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  1. I alluded to it in my post in the thread about Nashville guitar stores. Surprisingly, as excited as we were about it, I didn't make a bigger deal about it. I don't know why I didn't start a new thread about it?!?! WE WENT TO NASHVILLE AND SAW ERIC CLAPTON IN CONCERT! One week ago today. What can I say about it beyond it was one of the greatest musical experiences in my life? My wife and I discussed it at length before clicking on "Purchase" on the Ticketmaster site. It was a significant investment, not just in terms of ticket cost, but it would be a two day drive each way and, if going that far, we decided to make a week long vacation out of it. But we reasoned that Eric may not be touring that much longer. We may not get this opportunity again. Immediately after the last song he played, before leaving the arena, we agreed we were so glad we made the decision we did! What an experience. The concert was an experience but so was the entire trip. We saw the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman, most of the expected tourist sites. But what fun downtown Nashville is. Walk into a bar or restaurant and a band is playing. And the band is great! Walk a couple doors down the street and another great band is playing. Every few doors the same experience and all no cover charge. And not just country bands. Lots of cover bands. And here is what is almost depressing. Every guitar player is amazingly talented. Every one. And...........while in Nashville, I worked in a face-to-face lesson with Steve. And it was, predictably, hugely helpful, encouraging and educational. Thanks @Steve Krenz! Now I have to work on those 3 notes on a string scales! And the 7th chords! Oh, and I did mention the guitar stores, didn't I? Well I did hit Gruhn's and Carter's Vintage and Rumble Seat! And, yes, there will be a NGD post coming in the next day of two. I just have to get a photo. It's probably not going to be what most of you expect.
    7 points
  2. You probably saw my post about our trip to Nashville and visiting the requisite guitar shops: Gruhn's, Carter's, Rumble Seat. The day after going to the Eric Clapton concert we visited the first two of those. And before visiting those I had given some thought to what I am missing in my guitar "stable". I had been giving some thought to this even before the drive down. And it became obvious what I am missing is the Tele "snap". I, of course, being a blues guy, or wanting to be, never saw me with a Tele. But then I thought about Robben Ford, Keith Richards, The boss Bruce Springstein, and others. And most influential among those was Robben Ford. Here is the blues guy playing a Tele. So with the decision made, or almost firmly decided, it was off to the stores the day after the Clapton concert. And certainly we had to hit Gruhn's first. They had about five Teles including a Vintera, a couple 75th Anniversary one, a Signature (I can't remember who) and a Professional. I didn't like the Vintera at all. I'm opposed to relicing. The Signature was way too heavy. And the was something distasteful about the Anniversary ones. They just didn't connect. But the Professional did. Gorgeous natural wood finish, not painted. And it played really nice. I didn't plug it in and told the salesman we would think on it. Which was code for we still had to check out the other stores. Which we did. We went to Carter's. And I was shocked. I'm not sure if before composing his Guitar Stores List @Dave White felt this way, but I found Carter's inventory to be way bigger than Gruhn. But nothing in the Teles called out. So the next day we went back to Gruhn's and I played the Professional plugged in. And it WAS awesome. I loved it. And kids! Here is the life lesson. I told the guy I wanted to think on it one more day. We were leaving town the next day and would stop back to play it one more time on the way out. And now you know where this is going๐Ÿค” On the way to Gruhn's my wife pointed out a shop and said, "There's a guitar store! Called Rumble Seat. why haven't we gone there?" So finally, we are packed and heading out of town and I am just going to swing by Gruhn's and pick up my new Tele. Which we did. At least stop by. And the Tele is gone! So we headed back to the parking lot with the intent of pointing the car west. And I said, "Ok. Just while we are here, so I can say I've been there, let's just pop in Rumble Seat". And we did. And they had a shocking inventory on the wall. A Strat played by Ronnie Wood and a Tele played by Keith Richards just for two examples. And about 10 Teles. And here is the one that spoke to me! It's a 2018 and it played great. And sounded great. And so Bryan @Plantsman13, it is going to be a very long time before another NGD post from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since being home now better than a week I've played almost nothing else:
    6 points
  3. Iโ€™ve had an ES335 or similar on my wish list for a while now. Iโ€™ve been keeping my eye out for a decent used one, but wasnโ€™t willing to pay a โ€œvintageโ€ price. While in Memphis the other day, I dropped into Guitar Center to just see if they perhaps had an Epiphone I could try. They did have a couple, but also had this one Gibson hanging on the wall. After giving it a try, I decided this was it. So after a bit of indecision, I decided (with my wifeโ€™s approval and encouragement) to go ahead and bite the bullet. Iโ€™m telling myself that this one now completes my collection - but we all know better! I donโ€™t think it has made me a better player, but my mistakes sure sound nice!
