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  1. Hi Gang, Well, I have a “2 for “ you this month. Two great little books (About 250 pages each). These are books you can lay at your bedside and try to read a single story at night (Hard to keep from reading all the way through when you get your hands on them.) These books are guitar stories … missing guitars and finding unknowns. They make you want to get out of your chair and start crawling in old attics and dump sites. Deke Dickerson did an excellent job in putting these collections of stories together. He is involved in some of the ventures and especially in the second book readers of the first book sent him their tales. Let me say the price truly varies and they can be hard to find. I have a hard copy of the first book and I only wish all my other books were printed and bound as well as this production is done. The second book I found on Barnes and Nobles Nook Book page and downloaded it. Now I love books, but I try not to spend the egg money on them so do look around. Both of these books are super but at a reasonable price. Rather than listing the chapters etc. I am doing something different this month. Attached you will find Deke Dickerson (the author) telling one of the type of stories that you can find in his books. Great story about a lost the lost guitar of Speedy West ... you might find it if you dig around on the web ... maybe not. Book Review Strat in the Attic $25.00 - $12.00 AMAZON (IF YOU CAN GET IT) $15.00 BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK BOOK Strat in the Attic 2 $200.00+ USED AMAZON (IF YOU CAN GET IT) $15.00 BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK BOOK Author: DEKE DICKERSON 2013/2014 “These books are not all about Strats, but all guitars!!” If you love guitars this is a must read!!!
  2. VANHALEN As I have said I love the guitar and therefore I am eclectic about its playing. So in order to move away from Classical and Country Western here is an excellent interview provided by Eddie Van Halen. What I like about this interview section is that it is providing me an opportunity to hear directly from many entertainers … what you see on stage may not always be what you expect when you hear them talk. I do listen to a lot of interviews to try and select the best for you … enjoy. Oooops great interview. You may find it on the web.
  3. The other day I had the chance to talk with Suze Spencer … great gal. She is the grand-daughter of Tim Spencer (One of the 3 original Sons of the pioneers and a fantastic song writer). Anyhow she mentioned she has some of the original wax recordings the boys made in the beginning. So after some digging through my collections I found Len Slye (aka Roy Rogers) playing rhythm guitar for the fancy fiddling of Carl Farr. This was done sometime in the 1930s before Len changed his name to Roy and began making movies. One of my favorite stories that Roy use to tell was when he wanted to sneak out of town and go hunting. He had let his beard grow out, dumped all his fancy wear and put on sun glasses and started heading through the Los Angles airport; figuring no one would recognize him. All of a sudden he hears this loud yell … “Len, Len Slye how the hell are you? What have you been up to ….” It was one of his buddies from Duck Run, Ohio where Roy .. I mean Len grew up. I can’t imagine no one not knowing who he was but … poor old guitar picking Len Slye couldn’t even make it out of town without someone recognizing him. So here is Len and Carl ….. sorry it is 5 MB
  4. Hi, Thought some of you might find this interesting. This is an old Smiley Burnett Radio show. Smiley played multiple instruments and was the sidekick for Roy, Gene Autry, and the Durango Kid. Now the main reason I am sharing this is my interest in the old guitar players. The Whippoorwills back Smiley in this show ... just as they did Roy Rogers in his show. The Whippoorwills was a Jazz/Country band headed by Roy Lanham (who also played with the Sons of the Pioneers). Roy L's was one of the players who's name kept coming up in guitar history so I figured I would pull out one of the shows where you could hear him play. I think Gene Monbeck is the rhythm guitarist backing Roy. There are a few of Lanham records on You Tube. SMILEY BURNETT.mp3
  5. 1. You must instantly know ALL the note names on the grand staff without hesitation. 2. You must know by heart ALL the major key signatures, and be able to write any major scale. Practice the major scales on your guitar until you can play ANY major scale from memory and without thinking about it! 3. Once you've done #2, then you can go to work on the minor scales/keys. Practice your minor scales on your guitar.
  6. Hi, Here is an interview by Merle Travis. First of all I am kind of partial to Merle. I love his picking and the Floyd Baugh who Merle talks about working for hauling meat is a relative. Another relative Bunnie Baugh provided land for a monument presented to Merle during a celebration in his honor. Prior to his death Merle chose to be cremated and his ashes were scattered around the monument. Merle played guitar with Ike Everly, and Mose Rager on Bunnie’s front porch, which was across the street from the monument.
