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Marvin O'Gravel replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"I agree with Jim N.  Or maybe a bass uke if your voice is as low as mine.  Although, it is a bass, not really a lead instrument like a guitar.  Good luck."
May 25
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Singing with basic chords (for pre-beginners) in the group CBG Playing for Dummies
"Yes, thanks, Ted, thanks a good one. Two chords, right? I'll bet you could get through a lot more songs with just those same two chords. How to do the most with the least is what I'm after. I start with the song, without accompaniment at…"
Feb 13
Ted Crocker replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Singing with basic chords (for pre-beginners) in the group CBG Playing for Dummies
"Try this"
Feb 13
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Feb 13
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Singing with basic chords (for pre-beginners) in the group CBG Playing for Dummies
"I am hoping someone will demonstrate. I read somewhere where children are encouraged to just strum an open chord (like G). This might get a little boring, but what if you just added one or two more open (or easily fingered) chords -- and just leave…"
Feb 13
Tom Petry replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Singing with basic chords (for pre-beginners) in the group CBG Playing for Dummies
"That's how it all started.  Still works today.  If you are having fun you are doing it right."
Feb 13
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Singing with basic chords (for pre-beginners)

As an absolute (pre-) beginner I'd like to know if it is possible to sing and strum along with just 3 or 4 chords. I mean, just ignore everything except a few major chords. After all, you are singing the melody, so all you really need for accompaniment is to strum all for the beat and maybe one or two chord changes. And for any song at all. Or is this just wishful thinking? Say with chords G D and E (I IV V)?See More
Feb 13
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Feb 12
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"To answer my own question, I tried this with open tuning to (low) G and D and it works. A lot easier than trying to bar all 6 strings, and if you just play the power chords it's better than nothing!"
Feb 12
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"But what if you replaced the three highest strings on the guitar (GBE) with the three lowest strings (EAD) and tuned them to GBE? "
Feb 11
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Thanks, Jim. I'll try it."
Feb 10
Jim N. replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Michael, sure, just like the first three strings on a baritone ukulele. Bari's (bigger and lower-voiced than plinky-sounding soprano, etc., ukes) are tuned DGBE, just like the 1st four strings on regular guitar. Ex: “Feelin' Bad…"
Feb 9
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Thanks, Jim. I've thought about it but I don't much like the sound.of the ukelele. I've also tried open tuning on the guitar, but that's not as easy as it sounds. Another thing I've tried is just playing "normal"…"
Feb 9
Michael Morrissey replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Thanks, Martin. I had never heard of a loop pedal, much less tried it, but I have GarageBand (Mac computer) and I think you can do stuff like that if you can figure it out how to use it."
Feb 9
Jim N. replied to Michael Morrissey's discussion Looking for the simplest instrument in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Have you tried a ukulele? Ukes are easy on the head and the fingers, and there are plenty of really easy songs to get you started. For ex., Google or check on YouTube for “one chord ukulele songs,” or some other variant of…"
Feb 8

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Surfing for 3 string instruments and tuning
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Banjo, guitar, didgiridoo.

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Newbie seeks orientation

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 1:46pm 0 Comments

I have just discovered 3-string tuning as an alternative to 6-string that might yet make it possible for me to learn how to play a few chords well enough to accompany myself singing, which is the main reason I want to play any instrument at all. So I am putting cotton underneath the first 3 strings of my guitar and just playing the "standard" chords, which is a huge discovery. (No guitar teacher ever taught me that!) I love the idea of making my own instrument, but in the meantime I want to…

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Hi Michael, welcome to the Handmade Music Clubhouse - Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters (CBG HQ)!

The focus here is on all types of handmade instruments and music. There are lots of helpful builders and players here and lots of Groups to teach and learn. We welcome participation so don't be shy.

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