Thinking of you and your family Mojo!  I am glad to hear you're in a decent location, however very sorry to hear you've got family further south.  I hope they've all stayed safe.  The devastation on the news is so very sad.


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Well, shame on me for not getting a picture up sooner... but... it's fuzzy.  I thought there would be a LOT more photos floating around the internet similar to mine, but much better.  I've been surprised not to see so many, so I'm happy to share my fuzzy photo with ya.

I took one of Jim's welding hoods apart a little, and used the "glass" as a lens filter.  wink  Hence the fuzzyness, but all in all it was good viewing!


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Looking good there, Bill.  The guitars and amps will be there when you're ready to spend time with them.  The worst that can happen is the strings rust a bit and need a change.  They'll wait.  As always, take your time and do what you need to for your lovely Dondra.  I always say, family comes first - no matter what.  Yeah, we're the Chordie Family, but we have no pressing issues to attend to here.  Hugs and kisses for the two of you, and gabbing the kids and giving them some as well, especially with the two of you in thought.


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Hey hey hey!  We'll be there!  We're currently discussing if either of the kids are coming along or not.  We (especially me) may be due for a break from them by then.  wink  Of course, even when Steph isn't feeling personable, she still manages to enjoy a little time away.  wink 

That's so nice of your new buddy, Jeff, to offer up space!  I'll try to remember to toss that new air mattress in the trunk just in case it's needed.  We're HOPING to head out Friday Morning, so we're not arriving late at night for a change.  Maybe that will help avoid some of the traffic in the "construction zone" between here and there too. 

I'll make sure to bring along the cookies!

unclejoesband wrote:
mekidsmom wrote:

I haven't gotten very far with the BYG 2017 Videos...

Have you tried running any through Mixcraft to weed out some of the wind noise?

Not yet, but I have converted a bunch to file types mixcraft can open (ummmm... and installed mixcraft on my new computer lol)

All in all, I think it was a success.  I didn't burn the house down, MKD didn't burn the tree line down, so that's always a bonus!  wink  It rained on and off all weekend, but that really didn't slow us down at all.  We moved to the porch or in the house when rainy, and back outside when not over the weekend.  Saturday the tents were up, and that kept us all dry in the backyard while the butts were smoking all day. 

UJB stayed nice and dry in the house each night, as his tent ended up a little more wet than planned.  He really did 99% of the photography and videography, and for that I'm thankful!  My hands were full playing hostess, cooking, and trying to keep my glass full.  Our little Ukelele player wasn't feeling quite up to par, so we didn't hear much from her.  A young man stopped by with his guitar, but he was pretty nervous.  That said, I think he's been finding everything that exists online from DE - as he seemed to know quite a few of those songs that he played.  I think Young Joey will be back again next year ready to play a bit. 

I heard that Blandon's has several different stoppers, and they're collectable.  Though, I also heard that supposedly, if you collect them all, you can trade them in for a free bottle!  :0

It was really a great weekend, and the best part wasn't necessarily the guitar time, food, or weather... it was the people.  Catching up with Ken, Joe, Joey, Chris, and one of my friends I only see once a year was the real treat!  It's about the people really, and the guitars that bring us together is just the icing on that cake.  Thank you, each of you that made it out. I'm grateful to know such good people, and to have the honor of your company. 

Looking forward to the PA get together!

I haven't gotten very far with the BYG 2017 Videos, but there's the beginning of a playlist developing here: … WNv--2_2b8

More songs will be added to it each day, so please do check back!


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Mostly, I play with the guitar resting on my right leg... but sometimes on the left.  Sometimes with legs crossed (right over left, or left over right), sometimes not.  It's just whatever feels most comfortable.  The songs that I pick out that are "piano" songs (ie:  not just picking "that one pattern" that I know), I do tend to rest the guitar more on the left leg.  I guess that's more the "classical style".  But when strumming and chopping it's always the right leg for me.

