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  1. Well here it is going on a year from when I started this thread.. I still have the 4 guitars I had then. One of them, ( a 1968 Ovation),I've owned for 51 years:-! It doesn't get played a lot but sounds better than ever. I rotate the others, but lately I play my ES335 the most. A new one? The g.a.s. isn't very strong at the moment... unless... maybe you're talking about a Benedetto custom made to order jazz guitar...;-) (with eye watering 5 figure $$$ price tag)
  2. Well, its' been about 2 yrs or so, since I started on the recording journey, and this topic. (hard to believe) I've recorded about 15 songs now, many of which are linked here on this site, and on my SoundCloud account. I've been using my Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 Interface, with my guitar, which is plugged in directly to my PC computer, using the headphones I got with the "Kit" and "Reaper" as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). There are lots of choices for gear, like interfaces, and headphones, and monitor speakers and DAW's, so it can feel a bit daunting at first, BUT, take heart..
  3. Well said Henk... thank you. Re; timing, I did find the 3/4 " jazz waltz" timing on this song quite challenging, requiring numerous 'takes'. Using the metronome usually is best, but in this case it hampered the 'groove'. So, I just tap the foot and count and it sounds better.
  4. For my theme of ' Hope, Peace, & Love ' this month ... "What the World Needs Now Is Love" is a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach. First recorded and made popular by Jackie DeShannon, it was released on April 15, 1965, on the Imperial label after a release on sister label Liberty records the previous month was canceled. It peaked at number seven on the US Hot 100 in July of that year.[1] In Canada, the song reached number one. (Wikipedia) My cover of this very popular song, that I think is just as appropriate today as it w
  5. Yes @Jay.A this one; https://gx169.infusionsoft.app/app/storeFront/showProductDetail?productId=5 Be sure to get the Bonus Book too; https://gx169.infusionsoft.app/app/storeFront/showProductDetail?productId=13 Yes I would agree that FOCUS is essential to learning guitar well, and you should stick with this program and NOT divert from it too much. Steve does say that you can use other "resources" like Song Hits, or Easy Pop Melodies https://gx169.infusionsoft.app/app/storeFront/showProductDetail?productId=45 for example, BUT the MAIN FOCUS should be the core course. You can suppleme
  6. Welcome @Jay.A ! You picked a great guitar family for your 🎸learning journey👍. Your experince of a long hiatus and return to guitàr is like many folks here including me. For a course of study I highly recommend Stdve Steve Krenz's Learn and Master Guitar program.. As a graduate of the course, I started about 9 yrs ago basically from scratch and am now playing at an advanced level. You can too. THE course is available in our store here. Dont forget to check out Live Lessons with Steve , on our You Tube channel! Enjoy the journey; Neil
  7. Hey, Thanks @IanD I appreciate the comment😊. I did try to blend the 2 styles a bit... Once you play 🎸Jazz, you never go completely back!
  8. Old Gibson amps are quite sought after... I've wondered why they got out of the amp business years ago. I guess they couldnt compete with Fender. Mesa has a good reputation and it's a good fit business wise. Not my style of amp, but I hope Gibson make a go it.
  9. Some would say, "What? Neil playing a pop song. Not Jazz? " Weil, yes. This one was a request from my dear wife, who is a big Bee Gee's fan. " How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" was the Gibb's first BIG hit in North America. It is the longest song I've recorded to date; over 3 minutes of continuous playing. I played both the rhythm and melody. The Bee Gees rarely performed the song the same way twice! This one is as close to a live performance as I could get, including what seems to be an extra bar on the last chorus. I used my ES335 direct to Reaper DAW, with very little effects added ( a
  10. There are quite a few "Free Download" courses there too. I got a few that I thought could useful. The "Sale" ends in 2 days, and likely the freebies too. And a draw to win a few different Gibson guitars, including a Les Paul. But don't bother, 'cause I'm going to win it! 😉 https://truefire.com/12-days
  11. Hi @Triple-o Congratulations on your progress to Session 18 in the Learn and Master Guitar course! This is an accomplishment in itself, as it's the very dedicated students who make it there. I recall a quote (author unknown to me) about Jazz... "Jazz is... MORE". What does this mean? Well, I found it means exactly that. More chords, more melodies, more harmonies, more scales, more arpeggios, and best of all, more Songs! Don't let this intimidate you... its a wonderful world of discovery! Your guitar playing will start to sound like something special, something others will want to listen t
  12. Congratulations @V7#5b9 ! Yes, it's true. There is nothing like the real deal. I've had mine since 2011 ( ' 63 Memphis ReIssue Heritage Cherry figured top, dot inlay) and I've Never regretted it for a second. It is just so good, so versitile, It's hard to put it down. (Most of my posted recordings on this site and SoundCloud are played with it) Initially I was a bit shy on th cost too (especially in Canada where we pay at least 25% more CDN$ in USD exchange rate plus 13% tax) , but I also reminded myself that these guitars not only retain their value, but tend to go up in value over time. (The
  13. @3rdwaveriderGreat David! Some very mellow lines and improvising too... nice recording as well. N (one day I'll figure out how to insert a drum track in my recordings)

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