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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY JULY 2ND - 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. TUESDAY JUL 16TH ITALIAN GUITARIST ALBERTO LOMBARDI. Alberto Lombardi is a versatile guitarist, has been put among the 8 new guitarists to watch in 2018 by Vintage Guitar Magazine, voted in the top 10 emerging guitarists in the world by Guitar Masters Poland in 2015, released instructional courses and records for Stefan Grossman, toured germany with Peter Finger e Tim Sparks, Played in the US, Belgium, Portugal, and has been a Taylor guitars artist for many years, player for the brand big events like NAMM show. Major guitar magazines featured Alberto's work, like Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Journal and more. Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!


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  1. 8 points
    Don't argue with science.
  2. 7 points
    I didn't know where to put this, because it mostly applies to new students. Over the years I've noticed that one of the hurdles in learning to play guitar is reading music. It's essential in learning to play, because we see a note and have to identify it before we react by fretting the proper string and plucking it, then hearing that we've done it correctly. Learning is worlds easier IF we know how to read music. Fortunately, this is something that can be learned apart from playing our guitars. We learn it by rote (doing it over and over until we can do without thinking). To assist us in this, a website (free) has online drills. It's an asset we shouldn't ignore. The website address is below. Lotsa luck. https://www.musictheory.net/exercises
  3. 6 points
    Hi everyone. My singing teacher recently did this TEDx talk and I think it applies equally well to guitar playing as it does to singing. Why is it that people who are 'not very good at it' can play golf, football, tennis etc for fun and nobody gives it a second thought, yet music is often considered only for those that are 'good at it'? Have you ever thought "I really shouldn't sing, I'm no good at it" or even "I should give up guitar, I'm not very good at it"? The message in the talk is: If it gives you joy, then just do it! Ian
  4. 6 points
    Here's a draft version of a new original song I've been working on. It's called 'Picture on My Phone' and it was just recorded on my iPhone, complete with errors! Ian
  5. 6 points
    I totally enjoyed all aspects of the Gathering. The jamming in the morning before breakfast. Thank you to Pat who had coffee for us!!!!! All the workshops provided more info then my mind could absorb. And as you can see the pictures of the evening activities posted above. The entertainment was fabulous. I made two trip to Gruhn’s. That has to be the best Guitar Store on the planet. On Friday afternoon I went with Carson, Justin and Jim. We were given the grand tour. Up to the 3rd floor to see the service shop and talk to a couple of the techs. Then we got to go to the 2nd floor. George Gruhn himself came out and started talking guitars. He sat down with an 80 year old Martin(65k), played it and talked about what he looks for. (There is a video on YouTube with Vince Gill where he talks about a lot of the same things. He then picked up a brand new 18 style sinker mahogany. (The mahogany for the back and sides are around 100 years old. (Go to his Website and read about them). As he played first one then the other he talked about how similar the sound was from both. Both had a warmth to them. I was almost persuaded to get the Sinker but was able to just ‘SAY NO’ to myself. However that being said the need(want) continued the rest of the day and on the long drive home. So after a lot agonizing over the weekend I decided that I would order one. I decided on: Martin Custom Shop 18 Style 0000 size 14 fret w/ Sinker Mahogany / sunburst. It looks and plays great. Oh, based on George’s comments/recommendations I had them install the K&K Pure Mini w/volume control. Anyway if your haven’t been to a Gathering I highly recommend it. I have now been to two summer gatherings and two fall(fingerstyle) gatherings. You’ll meet great folks with common interest. You have a chance to learn in a live environment as opposed to watching on the internet. In closing I just want to thank Steve and Paulette and the rest of the team for all of their hard work. The venue was great. The dorms were, well dorms, but it was extremely nice that they were made available to use for our stay. Regards, papamark Mark Cantwell
  6. 6 points
    Epilog After an extra week of visiting friends and family, I’m back home. Thanks for reading and for your kind words and support. I hope you enjoyed my little dispatches as much I as I did scratching them out at night. As a postscript, I want to share perhaps the most vital lesson imparted to us at the gathering. It came near the end, during the student showcase, from my dear friend Reg. I must paraphrase, but in essence he said: Take your music to someone. Take it to the elderly, to children, to the infirm, to the lonely. Someone needs your music and your personal touch. Don’t wait until you think you’re good enough; that day might never come. Joy awaits. Go. Play. Live.
