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  1. L&MG session 2 includes Jingle Bells. I wanted to do something different with the tune and so used a (sort of) bossa rhythm which makes me think of being on a beach in Rio de Janeiro on a hot summer's day, a complete contrast to the snow in the song.
  2. Neil, I came at it from the opposite approach - I looked to find which app would best do the job I wanted it to do and then I checked out which tablets would it run on. I now use my tablet for a handful of major things and lots of little extras but I still to this day say the reason I have a tablet is the app that serves as my music library and organiser.
  3. If you make a mistake at some point, repeat it in the next verse and people will think it was intended. My guitar teacher said that.
  4. Retreat? It sounds more like an adventure! I tune my classical guitar one semitone high for the first few days to help the strings settle. 24 hours is not long; I hope it all works out well for you, Diane.
  5. There are so many tablets and apps that I was about to just move on as I don't have a wide range of experience. If your last quoted sentence is a question, Doug, then my answer for the last 8 years has been that I bought an iPad to run OnSong. Jason, who got it going, is a worship leader and so he knows exactly what church gigs (to use your wording) require and at that early stage I was (and still am) happy to support him. The current $30 price tag is not cheap but OnSong has now added many added features, some of which I use, some I don't. I would not say it is better than ForScore or Music Stand but like many programs, so long as it does what you need, why change? That does mean that you are wise to delay your purchase and find out as much as you can so that you will be happy with whichever tablet and app you choose. Because I play drums, guitar and flute, I prefer lead sheets so I want to have some level of sheet music rather than the more common lyrics with chords above without any indication of timing, I posted a video 8 years ago to YouTube reviewing how OnSong handles sheet music. It happens to be my most popular video by a long mile. Now, 8 years later, the principles in the video still stand. I have changed from using images to PDFs, which makes file sizes smaller. Last month I moved from playing drums to leading on guitar because our worship leader is taking a break. That prompted me to buy an AirTurn BT200S-6 pedal, which I had dilly-dallied over for some years but now I would not want to be without it. It is indeed an interesting road to be travelling and I wish you all the very best in finding what suits you. If you have any other questions, do ask. I would also love to know what you do buy when that time arrives. When you have you new tablet and app I could let you have one of my PDFs so that you can see how I get the most out of having my music on my iPad.
  6. William, I see two topics here: one about a 12-string and another about the bigger picture of which guitars might make up a decent and varied collection for you. You have already had some helpful advice regarding a 12-string so can I pick up on the second topic? After many years of playing just one my curiosity grew, as I see it has with you in your reply above, and I went through a phase of buying a range of guitars. Eventually I got to the point where I had 20 guitars. After a while I started to realise that some of these guitars were, in my hands, far better than others. Once I was certain, I sold the guitars that were not ideal for me - but no doubt would be ideal for someone else. I am intentionally not mentioning which brands or models I kept and which I sold as your experience will produce different results to mine. I would encourage you to enjoy the searching, the experimenting, the buying and selling as I have ended up with just a few guitars that I know are clearly the best ones for me and I can now look at other guitars knowing that I am content not to be thinking about what out there might be even better for me. I hope you have a great journey of discovery and end up as happy and content as I am - and do let us know which 12-string you opt for.
  7. I would, as usual, love to be involved but I have just gone down with flu so if you need anything once my energy returns I'll help out then.
  8. Ian, perhaps the simplest ending I can suggest is to not strum the final C chord as you sing the final word, down, just silence the guitar for that final word and then, after a pause of perhaps one bar, slowly strum a Cmaj7 but from top to bottom. If I am not explaining myself clearly and you would like an audio example, just say. Otherwise, nice, straightforward song and I can hear how your voice has improved. Great stuff!
  9. Does your app (better the audio app than the video app, as Eracer says) have a recording volume control so that you can increase the gain on a weak sound and turn down a loud signal? Is the distorted sound just on certain accented places or on the whole recording? If you are struggling, send me a sample recording. Ask for my email address by PM.
  10. <Sherlock Holmes's curious voice> "Interesting, most interesting."
  11. I think it is great that you have tried a different material and heard which you prefer. I would call that success.
  12. pkotof, one more thing, if I may: when you take your guitar to be set up I think it will help the technician if you also take your acoustic to show him the differences and what you prefer, because while one player may want a really low action, others want a bit higher. The techie will need to work out what you want so that he can set it up for you, not just a generic setup.
  13. Why do say it is more challenging? My first thought was that it has not been set up properly but maybe I should hold my thoughts until I know more about what you mean by more challenging.
  14. Bass amps and keyboard amps share much in common. Guitar amps, and particularly guitar speakers, have quite different characteristics as they colour the guitar's sound. The all in one solution would be to have an effects unit such as a Kemper or Helix LT (or much cheaper) which has amp and cab modelling. These work best with a FRFR (full range, flat response) PA speaker, and you would choose a bass amp and cab or a guitar amp and cab within the software to get the desired sound.
  15. It is worth a try. If you are unfamiliar with cutting a new nut buy a cheap plastic one and cut that one. If you get it worng then another plastic one will be cheap. When you are happy with the new nut, you then have a template from which to repeat the process with a bone or tusq nut. Sometimes I buy a pre-cut nut that has a fraction narrower string spacing E-E than the one on the guitar at the moment. There are plenty of videos on YouTube to help with showing you how to do the job. To glue to new nut in place just use two small droplets of superglue as it does not soak into the wood.

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