  7. January 2019 Book Review THE GUITAR: From the Renaissance to the Present Day Harvey Tumbull Charles Scribner’s Sons New York, 1978 SBN: 684-13215-x (cloth) 168 pgs. Amazon $28 - $45 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL !!! I had a great Christmas and received a lot of new guitar books to read. Here is another guitar history book. I liked this one. The approach is more specific than some of the other history books I have reviewed. It selects specific individuals and follows there history and how they related to the development of the guitar. Mr. Tumbull relates the structure of the instrument to the development of the music that was created specific for the guitar. Chapters found in the book consist of the following: List of Music Examples Preface The Development of the Instrument (I): The Vibuela and Early guitars The Vihuela and the Viola da Mano Four-course Guitar to Five-course Guitar Fretting Makers and Instruments 2. The Sixteenth Century: The Vibuela and Four-Course Guitar The Vihuelistas, their Music and Technique The Four-course Guitar in Italy and Spain The Four-course Guitar in France 3. The Baroque: Era of the Five-Course Guitar Juan Carlos Amat and the Spanish Guitar The Spanish Guitar in Italy The Spanish Guitar in France and England: Francesco Corbetta The Spanish Guitar in the Netherlands and German The Spanish Guitar in Spain Eighteenth-Century Decline 4. The Development of the Instrument (II): The Six-string Guitar and the Appearance of the Modern Instrument The Addition of the Sixth String and Constructional Improvements Unusual Guitars The Modern Instrument - Torres and after 5. Classical and Romantic: The Nineteenth Century The Early Nineteenth Century Guitar in Europe The Early Nineteenth Century Guitar in England Tutors and Technique Tarrega - Afresh Start 6. The Twentieth Century: A New Lease of Life The Achievement of Andres Segovia The Guitar in England Present and Future Notes and Reference List of Plates Bibliography Index As you can see the book addresses the development of the guitar from the beginning through the current concepts of classical design. The electrical guitar is only briefly mentioned. Complaints that the guitar could not be heard in large early music halls resulted in no orchestra music being written for the guitar. Kind of sounds familiar … I need to electrify my jazz guitar so it can be heard in the band. What, to me, makes this an interesting book was the cycles regarding which guitars were loved by the populous and which were not i.e. 12 string, 7 string, 4 string, 5 string, and finally the 6 string. Turnbull says that “the compositions of Classical guitarists Sor and Giuliani set a standard not matched by the other guitar composers of their day …. “. The book offers multiple examples of various sonatas, etudes and extracts from various songs. There is a real plus for those who can read music, but the non readers will also gain benefits from observing various changes identified by the author. The author continues by stating … “Any assessment of modern guitar music is made difficult by the fact that it is still in the process of evolution. The task is not lightened by the increasing output of music for the instrument from many parts of the world”. I think you will find this little book to be interesting as it presents a different manner in observing the development of the guitar. As I mentioned I received several guitar books for Christmas. These books cover Jazz Guitar and Blues Guitar history and performers, utilization of a looper with various songs, music theory and tonal harmony, the history of the guitar in America, and the value of older guitars; so hopefully in the coming year I will hit upon a book that may interest you. In year 2020 I am looking at reviewing the stacks of guitar instructional books on my shelves. At this point I highly recommend starting with Learn and Master (L&M) … I will then add suggested supplemental programs and programs with various approaches to learning the guitar. This material will be of benefit if you already have a grounded approach found in L&M. If you look through Guitar Gathering you will find a “new topic” that I started last month and entitled “Interviews”. Tommy Emmanuel is presently on the site and I am going to add a new interview … Merle Travis’s discussion about his early days. I look at a lot of interviews and I figure I should be able to come up with at least one good interview each month. My approach will be eclectic like the book reviews so I hope you will join in and put up some of the interviews you run across that you think members of our group would like and should view. Take care, Brad
  8. Hey Blue Dog many thanks for copying the interview ... sorry my link didn't work. Thats what I like about this group ... we help out each other. Have a great Christmas. Brad
