My low E string broke (;_ due to a bit of overstrumming. Shame too cause I was having a good time. Anyone have any experience changing strings yourself?
Erm, on a steel string, put the bridge part in first. Then string the head part up next. There's a few different ways of doing this. You could check out frets.com
, that's a pretty useful site.
I always just get the string fairly taut and make a tie (same as the first process of doing up shoes) around the machine head, then put through the hole and tighten up. Might be worth looking up a guide on youtube, I'm sure it'll help.
It is one of the most time consuming parts at first and it's definitely worth getting a machine head winder, saves a lot of wrist ache. Oh and as far as i know it should usually be tighten towards you and untighten away when you turn the machine head, if that makes any sense.
Also, Piro, practice through the pain (and God will there be pain) and soon you'll be pressing strings like nobody's buisiness.
Good advice, though I'd say you're possibly pressing too hard, if the guitar requires that much effort it might indeed need the action lowering, check frets.com
again for info on doing that but a professional would be a better idea. It might also just be technique, strings really shouldn't need to be pressed that hard. I'd say test each string to see how much pressure you need to stop the buzzing and see if you can replicate that tension within the chord.
However if you're also getting pain in your wrist then that just comes with the territory, I've been playing for five years now and I still get pain when barring for a few minutes on a normal acoustic.
/check the guitar nerd