Jump to content
  • 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!

All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Today
  2. I wasn't trying to copy anyone, your Bonamassa rig is very close to my analog pedal board. That signal path goes: Guitar>5 Loop Switcher>Loop 1, Cry Baby Mini and Fulltone 70's Fuzz (I use one or the other at not together)>Loop 2, Univibe >Loop 3, MXR DynaComp >Loop 4, Wampler Euphoria > Loop 5 Unused > Budda Superdrive 18 (Bonamassa apparently used Budda's for at least one tour). In the Amp Effects loop the path is: Mooer Orange 90 (Clone of MXR EVH Phase 90)> MXR M234 Analog Chorus >TC Electronics Flasback Delay. The Flashback is a digital delay that gives you a bunch of delay types, and I highly recommend it for its versatility. This makes a pretty versatile rig and you can replace any pedal in it with whatever flavor you like. You can do without the loop switcher but it is a pretty slick pedal in that you leave all pedals on, and only insert the ones you are currently using into the signal path. With all the loops off, the signal path is guitar straight to the amp so you are not running though 4-5 pedals to the amp. I typically run with the Loop 3 - DynaComp always on, and add other effects in and out of the path depending on the song. On the Helix, I use 3 rigs to cover our 3 sets. The virtual rigs are set up in the Helix to be pretty close to the analog rig. They are based on a Fender Deluxe Reverb (maybe 80% of our material). a Marshall 1974X (most of the other 20%) and Marshall JCM800 (one or two songs). I run the Helix in stomp mode because that is what I am used to but there is a Snapshot mode that may be better for someone willing to learn how to use it.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Danny, That's bad news. Luckily you woke up and could intervene quickly! Music and guitar playing helped me to relax and put things into perspective on several occasions as well. Take good care, Wim
  5. I have (2) 30 watt amps, one tube and one solid state, and neither one goes beyond 3. They are plenty loud for my use. Small amps are widely used by the pros too even in live settings. I went through all 198 different settings on the GT-1 a couple time now. I had a lot of fun with it. I found a lot of useable tone. One thing I found missing is the off switch. The unit never gets turned off. The solution is simple really. I will make my own custom top 10 settings. The first one will be clean with maybe some light delay and reverb. Then I will fill out the set with my favorites. I have kept some notes of the last few years of possible pedal boards I might build. I think I will make a custom setting for each of these boards as recommended by the big boys. I will list it below so you can check it out for inspiration. "We might tussle a bit over where a fuzz box or wah belongs in a signal chain, but we pretty much agree that after that it’s compression, dirt, modulation, delay, then reverb. It’s all very elementary." - Unknown Pete Thorn Overdrive Delay Distortion Reverb Pedal Order – Boss Tuner Overdrive ODX-1 Distortion DS-1 Flanger Phase Shifter Digital Delay DD-7 Steve Vai Tuner Volume Pedal Use effects loop from amp Chorus – splits to two amps for stereo Delay to amp one Delay to amp two Wa Distortion Steve Krenz Compressor Overdrive Distortion Fuzz Ernie Ball Volume Pedal - Tuner Delay Tremolo Chorus Amp He also uses a Boss AD-5 Acoustic Guitar Processor Joe Bonamassa Fuzz Tone (Satisfaction) Wah Wah (Don’t overuse) Univibe Tube Screamer Echoplex Plus Tremolo Flanger MXR PHASE 100 MXR STEREO CHORUS Fuzz Face Cry Baby
  6. Gotto is spot on. These days there are many paths to tonal nirvana. Tube amps are awesome but even a 5 watter sounds its best at volumes untenable for most of us at home (yet is not quite loud enough to gig). My 18 watt Budda through a 212, will make ears bleed at full roar, and I have nothing but respect for guys that can stand in front of a 50 or 100 watt tube amp through a 412, but most venues today would make you turn down or throw you out. If you can play loud at home and love tubes then they are awesome. Besides being able to dial in good sounds and any volume, modelers offer the advantage of offering an extensive amp and pedal collection. That can be a distraction, but once you get your base tones figured out usually 3-5 setups for most of us, you can forget about the rest until you feel adventurous or want to create some specific tone for a song you are learning. You can get great sounds out of a lower priced modeler as I learned from my POD HD500X. It took a lot of time to study and tweak to get those sounds though. I upgraded to the Helix mostly for the greatly simplified user interface and probably wouldn't have done that if I didn't see how quickly and easily my buddy was dialing in great tones on his Helix. The higher end units aim to be more intuitive but there is still not a 100 percent correlation to a tube amp so there is quite a learning curve even with higher end units.
  7. Last week
