Cathy's log

I am a chaotic learner and terrible log-keeper, but I thought starting a thread here might make me a little more organised.

I’m a professional musician (violinist), but relative beginner on guitar. So far, I’ve worked through a lot of the beginners’ material on electric guitar, where the stretches are easy(ish) so I thought I’d swap over and try going through it again on classical guitar. The instruments I’m using, for those who like to know such things, are secondhand Yamaha ERG 121C for electric (cost me about £50) and a £12 charity shop classical (label says Raforet, made in Japan). The neck feels as wide as a motorway after the single-carriageway electric, but at least the nylon strings are very forgiving. Once I’ve sorted out the stretches, I’ll move onto my steel-strung acoustic (Moridaira) which I bought years ago, new, but never learnt to play properly as it hurt my fingers. Fingertips have toughened up a lot since them, so I’m cautiously optimistic I might actually get somewhere this time.

Wish me luck :grin:


Your background should give you head start. Seems like you have a plan and a few toys to play with. Good luck.

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Yup, all 6 lanes are ready for you. The pedal to the metal and of you go :+1: :sunglasses: :partying_face: :partying_face:

All the very best on your journey and looking forward to follow along. Also very interesting you already are pro with violin. - You will have loads of benefit from that. I see some other benefit also; That you will always know when you have had too much to drink,is when you want to place the guitar in violin position :wink: :joy: :joy: :joy: :sunglasses: :pray:

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Hey Cathy, good luck! At least with your experience with the violin, you also realize it takes a bit of effort, but not a horrific amount. :slight_smile:

Look forward to hearing more from you.

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Hi Cathy. good you started your learning log. Update it as often as it works for you. Just let your guitar skills develop at your own learning pace and soon you’ll be able to play basic versions of songs and tunes.

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I’m managing to play every day still, but often only for a few minutes. Don’t know where the time goes. I sometimes try to play along with songs on the radio, and that can be fun so long as I don’t spend half the song trying to figure out the best place for the capo. Feeling a lot more confident, anyway. My strumming is a bit hit and miss, but my finger-style works well enough, possibly because I’m a keyboard player anyway, so am used to using my right hand fingers independently.

Still find mandolin a lot easier than guitar, but that’s inevitable as I’m a violinist, so I automatically know how to finger chords on mando. Guitar isn’t anything like as intuitive as yet, and maybe never will be, but I’ll get there.