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BlueJay the first chord you played on your guitar (71* d) RE: the first chord you played on your guitar 30 Sep 01

Guest, Singout- Penny, the C chord should not sound "flat and dull", as you state. How long have you been playing? If you are new to guitar playing, the C chord can be difficult for awhile. Every new player goes through a period when new fingerings are difficult and all the notes don't sound clearly. Wait till you try F or B.

But if you've been playing for awhile, and are comfortable with the open C fingering, I would look to your instrument. Even good guitars can become virtually unplayable by the effects of time, fret wear, and unqualified people trying to work on them. With cheaper instruments, these effects are exagerated.

It's just a hunch, but in your case I'm thinking you need to get thyself to a reputable repair person and have your guitar evaluated, at the least. It's very possible that a good action setup will make your guitar playing life a lot more rewarding.

Regarding the pick noise- I'd bet my last dime, (it's all alone in the change can), that you are using a "thin" pick. To me, at least, thin picks often sound like a playing card stuck in bicycle spokes with a clothespin. Others may disagree, but I like heavier picks, at least a medium. In my case, it took quite a while to get beyond the timid stage, and actually "attack" the strings, all six strings or a partial chord. The guitar is capable of both loud volumes and extremely subtle nuances. Right hand technique is equal in importance to left hand technique.

Thanks, BlueJay

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