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  • #16
    Heaps of good advive here , I will just add to tune it every time you play it ,it will help develop your ear . Try to learn a little bit of basic musical theory ,it will help a lot in the long run . Most importantly play play play and have fun with it.

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    • #17
      I'm proud of you. You have fingers that work, so use 'em! (Yeah, I'm a lil jealous. That's ok, still happy for you!)
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      Does This Wheelchair Make My Ass Look Fat?

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      • #18
        Hell so far I haven't even mastered one chord yet! seems like I end up deading one string or another. My son tells me it happens and just takes time to develope. I have always loved music, mainly hard rock so....... I am NOT going to give up on this. got my nails trimmed so short there hurting but it will stop. I should have bought the Hal lenord book while I was there, seems like the things my son's got for me may just be a bit advanced for a old man my age!

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        • #19
          I played guitar for quite a while when young, then stopped for around 10 years. After my accident got back to it and put a cover band together. We do some gigging totally as a side thing, but we have tons of fun and its been great therapy. I am a para, and I am very proud to have overcome the wheelchair challenge, at least as far as the guitar goes. What type of music are you into?

          Anyways, here is a video of a concert we did two weeks ago.......hope you like it!! If you have any questions regarding the guitar, let me know, I´ll do my best to help you, at this stage I have tried a bunch of things related to the guitar and wheelchair. Hope the video thing works.

          T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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          • #20
            By the way, as far as starting out goes, no matter what your goal is with the instrument I strongly believe that you should dedicate a few days to learn basic music theory. You want to learn and understand at least major and minor scale intervals and basic chord formation. This will give you a basic understanding of why your fingers go where they go, and give you the knowledge to understand chord inversions in the future. Also learn every single note on the fretboard, starting with the first five frets. At first all this was very difficult to understand, like mathematics, but once you get it you won´t find it that hard. Beyond that you can get away with that foundation to go into tabs and videos to learn the songs you like. Everything will be much easier once you get beyond the basic theory.

            Just my .02, hope it helps you!
            T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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            • #21
              I like good old Rock, Skynrd, ACDC, Kiss, HAgar Van halen but right now I am just gone to try to learn the chords, then hopefully the rest will come. I kinda hate to wast time though turning 50! wosrt thing my connection is dial-up so downloading is VERY very......slow.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by duge View Post
                my connection is dial-up
                Ouch...! That's worse than sore fingers.

                Paramoto gives some very good advice.. "Learn basic music theory."
                Learn what makes up your chords. Knowing this is the most valuable information. boring at first but so well worth it in the long run and once you start to catch on it gets interesting. Once you know what makes up a chord you can figure out a chord for yourself and not have to have someone show you where it's at on the guitar. Learn the neck of your guitar.. know it.

                If the going gets tough...
                3 keys and a capo..!!

                No matter what... pick up the guitar everyday even if it's just for 10 min. I was doing this for awhile and that is when I was making the most progress, even when I was in a rut, this is the most important time to pick it up anyway.



                T.

                (Makes note: I need to apply my own advice for myself been awhile since I picked up my guitar)
                "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." ~ Acts 2:38

                Endtime Ministries

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                • #23
                  If anyone is interested here is a pic of my garage band and I at our gig at the Hogs Breath cafe ( it was like something out of "Hedwig and the angry inch" , rockin the salad bar ).
                  I usually prefer my tele but am playing a mates strat here.

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                  • #24
                    Great!

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qpfGVUd8c

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                    • #25
                      I meant that. You buddies clearly have fun. Keep on rocking.

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                      • #26
                        Great pic Lurch! Paramoto I'm still trying to download the video

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                        • #27
                          Hey Duge that's awsome, and very inspiring. When I first injured I kinda went thru my bucket list. The guitar was on it. Been kickin' around the idea ever since. My brother-in-law plays, said he'd give me lessons. With an ol' fart like you picking it up at 50 now I just have to being a young verile soon to be 48.
                          Rock On!
                          (Hey can I be a roadie? Man those ladies dancin' in Paramoto's video were SMOKIN' HOT )
                          Does my butt make this diaper look big?

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                          • #28
                            sore fingers is good duge.

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                            • #29
                              Nice photo Lurch. Any band wearing a Led Zeppelin T shirt has to be OK in my book.

                              Duge, we have similar tastes and similar age, I am 45. It´s cool to take any approach you like as long as you have fun and enjoy it. Music helps get my mind off of things and is great therapy. I hope it will do the same for you.

                              Nowadays the internet is an awesome tool. When I started way back the only thing you could rely on was your ears and an occasional tab in guitar magazines. Someone mentioned Justin in youtube, he is usually very accurate and has a lot of useful info. Another worth mentioning is a guy named marcos farhat (I believe) I have found him to be very accurate in his lessons and has two and three screens at times. He is very good also. There are thousands of others, some incredibly talented and some not that much, but you may benefit from most of them.

                              Yeah, I almost forgot, man, Dial up?? That´s gotta be tough. Anyways, the video I put up is Sweet Child of mine played about two weeks ago, part of a 28 song set we did. It doesn´t really show my set up, which is on its third generation. My first one was a huge table I had to have carried around to put my stuff on top. Now I use a carpet covered wood rack rig a friend built for me that is much smaller and easier to use. It all depends on what your goals are. Just go for it. I can´t help but feel happy every time I read here someone is playing or starting to pick up an instrument. There are some very inspiring videos of quads playing awesome slide guitar too. Very motivating.

                              Have a great day!
                              T6 complete (or so I think), SCI since September 21, 2003

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                              • #30
                                Cheers ,now if only we could play like Zepp . We do try to cover "rock and roll " but generally we just stick to originals . 1 to stay within our limitations as musicians and 2 to avoid comparisions with good bands ( like zepp ) .

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