  9. The other day I had the privilege of meeting Tommy Emmanuel and like all of you I surf (old term but I'm old guy) the web ... especially YOU TUBE ... I found this interview. This interview I believe answers many a question and like the individual who originally posted it ... the BEST Interview. Enjoy ... Tommy Emmanuel - The Best Interview (wywiad dla INFOMUSIC).mp4
  10. DECEMBER REVIEW GUITAR ENGINEERING: Theory and Practice Richard Mark French Springer Science Pub New York 2009 ISBN: 978-0-387-74368-4 266 pgs. Amazon $13 - $ 45 Sure hope you like math because this is an engineering text. Richard does stay away from calculus but the finite math and differential equations can get a little hairy. However, if you want to know about the guitar inside and out this is the only book you will ever need. Richard teaches Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and one of the courses consists of the students being required to build a guitar from scratch The following is a list of the contents of the book. As you read through the topics you will see this is no easy course. Contents Chapter 1 … HISTORY OF THE GUITAR Development of the Classical Guitar The Modern Guitar Chapter 2 … ACOUSTICS AND MUSICAL THEORY Basics of Music Scales and Temperament Quantifying Sound Sound Radiation Human Perceptions of Sound Graphical Representations of Sound Chapter 3 … STRUCTURE OF THE GUITAR Basic Components Classical Guitar Steel String Acoustic Guitar Solid Body Electric Guitar Archtop Jazz Guitar Hybrid Instruments Static and Dynamic Loads Material Chapter 4 … DYNAMIC BEHAVIOR Structural Dynamics Strings Analyzing String Dynamics Experimental Results from Vibrating String Real Strings and Intonation Acoustic Guitar Bodies Complete Instrument Chapter 5 … MODELS Discret Models Two Degree of Freedom (DOF) Model Two DOF Example Three DOF Model Three DOF Example Calculating the Effects of Design Changes Finite Difference Models Finite Difference Acoustic Models Finite Element Models Boundary Element Models Geometry Models Chapter 6 … MANUFACTURING PROCESSES Small Batch Instruments Mass Produced Instruments Build Variation Materials and Construction Response Variation Testing Test Method Verification Building in Good Tone Chapter 7 … SOUND QUALITY Elements of Sound Quality Time Domain Descriptions Frequency Domain Descriptions Psychoacoustic Descriptions Subjective Rankings Structural Characteristics Acoustic Characteristics Predicting Sound Quality Chapter 8 … GUTIAR ELECTRONICS Inductive Pickups Piezoelectric Pickups Seismic Pickups Pre-Amplifiers Grounding and Isolation Chapter 9 … UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS Classical Guitars Steel String Solid Body Electric Guitars Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitars Jazz Guitars References Index O.K., O.K., I can hear the screams but seriously it is a great book and I really learned a lot from it. Yes, the math is a real bugger, but if you have had high school algebra and you are not out to conquer each math formula you will do fine The math shown explains the way various structural and sound evaluations are completed. The author talks about the very very very small difference between an inexpensive guitar and one you would sell your house to purchase. If you are drooling over a $10,000 guitar (short of it being owned by your ideal) you will no longer feel frustrated. He compares the nylon classical, steel string acoustic, and solid body electric guitars. Talking about their construction. The differences in mathematical values between Fender, Gibson, and other guitar manufactures. Taylor guitar company provided a lot of pictures for the book, which I greatly appreciated and even found their web page because of the generosity they made in making the book. Richard talks about the small one person guitar builder and how they manufacture guitars verses the large companies that use computers and laser cutters to provide similar guitars with similar sounds. Wait … each guitar even though they meet similar mathematical standards is still unique … just as a child from the same family. I underlined a slew of one liner comments that made the book well worth the cost and I am happy to have it on my shelf. It would make a great Christmas present for the person who has everything guitar. Well gang, I want to take a minute to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year!!! I started reading guitar books more than a year ago and it has been an interesting trip. I have really learned a lot this past year and I hope I was able to share my knowledge in a meaningful way with all of you. A special thanks to Steve and all those who share their time to provide this web outlet. Take Care …. Brad
  11. I'll never forget the first time I saw Roy. Johnny Cash and the Statler Bros. came to town and this unknown picker opened the show. I couldn't stop talking about him. He was a great talent and nice guy. He will be missed. At least 2 days a week I start my morning off listening to Roy.
