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  • This Month's Live Streaming Guitar Lessons: TUESDAY MAY 21ST - FINGERSTYLE GUITAR WITH JOE ROBINSON. Winner of Australia's Got Talent, Joe Robinson, is one of the Fingerstyle guitars great young players. Premier Guitar says... “Once in a great while a young guitarist captures the attention of music lovers early in his career and manages to sustain this interest as he matures creatively and sheds the 'prodigy' label. Joe Robinson is one of those rare talents.” Joe will be talking about his new project and playing some great tunes. TUESDAY MAY 28TH - 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. 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. @Steve KrenzI'm hoping some of it will rub off... not playing much at all lately; stalled...
  2. Maybe Joe has the right formula for becoming a seriously good guitarist. A love of music, combined with living in the outback hundreds of miles from anywhere, a guitar, and not much else to do except practice and play every waking moment including waking up at 4 am to practice 4 hours before school! Then win a talent contest, become known in you country, then gamble it all and move to America and start all over were no-one knows you. Talent yes, but there's a lot more to it don't you think?
  3. Thanks @Steve Krenz A good one for my buddy @Eracer_Team-DougH who juggles hymns in church every Sunday. I've seen the music, and there are, as you say, often chord changes every beat!
  4. @Kbore Wow... what a gorgeous piece ... congratulations 👍 sir.
  5. Each one hand built in New York City; JOHN MONTELEONE There are very few names that consistently top the list of archtop luthiers and John Monteleone is among them. His instruments are breathtaking and awe-inspiring. John was born in Manhattan in 1947 to a family of craftsmen that traces their roots to Palermo. Monteleone’s father was a skilled artist and sculptor. John also learned woodworking from his father as well as the ability to understand a variety of materials and designs. As did so many of his present-day peers John’s introduction to lutherie was through the repair and restoration of vintage high quality archtops and his early instruments reflected those experiences. Although influenced by the great luthiers of the day, he responded to the need for a more advanced approach to designing the sound, look and feel of his archtops. His designs are at the pinnacle of archtop lutherie. John has introduced many innovations, both acoustic and aesthetic. His work continues to evolve, expanding the boundaries of archtop instrument making. His four seasons archtops instruments were showcased along with those of John D’Angelico and James D’Aquisto as part of the “Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Recently, the museum purchased the collection from John.
  6. I found the built in "nome" on the Reaper DAW helpful... Although I seldom use it, and I think I have a pretty good sense of internal timing, it did show me I can be off a bit...Maybe thats what attracts me to jazz "rubato" ... (without time) noun 1. the temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening, usually without altering the overall pace. ) 🙂
  7. Glad to hear your guitar is now playing well. I was wondering... for such a good quality instrument , why such a "defect" would lèave the factory or why you'd have to pay someone to fix something the maker should willingly do for $ nothing.
  8. Congrats Ben... Certainly not your 'average' Gibson. Maybe you could start a subcollection of unusual and/rare Gibson models. How many now is that? 15, 25...50?🎸😉
  9. NeilES335

    Finished home-built

    Very unique... looks like you did a great job!
  10. You're very welcome @John Wells (re desk... that being so I must be really sick upstairs😂)
  11. Dear Fellow Members; As many will know, its been my privilege to serve here in the moderator chair since the inception of this Guitar Gathering site in January 2018. Im proud to say Ive helped it grow from Zero to nearly 1700 members, and hope that I've been able to make some worthwhile contribution. To be run well it requires regular (daily) attention. I find now, that due to other commitments, it is necessary, for me to share the duties with another eminently qualified member. Please join me in welcoming @DianeB as co-moderator!
  12. When I was looking to buy my first electric guitar I wanted a classic that could play virtually any style of music, one that I would be happy with for a lifetime and would retain or appreciate in value. After much research (and saving) I settled on the ES335. It was and is still all of those things. Surprisingly I dont play it all the time, but when I do, it never disappoints. When I put it down , I always end up saying to myself " thats a great guitar".
  13. Indeed.. Steve K reported that while filming (videoing?) Live Lessons with Robben Ford, the tone was excellent, but his volume incredibly LOUD. So loud that the sound man / producers had too much to handle balancing the mic's , and amps which unfortunately resulted in much of the audio being "inaudible" . Too much of a good thing... (huh... eh? what didja say?
  14. @Mike Hoodenpyle. That was beautifully done Mike. I really enjoy this hymn and your playing. ( I did hear a bit of Steve's influence in there) 🎸👍👍
  15. As most of you are likely aware, this upgrade has been completed, and all forums, chat etc appear to be functioning normally. If you experience any issues with the site, you can send me a PM and I'll pass them along to Steve, who does the "behind the scenes" work.
  16. Congrats good progress @S Bach. You're seeing how well crafted the LMG course is, building new skills upon a solid foundation, 1 at a time.
  17. Well done! A nice cheerful little piece for Spring. 🙂
  19. insane... Ps. I dont doubt his skill one iota. I does make me wonder though. With all this modifying the guitar signal, is this really guitar music or electronica?
  20. @S Bach I suggest you go with the Ditto x2. I have one. Its veru well made and works perfectly every time. It does taje a little while to get the hang of it but its a great practice tool. Get Steve's vide too.
  21. @JackEBlue Im not sure if you are referring to a brief black out period during the show.. Unfortunately there were some technical challeges (one of the crew tripped on a camera cable and Robbens mic was pulling out of place causing muffled audio). If you missed the show a editted version will be available on our YouTube channel in a few days.
  22. That 's really well done @Texaspackerfan Danny! Could you tell us a bit about your recording process? Did you use a drum machine or plugin on a DAW? Did you mic an amp for the guitar parts or play direct into a DAW (which one?) and what plug in in. Thanks and congrats. Neil
  23. Gear question for Robben; I ve noticed Robben playing several different styles / types / makes of guitars, from Tele's , Les Paul's to ES335's etc.. Does he have a favorite for blues / jazz or does he choose according to the sound he wants to get for a particular song?

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