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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. beautiful strap

    You don't want to smell it.
  9. 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?
  10. Rest In Peace, Eddie

    Thanks for the nice photos. Copied and archived
  11. Rest In Peace, Eddie

    Eddie was well loved.
  12. Rest In Peace, Eddie

  13. Rest In Peace, Eddie

    Eddie was a good friend to me. I don't have any friends to spare. I'm devastated.
  14. We are still tweaking the masters, but here's a tune from the soon to be Lewis & Walker 11. Working title for the project is "Shut Up And Sing!" Its all instrumentals. All the red tracks are drums. The green track is guitar and the blue track is bass. The 2 far right channels are a reverb on a buss and a master track. Minimal arrangement. I used a pedal board to change tones on the fly, something I don't have to do in the studio. We jam to the basic structure a couple time, then start recording. For this project, the structure is based on either a guitar lick or a bass lick. We record several takes and pick the one we like best. I guess it is a loosely, quickly "arranged by jamming" and hoping we get a take we like. Its fun playing together. So much of studio work can be done in remote locations, jamming with a live person has decreased. Its loss I'm glad we tried to avoid in these recent recordings. I like this recording because I like the movement of it. The bass plays more notes than I do on guitar. :-) I hope its worth your 2 and a half minutes. Thanks! BigBird mix13.mp3
  15. Castor oil for fretboard?

    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Thanks much. I try not to compare to big star players. That's an easy way to become frustrated. My main goal is to try to make it not suck.
  18. The Making of my Brass Guitar Slides

    My approval is not required for the video to be cool, but I give it anyway.
  19. The Making of my Brass Guitar Slides

    I watched this yesterday. Its a cool video.
  20. I got a stray but

    How old are the strings?
  21. Which scale should I use ??

    I have learned the positions for every key, or more accurately, I know the positions in 1 key and can move it up or down the fingerboard to change keys. I don't know, or think about the note names when I am playing. I just know where the notes for a specific key are located. I play geometric positions. I was already playing melody and improv solos before I had any idea of the notes or scales.
  22. Which scale should I use ??

    In most cases I would use the E major scale, perhaps with the flatted 7th for E7. Notes that are in the current chord being played will always work, but I tend to think in terms of a major or minor scale, although the truth is I don't think about a scale when playing. I think about where I find the notes for the key by geometry.
  23. Hal Leonard Guitar method

    They have been around longer than I have. I probably use one of their books from 1966-67. There is more than one approach to learning guitar. Hal Leonard has a good approach, but be aware there are others you can try if Hal lets you down.
  24. Hi everybody!