  7. 5 points
    Thank you for posting this @IanD. I was turned down by my teacher after I auditioned for my school choir.🤓 I always said that I was no good at music until about 4 years ago when I got the "itch" to start playing guitar. Previous to that I did not even know the notes of the musical alphabet or that there was more than 1 C on a piano.😁 I always enjoyed singing to pop songs when I was on my own though. I hope the video above and my story helps to motivate others.
  8. 5 points
    Great call Mandy! Ian has already set a high bar. This is this seasons most requested Brides entrance. Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”. I recorded it on my phone into GB and there is a lot of background noise. There are also two bass notes that are way more forceful then intended, but it is just the guitar played acoustically. I did double the track to increase the volume a bit. The photo was taken at a recent wedding I played in Marbella, “I love my office!” Mark
  9. 5 points
    You guys are an inspiration! "Wave" is new for me. Very nice. I sure have listened to the rest umpteen times over the years. Love your renditions of them. But Mandy--TIMMMBERRRRR!!! The look you gave the mic scared it so much it forgot to fall. I laughed. Thanks for leaving that in. :-) Danny, you nailed that twangy hook in "Mama Tried." I haven't listened to stuff-kickin' music in many years, but now I want to play and sing some of that old stuff. From back when country was its own thing. Lots of names come to me from that time. Thanks y'all. Back to practicing... Phil
  10. 4 points
    Similar story, early put downs and now love learning about the guitar and so forth. Very insightful speech, love TED talks....
  11. 4 points
    Me too Dave, when I was 7 or 8 my piano teacher asked me to leave and not come back because I was scaring away his customers. LOL I ended up learning from my mom instead and still love the classical music she taught me.
  12. 4 points
    What an inspirational speech. I constantly try to encourage my guitar playing friends to give singing a try, regardless of their perceived talent. Sadly most persist on shying away from it. But on occasion, one might give it a go and I can see the shell slightly crack open. The word I capture in my life anymore is "joyful". It might be redundant in my remarks here on the forum but for me, music is just that, whether playing or singing. Further, if you can share your musical pursuits with others, that joy is only amplified. Thanks for sharing this. Greg
  13. 4 points
    Thanks Ian - Great message. I was 'asked' to leave my 5th grade band and for years after, felt that I was a musical failure. That feeling persisted until found Steve's course and met Steve. You and your teacher are so right - if it gives you joy, just do it!
  14. 4 points
    ...hit the neighborhood again for another July 4th block party. The organizer of the day chose our name and made the drum head banner .My brother-in-law, the drummer, asks me to gather up some troop each year to play for 2 1/2 hours in the evening before the fireworks. It is a close cul-de-sac neighborhood and the residents are out in the streets cooking on barbeques and sharing time with their neighbors all afternoon. The evening begins with a children's parade to patriotic music on their scooters, bikes and tricylcles and then the band kicks in. Some gather to watch, others are in their driveways and on the street having their burgers and sharing conversations with friends and family....all very casual and a lot of fun. I get to be frontman though I don't know how good I am at that.😋. A couple of the players each provided a couple songs that they sang but I end up doing most of the vocals and this year I played an acoustic and an electric on different songs. Here's my good friends that generously gave up their holiday time to bring some musical joy to the neighborhood. Oh, and we each got paid $50 from the fireworks funds. It doesn't get better than that. Me on the left. Greg
  15. 4 points
    My loving wife thinks this might be photoshopped 😁
  16. 4 points
    Howdy folks! This is my entry for this months challenge. https://soundcloud.com/user-68395726-548056557/mama-tried
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    Here is my entry "Nights in White Satin" by Justin Haywood, performed by The Moody Blues. It is a tale of posh bed sheets, wasted stationary and a love that is lost causing pain which no one understands. You know like when you get that sinking feeling .......I had a bit of a microphone problem during this song. Looks like I can not have the boom arm out too much on my mic stand.🤣🤓😂
  19. 4 points
    Layla was originally recorded in 1970, but I guess the love of Eric Clapton for Pattie Boyd that inspired this song originates from the 1960's, so it still fits the challenge 😀. Wim.