  12. THE NEW ELECTRONIC GUITARIST Marty Cutler Hal Leonard Books New Jersey 2017 ISBN: 978-1-4950-4745-9 211 pages + on-line media Amazon $9 - $20 What the heck did I get into?? Now I guess MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) guitars and synthesizers have been around for over 30 years, but since I am an old conservative guitar player I never paid much attention to them. And I am sure to many of you it is your thing. Anyhow, I want to know all I can about the guitar so that means stretching to the future as well as going back in the past. This is a very interesting book about sound, the guitar and everything you can do when you place a computer in between the two. Elliott Randall (Guitarist for Saturday Night Live) made the following comments about the book …”This a wonderful grab bag of musical knowledge.” He adds, “It is desired to demystify and share exciting areas where many guitarists have yet to tread … I would call this a must-read.” I must agree with Randall I have yet to run across another guitar book such as this one. As usual let me present the massive contents of the book and then I will make my comments. Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: Guitar Meets Computer Chapter I … GUITARS, SOUND, AND SYNTHESIS What Is Sound? Pitch, Timbre, and Loudness Timbre! A Disturbance in the Force The Body Electric Start Here Chapter 2 … WHAT’S A MIDI Before MIDI Along Came MIDI How MIDI Works MIDI Signal Flow Control Changes The Bends You’re in My System Guitars and MIDI MIDI aLa Mode Poly or Mono? Chapter 3 GUITAR MEETS MIDI Converting to MIDI Why Wait? First out of the Gate Careful with That Axe Axon Chapter 4 WHAT IS A SYNTHESIZER? Subtractive Synthesis Subtractive Synthesis in a Nutshell Your Basic Waveform Filters Amplifiers The Envelope, Please Key Follow and Velocity Everything in Modulation Additive Synthesis Digital FM Synthesis Samplers, Sample Playback, Wavetables Modeling Chapter 5 Guitar Controllers and Midi Converters Around the Bend Not for Synthesizers only Reading a Midi Implementation Chart Currently Available MIDI Guitar Systems and Components How Do Computers Fit In? Guitar-Processing Software Editor-Librarian Software Take Note Chapter 6 THIS YEARS MODEL Why Physical Modeling? Roland GR-55 Boss GP-10 Boss SY-300 Line 6 Variax Soft Sell Chapter 7 GUITAR PROCESSORS A Child’s Garden of Effects Multi-Effects Fractal Audio Axe Fx II XL Line 6 Helix Signal Flow Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig Now, About Those Presets IK Multimedia Amplitube Acoustic Chapter 8 WHAT IS A SEQUENCER? Proto-Sequencers How Do Sequencers Work? Ableton Live (Mac, Win) MOTU Digital Performer (Mac, Win) Apple Logic Pro X (Mac) Steinberg Cubase Pro (Mac, Win) Presonus Studio One Pro 3 (Mac, Win) Propellerhead Reason (Mac, Win) Avid Pro Tools (Mac, Win) Take Your Pick Chapter 9 PLUG-INS AND SOFTWARE INSTRUMENTS Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Arturia Matrix-12 V Guitar Multitudes Native Instruments’ Kontakt Art and Architecture Native Instruments’ FM8 Lin Plug Spectral Korg Legacy M1 Chapter 10 GUITAR VERSUS SYNTH: WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE? Envelopes Rule Chapter 11 COMPOSING WITH A MIDI GUITAR Virtually Bluegrass? Singular Saxophony Chords: Guitar versus Keyboard Making the Pitch Chapter 12 OTHER MIDI GUITAR APPLICATION Practice, Practice Take Note The Global Studio Virtual Virtuosos Chapter 13 OUTFITTING YOUR COMPUTER FOR GUITAR Interfaces Chapter 14 GOING LIVE A Brief Pep Talk of Sorts Amplitude Adjustment Chapter 15 TIPS AND TRICKS Express Yourself Small Consolation Set Phasers to Stun Setting up a Multitimbral Track in DP Chapter 16 TROUBLESHOOTING It’s a Hardware Issue It’s a Software Issue Latency Appendix A: CONTROL CHANGE MESSAGES (DATA BYTES) Appendix B: USEFUL WEBSITES FOR THE ELECTRONIC GUITARIST Appendix ? Bonus Audio Files Glossary Whew, that is a long list but the book is comprehensive!!! This book was not what I expected when I bought it, but I am glad I read it. It is probably not the way I will go with my guitar, but I am glad to have the knowledge. This book was published in 2017 and it dated the start of MIDI as being over 30 years old and I really felt behind in the times, but Marty Cutler did and excellent job of spanning those years and placing the reader at the front of a new door to open. This is not unlike the movement of the old 5 and 7 string guitars giving way to the 6 string format. Cutler states …”my smartphone and iPad are brimming with guitar-processor software and even an app that converts a normal guitar to a MIDI controller to play those synthesizers.” He continues … “Computers, tablets, iPads and smartphones have taken the stage, enhancing and even replacing stomp boxes and entire