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the FIRST fret only has strings that are raised even higher than my accoustic which was surprising. I thought the metal fret plates (or whatever the f they're called) would actually be shorter based on the axes I practiced on. It's actually very difficult to compress the small e string all the way down with just a pinky.

I live in a townhome so I can really only play through headphones. they are really nice headphones, but man it still sounds like #### with so much distortion.

I've had a lot of trouble picking and playing individual notes...this is where I may need to cave and take lessons. It's got to be easier. I think the most effective method is going to be to memorize the tabs without having them open and look at them the entire time so I can just look at the guitar itself.
Maybe the guitar needs set up properly. The first fret action should be pretty low.

Turn down the distortion when you are practicing. Distortion can cover up slop but also create noise when you hit extra strings and such.

Picking the appropriate string is the trick. I have to memorize everything that I am playing before I can play it well. I cannot read tab and play at a decent speed.
Thanks my friend.

I have a local music shop that's very good at things like this. you think there may be something they can do to set it up for me?

I'm telling you - that first fret is not normal. It's elevated well above the level on any guitar I test drove as well as my acoustic.

ETA: When I can figure out how to turn down the distortion, I will. :lol:

 
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the FIRST fret only has strings that are raised even higher than my accoustic which was surprising. I thought the metal fret plates (or whatever the f they're called) would actually be shorter based on the axes I practiced on. It's actually very difficult to compress the small e string all the way down with just a pinky.

I live in a townhome so I can really only play through headphones. they are really nice headphones, but man it still sounds like #### with so much distortion.

I've had a lot of trouble picking and playing individual notes...this is where I may need to cave and take lessons. It's got to be easier. I think the most effective method is going to be to memorize the tabs without having them open and look at them the entire time so I can just look at the guitar itself.
Maybe the guitar needs set up properly. The first fret action should be pretty low.

Turn down the distortion when you are practicing. Distortion can cover up slop but also create noise when you hit extra strings and such.

Picking the appropriate string is the trick. I have to memorize everything that I am playing before I can play it well. I cannot read tab and play at a decent speed.
Thanks my friend.

I have a local music shop that's very good at things like this. you think there may be something they can do to set it up for me?

I'm telling you - that first fret is not normal. It's elevated well above the level on any guitar I test drove as well as my acoustic.
Weird. Maybe the nut needs to be filed down some. Anyway, take it to a professional and have them look at it.

 
the FIRST fret only has strings that are raised even higher than my accoustic which was surprising. I thought the metal fret plates (or whatever the f they're called) would actually be shorter based on the axes I practiced on. It's actually very difficult to compress the small e string all the way down with just a pinky.

I live in a townhome so I can really only play through headphones. they are really nice headphones, but man it still sounds like #### with so much distortion.

I've had a lot of trouble picking and playing individual notes...this is where I may need to cave and take lessons. It's got to be easier. I think the most effective method is going to be to memorize the tabs without having them open and look at them the entire time so I can just look at the guitar itself.
Maybe the guitar needs set up properly. The first fret action should be pretty low.

Turn down the distortion when you are practicing. Distortion can cover up slop but also create noise when you hit extra strings and such.

Picking the appropriate string is the trick. I have to memorize everything that I am playing before I can play it well. I cannot read tab and play at a decent speed.
Thanks my friend.

I have a local music shop that's very good at things like this. you think there may be something they can do to set it up for me?

I'm telling you - that first fret is not normal. It's elevated well above the level on any guitar I test drove as well as my acoustic.
they could adjust the nut if need be during set up. Setup for string height is pretty simple, but you have to make sure the guitar has the proper intonation when you adjust various strings for action. I think most players prefer low action (strings closer to frets). but some say higher action on electrics make string bending easier. I prefer low action. When you lower your strings at the saddle you might incurr fret buzz (where the string touches the fret when it vibrates), which sucks. Best to let the pro set it up, but there are some useful instructional sites/videos on the net.

 
the FIRST fret only has strings that are raised even higher than my accoustic which was surprising. I thought the metal fret plates (or whatever the f they're called) would actually be shorter based on the axes I practiced on. It's actually very difficult to compress the small e string all the way down with just a pinky.

I live in a townhome so I can really only play through headphones. they are really nice headphones, but man it still sounds like #### with so much distortion.

I've had a lot of trouble picking and playing individual notes...this is where I may need to cave and take lessons. It's got to be easier. I think the most effective method is going to be to memorize the tabs without having them open and look at them the entire time so I can just look at the guitar itself.
Maybe the guitar needs set up properly. The first fret action should be pretty low.

Turn down the distortion when you are practicing. Distortion can cover up slop but also create noise when you hit extra strings and such.

Picking the appropriate string is the trick. I have to memorize everything that I am playing before I can play it well. I cannot read tab and play at a decent speed.
Thanks my friend.

