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I've been playing a long time, but have found that lessons help to keep me focused and progressing.  I feel happy if I learn a new concept or theory or song in a lesson environment.  On my own, I tend to blather around w/out focus.

I was taking group lessons in the evenings at a local high school.  The latest teacher in this venue has just quit.

Sooo, since my head and and shoulder are finally on the mend after the Suburban body slam, I am picking up the guitar again and wondering how to focus, create a plan, improve and stay motivated, etc. on my own.  Deadlines also help.

What helps you continue and improve outside a lesson program?  Or how do you choose someone to lesson with?  I'm not sure I need an instructor, but I do need focus and a plan.

All thoughts, as usual, welcome.

D10 Series / any ideas for how to like my wd10sce better?
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:01:53 PM »
I want to like it.  But, so far, it isn't my fav.  The strings it came with weren't doing it any favors, so I changed out to a set of DR coated and the sound improved (stronger).  Playability still seems lacking.  Set up seems okay - about a "medium" action.

I'm a classical crossover ... I still prefer the old classical and play it most.  But it seems as if the wd10sce doesn't do my playing (more fingerstyle than strum) any favors.  To me, the old Sigma (action is similar to the Washburn if you measure string heights) is easier to play and the classical easiest.  It is almost as if the shape of the wd10sce neck doesn't match my left hand. 

So, perhaps I need to bite the bullet and assume it is a guitar/guitarist mis-match?  Or are there other adjustments I can make?

(Now you see why I was considering a trade in a different post.)

Classical Series / Do Washburn classical guitars also have truss rods?
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:22:39 PM »
I know, probably a stupid question, but curious.


General Discussion / does this sound like a good trade?
« on: November 15, 2013, 09:16:50 PM »
My guitar to trade:  Washburn WD10SCE, about 1.5 years old, with hard case from MF (This is the replacement Washburn sent me b/c the first one had a bad neck set.)

Trade guitar:  Washburn C64CE.  Not sure of age.  Looks pert near new in photos.  Missing battery cover.  Includes Washburn case.

Me:  Mostly a classical player.  Only plugged in at times for church stuff.  I seem to prefer nylon strings, tone, playablility, neck size, etc. when choosing an instrument to play at home.

I could likely sell one of my "extra" guitars, too, and net down one, which isn't a bad thing - how many guitars does one need?

Does this sound like a good trade for both parties?

Thanks for your thoughts.  I've not had my hands on the other guitar, nor checked its condition.

General Discussion / Who is your favorite guitar purveyor?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:14:30 PM »
I go into Sam Ash and feel like I should have stopped for a tat on the way.

I go into Guitar Center and feel like a hippie.

Staff at both stores seem welcoming and pleasant. 

When I stop at local private store I feel like I am beneath notice - old, female and likely not buying much  :D

Years ago, I used to shop at a friend's husband's shop - but he passed away and the shop closed.  I miss the shop and seeing him around.

There is another couple of local places that seem targeted to school kids.

Mailorderwise, MF and Zzounds seem okay for other stuff, but you can't play it.

Any favs out there?

(Sorry for all the posts today - I am home sick with the crud and pondering guitar-life questions.)

General Discussion / pick up on classical guitar
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:07:29 AM »
Everything I read suggests that putting a mic in front of a classical guitar is best. 

Any opinions to the contrary or "electrimification" suggestions. 

I am kicking around the idea of finding a "beater" classical guitar for dragging out at times and thought about  putting electronics on it. 


General Discussion / classical guitar neck strap
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:04:01 AM »
Anybody have a neck strap they  can recommend?  I play some at church and would like to occassionally take the classical and stand up.  Also the conventional straps on my steel strings dig into my shoulder.

So any starp advice would be welcome.


General Discussion / Help me memorize chords?
« on: November 04, 2012, 10:35:59 PM »
Okay, so I gigged with the choir at church.  And the church music is littered with weirdo chords that aren't at the front end of my brain.  So I was either a measure and a half behind, or just playing my favorite chords to keep up.

Sooooo, is there something I can do  to "collect" weird chords and memorize them properly? 

I'm thinking of  a "flash card" system or i-touch download that will help with memorization.

This old brain isn't as elastic as it once was.

General Discussion / Where do all the old guitars actually go?
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:47:22 PM »
I have noticed our local Craig's List is awash with guitars for sale - and this seems to be always true.  You see many of the same ads over and over - so they aren't selling like hotcakes unless they are a really great value (read cheap).

I get all kinds of solicitations from the likes of MF, ZZounds, etc. to buy buy buy guitars.  Somehow they make a business of it.

Do you think the market may be a tad bit saturated?  What happens to all the unwanted guitars?

Just curious.  In another life I was a marketing product manager, but it was technology, so there was always something new and better and faster and stuff broke.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / how to choose strings???
« on: September 03, 2012, 03:03:51 PM »
There are so many string variances on the market that I will not live long enough to try them all, much less decide on a favorite.

I'm not a fan of the strings that came on my WD10SCE and am considering trying something else.  One of my guitar buddies has waxed poetic about some brand that seems pricey and he feels are very comfortable.  I think it they are colortone 10s ... or color forms?   ;)  Any way, is there a bit of logic I can apply to at least rule some choices out?

Otherwise I just choose randomly and hope for the best ...


D10 Series / wd10sce - is it me or are the strings a bit high?
« on: February 16, 2012, 08:36:07 AM »
Finally found some time to carry my 6 mo. old WD10SCE to my luthier, who is very good, to address the string height/playability.  He felt the only thing he could do at a reasonable cost was to adjust the nut - adjustment of truss or bridge either weren't possible or wouldn't buy me any thing.  I don't think he was wildly enamoured with the set of the neck or the instrument itself.

I find the strings seem a bit too high as you get to the 12th fret and higher ... do others have this feeling?  It feels like playing a classical guitar with steel strings - not my ideal.

But I am new to all this acoustic stuff, so maybe it is me.

Thoughts?  Comments?  Solutions?

(My lesson learned is to carry an instrument to him within the grace period of returnin it.)

D10 Series / What strings for WD10SCE?
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:11:29 PM »
I've recently purchased this guitar and am enjoying it.  I'm wondering what strings shipped with it.

Does anyone have any particular string suggestions?

(I'm a classical crossover and will play all styles, but tend to toward finger picking, if that influences your string suggestions.)


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