neophytte wrote:
Zurf wrote:
neophytte wrote:

Thanks!! (not sure I got all the words right, as I did it from memory) ...

Lyrics schmyrics. I never get them right.

I thought that was for effect ... !!

LOL.  More likely because of a defect.

neophytte wrote:
Peatle Jville wrote:

Nice singing and playing Neo.

Thanks!! (not sure I got all the words right, as I did it from memory) ...

Lyrics schmyrics. I never get them right.

All of that goes to explain why a couple of times you may have noticed my voice catching while I sang his song.

TIGLJK wrote:

Zurf    Well Done !!

I actually enjoyed the Jesus song as much or better than the others.

Tell Alvin that this is a great song !  You are a very talented musician with a lot of Charisma Zurf !

JIM smile

Sadly I can't tell Alvin anything. He passed away five or so years ago. The mid-Atlanic river fishing community was shaken to its core, and it broke my heart. Honestly, I am still recovering from his loss. At least twice a week, I still wish I could call him. It made for an interesting funeral though, in which there was about half of the group who hadn't been inside a church in decades and the best clothes they owned were covered in many, many pockets. His dear widow, Miss Tricia, loved on every one of those weepy, grizzly, deeply tanned, mostly intoxicated individuals...showing just what a remarkable individual Alvin was to attract such a strong, moral, caring, and loving woman. is a picture Garuchi (recent Chordiestock attendees know him) took of me playing bass with Alvin singing that particular song in Garuchi's basement studio. The knee-biters are my kids.  I'm holding the bass. Alvin is laughing at my kids' antics. As was his wont. That youngest one remains pretty darn punk, as the picture would indicate. If it looks like Alvin would have barely fit through the door behind him, that's because Alvin was a very large man who would have barely fit through the door behind him.

And here is another picture of that dear man. He never earned a lot of money, and he frequently rued the fact that he didn't have a boat to row. He loved to row boats. He was amazing rowing boats. A stronger "engine" you will never find.  The mid-Atlantic river fishermen got together and bought him an inflatable pontoon boat for his birthday. This is a picture of when the present was revealed to him. There's not a dry eye in the campground. The days had been running over 100 degrees. About this picture, Alvin said, "I know it was hot because my eyes were sweating."  Dirty Ed was there and wrote a song for him titled "Special Men." That's Dirty Ed in the background, sitting with a guitar and wearing a head lamp. And...I think his eyes might have been sweating a little bit too.

And the next day, that crazy old Hillbilly hadn't stopped smiling. I came across him on the river while he was testing out his new boat, and he was still smiling ear to ear.

I'm killing time this afternoon, and can't access my computer. So I'm recording some songs on my phone and posting them.  Here's a few.

Challenge song: Randy Travis' Forever and Ever Amen … amen-csotm

Just messing around 1: Johnny Cash's Flesh and Blood … or-chordie

An actual original: Zurf's My Life Revolves Around Pee … around-pee

Another original - To be clear, this is THE other original: Zurf's Herschel's Campfire Song … pfire-song

To be fair to Herschel, he is an Eagle Scout, he is always prepared, and he is one person I'd trust to be able to get a fire lit in the midst of a hurricane. This song came out of a discussion among a bunch of us River Rats about the fire starting approaches we practice in order to light a fire if we ever get hypothermic and what it is we keep in our "Bail out bags" to light a fire with. My answer was, "I bring beer to bribe Herschel to light one. And some tinder."  They all agreed that my approach was sound, but it did prompt this song.

Anudder song. This one was written by my friend Alvin Pugh. It's a Jesus song. You've been notified.


(11 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Not sure how this old post got pulled up, but now that it is, I've played a few Seagulls.  I think the one that has stuck with me is the S6 - a cedar topped steel string guitar that's slightly wider than usual at the nut.  I very much liked the feel and sound of the guitar.  As for the  If it sounds good, it is good. Put a sock puppet on the headstock and talk to it between songs if it bothers you that badly.

beamer wrote:
Tenement Funster wrote:

LOL ... I don't even know where that idiom came from, Zurf. I just know that Mesa Boogie amps have a real nice low-end growl (which is a good thing) so that's what popped into my head.

