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  • Birthday 12/12/1957

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  1. All the posts and pics make me "homesick". Already looking forward to June 15 next year!
  2. I'll be the first to admit, I don't have a lot of experience with different amps, but I'm in the Boss Katana camp as well. I chose one as my first amp and so far, it does everything I need it to do, but I'm sure at some point I may want to try a tube amp.
  3. Thanks Diane. Really looking forward to it, although I am a bit bummed to hear that there will be no NAMM visit on Saturday. Guess I will have to satisfy my new gear urges with a trip to Gruhn's or the new Gibson Garage. Just a quick note about the hotel. I called on Monday of this week (June 7) to make a reservation and was told there were no more rooms in our GGC block. However, they did have rooms available and agreed to honor our negotiated rate. But it might be necessary to call and make the reservation as opposed to using the website. Hope to see everyone in July!
  4. Definitely on my list to visit while I am in Nashville for the Gathering (unless I get impatient and drive up ahead of time).
  5. I'm not sure if this applies to your situation, but it has bitten be before. If your preamp has a built in tuner, make sure the tuner is not turned on. This can disengage the preamp. I know this is the case on my Fishman preamp in one of my acoustics. Just food for thought - when I put a pickup in my Bourgeois, I did not want to bother with a battery. I opted for a K&K Pure Mini passive pickup. This can be routed through an external preamp which is a bit easier to deal with battery changes.
  6. @arju I tend to agree with the points @matonanjin raised. I was one of those that went through the L&M course quickly - much too quickly. I have a bit of music background, having played in school bands and choirs - but different instruments. Then, after going through the course, I realized quickly that while I had gained familiarity with the concepts, I certainly had not learned it and definitely had not achieved any level close to mastery. So I went through it again and focused more intensely on areas that I struggled with. Even now, after having been through the Fingerstyle course, I still go back to the L&M course to reinforce certain concepts that still challenge me. So the opinion of this geezer is to not rush through the course and measure your success by your enjoyment of playing, and not by a pre-defined time limit.
  7. I've used D'Addario Phosphor Bronze EXP-17 Mediums (.013-.056) on my Bourgeois. I think that is what they are strung with at the factory. But lately I've dropped to Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Lights (.012 - .053)
  8. Nairon, I'll second what Randy and Plantsman13 have said. Solid wood guitars are generally viewed as superior, although the sound and playablility ultimately depend on the type and quality of wood used, the quality of construction and numerous other factors. Lower priced guitars are getting better and many lower priced guitars these days feature at least a solid top and some such as Epiphone's new Inspired by Gibson line advertise all solid wood. My "nice" guitar is all solid mahogany with a Spruce top and it certainly has a great sound. But the guitar that I generally grab for practice and general "noodling" is my first student guitar - a Fender CD-60 with all laminate construction. Take Plantsman's advice and make sure whatever guitar you choose is one you enjoy playing and suites the style of music you want to play, has a decent setup to make it more playable and fits your budget. And yes, if you have a choice of solid wood or laminate - I'd go solid.
  9. Sure Dave. I’ll just send you a check. It will be the perfect match for the 450k Sweet Home Alabama Strat that is available at Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville. 😂
  10. Thanks @DianeB. I figured I could count on you to set me straight. Seems everything I was finding online was close - but no cigar! Life was sure simpler when I was just playing C, D and G!😉
  11. Hey guys - Hopefully a quick confirmation about the chords you would play in a relative minor key. I went back through the How Music Works materials we got from Steve last year and didn't really see this concept spelled out. And naturally, I am finding conflicting information on different internet sites. As we know, the chords in a major key follow a certain pattern. Using C Major as an easy example we would play C, Dm ,Em, F, G, Am, Bdim. But when playing chords in A minor, am I correct that you would play the same chords - just in a different sequence - Am, Bdim, C, Dm, Em, F, G? I have seen some internet sites that suggest the 5 chord in a minor key is played as the major chord - so in this example the Em would be played as E. I'm sure our "crazy nuts" can point me in the right direction!
  12. Hi @cdevaux It's been a while since I went through that part of the Fingerstyle course so I don't recall exactly what Steve demonstrated on the DVD. But I recall a few instances in the course where the tab differs a bit from what Steve plays on the DVD - I think the tabs were created later on. I had a lesson with Steve when I was going through this song, and he said that basically either fingering is correct, but playing the B at the 12th fret allows you to keep the same finger shape as in the first measure - all you do is slide up to the 12th fret. To me that fingering was much easier than trying to play the B at the 7th fret E string. The picking pattern remains the same. His other advice for this song is to really focus first on playing the main chords of the song first, and not get hung up on trying to play that lick.
  13. Same plan as @Dave White. I've never been to a NAMM before, so very excited about the opportunity to put my hands on some of the instruments I am considering. But I am cheating - I only live 2 hours away and will be staying with my son who lives in Nashville!
  14. Thanks Mike and Randy for the feedback. Yes, you get all sorts of opinions on the discussion boards. Glad that we have this forum to share some first hand experiences.
  15. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with pinless bridges, such as those used by Takamine or Breedlove on some of their guitars. I'm considering a Takamine 12 string with a pinless bridge and curious about the durability of these types of bridges, particularly with the added pressure of 6 extra strings. Or if I need to stick with a more traditional pinned bridge.

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