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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY JULY 2ND - PLAYING BY EAR - HEARING CHORD CHANGES. One of the most important guitar skills is to hear chord changes and be able to play them by ear. With a little bit of training you can listen to songs and understand what chords are being played. TUESDAY JUL 16TH ITALIAN GUITARIST ALBERTO LOMBARDI. Alberto Lombardi is a versatile guitarist, has been put among the 8 new guitarists to watch in 2018 by Vintage Guitar Magazine, voted in the top 10 emerging guitarists in the world by Guitar Masters Poland in 2015, released instructional courses and records for Stefan Grossman, toured germany with Peter Finger e Tim Sparks, Played in the US, Belgium, Portugal, and has been a Taylor guitars artist for many years, player for the brand big events like NAMM show. Major guitar magazines featured Alberto's work, like Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Journal and more. 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. Thanks, I see what he’s doing now. I never thought of the caged system in terms of minor chords. I have been using the Am7 notes as they relate to each pentatonic pattern. Too bad the minor caged system only works for 60% of the pentatonic patterns.
  2. Thanks, I am not sure I understand how using a capo was relevant to the pentatonic scales.
  3. I recently changed my saddle.It was tusq and now it’s cow bone.The Guitar sounded better with the tusq saddle. I was assuming the bone saddle would just last longer and nothing more. Next time I change strings the bone will also go.
  4. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QMcKrcKuC7Y
  5. I was reading about the Elizabeth Cotten’s song Freight Train.She stated that she wrote it, between 1906- 1912. During the 1950’s two guys claimed the song as theirs and copyrighted it and made a small fortune. Their names still appears on some sheet music with hers, even though she did eventually get the copyright. Since she didn’t publish the song when she wrote it, I am assuming her copyright was for 95 years from a publishing date between 1924 and 1987 or 70 years from her death in 1987. Kinda confusing. Since so many teachers say, it should be the first fingerstyle song you should learn, I was curious why Steve didn’t use it in session 10, now I think I understand.
  6. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jN3439l4HR0
  7. Oh yea, they start at $5,000 and go up.I seen one of his guitars and it was used, with a $30,000 price tag. His web site seem to indicate that $12,000 and $14,000 was the most common price range. Guess I’ll go buy a lottery ticket. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sAeXskZHC2o
  8. I don’t know about you, but I now realize that I spent too much time trying to fret the bar chords and no time on the actual chord tones I was playing, except the root note. Not to mention the major scales I was dancing around while fretting the barre chord positions. Barre chords take so much time to learn, its a shame not to learn all those chord tones at the same time.
  9. The Nut is often over looked, if you have been working on barre chords awhile and still having problems make sure the nut isn’t the problem. All it takes is for the E or B strings at the nut to be set wrong to cause you misery. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HRktOyDTn10
  10. Hot Rod Lincoln Riff, this would be a fun one to practice your alternate picking. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a0x_pxeyfG8
  11. That’s a name I havn’t heard in awhile. I vaguely remember some controversy with Jimmy Buffet and his song “Changes in Latitudes”
  12. I see that Greg holds down or capos the first fret before measuring the string height at the 12 fret. Some techs don’t hold down the first fret when they measure and some measure at the end of the fret board, not the 12 fret. One would think that there would be a standardized procedure on setting the action.
  13. I met an old college friend the other day and he is now making custom guitars. He was getting ready to start a new one and we started to talk about wood types.Then he took me outside and showed me tree trunk about 3 ft tall and with a diameter of about 24 inches and that’s where he starts. I always assumed that small shop luthiers started with wood already cut to workable dimensions. He could see a spruce guitar top, all I could see was firewood. update, I stopped by the luthiers house this morning, I was curious how he managed to cut the spruce log. He had it all cut. He told me he started with a chain saw then commercial band saw, 10 joiner, 20 inch planer, and then a wide belt sander. Then he painted the ends and stacked the wood to dry. So, if you have a chain saw and the other wood working tools you can start with a log. What really surprised me was that he never took a class, he just learned by trail and error.He was a highly skilled cabinetmaker. It was a blue spruce not Sitka.
  14. I am assuming that the medium shuffle is referring to the chord progression pattern. Or is he referring to the rhythm in the song performance, that to my ear doesn’t sound like the strum pattern shown.

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