And this is the growl that many Hard core /Thrash bands have turned to for that heavy bottom end.  and then we have all the off shoots of the "California sound"  and heavyily modded amps.   Bogner,  Rivera,  Soldano, and Jose Arrendondo advanced amp technology, and gave the world great tone.  Lets not forget RANDALL
that quote taken from this great article:

I have a heavy bottom end no matter what guitar I play and regardless of how it is amplified.


(17 replies, posted in Electric)

Well the technical information was over my head, but I have got to agree with the beauty of a blue stripety guitar.

I saw a blue stripety violin once and should have bought it.  I still regret not buying it even though I don't even play violin. It was that pretty.

neophytte wrote:
Zurf wrote:

Jambalaya. I forgot the lyric about catching all the fish in the bayou. So...forgive me.

That was pretty good!! I liked the fingerpicking throughout, nice and clean ...

I wash my hands often.  :-)

My favorite Christmas song to play is John Denver's Christmas for Cowboys. This is a very American Christmas song.

The most poignant Christmas song I know to perform - though I do it only poorly - is John McCutcheon's Christmas in the Trenches.  It is a song about an Englishman, but it was written by a man who lives about 80 miles from my home in the Virginia Piedmont.  I'm not sure if that counts, but we tend to be willing to bend the rules for a good song, and I think this is a great song.  It is perhaps relevant to know that my grandfather was a man of Swiss heritage drafted by the Americans who spent a few years killing a large number of German people in Belgium. There was a battle where he was the last man alive from either the Germans or Americans.  He picked up his BAR, carried as much ammunition and as little food and water as he could, and walked 40 miles away from the front to the closest American position he knew about. When he reported that he - standing alone - represented what was left of his entire division, rather than permitting rest the Army determined it would be wise to ship him off to Verdun. Those who are military historians know well the horrors of Verdun, and my grandfather was a machine-gunner. Feared for their ferocity and effectiveness, and targeted for the same reasons. When he returned to his home town, his ferocity was reserved only for rabbits in his garden and Joe Garagiola's baseball play-by-play.

Neo - I just listened to your contributions done all in a row while in your jammies.  Amazing.  You have a real knack for catching the essence of a band piece and arranging it for solo acoustic. Excellent work. I'm impressed by your flexibility and creativity in arranging. Keep up the excellent work. If I had to make one constructive criticism, it would be to either get a mic closer to your mouth or to sing louder.  You sing so well, it should be more clearly featured in your recordings.

Jambalaya. I forgot the lyric about catching all the fish in the bayou. So...forgive me.

The cassette deck is gone.

Tenement Funster wrote:

Nice acquisition, JJJ ... a Mesa 60W tube amp will grunt like a constipated hippo! big_smile Crank it up, and let 'er roar!

Is that a good thing?


(22 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Welcome to Chordie. Join in. No question is too silly for us. And everyone has something to share, no matter where they are on the learning curve.

Any friend of Beamer is immediately suspect.  LOL!  (Just kidding, we love Beamer)

Oh my - someone has been busy!  I am eager to listen to all of these.

I've been working on a fairly true arrangement of Smoke On The Water, which is difficult for solo acoustic guitar!  Beamer and I were joking around back channel and thought it would be fun to do a lounge singer arrangment too, but I haven't the foggiest notion how to play piano.

Beamer also sent me his initial track for Stepping Stone for me to put a bass line to it. I'm very eager to try this multi-track thing out, and Beamer is cool as he's offered to do the mixing. I just had one heck of a busy weekend. A three day weekend for me, and didn't get done half of what I needed to do. The ten minute job of replacing an outlet turned into a five hour hassle trying to figure out circuits, analyze what parts have failed, etc. And I am a terrible electrician. That's how every job went. So - apologies to Beamer. He's done his part, now it's up to me.

Saturday ran from 5AM to 11:30 PM and I got nothing of merit accomplished. Even the present I bought for my daughter was the wrong size shirt! Ugh. Nothing went right, excepting I didn't have an accident driving in some very frustrating crowded conditions as I passed through Harrisonburg, VA when James Madison University was having a football game. That was some bad timing!

He ought to be a fisherman.

Fishermen take care of their own.