    3 points
  4. Hey everyone, Not sure if this "falls" (see what I did there) in with the Autumn theme but let me know what you think. Reached session 6 in L&M and I decided to do Scarborough Fair.
    3 points
  5. This one is not really related to the changing weather, so I take the "any other song" option here. It's another David Hamburger tune from a TrueFire course. @Plantsman13, following your advice for this recording, I have used the metronome at half speed focusing on the 2 & 4 to maximize groove. Let me know if you notice any difference ๐Ÿ™‚ Wim.
    3 points
  6. Nothing like a new guitar, (Now to convince the wife...)
    3 points
  7. Congratulations, matonanjin. I am of the oipinion that everyone needs at least one Tele, after all, it is the multi-purpose do-it-all guitar.
    3 points
  8. @duck There are some with TrueFire. But I strongly encourage your daughter to meet with an instructor in person. Shyness and awkwardness come with being 14 years old. Avoiding personal interaction is a sure route to poor technique and bad habits, especially in the young. She will miss out on encouragement and direction. Look for a community music school near you, if possible, where you are likely to find an instructor with experience with young people. She can always work with recorded lessons as well.
    2 points
  9. matonanjin, You can Never go wrong with a Tele! Glad you found the one that speaks to you. And Muddy Waters, Albert Collins and Jimmy Page, the first time I saw him Live, ALL played Tele's. and of course Jeff Beck. Enjoy...
    2 points
  10. @matonanjin And yes, you a confirmed PRS guy with a Tele ... I am amazed, but a lot jealous since I don't own one. ๐Ÿ˜ž Congratulations...until the next Sirens' call
    2 points
  11. Great find! Teles are fun to play. They dominate my stable with varied PU configurations. Have fun with this new addition, let it inspire you to great music. Funny thing about relics. Some of my guitars are on there way to relicing alreadyโ€ฆ. ๐Ÿ˜‹. Greg
    2 points
  12. @Fretless, I finally got the new guitar. Where I'm from I couldn't find a store with many guitars that have solid tops to choose from so I ended up eventually taking a chance on an online purchase from Sweetwater. (Excellent service, btw. loads of patience explaining and answering questions from a rookie like me). Anyway, I bought the Takamine GN51CE, solid spruce top and walnut back and sides. To be honest I've never played a steel string apart from my Fender FA-100 so the difference in sound and playability was amazing. The last time I felt like this, I was a child at Christmas. lol. Nairon
    2 points
  13. The reality of being a 'working class' musician...there's only limited space at the top, where the bigger bucks circulate!
    2 points
  14. Very nice - congratulations!
    1 point
  15. That is a great choice, Gary, and a lovely story too, letting the guitar speak to you as you tried it out. I trust your wife will not regret encouraging you to buy this one.
    1 point
  16. That's a beauty. Congrats, and play it in good health!
    1 point
  17. I canโ€™t agree more. A 335 compliments everything you have in the room!! Congratulations Bryan
    1 point
  18. Gary, congratulations on the new 335! Everybody should have a 335 in the guitar collection. Beautiful guitar and enjoy it a long time!
