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Can you begin learning guitar on an electric?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Question by Westport: Can you begin learning guitar on an electric?
Is it any easier or harder to learn how to play on an electric Guitar. I have absolutely no musical skills. I have always wanted to learn how to play guitar particularly an electric.

Best answer:

Answer by Skwucky
I’ve been classically trained for eleven years, though I also play electric. The type of guitar isn’t what makes it hard. I find steel string acoustics harder to play. Classical guitars seem to be easiest to play, though their necks are too wide for some. Electrics aren’t any harder or easier to play to me unless you put on a really heavy gauge string which only makes it a little harder to bar chords and stuff, but you get used to it quickly.

In short, the type of guitar doesn’t make a huge difference in difficulty, but the style of music. Also, in any genre you have both easy and complicated songs. However, classical is many times more complicated than anything else. If you want to pursue a music career or want to major in music, I highly recommend you learn classical first. If you can play that, you can play anything. If you aren’t that serious about music, then just go straight to electric and get a good teacher. You can unwittingly get into a lot of bad playing habits if you’re self taught.

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ABC’s Alphabet Train | Learning Letters | Preschool | Kids Song

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

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The Train Set is a popular part of the Early Learning Center at the Library

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Train Set is a popular part of the Early Learning Center at the Library

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Cousins Micah and Austen explore the train set with Austen’s mom

Learning More About Model Train Tracks

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

It is obvious that there are two things that you need to know if you are a train enthusiast or model train hobbyist. The first one is of course about your electric model train. And the second one is about the track that you will be using for your model train to run through. When talking about model tracks, there are a lot of things that are needed to be considered especially if your model train kit does not come with a track. It is necessary that model train should be compatible with your model track. There are different sizes of model trains as well as there are also different model train tracks.Erent model train tracks. Model train scales. In order to give you an idea, here are what you need to know about model train scales and model track gauges.

Scale: The comparison of a model train size to the size of the real train is called the scale. It is displayed as a proportional value, like 1:220 for instance, wherein 1 being the first number corresponds to the size of the model train and 220 being the second number correspond to the amount of times the model train should be bigger in order to come up with the size of the real train. The example given is the scale of a Z model scale, which means the model is 220 times smaller than the size of a real train. There are many different types of scales, and the most popular is the HO model scale. The HO model is 87 times smaller than a real train because its scale is 1:87. This scale is popular because of its balanced size which is perfect for a layout.

Gauge: The width of the track is measured in gauge. There are various types of gauges and they may only be used for a specific model scale. However, there are some model railroaders and enthusiasts (especially those who are too advanced) that are able to tweak their tracks a bit and they are able to place their model trains even if they are bigger in scale. This can’t be usually done since there are already tracks that are provided in a custom order. For example, if you bought an HO model scale, then it is 87 times smaller as compared to a real train. And the designated track gauge for this type of model scale is “0.650”. As for the model scale 1:22, track gauge of “0.257” will be the perfect track for it.

This only shows that if you are not able to determine the designated gauge for your model scale, your model train will be useless; unless you are able to buy the correct gauge for it. Assembling your model train will surely give you not much problem, but as far as the track is concerned, having no knowledge about it may give you a hard time. There are a lot of things that should be considered when it comes to assembling your track such as the number of switches that you need or want, the height, the connections, the joiners and whatnot.

It is also necessary to include turns when setting up your model tracks. You won’t like seeing your train just going back and forth or up and down in a straight line, would you? You can then move to setting up your layout after you have finished setting your tracks up.

Jason R. Dodson is a toy enthusiast and a miniature piece collector with a special interest in locomotives. He pays special attention to his model trains and has built the website to help model railroaders get started with the hobby.

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A Wooden Train Set is Useful for Playing and Learning

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

A wooden train set is an adaptable toy that can start as a small set and be built up over time to become much more substantial system. Wooden train sets also have great play value because of their long-term usage as a child grows. They are also useful as educational toys and are particularly good for developing gross and fine motor skills as well as the ability to communicate.

