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Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
What’s a good lesson or song to transfer from acoustic to electric?

Meaning from chord strumming to electric playing and blues and single line or bended notes? I feel that I’m getting better but I am late to the game.

Good beginner electric songs or lessons. A foundation essentially.

Before you bash and downvote, think about the guitars. I have some nice ones. They deserve competence.


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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
If you're a rock fan you really can't go wrong with anything by AC/DC.

I know that seems like a really simple answer, but it's the truth. Good mix of open and power chords with some simple blues thrown in.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
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Meaning from chord strumming to electric playing and blues and single line or bended notes?


What do you want to play? If you're just playing rhythm, work on power chords first.

If you want to play lead - learn the major, minor and blues scale (minimum) and just work on those A LOT. You can learn songs, but I find that playing by memory is a lot harder than just learning the scales and playing (at least more) by sound.

But I've been a dilettante for 15 years -


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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
To me, it's about feeling. What song do you feel attached to? And from there, how can you make it yours in an acoustic setting. Don't be afraid to change the time signature. Slow it down, make it feel personal.


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auggie
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
I am sure many will disagree with me,but a lot of old CCR stuff,you can go back and forth,between first position chords and bar chords,then come back to the second fret,do some quick John Lee Hooker licks in E or A

learn those hammers(slap hard with your ring finger and pinky, if you want to do bends on those,pull inside,instead of pushing out),next thing you know,you'll be in LaGrange.use the hell out of your left pinky on that A and E string 5th fret. I think you will learn something there,that will help you all over those guitars.
So much comes out of that little shuffle,and not many people even play it anymore. Don't get too tied to it though.
To my way of thinking,discipline is everything,you don't have to do much fancy stuff,just put it in the right place,and don't wear it out.

This is a good example
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I probably should add, I don't use a flat pick. I use a thumb pick and all of my fingers but not really finger picking style.. exactly. I try to really alternate the lower strings with my thumb,and use my fingers sometimes picking individual strings,sometimes clawing 2,3 or 4 at once or thumping outward . Does anybody else kind of play this way?
I get told a lot,that I'm all fricked up,but that's what I have always done,because I have hands like a monkey or gorilla or something.
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
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Does anybody else kind of play this way?


A thumb pick to me feels like starting over. Just getting the muscle memory to use a thumb pick and not pound the strings. I do much better just using my thumb without a pick. I understand the picking you are talking about, but only pushing out with your fingers is odd I guess.

But that leads me back to my OP. You are sort of talking about Mark Knopfler. That's my problem. Much of what I find interesting to play is interesting because it is difficult apparently. Freddie King used multiple finger picks. He ain't easy either.


My current fixation is Lay Down Sally.


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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
I like “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd).


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kingbob
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
Hammers, bends, bar chords, finger picking, slide guitar, major scales, pentatonic scales, power chords, etc.

For me, acoustic is all about strumming, since I’m usually singing when I’m playing acoustic, and I don’t have a cutaway.

As mentioned before, Wish you were here is a great choice. I also like Funk #49 and Baby Please Don’t Go.

Another good choice for practicing your PIMA is “I Have to day I love you in a song”.

For pentatonic, Fairies Wear Boots is excellent.

Power chords: revalations by audioslave.

A good mix of all of the above: Movin’ Out by Aerosmith and Carry On My Wayward Son.

Eventually, you’ll want to learn some cool modulation patterns. I recommend Hallowed be thy Name by Iron Maiden for that, especially the riffs from the verses.
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auggie
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
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My current fixation is Lay Down Sally.


I like that too, I usually just play it in a7 and have never tried to learn it the right way ( I never try to learn any thing exactly like someone else plays it,maybe just particular licks and borrow from those).
What key are you trying to learn it in? For that matter,what was it recorded in?

Another song I suggest to people is Long Cool Woman,because it's just so basic,and also a fun song. I always just really loved The intro.

As far as Mark knopfler,anything he does electric,there is probably a video of him,doing it acoustic,somewhere.
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auggie
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
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but only pushing out with your fingers is odd I guess.


I didn't mean to give that impression, I definitely pull to the inside with my fingers more,using my fingernails, than strumming outwardly.
I keep the nails on my right hand,so there is just a little extra sliver to grab with(not long by any means),and use clear nail hardener and shite on them.If I was going to play public a lot,or made my living at it,I would use some glue on, fake nails on my right fingers,and cut them short,just a sliver beyond my real nails. Glue the hell out of them.


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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
Have you learned stairway to heaven? That's the go to


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auggie
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re: Now that I’ve drank I can ask this guitar question.
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My current fixation is Lay Down Sally.


Rereading this and actually picking a little bit.

I don't know if this will help you or anybody else,but anyway:
Way back when I first was learning that song ( In A), I had a really hard time with it.
That F# on the 6th string rolling down to The G note was hard because my fingers just couldn't squeeze together that close,and it sounded awful.
So I started using my thumb over the top for the F# and used my ring finger for the G. You can just slide the thumb into the G also,but for me it doen't sound as good,and it put's me in a bad position for the rest of the riff.
It took some work to get a smooth roll,but eventually I did. It's second nature now,and I don't even think about it.
It's a cool song to learn. The pattern is a little tricky,but once you get it,it's a fun song and a crowd pleaser. Everybody kind of knows it,they sing along,and that makes me happy these days.
I recently bought a pretty nice banjo,and started getting into that. I wish I had bought a good one back years ago,because I think I have a natural Knack for it,and it's also making me a better guitar player.
The most fun I had over the holidays,was playing Freebird on the Banjo and singing it bluegrass style. Everybody at our Christmas get together loved it,even the real old folks.
You can do some real cool stuff on that top string. I was trying to do some of the piano parts,while my cousin just played guitar and it sounded great( to us at least) and we had fun.

A lot of Dwight Yokam has some really cool shuffles too,and Pete Anderson is such a great player (over the top sometimes on the corn pone) but really some cool stuff.
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