I'm having an issue with a recently acquired Squier that I suspect is me rather than the guitar, and I'm hoping someone here can help me make sure that's the case.
First: IANAG (I Am Not A Guitarist)... I have lurked on dozens of eBay auctions of Squiers since they became difficult to acquire, because it just looked like a ton of fun. I finally got one, and it's hard as hell but just as fun as I suspected. My problems tend to fall in one of three categories: 1) I'm really incompetent at this. 2) The game seems to decide I'm playing on a different fret if I bend the string at all. 3) The game freaks out entirely if I strum too firmly. I am playing with my fingers, btw.
The first problem I hope to solve on my own. The second problem, where slightly moving the string up or down (perhaps halfway to the adjacent string) results in a different note being sensed, I don't know about. Maybe it's normal, maybe not. I just don't know enough about guitar to know if that's an issue.
The third problem is what has me concerned. Going through the pro guitar chord trainer was possible, but only if I was careful about not plucking at the strings too hard. A Townshend-style windmill was out of the question. If I take the first two strings and strum them firmly with my fingers on the "power chord" tutorial, I can watch the numbers indicating what fret I'm playing on jump from 5 to 17 to 2 and back, extremely quickly. To get it to actually register properly, I have to just lightly touch the strings.
Again, knowing nothing about guitar, this may be 100% normal behavior and something I can fix by address problem #1. Or by using a pick. But I'd just like some quick advice about it, since I have a limited window in which to talk to the seller about any problems with the actual guitar. I really appreciate any feedback from you guys, since I know there are a lot of people on here who know a lot about this. I did do a more-than-casual search for a similar issue, but if it's been discussed here in the forums, I missed it. My apologies if that is the case.