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  1. 4 points
    I've been listening to Eric McFadden lately.
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    I finished this one today, barely in time for the August challenge. It contains the lyric "And the sunshine we've been waiting for will turn to rain". Mandy, I have to give you a shout-out because your rendition of "Nights in White Satin" a few months ago inspired me to do a Moody Blues song. Thanks for listening.
  3. 3 points
    As soon as I'm free from a private instructor, I'm going to restart my LMG program again with renewed vigor, hopefully. I fumbled around with myself procrastinating with the work, using every excuse I could think of but since about 3 months ago I been doing outside help with an instructor and it's helped. At the end of the year I hope to resume the program and proceed at my own pace.
  4. 3 points
    Well I finally got the chance to unbox and give the first run with the new Princeton, and I must say it surely does not disappoint! It's eveything I expected and hoped for, and much more. Crystal clear clean tones, warm and mellow, extremely touch sensitive, with virtually no background noise or hum. It will take a while to get used to dialing up exactly the tone I'm looking for, but a sampling with all 3 of my electrics showed the character of each of them, with a very impressive jazz tone available with my Godin 5th Ave archtop and P90 style pickup. In a head to head test in the store, Doug and I tested the "standard" Princeton 65 RI against this "Fender Special Run" model with the Eminence Cannabis Rex (Hemp) 12 " speaker, (no you dont smoke it!). The difference was obvious in seconds... this model is indeed "Special" ... warmer, cleaner, smoother across the board in all levlels and eq. My concern about getting good tone at low volume was quicky put aside, as this "practise amp" delivers superior tone at only about 3 or 4 on the Volume knob. Using the 335 with humbuckers on Input 2 (designed for higher output pickups) produces outstanding clarity, without being sharp or brittle. Using Input 1 increased the volume level and would be outstanding for a single coil equiped gutiar like a Strat or Tele, playing lead. If it's volume you want, then you'll surely get plenty for home use, recording or smallish stage performance or much larger venues mic'd up to a p.a. (I havent had it over 4 on the volume at home) I'm told you'll get some modest "break up " startint at around 5 or 6 on the dial. The internal reverb and vibrato with external foot switch, are very responsive, and all I will need in the way of effects (i think), so pedals for me won't likely be on my list. It also comes with a nice black nylon cover with Fender script logo... a nice touch to go with the outstanding "retro 60's " laquer tweed vibe. The perfect companion for my ES 335 ""63 historic ReIssue " ! I just put about 2 hours on it so far, but it was and is a treat to play... And the bonus... my wife loves it too. 🙂 (if I dont play too loud... )
  5. 3 points
    Yes Pat! May I add that growth begins when we leave our comfort zone as well. Ian, great job. It's almost as if a different person is singing when you bring it on! One thing that came to mind is something I've noticed over the years. We've all heard about our "inner child." Well, what helps to me on stage (for whatever reason) is when my "inner hot dog" comes out. It's the feeling of cutting up, joking around and most of all letting go into the flow. Related to the "inner hot dog" is a tip my West African drumming instructor gave us. He said while soloing to play to somebody. That can be a person in the audience or what works great with the lights is playing to/with a fellow performer. I'm sure somebody has mentioned this stuff, but I haven't found it so far. Rock on!
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    @randyh1953 Hi Randy! Welcome back... Glad to hear you've re- commited to learning guitar. Having a good teacher live is a great idea. The LMG lessons should fit in very well with your private lessons. You could show this material to your teacher and he/she could support these lessons for later on when you a "self learning" ... As for "being old and all that..." well, hey there are plenty of us "mature teenagers" here learning guitar, and having a blast doing so! The more you stretch and exercise "the little grey cells" the younger you stay! It's a fact! So dive right in an dont be afraid of "working" on it ... it pays big dividends in personal growth and enjoyment too. All the Best! Neil
  7. 2 points
    Danny- Glad to hear that things are coming together. Don't worry........people are more important than guitars!