  20. 3 points
    Tuesday July 9th, 2019 Topic: Solutions for Boring Chords 7pm Central Time US You can watch the lesson HERE. (We tried to do this lesson last year but had some technical problems so it was never released. I've always wanted to do it again so here's our chance.) Tired of playing the same old way? Bored with your own playing? Let's learn some quick, simple ways to take basic chords and turn them into something memorable. There's more to do than just strum along with a chord progression. With a little help you can learn to create guitar parts that shine! There will be music, laughs, giveaways and more. I look forward to seeing you there! Watch on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel HERE - Steve
  21. 3 points
    The Day the music burned. Universal Studio Vault Burns Down Losing 500k Original master song. from a lot of past artist. Some songs never ever heard. From old time greats. Happen in 2008 but was never reported til now. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/magazine/universal-fire-master-recordings.html
  22. 3 points
    @BluzCruz Yup https://www.learnandmaster.com/piano/resources/ You can also use for the LMG Guitar https://www.learnandmaster.com/main/pages/resources/ Both links still work
  23. 3 points
    I will try to get started on it this weekend. A 3 hour gig tomorrow and band practice Fri.-two different bands. My voice will be fried for a few days but I will at least get a start on a melody line and conceptual lyrics after all this. Greg
  24. 3 points
    @Texaspackerfan and @Nutty 1, I am also thinking of doing some "playing on the porch" and record it. 1 track, no special effects, just like @mark_h. Wim.
  25. 3 points
    So you did not even have to tell her that they didn't have photoshop all those years ago when that photograph was taken. 😁🤓😎
  26. 3 points
    I like this @Nutty 1 ill have to try something! most of what we do around here is just pull out the old acoustic guitar and play. I might just film it too. Danny
  27. 3 points
    Yeah, you tell 'em Ron! And don't forget this little piece of evidence! 😉
  28. 3 points
    I always knew algebra was a good thing to learn!
  29. 3 points
    Howdy Bill, I know it gets confusing at first but just keep practicing. Eventually you will understand what Steve is saying and it will make perfect sense. Economical Picking it what it boils down to...you will get it soon. Up Down Picking will become your friend especially when you begin to play faster songs and you have to do anything you can to stay in time....THAT is Where the Up Down picking will save you, you will see what I mean soon. It makes Sense and it Absolutely Works. Just Remember, THIS is No Race....Take Your Time. Understand what you are Learning and Master it as much as you can, as you Progress you will begin to understand how these Lessons kind of Build on one another and as you Master each little Skill it will feel Great when you begin to add it to Songs that incorporate the Skills together. Don't Give Up...NEVER! If you Continue Asking Questions and Practicing, your going to wakeup One Day and Say WOW! I Did It! Nobody has truly Mastered a Guitar in a Short Period of Time so don't set your Expectations too high, just Practice as much as you can and you will see Progress. This is The Right Course with The Right Instructor and a TON of Fellow Students willing to Help You any way they can. Keep Learning and Practicing and Keep Your Fellow Students Informed as you Progress, We All Love hearing Great News....
  30. 3 points
    This was a hit for the Shirelles in 1960, but I did it in the style of Carol King (who co-wrote the song). Please enjoy.
