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  2. VOX amplugs

    Anyone any experience using these seemingly neat devices. Vox makes arrange of amplugs ( AC30) that plug into an electric guitar and allow the player to then listen via headphones. Sounds like a peaceful way to practice without annoying family and or neighbours. I'm told it might be easier for me to learn on an electric due to the action of the string's so this is an avenue I am considering
  3. Very nice, Mikko - the playing, recording, and video production
  4. Hello from Canada

    "I want to be a rock star!" Personally, I've held to the philosophy I learned many years ago: Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. I love what I do that provides me a living. And I'm good at it. I love playing guitar, but I'm not good enough at it to make money. For me, once I started making money at it, it would become a hard, frustrating job. And then I'd hate it.
  5. Help deciding

    Thanks. I have a fondness for Strats.
  6. Hello from Canada

    I agree, although there are people that want to make money playing. They have to make the audience happy. I quit playing for money decades ago.
  7. Finger Tip Mashing

    You might also be using too thick of a string gauge. As a beginner, you might consider switching to a lighter gauge. The sound will suffer (IMO), but your fingers will thank you until they toughen up enough to go heavier.
  8. What's are the best guitar brands?

    Here's a list of the 33 best acoustic and electric guitar brands according to Spinditty. Reading past the expected brands you might find some real gems. https://spinditty.com/instruments-gear/Best-Electric-Guitar-Brands
  9. Mastering the 12 String Acoustic

    Not always the case. The first guitar I bought brand new in 1971 was a German Framus 12-string. It has (yes, I still have it) a 1.75" nut, which is a mere 1/16" wider than my Taylor six-string. It also has an ebony fingerboard and a zero fret. There were times I would remove the extra six strings and just play it as a regular six-string.
  10. Help deciding

    Well, it sure is beautiful. I wouldn't kick her out of bed. Strat favorite.
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  12. Hello from Canada

    There is only one reason to play guitar, and that is for your own enjoyment. There is only one person you need to satisfy in this regard, and that is you.
  13. Help deciding

    Me, teach? God, no! I'm not even a very good student. The LP is a Gibson Classic "Rock" II. I got it mostly for its "collectibility." If there is such a thing. It's not my favorite guitar.
  14. I'll agree with @Ray Bergeron. When I first started playing, I did so with the idea of singing the songs I loved. Because I knew how the songs were supposed to sound, I could focus on the guitar as an accompaniment. As I got better, I started playing songs that were more advanced, paying attention to the guitar first, and then the words. These days, and because I'm mostly a rhythm guitar player, getting the rhythm down first makes singing the words along with it easier.
  15. Acoustic Guitars

    As always, YMMV (your mileage may vary). I bought a Big Baby Taylor-e recently to have a "basic" 6-string acoustic at hand. Taylor lists it as a "15/16ths" guitar. Its scale length is 22-3/4," whereas your traditional full-size guitar has a scale length somewhere between 24.75" - 25.625." Because I have very small, thin fingers (I wear a men's 6.5 ring!) this size suits me well. Electric guitars are different, as they usually have a smaller neck radius, so I can use my small fingers without problem on a full scale.
  16. Help deciding

    It even LOOKS neck heavy. It might not be so obvious to me if it weren't next to the strat. You teach, huh? The Gibson (or Epi) next over looks like granite. That is cool! My favorite color, too.
  17. im back

    Welcome back, @ronnie. I only joined about a year and a half ago, and the place was pretty quiet then. It's picked up a bit (and now I'm trying to catch up!), and that's a good thing.
  18. Help deciding

    I have a Pignose travel guitar that is made by Aria. For what I paid for it, and the reason I bought (to travel, duh), it's not a bad guitar. But let's face it: it doesn't stay in tune, and because it has a full neck and a disproportionately small body, the neck dive is incredible. Many people swear by Ibanez (my best man played one). That's it leaning against the amp.
  19. Agile vs PRS

    The sometime guitar player in the worship band at church plays a PRS. As his wife told me the other day, he says, "I'm a middle-aged family man playing guitar in a worship band. What need do I have for an expensive guitar?" He's a dang good player, too! Just today I watched an interesting YouTube video that showed a pair of guys setting up a used guitar, making it sound and play almost like a more expensive guitar. The difference, according to the two, could be adjusted through amp settings. May be worth a look if you aren't going to spend $$$ on an instrument.