  8. Danny, I just read this. I'm so sorry, but so glad that you're safe. I hope you get back on an even keel soon. Take care Ian
  9. @mrp777 During this week's broadcast (July 16), Steve said there was a technical problem at YouTube's end, and that he expected it to be available within a few days at the usual location.
  10. There is no quick way. Nylon strings last a long time. Stretching the strings is the best way to set them, but you will have to do it many times after a string change. Yes changing your strings will make your sound brighter, but don't change them because of some artificial schedule. Analyze the condition of the strings and change them when needed.
  11. @costancr, I'm not Steve either but, like @John Wells, will add my $.02. How much time should you be spending on the chords? My answer, not Steve's, is: very little. The sessions in The Song Hits are designed to reflect where one is at in the same session of L&M. To stress this point in the introduction of "All I Have to Do Is Dream" Steve states, "If you are in Session 3 (of L&M) then you can play the Into and Verse because you know the notes. If you have moved on to 4 then you can also play the Bridge." So my opinion is that Steve is only expecting one to learn the melody, not chords. He does make some reference to the song having relatively easy open chords. Should that discourage you from learning the chords if you are that motivated? Of course not. But just memorizing the chord shapes should be even more than is expected at this point. And if any, such as those in Eye of the Tiger and Bye Bye Love "are giving me trouble", then don't let them frustrate you. Keep it fun! Especially in "All I Have to Do Is Dream", in the bridge, there is a Bminor barre chord. That is going to frustrate you plenty in Session 8! No sense doing it now!🤣 Should you come back later? Sure, if you want. But you are also going to soon be working sessions in The Song Hits that concentrate on the chords and barre chords of L&M sessions 5-8. And, if you are like most of us, you will probably be bringing outside materials and songs to learn into your practice regimen. Keep us posted on your progress!
  12. Thanks for the reply and exactly as stated what was difficult yesterday seems a bit easier today. I am now in lesson 11 and pieces are starting g to fall into place. It has been an exciting and fun journey so far and happy to have picked up the guitar again and sticking with it.....🎸😎🎼
  13. This is really a question for Steve, but protocol never stopped me from sticking my two cents in. Your objective is to learn to play the guitar, and should be foremost in your mind. Session five's one of the most important sessions of the course, and by the time you're ready to tackle session six, you'll be far more skilled in fretting and strumming chords. While overcoming difficulty builds confidence, falling short of expectations breeds disappointment. I recommend you go on to session five and periodically return to the Song Hits, and one fine day what was difficult yesterday is today's piece of cake. And always remember the "Three P's: Practice, Perseverance, and Patience." Lotsa luck.
  14. Hi, I am working my way through the first few sessions of the Song Hits and I am still on Session 4 of Learn and Master Guitar. I looked ahead a bit and saw that session 5 is chords. How much time should I be spending on the chords in the Song Hits at this point? The ones in Session 1 and 2 were straightforward, but the ones in Eye of the Tiger and Bye Bye Love are giving me trouble. I can't decide if I should come back to them later or keep wrestling with them?
  15. @ChrisJ032 The Boss ME-80 was one of the pedals I looked at, and it has some nice features. I chose the GT-1 because of cost, capability, volume/expression pedal. You can go either way. The modelling amps have similar capability, but they probably are not as deep as a Boss multi-effect. My Fender G-DEC 30 covers most effects, but you can only use 1 at a time with reverb. The Boss GT-1 allows tone stacking. Both give you plenty of options. It all comes down to interface and convenience. It is very convenient to have the effects built in. No cables, power supplies, batteries, and pedal boards. I think the best multi-effect pedal will actually mimic the traditional pedal board like the Headrush and Helix pedals. Ideally, you buy the best amp you can afford. Effects can be added later. Multi-effect or pedals are always available. I played my G-DEC for many years with just a little delay. I wanted to play clean as a beginner so I knew I was doing it right. The effects are kind of nasty if you don't know how to use them since each lends to a particular style. Have fun whichever way you choose.
  16. If you're looking for the greatest number of "effects" with the least amount of gear, I'd go with a digital amp that has plenty of them in the amp itself, vs a pedal board. Roland /Boss make some good ones... play don't fiddle with gear.
  17. I think I heard him say in a video that he learned to play with his fingers because he couldnt afford a pick and didnt want to bother his dear Dad to buy him one. We're the better for it.
