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  1. 5 hours ago, Doug said:

    Very nice, Keith.

    "The words are a little  weird."

    Brings to mind the alternate lyrics we used for lots of Christmas carols as a kid.  For example,

    We three kings of orient are,

    tried to smoke a rubber cigar,

    it was loaded and it exploded...



    There was a really nasty one for the little drummer boy which I won't repeat here. 

    Except that the last line of the chorus was "rum-tum-tum, on his bum"



    Not being a religious person I find religious lyrics to be strange enough.


  2. 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.

  3. 3 hours ago, Danisn22 said:

    Hey all! Im new to guitar, prefer metal and rock of course. 

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.  :cool:  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.

  6. 5 minutes ago, mset3 said:



    It looks like you're having a lot of fun combining aerial photography with your music.



    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.

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  7. 14 hours ago, Clancy said:

    Always loved that song of yours RB. Nice to hear it again. Is that where you grew up?

    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.