  31. 3 points
    Colts owner spends over $5 million at guitar auction The darn guy kept outbidding me! 🙂
  32. 3 points
    @mark_h, sounded fabulous to me. Beautifully played as always. @Wim VD1, I love the way you find tenuous relationships between the theme and the song 😁. I remain impressed with the progress you are making, great job. Well done @Nutty 1, you have a lovely tone to your voice. Ian
  33. 2 points
    Hello Members: As this site matures, and the number of posts grows to into the thousands, let's be aware of the amout of data and storage space we're using. While I'm not privy to all the costs, I know from running my own website for business, that data space and maintence isnt cheap. As we're a free membership site, it's Steve that pays for it himself. I'm not suggesting you limit or refrain from posting, far from it! We want a vibrant and helpful community. I'm am suggesting we be aware and if you have a personal message or quick comment to someone, to use this feature, or a sticky note more often. It would make the posts more interesting to read, and reduce what soon becomes clutter. I hope this makes sense to you all... All the Best! Neil
  34. 2 points
    The expression "dark side" is an expression of die-hard tube enthusiasts, one that I have encountered on occasion in conversations as I describe my setup to them. Those of us that use modelers have a far different perspective on the versatility and quality of the systems now available in the marketplace. The bad rap on modelers to the skeptics relates to the questionable tonal quality of some of the first and earliest ventures, primarily regarding the distortion effects available in those units. Much has changed over the years as the digital technology has evolved regarding the newer products. I find my Kemper and Fractal units to be superb in accuracy to what I might anticipate with tube play. Playing through a sterile amp and a quality cab even replicates the "air push" of tube amps.Is it it precisely the same as tubes? No, but in a group playing environment, or in a blind ear test ( check out the Chappers- Captain review on the Kemper vrs. Tubes), I believe it is very difficult to hear or feel a difference. even for the experts. and from a recording standpoint, they also excel. So Dark Side is a good collar for modelers to wear, in my opinion. I have no problem with it. That said, I still enjoy playing my amps but in an active group environment, I have set up my equipment to cover all the variations in styles the group needs with less fuss and pedal pushing. Have fun with it. Greg
  35. 2 points
    It could be you're experiencing a memory overload. You have only 4 GB RAM, and for music programs that's not much. My thought is to install more memory--at least 8 GB. I have 16GB in my iMac and have never had a program freeze up. Lotsa luck.
  36. 2 points
    Hey everyone, Wow, have we got a great time planned for this years Fall Fingerstyle Guitar Retreat! Three of the world's best fingerstyle guitarists for several days of intimate guitar instruction, masterclasses, jamming and fun! Here they are... DON ROSS (Two-Time International Fingerstyle Champion) In 1988, Don Ross became the first Canadian to win the U.S. National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He won again in 1996, still the only two-time winner of the competition. Don was the flagship fingerstyle artist on CandyRat Records and has released numerous projects with them. He tours extensively across Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. He has played with symphony orchestras and collaborated live and on recording with Andy McKee, Dan McCrary, Tony McManus and others. Don is one of the true "founding fathers" of modern fingerstyle guitar known for his pristine technique and lyrical melodies. IAN ETHAN CASE (Double Neck Guitar / Looping) “One of the most creative and engaging fingerstyle guitarists in the world” - International Center for Creativity Double-neck guitarist and CandyRat recording artist Ian Ethan Case's video of his song “Butter II” introduced his music to over 6 million listeners around the world in the course of a month. Hardly an overnight sensation, Ian is a true craftsman and thoughtful composer bringing a fresh sound to the guitar through innovative tapping, use of double-necked guitars, altered tunings and multiple loopers layering a rich kaleidoscope of sound. Listeners have described his music as a cross between Michael Hedges and Pat Metheny. It is rare to find an artist truly forging new creative ground on the instrument - Ian is doing just that. VAN LARKINS (Percussive Fingerstyle) “Van Larkins’ technique is a fluid motion of beauty in sound.” - Mixdown Magazine Australian guitarist, Van Larkins, is quickly distinguishing himself as an artist whose command of the instrument combined with musicianship and energy captivates the listener. Van Larkins plays a modern fusion of traditional styles with a mesmerizing “one man band” percussive approach incorporating bass, rhythm, melody and harmony. Van’s eclectic music has