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  1. I was born and raised in a town called Deep River in north eastern Ontario. The town was created during the last part of the second world war to house the workers of the nuclear research centre at Chalk River, Ontario. In fact, they used German prisoners of war to do the clearing. There still is a POW building that is used as the boy scouts headquarters (at least last time I was there.) My Mom and Dad met there in the late forties after the war. The average age of the town was something 27 or so. It had the biggest baby boom of any town in North America. (Latex hadn't been invented yet ;-) ). Deep River is on the Ottawa river and it is about a mile and a half wide there. It's pretty well bush/wilderness everywhere up there. At the end of the last ice age the great lakes flowed into the St Lawrence through the Ottawa and so there are miles of sandy beach shorelines. On the other side of the river are the laurention mountains. Great place to grow up.
  2. To tell the truth, I'm a bit stunk out for not having been invited to those nude parties. I guess I wasn't in the in crowd.
  3. Ha ha. The site for the Atomic Energy plant was chosen because the river can supply lots of clean cold water. Not sure about Deep River being upstream because of possible radiation leaks. Hadn't heard that. There was a leak there in 1958. My dad helped in the clean up efforts. I was born the year before so I can't blame radiation for how I turned out. The river forms the border between Quebec and Ontario. The party town was Les Rapides des Joachim (pronounced Swisha) 12 miles up river from Deep River and on the Quebec side. It was a town of about 200 but had three bars. I think twelve year olds could buy a beer at those bars. They'd know at least half an hour before the Quebec police could complete their journey to the Swisha. it is a gorgeous stretch of river from Les Rapides des Joachim to the town of Petawawa - about 25 miles or so. Completely pristine on the Quebec side and lots of sandy beaches. Great fishing, canoing, camping. And probably some nude partying as well but you didn't hear that from me. Oh. By the way, the song is an old Doc Watson song and has nothing to do with my home town except for the name. Kirk has a lesson for this song in G. My version is in E.
  4. Dec 9 Blues Jam

    Sounds great, Keith! Mix was done well. So was the playing. You've still got it! By the way, I think Dickens would have liked of your friend's name.
  5. JRAYJ

    As they say, it beats the alternative...
  6. JRAYJ

    I'd be happy if they still feed me at 64.908. ;-) Welcome to the forum.
  7. Hi Alien, Welcome to the forum. I think you're right about a special place in the brain for music. I was watching a documentary on Glen Campbell's advancing dementia and although the alzheimers was quite advanced and really affected his mental capacity, he could still play guitar amazingly well. Post a pick of your guitar. I'd like to see it. -Doug
  8. Beginner Question on 7 String Guitar

    I agree with Rockerbob. I bought a seven string arch top (and I've been playing for many years) and really never got used to it. In fact I removed the bass string and rebuilt the nut and bridge for 6 strings. Stick with a six string for learning.
  9. Silent Night

    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... etc. 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" ;-)
  10. Two questions on tabs

    Hey Slidewinder, To play this tab, you have to play these two notes (7-E, 6 -D) simultaneously. You can't strum all the strings. The song lends itself to finger style where you would use your thumb for the 6-D and either your ring or middle finger for the 7-E. If using a pick (which I don't) you'll have to come up with a hybridised pick/fingerstyle method where you pick the 6-D with the pick while simultaneously picking the 7-E with probably your ring finger. But if you listen to the song, you can probably get away with not playing these notes together - play the 6-D followed by the 7-E rather than together.
  11. I learned the chords on a guitar many years ago and they're fairly second nature to me so I don't really think about where they are on the neck or what their constituent notes are. My fingers just go there without thinking. But I recently started learning how to play a five string banjo. And I'm going through that process of finding where the chords are in many positions on the neck. I find that when there are only four strings (the 5th string is just a drone G and isn't really fretted much), the chord relationships become more apparent. For example, a minor chord is that chord's relative major with the fifth moved up a note or two frets. So if you know how to fret a G, for instance, then you can figure out the Em, if you know where the five is (and it's good to know the 1, 3 and 5 of the chords). That's probably the most useful relationship I figured out but there are others. For example, raise the fifth of a minor chord up half a step and you get a major chord an interval of six away (Em to C for example.) I also find that chords are a bit more tenuous or not as full sounding on a four stringed instrument - the six strings of a guitar allow the chord notes to be doubled up making them sound richer. I guess the six strings also allow you to find chord patterns that aren't too inverted making them sound more solid. But on a four stringed instrument you kind of take what you can get in terms of chord notes - they may be completely inverted. Anyway, it's a fun process relearning all this and it seems a lot easier after having learned the guitar. Someday I'll get to my Dad's old mandolin...
  12. Hi Six, To tell the truth, I didn't really consider a banjitar. My daughter has a 5 string banjo and i had fun noodling on that this summer so I started looking at the online want ads for banjos in the Ottawa area. I finally found a reasonable one in Kingston so I negotiated with the guy to try get him to meet me half way - no go. But my daughter who had lived in Picton for a number years and was going down to visit her friends said she'd pick it up. It turns out she was friends with the guy who was selling the banjo - small world. I played a banjitar many years ago but I was looking forward to learning a new instrument. It's lots of fun.
  13. I know that barres are the bain of beginners and without them people tend not to play above the first position. But... there are some easy ways of playing chords up the neck by using the open strings. Some of these chords have a bit of flavouring added giving really cool jazzy tones. Here's a really cool E (I put the fingering in brackets) try this one by hitting the low E then letting the chord ring - sounds really cool - love the lower octaves coming through. ------0------------------------ ------0------------------------ ------9(4)--------------------- ------9(3)--------------------- ------7(1)--------------------- ------0------------------------ And a really easy A... (cool bluesy run is to slide from the 5 to the 6 on the G string) ------0------------------------ ------5(1)--------------------- ---[5]6(2)--------------------- ------7(3)--------------------- ------0------------------------ ------X------------------------ And a D... (or shift it down 3 and it's a C) ------5(1)--------------------- ------7(4)--------------------- ------7(3)--------------------- ------0------------------------ ------X------------------------ ------X------------------------ A beautiful sounding Amaj7 (follow that chord with a G# on the high E string - beautiful sound) ------0---[4]--------------------- ------0------------------------ ------6------------------------ ------6------------------------ ------0------------------------ ------X------------------------ jazzy sounding Am's (with added degrees of various kinds) ------5(1)-----0------0---------- ------5(1)-----0------0---------- ------5(1)-----5------5---------- ------5(1)-----5------7---------- ------0--------0------7---------- ------X--------X------X---------- And, of course, the possibilities are endless. Don't be afraid of noodling up the neck. Have fun, Doug