Saturday, 6 October 2012

My Two Yamaha Guitars

Here are my two Yamaha guitars.
The acoustic electric at the back is AC1 model and the electric at the front is the Pacifica VMX.

My New Yamaha Pacifica VMX Electric Guitar

I just couldn't help myself. I went and bought myself a new Yamaha Pacifica VMX electric guitar. I'm running it through my Stagg 10 watt amp that I got for my acoustic electric. I went to the Yamaha website and  I showed my wife the range of Pacifica guitars. She picked the clear guitar. Probably because it looks like a piece of furniture from Ikea and not something that looks like it belongs in a bachelor's pad.
Playing the damn thing is a different story but I like it.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Smashed My Guitar - Got A New One

My bad. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, so here is an update on what’s been happening over the last couple of months.

The fist main event was my Finlayson D1-G guitar getting SMASHED. No I didn’t do it out of frustration or anything, it wasn’t me at all. It was purely an accident. I put it down for a few seconds to review a YouTube lesson, one of my kids passed by, gave the strings a strum which knocked the guitar off balance and it fell off the chair I had sat it on onto our wooden floor, neck first, which shattered. The guitar died that day, but not my child. I wasn’t at all angry, just a bit sad, but my little girl was very upset. I reassured her everything was OK. I felt really sorry for her, the poor wee soul.

This was the main reason I’ve not wrote anything for a while. I didn’t have a guitar.
But the good news is, I have a new one (and a proper stand to put it on now, lol). I bought a really nice Yamaha AC1-R. It is an electric acoustic with cutaway style body. The action is great – something I struggled with, with the Finlayson, the quality is superb and more importantly I find it more comfortable than the Finlayson I had. Overall it’s a far superior guitar.

So all this happened over a month ago. Since then, I’ve even had a shot of my friends Ibanez G10 electric guitar, amp and effects pedals, and learnt some power chords. I had it for a week and it was a lot of fun and a great experience.

I’ve also been learning my scales, some licks and walk-ups and walk-downs, but still I have not been practicing enough over the last month or so. I have discovered a few nice blues slids, the E7 A7 and B7 chords. My friend, Tim, has been putting a lot of time and effort into his playing and he is coming on really great. I think so anyway. I’m impressed with his skill but I’m badly falling behind. I need to have the guitar in my hands more and practice my chord changes as I’m still too slow, which is evident and jamming sessions when trying to play along with the actual song. I can’t keep up.

My tasks are to practice my chord changes, be less afraid to practice in a group, nail the chords first time and learn to feel the rhythm to strum to.

Much to learn young padawan. Much to learn…

Friday, 20 April 2012

Earl Scruggs and friends - Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Brilliant, Fun and Upbeat

I have to share with you another fantastic video. It features the late Earl Scruggs and (famous) friends playing Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

My God, it's so fun to watch, and look at all the different instruments!

Man of Constant Sorrow [Live] - I'm In Bluegrass Heaven!

Found this fantastic video and want to share it.

Watch it with plenty of volume and a good set of speakers or earphones.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Weeks 6 & 7 - They Say Anyone Can Play Guitar

With DIY projects getting in the way, it's really been a quiet couple of weeks, grabbing a few minutes when I can, but at the end of week 7 I managed to have most of Saturday and a good part of Sunday just chilling, getting piece and time to myself and my guitar, not forgetting my laptop loaded with downloaded YT video lessons.

I managed to get a bit further with Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, solo section. I'm still naff at some of the slides, especially the bottom 2 strings, B and E, from the 3rd fret, to the 5th fret, then the next two slides after that with the G and B strings on the 2nd and 3rd fret to the 4th and 5th fret. I've worked out a cheat to get around my naffness so I can progress and learn more of the solo.

I also and time to give Wonderwall some more practise as well as learning a bit of Sweet Home Alabama, just for fun.

Week 7 also saw me getting some quality time with my friend, Tim. It wasn't a lot but it was better than nothing. He does say it's better to learn the guitar with someone else. That is probably true, but I felt under pressure to do well, which made my playing go to pot!

I also - now don't laugh - bought a harmonica - OK, 2 actually. One in the key of C and the other A. I've taken a liking to the blues, just wished I could get my fingers to like playing them too. Now I'm hoping to get my mouth to like playing the blues.

I'm on a mission now to learn the guitar when I can, and the harmonica too.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Week 5 - They Say Anyone Can Play Guitar

Welcome to week 5 of me attempting to learn guitar.

When I could grab the time I would try to get some practise in. I was determend to learn a little more of Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

Yesterday I got the chance to watch more of the Marty Schwartz YouTube videos so I could nail more of the intro part - which I'm chuffed to bits to say I did. I'm happy to be playing something that sounds really nice. I also attempted more of the solo. If you watch the video you will see it's in parts. The slides in the second part are stumping me.

Oh, well. I'll just have to keep on keeping on!