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Generate a Blues song to jam along with

23 February 2014 - 09:13 AM

Found this little Blues generator - its quite fun. You make a few lyric and harminica fill choices and it generates a blues song for you. Reach for that guitar!

I've attached one I did earlier.

Here's the link to the generator webpage:



Wond'ring Aloud (Jethro Tull) acoustic lesson?

04 February 2014 - 02:04 PM

Jethro Tull's beautiful fingerpicking piece off Aqualung. I've been trying to work out the note sequence by separating the acoustic track from the vocals in Riffstation. Unfortunately the vocal and acoustic tracks seem to be combined and my ear is not good enough to work it out. A search on YouTube has come up with only one or two attempts at a lesson, but nothing that approaches the original. Loads of covers, understandably.

It would be such a great piece to learn about filling in notes between chords, that I'm amazed at the lack of material out there. It would also be a wonderful example for Kirk's Plane Talk - all those melodic fills over the chord of the moment.

Can anyone point me to a decent lesson on this song, Failing that, any of the resident gurus care to have a crack at it?

BTW - the only halfway decent lessons I've found are here:

'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHIx4PHM2CA' (Siggi Mertens) and one from Vanderbilly which I now can't find for the life of me.

Thanks for any input on this.


Make learning easier by practicing with a capo?

20 January 2014 - 01:02 PM

I've heard many times that practice should be done slowly and built up to speed. That's a great way to make progress easier, but I've thought of another one and wonder what people think. Putting a capo on lessens finger spread - so for instance I've been practicing a piece with the capo on the 2nd fret which really makes things much easier. Once its down pat I'll move the capo to the 1st fret, and finally take it off to play the piece as intended.

Just another way that might make practice easier. Don't recall reading this idea anywhere, so I'm putting it out there for comment/experiment.


Riffstation chord ID accuracy - any gurus out there? Kirk?

18 January 2014 - 01:40 PM

Just downloaded the trial version of this program. The blurb is promising, but I already have an observation/question for any who have some experience with it.

Many years ago I posted a backing track on this site made with Mixcraft, in which the chords moved between Am and D, back and forth. Kirk was good enough to do a really tasty nylon string overdub to it and I used that track as my test. Now, Riffstation (RS) picked up C and F#m chords in the track in addition to the original Am and D chords - and I'm keen to find out whether it (RS), or Mixcraft is correct before I purchase the paid-for version of the programme.

That said, in 5 minutes I did get a glimpse into what a useful program RS might be for isolating and learning solo work. 29 days still to go.

The track can be found in this thread:


for anyone interested.

BTW - I'd still love to hear some more takes over the backing track! Chrispy did a great one, but its been deleted from his server.


Emu 1212M - any good?

25 April 2008 - 12:18 AM

Hi guys

I'm looking at this card for recording electric/acoustic guitar at home. Anyone have any experience of this card? Would it require me to get mike preamps?