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Learning guitar... #373570
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Hi, I've been playing the piano since I was 6 (9 years ago) and, though I love erudite music, I also love Progressive Metal, and Metal etc. (Dream Theater rulz, btw).

I started learning to like the sound of the electric guitar and now I love it so much I thought about buying an electric guitar and get some lessons. (but I will allways continue with piano, of course. Piano is my life. smile )
BUT I'm afraid it might ruin my hand and finger "piano structure"... Like getting callouses, twisted hands, stiff wrists, etc.

Is that going to happen? :x
Thanks.

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Re: Learning guitar... #373571
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I'm not a metalhead, but I do occasionally noodle around with the electirc guitar (I'm more into Radiohead, Zeppelin, and others). It's not going to change your "piano hands;" don't worry, you'll still be able to play with subtlety on stuff like ravel or brahms.

This is all from my experience. Who knows? You could get carpel tunnel from guitar (hopefully not).


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No. As a classical guitarist and hobbyist electric guitarist (country, classic rock is more my thing laugh ), I've never had any problems. Be sure to get a good teacher and learn proper technique, though. Guitarists can get injured by bad technique, too.


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The two flow into each other very well. Go for it. If anything I think your guitar "messing around", improvisation if you prefer, will help your keyboard.

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tony macalpine can play chopin etudes and rip on the electric guitar so there you go

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Originally posted by izaldu:
tony macalpine can play chopin etudes and rip on the electric guitar so there you go
Good call!

I play both, too. Though on guitar I lean towards the heavier stuff like this ...

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I once attempted to take up guitar many years ago, but the callouses grew so much on the tips of my fingers, that when I touched a piano key to play, the sensitivity was lost...hence that was the end of my guitar career smile

Piano is my first and only love, I guess.

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Now I know what my problem is ---- it's those dad burn callouses.

Re: Learning guitar... #373578
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The callouses go away after a few months. Nylon strings are easier on the fingers, and a well set up electric isn't much harder on the fingers than an acoustic nylon.


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Originally posted by izaldu:
tony macalpine can play chopin etudes and rip on the electric guitar so there you go
Well, if you say so. smile


Thanks for your replies, guys (and gals, if any).

Re: Learning guitar... #373580
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The callouses go away after a few months. Nylon strings are easier on the fingers, and a well set up electric isn't much harder on the fingers than an acoustic nylon.
You are correct, sir. thumb wink


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The action on my guitar is so unbearably high that I very rarely play it.


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Re: Learning guitar... #373582
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The action on my guitar is so unbearably high that I very rarely play it.
You need a better guitar. laugh Is it an acoustic or is it electric?


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Re: Learning guitar... #373583
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"The action on my guitar is so unbearably high that I very rarely play it." playadom

Any good guitar shop can alter the action (if it's a good guitar). If it's a bad one, all that really dry wood makes great kindling!


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