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Any skilled guitar players? - August 14th 2013, 11:53 PM

Hi I started learning guitar this year... Although it's only like 10 minutes a week but I want to learn Knives and Pens by BVB, the acoustic version of course. The verses seem pretty simple; C, D and Em, I know all those chords... But then there's the intro, which I LOVE!! But uhh... Can anyone tell me what the heck this means?!

Haha... Yeah I know I'm really not skilled enough to play this song yet, but I'd like to start learning now Practice makes perfect, after all... I get extremely frustrated when I can't do anything that isn't music related... But when I'm playing guitar and I forget a chord or don't change chords fast enough, and when I'm singing and don't hit the right note or my voice cracks, I can just laugh at my mistake and keep going... And no, I'm not gonna be stuck up and say 'Lol I never stuff up I'm awesome at music!!' Because that's not true I love music, it's my passion and I AM good at it, but I do stuff up That's why I'm practicing haha..

Anyways... If anyone could tell me what that means, I'd be grateful Thanks!! <3

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Re: Any skilled guitar players? - August 15th 2013, 12:27 AM

e= bottom string
B= next one up

the numbers are which fret it is so 8 is the 8th fret of that string.
0 is an open string so you don't press on any frets, just play the string.

H is hammer-on so you just press your finger on the string on the appropriate fret without plucking the fret.

hope that's all clear! try looking at youtube tutorials on techniques and i use a website called ultimateguitar.com which is incredibly helpful and contains so many tabs and chords for almost every song

good luck with your playing! and you're right, practice does make perfect
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Re: Any skilled guitar players? - August 15th 2013, 01:02 AM

Hi there,

Yeah, it's not the easiest song, especially for a beginner. The above user is correct- an "H" is a hammer-on. For example, at the end of the line, you have your finger on F10 and essentially "hammer" your finger onto F12 and then let go, and then put it back on .Try it to see what I mean. Start off slow, and then pick up the pace Honestly, hammer ons are the easy part- you want to make sure that your fingers can hit the chords correctly. But this "riff" is definitely manageable, especially because it only utilizes half the strings here.

When in doubt, listen to the solo!

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