  18. As a serious beginner into the world of pedals and just starting lesson 11 and getting comfortable with the pentatonic forms. I thought it would be best to get a multi effects machine to start an understanding into the effects before investing into numerous individual pedals.....anyone using Boss Me80? Also, is it easier in the beginning to get a tube amp with a effects board or model,er amp with effects board....so much more to learn and maybe not enough time as the decades seems to move quite quickly these days...appreciate any feedback 🎸😎🎼
  19. Mark is a unique player in that he doesn't use a pick, even when playing electric guitar. Neil is correct about the first one. At 5:18 he's just doing a blues rhythm riff. At 9:02, he's just doing some open chord strumming. At 11:38, it's kind of a bluegrass strumming pattern which normally might be called flat picking, except you can't use that term for Mark since he doesn't use a pick! At 12:43 he's just going over a I IV V blues progression. At 13:22, it's kind of like comping. At least that's how I would describe these techniques.
  20. 1:38 thumb is called Travis picking named after a style by Merle Travis. I'll leave the rest to others..
  21. Can someone tell me the name for the styles of guitar Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) is playing in the sections of this video I've listed below? I don't know how to research this since I don't know the names for what he's doing, and I'd have trouble copying him simply from watching the video. I am at a point in my guitar playing where I am interested in learning specific styles of guitar that are more interesting and complex than what I am currently capable of playing, and this video contains several examples of the type of thing I am interested in. If anyone wants to explain in any detail what he's doing with his hands, especially his right, in these cases, that'd be awesome, but basically I'll do more searching online and in books once I know what terms to look for. Thank you. Picking with thumb? - 1:38, 2:18, 2:31 Rock rhythm? - 5:18 Rhythm? - 9:02 More rhythm? - 11:38, 14:13 Blues rhythm? - 12:43 Interval chords? 13:22
  22. Hello Members: As this site matures, and the number of posts grows to into the thousands, let's be aware of the amout of data and storage space we're using. While I'm not privy to all the costs, I know from running my own website for business, that data space and maintence isnt cheap. As we're a free membership site, it's Steve that pays for it himself. I'm not suggesting you limit or refrain from posting, far from it! We want a vibrant and helpful community. I'm am suggesting we be aware and if you have a personal message or quick comment to someone, to use this feature, or a sticky note more often. It would make the posts more interesting to read, and reduce what soon becomes clutter. I hope this makes sense to you all... All the Best! Neil
  23. @mrp777 Thanks for the notice.. I'll pass it along to our tech dept. (Steve)!
  24. @Randy120 Im glad for you that you've found a digital amp that you are very happy with. Like youI my first ( and still only) amp is a Fender G DEC 30. I thought as a beginner Electric player that it would be ideal for me. But like you I found a myriad of choices and a not so hot menu confusing and difficult to use. So consequently to this day I only use 1 or 2 of all the amp models regularly, (called Jazzmaster ) I'd rather spend my time learnig and playing than fiddle. So, being fairly dissatisfied with the sound of the amp ad well, I am about to step into the world of tube amps. A somewhat retrogressive step, some would say. No menus, no multiple effects, no 99 amp models; just built in Reverb and tremolo ;that's it. Will this lead too massive spending on pedals and make my floor look like it's covered in black spaghetti? I don't think so. But this remains to be seen. So Randy I hope you really enjoy your new gear!
  25. The dark side I would refer to thd length of time needed to learn your modeler and nothing to do with sound quality. Patches twinking, patches downloading, patch creation, etc. I spent learning, researching and building tube amps, was a dark side, a rabbit hole, etc as it was 3yrs of not really playing and more of replacing compoients to hear the differences. Enjoy learning your new Boss.
  26. Glad you are safe Danny, suffice to say that someone was looking after you. Henk
  1. Load more activity
  • Chatbox

    You don't have permission to chat.
    Load More

About us

Guitar Gathering is a community of guitar lovers of all types and skill levels.  This is a place of learning, support and encouragement.  We are unapologetically positive.

If you've come here to gripe, demean others or talk politics then this isn't the place for you.

But if you've come to talk guitars, ask questions and learn from professionals and guitar learners from all over the world then come on in!

Get in touch

Follow us

facebook feed

Recent tweets

  • Create New...