    I'm not quite sure what you're saying. I just went to Amazon and plugged in: "Ernie Ball strings." And I got a whole page of hits. Some of the items are multipacks, but on the set of 6 (for example), gauge is listed (e.g., 010 - .046). I'm not sure what page you're looking at that only lists the sizes in the 9s. For example, I just looked at the Ernie Ball Cobalt Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Set, 10 - 52 that shows the gauges as .010, .013, .017, .030, .042, .052). What am I missing?
  21. Enjoyed listening and watching the video. What type of video editing software are you using?
  22. Hi

    Hi Karen. Why, you're just a kid! Remember that Harlan Sanders was running a service station that sold food to hungry travelers when he was 40. When he was 62, he began franchising his business, which became a multimillion dollar business, Kentucky Fried Chicken. He continued to be a spokesman and a traveling ambassador for the company well into his later years. He died at 90. So who says you can't succeed later in life? I'm pretty well self-taught at guitar. Oh, I had piano lessons as a kid, but when I bought my first guitar from a friend for $10, I was hooked. This was before tablature became common. I would by songbooks and single song sheets that had guitar charts on them. I just put my fingers where the dots were, learning after a while that an "X" meant a muted string and an "o" over the nut image meant open, I began to sing along to my favorite songs. After a while, I'd buy records and try to play along with them, lifting and dropping the tone arm on specific passages until I could noodle them out. I put away the guitar for a number of years, and when I pulled it out again, the world had changed. Now, there is software, online videos, and just about anybody who wants to publish a lesson, a book or a song, can do so from the comfort of their living room. I frequently tell friends that if I'd been playing when the Internet was born, I'd be a #$%^@ guitar god right now! The fact is, I'm back where I started: I'm playing the guitar in the quiet comfort of my own home, pulling out songbooks, finding chords (I've never learned tab) and songs, and playing for my own pleasure. Some day, I may join the worship band at church (I've been invited), but for now, I'm learning and playing for me. Only me. And I'm a senior citizen!
  23. Audio Interface Recommendations?

    Hi, Steinberg has a great line of audio interfaces, along with their Cubase DAW you would be all set. I use a Steinberg UR22mkII and I'm very happy with it. Here's a link to the Steinberg homepage for audio interfaces. https://www.steinberg.net/en/products/audio_interfaces/ur_serie/start.html
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  25. Great info. Thanks. Much to ponder
  26. Somewhat depends on where you are in your lesson plan. I can't think of a fingerstyle or Travis Picking lesson book that doesn't begin with the assumption the student has already covered their bases by learning, knowing and fairly well mastering the basics of guitar and music. That would include learning how to keep steady time with a set rhythm at a decently fast tempo. If you consider music is built from the three basic elements of rhythm, melody and harmony, then you should have your answer. I'd guess you can't name a non-classical fingerstyle player you admire who didn't begin by learning good timing through playing rhythm guitar. Of course, classical players do not learn how to strum a rhythm as classical style is more melody based than chord based. Flamenco, on the other hand, is more chord based than melody based. So there are lesson plans which do not focus on strumming the guitar. Classical style however will demand very strict timing skills which will be developed through several years of timing exercises developing sight reading skills. IMO you cannot separate out only the certain parts of learning that appeal to you just to keep yourself motivated to continue learning. IMO learning why a C Major chord is constructed of C-E-G and why C Maj.7 is C-E-G-B but a C7 is C-E-G-Bb is a lesson any player should get. More so the fingerstyle player. Such lessons give the player the ability think on their feet rather than simply repeat by rote memory what you've read in a TAB. There are players who have never taken a formal lesson and they will tell you they play fine. I'd say they are the exception and not the rule and that they have had lessons, just not from a book.
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