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  1. When I watch Tommy E. play this, I always get a smile on my face. So I hope I can pass the good vibes this song gives me on to all of my guitar friends here. Wim.
    9 points
  2. New Gear Day arrived this past Sunday. I pulled the trigger on a new Martin Road Series cutaway dreadnaught. Sounds great! Happy New Year’s to everyone.
    7 points
  3. Hello everyone, this months Recording Challenge comes from Neil ES335 it is Hope, Peace, & Love Neil said "I propose songs in the theme "Hope, Peace, & Love"... something the world desperately needs, especially right now." I am sorry that I am late putting this up, Neil replied to my message the same day but I didn't get an email notification, luckily I remembered and checked the forum today. 1. WimVD1 playing “Windy and Warm”
    6 points
  4. Over the years I have had about 25 guitars. Sure, you can try one out in the shop but I found that living with one for a year really helped me understand what I did or didn't like about a particular guitar, plus, I was free to do proper set ups, swap out nuts and strings and so on.
    4 points
  5. Some would say, "What? Neil playing a pop song. Not Jazz? " Weil, yes. This one was a request from my dear wife, who is a big Bee Gee's fan. " How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" was the Gibb's first BIG hit in North America. It is the longest song I've recorded to date; over 3 minutes of continuous playing. I played both the rhythm and melody. The Bee Gees rarely performed the song the same way twice! This one is as close to a live performance as I could get, including what seems to be an extra bar on the last chorus. I used my ES335 direct to Reaper DAW, with very little effects added ( a
    4 points
  6. not a polished or smooth as some of the members here recordings.. and I lost a full week of practicing (if like that would have helped) from recovering my computer from a major corrupted crash
    4 points
  7. I don't know about easy, but this lesson ties the Circle of 5th's to the fretboard. Easiest Way to Become a MASTER of the Fret Board
    3 points
  8. Santa came early and delivered this beautiful Taylor E14ce. This is a limited model, originally only available to dealers at Taylor’s Roadshows. The back and sides are West African Ebony, and the top is Sitka Spruce. It's very balanced with great sustain and clarity, and very responsive. The highs just ring, with a pure, fat tone, especially when you dig in. If I had to describe it in one word, I’d say “powerful.” I play acoustic almost exclusively fingerstyle, with bare fingers, and this guitar can get incredibly loud. It really shines when played hard. Love this guitar.
    3 points
  9. The holidays caught me preoccupied with my new arrival, A Kemper Kabinet-the spelling there's not mine. I already had the Kemper Profiler and was using it for recording and playing live with a Seymour Duncan PowerStage and a custom cab from a local maker I float through phases with my gear... tube amps, Fractal Axe8, Kemper ( my Line 6 HD 500 just gathers dust) and find enjoyment in all but this Kab was intriguing. The cab allows for 19 classic cabinet speaker images stored in the software of the Kemper, and the tones are truly quite amazing. One never really has the opportunity to trial diff
    3 points
  10. I don't mind telling you guys I am sorely disappointed in you! 😡 All this time, almost a year, and no one has posted this!
    2 points
  11. We, my wife and I, first saw Josh Smith (and met him) on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise. He is one awesome guitarist. On the cruise we bought his cd, Inception, and after the cruise toured around the Florida Keys for several days. The CD was on nonstop in the rental car! The title cut is a beautiful guitar instrumental. As the title states Josh Smith has a new Signature Guitar, the FlatVI. Josh is probably fairly well know for his raving about his Chapin T-bird. In his article in February, 2019, Guitar Techniques he states, "The second I picked it up it was like, 'I was w
    2 points
  12. @NeilES335, Your song is very appropriate nowadays. It makes me feel nostalgic, although I was not born yet when it was first released 😀. Great playing, you mastered it well. What I sometimes tend to do with this kind of timing is set my metronome to only mark the first beat of the measure and stay silent on beat 2 and 3. Wim.
    2 points
  13. I was always taught the rule of thumb is ... just one more.
    2 points
  14. I'm not sure why you need the metronome if you are playing along with the song. When the song starts you should be able to tap your foot, or however you get the beat, and then play along with that beat. But if you want to be able to get the tempo, to set a metronome, perhaps to work a lick or section, there are ways. First, most metronomes will have a "tap tempo" mode. This allows you to, as the name suggests, to tap a button on the metronome with the beat and then the metronome will set itself to that speed. On my Line 6 POD 500X the button is just called "TAP". On my phone app,
    2 points
  15. If you want it and can afford it why not get it? When I could afford a 1966 GTO I didn't want one. Now I want one and cannot afford one.
