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  1. Following @Steve Krenz advice, I have started to pay much more attention to moving my fingers off the fretboard and trying not to let them touch when schifting between chords. This gets me a long way already trying to avoid string squeaks. Today, I also bought an old fashioned pumice stone to reduce the callouses on my fingertips. I know this does not sound very rock and roll, but I noticed after the pumice stone treatment a further reduction of unwanted squeaks when playing. My problem is getting solved. Wim.
  2. Back to my favourite place 🎼🏠🎼 Wim.
  3. Thanks, Steve. I thought I could buy the solution (other strings, lubricant), but realize now that I will have to work it out in the practice room 😀 Wim.
  4. Tony, About a year ago, Steve had a live lesson on this topic: In the dropdown section of the video, there is a link to download the charts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/au3mtfgebbaplhb/Capo and Transposing Chart.pdf Wim.
  5. Thanks for your replies. @NeilES335, I consider trying Fingerease Guitar String Lubricant. @Steve Krenz and @Greg Voros, could you give some advice on how to avoid or reduce string squeaks? Wim
  6. Someone mentionned to me that my recording of St. James Infirmary sounds a little squeaky. i have to agree that those squeaky strings bother me as well. Before recording that song, I changed strings from Elexir Polyweb to Elexir Nanoweb and I think it got worse. The callouses on my fingertips don't help either. So could anyone give me some advice on how to avoid or reduce string squeaks? Wim.
  7. Thanks for your reply, Steve. It's great to get to know the story behind the song. Letting the chords ring out makes a big difference on the sound indeed. I need to work on that. I have a tendency to rush to the next chord. Letting the chord ring out means less time to form the next one. It's a goal worth pursuing. Wim.
  8. Thanks, @matonanjin, @IanD, @Fretless and @Nutty 1. Mandy, I only deserve part of the credits for transposing. The ActiveMelody arrangement was a flatpicking version for guitar. I did change it to fingerstyle and added arpeggio's and some extra notes to mimic that rolling piano feel. To me, fingerstyle is a bit like playing piano on guitar. Wim.
  9. "I was down to St. James infirmary,..." This one is from Cab Calloway, in an arrangement I found at ActiveMelody.com. I listened to Earl Hines' version many times before recording this and tried to get a bit closer to his piano style by playing this fingerstyle. Wim.
  10. Nice tone, Neil. And well played. Wim. Thanks Wim; I's really good to find a "plugin" that sounds pretty decent for the tone I was looking for. It's been a learning experience all around. N
  11. Session 3 is all about playing intervals and Teri's song (from the course) is a nice little tune using 10ths. I like it so much that I decided to record it. Wim.
  12. @Simira, I love this fingerstyle blues. Well played, great timing and tone. Welcome to the monthly challenge. Wim.
  13. @Fretless, @pkotof, @gotto, @matonanjin, @Popeye, @IanD, Thanks for listening and commenting! Wim.
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