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by oldstrummer
September 27th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Self-Taught vs Private Lessons
Replies: 7
Views: 4271

Re: Self-Taught vs Private Lessons

I am self-taught with nearly 50 years of playing behind me. As a child I took piano lessons for eight years. I studied music theory in college. But my guitar knowledge is all self-taught. Three weeks ago, I started taking lessons. Wow! You've heard the saying, "He doesn't know what he doesn't know?"...
by oldstrummer
September 27th, 2018, 8:54 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Need your opinion
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Need your opinion

Not to be a contrarian, but I think it's a bit disingenuous to come to a site that provides FREE guitar lessons for everyone and promote a site of your own that purports to do much the same thing, especially given that you're self-taught and have no basis for claiming any expertise in the subject. I...
by oldstrummer
September 18th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Hi I don't know if this is the right place for this.
Replies: 1
Views: 647

Re: Hi I don't know if this is the right place for this.

There have been several Vivant amps for sale on eBay. They appear to have been made in Japan during the 1960s. My guess is that they are no longer being produced, and as old as they are, little information (manuals, parts, etc.) is available on the Internet. A photo is shown here: http://jedistar.co...
by oldstrummer
September 18th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Do fingertips swell from guitar work?
Replies: 2
Views: 751

Re: Do fingertips swell from guitar work?

I'd say it's possible, but I'm not a doctor. I'm more inclined to believe that what you're experiencing is fatigue.

Watch Jeff Beck towel himself down after playing a 90 minute set.
by oldstrummer
September 18th, 2018, 7:08 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Plz help
Replies: 1
Views: 565

Re: Plz help

Your Fender Squier (note the proper spelling) probably has single-coil pickups. They hum. That 60Hz (50Hz outside the US) sound is the result of the way pickups are made. It's also the reason "humbucking" pickups were invented. You probably aren't going to eliminate the sound entirely. First, check ...
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: Live Sound
Topic: Pedalboard or Effects Board?
Replies: 0
Views: 842

Pedalboard or Effects Board?

Bear with me, please. This may be a tad long. I currently use modeling amps to practice; the latest is a Line6 AMPLIFi 30, a cool, very compact, 30W modeling amp that has both built-in models, replaceable models, and an editor that is an app on a phone or tablet. I find it very flexible in getting t...
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 4:39 am
Forum: Singing
Topic: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now
Replies: 20
Views: 19874

Re: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now

Bob Dylan was once derided for the quality of his singing. His response? "I hit all the right notes, don't I?"
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 4:35 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to play an electric guitar like a classical one?
Replies: 7
Views: 3351

Re: Is it possible to play an electric guitar like a classical one?

I take one small exception to Alan's comment, "The only real problem is that the electric neck is slimmer than the classical neck." This is mostly true, but there are some electric guitars that have pretty wide necks. I have a Gibson ES-225 and a Gibson ES-335, both hollow-body electrics, and their ...
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 4:31 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Guitar set up
Replies: 7
Views: 1579

Re: Guitar set up

If you want the best from your guitar -- any guitar, regardless of price -- your best best is to get a set up from a qualified guitar tech. Case in point: I bought a brand new acoustic guitar from a place that advertises its "55 point evaluation" prior to shipping. I bought it to play while I had tw...
by oldstrummer
August 22nd, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: What does your fretboard say about you?
Replies: 3
Views: 915

Re: What does your fretboard say about you?

A lot of study has been done on the emotional responses evoked by different scales in music. Here's one: http://biteyourownelbow.com/keychar.htm Sometimes, I'll try to play something specifically emotive, and turn to keys that aren't in my "normal" scales. For example, I don't usually play in the ke...
by oldstrummer
August 22nd, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: "Reverse" capo chart?
Replies: 2
Views: 695

Re: "Reverse" capo chart?

Perhaps this will help answer your question.

http://don-guitar.com/transpose.html
by oldstrummer
August 20th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Guitar set up
Replies: 7
Views: 1579

Re: Guitar set up

There's a thread on another forum that says, in essence, that Leo Fender brought automation to the business of guitar building. Much like Henry Ford brought the assembly line to automobile manufacturing, Fender introduced the idea of mass-produced instruments, build in large part by machines. This i...
by oldstrummer
August 20th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Need help figuring out chords in a song
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Need help figuring out chords in a song

The basic approach to learning any song on guitar is to begin by determining the bass notes on the lower strings. Those will generally tell you what key the song is in. Most popular songs have three or four basic chords to them, so finding the root note will tell you what chords to use. Take for exa...
by oldstrummer
August 14th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Iconic riffs from the 60's
Replies: 2
Views: 918

Re: Iconic riffs from the 60's

The simplest riff in the world to play: House of the Rising Sun, by Eric Burdon and the Animals. Paint It Black, by the Rolling Stones. I Got A Line On You by Spirit (I'm biased, as Spirit is one of my favorite bands of that era). Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry (and the Beach Boys many take offs on ...
by oldstrummer
August 14th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: Freebies, Giveaways, Contests and guitar apps
Topic: Whats your Go2 Guitar App for improving skills?
Replies: 2
Views: 2003

Re: Whats your Go2 Guitar App for improving skills?

I have a Line6 AMPLIFi 30 amp. The app that it works with turns it into an amazing modeling amp!

I'm also very keen on Chorderator.