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  1. I wanted to record something this month but there is still too must dust and dirt in what is our new music room in the making, so please forgive me for submitting an old recording, Beethoven's Ode to Joy on a 12-string.
    8 points
  2. After 10 months of fun, I finished the L&M Fingerstyle course today. It was for me the final one of the 4 Learn and Master DVD courses (L&M Guitar, The Song Hits, Blues Guitar and Fingerstyle) to be completed. Due to Covid 19, I suddenly had more time for guitar practice, so this course came at the right time. With some side steps, primarily into some other Blues and Rock courses, the total L&M cycle took about 5 years. Learning and playing songs was and still is my main goal, and with this Fingerstyle course finalized, numerous fingerstyle songs and arrangements ar
    6 points
  3. After watching the fingerstyle arrangement of this song by Gabriella Quevedo on Youtube, I wanted to learn to play this song (The guitar friends here that are into fingerstyle should definitely check out Gabriella Quevedo's YouTube channel). Gabriella is however using a weird tuning (B F# C# F# A C#), and I wanted to stay in standard tuning. So I had to figure out my own arrangement in the end. Anyhow, this is my solo acoustic fingerstyle version of "Love Of My Life" from Queen. This is also my little graduation project from the L&M Fingerstyle course, that I am about to finalize. I t
    6 points
  4. Here is my go at "Stray Cat Strut" by The Stray Cats. All the chords were barre chords here and all the instruments were real ones played by me. This recording is a first for me because: 1. I have actually used the Whammy Bar! 2. I played the drum parts with my electronic drum kit (the type that you play like a real drum kit with sticks and feet). But I did have to do a bit of timing correction (as with the guitar parts). I have played the song at a much slower tempo than the original. I have only just begun to be able to do barre chords again as I appear to be having a sl
    5 points
  5. Sorry this is so late. I didn't think there was a recording challenge this month because I kept looking at the top of the page and it was showing last month's challenge, but today I stumbled upon this month's. It very poor quality, my phone bit the dust so I'm just using the camera and mic from my computer.
    5 points
  6. While I have been super busy with the Jazz Standards Academy course, I decided to record an acoustic version of Fly Me to the Moon. Just me, my acoustic, and mic. Thanks.
    5 points
  7. Found something I recorded 5 years ago. Chicken in the Rain by John Knowles.
    5 points
  8. Hello All. This months Challenge comes to us from rockinrickard and is entitled 🚛Movable Chords💥 Rick said "How about anything with some of the movable chord shapes that we learned a while back? It could be a real song or just a rhythm using some of the movable chord shapes; extra credit if some lead is placed over the top of the rhythm." So get recording everyone and give us something to listen to! The "winner" is chosen by a random picker and the prize is that you get to choose the topic for the next Challenge. 1. Nutty1 playing "Stray Cat Strut" Stray Cat Strut
    4 points
  9. Here is an article by John Bohlinger. Great insight Click Here The same pitfall is that if you only ever play along to original artist's recordings you can not hear how you sound.
    4 points
  10. A slide/everything friend and I decided to put together a little closed Facebook group with the above reference title and invited a few friends to be part of our fun time playing group. We meet on Mondays outdoors, staying socially distanced and alternate plugged in and unplugged Mondays to play whatever we throw out on the wall to see what sticks. Different folks show up , depending on musical interests, although it appears there is mostly a hardcore group open to all musical forms. The bluegrass and country folks seem to like to stick to their genre. A couple weeks ago on Labor Day, 6
    4 points
  11. I picked up a deal on a used Boss Katana 50 on Facebook Marketplace today. Others here have raved about these amps, and I've recommended them based on reputation alone, but I finally pulled the trigger on one today and wow, should have done this a while ago. Those familiar with my background know I've pretty much converted from a tube amp guy to a digital modeling guy and have been playing through a Line 6 Helix LT modeler for the past couple of years (still love my Tube amp when I can be loud). Lately, for home practice, I've been playing through my PC using Helix Native modeling whil
    4 points
  12. I wanted to learn a solo arrangement of Brothers In Arms ever since I heard this song covered by Yoni Schlesinger in a promotion video for B&G Guitars. I hesitated to record it on acoustic or on electric guitar, but finally decided for acoustic. It's a great song to learn, with many nice licks and a beautiful chord progression. Wim. https://soundcloud.com/wim-van-damme-401299565/brothers-in-arms-solo-acoustic
    4 points
  13. Sad news. Life can be so unfair. Goodbye to a great musician, rest in peace Eddie.💐🎸💐
    3 points
  14. RIP Eddie Van Halen.... outstanding musician and performer. His playing inspired many to pick up a guitar. 😥😥
    3 points
  15. R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen............ a musician ahead of his time. One of many talents that pushed the outside of the envelope of rock music. This level of talent only come along in any discipline rarely! Your music will live on forever!
