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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY MAY 12TH - PEDALS and CABLES AND GEAR OH MY! WHAT DOES THIS PEDAL DO? If you've got questions about what pedals do, what pedals do you need, or how something works, then let's get some answers. Steve will guide you through his gear, setting up a pedal board, and how each pedal sounds. WEDNESDAY WORKOUTS: MAY 13TH Tired of not being able to play barre chords? This three week series on Wednesday Workouts will guide you through... 1) Knowing Where to Put Your Chord 2) How to Form Each Chord Correctly 3) Strengthening the Fingers for Successful Barre Chords Bring your guitar and I'll guide you step by step as we play together. You can do it! Let's finally master these and move forward in your music! Watch LIVE on our Guitar Gathering YouTube Channel. It's going to be a great month! Learn all you can!


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  1. @Eracer_Team-DougH Can't do that Doug...what would you do with all of that freed up time at lunch? 🤪
  2. I recall Steve saying on a Live Lesson a few years ago, if stranded on an island and could only have one guitar....it would be his nylon from years ago.
  3. @Oldjock Why do we always seem to relegate our six string acoustic to a “campfire” scenario when a vintage Martin is such a treasured instrument? 🤣 I can’t image Vince Gill sitting around a roaring fire in the woods with one of his many treasured vintage guitars. No insult intended, just a wondering aloud moment. Bryan
  4. @K9kaos So true, and we haven't even touched how a discussion of pedals can further "amplify" what we can really do with each..."so little time, so many to play"! I'm an acoustic "gatherer" and have sold my nylon for the reasons you are considering. I have two acoustics on the market (but a really low ball market right now) and I occasionally re-tune and play for an exercise moment. Wow, I think, why would I sell such a guitar...I must be crazy?! OBTW: My wife has an immediate answer to that last question. 🤣
  5. Good suggestions. I didn't see any mention of strings gauge you are using? I see where medium strings can be too much for the luthier's intended design and cause lifting. Just a thought...but you could also ease the tension between playing sessions to buy time. Good luck in getting it resolved, Bryan
  6. If you ever need a baby-sitter; give me a call...and I'll be there to pick it up! 🤠
  7. Corky Siegel is doing live streams as well. He has one Monday, and there was one earlier this week that can be viewed. Siegel-Schwall Band (Blues) LIFE'S DREAM Cousin Corky's Live Stream Monday, March 23 at 11:20 am CST Directions to our abode: https://www.facebook.com/corky.siegel Free Parking For the streaming event, I'm planning on telling at least one story, reciting some lyrics and playing at least two tunes. I will also try to respond to your comments. But you know what, forget all that. Let's keep it all a surprise. Hope to see you there. This will not be your grandfather's live stream. 🙂 Your Cousin Corky P.S. And you can now see the March 18th stream “Breakfast w/ Ernie Watts” in some recent post at https://www.facebook.com/corky.siegel
  8. Steve, No worries. I really enjoyed your ideas. Thanks again. Bryan
  9. A sad point of contention indeed; however, I have found myself attending smaller venue performances of some truly wonderful acts of completely different genres than my youth preferences. And, enjoying every last minute. Acoustic sets from bluegrass, "new" country, and even jazz/blues have crept into my playlists. Lawn seats at Ravinia have allowed my wife and me to enjoy a host of legacy bands at far more comfortable pricing. But I must point out that not all of those legacy bands were worth hearing again. I, too, love remembering younger days with legacy bands that can still get you on your feet and dancing the night away; but I just read an article today about celebrating Beethoven's 250th birthday that continues this year. Hmmm, I doubt anyone ever dreamed of the Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, CSN&Y, or those kids from Liverpool called The Beatles in his lifetime! The point is, music is at the root of it all in terms of our childhood memories, our adult lives, and even our "golden" years. Who knows, perhaps a young version of Bob Dylan is perfecting his chops as I type.... Bryan *** I must apologize to any and all of the great performers I omitted in my text
  10. So true! A friend worked in a vinyl shop and always introduced us to “offbeat” artists. Try bouncing Lou Reed’s “Walk on the wild side” and then his live version of “Heroin” on unsuspecting guests (the guitar on that can rattle any skeletons you might have in your closet) 🤣😎
  11. @Steve Krenz I too have liked this arrangement. It is one of my "finish up my practice" tunes to exit on a nice note. Bryan
  12. I think music is the ultimate expression of freedom of speech; be it lyrics, passion, or just creative ways to explore sound. I truly believe music brings out the best in all of us. It allows us an escape from the daily norm of work, politics, and whatever is troubling us. Long Live Music!!
  13. Wow, that's some setup! I agree with the 40-50% humidity levels for best results. I have used various methods for humidity over the years. I use Dampits and MusicNomad's products with distilled water currently. I hang the Nomad in the soundhole and lay a Dampit up at the headstock and refresh weekly. I do run home humdification in the mid 30-45% range when outdoor temperatures allow. I also run a Vornado water humidifier in the guitar room at night when temps are at their lowest. I like to watch the value of hydration in a 2-part Taylor video using just Dampits. Here's Part 1: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=2ahUKEwiA1_Xx_6bnAhWHLc0KHTsSA2IQtwIwBHoECAoQAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DtB8tELj43RE&usg=AOvVaw0ZDMvZWOUyMuG6jA1gNJPW Desert conditions are a different world for me altogether. I would investigate one of the "humidified cases" for individual guitars in your world if only to get a better "spot on your shower card"! 😉 Good luck, Bryan
  14. @Dave White A great loss by any standards...

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