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Just curious....

My partner won’t ever cut her nails and that is the end of it. Unless she learns slide, I suppose.

I saw a movie where the girlfriend taught herself to play (better than the guy) on his acoustic while he was on tour with a band. I thought I better check the boss to see who has been putting marks on my strings, but unless she is a good actor.....nope. I was playing a guitar with a thinner nut width and thought I shouldn’t have bought it and it was probably better for someone with slim fingers and just maybe the boss could learn on it? If she wanted? Nope. Tried to get her to play cowboy C but the 5 string C was ‘hurting’ that finger and her nail was about 3 strings wide!

 

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Mine dabbled a teensy bit in piano about 20 years ago. She's got her own things. Jewelry making, colroring books with markers/pens and a few online video games (or whatever they are called these days). Once a year or so, she looks at something with  lifted eye, but ultimately decides not to. One time it was a cajon in a store, another time it was my bongos. I swear she's looked at my uke a time or two. She denies, and I DO NOT PUSH. No sir-ree. Not this kid. Nope. I'd sooner sandpaper a wild-cat's *** in a phone booth than to try to push her into doing something.

3 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

My wife is into her crafts. Knitting, quilting and embroidering. She is also the techy of the two of us. I use computers for what they were intended for stealing music and downloading porn.

 

A true story.

I "tested" something once. I had my laptop open as she was up and about and made sure she saw the guitar product page I was on. This was right after getting my SJ-200, so she had every right to wonder WTF I was looking at and why, Her response was - measured.  A day or two later, it was naughty pictures. VERY naughty pictures. The response was, in a much happier tone "oooooooo, what have you got there?".

FWIW, she was totally supportive in my recent studio build and the D-41, both of which started happening within a year of the SJ-200 purchase. Also, I have referred to the pretty pics on wildwood as an online museum, and am sure to point out anything I see with abalone. Sooo, I can surf guitar stuff just as freely as naughty pics. LOL (well, I think so, anyhow. Been some times since the latter....cough cough)

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5 minutes ago, PatriotsBiker said:

Mine dabbled a teensy bit in piano about 20 years ago. She's got her own things. Jewelry making, colroring books with markers/pens and a few online video games (or whatever they are called these days). Once a year or so, she looks at something with  lifted eye, but ultimately decides not to. One time it was a cajon in a store, another time it was my bongos. I swear she's looked at my uke a time or two. She denies, and I DO NOT PUSH. No sir-ree. Not this kid. Nope. I'd sooner sandpaper a wild-cat's *** in a phone booth than to try to push her into doing something.

 

A true story.

I "tested" something once. I had my laptop open as she was up and about and made sure she saw the guitar product page I was on. This was right after getting my SJ-200, so she had every right to wonder WTF I was looking at and why, Her response was - measured.  A day or two later, it was naughty pictures. VERY naughty pictures. The response was, in a much happier tone "oooooooo, what have you got there?".

FWIW, she was totally supportive in my recent studio build and the D-41, both of which started happening within a year of the SJ-200 purchase. Also, I have referred to the pretty pics on wildwood as an online museum, and am sure to point out anything I see with abalone. Sooo, I can surf guitar stuff just as freely as naughty pics. LOL (well, I think so, anyhow. Been some times since the latter....cough cough)

Getting my  D-41 is a day I will never forget.

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3 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

Getting my  D-41 is a day I will never forget.

It is impressive. I remember it, too, but it was partial nerves, too, hoping it wasn't a dud until it opened up. The 'Bird and SJ-200 each sounded better from the beginning. It caught up, though. 🙂 I am very pleased with my small stable. 

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My wife has never shown the slightest interest in learning to play any musical instrument.

However one of our Grandchildren saw me playing a few years ago and asked me to teach her. Not having any formal training, I declined, but after she had an introductory lesson which she enjoyed, I signed her up. She has been taking them for over three years, ( she is currently 10 years old)  and continues to enjoy them. I sit on on her classes ( at her request) and have played in concerts with her on four occasions. Last year her younger sister asked to take piano lessons, and I also signed her up, and take her to the classes as well.

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17 minutes ago, RBSinTo said:

My wife has never shown the slightest interest in learning to play any musical instrument.

However one of our Grandchildren saw me playing a few years ago and asked me to teach her. Not having any formal training, I declined, but after she had an introductory lesson which she enjoyed, I signed her up. She has been taking them for over three years, ( she is currently 10 years old)  and continues to enjoy them. I sit on on her classes ( at her request) and have played in concerts with her on four occasions. Last year her younger sister asked to take piano lessons, and I also signed her up, and take her to the classes as well.

RBSinTo

Right on, man! Kudos!

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16 hours ago, BluesKing777 said:

 

Just curious....

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My buddy plays wineries and small venues...for 30 + years.  His wife never learned to play any instrument.   That has all changed in the last year.  She took a liking to a Yamaha I sold him, and she has begun to "play".  It's never to late to start!(And she cuts her nails)😎

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My wife plays keys and is a great vocalist - that’s actually how we got connected oh so many years ago! She also played ukulele. She has  said for years she’d like to learn guitar but she’d try to play mine and they are just too big for her.  Last Christmas I got her a Taylor GS mini which seems well suited and she’s finally working at it.  Admittedly it’s a bit frustrating to her because she knows where she wants to go but the speed just isn’t there yet! She’s determined - I just give her a few pointers than get out of the way! 

