• Would learning a song far above your skill level until you can do it be a good way to learn to play an instrument?

    I'm not a beginner to music in general (I played the cello for four years before quitting and now play the guitar and viola at a beginner level but I don't really care for it but I still get one or two hours of playing time a week, plus I don't actually own either of the instruments) but I've played... show more
    I'm not a beginner to music in general (I played the cello for four years before quitting and now play the guitar and viola at a beginner level but I don't really care for it but I still get one or two hours of playing time a week, plus I don't actually own either of the instruments) but I've played the ukulele maybe a few times and I want to have intermediate skill in it. My question is that if you played a song that was way above your level until you could play it, would that be an okay form of practice? I don't get very easily frustrated, and I've figured out how to play a few songs on the viola by remembering the notes if that is any good indicator on how this method would work out for me.
    5 answers · 16 hours ago
  • Why is homosexuality destroying English traditional family values?

    Best answer: The Adams Family and The Munsters make gay families sound even more macabre - where did it all go so wrong, with legal blessing too.
    Best answer: The Adams Family and The Munsters make gay families sound even more macabre - where did it all go so wrong, with legal blessing too.
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Why does my wrist suddenly hurt from playing guitar?

    Best answer: Good Q, VG. Your open profile (thanks for that) indicates you're a 16 yr old male, with athletic and health interests, so here we are. I'm a very old man who's played lots since about 1963 (age 17). First off, stop playing until it doesn't hurt to. Until/unless you are gigging and have to play... show more
    Best answer: Good Q, VG. Your open profile (thanks for that) indicates you're a 16 yr old male, with athletic and health interests, so here we are. I'm a very old man who's played lots since about 1963 (age 17).
    First off, stop playing until it doesn't hurt to. Until/unless you are gigging and have to play through pain sometimes, nothing is served by suffering.
    So then, "why" has this happened? I can't address changes your still-maturing body is going through, your diet and nutrition, and possible sports field injuries you may not have thought much of at the time. Just a focus on the guitar...

    Many (self-taught) players practice sitting on the edge of a bed or chair, all hunched up, which puts one's body in an unhealthy position. Instead, use a harder, armless chair, or better yet a stool. Even better, use a guitar strap (with your guitar's best friend, strap-locs), get set to play standing up, then rest your behind on that stool.

    Try to find a comfortable position where the guitar is about over your belly button, neck up a bit from horizontal, and your fretting arm/hand can easily rise up just like picking up a plate or cup. Again, some young rockers sling it way too low, and are forced to over-curl that wrist. That may look kewl, but it decreases your playing options and increases risks of the subject pain.

    The extent of your practice - sometimes more than 3 hrs - is too much for most. Pain and blisters, the old played-til-my-fingers-bled stuff, is too much. Even when I faced a 5-set gig, we took breaks (usually 45 up, then 15 down), and still recovered over the next few days.

    The guitar itself may need some attention. If it's a typical "starter" guitar, it should be checked for set-up, particularly re neck relief and string height (esp at the nut). I'm assuming it's an electric, where that's pretty easy (for a tech, not you). Second in that process is talking string gauges. Pardon the shop-talk, but you may benefit from going lighter, like from "10's to 9's". All together, it can be an amazing change in playability.

    Barre chording is a beast for most new players, no matter what. Take it easy.

    I've gone on (and on), and will stop, hoping I've helped. Once I get a look at my answer, 'might be back. For backround music, here's a link handed to us from Hurricain this week... Wish I was that young again...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJg4OJxp... ...
    8 answers · 3 days ago
  • Why did Michael Jackson E-HEE all the time?

    Did something always hurt him while singing, and it made "e-hee" come out of his mouth? did he have goons, and that was his way of calling them?
    Did something always hurt him while singing, and it made "e-hee" come out of his mouth? did he have goons, and that was his way of calling them?
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Good electric guitar to start on? (and keep for years)?

    Best answer: Tony's given you excellent perspective, which you should heed. Then let's go after budget. Yours is fine for a starter player. It is not fine, however, to get a really good new electric guitar and amp that you will keep for years. That's just the way it is. GC has a sale at present, offering this... show more
    Best answer: Tony's given you excellent perspective, which you should heed.
    Then let's go after budget. Yours is fine for a starter player. It is not fine, however, to get a really good new electric guitar and amp that you will keep for years. That's just the way it is.

    GC has a sale at present, offering this Squier (no squire) starter pack spot-on $300:
    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier/Affin... ...

