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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH - THUMBPICKING WITH PARKER HASTINGS. National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame "Thumbpicker of the Year" Parker Hastings has amassed a great following from the guitar community. An amazing young musician, Parker, will bring his incredible playing and superb musicianship to live lessons to show you how to Thumbpick. TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH - GUITAR CHAT IN THE CHAT ROOM. Bring your guitar questions and we'll talk guitar and gear with your guitar family from all over the world. TUESDAY OCTOBER 1ST - STRATS AND TUNES WITH JUDE SMITH. Inspired by class acts such as George Benson, John Mayer, and Michael Jackson, Jude Smith plays to a different tune than most by fusing modern pop with classic taste. A Nashville native and multi-intstrumentalist, Jude Smith brings to the table the timeless recipe of an irresistible melody mixed with charming instrumentation, and a deep appreciation for groove, musicianship, and carefully crafted arrangements centered around his guitar playing - often being the sole performer on each track. Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!

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  2. When playing group or otherwise with no indication of really where to start its entirely up to you. But you'll find typically the "perfect turn around in the last 4 bars of a song. There that or pick the first few bars, just tell who you're playing with what you're doing. In some of my church songs the intro is very long, we cut them down
  3. I think this is a great list. It has something for everyone and those Ibanez guitars are really a great product for their price. I can also say that the PRS SE is hardly a "beginner" only guitar. I have one and it is an amazing guitar all around. Thanks for posting!
  4. Glad you are safe!! Stuff can be replaced. People...not so much. Godspeed on getting everything up and running.
  5. No Greg, nothing worked for me or I might don't know how to work with these solutions, then I have made a temporary fix, I have raised the truss rod and trimmed the 13th and 14th a bit and it worked for me, almost ! Although, I won't suggest this to anyone to go through this procedure.
  6. For a single guitar player it makes sense to play the C when playing the notes associated with a C chord. If another guitar player or bass player is playing C then you could start with a different note in C. Most of the sheet music you see is made for multiple instruments playing different parts. The best solo guitar players play rhythm, melody, and lead which covers all the notes in C or any other chord. The open C chord and many other chords have multiple root notes. For the C chord the note C is located on 5th string and second string so you can play inversions.
  7. My first guitar is an Ovation Standard Balladeer which cost $599. The guitar is still here, plays beautifully, and is always in tune so I am glad I spent the extra money. I could have spent less and I could have gotten a much lower quality guitar. There is a wide range of prices in this guitar list. Sweetwater didn't call this the cheapest guitars of 2019, and ultimately the list is a sales tool. One of the big reasons beginners quit early is a poor guitar which doesn't play easily, sound good, or age well. I started with an acoustic, but I have learned for beginners the electric guitar is the better choice because they are easier to play. The Squire models and some Epiphones not listed are perfect starter guitars which cost less than $200. I assume most people in the forum already purchased their first guitar, and some regret the purchase. But there are many here looking for another guitar.
  8. I did a quick check Most of those guitars in the article have an average price of about $450-550 range average Canadian price
  9. from Feb 2017 Premier Guitar mag on speakers. very short article, doesn't descript the sound too much https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/24984-speaker-geeks-alnico-or-ceramicwhat-gives Speaker Geeks: Alnico or Ceramic ... What Gives? I’m going to tell you something you already know: People like different things. Shocker, right? Apples or oranges, cake or pie, Strat or Les Paul … the list goes on. And it seems the more polar opposite things are, the more likely a person may gravitate toward one choice and show disdain for the other. Like the English and Scottish in Braveheart, guitarists can end up on opposing sides ready to do battle over such life-or-death issues as whether to use tube or solid-state amps. That said, I urge us all to agree on one thing: Amplifiers don’t make sound without speakers. Even the simplest amplifier can be an extremely complex piece of electronics, but a speaker is a very basic electromagnetic motor (Fig. 1). When you apply signal to a speaker, the voice coil begins to move in and out in response to that signal. As a result, the voice coil creates a magnetic field of its own, which works against the magnet and tries to demagnetize it. However, the magnet generates energy in the opposite direction, and it becomes a back-and-forth struggle. Gluing a cone to a moving voice coil harnesses this motion and makes it audible. That’s the basic idea behind a speaker. A voice coil is like an electric motor. The bigger the voice coil and the more wire used, the more torque or pulling power you have to move the cone. With the proper match of components, you can get more sensitivity, wider frequency response, and more power-handling ability. The size and type of magnet also affects a speaker’s sound. There are two major types of magnets used in loudspeakers: alnico and ceramic. These magnet types differ and this difference affects a speaker’s overall tone. Let’s take a closer look. The first crop of speakers in the early 1950s used alnico magnets, which is why some people say they sound more “vintage” than speakers built with ceramic magnets. An alloy comprising aluminum, nickel, and cobalt, alnico demagnetizes relatively easily, which gives a smooth response with compression at higher average volumes.. As the voice coil’s effect lowers the available magnetic field of the alnico magnet, the speaker becomes less efficient, and the voice coil moves less. The physics of it is that the small magnets near the surface of the magnet poles (called “domains”) begin to change state, or flip directions. The result is smooth compression, which is the same kind of operating-curve compression that occurs in a tube amplifier. During the 1960s, the popularity of speakers with ceramic magnets increased. The most common type of ceramic magnet is strontium ferrite, which demagnetizes much less easily than alnico. The domains change state much faster, so there is little to no compression as the voice coil moves to its mechanical limit. Because the ceramic magnet isn’t introducing compression, the result is a cleaner sound in comparison to alnico. Some folks might liken the difference between alnico and ceramic speakers to the difference between tube and solid-state amplifiers, where one compresses smoothly and the other gives all it has and then clips hard. I don’t know that it’s a fair comparison because the differences between the speaker types aren’t as starkly contrasted as the differences between the two amp types. Furthermore, by varying the size of the magnet, it’s possible to build very efficient alnico speakers, as well as very inefficient ceramic speakers. Now that you know the reasons why the two magnet types do what they do, you can decide which side of the battlefield you want to be on. Or you can decide that it doesn’t have to come to war at all. That maybe it’s best to have each type of speaker, so you can be ready for whatever tone might be necessary at any given time. Some players even mix alnico and ceramic speakers in the same cabinet. Though different in the way they operate, their purpose is the same: to supply energy to the motor, so the cone will move and thus everyone will hear whether you’ve been practicing or not. by C.J. Sutton is the resident speaker guru and graphic designer at Weber Speakers