transitioned from Metallica to finger-style acoustic guitar to playing transpositions of 400-year-old harp songs. A true artist and excellent teacher, Van brings a fresh approachable-ness to those he helps learn fingerstyle. COLLIN HILL One of our own guitar family, Collin Hill is a 21 year old Fingerstyle guitarist based in Nashville TN. Originally from California, Collin brings great technique to a sense of musicianship. This young artist is finding his voice to the delight of his many fans on YouTube, Instagram and Spotify. With over a million streams on Spotify and over 14000 Instagram followers, Collin's exciting music is turning heads in the fingerstyle world. He's also a gifted and conscientious educator with some of the best reviewed classes of any of our events. Four days of world-class fingerstyle instruction, hands-on workshops and intimate evening concerts in the stunning Tennessee autumn during peak fall colors. If you haven't been, it's one of the best events we have ever put together. Last year, the Fall Fingerstyle Retreat sold out months in advance and slots are already filling up for this year. If you're interested in getting all the info, check out www.FingerstyleRetreat.com See you there, Steve
  37. 2 points
    Yes, I've noticed this as well. It's been down for over a month. I could send an email regarding it but I doubt it would do any good. The company that I once lived and loved and poured my life into so dearly Legacy Learning Systems has moved on. They are no longer in the music education business - on to other endeavors. They'll keep discounting and selling the remaining Learn and Master courses until the last one sells. It's profoundly sad but not surprising that they have let the old discussion board dissolve. But, I'm so happy that we have the new discussion board here and the continued life and learning that we are all a part of. Thankful for all of you. - Steve
  38. 2 points
    The vocals are up as well as a 2nd reference track with the previous mix. I kept the vocals pretty dry with a little compression. Danny, can you add some reverb and delay to the vocal track or would you like me to? I usually pick a nice mix out of Nectar 2 for a vocal track but didn't for this. I thought since you were mixing it would be best for your to enhance the tracks. Mandy, this is a sad, sad song...my wife said to let you know it was totally fictitious.Sad chords, sad song. Greg
  39. 2 points
    Still listening to it, just an update. Greg
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    Chris, DianeB nailed it. Especially when you are starting out with an amp that models various pedals (which you can try before you buy for your board). I have a "Travel Board" that I use for practice and taking with me to Jams that contains a TC Electronics Polytune2 Tuner, a Boss OC-3 Bass Octave (to simulate a bass player sort of), a Looper (I went with Boss RC-3 to take Backing Tracks with me) and a Singular Sound Beat Buddy (metronome that simulates a Drummer sort of). I REALLY wish I would have started with these (Tuner and Looper first, then metronome, then whatever pedal came up) and saved myself a ton of money (to put into Guitars until I found the "One" for that week LOL). To save money up front DianeB is right, all you need is a Tuner you like and a Ditto looper (which I also have on my home board for a clean loop set, after compression and distortions/drivers, the other looper is later after mods). My home pedal board is too big, but it sure was fun trying out new ones over the years, and I'm sure I'll continue to experiment. Brian
  42. 2 points
    @ChrisJ032, great advice above. I will 3rd Diane's recommendation for Steve's video. I have watched it and referred to it many times. It is just excellent. There is also a cheap book that I bought sometime ago which I found very helpful: "Guitar Tone and Effects" by David Brewster. I bought it before Steve came out with his video. If I had owned Steve's video first I'm not sure I would have purchased the book. But, as I said, it is cheap and it was helpful. There is also the Session on Electric Guitars in L&MG, S15? Steve talks at length about pedals if you want to sneak ahead. We won't tell! You had mentioned three pedals. Coincidentally, Steve talks about 3 basic groups of pedals you should have on your pedal board at first: a distortion, a chorus and a delay. The very addictive, expensive rabbit hole you are about to go down is deciding which one in each food group. But it will be a fun journey. BTW, my pedal board has the following for each of these groups, respectively: 1) Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer (if it was good enough for Stevie..), 2) Boss DC-3, and 3) TC Electronics Flashback (way more functions than I will ever use. It also uses what they call "Tone Print" so I can download presets. And it has a built-in looper.) To further feed your impending obsession is this e-mag called Distortion LTD. it is dedicated to nothing but pedals and tone. Just a fun occasional read. Keep us posted as you add to your board!