Thanks for putting up photos, Joe!  I heard back and both Joe and Ken made it home safely (Jim was prepared to drive halfway to Ohio if there were any issues).  JJJ and Chris are still in town, safe from zombies.  I just want to thank all of you that came to the gathering. It was so nice to sit and relax with guitars and friends.  As I am on vacation from work for a few more days I'm staying away from the computer... so photos and videos may take a bit of time to show up.  It's kind of nice not being tied to it all day. wink

Ok, no real practice went into this - one try - one take: … -challenge

Jim did it too (quite well), however I forgot to push the darn button to record!

easybeat wrote:

Great idea MKM
just banged out a quicky to get the ball a rollin`
come on chordians, i challenge you to cover this song! YES YOU!

Sweet!  I'll give this one a try since the chords don't seem too tricky.  wink 

BGD wrote:

This is a fun idea. Do we stipulate that the recordings need to be current; no recycling old stuff?

Hmmm... I say, if you can do a new one go for it... if not... cheating works this month, preferably only for covering a challenge (not for introducing new challenges), but... I'm just a girl who makes things up as I go.  I won't delete anything if it breaks the "rules", and I'll probably still like it!  ha ha!

Great Idea Mekidsmom. Nice cover EB. I am not up to doing covers at the moment due to health issues.   I will do a cover of Bad Moon with my friend Robert as soon as  I can. I will put up a Rolling Stone Cover now that I did a while back in the mean time. Hope that is ok, You Got The Silver a Rolling Stone song.

Huh, I don't know that one, I don't think.  Always good to hear stuff from ya!  Bluesy slide... nice!  I'm going to say this one can't be a "challenge" because it should be a "new" cover... but, I still like it!  tongue

Ok - so we're going to just take a Challenge Month because... frankly, my Dear, there weren't enough suggestions!

How's the Challenge Month work?  Here's how we'll try this one...

1. Pick a song, any song you like... cover it... upload... challenge!
2. Take that challenge!  Try to cover the one before you, and offer up another song as a challenge if you like!
3. Snowball out of control with multiple songs offered up as challenges that others can pick from and try out too!

These don't have to be GREAT AMAZING COVERS... have FUN with it!

You can't challenge others, unless you submit a recording!

I have no clue if this will work or not, but I think it could be a LOT of fun!  If no one else puts a song up, I'll get one on there ASAP to start out the challenge!  If you want to try to beat me to it, go for it!  The first one to post a recording starts the challenge rolling!


WOO HOO!  I'm officially on Vacation from work now!

Heading out to spend my paycheck on goodies and food and stuffs for the weekend!  SO looking forward to seeing everyone when they get in!  big_smile


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It's good to see a smile on your face, Bill.  I'm glad you're getting some guitar time in.  Music helps heal more than we know sometimes.  We're always thinking of you and Dondra, and I'm not just saying that.  You're on our minds a LOT here.  <3  Glad to hear you've found a support group as well.  No doubt the hurt will stick around for a while; love does that. 

BTW - I too love the "on air" sign!

Well, we've got a slew of vehicles or tractors to choose from... or we could raffle it off... or give it to whomever travels the most miles (minus yourself and crew of course... or... maybe your wife could win, then you wouldn't have to do a darn thing while here and can still write it off)!

Maybe you just need to visit so you can give me a quote on ALL the above????  wink GET OVER HERE! 

Hopefully next year, Scott!

SEE ya next Friday JJJ!!!

Ohhhhhhh - don't forget we've got the Backyard gathering next week.  If we can pick at least one song that isn't too tricky, we may be able to get a collaboration with myself, MKD, UJB, JJJ, and DE! 

Post those ideas up!  Love the 50's and 00's!  big_smile

Huh, no one has done Cats in the Cradle yet?  Well... I've got that one printed out.  I don't do all the fancy walks, but I can strum that one!  I haven't tried in years though.  I'll see if I can give it a shot and help get my fingers ready for Backyard Gathering 2017.  wink 

I listed to everyone's recordings for this month.  Really great job everyone!  big_smile

Replied to your message, Ken! 

UJB- this is true!  Ha ha!  We certainly have room, even for a one or two ring circus tent, I think.  We also have some undeveloped land down the road a bit if anyone REALLY wanted to rough it!

Important lesson: when planning get togethers, check your email!  Lol!