  8. 2 points
    Thank you @gotto, @Nutty 1 and @Wim VD1
  9. 2 points
    "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!!!" Wow, @Pat L , what an exhilarating thought! 👍
  10. 2 points
    I'm with Dave, the one which I am playing will be my favourite. I started learning with a Seagull Natural Elements 6 string with a spruce top and mahogany sides/back. Absolutely loved the 1.8" neck for my big fingers. Two years later as I learned to play a little, I started looking for a different sound. I eventually purchased another Seagull but a 12 string (Have to support the Canadian manufacturers). The S12 has a cedar top with cherry sides/back. The S12 was very bright sounding initially but after two years it has become much more mellow. I love to play Gordon Lightfoot songs with the S12. The sustain with this guitar is very impressive, a single hard strum at the end of the song seems to continue forever. I also have a PRS SE Santana, so with the acoustics I am happy to have the complete set. Although, like Ron, in the back of my mind I can hear the call of a PRS SH McCarty 594 Koa. Henk
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    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
  12. 1 point
    from Feb 2017 Premier Guitar mag on speakers. very short article, doesn't descript the sound too much https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/24984-speaker-geeks-alnico-or-ceramicwhat-gives Speaker Geeks: Alnico or Ceramic ... What Gives? I’m going to tell you something you already know: People like different things. Shocker, right? Apples or oranges, cake or pie, Strat or Les Paul … the list goes on. And it seems the more polar opposite things are, the more likely a person may gravitate toward one choice and show disdain for the other. Like the English and Scottish in Braveheart, guitarists can end up on opposing sides ready to do battle over such life-or-death issues as whether to use tube or solid-state amps. That said, I urge us all to agree on one thing: Amplifiers don’t make sound without speakers. Even the simplest amplifier can be an extremely complex piece of electronics, but a speaker is a very basic electromagnetic motor (Fig. 1). When you apply signal to a speaker, the voice coil begins to move in and out in response to that signal. As a result, the voice coil creates a magnetic field of its own, which works against the magnet and tries to demagnetize it. However, the magnet generates energy in the opposite direction, and it becomes a back-and-forth struggle. Gluing a cone to a moving voice coil harnesses this motion and makes it audible. That’s the basic idea behind a speaker. A voice coil is like an electric motor. The bigger the voice coil and the more wire used, the more torque or pulling power you have to move the cone. With the proper match of components, you can get more sensitivity, wider frequency response, and more power-handling ability. The size and type of magnet also affects a speaker’s sound. There are two major types of magnets used in loudspeakers: alnico and ceramic. These magnet types differ and this difference affects a speaker’s overall tone. Let’s take a closer look. The first crop of speakers in the early 1950s used alnico magnets, which is why some people say they sound more “vintage” than speakers built with ceramic magnets. An alloy comprising aluminum, nickel, and cobalt, alnico demagnetizes relatively easily, which gives a smooth response with compression at higher average volumes.. As the voice coil’s effect lowers the available magnetic field of the alnico magnet, the speaker becomes less efficient, and the voice coil moves less. The physics of it is that the small magnets near the surface of the magnet poles (called “domains”) begin to change state, or flip directions. The result is smooth compression, which is the same kind of operating-curve compression that occurs in a tube amplifier. During the 1960s, the popularity of speakers with ceramic magnets increased. The most common type of ceramic magnet is strontium ferrite, which demagnetizes much less easily than alnico. The domains change state much faster, so there is little to no compression as the voice coil moves to its mechanical limit. Because the ceramic magnet isn’t introducing compression, the result is a cleaner sound in comparison to alnico. Some folks might liken the difference between alnico and ceramic speakers to the difference between tube and solid-state amplifiers, where one compresses smoothly and the other gives all it has and then clips hard. I don’t know that it’s a fair comparison because the differences between the speaker types aren’t as starkly contrasted as the differences between the two amp types. Furthermore, by varying the size of the magnet, it’s possible to build very efficient alnico speakers, as well as very inefficient ceramic speakers. Now that you know the reasons why the two magnet types do what they do, you can decide which side of the battlefield you want to be on. Or you can decide that it doesn’t have to come to war at all. That maybe it’s best to have each type of speaker, so you can be ready for whatever tone might be necessary at any given time. Some players even mix alnico and ceramic speakers in the same cabinet. Though different in the way they operate, their purpose is the same: to supply energy to the motor, so the cone will move and thus everyone will hear whether you’ve been practicing or not. by C.J. Sutton is the resident speaker guru and graphic designer at Weber Speakers
  13. 1 point
    I think this is a great list. It has something for everyone and those Ibanez guitars are really a great product for their price. I can also say that the PRS SE is hardly a "beginner" only guitar. I have one and it is an amazing guitar all around. Thanks for posting!