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18 hours ago, PatriotsBiker said:

It is impressive. I remember it, too, but it was partial nerves, too, hoping it wasn't a dud until it opened up. The 'Bird and SJ-200 each sounded better from the beginning. It caught up, though. 🙂 I am very pleased with my small stable. 

None of my CFM 's were duds. The only reason I don't have the 18, 28 and 35 anymore is they funded the 41. Miss them till the 41 comes out of the case. Then I smile.

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6 hours ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

None of my CFM 's were duds. The only reason I don't have the 18, 28 and 35 anymore is they funded the 41. Miss them till the 41 comes out of the case. Then I smile.

Just curious what would make a D41 or D-45 a better sounding guitar than a D28 or D-35, as they're all spruce/rosewood bodies?

To me, the D-18 (spruce/mahogany) and D-28 (spruce/rosewood) are basic musical transportation. My D28 is a 1974, and it sounds like angels singing.

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37 minutes ago, RBSinTo said:

Just curious what would make a D41 or D-45 a better sounding guitar than a D28 or D-35, as they're all spruce/rosewood bodies?

To me, the D-18 (spruce/mahogany) and D-28 (spruce/rosewood) are basic musical transportation. My D28 is a 1974, and it sounds like angels singing.

RBSinTo

 

The 28 and 35 are non scalloped bracing. The 41 is scalloped.  The 28 and 41 have the same size braces 5/16th. The 35 is 1/4. Yes they all have the same wood. I've owned all 3 none sound the same. 

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2 hours ago, RBSinTo said:

Just curious what would make a D41 or D-45 a better sounding guitar than a D28 or D-35, as they're all spruce/rosewood bodies?

To me, the D-18 (spruce/mahogany) and D-28 (spruce/rosewood) are basic musical transportation. My D28 is a 1974, and it sounds like angels singing.

RBSinTo

 

 

1 hour ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

The 28 and 35 are non scalloped bracing. The 41 is scalloped.  The 28 and 41 have the same size braces 5/16th. The 35 is 1/4. Yes they all have the same wood. I've owned all 3 none sound the same. 

I've gotta agree. I know they claim to reserve the better cuts for the 40-series and blah de yadi yadi yada yada crapola. I despise marketing spin more than is probably healthy. But yeah, wow. I was nervous for the first few days, though. LOL

5 months later and "wow" is all I can say. All this while my Hummingbird is coming into it's own. Going back and forth between them in one sitting is an experience of pure guitar joy.

 

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44 minutes ago, PatriotsBiker said:

 

I've gotta agree. I know they claim to reserve the better cuts for the 40-series and blah de yadi yadi yada yada crapola. I despise marketing spin more than is probably healthy. But yeah, wow. I was nervous for the first few days, though. LOL

5 months later and "wow" is all I can say. All this while my Hummingbird is coming into it's own. Going back and forth between them in one sitting is an experience of pure guitar joy.

 

I've never played a 45. I've played one 42.  The 41, 42 and 45 are all scalloped and 5/16 bracing. It might be more bling on as you go up in numbers. So saving 5k I can live with a measly 41.

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My lovely lady has recently started playing flute again. She played in high school and we do a couple Marshall Tucker Band songs with flute in it, Can't You See and working on Heard In A Love Song. She plays flute on those and has played live with us on Can't You See at every show over the last couple years. She was using a borrowed one and then bought her own. It was actually quite funny because she casually mentioned that she had opened a Guitar Center Gear Card and bought a flute. Of course I was supportive because she's supportive of me and my 14 guitar addiction. She also sings a little so we do get to play music together, although different instruments.

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My wife has been a trumpet player since high school.  About 10 years ago when my focus switched to classical guitar, she was invaluable in helping me to learn to read music.   I had about 20 odd years of playing by tab, chords, or ear under my belt by then.  I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to just be beginning to play guitar, and learning to read music at the same time.

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10 hours ago, coxdenis32 said:

My son wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I know that this is a difficult process because we are isolated. Online lessons are the right choice. I want to find a resource that can give tasks and check it online. It should be similar to the educational counterpart removed by ksdaddy . My son dreams of finding a teacher who knows how to love his job. It seems to me that this forum will help realize this dream.

you tube is great for all levels.  there's a few regular teachers who have plenty of free lessons out there - and they seem to have a passion for what they do (i.e. Marty jamz (something or other), Justin guitars... to name a few)

My 2 cents, guitar becomes fun when you can play a song, I'd find a super simple song, find some you tube vids and go from there.  but everyone's different, so do what works.

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10 hours ago, coxdenis32 said:

My son wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I know that this is a difficult process because we are isolated. Online lessons are the right choice. I want to find a resource that can give tasks and check it online. It should be similar to the educational counterpart removed by ksdaddy . My son dreams of finding a teacher who knows how to love his job. It seems to me that this forum will help realize this dream.

 

This guy also posted in the lounge with the essay writing link.

 

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