I'm on board!  Because you ARE joeyjoeyjoey!  Chris really does have a great sense of humor!  We're looking forward to seeing you two again (and everyone else too of course)!!


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"Geeks" is the one I've been tinkering with.  But, I don't can't get as fancy as she does, so I'm figuring out some strumming to do with it instead (and anything other than barre chords, because I still refuse to learn them - it's all about being stubborn).

Oh, in case you don't know the song:

Zurf wrote:

I know we tend to be humble about our own playing and singing, but what is good about this forum and this project is that at a big part of it is encouragement. Do a song badly, let others laugh along, you may get some constructive criticism to improve your performance, and everyone learns and gets encouraged in a safe space. How often do you get that?  Hardly ever.

Exactly!  It's not about doing it "amazingly" or sounding "just like them" - it's about doing your own thing.  big_smile 

Now, if I could just find some time to do a recording when there's not 20 other things going on in the background - I'd have a lot more songs up to listen to!  I may have to just go out back and allow the rooster to chime in and record anyway.  wink  Wouldn't be the first time!

Unfortunately, the date conflicts with my vacation plans. I am still looking forward to my first Chordie gathering.

Awe, too bad.  Hopefully we'll see you in PA!

Sounds like a great time.
I finally have my INS issues dealt with but alas still not in the cards for this year.
One day?  You never know...

Have fun!

We'll make sure to keep inviting you!  Maybe one of these years you'll make it!

I`ll be there.


We're not inviting as many local folks as we have in years past.  Not that the event ever got TOO big, but I'm a bit concerned we may end up in the house.  There's been a lot of local flooding with a very wet start to our summer.  The good news is that we've still got dry areas of the yard (it helps to be on a bit of a hill) for tents, and things can always be moved around inside pretty easily should we need to go inside!  Looking forward to seeing those that will be able to make it (so far UJB, DE, JJJ). 

Be it a large get together or a tiny gathering of just a few people - any guitar get together is worth the time and effort!  Plus, I desperately need a valid reason to take time off from work!  smile

I know I'm late to this thread, but I'm with ya Bill!  I print them out and then write all over my page!

Have you considered a K&K pickup?  They require no battery, glue to the inside of the guitar and the plug goes where the endpin is.  It's what I've got on my Martin.  wink


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beamer wrote:
easybeat wrote:

yeah phill i drop by every day,but hard to get a conversation going.Often no replies to private emails either.
so  i don`t bother to post much.same goes for Peatle.

I don't know why my last post did not go , maybe this will.   As to replies to post,, this has been a  issue for a long time, lots of views and average 3 to 5 replies if your lucky,
Many forums have messenger now,though forums are fast becoming a T-Rex, most are on FB, Twitter snap chat.... etc.   This is the age of instant access and reply.   Most of our member's are Anti FB. some are not.

We have about 20 +/- "Core" and active members.  How often do we get a new member who will post more than once or twice?  This is a issue I have talked to Doug about a few times.  There is a chordie FB but i only check it once in a blue moon because none of my friends are there.  It summer, no one is sitting in front of a puter LOL

I am ALWAYS sitting in front of a computer.  LOL!  Though, I do it so much (6-8 hrs/day, 6 days per week) that I tend to run away from it quickly these days as soon as work is done.  I'm becoming one of THOSE people.  You know, the carpenter with the falling apart house.  I spend so much time on forums and such for work, that those I once enjoyed visiting also feel like work at times to visit.  For me, it's been all about finding time to get away from the tech lately.  Sigh... I think about everyone here often though!

KIR - I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.  <3

REMINDER:  We're about one month away.  big_smile  If you were thinking of coming, let us know please!  Also, feel free to shoot me an email if you need specific directions and/or help with lodging (although the backyard is totally there for camping as well!)


I've updated the original post to reflect the updated date.  Thanks to those of you that shared a thought on this and helped us make a decision! 

For those that can come or are thinking of making it and need some direction, please send me an email and I'll be happy to provide you with the address.  If you need any help with accommodations and don't want to just camp out in the back yard, let me know!  DE likes to stay at a campground down the road and JJJ found a nice camp to rent on the lake when he was here.  Looking forward to seeing some of you in just TWO MONTHS!