  14. 1 point
    @BR-549 I’m not sure if your question is intended to be as straightforward as it seems, but here goes. If you want to play the melody, those are the notes that you play. In this simple example, “Ode to Joy”, the first note is an E, then an F and a G, and so on. If we want to play this song in G, we must transpose it up a perfect fifth (or down a perfect fourth) and start on a B, then C, and D, and so on, with F# as the single accidental in the key of G. In this example, the melody starts on a pitch in the scale (E) which is often, but not always the case.
  15. 1 point
    So glad to hear you have your studio back! I hope if there is more work to be done, it gets done quickly! I know it can be rough getting everything straightened out! Now that you have your music back it must feel wonderful!!!
  16. 1 point
    So nice to hear the news. Getting the gear back together must be a great feeling of relief and joy. Best wishes on your successful reconnection to the music . Greg
  17. 1 point
    @DianeB That's great. He is a fantastic guitar player.
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  19. 1 point
    Get a GS Mini With the Taylor pick up system all ready in it. they are top rated. In hole pick ups over time messes up the sound hole. I install LR Baggs under saddles in all of mine . If the guitar sounds great i use the one with mic and pick up . If sounds ok i use just the under saddle pick up . But small guitars with small sound holes the hole pickups are a little to big for the hole. . Good Luck. P.s I played one at Sam ash loved it went back to get it it was gone . it was Built in electric
  20. 1 point
    Congrats. These two make a nice couple. Greg
  21. 1 point
    I recall seeing Tommy on YouTube for the first timea few years ago, performing an entire concert solo. He was in a smaller venue, and his interaction with the audience and his performace was remarkable. Apparently he never plays the same concert twice. @matonanjin its unfortunate you had an unfavorable 1st impression. I'd suggest you give it another go. I wouldnt say im a raving fan (yet) but Im looking forward to it🎸.
  22. 1 point
    @Eracer_Team-DougH. Well I didnt take too much convincing to go😉. Especially if you're a guitar fan, who wouldnt want to see / hear Tommy Emanuel, the Chet Atkins of our time. And up and coming star and friend of Guitar Gathering as well.. Looking forward to this one😊👍🎸.
  23. 1 point
    The real catch is, you need to hear the 12" Cannabis Rex speaker over the 10" standard speaker
  24. 1 point
    I'm a fairly old dude, and have wanted to build a guitar for some 35 years. With a library of books collected over that time, and the marvel of the internet, I finally did it. Started with a "kit" from StewMac, which is basically a box of rough cut wood and parts, many of which I threw away and replaced with higher quality materials. I've spent 15 years putting together a wood shop, and so it started, in the wood shop. A year and a half and $5000 in parts and tools later, here it is. D-28 style dreadnaugh, Indian Rosewood back and sides, torified Sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, paua abalony inlays, tourtoise celluloid bindings, bone nut and saddle, hand made celluloid pickguard ( thank you Greg Voros for the material and your advise on setting the neck) and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Can't wait to start my second, likely a tobacco cherry sunburst dread. I can spread the obscene cost of tools over the next ones : ). Judging by the way it sounds and plays, I got my money's worth. Let's get the party started on this topic!!
  25. 1 point
    Good news Danny . Never was a let down for us collaborators. Keep up your positive vibes and we hope to hear more good news ( and music) from you soon. Best wishes Greg
  26. 1 point
    Good luck as you recover from the disaster.