  10. Interesting article Randy, they are all great guitars but I have to say that looking at UK prices many of them seem to be aimed at people with quite big budget. I admit that my first acoustic guitar was not up to much but my first electric was a Yamaha Pacifica which is excellent and cost a fair bit less than many of the guitars on that list. And 4 years on it is still a great guitar. It was ages before I would have even contemplated shelling out for something like a PRS SE. Am I still only buying at beginner level? 😁😂😂😂
  11. Hello @Texaspackerfan sorry I have only just seen you post, I have been ill with a virus which my husband unfortunately caught it and with him being on chemotherapy he ended up in hospital with a chest infection causing neutropenic sepsis. He is now home and on the slow road to recovery. You have not let anyone down, these things happen and we were/are all concerned for you! We are your guitar family and we care about you. The clean up operation and re-decoration of a home following a fire is a long drawn out process and smoke gets everywhere. I had to clean some rooms up after a fire at my workplace some years ago, so I have some inkling of what you are dealing with. But a fire in your own home is a different matter, I could go home to a normal life but you have to deal with it when you get home. That is an entirely different thing and it really disrupts your life. I am glad to hear that you are getting your studio back up together and I hope that you have been able to find time to play your guitar.
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  13. @BR-549 Generally speaking with these songs (Hymns) you would play the melody as written in the chart, as Diane says. The rythym player would play the tonic (root ) chord. Is this the only option? Well, no ... Is there an intro? In "Silent Night", using your example, the last 2 bars are often played as an into to the hymn, in which case the the melody first two bars played would be those. (and he rythym player playing the appropriate chord). Or; Is the song/hymn being played as an improvisation? If so, then it's up to the player what melody line to play, using the chord tones of the song, perhaps with passing tones, as in jazz. IMHO... regars; Neil
  14. For you new players looking for your first guitar or maybe a new one on a budget. 15 BEST GUITARS FOR BEGINNERS 2019
  15. Ken Burns always does an excellent job on his documentaries. At 16 hours long he will dive deep into the subject. He can't cover every artist, but that shouldn't be the true measure of a series like this.
  16. Thanks for the reply, that makes sense. However we are given the music in that example. If there is you and one other guitar player and someone says play Silent Night in C. The rhythm player is going to start on C chord ( I think). Where does the melody player start? The example above uses E, but is that the only option? Silent Night just popped into my head as a simple song everyone knows, not trying to figure that one out particularly. Thanks
  17. @BR-549 I’m not sure if your question is intended to be as straightforward as it seems, but here goes. If you want to play the melody, those are the notes that you play. In this simple example, “Ode to Joy”, the first note is an E, then an F and a G, and so on. If we want to play this song in G, we must transpose it up a perfect fifth (or down a perfect fourth) and start on a B, then C, and D, and so on, with F# as the single accidental in the key of G. In this example, the melody starts on a pitch in the scale (E) which is often, but not always the case.
  18. I can find virtually no info on the below. When playing (picking, no chords) a song and you want to play it in C for this example. Do you start on C,E or G (the notes in a C chord)? If so is G, the last one what is generally preferred? If this is true and I don't know if it is and you decided to play the same song in G and decided to start on G (the first note in a G chord) the song would be the same. Is the same song the same in two different keys? If this is not how to know where to start how do you know where? Thanks
  19. I'm anxious to see the series. I saw the Ryman concert on TV and heard some of the criticism about omitting some of the CM artists. Somewhere along the line Country & Western (CW) became Country Music (CM). During my teenage years in the late forties CW music was looked down on by many people, so Eddie Arnold's "Cattle Call," Roy Acuff's "Great Speckled Bird," and even Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In," were ignored by all but CW fans. And don't you know, I'm sure David Alan Coe won't be mentioned. Lotsa luck.
  20. Looking forward to it. I was raised on country music , as my folks favorite genre to listen to and am beginning to reconnect to the music with my playing. I'm a folk/rock/blues guy with old country in my blood. Greg
  21. Looks like a great show! I just set our DVR to record it when it comes on our local PBS later this month Thanks for posting this!
  22. So glad to hear you have your studio back! I hope if there is more work to be done, it gets done quickly! I know it can be rough getting everything straightened out! Now that you have your music back it must feel wonderful!!!
  23. So nice to hear the news. Getting the gear back together must be a great feeling of relief and joy. Best wishes on your successful reconnection to the music . Greg
  24. hey everyone!! im finally hooking up my studio again. what a great feeling. btw @matonanjin way to go pack!!!!! lol I couldn't resist either. Danny
  25. I washed it two nights ago. Really well done tribute to Nashville Country music and artists.
  26. Airing, I think, this Sunday the 15th, on PBS. This September, Ken Burns tells the story of Country Music. I have posted on here before that country music is not my genre. But Ken Burns and Vince Gill were on some morning talk show a couple days ago and they made a case for this documentary being interesting. It is, if I'm correct 16 hours long, so a huge time commitment to watch the entire series. From the PBS website: "Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey. "
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