Hey guys, thank you all for being a wonderful crowd last Thursday. Sorry I’m a little slow getting to this thread - things have been so crazily busy since the new year.
OK, so to answer some questions:
- How do I determine the gauge of strings on my guitar?
I’m not totally sure, although jacksprat seems to have answered this above (thanks mate) That said, it’s a good idea to be mindful of what strings/sizes you’re putting on your guitar going forward. I use Elixr nanoweb super light acoustic strings. They last ages (because they’re coated) and they’re really easy on the fingers, which for me, allows me to play with more ease and a lighter touch.
- Considering a switch to lighter strings, but lacking access to a luthier/shop, are additional adjustments necessary?
I can’t say for certain. Although, every time I’ve made a switch to lighter strings no truss rod adjustment has been necessary.
- For beginners, what’s a reasonable number of songs to work on simultaneously?
The more time you devote to less songs, the quicker you’ll improve those songs. Providing you remain inspired, I’d personally put more energy into less songs, because visually seeing improvement sooner rather than later is motivating. There’s nothing wrong with working on lots of songs if you’re continually motivated and inspired though.
- Any advice for improving timing? What could be causing timing issues during guitar playing, especially with solos or rhythms?
Our sense of playing in time lives in our brains. This is then transcended through our muscles into our guitar playing. So I think it’s first a really good idea to develop a solid sense of time and rhythm in your mind through clapping. If you can clap a rhythm first, you can usually play it too, providing it’s not something out of your technical comfort zone. Justin’s book on reading Rhythms is brilliant!
- Tips for changing chords quickly during guitar playing?
I think this might be the topic of the next class so stay tuned.
- Dealing with a finger injury that causes unintended string muting. Any suggestions for adapting to a wider and shorter finger?
Which finger are you referring to, 1, 2, 3 or 4?
- In the context of practicing for a light touch, is it normal for strings to sound buzzy when not pressing hard? Should I prioritize the best sound over light pressure?
If the string is buzzing, it means you’re not pressing down quite hard enough. That buzzing sound is the exact point where you need to add just a tiny, tiny bit more pressure. The simple fact that your strings are buzzing is a good sign that you’re developing a lighter touch in your playing though, so very well done
- As a beginner with a new guitar and factory strings, should I consider changing to lighter strings?
I think so. Factory strings are not usually that great.
- Tips for playing with finger numbness? Raynaud’s Syndrome
I’m not sure about this one. I’d have to look more into Raynaud’s Syndrome to really understand what’s going on.