guitar rigs.” “For those who are willing to dig a little deeper, the digital-guitar connection opens doors to a truly mind-boggling wealth of new tone colors, rhythms, compositional and learning tools, collaboration, and so much more, It’s the intentions of this book to lay out the scope of current and emerging digital technology, which can enhance the guitarist’s creativity in so many ways.” I believe Marty has done just that … this is a must read for anyone who wants to be challenged by the future of a fantastic instrument. You will, all the more, appreciate the complexity and the power of the guitar once you complete this book. If you are new to the guitar and the use of a computer don’t worry this book is designed to walk you through the uniting process. Great read!! I did check at the college where I am doing my music studies about taking some courses in MIDI, but I was told even though they have a formal course in music technology that since I was interested solely in the guitar I would be better off going to my local guitar store and have them show me what is currently being sold and to try out several different pieces of software. And then if I had any general questions they could help me with … come back. I am sure there are quite a few people in “Guitar Gathers” who can also answer any questions you may have … that is the neat thing about this group that Steve has assembled. Don’t put away your techie minds … next month I will look at Guitar Engineering: Theory and Practice by Ricard Mark French. Well once again I set this aside to go study and practice. I have my formal courses in music theory and guitar and more course work found in the multiple programs Steve has produced to keep me busy. I always learn so much as a student … the only way you learn more is by being a teacher. Have a great month and go read a book in between practicing. Happy Thanksgiving!!!
  13. THE NEW ELECTRONIC GUITARIST Marty Cutler Hal Leonard Books, New Jersey, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-4950-4745-9 211 pages + on-line media Amazon $9 - $20 What the heck did I get into?? Now I guess MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) guitars and synthesizers have been around for over 30 years, but since I am an old conservative guitar player I never paid much attention to them. And I am sure to many of you it is your thing. Anyhow, I want to know all I can about the guitar so that means stretching to the future as well as going back in the past. This is a very interesting book about sound, the guitar and everything you can do when you place a computer in between the two. Elliott Randall (Guitarist for Saturday Night Live) made the following comments about the book …”This a wonderful grab bag of musical knowledge.” He adds, “It is desired to demystify and share exciting areas where many guitarists have yet to tread … I would call this a must-read.” I must agree with Randall I have yet to run across another guitar book such as this one. As usual let me present the massive contents of the book and then I will make my comments. Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: Guitar Meets Computer Chapter I … GUITARS, SOUND, AND SYNTHESIS What Is Sound? Pitch, Timbre, and Loudness Timbre! A Disturbance in the Force The Body Electric Start Here Chapter 2 … WHAT’S A MIDI Before MIDI Along Came MIDI How MIDI Works MIDI Signal Flow Control Changes The Bends You’re in My System Guitars and MIDI MIDI aLa Mode Poly or Mono? Chapter 3 GUITAR MEETS MIDI Converting to MIDI Why Wait? First out of the Gate Careful with That Axe Axon Chapter 4 WHAT IS A SYNTHESIZER? Subtractive Synthesis Subtractive Synthesis in a Nutshell Your Basic Waveform Filters Amplifiers The Envelope, Please Key Follow and Velocity Everything in Modulation Additive Synthesis Digital FM Synthesis Samplers, Sample Playback, Wavetables Modeling Chapter 5 Guitar Controllers and Midi Converters Around the Bend Not for Synthesizers only Reading a Midi Implementation Chart Currently Available MIDI Guitar Systems and Components How Do Computers Fit In? Guitar-Processing Software Editor-Librarian Software Take Note Chapter 6 THIS YEARS MODEL Why Physical Modeling? Roland GR-55 Boss GP-10 Boss SY-300 Line 6 Variax Soft Sell Chapter 7 GUITAR PROCESSORS A Child’s Garden of Effects Multi-Effects Fractal Audio Axe Fx II XL Line 6 Helix Signal Flow Native Instruments’ Guitar Rig Now, About Those Presets IK Multimedia Amplitube Acoustic Chapter 8 WHAT IS A SEQUENCER? Proto-Sequencers How Do Sequencers Work? Ableton Live (Mac, Win) MOTU Digital Performer (Mac, Win) Apple Logic Pro X (Mac) Steinberg Cubase Pro (Mac, Win) Presonus Studio One Pro 3 (Mac, Win) Propellerhead Reason (Mac, Win) Avid Pro Tools (Mac, Win) Take Your Pick Chapter 9 PLUG-INS AND