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TheFretShack
Member since Oct 2015
418 posts

re: People who play guitar
Cleaning and polishing: I use naphtha to "clean," polish to "polish" on all guitars on the bench. VM&P natphtha is sold in the paint section in quart cans at home improvement stores. If you don't want a quart (it will last the average player forever), get a small bottle of Ronsonol or Zippo lighter fluid. It's pretty much the same thing.

Apply a dot to a cotton cloth (old T-shirt) and use it to "clean" painted and glossed/satined surfaces (the matte finish on the 114CE), plus plastics, metals, all EXCEPT unfinished woods (rosewood fingerboard, bridge). You can use naphtha to clean those areas if they are filthy, sludged, but use a conditioning oil afterwards because the naphtha will remove the wood's natural surface oils too.

To clean and condition the fingerboard, use
* Rosewood, ebony, pau ferro (modern MIM Fender): Dunlop Lemon Oil. Gerlitz "Guitar Honey" and D'Addario/Planet Waves "Hydrate" are also good conditioners for unfinished, dark woods.
* Finished maple, gloss or satin: Naphtha
* Unfinished/oiled maple: Cotton cloth, no chemicals.

For hard poly finishes and satins, I use Dunlop 65 polish. It's mild and silicon free. For nitros and delicate and especially aged and checked (clear crackled with age) finishes, I use StewMac's Preservation Polish. Use a clean cotton cloth with either.

I avoid waxes, carnubas, etc. They build up over time and are counter productive.

Do not use Pledge, Armor All, Windex, Fantastic, Fabuloso, Simple Green, etc., on any component of your guitar. Your guitar is not a kitchen, a bathroom or a car or boat interior. Do not treat it like one.


TheCurmudgeon
LSU Fan
SE Louisiana
Member since Aug 2014
1138 posts

re: People who play guitar
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Also, who said point your knuckles at the ceiling instead of the wall has instantly made me sit here and over analyze how I’ve been playing for the last 17 years. Sounds like good advice but... shite man, now I feel like I’ve been doing things incorrectly or inefficiently


I put that out there. What works for you works for you, and it also works for me, too, as my knuckles are pointed at the wall about 90% of the time. OP was making contact with higher strings, so needs to lift the pads of his fingers up a bit.

That's one of the great things about guitars. Playing technique varies so much, but it still works. My little monthly guitar jam group of 5-8 guys will have 5-8 different fingering styles on the neck, but we all are playing the same notes chords and sounds.


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InwardJim
South Carolina Fan
Member since Dec 2018
457 posts

re: People who play guitar
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VM&P natphtha


Good to know as I've never cleaned my finished maple neck on my used tele. Will need to get some before my upcoming string change.

I just use food grade mineral oil on my rosewood one for the strat though


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auggie
Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
11547 posts

re: People who play guitar
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Also, who said point your knuckles at the ceiling instead of the wall has instantly made me sit here and over analyze how I’ve been playing for the last 17 years.


I think it is general advice that teachers give, to keep students mindful, so they keep their fingers up away from the fretboard, except for the fingertips.


FightinTigersDammit
Northwestern St. Fan
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Member since Mar 2006
23634 posts

re: People who play guitar
Which knuckles? First or second joint?


auggie
Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
11547 posts

re: People who play guitar
first.


FightinTigersDammit
Northwestern St. Fan
Louisiana North
Member since Mar 2006
23634 posts

re: People who play guitar
OK. Got it.


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awestruck
Auburn Fan
Member since Jan 2015
5188 posts

re: People who play guitar
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It's mild and silicon free
damn... just checked and that Martin cleaner indeed has silicon ...
them low life b-tards - they should know better - thanks TheFretShack

#whodathunkit# #toda'dump# #notcool#


LanierSpots
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Member since Sep 2010
47412 posts

re: People who play guitar
I stayed up all night last night trying to learn how to play Wish You were here.

My fingers are sore as hell, my head is spinning and I have a new respect for people who can play guitar.


Im kinda hooked now.


Easye921
Alabama Fan
Mobile
Member since Jan 2013
838 posts

re: People who play guitar
It's fun. I remember wanting to quit after trying over and over to play a d chord. Eventually it becomes second nature.


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LanierSpots
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Member since Sep 2010
47412 posts

re: People who play guitar
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It's fun. I remember wanting to quit after trying over and over to play a d chord. Eventually it becomes second nature.



D was easier for me than A. I am still working on that one.


auggie
Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
11547 posts

re: People who play guitar
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D was easier for me than A. I am still working on that one.


It was the same for me, and even now, It's not always an easy change for me to go to a 1st position Amaj chord cleanly, so I use other shapes and positions when I can.
Keep working at it though, don't be a hack like me.


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awestruck
Auburn Fan
Member since Jan 2015
5188 posts

re: People who play guitar
You tried this version?



... it's three strings with your left hand ring finger. Some people can do this from the get go and for others it always a no go. This form has some really good benefits later on down the line.




Nicky Parrish
Member since Apr 2016
2230 posts

re: People who play guitar
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it's three strings with your left hand ring finger.

I’ve been playing acoustics for for 50+ years and have never ever been able to bend that finger like that. I’ve envied those that can.
I agree about helping further down the line. Some make it looks so easy.
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LSU alum wannabe
LSU Fan
Katy, TX
Member since Jan 2004
22320 posts

re: People who play guitar
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People who play guitar
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It's fun. I remember wanting to quit after trying over and over to play a d chord. Eventually it becomes second nature.


D was easier for me than A. I am still working on that one.




When ready for the F-chord I found Ben Eller "Why you Suck at Guitar! Your Barre Chords Suck" to be a really helpful video. He's mainly a metal style player so his lessons lean to electric and speed and palm muting. Much of it is beyond me bug the barre chord video flipped a switch for me and I never looked back.

Don't be mistaken. I'm not flawlessly flying from barre to open chords, but the days of having a dead string were over.


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flvelo12
LSU Fan
Clearwater, Florida
Member since Jan 2012
2103 posts

re: People who play guitar
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others it always a no go

me, my finger just can't do that, believe me I've tried.


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auggie
Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
11547 posts

re: People who play guitar
I will sometimes just play A7 and variations, or play a 1st position Fmajor 4 frets higher. I have some other ways that I use too, but they won't really work well if you use a flat pick. Using a thumb pick and fingers though you can make it work.


awestruck
Auburn Fan
Member since Jan 2015
5188 posts

re: People who play guitar
Yep, another easy way to accomplish nearly the same is to simply barre the lower four strings at 2nd fret and just play strings 2-5. You don't have to do that backward finger move with that flat type of barre....

or with same 4string flat barre...you can mute that fretted high-e string with a right pinky and play all 5 lower strings...
or with same move... sometimes go ahead and play all 5 lower strings because that A6 can be golden (especially in passing)


*AND they're still all finger variations on the classic open position (cowboy chord) A at the 2nd.


auggie
Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
11547 posts

re: People who play guitar
Exactly. My difficulty playing a normal Amaj, really worked to my advantage, because it forced me to improvise, and then that turned into some great licks that I use all the time. Probably the very best thing that I have, musically speaking, evolved from that.

One thing that I have been just realizing lately: I have never been much of a Jerry Garcia/Dead fan, but my playing style has evolved to sound very similar to Garcia, absolutely unintentionally. Really surprising to me.
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Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
26647 posts

re: People who play guitar
You can cheat on the Barre chords, Lord knows I did and still do. But keep working on them. Being able to play barres opens up the entire fret board for you. A lot of good rock songs are nothing but barres.


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