  27. 1 point
    Well, I did it... I finally performed at my first ever open mic - and survived! I was encouraged to do it by another performer from the show at the top of this thread. She told me about an open mic she goes to at a nice pub that's on once per month. I went along last month to watch and committed to perform this time. When I went to watch I realised how important song choice is, a few people said to me "if I'm going to the pub, I want to hear songs that I know and a few sing-alongs". I noticed that there was a young woman with a beautiful voice and finger style guitar playing 'Fields of Gold', but no-one was watching (except me) and you couldn't hear her over the din. I tend to play/sing, slow and miserable songs when alone - no good methinks. I found it really difficult to pick some songs though that everyone will know, are more upbeat, that I can play comfortably, that I can sing comfortably. I settled on 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain', 'Daydream Believer' and 'Paint it Black' (yes. miserable but everyone knows it!). Anyway, on the night the venue was incredibly quiet with far less open mic performers and far less patrons than last time - probably not a bad thing for first time. When I got up, I announced at the mic that this was my first open mic ever, anywhere and was amazed to get a huge cheer before everyone gathered round and actually stopped talking to watch - whoops, I just inadvertently created pressure! Massive cheer at the end of the first song and then everyone returned to their usual private conversations. I was really pleased how it went. I actually didn't feel too nervous, and people said I didn't look nervous, but the symptoms of nerves appeared. My hands shook, I rushed a bit and missed some chords. I had memorised the songs, but took lyric and chord sheets as a crutch in case I froze. I ended up with my eyes glued to the music stand which impaired the overall performance slightly. Overall though: yes, really pleased. I've now done it so no more excuses. The audience were really supportive and probably wouldn't even notice the mistakes if they weren't watching so closely on the first song. I'm determined now to get back out and do it regularly. I've found some other venues and will try to get out to do one live performance per week if possible. Sorry about the long thread. If anyone reading this would love to perform live but thinks it would be impossible due to nerves, then I say if I can do it - anyone can. You just have to be patient, practice a lot, find performance practice opportunities, simulate performance environment (use a mic/p.a. and create distractions) and finally get out there and do it. First time probably won't go so well - KEEP GOING! Ian
  28. 1 point
    Yeah I really wish my budget would allow the Bonamassa Blues at Sea cruises. I can understand what he's saying, but heck I'd like to play his " simple " stuff
  29. 1 point
    @matonanjin I tried a David Grier album "Freewheeling" after an article that appeared in Acoustic Magazine...fun to listen while relaxing on the patio. Bryan
  30. 1 point
    Andy is great. I have seen some of his Guitar World stuff. He has a series of lessons at TrueFire called "The Kings of Blues and Rock. Play in the Style of....". They are style lessons of Eric Clapton, of course the three Kings, BB, Albert and Freddie, Jimmie Page, Duane Allman, T Bone Walker and Johnny Winter. They are older ones and not of the video quality of newer HD lessons. But a year or two ago TrueFire had a sale and these were really cheap. I grabbed them.
  31. 1 point
    Diane- You have such a wonderful way with words. You are a vulnerable, sensitive, honest, loving storyteller. I am still waiting for your original song, or book. Either one would be great with me. 😋 Just sayin'! Great seeing you continue to stretch and go for it! You inspire me. Mike
  32. 1 point
    Ditto on the great job. I suffer with the same anxieties you express and have also been victim to all the gotcha's CapM relates. With 3 sets of material there are some songs where I'm just trying to hang on and get through. When the monitor mix is wrong, or you land on the wrong beat or there is a squeaker note and you don't know if it was you or the other guy all pile on to the anxiety level. However, I've also lead myself into a flub with over confidence when you start showing off or thinking about the next song or something besides the task at hand and suddenly you're flubbing up. We'll be doing our 3rd show with only 2 new songs in the set list but I am more anxious about this show that ever for some reason. I'm planning to run the sets every night I'm home between now and the show and focus on my problem areas in hopes of getting myself in a better place. It seems I always forget about this part right after the show...until the next show.
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    That's great. Looking forward to seeing and hearing the end result. Wim.
  34. 1 point
    Really enjoyed it.. good for you!!
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    This is a terrific observation, Pat. I believe the connection of the singer to the song as well as the audience is of great importance to one's comfort level in performance and to engaging with the those listening and those performing alongside the singer. I am far, far, from the "best", but "recovering on the fly" is definitely something I have to do on occasion, and I even have the lyrics in front of me. Age has challenged my ability to remember lyrics as well as my younger days sadly, but it has not dampened my pleasure at playing music and sharing with others at this late stage of my life. Keep it up Ian, and keep sharing. Greg
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    Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!!! Ian,way to go. I create a movie in my mind that acts out the lyrics and put myself in a bubble so that I can concentrate on the emotional parts of the song. The more you do this, the more comfortable you will feel. Even the best singers/players get lost on their lyrics, they just have learned to not let the rest of us know because they can recover on the fly (ex repeat a verse, change a word, humm, etc)🤣. Have fun and keep it up. Love that you don't have the lyrics in front of you, that's helps you connect with the audience better (my opinion).