  43. 2 points
    Chris, Since you are looking at the Boss Katana 50 I would just go slow as others have said. The Katana has many of the well known Boss effects that are included in the setup that you can try out first. This is just what I copied from their description of the amp you are looking at: Stage-ready 50-watt combo amp with a custom 12-inch speaker Five unique amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic-electric guitars) Choose from a huge selection of customizable effects and effect routing configurations with the BOSS Tone Studio editor software Dedicated gain, EQ, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly Four Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes Three Cabinet Resonance types for fine-tuning the tone and feel Mic’d cabinet emulation on the USB and phones/recording outputs, with customizable tone via three Air Feel settings Channel and global parametric EQs for refined sound shaping Built-in tilt stand for optimal monitoring and sound projection Pro setups available at BOSS Tone Central Katana Version 3 Newly Added Features Effects selection expanded to 61 different types; Roland DC-30 Analog Chorus-Echo, BOSS GE-10 Graphic Equalizer, and 95E pedal wah added Assign favorite effects parameters to the front-panel effects knobs Assign specific effects parameters for control from an expression pedal connected via the rear panel Record with stereo mod, EQ, delay, and reverb effects in a DAW via USB I have an older Fender Mustang IIIv2 that has so many effects I will never use them all. Plus you can download presets that others have made and posted that you can try out and modify. The Katana amps seem to be hot right now from what I have read. Plus for $230 for the Katana 50, that's less than what 2 "real pedals" cost. Might still need a looper as Diane said. Good Luck, GH
  44. 2 points
    @ChrisJ032Chris, this is sure to elicit a spirited response! My first recommendation for you is Steve’s video on how to set up an electric guitar pedalboard. You’ll probably find a tuner convenient from the outset. I like my TC Electronics PolyTune; it’s now in its 3rd iteration. Beyond tuning, it gets really subjective and depends on what and how you want to play. My second pedal was a Ditto looper to help in practicing. There are several models but the basic version has been fine for me. Around the time I was preparing for my first outing with my band, Steve had stocked a supply of the CAL MK.4.23 clean boost, which he swears by. I found out why. If you’ll be playing in an ensemble, consider a signal booster like this. I added a compressor, and put the four on a Pedaltrain Nano with a OneSpot power supply and patch cables. It’s good for me, for now; the delays and distortion and other effects can wait. As Steve advises, go one pedal at a time, and try them out as you go. It's part of the fun!
  45. 2 points
    If you are like me, I appreciate straight talk – especially when it comes to something that is important to me, like learning guitar. There are just way too many opinions, by too many people, and too little time to wade through them all to find the real information. So, here are a few things, from where I sit, that every learning guitarist should know. 1) Decide. Are you going to do this or not? Is learning guitar and playing music an important goal in your life? If it is ever going to be more than just a “wouldn’t it be great” and a “maybe some day” kind of a hope, then you need to get busy. Stop waiting for the perfect time to get started. It will never come. Inspiration is for amateurs. Decision, goals and action are what get any job done. Decide, then start. 2) Don’t wait for free time, PLAN time to learn. Everyone’s busy. Waiting to practice until you have free time is a recipe for finding yourself a week from today not having touched your guitar. Think about your daily schedule and decide where you can fit in a few moments to practice. Set this time aside and be faithful to it. 3) Consistency is more important than quantity of practice time. The old saying goes “only practice on days you eat.” The human mind learns best in regular, consistent small doses. You’ll find you learn and retain more in 15 minutes a day for 5 days than a 3 hour “binge” practice session on the weekend. Don’t believe me? Try it and see. 4) When practicing, work and reach. Don’t fool yourself into thinking, “just because I have my guitar in my hands, I’m getting better.” Progressing in your learning comes from “reaching” – from doing things that you can’t do. It comes from struggling with a new task, fumbling around, making mistakes, eventually getting better at it, until slowly more successful attempts are made. If you’re not “reaching” and “struggling”, then you’re not progressing. 5) Never waste a good mistake. Learn from it. Don’t make a mistake and think “well, I just messed up.” If you make the same mistake more than once then stop and think carefully about what happened. What specific musical task did you stumble over? Isolate it, and analyze it. Was it the change between two specific chords? Or, perhaps, you’re consistently overreaching to get a particular note? You’ll find that your mistakes are hardly ever random. They are very specific. Examine carefully what you stumble over, isolate it, practice it slowly until you can play it consistently correct, then put it back into context within the song. Be a student of your mistakes so that you can learn from them. 6) Record your progress – “seeing the flower bloom”. When you finally get that new exercise down make a short video of yourself playing it. Try to make one video a week. After three months, you’ll be able to clearly see the progress you are making. Recording yourself helps you measure your progress but it also helps you learn how to switch from “practice mode” to “performance mode” which is a vital skill. 7) Bring someone else along in your learning journey. It’s no fun learning alone. Involve someone else in your learning journey. Play your new song for your spouse, or friend. It’s not about them being “impressed” with your playing. It’s about having someone to help you be faithful to your commitment to learn. 8 ) Relax. It’s just guitar. Learning guitar shouldn’t be stressful. It’s a long road toward a very worthwhile and life-enriching end. Relax and enjoy the journey. You’ll learn a lot better. Keep up the great work! - Steve
