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Everything posted by Rockerbob

  1. Hello from Spain

  2. HELP-how to I get out of 2006

    But it does show that the forum members are friendly and courteous. That is what a introduction post is for. Also, I saw nothing going back and forth. Welcome to the forum.
  3. Getting in the Christmas spirit

    Nice arrangement! I could pickup most of the notes through the damn hearing aids. Merry Christmas.
  4. Scale on scales

    Learning scales could be of great help. I don't know because I never learned any. Over a long period of time I just learned notes that I like. They are most probably based on at least one scale, and perhaps more than one. I just tried to learn songs. The song forced me to learn new things. Over time I learned a lot of new things. Even if you work on scales, you can still work on learning songs. On your scale you only have two choices so I'll go with 1. There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those that understand binary and those who don't.
  5. Beginner Here

    Metal and rock of course? I like me some old time rock & roll, but I find metal to be screaming over white noise most of the time. Of course, that is only my opinion. New strings no lighter than .010 for high E. As mentioned by mset3, weather can change things. Humidity, or lack thereof, and temperature changes should be avoided. I built a room in my basement for a studio/office and guitar storage. The temp never swings more than a few degrees underground. I run a large humidifier in that room full time. I keep the relative humidity between 40 and 50%. As I look at my hygrometer right now the relative humidity is 46%. But new strings is really the first thing to try. Its not expensive and my help resolve your tuning problems. BTW, most guitarists tune before they play - every time. Sometimes, if you're lucky, it might still be in tune. My guitars in my storage facility (basement studio) stay in tune very well, yet I usually check with a tuner each time I play. The guitars I have are a couple steps above Gibson guitars in general, and I think Gibsons, overall, are good instruments. I sure have owned a lot of them in my 51 years of learning guitar. After trying strings, take it to a luthier to have it setup. He will tell you if there are other problems to address, or just simple adjustments.
  6. I can't help you on brands, but if you want to learn guitar, start with guitar. Comparing a ukulele to a guitar is like comparing a violin to a cello. Different instrument, different range, and different tone. I can't help with brands because the ukulele I want is $2000 and I can't afford that anymore. There was a time when I had money to spend on musical instruments. That was quite a while ago.
  7. What's are the best guitar brands?

    There is no best brand. There's best for you perhaps, but no brands are the best objectively.
  8. HELP

    I can recommend lots of bang, but not for the bucks. Also, my most recent guitar purchase was about 10 years ago and it's retail price was over $5K, so I don't get out to see which budget guitars I like best. Yes, I'm a guitar snob. In the past, when dirt was young, I worked in a few music stores. At that time I thought Yamaha was usually the best in a given price range, at least until the prices got to $1K.
  9. The level is so low I have to crank the gain to hear anything. I have to boost it to the point where a system beep would knock me off a chair. Something is working properly. Not everyone has studio gear to even try to boost it. Bring up the gain and post it again.
  10. Thanh pho buon - Guitar solo

    This sounds well played. II could make out a lot of it. In my opinion there is too much compression. I can't always trust me ears anymore, but right from the first note it sounded massively compressed.
  11. 3 Licks in G major (or G ionian)

    Very nice demonstration/lesson. I can't hear it well, but I think I could mostly catch the notes.
  12. My composition

    Sadly, my hearing stinks. I couldn't make out most of the lead playing. I have to jump through hoops of fire to try to record anymore. I can hear the rhythm and it sounds in time. Sorry, that's the best I can do.
  13. Hello, I have something to share!!!!

    Welcome. I would take the label off the pickguard, but it sound good to me. Sounds like a pickup on an acoustic. I liked the little instrumental.
  14. I know this song well and you nailed the lead. Great playing. I use pentatonic scales for leads but not quite that well. I'd love to see tab for that lead solo. Do a couple more Robben Ford solos.
  15. This is a small lake behind my Dad's house. I saw that lake every day, but never from this vantage point. Its slow and not much happens, not unlike myself. My dad appears in a cameo. He looks good for 91.
  16. My Dad's House

    I am enjoying the aerial photography. There are half a dozen other hobbies I would like to work with but they all cost money, something rare in our back account. My hearing loss doesn't affect my sight. I need soundtracks, and if I use my songs and recordings I don't have to worry about copyright problems. I inherited a pre 1940 Lionel train set. The old engine didn't run. I took it apart and I'm repairing the original motor. I have a relatively new Lionel train set and the engine from the new set runs fine on the old track, and there is a lot of old track.
  17. My Dad's House

    Grow up? I don't think I ever did grow up. But, no, I grew up in the urban sprawl around Chicago. My family move into this house while I was in high school. I lived there maybe 8 years then moved to Colorado where the view is very different.
  18. Howdy guitar players. I haven't been around much the past few years. My hearing loss put everything on hold for a while. I cannot hear pitch correctly anymore so this might be my last song with vocals. More and more I need AutoTune, and that makes vocals sound very processed and weird. I think my latest attempt at vocals might also suffer from being a bad song. That song will end up abandoned due to bad writing. Also, I'm always a bit dizzy, or more than a bit. Listening to music is a chore as I need separate outputs through an EQ and headphones amp. I am selling all my live performance gear, and perhaps another guitar or two. I'll keep a guitar or two and play a little everyday until that is no longer possible. I might be able to record instrumental music a while longer. The attached song is the last song written for Lewis & Walker X, and perhaps my last vocals on any recording. I got to play my chromatic harmonica. I love playing that thing. So, here is a recent, auto-tuned and heavily edited song" https://youtu.be/DAy_wesbrI0
  19. Man Without a Dog

    The pitch correction is minimal, but it is there. I record many takes and my collaborator then builds a composite track mostly in tune. I've been wearing hearing aids for more than 5 years. I can't hear well even with the aids. At times, I remove all the lows from 500Hz on down to clear up a guitar track. And my guitars are bright to begin with. Distance between sound source and microphone also adds natural dynamic compression. Usually a good thing for acoustic guitar.
  20. Man Without a Dog

    I start with a good guitar with fairly fresh strings. Then I use an AKG-C414 microphone, 2-3 feet away, aimed at the guitar. Your room needs to be quiet because the added distance requires more gain, and so, more gain means every fan, motor, chair, breath and fart get boosted as well. Be very, very quiet. Then, depending on the guitar is part of an ensemble or solo, I use a high pass filter to remove a lot of low frequencies - more when part of a group, less when solo. In most cases I would rather remove some lows instead of adding some highs. Boosting with EQ, at least to me, usually sounds harsh. The recording is recent enough that I was doing a lot of guessing on the mix. I simply don't hear music well anymore. Sadly, that will not improve with time or treatment. I've been doing it so long I can look at effects settings and know what is happening to the audio. I hope my rambling is lucid and coherent. I'm never sure anymore. Keith
  21. beautiful strap

    It's not quite as nasty as a hard road used SM58 mic. I've seen them so bad the holes in the mesh pop filter are filled with years of spit and beer. They are also aromatic.
  22. Castor oil for fretboard?

    I put lemon oil on my fingerboards every 5 to 10 years. If I wasn't pretty sure I don't think I would have used it on my Collings guitars.
  23. beautiful strap

    You don't want to smell it.
  24. beautiful strap

    Those are cool straps. I used to have quite a collection of straps. Over the decades I have settled on black leather, 2.4" to 3.5" wide. The 5 guitars I can see from my keyboard all have black leather straps. I still have a dozen or so straps in a drawer. Hanging on the wall of my man cave is the strap I used in 1978. Peace signs and doves. Could it be more old hippy?
  25. Rest In Peace, Eddie

    Thanks for the nice photos. Copied and archived