Welcome Lisa, you are not alone in restarting your guitar journey, hope it continues much longer this time.
Thanks skinnyt. Hope the same - but have a feeling it’s gonna last this time.
Hi Lisa, welcome. Enjoy playing your guitars, and learning and exploring how to make them sound awesome. Some people here have 12 strings so if you need some direction with that just ask and someone will come to the rescue.
Thanks, dobleA! Yes, this community is so much supportive. I’m sure, if something’s coming up my mind, someone will have an advice.
Hi Lisa and wilkommen. I actually learned guitar whilst I lived in the Hamburg area from 1971 to 1974 - a mere teenager back then but a lot more miles on the clock now. Enjoy your guitar journey and don’t be concerned about coming forward with any questions. Peter, Cheshire UK
Hey, I am also from Germany (Munich) Lisa. Nice to meet you. I hope your journey is full of learning and enjoyment here
Welcome! It’s a great community!
Nice to meet you! Welcome to the Community!
This community is very open minded and humble, it’s such a pleasure being part of it.
@rorystrat Hamburg is such a beautiful city, have some family up there. Hope you enjoyed your time there.
@yigiterinc Servus nach München! Nice to meet you, too.
@JasmineJ What a cute little dog in your profile pic.
Hello Lisa! Welcome to the community. Enjoy your time here.
welcome to this group of guitar fans! There is a lot of good advice on playing 12 string out there on YouTube. Since it is mostly for playing chords and I think open chords sounds best I would advice you to buy a good capo. Not all capos work well on a 12 string but Thaliacapos.com do the best in my experience but you might need a high strength pad for that capo. Since your Martin is a laminated model it won’t be oversensitive to the moisture changes but being a Martin it should have been well set up. Since a 12 string is harder to fret it also much more important that it is well set up. I.e. the string height. Otherwise you need excessive strength to press down the chords. I thing they sell it with Martins own (where the buy those ? ) strings but I would recommend Elixir extra light 10-47 as a good set up. I have a Taylor 652 ce builders edition with those strings. But like I wrote there is so much information out there for free. Du hast mit dem Klavier eine sehr gute Grunde gelernt!
Grüsse aus Schweden!
thanks a lot for the warm welcome and the detailed tipps and ideas for my 12-string.
You’re definitely right regarding the Capos, I tried several different ones, but now am happy with a designated 12-string Capo from Kyser. In case it brakes or gets lost (this is more likely to happen ) I will remember your advice and try one of those.
Luckily enough, I bought the Martin in a local music store that does set ups on all guitars they sell - and they do great! I even think of handing in my almost 20 year old Cort for some re-setting and probably re-fretting. But before that, I need another 6 string for day-to-day practice - new guitar incoming?
They also sell the Martin Strings, but definitely will try a couple of others. I had some strings from Elixir for my 5-string Banjo and was quite happy with them. So probably those will be next.
Congrats to your Taylor! What a guitar that is! Do you have some recordings of it up here? Would really love to see/hear it in action.
Hälsningar till Sverige - Lisa
Hi again Lisa,
wow what a fast response! I do also actually have a very old Cort acoustic but it is in box now. Started with a Levin acoustic Jazz guitar during the stone age. I friend taught me as he played in a band and he had at Fender Telecaster early 1960 model. Those had 7.25 " fretboard radius av very so nice to play barre chords on. However bending tones up on high frets was not possible since you got "fretted out ". Well the fretboard and the shape of the neck is very important and should match your playing style . I.e. typ of music and fretting hand.I learned this with time and from friends. What kind of music do you like and play ?
At present I have at Taylor 6-string 324ce builders edition and a Fender Ultra Strat. HSS plus the Taylor 12 string. I love them all and I set up my own guitars except for grinding the nut on acoustics.
Very good you have food a serious supplier that give service! Maybe you will take the step to buy an electric guitar - Yamaha gives a lot of bang for the buck ? Do you have an amplifier - since I believe there is a Fishman microphone on your guitar ?
I love all sorts of music pop, jazz, blues and classical. The only exception is most metal and worse trash metal styles. Can’t play classical music but learning more finger style now and trying to learn and use more advanced harmonies. I was never playing much lead except for some simpler blues but I am now trying to develop this. Had to go back to theory first since I do not have any education in music. Now I just wish you well with you new guitar !
Hi again Lars,
sounds like a nice collection of guitars you had and still have! Great.
What kind of music do you like and play?
Hard question to answer, to be honest. I like covering songs I love coming from various genres, but mainly Pop, Pop Rock that sort of thing. But I also have a crush on Country&Western and Bluegrass as well as Folk from various countries and Singer/Songwriter. Still have to figure out the direction, I guess.
Do you have an amplifier - since I believe there is a Fishman microphone on your guitar ?
Yes, both my acoustics have build in pick ups and I also have an amp, but I rarely use it - my neighbours are probably thankful for that.
The next guitar probably will be an electric one, but I still don’t know in which direction this will go. Probably will try a lot of them and take the one connecting the most.
Good luck and joyful learning for the Theory Part! I love the practical music theory course Justin offers. Getting into theory will really boost your understanding and helps improving, at least it does for me. Especially understanding chords in keys will help also on your lead approaches. Wish you all the best for that and a lot of fun with you guitars!
Lisa, welcome to the community.Congratulations on your progress so far and for your new guitar, which motivated renewing your love of playing guitar.
Thanks a lot, Steve!