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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY MAY 21ST - FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WITH JOE ROBINSON. Winner of Australia's Got Talent, Joe Robinson, is one of the Fingerstyle guitars great young players. Premier Guitar says... “Once in a great while a young guitarist captures the attention of music lovers early in his career and manages to sustain this interest as he matures creatively and sheds the 'prodigy' label. Joe Robinson is one of those rare talents.” Joe will be talking about his new project and playing some great tunes. TUESDAY MAY 28TH - PLAYING BY EAR - HEARING CHORD CHANGES. One of the most important guitar skills is to hear chord changes and be able to play them by ear. With a little bit of training you can listen to songs and understand what chords are being played. 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. Hi @Greg Voros, I came across a used '52 reissue Telecaster at a good price so I picked it up. I like the guitar but I notice that I'm not able to get the action on the 1st or 6th string as low as I'd like - it has the old style brass saddles and the saddles are already adjusted as low as they can go. I think this means the neck might need a shim, does that sound correct to you? Would you recommend using some of the pre-made wooden ones that are available online? Also, does it seem unusual that a guitar that is about 7-8 years old might need one? What causes a guitar over time to develop this condition, and is it anything to worry about? Thank you!
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  4. Last fall at the Fingerstyle retreat, a number of folks went to Artisan Guitars and they spoke very highly of the place. Never been there myself but they seemed to have had a great time. Gruhn's goes without saying, it's a must visit if you've never been there. It was wonderful last year when we got the upstairs tour, if that happens again this year it's well worth going.
  5. I'm guessing it will be soon, gotto. I looked through my emails and last year it was about 2 weeks in advance of the event.
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  7. Forgot how cool Joe Robinson is, thanks for the show. Makes personal analysis and goal setting relative to one's life-time to dust off the alarm clock!
  8. Any hints about when the agenda and signups for classes might arrive in our mailboxes?😁 Greg
  9. Nice looking guitar and sounds good but didn’t care for the cons regarding the nut and tuners....finally looking for my first serious electric guitar and as usual too many choices.....been looking at epiphone lp custom pro which also appears to play well for the price.... imagine best way is to plug them in and play 🎸 any comments welcomed 🎼
  10. Glad you are coming, Joel! Last year was my first Gathering and I had a great time. See you there.
  11. Thank you, Steve! I have often wondered about this myself! I am going to try this on some favorite hymns. It seems like they are often not written in guitar-friendly keys but this gives me some tools to practice with!
  12. Rookie, first timer, and still semi beginner... who can play chords and rhythm. On a pastoral sabbatical this summer and couldnt think of a better way to spend it than with guitarists... looking forward to absorbing and all the hand cramps. Just registered today.
  13. Great ideas, all. Thanks! I live in a loft in a high-rise building, downtown in a major city. We've got about 1400 square feet but it still feels like a small place, and the possibility of disturbing my better half's sleeping, reading, whatever, is always there. I can practice with an electric using headphones, but I don't really want to have my headphones on all the time when I'm at home, I want to be present when I'm home, since we're a family and all. :) One thing that's helping is working on fingerstyle a lot - for some reason this background noise she likes, it's a peaceful sound - but the sound of me practicing electric (silently or not) or playing non-fingerstyle acoustic guitar is more of a disturbance. And I just heard Joe Robinson remind us all last night that he used to get up at 4:00 AM to play. Maybe I will just begin setting my alarm earlier!
  14. Amen! Although, I don't think I could drive around Nashville during the summer with my air conditioner turned off 🙂 I am going to work on getting up earlier to practice. Thanks for having Joe on Live Lessons.
  15. @Steve KrenzI'm hoping some of it will rub off... not playing much at all lately; stalled...
  16. Neil, Yes, Joe is an amazing example of determination, passion, risk-taking and hard work. We've talked many times, on camera and off, about his amazing journey. Let me sum it up. He wanted to play guitar and decided nothing would stop his determination to make it his career. He's had tons of setbacks. None that he decided to agree with and make an excuse for not moving forward. He wasn't afraid to give up "everything" to pursue his goals. "Everything" also included his personal comfort - which is something that most stop short of when they say they are willing to do everything it takes. Yes, he gets up and practices at 4am in the morning. But I've also watched him play big events and small events with the same amount of determination. It's clear that the motivation is not the size of the event but whether he can personally do his best. He's extraordinary and we all could use a good dose of Joe's determination in our own development. - Steve
  17. I have a guitar in every room I tend to relax in. My basement is my studio, so when I am down there, I have all my gear. The family room has my acoustic guitar. The Katana 50 rotates between my family room and the living room, and then one of my electric guitars tends to be where the Katana is, so I always have an instrument handy. I have a Ukulele in my family room, too, LOL. For me, the inspiration has to grab me. I work a lot, and am generally quite tired when I'm home. Three kids, too. So I know that if my brain tells me, "HEY! Let's play guitar!!", I don't have to go far to have one in hand. I'm also at a point where I don't call what I do "practice". If I get a melody in my head, or am thinking about a track to lay down, I play that, and then work on what goes over that, notes/solo wise. I am not schooled in theory, so I don't practice scales and such. I also find that sometimes my greatest inspiration comes after a break from playing. I know that about myself, so if a few days go by without playing, I don't stress about it.
  18. Despite being retired, I find myself with more work now than when ran my contracting business. Primarily doing renos for the family and trying to get my house ready to sell. I try every night to lock myself in my office for 30 minutes between 9 and 10. As tired as I am, I try to stick to it and surprise, surprise, once the notes begin to ring out, the tiredness evaporates. Weekends I can usually put together a couple of hours. Henk
  19. Get up at 5:30. Guitar and coffee go very well together. Evenings, I just noodle. Too tired to concentrate
  20. As it's well documented here on the forum, I play on my lunch break in my car, and in our van at the mall when the wife goes shopping for yet... But I have major difficulty practicing at night, but try my best
  21. I've been lucky we have 2 books one for keyboard one for guitar, so I get the chords on top . And most times a capo chord as well. Yes chord a beat happens very often See my other post on where I started playing Dm in stead of Dm7 in inadvertantly. Has view of page 1 and 2, a good example of a chord a beat Now I'm going to have to look closely at my music
  22. I've noticed that as time passes and I get older and busier professionally, and at home too - it's hard sometimes to get the amount of guitar in that I need! (Which of course is always "more!") For those of you with busy lives, children, and lots of outside commitments beyond your practice room, how do you structure things so that you keep advancing in your playing as much as possible?
  23. Maybe Joe has the right formula for becoming a seriously good guitarist. A love of music, combined with living in the outback hundreds of miles from anywhere, a guitar, and not much else to do except practice and play every waking moment including waking up at 4 am to practice 4 hours before school! Then win a talent contest, become known in you country, then gamble it all and move to America and start all over were no-one knows you. Talent yes, but there's a lot more to it don't you think?
  24. Thanks @Steve Krenz A good one for my buddy @Eracer_Team-DougH who juggles hymns in church every Sunday. I've seen the music, and there are, as you say, often chord changes every beat!
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