    3 points
  16. Version 1.0.0

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    I put this together a long time ago when I was going through the Learn and Master course. Hopefully it will save some paper! Just don't save the file when you are finished. It requires Microsoft Excel. Enjoy!
    3 points
  17. Hey everybody, I will start session 14 today. I am very happy that I got there because 5 months ago I was done with guitar playing. It all became too much for me. I will try to explain why: I found myself at the stage where it was simply impossible to practice everything everyday. Chords, songs, technique, sight reading, scales, ear practice, new stuff, maintain older stuff... My daily practice became +- 3 hours and that was not possible. So I begun skipping exercises, did not find a good routine and I constantly had the feeling that I didn't practice enough. The fun was go
    3 points
  18. I gave the same Brothers In Arms arrangement a go on electric guitar today. I actually like it more than the acoustic version, because of the better sustain and articulation. Wim. https://soundcloud.com/wim-van-damme-401299565/brothers-in-arms-solo-electric
    3 points
  19. Steve and moderators, and everyone in this guitar family. Thank you for making and ensuring that this is a helpful positive place to come and share in learning. Thank You for ALL you do for ALL of us. We all know there are plenty of OTHER places on the internet and such where people can go if they want to spend their time arguing anything and everything. This is not one of those places.
    3 points
  20. “There is geometry in the humming of strings, there is music in the spacing of spheres“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UxzDjU3-hM
    2 points
  21. I came across this by chance and I thought this may be of interest to those of you who travel with your guitars. These are folding guitars Snap Dragon Folding Guitars They also do electric and bass guitars. They are affordable too! If you are thinking of ordering and you live outside the UK or EU you need to read the FAQ section.
    2 points
  22. I bought one of these ( less expensive model) from a local shop. kept it for a day, then returned it. The fretboard segments didn't line up flat, string buzzing everywhere and the intonation was way off. No way to correct it. Perhaps just a factory lemon, but a quick reject for me. Not necessarily an indictment on all of their products, just an experience of one. Greg
    2 points
  23. Hey Mandy, you got cat class and you got cat style! That's a fun performance and you played it well. I was picturing the Aristocats dancing around on your tune 🐱🐱🐱. Wim.
    2 points
  24. I came across this by chance and I thought this may be of interest to those of you who have small hands and/or short arms or if you often buy your guitars online. It was an eye opener to me, especially the bit that starts at about 5:15. Video Link Click Here
    2 points
  25. I still remember the first time I heard Eruption, it was like nothing that ever came before. I was lucky to see Van Halen in concert and he put on a terrific show.
    2 points
  26. Challenge accepted! Back to my practice room. Wim.
    2 points
  27. Limatje I hear your pain and you have unfortunately went down the proverbial Guitar Rabbit Hole! Not to worry- we all struggle at some point and lose our way trying to accomplish a goal that is very important to us as musicians! You have basically over taxed yourself in the attempt to learn and be dedicated and you have burned out. All work and no play makes a person "NOT FUN TO BE AROUND"! Set reasonable & attainable goals for yourself! More 15-30 minute practice sessions will attain more improvement over 3 hour practices sessions unless you have a professional system in place,
    2 points
  28. @rockinrickard,great idea for the Challenge!
    2 points
  29. @Skip Russell Fly me to the moon is a lovely tune, well done! Thank you for sharing it with us. 😎👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 @rockinrickard You are not late, no apology needed! You have a great voice and your rhythm playing is superb. I really enjoyed that it was very inspirational.😎👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    2 points
  30. Let’s take a break, Otis. I’m getting older. Yeah? What else makes you so special? Ha, ha, ha. No, I'm just feeling it lately. Huh. What happened? Did a mirror catch you? There’s that, too. Like Bonnie said, "Those lines are pretty hard to take when they're staring back at you." Be glad someone's looking back in the mirror. And I feel… small. You're six feet tall. Do I have to listen to this? Come on. How long have you been my imaginary bass player, Otis? I don't know. About as long as you've had your imaginary talent. Oh, that’s good
    2 points
  31. Those blues guys, always teasing the law! 😁
    2 points
  32. @Wim VD1 that is so beautiful! I can hear Freddie Mercury singing when I play your track. Very delicate and emotional. Well done!😎👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    1 point
