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    1. New to the guitar? Please read this before posting.   (244,792 visits to this link)

    2. Tune your guitar - Online guitar tuner.   (15,474 visits to this link)

  2. Guitar Lessons Forum

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    2. PlaneTalk FAQ's and Testimonials

      This is the place to ask Kirk any PlaneTalk pre-sales questions and to read through the Testimonials and FAQs.

  3. Guitar For Beginners & Beyond General Forum

    1. Introduce Yourself

      New to the forum? Don't be a stranger. Introduce yourself here.

    2. Playing The Guitar

      The mechanics of playing guitar. Discuss and ask questions about styles and techniques here.

    3. The Workings Of Music

      The structure of music and theory. Ask your questions here. Songwriting threads can also be posted here.

    4. The Art of Improvisation

      Here is the place to ask questions and discuss the the art of improvising.

    5. Guitar Gear

      The place to discuss guitars, amps, effects, gear in general.

    6. The Home Studio

      Post your questions or tips on your home studio setup here. Want to record your guitar? Ask your questions here.

    7. The Music Lounge

      The place to talk music and musicians. Share what you like, what you're enjoying listening to at the moment etc.

  4. The Slide Guitar Forum

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  5. The Recording Booth

    1. What's Going On?

      All announcements about the Guitar For Beginners & Beyond site and forum will be posted here.

    2. Members' Recordings - Let's hear you!

      Post your recordings here for feedback. Covers must be hosted off site.

    3. Get Feedback on Your Playing

      Get advice on how to improve your playing. This is a good place for beginners to get feedback on how they are progressing.

    4. Collaborations

      Looking to collaborate with other members, get involved here. It's a great way to improve on your playing skills.

    5. Backing Tracks - It's Your Take!

      This is the place to download backing tracks, add a track and re-upload for all to hear.

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    • Hi!

      I'm not specialized in slapping and tapping with guitar but somehow I feel that this song is very natural to play with this kind of playing style. It can be played as a solo number for the audience or as a accompaniment in duo situations. I hope you get something out of it! 

      Kindest, Mikko
    •    I like your thinkin - I've been striving for this same feel myself  the best Magic happens In the Moment - I miss Guitar, Bass and Drums all feeding each other in the moment and some of the Tones and Grooves that can be Generated     Paul.
    • Boiled linseed oil was common 30 years ago.  More recently Lemon oil seems to be favored.  I've used both in the past 40 years.  Linseed oil seems to gum up if there is an excess, so now its just the Lemon Oil.  And just slightly more often than never.   Probably your fingerboard doesn't need oil.  Most don't need it at all.  You can also go the route of contacting the manufacturer and get their recommendation.  So these days I use Lemon oil every 5 to 10 years.  Rub a little on and rub it off.  Make sure all excess is wiped off or it will make your strings die before their time.   I just put the second lemon oil treatment on my Collings OM3.  The guitar was made during December 2000.  I had the strings off, so I figured what the hell.  I don't treat these guitars casually.  Collings guitars a fairly expensive.  I have no problem using lemon oil every few years.   I started using Lemon oil in about 1979 when I was the guitar repair guy at a local store.   I have never heard of castor oil being used.  I don't know its properties so I can't say if its a good fingerboard oil or not.  I think I would prefer nothing, which is totally acceptable, rather than taking a chance with an unknown.     I'm considering a Lemon oil treatment for my Tom Anderson electric guitar.  I've had it for more than a decade and I've never put oil put on the fingerboard.  It might be time for a light coat.
    • This was very much "In The Moment."  I got digital drums programed, then Carl and I jammed over the drums.  We did 5 or 6 takes and chose the take we like best.  The whole CD is pretty much the same.  We jam over some drums and keep the takes we like.  Our goal was to sound like a three piece jam band.
    • Here is a sample of the Piano and Drums Backing track I made  no Guitars yet   very simple chord progression - the main part is G sharp  and B flat minor then 2 simple changes - 1st -  C sharp, G sharp and B flat minor                                             2nd - F sharp and G sharp   it should be easy enough to hear the progression and timing for the changes on this bare backing track   if anyone fancies joining in or wants to jam with the backing track - I can upload a longer version - however, I don't record/play in concert pitch so you'd need to adjust accordingly - i'm tuned down from concert pitch  -32cents or 432hz as opposed to 440hz ......it's just "Better"     Paul.  Collab 1 backin track.mp3
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