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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 06:00 pm
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Well I’m 43 so.... 😂



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 Posted: Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 09:03 pm
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M.P. Dudash wrote: Well I’m 43 so.... 😂
Well, I’m 63 so.... :dude:
Let's do the math. 43+20=63
You'll be a monster when you're my age.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 4th, 2019 02:27 am
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It was clipped to the strap all along.:Guitarman1:

Edit: the capo I have cost about $25 US, which seemed steep at the time but has proven to be worth every penny in the twelve years that I've had it. It's never left a scratch or dent on the neck, and it had no problem with fretbuzz even on a 12 string. Wish I remembered what brand it is so I could give the manufacturer a proper shoutout.

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Watching my own videos on youtube ( how to strum - lol. There are patterns!) I saw a capo used. Cool :)

M.P. - we can do this. With 3-4 chords and some strum patterns a song can be made (and many have).


You have the lyrics, so keep working. It will pay off.



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I can play quite a few chords and transition fairly smooth but I’m far from being able to play anything. Writings on the back burner until I can get better at playing. I’ve been burned out lately my mind needs a break from a lot of things. I’ve gotten farther in the couple weeks on guitar tricks than watching YouTube videos because I just kept bouncing around. It was only $99 for a year when I signed up which is way cheaper than lessons. Plan on doing their singing course as well. Best of luck Andrea. It’s been fun hearing some good sounds. I’ve looked at new guitars but tbh I think my pawn shop find sounds better than most except the Martin I tried. Didn’t care for the Taylor as much.

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Mp, have you tried different tunings? If you tune both Es down to D, and the A down to G, pretty much any fret you bar is going to be a chord. This is real handy for slide but it's also great for practicing timing and picking patterns.
As for writing, you need something to practice, it may as well be your own stuff. I pretty much stopped playing other people's songs once I had a half dozen of my own under my belt.

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I should weigh in on the open tunings topic.

As you might know, I play quite a bit of slide guitar.
Something I started working on in the early 70s.
So, it's been nearly 50 years. And I have quite a collection
of guitar slides, both store-bought and home-made. Including
an original coricidin pill bottle and an actual bone slide.

In fact one of my favorite slides is the first one I made
at home when I was in high school from a piece of
steel electrical conduit. I'm not very skilled in shop work. 
But I used a bench grinding wheel to clean and polish it to a
smooth finish. Though smooth, it still has a bit of tooth to it.
So I can saw across the strings to create a bowing sound.
I used it on the song: I Still Love My First Wife (link below),
if you want to hear what that sounds like.
Most evident at the beginning and the end of the song.
Anyway...

I originally learned to play slide in open tuning on acoustic guitar.
The popular tuning at the time was open E. Tuned low to high
as E-B-E-G#-B-E which follows the form of an E chord. I still like
this tuning because it is closest to standard tuning. If you know
the names of the E form barre chords, you get what you would
expect at the appropriate frets. Most teaching these days
encourages the use of either open G or open D tunings.
I don't really see anyone teaching open E.

In the last band I was in I had a guitar that was tuned down
to a C#9/F#9 chord. (if I remember correctly) I used it on one
song where we needed a pedal steel sound. Sonny Landreth
teaches a slide guitar course that uses his own unusual minor tuning.
A minor tuning that was the inspiration for my own crazy tuning.

This reminds me of a story from my previous band. We had
three electric guitarists. The other two guys were fabulous players,
and then there was me. My abilities with slide guitar made the
threesome guitar army work. I played slide whenever possible.
But that meant hauling around three guitars to cover all the tunings.
Anyway, here's the story...

We had just finished rehearsing a song where I was playing an
interesting and somewhat aggressive slide guitar part. The guitarist
that was set up on the other side of the room put his instrument down
and walked across the rehearsal space and began poking at my
guitar strings in the fingerboard area. Naturally, I asked him what he
was doing. He asked me, "How do you do that? You are using a standard
low string height set-up, but I don't hear any fret noise when you play slide."
I shrugged and said I had always done it that way. It was imperceptible,
but I do set my high E string slightly higher. Just to make the bottom three
strings align better for slide. But just a minor adjustment. Anyway...

These days I use standard tuning for all my slide work. Then I don't
have to mess with open tunings and extra instruments. I'll keep a slide handy
when I play and use it when it seems appropriate.

Here's a valuable tip.
Your reward for reading my long post. lol

I use A form and Em form chords in standard tuning to play slide chords.
In standard tuning, play only your open D-G-B strings for the A form.
That open position is actually a G chord, since it is a whole step below the
A form home chord. The Em form home lives on the open G-B-E strings.
You will need to mute all the other strings, which is tricky to do.
I usually play slide without a pick so I have enough fingers free to
handle my right-hand technique. Well worth learning.

Let me know if you have questions.

- Sketch

PS -- When playing slide, I love to use a long glissando.
(a continuous slide upward or downward between two notes)
Listen to the middle section of my song Happy's Potato Chip Van
(link below) to hear a good example. Thanks.

Happy's Potato Chip Van

I Still Love My First Wife - REMIX

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 Posted: Thu Mar 7th, 2019 01:39 am
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Sketch, I had considered trading in the guitar for a square neck dobro but everyone says to stick with the guitar due to versatility. Watching Martin Gross play Amazing Grace makes it we wonder though.



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M.P. Dudash wrote: Sketch, I had considered trading in the guitar for a square neck dobro but everyone says to stick with the guitar due to versatility. Watching Martin Gross play Amazing Grace makes it we wonder though.
If you buy a square neck, you will ONLY be able to play slide on it.
Dobro sounds good without a slide as well. But if you like playing in your lap
instead of the regular way, go for it. In your avatar image it looks like
you have a pedal steel guitar? Maybe the lap Dobro makes sense for you.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 7th, 2019 03:01 am
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Yes, I have an old Marlen. I should get rid of it but I know if I do I’ll never get another. It did seems easier to play even with 4 more strings, pedals and levers.



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M.P. Dudash wrote:
Yes, I have an old Marlen. I should get rid of it but I know if I do I’ll never get another. It did seems easier to play even with 4 more strings, pedals and levers.

No way I'd get rid of that old Marlen. You'd have sellers remorse for sure.



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Once you start recording, you will need lots of instruments.

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I sat on a capo once. I won't describe the effect it had on a certain part of my anatomy.

I hope it wasn't the one you lost!

I loved the 80's when all anyone played was power chords... ahhh those 2 note chords!

And M.P. the trick is not worrying about augmented, suspended etc. Just play the 7th version of the chord, nobody but a producer will worry about it.

Barre chords are awesome. You play E on every major chord. Just remove the little finger you get the 7th variation, or remove the middle finger and you've got the minor version (or minor seventh with the middle and pinky fingers off the strings. 4 chords from one. If you want to play a fourth higher, you play the A shape. Makes going from G to C really easy for example.

They are harder on an accoustic though.

I don't know what Guitar Tricks is like, I've been using Justin Guitar... he is awesome and you get songs to play along with with every chord combo you learn.



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Well, It's been a while, but I finally understand what you are all talking about :)



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