  33. I obviously agree with the article. Recording is an important element in my guitar learning journey. Wim.
    1 point
  34. @Skip Russell, Well done, Fly Me to The Moon (In other words) is one of my most favourite songs. Thank you for sharing😊
    1 point
  35. Diane, I always enjoy reading your blogs, trying to catch the subliminal message. Otis is right, there are more years behind us than ahead, so enjoy the moment. A wise scholar once told me that there is a reason why the car has a large windshield with a small rear view mirror. Enjoy the past but keep your priorities in front of you. You and Otis make quite a pair, making beautiful music, arm in arm heading into the future. Henk
    1 point
  36. Don't Hold Me To This! I'm Trying to confirm it. This was a post on FaceBook. (So it has to be true! Right?) Neil Young's concert will be streamed free at 8 PM ET. I think that I saw on the news that the Farm Aid Concert is going to be streamed free. That there will be ongoing requests for donations. So I am guessing this is true. YMMV
    1 point
  37. Thank you, @Simira. Some great covers and arrangements from Yoni Schlesinger can be found on YouTube, Brothers In Arms being my favourite. I need to study his percussive slapping technique. He adds this snaredrum sound to his fingerstyle playing, that makes it even more interesting. Wim.
    1 point
  38. Because I can't not play.
    1 point
  39. @Six String you have made a great choice. The Boss Katana 50 is versatile, light and as boomy as you want to make it. There is now a version 4 update on the patches with Boss Tone Studio. I am thoroughly enjoying mine and it matches well with the Boss MD-80. Henk
    1 point
  40. Congrats @Six String Ive also heard they are a very versatile (and popular) amp.
    1 point
  41. I am learning guitar because music is magic and I want to know it and feel it and share it with those I love. Eighteen months ago I found I had late stage colon cancer. That has a way of quickly making you really understand what you find important in life. For me, I found music was foundational. My number one priority other than to treat my cancer was to listen to my music and to rip as much as I could to FLAC so I could hear it more. Something I found during convalescence from surgeries is it’s really important to do something new. To keep my adventure going. Last time, I choose to
    1 point
  42. @Limatje @pkotof Ok, been a little while since I looked at Cannon in D I only have the LMG and Bonus LMG books on my tablet, I don't have the Fingerstyle course on it. The thumb plays all the bass notes whether its on the 6th,5th or 4th strings. On line 1, fret a D chord You would start on string 4, Thumb/4 which is open, then Index on 3rd string, Middle on 2nd string , ring would play first string which fretting hand is playing 2nd fret. Same pattern for the entire line. Thumb, index, middle ,ring Note that the chord on top, doesn't quite match what yo
    1 point
  43. now here is the real kicker.. and don't tell me some have not done this.. Working on a lesson of Steves.. next thing you know , you cant get it right no matter what that day.. next thing you know " Bingo" we have a cuss word out of no where.. but who we talking too , yep the guitar and wall ! Happy New Year ! Smile everyone I also agree no place for any of that here..
    1 point
  44. I agree with you 100% Steve and Group. I also enjoy a Civil Place to come Visit and Share Useful Information and I certainly dislike Politics. I agree when you say This Place is a Place to Come and Learn, and that is Exactly what it is. I believe we have a Wonderful Group of people here and serious about learning to play Guitar. This Group has been Very Helpful along my short Journey and I hope to be able to become as useful as some of those who are further along in the Course and pass along some of the knowledge I have obtained. Thanks again to Steve and the Folks who Help Support this Forum
    1 point
  45. I agree with everything you stated Steve. I've seen forums that were not friendly at all. This is a great place to get and give friendly advice.
    1 point
  46. I agree wholeheartedly with Steves vision for this new forum. Ive always loved the way everyone on here supports each other! Lets keep it that way!
    1 point
  47. I support your position 100% Steve. Thank you for taking this stand. I abhor foul language, and will not participate in any activity or associate with those who employ it. In my opinion, it is a character flaw. One of many reasons I am very pleased and privileged to be a part of the Guitar Gathering family, is the high caliber of the members who repeatedly demonstrate a kind, compassionate, positive and supportive attitude. You've set a great example, that all that know you admire and appreciate. A sincere Thank you.
    1 point
  48. Thank you for your thoughts, Steve. It's rare to find encouraging places to learn...places where people are there to help when you struggle. That's one of the things that has always set this forum apart from so many others.
    1 point

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