SOFTWARE INSTRUMENTS Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 Arturia Matrix-12 V Guitar Multitudes Native Instruments’ Kontakt Art and Architecture Native Instruments’ FM8 Lin Plug Spectral Korg Legacy M1 Chapter 10 GUITAR VERSUS SYNTH: WHO’S IN CHARGE HERE? Envelopes Rule Chapter 11 COMPOSING WITH A MIDI GUITAR Virtually Bluegrass? Singular Saxophony Chords: Guitar versus Keyboard Making the Pitch Chapter 12 OTHER MIDI GUITAR APPLICATION Practice, Practice Take Note The Global Studio Virtual Virtuosos Chapter 13 OUTFITTING YOUR COMPUTER FOR GUITAR Interfaces Chapter 14 GOING LIVE A Brief Pep Talk of Sorts Amplitude Adjustment Chapter 15 TIPS AND TRICKS Express Yourself Small Consolation Set Phasers to Stun Setting up a Multitimbral Track in DP Chapter 16 TROUBLESHOOTING It’s a Hardware Issue It’s a Software Issue Latency Appendix A: CONTROL CHANGE MESSAGES (DATA BYTES) Appendix B: USEFUL WEBSITES FOR THE ELECTRONIC GUITARIST Appendix ? Bonus Audio Files Glossary Whew, that is a long list but the book is comprehensive!!! This book was not what I expected when I bought it, but I am glad I read it. It is probably not the way I will go with my guitar, but I am glad to have the knowledge. This book was published in 2017 and it dated the start of MIDI as being over 30 years old and I really felt behind in the times, but Marty Cutler did and excellent job of spanning those years and placing the reader at the front of a new door to open. This is not unlike the movement of the old 5 and 7 string guitars giving way to the 6 string format. Cutler states …”my smartphone and iPad are brimming with guitar-processor software and even an app that converts a normal guitar to a MIDI controller to play those synthesizers.” He continues … “Computers, tablets, iPads and smartphones have taken the stage, enhancing and even replacing stomp boxes and entire guitar rigs.” “For those who are willing to dig a little deeper, the digital-guitar connection opens doors to a truly mind-boggling wealth of new tone colors, rhythms, compositional and learning tools, collaboration, and so much more, It’s the intentions of this book to lay out the scope of current and emerging digital technology, which can enhance the guitarist’s creativity in so many ways.” I believe Marty has done just that … this is a must read for anyone who wants to be challenged by the future of a fantastic instrument. You will, all the more, appreciate the complexity and the power of the guitar once you complete this book. If you are new to the guitar and the use of a computer don’t worry this book is designed to walk you through the uniting process. Great read!! I did check at the college where I am doing my music studies about taking some courses in MIDI, but I was told even though they have a formal course in music technology that since I was interested solely in the guitar I would be better off going to my local guitar store and have them show me what is currently being sold and to try out several different pieces of software. And then if I had any general questions they could help me with … come back. I am sure there are quite a few people in “Guitar Gathers” who can also answer any questions you may have … that is the neat thing about this group that Steve has assembled. Don’t put away your techie minds … next month I will look at Guitar Engineering: Theory and Practice by Ricard Mark French. Well once again I set this aside to go study and practice. I have my formal courses in music theory and guitar and more course work found in the multiple programs Steve has produced to keep me busy. I always learn so much as a student … the only way you learn more is by being a teacher. Have a great month and go read a book in between practicing. Happy Thanksgiving!!! Oh I have attached couple interesting downloads demonstrating the guitar and synthesizer. NOV. 2018 BOOK REVIEW THE NEW ELECTRONIC GUITARIST.pages
  14. HI, Here is my 2019 guitar calendar. One trip to Walmart and a little time. I bought 3 of the sticky hangers that go on your wall (I put mine on a cork board). I then got a package of plastic sheet protectors … which I filled with my favorite pictures. Back home I went on the web and found several different 2019 calendar templates and downloaded a couple that I liked. Next I got some small picture frame wire that I could hang from the sticky hooks … long enough so I could see the calendar at the bottom of the picture. The thing that is neat is I can use all my favorite pictures and change them as I desire … rather than waiting for the end of the month. Plus I have more than the 12 pictures which is limited by a standard calendar. I can also get at the calendar very easily to mark dates and leave notes.

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