I have a local music shop that's very good at things like this. you think there may be something they can do to set it up for me?

I'm telling you - that first fret is not normal. It's elevated well above the level on any guitar I test drove as well as my acoustic.
they could adjust the nut if need be during set up. Setup for string height is pretty simple, but you have to make sure the guitar has the proper intonation when you adjust various strings for action. I think most players prefer low action (strings closer to frets). but some say higher action on electrics make string bending easier. I prefer low action. When you lower your strings at the saddle you might incurr fret buzz (where the string touches the fret when it vibrates), which sucks. Best to let the pro set it up, but there are some useful instructional sites/videos on the net.
I will do that.

Believe me. with the money I spent on this bad larry, I'm touching a thing. The guys at the shop were trying to sell me new plugs to hold my strap and explained how simple it was to screw the stocks out and the new ones in and I told them, no thanks, I'm not messing with this thing until I learn my way around a guitar.

Thanks to ya

 
the FIRST fret only has strings that are raised even higher than my accoustic which was surprising. I thought the metal fret plates (or whatever the f they're called) would actually be shorter based on the axes I practiced on. It's actually very difficult to compress the small e string all the way down with just a pinky.

I live in a townhome so I can really only play through headphones. they are really nice headphones, but man it still sounds like #### with so much distortion.

I've had a lot of trouble picking and playing individual notes...this is where I may need to cave and take lessons. It's got to be easier. I think the most effective method is going to be to memorize the tabs without having them open and look at them the entire time so I can just look at the guitar itself.
Maybe the guitar needs set up properly. The first fret action should be pretty low.

Turn down the distortion when you are practicing. Distortion can cover up slop but also create noise when you hit extra strings and such.

Picking the appropriate string is the trick. I have to memorize everything that I am playing before I can play it well. I cannot read tab and play at a decent speed.
Thanks my friend.

I have a local music shop that's very good at things like this. you think there may be something they can do to set it up for me?

I'm telling you - that first fret is not normal. It's elevated well above the level on any guitar I test drove as well as my acoustic.
they could adjust the nut if need be during set up. Setup for string height is pretty simple, but you have to make sure the guitar has the proper intonation when you adjust various strings for action. I think most players prefer low action (strings closer to frets). but some say higher action on electrics make string bending easier. I prefer low action. When you lower your strings at the saddle you might incurr fret buzz (where the string touches the fret when it vibrates), which sucks. Best to let the pro set it up, but there are some useful instructional sites/videos on the net.
I will do that.

Believe me. with the money I spent on this bad larry, I'm touching a thing. The guys at the shop were trying to sell me new plugs to hold my strap and explained how simple it was to screw the stocks out and the new ones in and I told them, no thanks, I'm not messing with this thing until I learn my way around a guitar.

Thanks to ya
I would buy strap locks.

 
the FIRST fret only has strings that are raised even higher than my accoustic which was surprising. I thought the metal fret plates (or whatever the f they're called) would actually be shorter based on the axes I practiced on. It's actually very difficult to compress the small e string all the way down with just a pinky.

I live in a townhome so I can really only play through headphones. they are really nice headphones, but man it still sounds like #### with so much distortion.

I've had a lot of trouble picking and playing individual notes...this is where I may need to cave and take lessons. It's got to be easier. I think the most effective method is going to be to memorize the tabs without having them open and look at them the entire time so I can just look at the guitar itself.
Maybe the guitar needs set up properly. The first fret action should be pretty low.

Turn down the distortion when you are practicing. Distortion can cover up slop but also create noise when you hit extra strings and such.

Picking the appropriate string is the trick. I have to memorize everything that I am playing before I can play it well. I cannot read tab and play at a decent speed.
Thanks my friend.

I have a local music shop that's very good at things like this. you think there may be something they can do to set it up for me?

I'm telling you - that first fret is not normal. It's elevated well above the level on any guitar I test drove as well as my acoustic.

ETA: When I can figure out how to turn down the distortion, I will. :lol:
I am sure you find someone to set up the guitar properly. Make sure you take it to someone that knows what they are doing. Seems like I did not have to say that but I said it anyway.

Some of the other posters know a good deal about setting up guitars. I know very little about that and take my guitars to a guy. I know enough not to mess with things that I do not completely understand.

 
There are some beautiful classical pieces that aren't hard I'm terms of progression and picking that will make everyone think you are the best guitar player ever. Otherwise try...
Sorry for the hipple but this was great advice, thanks. After struggling with Pipeline for awhile, we (daughter and I) took Fur Elise youtube lessons and hell if we don't sound pretty good after a couple night's noodling. You may get that video yet, bb.

 
The part where he tunes his E string then kicks whatever pedal then to the knobs :lmao: .

 
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