A group that Dirty Ed and I belonged to used to have gatherings that for some reason we called rodeos.  I don't know the reason why, maybe Dirty Ed does. It was said that someone could show up naked, broke, and hungry. By the end of the rodeo weekend, he'd have a set or two of clothes, a full stomach, a fishing rig, cash to get home, and very possibly a kayak. There never has been or likely never will be a more generous and caring group of people than river people. The only possible tie I've met thus far are musicians, who will put a broke brother or sister up on their couch or floor for an indefinite period so long as they are hustling gigs.

easybeat wrote:

Well Jandle challenged me to do this song.
i`ve totally botched it up,but had fun doing it.vocal is total rubbish.
first time i`ve done this song,kinda fluffed the words.
come on you lot you can do better than this!!!! … out-a-mane

Loved it! Absolutely nothing like America's version. A total EasyBeat arrangement and it was wicked! Great job!

neophytte wrote:

I already did "To her door" a few days ago, just before this wretched cold got a hold of me:

but ...

easybeat wrote:

I challenge
Neo to do Elvira

Challenge accepted!!! (although I've never heard this song) smile

Ha ha!  "Hello Kitty!"  That guitar sounds good. I didn't expect that from the novelty decoration. 

I'd never heard that song before and didn't know what to expect, but I liked it and couldn't tell that you had a cold. The diction was clear and you were on key. You're very good at keeping a steady beat too. That's something I need to work on.  Very nice recording!

Bass line for Stepping Stone from The Monkees.  OK.  I haven't played bass in a long while, but I've been wanting to get back into it. Beamer, are you suggesting a cross-country team up?  I use Audacity for recording.  Tell me the tempo you want and I'll pull out the hated and evil metronome to see whether I can help.  I'll need to listen to the song on YouTube first, as I don't remember having ever heard it. Probably have, but just don't recall.

I'm planning on using your tutorial on my whatever-it-is pedal to make different noises for Smoke On The Water.

easybeat wrote:

I challenge Peatle to do Silvias Mother
Zurf to do Smoke on the water
Neo to do Elvira
Jan to do stepping stone
ready steady go GO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also i challenge those that don`t usually do CSOM.

Smoke on the Water huh?  Well - I'm hoping that my life settles down a little bit the second half of this month, so I'll see what I can do. It's a bit out of my wheelhouse, but that's what makes this game fun.  Sure.  I'll give it a shot.

I didn't get a chance to listen to your contribution yet, Neophytte, but I'm eager to hear it. I like your whole approach and style.

beamer wrote:
Zurf wrote:
beamer wrote:

I learned a bunch of parts to songs!  7  notes to smoke on the water,  and stuff like that. but really first song, .....

A horse with no name.

and probably Gloria.  its Van but I was playing it to The Doors version. lol (a little more disjointed) or stepping stone by the monkeys

I love A Horse With No Name. Four chords, three of which you don't really see anywhere else, and it has a terrific bass line that I've never been able to get right.  To quote Jimmy Buffett from God's Own Drunk, "It's so simple it plumb evades me."

4??? I only used E and Em LOLOLOLOL

When I replace my scanner, I'll send you a chord chart that came from the America website. I haven't been there in a while, but they used to have chord charts to a lot of their songs the way they played them.


(13 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Very nice.  I've been wanting to mess around with banjo-ized instruments. Either a six string banjo like Neil Young and Taylor Swift play (which may be their only similarity), or I've also seen a banjo uke. 

I'm very curious about the guitar without a front soundhole. Does it have one on the top or elsewhere?  Where does the projection come from?

I hope you have a good winter making noise with all those wonderful boxes with string.


(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

easybeat wrote:

thanks for the replies,i don`t think i made my point very well.
I guess what i was trying to say is something like, it would be nice
if there was more of a community feel of support for all.
More of a conversation,the closest we get to this is the wonderful
support Bill gets through his rough times.
But the same doesn`t really apply to peoples music making.
hope this makes some kind of sense.

It does. Some of my messages go direct. I have very much enjoyed Neophytte coming in strong as a new participant. Beamer's joining in a bit too now, which is cool. Sometimes my messages go direct, but to your point so that others can see them, I'll put them in the public messaging.  I had not considered that aspect until you pointed it out. Thanks for that.


(12 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I had a New Zealand sheep farmer boss one time, and he was nothing but a con artist. I'm frankly delighted to meet some kiwis who are good-hearted, supportive, wonderful people.

Also, if I ever get to the South Pacific with a guitar, it's good to know there are a few campfires where I'd be welcome.