    2 points
  16. Took the plunge and now eagerly awaiting the DVDs to get started with this program.
    2 points
  17. Thanks @gotto, @Nutty 1 and @IanD for you nice comments. I saw Tommy E. explain in a video that he heard Chet Atkins play this song through a radio in 1967 and that this inspired him to learn fingerstyle. Wim.
    2 points
  18. I don't need someone to teach me how mute strings. I do it unintentionally all the time🤣😪
    2 points
  19. As a Boogie owner of some 30 years I am saddened by this news. Randall Smith has been an innovative leader of Mesa Boogie, not the same story as Gibson Brands.
    2 points
  20. That was superb @Wim VD1 so light and airy, like stroll down a country lane on a warm summer day. 😎👏👏👏
    2 points
  21. Perfect for an uplifting listen as we start a new year. Great style and swing, love it . Greg
    2 points
  22. So Gibson moved their ES line from Memphis back to Nashville in order to streamline production and focus on quality. Well, I thought I would never get one until now. The new generation ES line seems promising. I mean it has to be since there are so many great alternatives, and I own a couple. But I thought I couldn’t go wrong with the real ES-335 this time. The amount of precision that goes into making the guitar these days, thanks to modern technology and machinery, should make the instrument as good as it can be. Right? I took a chance and got one. Nothing fancy, satin finish which make
    2 points
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  24. @Wim VD1, @DianeB Thanks, I hope you are keeping safe and doing fine. And so is everyone else. Safe Holidays Everybody!!!
    2 points
  25. @3rdwaverider @Nutty 1 and others who gave me a Like; thank you so much for your kind comments. @3rdwaverider I especially appreciate the feedback. These points are just what I've been working on... clear articulation of each note, allowing the right notes to ring out, others muted as appropriate. I should also mention, credit for this arrangement goes to the great contemporary jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola, Truefire Jazz Studio. ps.@3rdWaverider I did post a Beatles song previously; "Till there Was You"
    2 points
  26. @DianeB Thank you for the response. I'm sorry, I should have worded that better. I got the bundle you mentioned and the Major Scale Master 1&2, Money Chords, and Jazz Chords all came with a PDF, but the Speed and Agility videos did not. I was just hoping there was a PDF because I like reading, then watching the videos, but if that's not possible, I'll just write everything down during the first pass through. Thank you again!
    1 point
  27. I am always looking around for music and artist that catch my ear and make me stop and listen. Not just listen, but really hear, feel and be moved by their music and talent. I came across such an artist today- Reinhardt Buhr. I know that his music is not for everyone, but I was so impressed by his musicality, expression, composition, timing, obvious instrument playing music talent (instrument choices) as well as his ability to improvise, play, sing, record, loop all while improvising and entertaining live! The music may or may not be your taste and style, but just watch the video and see
    1 point
  28. That was a pretty cool video! Definitely a different perspective than I'd considered before! When he got to the part about using the triads, I thought 'hey! I know those!!' Lol! Steve's Triads lessons definitely are pretty entrenched in my brain now! Thanks for posting this!
    1 point
  29. Well done Neil, you did justice to a classic and memorable song. I wish I could keep my tempo as steady as you do. Ah, the sixties, I was in my wonder years. It sure seemed like a screwed up world which we were inheriting. "Nam" protests, assassination of JFK, soon to be followed by RFK and MLK and a Cold War in which everyone wondered if there would be a tomorrow. On the good side the Beatles arrived and the timing of this song by Jackie De Shannon could not have been better. I believe that this song was the beginning of "Flower Power", an awaking of the next generation to make change.
    1 point
  30. Slow the metronome down to fit the hardest section/measure you’re working on; then you can bring the entire song along as you improve. A great idea is to use the metronome to practice syncing your rhythm to the backbeat on beats 2 and 4. Great for “losing” the monotone sound of beginning guitar students and taking a step towards sounding like a musician. I also find counting out loud (or to myself) is a great technique for practice. Hopefully I didn’t walk on too many previous posts; and yes, I’m not where I want to be yet in this regard.
    1 point
  31. Jay, you will find them worth the wait. But, yes, you want to get started. good luck to you. Anytime you have a question, or frustration, post here. The are a lot of helpful folks here always willing to answer/advise. Even if you don't have a question, post and let us know how you are progressing.
