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Electric guitar: My fingers can't stretch?

Electric guitar: My fingers can't stretch? Topic: Guitar homework
May 22, 2019 / By Dotty
Question: I always get the answer practice. It was only my first lesson of electric guitar and my teacher already gave me homework and i really can't do it because i can barely stretch my first 2 fingers. And the homework he gave me is called CAGED and i have to play 4 notes for it which i totally can't do because of this. I have no idea what to do and it's too hard. I've been trying it for the last 30 minutes and in the weekend i took 40 minutes and had no luck.
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Catriona Catriona | 3 days ago
Practice! Sorry you always get the same answer, but unfortunately there is no quick way to become a great guitarist. :( You said it's only your first guitar lesson, so you shouldn't expect too much. It takes time for the muscles to stretch and get stronger. I'm sure your teacher doesn't expect you to have mastered it after one practice! The most important thing is that you enjoy playing. As long as you're having fun, you will be motivated to practice and will get a bit better every time. Try playing the difficult bits at the beginning of your practice session and then move on to something you enjoy. Did you know it takes 10,000 hours to master something? That's not meant to put you off btw. Just keep trying and having fun and you'll get there in time!
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Ok first off, I have an Ibanez RG5 and I think they are the most amazing sounding instruments. The only problem I found is the same one you're having. When I bought it, it sounded muddy and crappy. The middle bridge pickup is what sounded like **** on mine. So I exchanged it for another and the middle pickup still sucked. I would suggest you just install a new single-coil pickup in the guitar and it will sound as amazing as mine. But until you get the money to buy a new pick-up, just turn your pickup selector switch all the way up, towards the strings, not the tone knob. Here is a diagram of a guitar, in case you are new: http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/gr... Here is a great pickup, but make sure it fits! http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/p...
Catriona Originally Answered: Things you need to do for a new electric guitar?
You may have tuned it down a step, also know as flat tuning. Search online for a sound sample of e a d g b e or use a guitar tuner . Another reason is that there might be something wrong with your amp. Check the "bass" setting, if there is one, on your amp and make sure it is not turned all the way up. also, the pickups may be damaged. if these don't help, try googling it or bring it back to the guitar seller. good luck!

Annelisa Annelisa
You always get the answer to practice because, well, that IS the answer. Your fingers are not used to making the motions necessary to play guitar yet. Think about anything else you've ever done that required physical dexterity. Were you instantly good at it, or did it take time to get it down? You've played guitar for barely more than an hour. Of course you're going to suck at it with only that much time in. If you're expecting it to be easy, you're going to be highly disappointed. And just to illustrate how easy playing guitar ISN'T: I've been playing for almost 20 years now. And you know what? I still make mistakes, and techniques I have never used before are still challenging to learn and get good at. If you play for a half hour and stop because you're frustrated at not being able to do it, you never WILL be able to do it. Keep playing, no matter how terrible it sounds or how uncomfortable it is for your fingers. Eventually, you'll be able to do it. But if you don't practice on your own, you are wasting both your and your instructor's time. He's getting paid anyway, so it doesn't matter much to him, but if you don't practice because "It's too hard!!" then you're wasting your money. Oh, and one last thing: Of course your instructor gave you homework. You gotta have something to play on your own time if you want to improve. What, did you think you were going to learn how to play guitar while only playing it at your lessons? Tip: Play EVERY DAY. Try to fit at least an hour of practice into every single day. As you get better you'll be able to get away with skipping a day now and then, but when you're first starting out you need to play your guitar as much as possible to get your hands accustomed to doing it.
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Wyatt Wyatt
Wow! you've been trying for 70 minutes and you can't play guitar yet?! what a dumbass!!!! You totally suck! (just kidding) You have just discovered that guitar is not a video game like Rock Band. Welcome to reality. Most of us experienced guitarists on here probably took a few weeks to be able to play a couple of chords decently and a few months to be able to play 4 or 5 simple chords and to change them without much effort, maybe even longer. It took us years to develop our playing until we became "good" at it, and to make it look easy. A lot of us didn't have the internet and DVD's and Youtube lessons. We didn't have electronic tuners. We didn't have thousands of guitars to choose from. No delays, flangers, electronic doo-dads to make neat sounds with our guitars. You guys have it easy. BUT it's still not easy. NEXT lesson, if you don't know what he means...ASK HIM to explain. No need to look cool.He is there to ask questions of. He gets paid to help you. He can SEE you and SHOW you. WE can't. but #1 you need to have patience and realize you are not going to be "playing" guitar for months yet! If you don't have the desire to push through and wait to develop and learn, then you may as well quit now. and If I am making you mad.....GOOD!. Use that. Tell yourself "I'll show that ********!" You have to want it and play for the love of music. If you don't, you already have two strikes against you. good Luck and have patience, OK? BTW....I think you MUST have the world record on Yahoo Answers for giving up and asking why it's so hard to play guitar. Usually the minimum is a few days. You took only 70 minutes of trying! Try 30 minutes a day for 2 months before you start to worry.
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