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  1. a little write-up on my new electric guitar

    I hope it gets better.

    Good guitars can indeed be expensive. With inexpensive guitars, there is more variation from one guitar to the next. You can find a decent one, but you pretty much need someone you trust, that has guitar experience, to help you select one in your budget that plays well. Worry about tone later. At the beginning, the playability, or action, is more important than tone. If the guitar is hard to play you will get frustrated quickly and never get to tone.
  3. Massive distortion and compression with lots of reverb and echo. I don't particularly like this guitar sound. Its too washy with the extreme effects, and hard to identify the note being played. But, that's just my opinion. My opinion has little value except that its mine. Also, I'm a bit of an Old Fart. I just celebrated the 40th anniversary of my 21st birthday.
  4. Hot Bugaloo - Funky Fusion

    Great playing. The backing track, not so much. Your guitar solo deserves something less "machine like." I need to add that I don't hear well enough to know if what I'm hearing is what is really there. I just felt the backing track was stiff. Your playing was not.
  5. a little write-up on my new electric guitar

    The sciatic nerve goes from low back down the leg. I guess the weight on your shoulder could exacerbate sciatica. Most Les Paul models are on the heavy side. Is it better when seated? My shoulder and low back used to get sore if I stood with my Les Paul for a gig. My Telecaster was also quite heavy. Now, I don't even try it. I always play seated, otherwise I might fall. Ah, the joy of the decrepitude of age.
  6. I don't think they make TV shows like this anymore, but I haven't watched TV for more than 20 years. I watch some movies, but I always have something better to do than watch TV, even if its just looking into nothing. Thanks for listening.
  7. This is not unique. I think most players have a bit of "Recording Phobia" that does indeed kick in when the record button is pressed. I don't have a great solution, but what has helped me is to start recording everything, even just practice sessions. You can delete them later to reclaim the HD space, but record everything. Then, the record mode being on will become a more natural state. You can also add recording multiple takes of your tracks, forgetting about any mistakes, and then, with a little luck, you can build a composite track that is free of noticeable mistakes.
  8. Hello from Spain

  9. a little write-up on my new electric guitar

    Looks good. Have fun. Make loud noises.
  10. Greetings. I have a new instrumental and video. The instrumental is a standard 1-4-5 blues progression. I used Wah Wah - which I seldom do - for something a little different and fun. The video is over a small patch of Open Space containing Tollgate Creek. I stopped before crossing Quincy Blvd, but the creek goes under the road and continues to Quincy Reservoir. I never knew there was actually water flowing in this tiny creek. Also featured is the silliness that is "Lewis & Walker." The video is just to give listeners something to look at while listening on YouTube. Its mostly a small patch of of a large stretch of wild in the suburbs. Even though surrounded by "civilization," there are, at times, coyotes in this area, and well as rabbits, squirrels, snakes, and most of what is natural for this climate. The Open Space runs for many miles. This is a tiny piece. It's all fairly simple and easy to play, but big fun. We are mostly doing a trio type CD, with one guitar, one bass, and one drummer, but I allowed myself an extra track for the rhythm guitar. I like the movement in the rhythm and didn't want it to go away when I started playing lead, which is the case for most of the recordings on the new, almost finished project. The resolution of the video goes up to 4K on Youtube if you have a 4K monitor, but the 1080p version looks fine. Thanks for listening (and watching). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zRi3XCCchI
  11. Thanks. I had a lot of fun with the Wah and I don't use it often.
  12. Thanks! Yes, I shot almost 20 minutes of video and edited it down to get an idea of how long it would be. Then I looked for a song with about that length or less. Then I edit again and increase the playback speed of some parts to fit the time of the song. Without the speed up a lot of it would seem slow and way too boring.
  13. Hiya Folks

  14. Hi

  15. How can I get these sounds?

    Tone is only partially from the gear you have. A lot of tone comes from the way you attack the strings. That just takes time to learn. Sadly, you can't buy an "I sound great" box. I would have bought one years ago.
  16. When will my fingers stop hurting?

    Great progress. Turn off the TV. Not just when you are playing, but all the time. "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." - Groucho Marx
  17. New to guitar

    You can do what Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney did - have a new nut made and string a right handed guitar left handed. Look for photos of Hendrix and early Beatles. Paul's Hofner was a right handed bass strung left handed. Jimi always played a right handed Stratocaster strung left handed. If you have not begun to play you may choose to play right handed. The way you start will feel the most natural later on. As you have noticed, left handed guitars are not plentiful because most players play right handed, whether right or left handed.
  18. In acknowledgement of Bill Collings passing, here is my version of Amazing Grace, played on my Collings OM3. http://www.rockerbob.com/mp3/AmazingGracemix2.mp3
  19. Amazing Grace

    Thanks! The guitar is stunning and does all the work. All I have to do is flop my fingers down in the right places.
  20. Amazing Grace

    Thanks! The world is not the same without Bill.
  21. I haven't posted anything is a while, so here is one from a few years back.
  22. The Water is Wide

    Thank you! It was fun recording both the song and the video. The resonator guitar in the video is a fake. I printed out a full size picture of the top of a resonator and used masking tape to hold it on my Collings dreadnaught. I played the reso part on a Line 6 Variax.
  23. Hi from ont,canada

    Even when electric guitar is the ultimate goal, starting and learning on an acoustic guitar usually works better. Acoustic guitar is the foundation of all that follows. If you don't know how to play, how do you know what gear to buy? It took me 25 years to know what guitars and accessories suit me. I still play both and have an acoustic and an electric within reach of my chair in my home office. The acoustic gets more play these days, but the "soon to be released" Lewis & Walker CD number 11 is all electric.
  24. Just tuned guitar and it sounds way off

    440 is much more common than other references to an "A." How old are the strings? Old worn out strings are near impossible to tune.