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  1. Hard to call which of my acoustics are the best...I have different wood combinations, sizes, and different luthiers. Pardon the pun, but they all manage to "steel my heart"! I must refer to Stephen Stills again when he penned, Love the one you're with. Enjoy the ride, Bryan
  2. Sounds like a great topic for a Live Lesson... Bryan
  3. Thanks Randy. I got an email today on a similar training idea from BGU. There's a video, a cool flashcard tool, and a link to get all of the box shapes in one place. I'm hoping it will free me from the mundane aspect of the boxes and allow "seeing" the notes I need. Hope it helps, Bryan https://is-tracking-link-api-prod.appspot.com/api/v1/click/5761558557229056/5430450314018816
  4. Opie, I will miss your videos as well. I'm with Diane, my picture on the left is taken from your work. Let's hope everything goes well and you'll be in great shape to return next year! Our thoughts are with you. Bryan
  5. Funny stuff! 1. 7 Things you can do with a capo when not playing a guitar. BONUS: Buy 2 styles of capo and we'll DOUBLE the things you can do. 2. Granite coated plectrums - the "slickest" pick for those intricate bluegrass tunes. Enjoy the ride, Bryan
  6. @Triple-o I think standardization is a problem in the industry. Greg really tries to seek technique that anyone can implement to achieve high quality setups. Take into account where he practices his trade, I'll listen when he speaks! I've have good results following his setup course on my acoustics. Bryan
  7. Doug. I think Triple-O is referencing Scales Mastery Intermediate Level of Steve Krenz. For instance, the C scale he plays: C E D F E G F A G B A C B D C (easier to play than to spell out). He then reverses the pattern: C A B G A F G E F D E C D B C (backwards is a killer to spell out). 🤔 He does this pattern with all of the scales in the workout. Bryan
  8. https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/i-love-you-much-too-much-sheet-music-for-guitar-digital-sheet-music/20162297?narrow_by=Santana+&orKey=I+love+you+too+much&withIn=true Check this out for a tabbed version
  9. I have the X2 and like it. I did notice Sweetwater has them marked down at the moment. 😁
  10. A point to add: Several members have given Southwest Airlines a thumbs-up on being "guitar" friendly in the past. Bryan
  11. @matonanjin A situation that can be EASILY remedied! 🤩
  12. @Triple-o I've purchased two guitars and sold one on Reverb without any problems. I contact/message the seller about things not listed to get a feel of the seller based on their response. I always keep the adage; if it's too good to be true, it probably is. Good luck in your search, Bryan
  13. @Dave White So a future guitar ad might be....Is it a prewar Martin, or is it a carbon fiber knock-off? ?
  14. @matonanjin I'm free for next month's cover photo shoot!! ? Bryan
  15. In the new Wood and Steel from Taylor someone "asked Bob" about the ebony with more colors not being prevalent as it pertains to Taylor's Ebony project. Here's an excerpt from Bob's response: Thanks for asking, Bill. No, we haven’t backed off that goal at all. In fact, we use more ebony with color than ever before, making up nearly 70 percent of the ebony we buy. That said, I’ll try to solve your curiosity of why you aren’t able to find a vast array of colors when you shop. At Taylor Guitars, our first coat of oil that is applied to a guitar fingerboard and bridge is linseed oil. We use it because it sets in the wood, whereas mineral oils evaporate. This first coat provides a long-lasting base that enables a player to then use fretboard oils that are available on the market with- out building up a finish, because they, too, evaporate. We don’t recommend that customers use linseed oil because only one coat is needed, and we do that at Taylor. Linseed oil wets the wood, and since it sets and doesn’t evaporate, it darkens the wood, not as a stain, but in the way that water darkens wood while it remains wet. So the colors just black- en. It requires almost severe amounts of color in the raw state to equal any color in the linseed-oiled state. This is some- thing I wish other manufacturers would believe and adopt, because when our Crelicam partner, Madinter, sells ebony wood from Crelicam, they are constantly asked for the blackest of wood, of which there is little. But at Taylor we know that the less-black wood can be used, oiled and also satisfy customers. I found this interesting since it contradicted the Taylor restringing video where the Taylor employee recommended boiled linseed oil to use on the fretboard prior to restringing. For what it's worth... Bryan
  16. @Oldjock Jerry Reed was also one of the Certified Guitar Players of Chet's elite group. Not a small feat for sure. Bryan
  17. Bruce, Great advice and encouragement from everyone! Enjoy the ride, and discover the potential joy that comes from within you from making music. You can share your musical journey with others; however, you are the master of your ultimate path and success that comes with it. You can strive to be the next Eric Clapton, or simply enjoy sharing your music with family and friends. That's the real beauty music and playing any instrument has to offer anyone willing to take up the challenge. Best of luck in your journey. Bryan
  18. @Amy Greenblatt Enjoyed listening to your video, nice job! ?
  19. @ak0693 Excellent advice above. It seems everyone has a theory on learning the fretboard. I now believe it is achieved with repetition and time. I personally, utilize Steve's shapes/patterns of scales across the fretboard and only focus on one starting note. For instance, for 6th string C I start the scale with my index finger. Then I use my middle finger, and finish starting the scale with my pinky. Next I find C on the 5th string and repeat the shapes associated with the starting finger. I shift to the 15th fret C to utilize the pinky. Find C on the 4th string and repeat the starting finger regiment. The 3rd string (G) is where I only start with the index finger to finish the pattern on the 1st string C. Each day I pick a new note to repeat this process. My basic understanding of the fretboard is progressing. Another method I've tried is to select a note, say G, and try to locate its occurrence on each string and play it (don't overlook frets above 12). Over time, my need to "count up" a string is diminishing. An electronic app I've experimented with is Fret Tester. You can select a range of frets and it will play "guess this note (and tone)". I find it helpful when I don't have a guitar in my hands. I'm sure there are other apps as well. Be patient, and things will come along for you. Bryan
  20. Here's a link from Acoustic Guitar on 12 bar blues using key of F: https://acousticguitar.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b4130e905b057bee1b2196ad0&id=7848d9e6a3&e=ed7eab0c3f I apologize for the Elixir commercial side of the video! Enjoy
  21. Good evening. Interesting opinion from the latest Acoustic Guitar on the benefits of oiling the fretboard. I recall Bob Taylor claiming the first year he liked two applications with subsequent years getting one application. I'll continue to dress up my fretboard, but this makes me stop and reconsider my opinion on the topic. OBTW: I included a second page from the issue declaring a new recording from TE and John Knowles after the first of the year...kind of close to the Finger-style Retreat attendees. Paul Simon is the featured artist and interesting reading to be had. The sidebar on his guitar sideman of over twenty years really makes the eyes roll. The song, Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover seems like only yesterday...talented artist for sure. Enjoy. AG313.pdf
  22. Sweet! May it treat you well in your music endeavors.
  23. @Dave White Seems like a great method to me! ?
  24. 49/49 with the help of a couple of hints...so crib sheets mean the result should be thrown out! ?

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