I became interested in CBG because learning to play guitar was on my bucket list. Anyone here in the same boat?

I am learning how to build much quicker than how to play. Anyone in that boat alos?

OK, so on the playing side, I have actually made some progress I want to share. Well, not share, more like talk through  - a discussion group  - theropy?

First I did the thumb tacks on the neck at the third, fifth, seventh, and twelfth fret positions. Later, after a lot of looking at different instruments and trying to track down good three string tabs - I discovered "strumstick" tabs. They are based on Dulcimer fretting. OK, dulcimer is fretted differently from guitar - diatonic or something. Anyway some of the frets are left out  -  sharps and flats? The thumb tacks fall on a condensed version of dulcimer "strumstick" fretting.

What does that have to do with anything? Well go to a strumstick site and rip off their music! Play dulcimer music on your CBG.

Second, I noticed that the thumb tacks fell in line with major chords. If I were in open "G" tuning I could go down the neck with my slide and play chords G, A, B, C, D, E, F, &  High G. Wow, just playing chords I usually could pick out tunes! But more than that I found songs that had chord hints above the lines. (A) (C) and such.  I could strum along with the songs hitting these chords.

Third, The string "G" string has the same notes on it as the chord. g, a, b, c, d, e, f, & g.  The "D" string also has notes at each fret line d, e, f, g, a, b, c, & d. You can pick out melodies and tunes on the strings.

I found a old music book for beginners that had the music with the note name inside each note on the sheet music. How neat! I can now go on my computer an put the music on sheet music and the note name on each note on the sheet music. On my three-banger I have stick on letters under the strings corresponding to the fret note. So I just match the sheet music note to the fret note and can play a tune  -  so long as I know the tune to the song. Does that make sense? I can hit the right notes, but if I cannot read the music as far as half, whole, and quarter notes I have to know how the song goes.

Slowly I am learning and getting there. I am even watching videos and learning "riffs" from watching what others are doing.

Putting it all together and things are asloly coming together.


We all learn differently. You probably would go insane trying to learn by my method. Just keep at it and keep experimenting and you'll find your own stride.

Happy trails to you until we meet again!


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Comment by Maddog on November 25, 2012 at 11:02am

This all sounds hauntingly familiar. I'm in my friend!

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