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Posted by LarryBoy on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I am going to use this blog area to chronicle the learning process and advances I make of the next . . .. well, until I get bored write down my progress.  Anyone is welcome to read it.  However, I am really writing this for myself.  If you do read this, and have a constructive suggestion or comment, please feel free to respond.

I was given a guitar when I was 16 years old, that was 30 some years ago.  About the only thing I ever did was to learn the major chords, most seventh, and most minors.  I was never able to learn to bar.  I learned to do some simple finger picking, and to strumming.

I mostly played for my own enjoyment and have never played with anyone else.  There were months, maybe years, when I did not touch my guitar.  However, over the past few months I have been listening to a lot of Bluegrass and Folk music and have developed a desire to learn to flat pick.  I would really like to be able to sit down with a group of Bluegrass players and "Jam".

I had to sale my guitar sever months ago.  However, I have gotten my hands on a Yamaha FG-Junior.  However, I refuse to call it a Junior guitar.  I call it a "travel guitar".  For some reason it makes me feel better to play a travel guitar rather then a Junior.

I purchased several picks yesterday to which to experiment.   I guess my goal is to find one that fits my hand well, produces a nice sound, and produces a load sound.

My first objective is to work on scales. First, to get them down without mistakes and then to speed them up.  I am attempting to use a metronome.  

So, that is where I am at right now.  I will attempt to make at least weekly up-dates. 

2 comments on “Chronical”

LarryBoy Says:
Friday, February 28, 2014 @7:13:43 PM

I have download a metronome to metronome to help me work on scales. I see the benefit to using the metronome but its not as easy/fun as just playing. However, I am sure that through time I will get use to it and it will help in the long run.

As for the picks, I seem to like the heavy Cool Picks.

RalphMcDonald1137 Says:
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 @11:33:07 AM

I sent you an e-mail on how to make your own scales. Let me know if this doesn't work for you and I will write them out for you. You should practice your scales all the way up the neck to about the 15th fret if your guitar is acoustic. There are generally five positions up the neck for scales in any key and practicing them will get you ready to play up the neck in closed positions.
I am like you on the metronome. I don't like it but I use it.

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