    1 point
  32. I just put the D’Addario humidity control packs in 3 guitar cases. In GA the issue is usually to much humidity but in the winter months I do like a fire in the fireplace and this dries up the house a good bit. I use Boveda packs in my cigar humidors for the same reason with good results.
    1 point
  33. Greetings, I got the Learn & Master course a few years ago and started the trip back to the guitar. A life long self taught (and it shows) player. Once again life got in the way of my road to fame and fortune. Well February 6th will be my last day of working "for the man" LOL and I have decided to take another go at learning the guitar. Maybe with all my free time and Covid-19 stay at home directives I will be able to stick to it. Wish me luck. P.S. I have no idea why my avatar is upside down.
    1 point
  34. Man, that's some beautiful Playing! I hope to get there some day.
    1 point
  35. "Stayin' alive", 100 bpm. I used to teach CPR. Henk
    1 point
  36. Thanks for posting. Larrivee, there’s a guitar name I hadn’t heard of before.
    1 point
  37. Thank you for the lovely theme, Neil, and Mandy for oganising us all!
    1 point
  38. What a great guitar to add to ring out your fabulous playing chops. Congrats and make some sweet music with it. Greg
    1 point
  39. There are quite a few "Free Download" courses there too. I got a few that I thought could useful. The "Sale" ends in 2 days, and likely the freebies too. And a draw to win a few different Gibson guitars, including a Les Paul. But don't bother, 'cause I'm going to win it! 😉 https://truefire.com/12-days
    1 point
  40. Hi @Triple-o Congratulations on your progress to Session 18 in the Learn and Master Guitar course! This is an accomplishment in itself, as it's the very dedicated students who make it there. I recall a quote (author unknown to me) about Jazz... "Jazz is... MORE". What does this mean? Well, I found it means exactly that. More chords, more melodies, more harmonies, more scales, more arpeggios, and best of all, more Songs! Don't let this intimidate you... its a wonderful world of discovery! Your guitar playing will start to sound like something special, something others will want to listen t
    1 point
  41. I looked at the tempo for this song and assumed it was a really slow song. Then I noticed the 6/8 time signature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBLruNfUqUs https://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0158019
    1 point
  42. Congrats on your new guitar! The chunkier neck may prove over time to be your preference. I though I preferred slim necks until spending some time with a 50's carve Gibson neck. Now I much prefer a medium to thick neck and find the really thin necks the most uncomfortable.
    1 point
  43. My belated condolences on your loss Mandy. Your music may have died, but that’s one thing you can resurrect.
    1 point
  44. Congrats on your new ES-335. I love mine. Enjoy!
    1 point
  45. Congratulations @V7#5b9 ! Yes, it's true. There is nothing like the real deal. I've had mine since 2011 ( ' 63 Memphis ReIssue Heritage Cherry figured top, dot inlay) and I've Never regretted it for a second. It is just so good, so versitile, It's hard to put it down. (Most of my posted recordings on this site and SoundCloud are played with it) Initially I was a bit shy on th cost too (especially in Canada where we pay at least 25% more CDN$ in USD exchange rate plus 13% tax) , but I also reminded myself that these guitars not only retain their value, but tend to go up in value over time. (The
    1 point
  46. Don’t feel like practicing? That’s acceptable every once in a while. (For our purposes, “once in a while” is defined as “once every fifty years”.) If you’ve already used up your 100-year allowance, as I have, try these. The time frames are merely my suggestions. Tip: add a book to your Amazon Wish List, then later search for it at your local library. For beginners or first year students: First, Learn to Practice, by Tom Heany The Little Book of Talent, by Daniel Coyle The War of Art, by Richard Pressman Grit, by Angela Duckworth For second year students: The Practice of Pra
    1 point
  47. Hi All- My wife and I started the L&M course a year ago and have been lurking on this site since. I finally decided to join in. I'm getting close to finishing Lesson 6 and moving forward. I must admit that I didn't know what I was getting ourselves into when we started the course, but the time and effort that we've put in have been rewarding. I recently started the Speed & Agility Workouts as well. We own three guitars now and look forward to continuing our journey. I'm glad that I chose this course and have have this community to learn from. Greg
    1 point
  48. Hi All, I wanted to say how much I appreciate Steve Krenz's teachings and the community he has helped to create with all of us here. This arrangement is from his Learn and Master Fingerstyle Guitar course (amazing course) and I recorded it yesterday. I hope you enjoy it. 41789178_263420141019589_2064040570489548358_n.mp4
    1 point

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