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  1. Child pays for parent's lessons!!!!??? Did I read that accurately? What a concept!! Doug, have a great time and learn a lot. I'm sure you will. And we will be expecting live reports, daily, from the Retreat of @DianeB quality reports! (Again, no pressure 😉 )
  2. @Cuong Dang, you are correct! "It's truly a wonderful course"! Let me do a little searching also and see if I can a place that might have it in stock. I'll check with Steve. One thing to be sure and verify, if you find a place offering it for sale, is if what is being offered is the version with bonus DVD's. There are two versions of L&M Guitar. One version just has the 20 sessions. The alternative has 20 sessions but for each of these 20 there is also a "bonus" session. I don't know if the Udemy L&M Guitar course is teaching the basic one or the one with the bonus sessions. The way the course is named, the extra sessions called "bonus", might lead one to think those additional sessions have just a little bit of bonus material. This is unfortunate because those "bonus" sessions have a lot of information. A lot! This is not just my impression. A lot of members, over the years, have echoed that opinion here. I would go so far to say there are sessions that the bonus materials provide more info than the "regular". Please be sure and let us know here how you are progressing!
  3. And @DianeB and @Eracer_Team-DougH, it, the jam along pdf, now opens fine for me.
  4. @DianeB, your link for the pdf, about the Jam Along Tempos, is broken. I will look and see if I have that rattling around somewhere on my hard drive. I know at one point I had it but do I yet?
  5. @Steve KrenzI'm surprised with Neil although a little different direction. I thought your pick might be the Brent Mason Tele. Yeah, there is the lack of power issue. But I know you love that guitar. (And, admittedly, I was drooling at our lesson in Nashville!😉)
  6. Wow!, @DianeB. What a great review. Being the Santana fan that I am, I, of course, wanted to see the movie. So much so, I considered talking to my wife about driving the over 2 hours to Des Moines, IA, (the closest place showing it) to see it. But I know the response that would have received. But now after reading, and digesting, your review I am mustering the resolve again to approach her. I don't know what else to say about your assessment of "Carlos" other than "brilliantly written". Thank you for sharing this with us.
  7. Diane, is this a review you are quoting? Or is this your review?
  8. Crazy talk, Doug? Or do we call this out for what it is? Blasphemy! 😆🤣😮
  9. @camper star, welcome to you and good luck to you in your guitar learning journey. You have access here to the best guitar teacher on the planet in Steve Krenz and he is always willing to answer any question you may have. You also have a very friendly, knowledgeable group of forum members always willing to help. Don't hesitate to exploit both these resources. I have been to Quad Cities many time in my professional career. What has always been interesting to me is it seems no one in the Quad Cities can explain why it is called that when there are actually more than four cities!😏😉. Shouldn't it be septi Cities if one includes Bettendorf, Silvis and Hampton? And @camper star all future responses will be from members far more helpful and informative than me and silliness like this😆
  10. Steve, I just got a electro-harmonix Holy Grail reverb pedal and I'm liking it a lot. Just? It's probably been months, maybe approaching a year now. I'm looking forward to your report.
  11. Thanks for adding to the thread, Steve. Santana does have his sound. I don't know of anyone whose sound is more recognizable than Santana. Years ago, decades ago, a local rock radio station here used to have a two hour jazz show on Sunday mornings called "Jazz Brunch". It got to be a tradition of my wife and I to sit and have coffee and listen to it. A song came on and we were listening to it and I said to my wife, "That is Carlos Santana on guitar. It doesn't make sense, I know. Carlos on a jazz song but that is him on guitar". The song finished and the DJ came on to name the songs and sure enough! He said it was Alice Coltrane with Carlos Santana on guitar! I don't remember now what song it was but it was from their album "Illuminations". It was when Carlos started doing his solo stuff when the band started having some personality clashes.
  12. Thanks, @DianeB!!! Here is the full trailer:
  13. You do realize my post was from three years ago?, right?
  14. Yep! The movie about my Guitar God - Carlos Santana! Tickets on sale in a few days (Aug 24). In selct theatres September 23 and all theatres September 29. https://www.carlosfilm.com
  15. Every year I come back from the Bonamassa Blues Cruise (aka Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea) raving about what a great time it was. Because it was!!! 😉 It is consistently one of my wife and my greatest musical event of the year. Just such a great time. If you are ever considering it, don't hesitate. Just do it. But one of the additional benefits is that so many years we have met up with fellow members of Guitar Gathering, or as @Steve Krenz likes to call them, us, our "Guitar Family". And that is exactly what happened again this year. My wife and I had so much fun going to concerts with, having breakfast with, chatting with (about guitars of course) and just hanging out with @Tom M and his lovely wife, Sheila. The cruise is, as I have said so many times, one of our favorite times ever. Tom and Sheila just made it even better. From L-R: Tom M, Yours truly, Mrs. matonanjin, Mrs. Tom M
  16. I just got notice this morning of the next Crossroad Guitar Festival. I really thought that the last one would be just that, the last one. But here we are. And we just, as in within the last couple weeks, got our tickets to Clapton's concert in Denver in September, just before the Crossroads Festival. Look at this Lineup!!! Is there anything that I wouldn't give to go to what probably really will be, this time, the last one? I don't know what that would be! Heavy Sigh.
  17. Gary, congratulations on the NGD. I have heard nothing but rave reviews on the McCarty’s. It seems like even some of the normal naysayers have positive reports. I hope we see/hear some of your playing it here and your report
  18. matonanjin