  37. 1 point
    Looking forward to learning about Songwriting tonight on live lessons with Rob Harris!
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    Well done Greg that is superb. Looks like heaps of fun and it sounds great.😎👏👏👏
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    Yeah, Greg! That's getting it done! 👍
  40. 1 point
    I agree with John, the term enthusiasm is key to the learning process. This journey of learning how to play the guitar is not a sprint but rather a marathon. Taking breaks during the process should be mandatory. Henk
  41. 1 point
    Ian- Great job. Since I was at the gathering and watched your performance live and then watching this video. You have made some great strides and improved tremendously. I too noticed the confidence as you progressed through the song. Your voice became stronger, stayed in pitch and in tempo. Great job Ian. Keep up the good work. So good to see you progress and not let the bumps in the road pull you back. I experienced the same nerves and trouble singing, playing and staying in tempo and loosing my place in the song while playing at the Gathering in one of the group classes. These were songs I had played hundreds of times and the only difference was, I had always played at home in the office or den and maybe my wife was the only audience. With an audience in the class, my leg started jumping, wrist started its own tempo and rhythm, and my voice found octaves i did not know I could hit. Amazing what a little pressure will do for you. I am trying to get to a place where I record myself and I have started to ask a couple people who play guitars, if they would like to practice together once a week. Trying to find a way to progress!
  42. 1 point
    @costancr This sounds like normal growth, but let's address this "I cannot play something right that I've practiced correctly 50 something times". That's discouragement, and we want to get back to feeling good about practicing. Yes, you need recovery periods. They can be a short as a few minutes or as long as a few days. Too much repetition at one sitting is indeed counterproductive. Let some things rest a while; a little forgetting is actually beneficial to learning, because recalling strengthens memory. As you progress, you might notice something else: your standards keep rising. The proficiency that once seemed fine now isn't good enough, and your spirits momentarily sink. That's all good. I can't stress this enough, and I've been in education many years: how you feel is no indication of your progress. Keep chipping away. Make it enjoyable. We've all been there! 🙋‍♀️
  43. 1 point
    ...Which is just one reasons why Wim has become such a good guitarist.
  44. 1 point
    Or Even a just piece of paper and a pencil to do this. Or nothing at all... just mentally say the scales in your head or out loud wotks too.
  45. 1 point
    I am travelling regularly for work and manage to take my Traveller Guitar with me most of the times. It looks like a headless Steinberger, weighs only 1.4 Kg. and fits into a suitcase. The laprest and arm support visible on the picture are own-made modifications that can be screwed on. At this very moment I am on holidays in France with the family and play my Traveler Guitar almost daily 😀. Wim.
  46. 1 point
    As Doug suggested, study theory if you don't have a guitar at hand. @Yggdrasilium, I don't show enough dedication to doing this and need to do so more.
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    Hey @Wim VD1 long time since we chat. this is my work in progress. the beginning of heaven by Kane Brown. tell want you think of the drums and bass . the lead and rth guitar will be added soon, Danny
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    It's been quiet a ride... but here's my first "real " recording. I originally started learning this song from Steve Krenz's "Learn and Master Guitar - The Song Hits" some time ago. That version is in the key of Fmaj. I located a transcription in Dmaj, which I found much better (for me) to play. I'll be glad to share the chart (sheet music ) with you on request. Recorded with my Godin 5th Av Kingpin archtop, Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 interface into Reaper DAW. (yes I like this MUCH better..) 2 tracks in Stereo, panned left and right, with a touch of reverb and compression. Moon River, by Henry Mancini, from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. I hope you like it.... Thanks for listening.
  49. 0 points
    You've seen some guys with huge pedal boards. And I almost always wonder, "Does he really need that many? Does he use them all? How much is just for show?" And my meager little board is so puny with, let's see, tuner, compressor, distortion, chorus, overdrive(2) and delay. Is pedalboard envy a thing? But 319 pedals! And it works? Guinness verified and recognized! 😮😁 World's Largest Pedal Board.
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    I nver did let you know what I decided to do. What I did was nothing and I waited too long!!!😡 I decided on the Clapton and a couple days after starting this thread went back to the guitar store. As I pulled up FedEx was leaving. I walked in the store and the owner said to me, "I probably know why you are here and FedEx just left with that Martin EC. I sold it on Reverb." So I am back to shopping.

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