  46. 2 points
    Ok, I uploaded the bass track. GG4 Bass
  47. 2 points
    Wow!! Danny, that’s fantastic - I love it! I actually like everything about it, it’s a great song that I’ve never heard before and I love your arrangement, playing and singing. Great job! Just one minor suggestion - I’d like to hear your vocal a little louder in the mix. Ian
  48. 2 points
    Mystery solved. In short, it was static electricity build-up in the pickguard. When I was practicing last night, the static and hum started again. At some point, I inadvertently touched the pickguard while I wasn't playing, and the static came through the speaker. So I touched it again in a different spot and got static again. I started rubbing the pickguard, and the static would occur and then stop, so I just rubbed the entire pickguard with my fingers, pressing down a little firmly, and both the static and hum went away. I've never heard of anything like that, so I did a Google search for "static electricity pickguard" and found several videos where others had experienced the same thing. Their fix was using a dryer sheet like you mentioned @Eracer_Team-DougH, except it worked for them, and they demonstrated in the video. They mentioned the cause was playing in a carpeted room in sock-feet. I usually have socks and house shoes on, so maybe I've been getting the same effect. When I had played earlier in the day and thought blowing out the output jack may have been the cure, I was about to go out on an errand, so I had shoes on. No static that time. That would also explain why I couldn't reproduce the issue at the store. So, it looks like the short-term fix is to rub the pickguard, with or without a dryer sheet, whenever static electric builds up. The long-term fix would be to add some shielding and/or better grounding under the pickguard.
  49. 2 points
    Thank you Diane and Mike for sharing your experiences these last few days. With wit and humor your daily journalism has been the final thing I read before I turn off the hotel room lamp for another blissful rest each night here. Joyful reminders of each fascinating and invigorating day at the Guitar Gathering , launch my slumbering dreams of tomorrow. It’s a blitz, as I look back in reflection. The workshops ( how often does one get to jam with professional guitarists, I ask slack-jawed, and gather up bits of wisdom from them in the process) the instructional classes, the world class entertainment, the graciousness, encouragement and humor of Steve Krenz - these are all there for the wide-eyed attendees .....myself included. Yet as I reflect on all those moments there, awaiting departure to home, my greatest takeaway is the people themselves. Experienced or novice, this is a unique and joyous opportunity to see old friends and make new ones in our guitar community. I met Popeye ( Mike) who is largely responsible with his hard work alongside Steve to relaunch the new Gatherings. I met Colder who has given so many positive contributions to the forum community. I met two wonderful gentlemen from my corner of the states, the northwest, who got waylaid in Denver in-route and lost a day of activities but still found enjoyment in the remaining days of activities. These are just a few-the list goes on. I reconnected with old friends from the previous years I attended , as if it was just yesterday, catching up on things in their lives. And then there is the warmth and support of the entire Krenz family that just inspires me to be the best person I can possibly be, much less musician. It is the people , folks, who complete the package at the Gathering. In all of this, my greatest highlight this year was finally meeting someone whom I have known for a decade through the forums as a musical kinsman, Ian D from the UK. We have collaborated, along with others, on numerous song compositions in the subsection of Song Composing Collaborations which Ian created on the previous student site. To finally meet this charming , witty Brit was a joyous moment for me and I confess to stealing as much of his time and good vibes as I could over the next several days. One can never find greater satisfaction in life, I believe, than the comfort and joy of family and good friends . May we meet again Ian, my brother. in final thought to our forum friends, someday plan to come to Nashville and share some remarkable days and collect some lifetime memories at Steve’s Guitar Gathering . And thank you Steve and family for all the hard and at times arduous work in preparation and overseeing this event , making our stay with you one of our live’s treasured moments. With gratitude.... Greg
  50. 2 points
    Thanks for keeping things Mandy! I didn’t want to do anything too obvious so it’s a little obscure,; the title track from “Wave” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This is one of the most difficult pieces for me to play, my timing is never right and I almost always stumble, but I play it anyway, every chance I get. One of these days I’ll get it right. (Or maybe not.) 🤗 Mark

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