    @Plantsman13 managing the environment just by humidifier on our furnace and monitoring the humidity with a hygrometer in my cave. So far, surprisingly, the furnace humidifier is keeping the humidity at 45%. I haven't watched it through a summer yet so I don't know if I will have to get a dehumidifier or not. I didn't watch it last summer. I should have. As damn humid as it is here in Nebraska I probably will. Why is the Paul's my favorite? A lot of it is the feel and, certainly, the playability. It just plays so nice. My first "nice" guitar was the Gibson 325, second from the left. Steve played it on one of his live lessons from Gruhn Guitars. Early in the lesson he commented on how nice it was. And it is so gorgeous, I fell in love. And I wanted something Steve played so the next morning I call Gruhn and bought it. But a while after that I was ready for another guitar and decided I wanted a PRS. The only PRS dealer in the Omaha is actually on the other side of the river in Council Bluffs. So I went there on a Saturday and the owner spent hours handing me guitars. I don't know how many I tried but he handed me Paul's and it was instant love. The first remarkable thing before I even played it was it is light. With my back issues that is about the most important metric. But it is so playable and over all just feels so great. It immediately after getting home became my number 1. Obviously I have bought other guitars over the years but it remains my number one. I bought the HB 1 (hollow body) so I have a really light PRS, but I still prefer the Paul's. I think most people on this forum know I'm a huge Santana fan. I knew one day I would own a Santana signature and it would probably become my main guitar. When that same dealer had a Santana come in I was there to try it immediately. And, being a PRS, it played beautifully. And, of course, I brought it home. And I love it but the Paul's does remain #1. I can't explain it beyond an indescribable, inexplainable 'feel". Part of the problem with the Santana is it is heavy. I can only play it sitting down. I have to say, the Santana SE is really nice. For anyone that doesn't know, the PRS "SE" line of guitars is their lower cost line of guitars made in Indonesia. Not even considering that it is lower cost guitar, it plays really nice. Of course it doesn't have feel of my core Santana but it is really nice. It is hot! I don't know what the difference is in pick-ups. It's still dual humbuckers but every time I plug it in I have to turn the volume down on my amp!
  19. Finally!! I got my slat boards up and the hangers attached. This is going to be so nice!!!! If anyone is interested here they are, left to right: 1) Martin M-36 2) Gibson 325 3) PRS Santana 4) Fender Stratocaster 5) PRS Paul's (My favorite!!!) 6) Martin 000-15M 7) Seagull S6 Classic 8. PRS HB1 9) Yamaha Pacifica 10) PRS SE Santana (I posted this photo in the members gallery but thought I would post a thread😎)
  20. matonanjin


    Finally!! I got my slat boards up and the hangers attached. This is going to be so nice!!!! If anyone is interested here they are, left to right: 1) Martin M-36 2) Gibson 325 3) PRS Santana 4) Fender Stratocaster 5) PRS Paul's (My favorite!!!) 6) Martin 000-15M 7) Seagull S6 Classic 8. PRS HB1 9) Yamaha Pacifica 10) PRS SE Santana
  21. Randy, thank you. I haven't looked at his materials for sale. But I find his YT videos entertaining and often very educational. As I have said on here many times, I have enough purchased lessons to last me for decades. So I don't need to add to the pile. But based on what I have seen from him I would suspect his materials worth the money.
  22. @Plantsman13, excellent points both!!😉

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