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    Default Taking up the guitar next week.

    I thought I would put the announcement here. I'll post my progress in the guitar sub forum, provided there is progress to report. I am going to give it a go, but playing the ukulele will always be my priority. We will have to see how it goes. I'm not trying to say that there is nothing more that I can learn on the ukulele, because I think that learning is a never ending process, regardless, but I'm doing what I set out to do with the ukulele and right now is just more of the same thing, and I don't want to branch off into stuff that doesn't interest me. The guitar would fit better into my journey. So my wife has an old dreadnought and I dug it out of the basement. I've had several ukulele gigs and such up until this weekend and I haven't wanted to concentrate on something else. But now I'm done until later this spring. So no pressing ukulele performances. I'm kind of excited. I'm going linear.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    It will be interesting to see how hard you find it compared with our ukes. For one thing I think you'll find playing an F barre chord is harder than anything you ever have to do on a uke, and is traditionally the point at which a lot of guitar learners give up. An acoustic guitar is a lot harder to learn on than an electric, which is what I would always recommend for a learner, but it should be fun anyway. One suggestion is to check the string gauges. It's not uncommon to find dreads strung with "medium" gauge strings, that go from 0.013" to 0.056", and those are a challenge to play, let alone learn on. For learning I suggest at most lights (0.012 to 0.053") or even ultra lights (10s) or custom lights (11s). One company markets what they call their "Beginner Gauge" acoustic strings and they are 0.011" to 0.052" gauge.
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    Good luck with this journey. My vague memories of guitar from decades ago is that the G chord was never as comfortable as I would have liked, the barre F chord was really tough, and that my fingers still hurt from the thin steel strings that hurt even with callouses.

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    After playing uke for a while, I think you will find the transition to guitar easier than you may think. Sure the F barre chord is tricky for many folks, but you will probably find that you don't play in C nearly as often as ukers do. I most often play in G or A, and those chord families are easy. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow21 View Post
    my fingers still hurt from the thin steel strings that hurt even with callouses.
    Timely thread.

    I'm about to go on a trip to a remote mountain cabin and one of the things provided is a guitar. Upon learning this last week I dusted off my Grandpa's old plywood Stella to see if it would be worth bringing a chord chart and tuner on the trip. The thing is so beat up and warped that it's barely playable. Last night I dreamt that my fingertips were all bleeding.

    I got into uke after a failed attempt to teach myself guitar (on an electric - definitely easier to fret). I have to say things went better this time around and I've been having fun with the richer sound. But I don't expect to buy a guitar anytime soon (to my wife's obvious relief).

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnyf View Post
    After playing uke for a while, I think you will find the transition to guitar easier than you may think. Sure the F barre chord is tricky for many folks, but you will probably find that you don't play in C nearly as often as ukers do. I most often play in G or A, and those chord families are easy. Good luck!
    Unless, of course, you end up jamming with your ukulele playing friends...

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    You will do well Rolli. There are so many chords that share the same shape but just a different name. On guitar D is shaped like a uke G, A is shaped like D, Am is Dm, Dm is Gm, etc.

    It is a fun challenge and if you can get through the first month by learning some simple 3 and 4 chord songs you will be off to the races. Enjoy it, I certainly have, a good ukulele foundation really helps with learning guitar
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields walnut pineapple super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Enya Nova *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Good luck with the guitar. The guitar is my preferred instrument, but I have recently taken up the ukulele. It has been a great break from guitar and I am finding that the experience with the guitar has helped with the ukulele. I am sure you will find the same - although the other way around.

    Make sure your guitar is properly set up. I have all my guitars set up with very low action - the result is they play almost as easily as an electric guitar. That makes barre chords much easier to play.

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    Good luck. I just bought a classical guitar last weekend so am starting a similar journey. At least I get softer strings, but the wider neck (which I wanted) seems reaaalllllyyy wide, even though the string spacing seems tight compared to my baritone. So far I'm getting used to the extra strings and huge fret spacing. Won't be giving up the ukulele anytime soon though!
    Glenn

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    Enjoy, i second the good set up. I now have shoulder bursitis from too much tension and working hard against a high action. Wish i had spent a little more money when buying my first guitar, got an easier playing instrument and invested in a set up.

    Guitar has a huge drop out rate and an easy playing instrument is so important. I am shopping for a nylon string instrument at the moment to make it that little but easier and more fum.

    Also, you can avoid barre chords, F can be played by only strumming strings 2-5 and no barre although i prefer a 1-2 barre and strum 1-5.

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