    1 point
  19. I have been watching the prodigy Marcin Patrzalek just maul that guitar with his playing. At times it seems like he is playing the guitar without strumming or plucking with his right hand. what is that technique? i just started learning and am awestruck by it. is he like just pressing the fret super hard? picking the fret?
    1 point
  20. Thanks for your input Diane. Personally, I would much rather find an in-person punk rock girl to give my daughter lessons, but I am walking a triangular tight rope between my daughter, my wife and me - and they are both on board with the pre-recorded lessons. In other words, I'm outvoted! And yet, I'm the person on here trying to find something..? In any case, I agree with you, but my mandate is to (hopefully) find a pre-recorded, r-n-r, female guitar class. Thanks again for your input.
    1 point
  21. @Wim VD1 I like what you've done with this song. I can hear an improved groove and 'thump' in the baseline. If my foot counts, it wanted to move while I played this for my wife. She agrees with my assessment as well. Keep going, the work effort is definitely paying off. Well done! My only criticism would be to elevate your attack to get more volume and showcase your confidence. Bryan
    1 point
  22. Congrats on the new guitar! It looks great.
    1 point
  23. Mick, Keith, Ronnie Talk About Missing Charlie, and 2021 Tour Lots more to this wide ranging interview than what follows. But here is an excerpt of Mick talking about Charlie: "The thing about Charlie was that he was such a quiet guy. I canโ€™t think of that incident when he came into the room and said, โ€˜We should do this like this!โ€™ I can always remember when he sat down and played โ€˜Canโ€™t You Hear Me Knocking.โ€™ He established this great rock beat, then switched it to Latin jazz. The thing about Charlie was that he was always there, always played beautifully and was always willing to discuss what to do about it โ€“ how he could make it better. He held the band together for so long, musically, because he was the rock the rest of it was built around. We had a lot of wonderful times apart from playing music together. We used to go and watch cricket. And when weโ€™d get together, we didnโ€™t talk about music. We talked about art, which he knew a lot more about than I did. But the thing he brought was this beautiful sense of swing and swerve that most bands wish they could have. We had some really nice conversations in the last couple of years about how all this happened with the band. Itโ€™s a huge loss to us all. Itโ€™s very, very hard. But we had wonderful times, and Charlie made some wonderful music.โ€
    1 point
  24. Congrats! What model is it? AmPro in Butterscotch? 52 RI?
    1 point
  25. Great times are back again . A special concert. A special guitar. A special wife. Not in that order of course ๐Ÿ˜Š. Congrats Greg
    1 point
  26. @Nairon Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿพ Enjoy your new addition to the family. Bryan
    1 point
  27. @matonanjin Your promise: Oh, and I did mention the guitar stores, didn't I? Well I did hit Gruhn's and Carter's Vintage and Rumble Seat! And, yes, there will be a NGD post coming in the next day of two. I just have to get a photo. It's probably not going to be what most of you expect. It appears to me that you have insider connections for NGD(s) this year...can I include a wish list of my own for special delivery? My normally brown eyes are definitely taking on a greenish hue! Bryan
    1 point
  28. But that is what makes it special when the music world gets treated to someone like a Vince Gill...incredible talent with a large dose of humility after reaching great heights. ๐Ÿค—
    1 point
  29. I thought you've been to Nashville before?? Yes band on every floor When I was there I didn't have a ngd Now the real sad part. Those bands play a two hour gig for like $30 per band member and rely heavily on tipping before packing up and rotating to the next bar (Wish my playing skills would warrant a test drive at Carter's)
    1 point
  30. LV, welcome to you. I will second what Doug just said. L&MG was never intended (in my estimation) to be the easiest course. It was intended to teach you to be a complete musician, including a knowledge of reading music and of theory. Or, as Doug said, "a real musician". The fact that you have your friend, that gave you the course, to bounce questions off of should be a plus. Or anytime you have a question or get discouraged come here and post on the forum. There are a lot of knowledgeable, helpful guitarists on here. And definitely attend Steve's Live Lessons on Tuesday nights. And please keep us up to date on your progress.
    1 point

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