I agree with Ursin and Rob here about working on breaking bad habits. However anchoring a pinky on the body of the guitar while finger picking or to obtain a certain attack on the string is not ALWAYS a bad thing. I would certainly not recommend it while playing those fast runs you all are so fond of now days. :)
Hey Rob cool gear indeed. I love that JX5 harness for J-Bass. I hate dickering around with both volume controls all the time. That would be a nice option to not only have 1 volume control but a 5 way switch for parallel, in phase, out of phase etc. Only a hundred bucks too. That would make my little Squier Classic Vibe Jazz bass with Seymour Duncan Hot Jazz-2 pups really sweet.
Oh yeah Fralin's are a great way to go. I'd love some myself. But for the price of a set of Fralin's this guy could buy another Aria Guitar. There are a lot of nice inexpensive guitars out there but a lot of folks starting out fall into the trap of "If I have a more expensive guitar, I will play better" I'll check out the sight you gave the link on and check out prices etc. Thanks Rob
Try www.guitarfetish.com.... They've got some decent low priced tuners and pickups that will save you money instead of buying named brand stuff. Even Sperzel type locking tuners are only $29.95. And the pickups are very decent. Run a google search on them and check out the reviews.
Rob, they've got a cable out there to convert your guitar output to usb and split it to an amp at the same time. That way you'd still have a great guitar with awesome sound instead of this little pos Behringer. My nephew has one and he says it works great.
I like garageband too for recording like in the old direct to tape way. But trying to use loops for creating songs is a pain. Changing chords using the system is very un user friendly. Band in the box is much nicer for this type of thing. Although garageband loops sound great. Anyone know and easy way to create a I IV V progression with garageband loops?
Whoa the Circle of 4ths is even more trippy.... I've got to try that progression. Going from C to F to Bb. Can't wait to get home.
And the theory on playing the scale: "Bingo! The only difference between the C major scale and the F major scale is ONE note. Notice that F major has all white notes just like C. The only difference is one black key and that’s Bb.
So here’s the golden rule.
*********** To get from one key on the circle to the next (going the counter-clockwise direction of C to F to Bb to Eb and so on), just take the 7th note of any scale, lower it a half step, and that gives you the ONLY difference between the current scale and the next one on the circle."
Great explanation Rob. Personally I kick myself late in life for not learning this stuff as a kid. It's always just given me a headache. The Circle of Fifths was baffling me until I found this: http://www.zentao.com/guitar/theory/circle.html And damn now you mention Circle of 4ths, what the heck. One could spend a lifetime on theory and never learn to play or feel music imho. It sounds like the o.p. is bogged down in work and school. I'd suggest he make music classes a part of his curriculum so he will remain diciplined. If not, an easy place to start is the Nashville Number System.
I was asked to help a friend learn guitar awhile back and he was very inquisitive about the theory. Stopping each step of the lesson in order to understand why. I had to realistically let him know I don't know a lot of theory and can't sight read music. It came down to "look do you want to know why or do you want to play guitar" lol. He finally accepted my teachings and enjoys playing in a group now. When he's ready for more advance theory he will be looking up Pebber. After all it was Pebber who on stage would look at me and say "Do this".... My answer? "No, you do that!" It was his way of forcing me to try and take a lead part. I have to say it worked.
As far as his question on thumb placement on the neck, I'll say keeping it behind the neck is a good rule of thumb. But the style of using it on the 6th string has it's merits as well.
Now dang it I've got to go look up Circle of 4ths. Geez you wizards just don't quit. :)
Louie was right you know. And having a public forum like this should give the same courtesy. After all new students are generally the younger crowd with parents paying for their lessons. A lot of parents are not going to appreciate this type of humor and will go elsewhere. The use of such language also creates ill feelings towards one another and sometimes things can be taken in an incorrect way. The written word at times does not reveal the true nature of the person doing the writting and can often be misunderstood. Thus the problems with ending up banning otherwise good people.
That being said "Let's get the Fuck back to playing guitar"
BB King plays a Gibson with a 12" Radius. Thus easier to bend. Classical Guitars bending issues come from the width of the neck. Adam is correct that a 7.25" neck is easier for chording and a 12" radius neck is easier for bending. Relative to Electric Guitars I suppose you could say if you like. That being said I can bend the heck out of either one. Without fretting out too.