Children love to play and a wooden train set is the perfect toy to bring them together. Whilst playing with a railway set children can explore new roles, for example, one child might be the driver of the train whilst another can be the station master controlling the flow of trains to and from the platforms. Another child might be in charge of making announcements or be the driver of a different train. There are any number of roles that can be thought up and introduced and is very much up to a child’s imagination to create them.

There are a number of factors that makes a wooden train set so much more appropriate for toddlers and pre-school children over an electric train set for instance. Firstly they tend to be non-motorised, this means that there is nothing mechanical to break, no involvement of electricity and no batteries are required. Secondly the material they are mostly made out of, wood, which is very forgiving, robust and repairable. Connecting the pieces of wooden train track is easy so the creation of new track layout is achievable after a little practice. The wooden track and accessories are also safe to play with, there are no sharp edges or dangerous parts that can break off and become choking hazards. However, if the track does become damaged through overzealous play then it is often the case that a simple repair can be carried out with a little bit of time and some wood glue. Thirdly compatibility, virtually all of the wooden train set manufacturers use the same templates to cut the profiles of the track piece joins and track gauge. Brio, Plan Toys, BigJigs and the like all utilise very similar patterns. What this means is that you can buy a new wooden train set then acquire an old railway set of say twenty years age and, when it comes to placing them together, the two will combine and fit almost seamlessly.

Although invented as a commercial toy over seventy years ago the humble wooden railway set still captivates young children (and some adults) today. With an increase in the awareness and desire to purchase more ecologically sound toys for children. The wooden and sustainable train set is probably set to entertain children for another seventy years as they learn and play.

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Learning More About Layouts

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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Learning More About Model Trains

Friday, September 9th, 2011

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Learning About G Scale Model Trains

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

G scale trains belong to the larger-scale models category of model trains. The G scale is one of the largest train replicas in the model train and railroading world. It is even the biggest of the most popular model trains. The G scale model ratio is 1:22. This means that the replica is only twenty two times smaller than its real-life cousin. If you think about it, other models and scales are a whole lot smaller. The O scale, for instance, also belongs to the larger scale models but is just about half the size of G scale model trains – only 1:48 in ratio. To compare, O scale model trains are 16.1 inches long and 3.6 tall; while G scale models are 26.7 inches long and about half a foot high. G scale model trains were developed by Paul Lehmann Patetnwerk, head of the German company Lehmann Gross Bahn – also known by two other names: LGB, or as known in English, Lehmann Big Train. LGB has manufactured model trains since 1881 and has an American branch called LGB America.  

Due to its considerable size, most model train and railroaders affectionately refer to the G scale model trains as if it stands for “garden”. The letter actually stands for groß, which in German means “big”. For G scale model trains, No.1 tracks are used – so do other larger scale trains. The gauge, or the width of the No.1 track, is about 45 millimeters.

G scale model trains are durable ones, so if you’re planning on having a railroad track in your backyard, it would be a great scale to choose. The tracks of G scale models are made of brass. These won’t require you to do a lot of maintenance. You can simply wipe it with a clean cloth, and the track will be good for plenty of runs. If you have some space in your home, you can put your G scale model train indoors.

Two of the best G scale model train and track manufacturers are Bachmann and Aristocraft. The durability that G scale mode trains are well known for can be put to good use. For instance, it can be introduced to kids by their parents who are model train enthusiasts as well – without the worry for the train getting broken. This makes for a good medium for the family to bond. Smaller scales like the 4.8 inch high 1.1 inch tall N scale models will easily get destroyed by kids, who do not know gentleness towards toys, as opposed to the sturdy G scale – so the latter is a getter choice overall.   

Model train and railroading has been around for a long time and manufacturers have created different scales for you to choose which one you like best. This includes the G scale model trains.

Jason R. Dodson is a toy enthusiast and a miniature piece collector with a special interest in locomotives. He pays special attention to hismodel trains and has built the website to help model railroaders get started with the hobby.

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Learning Curve Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway Thomas Easter Egg Car

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

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