answered What methods can I use to aid note accuracy when playing a Theremin
Sep
15
answered Does this guitar tuning have a name?
Sep
9
comment Is it possible for the unwound strings wear faster than the wound strings on a Guitar?
I agree. When I lose a string, I usually use that as an indicator that the others are about ready to go, too.
Sep
9
answered How can I learn Soukous guitar?
Sep
7
comment How do you identify a good guitar?
Thing is, if a person wants to play like Jimi, no acoustic will satisfy her, and if a person wants play delicate acoustic to accompany a voice like Joni Mitchell, few electrics are up to that task and they're expensive, and Joni went MIDI and electric way late. They're distinct instruments and not too comparable.
Sep
7
answered How do you identify a good guitar?
Sep
7
answered How to do “metal” harmonics (pinch etc)
Sep
7
answered What is the proper action height when your guitar is tuned in standard C?