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  1. 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.


    Hi Keith,


    Great song (as usual). What are you using to record the acoustic guitar?

    I keep reading that it's all top do with mic position but that doesn't seem to

    work for me. Not that the recordings are bad, just lack that crisp clarity.



    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.




    beautiful strap, really high quality. i picked off the plectrum holder/logo because it looks a bit cheap and brings down the overall look. completely happy with it now. very '90s. buy the yellow variant immediately if your desired aesthetic is frasier crane. 


    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?

    OldStrap - 1.jpg

    OldStrap - 2.jpg

  4. 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.

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    How'do Rockerbob :)


    I don't like to do the comparison thing...lol....although I done it on a couple of posts the other night :D ...  this has an Organic Jam session feel to it which is how I like my music ;) the Blind Faith and Peter Green jam sessions I referred to are in my top 10 listening material - this has that "In the Moment" feel I hear on these sessions :smilinguitar: I had to mention it.



    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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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