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Julie C

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  1. 4 hours ago, Don H said:

    I have slow fingers and have concluded, after three years of TAC, that they will never get any faster.  So I just do what I can and enjoy playing.

    My goal is to get fast enough to progress to slow lol. 

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  2. On 5/10/2018 at 3:03 PM, Rae said:

    Go for it @Julie C, do the repair yourself. My bridge broke on my old guitar and luthiers were telling me it wasn't worth fixing because the guitar repair would cost what the guitar was worth, plus parts, so I did it myself. What they think is worthless, doesn't mean it is, with a little love and patience, you'll get it fixed. So far my repair is holding up pretty good, and it even sounds better than before.

    I plan to.  Just waiting for the right day with no distractions.  I get just one shot to fix it.  My dad had a stroke and after 2 1/2 months is heading home from rehab Monday. And our dog had a  major seizure yesterday. Never had one before.  Didn't think she was going to make it.  Had another this morning and it has taken all day to start to come out of the fog it put her in, even with the medicine the vet gave us. 

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  3. UPDATE: Have spoken to three different guitar repair people.  All say it can be repaired.  But the cost of repair pretty much equals the value of the guitar and all said I should try to do it myself and that I would be better off investing the money needed for repair in a new guitar.  Seems the biggest pitfall is the glue sliding before it sets and the pieces don't end up lining up, even when clamped. Tuning pegs all need to come out. It will have a scar.  But since the break is above the nut it should still be the same guitar.  Still hard to believe they can break while stored in a hard case made by the guitar manufacturer for that shaped guitar body. Trying to figure out what could be done to the outside of a case to prevent such a hard shock. 

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  4. 7 hours ago, Keith "SibeDad" L said:

    A professional repair makes no financial sense, only if there are other emotional attachments.  A self repair, you have nothing to loose, I would give it a shot; and I am not the handiest person in the world.

    Generally I am pretty handy.  Except it seems when it comes to guitars.  First time I tried to change strings I broke the E string in the process.  The low E string. Go figure!

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  5. 8 minutes ago, Keith "SibeDad" L said:

    Just wondering how you made out with Luna.  Did you look into a repair?

    I called one place and sent a picture of the damage. They estimated about $300.  The guitar goes for $349 new right now so a professional repair is not likely to happen.  There are many videos on how to do it yourself.  Might go that route once I feel comfortable possibly ruining my guitar forever. 

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  6. When I first started playing the $50 guitar sounded the same as the $5000 guitars in guitar center.  As time goes on, you will hear more and more differences. Differences between picks. Differences between strings. And differences where you strum or pick the strings.  When playing with Taylors in the store, they have a very bright high end.  Strumming closer towards the head brings out more low tones. What I would do to hear the differences is have someone else play your guitar.  They sound different when the sound is coming at you. If no one in your house plays, show them the em chord.  Then have them do a single strum near the bridge, over the sound hole, and near the neck.  You might hear the differences better when someone else is playing.  You can also have someone just pick the individual strings in different positions.

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  7. My temporary work around will be to use my ukulele in place of my guitar and explore the relation between the 2.  Turns out the Uke is like a guitar capoed at the 5th fret. So playing a D guitar chord on the uke is now a G. Been able to adapt the first few Warm up library lessons.  I think I am going to discover a bit of theory using the uke to keep up with TAC for now.  I am still in shock. I am normally sound asleep by now but am wide awake digesting this.

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  8. 3 minutes ago, Keith "SibeDad" L said:

    @Julie C, after everything you have been through, this is the last thing you needed.

    Don't know if this is still available or if it has gone already.


    Looks like it found a good home with Guitars for Vets. I still cannot believe it just broke like that.  It was in a hard case leaning against the wall. 

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  9. I just went to take out my guitar and I am beyond devastated.  The dog knocked into my guitar case earlier in the day and it fell and I didn't think too much of it.  Just opened the case and the head is broken off! Nooooo! I am sitting here in shock and in tears.  Nooooooooo!

    luna rip.jpg

  10. 10 hours ago, Sharon Tiano said:

    That is impressive.. to start with both the 12 and 6 string versions... I think I might have wanted to try that myself if @Dom T didn't already have one - I tried his and was quickly scared off... LOL.  

    As a beginner I actually found the 12 string easier. The double strings were easier on my fingertips and my pick didn't get stuck in the strings when strumming. Only chord I really could play on either for awhile was Em. 

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  11. I can usually play it clean finally after trying for a year but cannot switch to or from it fast enough.  But I do have to admit I avoid it so I am sure that doesn't help.  My trusty capo to the rescue lol.

  12. I found one teacher willing to give it a go with me. She is on vacation until early September. I want to do a one hour private lesson and see if this is something I want to or should pursue. Lots of online stuff but I think you need a real person to show you how to breathe and such before the online stuff ( things like chest voice vs head voice) makes sense.

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