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    1. Hy-Def
      Hy-Def
      Ah, okay. Thanks for that. I think I'll not use the pinky then. I feel it might be because I'm looking for progress too fast, but ah well...

      Another thing though. I'm trying to improve in general, I know a lot of chords, can switch fast, have accurate picking and stuff. I want to move to the next level, anything you can suggest I move on to? Thanks.
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      2. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        If you want to get better at music then download the software reaper and start writing songs part by part or take other peoples songs you like and try to clone/replicate them as good as you can. After cloning a bunch of songs you'll be good at songwriting as the mystery fades.
        Feb 14, 2015
      3. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        Songs are always simple when you look at one individual instrument track at a time, they only become music when combined with the other parts, simple repeating ideas brought together.

        There's a lot of different ways you can move on now but it depends on what your goal is
        Feb 14, 2015
      4. Hy-Def
        Hy-Def
        Thanks a lot man. It's kind of just generally learning new techniques, just to increase my general expertise. Also, the fact that my written music is just basic chords without any riffs or licks has started to annoy me. So, I kinda want to write music in a way that's more like Mraz or Sheeran.
        I'll check out that YouTube series. I don't have a laptop, so Reaper will have to wait. Thanks for the help, Kai.
        Feb 14, 2015
    2. Hy-Def
      Hy-Def
      Hey, Kaizen. Another guitar question.

      Do you fingerpick, and if yes, do you use your pinky? I'm trying to learn it, especially as it has its advantages, but I can see that only a minority use their pinkys. I want to make the decision now that I'm starting so that it'll will become habit. I just want to k ow if it's worth the trouble, as I noticed that it's pretty easy fingerpicking without it.
      1. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        I use my pinky and it is an advantage but you'll see officially that finger picking is taught with PIMA only, theub, index, middle and anular fingers.

        The reason I use my pinky is I always hold a regular pick which means I have the thumb+index finger as a single note. Don't worry about it too much, finger picking is fairly easy and do whatever feels right for you
        Feb 14, 2015
      2. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        Misspelling, P = thumb, not theub
        Feb 14, 2015
    3. Hy-Def
      Hy-Def
      Hey Kaizen. Got a question about playing tabs.

      Sometimes you'll see a tab where you play the 3rd fret on the B string then nothing played on G and D, not open, just nothing played. Then maybe the 2nd fret on the A string. How do you play that? How do you skip those 2 strings in between? Thanks.

      EDIT: I mean under the same strum, how do you jump those 2 unplayed strings?
      1. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        In the given example, lay your index finger across the strings to stop them ringing out and fret the 3rd fret b with the ring finger and 2nd fret a string with the middle finger.

        Using the index finger to mute the strings is an essential technique, muting is done by any unused finger to hol the unused strings lightly or by muting with the pick hand. You could always pluck the stings too.
        Oct 6, 2014
      2. Hy-Def
        Hy-Def
        Thanks a lot man. I was a little baffled by it before, but it makes sense now. It was just that I assumed that 'x' was put when it's meant to be muted.
        Oct 7, 2014
    4. niku
      niku
      Thanks dude,
      9-42 are a bit expensive. Sure I will try to replace them myself.
      I've never done this before so I guess I will have a look at some youtube videos for this. Is there anything that I need to keep in mind when replacing the strings?
      1. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        when you change the strings, they will go out of tune a few times as you play and they stretch in, after about an hour they should be ok. Do some bends to make it quicker for them to settle. Oh yeah, I find that one in every 5 string changes has the high e snap within minutes. No matter what guitar I use. Always buy some spare .009 e strings.
        Apr 8, 2014
      2. niku
        niku
        Sure thing. If only I can find these.
        Thinking of getting number 10's.
        Apr 9, 2014
    5. niku
      niku
      Bro. could you let me know which brand of strings I should get to replace the ones on my Pacifica?
      I broke Eb today and I need to replace the bunch.
      Also I haven't replaced guitar strings before so do you think I should get this done at a music shop?
      1. Kaizen
        Kaizen
        There's lots of brands and there's not much difference between them, just get cheap string brands like ernie ball slinkies/rotosounds/dean markley strings (9-42 gauge)

        You should also change them yourself, it's not too difficult if you take it slow and it's good to learn these things
        Apr 7, 2014
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