    For just a little more money, I'd still go with Squier Affinity series with HSS, and likely a separate Peavey VYPYR amp, like this one:
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifier... ...

    Any electric guitar needs to have its "set-up" checked, and adjusted if needed, too.
    Purchase, check-up, and service should be done only in a real music store.
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • What is a good brand for guitar strings?

    I just bought a new guitar ad usually the stings that come on them aren't that great. So I was wondering what is a good brand of strings to buy.
    I just bought a new guitar ad usually the stings that come on them aren't that great. So I was wondering what is a good brand of strings to buy.
    5 answers · 6 days ago
  • What to practice on guitar?

    Best answer: If you are too boring with a normal guitar ... try playing on an electric guitar ... eg. b. in a music school ..

    and you write songs with text and
    Sheet music ... if you can write and read sheet music ... Basic concepts should be known, as well as have a nice sense of rhythm.
    Best answer: If you are too boring with a normal guitar ... try playing on an electric guitar ... eg. b. in a music school ..

    and you write songs with text and
    Sheet music ... if you can write and read sheet music ... Basic concepts should be known, as well as have a nice sense of rhythm.
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • Are historians trying to suppress the truth about J.S. Bach actually having been a dog?

    Bach was a dog, there's more than enough evidence of it. He was, I believe, some kind of Labrador. It's beyond me how the music historians don't want to admit that someone with such amazing composing ability is actually an animal. But Montagne warned us about this... He said in Apology for Raymond... show more
    Bach was a dog, there's more than enough evidence of it. He was, I believe, some kind of Labrador. It's beyond me how the music historians don't want to admit that someone with such amazing composing ability is actually an animal. But Montagne warned us about this... He said in Apology for Raymond Sebond that humans are arrogant in their thinking that their better than the animals.
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • I heard that Steve Vai practice 10 hours a day playing his guitar, wouldn't that give him Carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Best answer: That's asking for injury, yes.

    My teacher in college said that if you have to practice more than 2 hours a day you're doing something wrong. You start losing focus after about 3 hours and do more harm than good.
    Best answer: That's asking for injury, yes.

    My teacher in college said that if you have to practice more than 2 hours a day you're doing something wrong. You start losing focus after about 3 hours and do more harm than good.
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • Do people realize how bad they sound when they dont play grace note trills?

    Like in Eine Kleine Nachmusik...when first violinists just go from g to f# a few measures in.
    Like in Eine Kleine Nachmusik...when first violinists just go from g to f# a few measures in.
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Got talent vs. talented?

    I was told I "got talent" but not "talented". What does this mean?
    I was told I "got talent" but not "talented". What does this mean?
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What putting your fingers on the frets of a guitar do to the sound?

    Sorry if it’s a dumb question but I’m going to start getting into guitar really soon and I need to know as much as possible
    Sorry if it’s a dumb question but I’m going to start getting into guitar really soon and I need to know as much as possible
    8 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Should I pursue some form of career in music?

    I am a 22 year old guy, I have never really considered doing anything in music because I have always felt that more serious things such as business are more important. But I have this weird thing (talent i guess?) where I just write songs. I don't know but the lyrics just come to me at random times, especially... show more
    I am a 22 year old guy, I have never really considered doing anything in music because I have always felt that more serious things such as business are more important. But I have this weird thing (talent i guess?) where I just write songs. I don't know but the lyrics just come to me at random times, especially when I am trying to sleep and they are actually good most of the time. I can even imagine the beat that I want to go along with it in my head. I have written poetry for school and people have told me I am really good at that and when I was little one of them even got published in a book. I don't really know if I can sing, I have only ever sung along to songs but I wasn't like really trying or anything but one of my friends who sings said I was good but that was a while ago and a few other people have told me since then. I can't read music notes and I am kind of worried it might be too late for me to get into music. I was thinking maybe I could be a songwriter or something. I am still in college and I am kind of lost right now as to what I want to do with my life. This is the only thing that I have ever really good at or enjoyed doing so I'm thinking I should give it a try but I don't know where to start.
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Should England return to the word of god?

    Best answer: Not only England, - all nations should return to theWord of God, and doing his will.
    Best answer: Not only England, - all nations should return to theWord of God, and doing his will.
    14 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Swelling in left groin. Any ideas on what it could be?

    Best answer: Hopefully the ER did ask you to follow up with your regular doctor, to see what it might in fact be. Good luck.
    Best answer: Hopefully the ER did ask you to follow up with your regular doctor, to see what it might in fact be. Good luck.
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago