Jandle so kindly reminded me about this one today. Thank you Jan. smile

We have a brand new song from "upsidedown-n-backwards" here. http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic. … 28#p179028 He asked for help in arranging it and several people made suggestions. At this point in time it hasn't been recorded; as far as I know. I think this would be a great song for everyone to play since there are no preconceived notions as to how it should sound. So I would like to nominate it for January Song of the Month.


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Well, this thread has certainly taken a strange twist. smile

Tenement Funster wrote:

Love tea ... but it has to be Tetley's.

Tetley is the one I use on a daily basis but I keep a box of Earl Grey around for a cup in the evening before bed.

But I would never ruin it with milk/cream. http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6974.gif Just a teaspoon of honey for me. smile


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beamer wrote:

HMM I have been drinking a lot of decaf Earl Grey lately. Maybe it’s the BBC and Captain Picard’s influence. LOLOL

I've been a tea drinker since I was about 12yo.

I actually learned of Earl Grey from Picard. Good stuff!


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Try these. John Pearse PB 80/20

https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5549/30524409334_6a511cd6bd_b.jpgJohn Pearse Strings by unclejoesband, on Flickr

http://www.tennessean.com/story/enterta … /94625742/

Back in 1970 — the same year Gruhn Guitars opened up shop in Nashville — owner George Gruhn sold his first of many guitars to Eric Clapton. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ended up being a loyal customer, and 46 years later, he and Gruhn's friendship has come full circle.

Instead of buying guitars from Gruhn, he's selling them.

On Tuesday morning, the Nashville store put 29 guitars from Clapton's personal collection up for sale. That includes a 1941 Martin 000-45 acoustic — priced at $150,000 — and a number of Fender Stratocasters, Gibson Byrdlands and D'Angelico archtop guitars. By Tuesday afternoon, a dozen instruments had already been sold (but that Martin's still up for grabs.)

What sparked the sale? Gruhn says Clapton occasionally does some "downsizing" in his collection, and has sold his guitars through auctions in the past, but this is first time he's worked with Gruhn Guitars.

"Eric is a customer, but also a friend," Gruhn tells The Tennessean. "He's always treated me well, and I try to do that in turn. It's been a long-term relationship, and it's something very important to us."

You can see the full collection online at http://guitars.com/eric-clapton-collection.


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Tenement Funster wrote:

If I may share a personal experiment ...

During my late-teens, I decided that having a double-neck electric guitar (6-string + bass) would be cool. I had a couple of "el cheapo" guitars I'd bought second-hand, and proceeded to slice - dice - dowel - glue - clamp, etc. to make them into one. The end result was a feed-back prone mess that weighed about 35 lbs., looked like the dickens, and sounded stupid. I painted it green, with some red and black markings, and appropriately named it "Frankenstein". If I'd wanted a travel case for it, nothing less than a small U-Haul would have sufficed. lol Good times!

This post is totally inappropriate with out pics. big_smile


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

Happy Thanksgiving to all our U.S Chordie friends


(28 replies, posted in Songwriting)

TIGLJK wrote:

I think it needs a chorus that changes  the progression up.

I thought the same thing when I read it this morning. I took a slightly different approach to breaking up the steady D C G. Instead of writing new lines for a chorus, I changed the chord progression every 4 lines. I also moved the C a little farther along in the line. The lower case C is in the original position. The song seemed to flow smoother for me where I placed the capital C.

   D                                c              C                      G
To all of those in my life who care about me,
   D                                   c                C                     G
my eyes are filled with hurt, so much I can't see.
    D                             c                         C                G
Just please have patience, for I've fallen again,
    D                               c         C                          G
no matter how hard I try, I feel I just can't win.
   Em                                       Am                             
I brush myself off, put my feet back on the ground,
        Em                                               Am                    D
because I know there's a reason, why I'm still around.
  Em                                     Am               
I try as hard as I can, to do my very best,
          Em                                         Am                          D
but it seems like all my efforts, never please the rest.

  D                                         C                          G
I feel like all the people, I care about the most,
   D                                                           C                         G   
don't acknowledge me, it makes me feel like I'm a ghost.


Just my 2 bucks. (inflation ya know) smile


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Looks like Amy (mekidsmom) has a bit of snow to deal with today. One of the benefits of living within striking distance of the Great Lakes. smile

Stay safe out there Amy.

http://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news … ered-roads

• Lake effect snow continues through the day.
• WNW winds will be sustained 15-30 mph with gusts 40+ mph possible.
• Slippery roads, reduced visibility and even some whiteouts are possible.
• A new 6 to 12 inches or more of snow is expected today.
• Plan on doubling your morning commute time compared to normal drive time.
• Snow winds down overnight. Much quieter weather Tuesday.

Expect a very snowy Monday as lake effect snow continues to fall throughout the day. There will be locals bands of heavier snow where snowfall rates will be 1-2” per hour. Lake effect snow warnings remain in effect for all of central New York through 7pm tonight. A lake effect snow warning means that lake effect snow is likely to cause high impacts to travel.  These impacts include snow-covered and slippery roads along with reduced visibility with occasional whiteout conditions possible.

Last night most of central New York saw anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow in low elevations, but for today we’re forecasting a new 3 to 8 inches of snow including Syracuse by the time you come home from work and the kids are home from school (if they have school).  This would bring total event snowfall of about 8 to 16 inches for the vast majority of our viewing area.

The hill towns south of Syracuse and the Tug Hill can expect a new 6 to 12 inches of snow by this evening, that plus the 6 to 12 received last night would make event totals in the hill towns of 12 to almost 24 inches.

In addition to the snow gusty northwest winds of 15 to 30 mph are possible creating wind chill temperatures in the 20s and teens! Some power outages will be possible as well due to the combination of snow sticking to more surface area on leaves still on trees and the high wind gusts pushing on those snow-covered limbs.

Other than a few morning flurries, Tuesday looks quiet with less wind and even some sun.  If you are doing any traveling by car or by a flight Wednesday, the weather looks okay from this vantage point.  There could be a few light rain and snow showers on Thanksgiving Thursday, but temperatures will not be as cold with highs staying above freezing and closer to 40 degrees.

Nice job Roger!

Zurf wrote:

We need a Christmas song for December, so my new recommendation is "Christmas for Cowboys" by John Denver.

If we're going to consider Christmas songs, here would be mine.

Greg Lake and Ian Anderson



(4 replies, posted in Music theory)

Tenement Funster wrote:


I'm right there with ya TF.  http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_1822.gif


(15 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Peatle Jville wrote:

I like the way you did El Paso.

Strummerboy Bill wrote:

MORE  Marty Robbins, just like that!

As a matter of fact, more ballads performed by anyone who's a happy boy anyway!

Let's hear them, my friend!

Tell you what - I''ll start you off....

"Come And Listen To A Man Named Jed........"



Love Y'all!


Thanks for the kind words guys. smile

I split a couple more out tonight.

Friend of the Devil-  https://vimeo.com/191266248

Deal-  https://vimeo.com/191314903

Doug_Smith wrote:

I took it more as a challenge to see how many different interpretations of some better known (and some lesser known) tunes the group could come up with.  Kind of an entertaining "experiment"......

That sums it up pretty well Doug. smile


(15 replies, posted in My local band and me)

TIGLJK wrote:

A couple of my best friends live in PA   out near Williamsport in a small town called Hughesville - that anywhere near you ? I went to college in PA as well ( East Stroudsburg)

Thanks for your posts - quite enjoyable


I forgot to respond to this part.

I was born and grew up in Williamsport. My old hunting camp is a little North of Hughsville in Trout Run. A little farther North is Blossburg where we have our annual family reunion.  I'm about 2 hours South of Williamsport now but a lot of the family is still there and I make the trip pretty often.
Every summer we walked to the Little League World Series because our parents told us it was faster than driving; and it was.

Yep, I know that area well. smile


(15 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Thanks everyone. We're going to make that place a regular thing on Sunday nights. That will help polish up everything.

I haven't done an open mic since '91. I couldn't have been more nervous back then. When I went to the first NY gathering in '15 I had only been back into playing for a little over a year. When I got there and realized I was about to be playing in front of 20 or so people, I was having flashbacks of that night so long ago. I was terrified and asked myself; What the heck am I doing here?"

But I didn't have any reservations this time. Just got up there and played. Made a couple mistakes but played through them.

I think the highlight of the evening for me was after we were finished. A guy walked up to me while I was putting my guitar away and said: "You guys made my night". I just looked at him with questioning eyes. He had walked in as we were getting set up and noticed my shirt. It's a logo for the Jerry Garcia Band. He had said to himself;  "I can only hope". We did 4-5 JGB songs that night and he was tickled.

TIGLJK wrote:

enjoyed the elpaso performance.... BUT then I looked at the sawing of those rough boards video.  That was really cool - nice machine.  Wish I had one like that.
I saw a few other videos you posted working with large cut  lumber - is that part of your occupation or just a hobby ?   Really cool stuf.

I cut the trees down and get the wood to the point where it can be cut into lumber. I would love to have one of those machines but that is not mine. That thing sells for around $30,000. Too rich for my blood. I belong to a forum that deals mostly with heating with wood.  Like Chordie, folks host get togethers where they can show off their equipment; chainsaws, splitters, etc. Back in May there was one a couple hours from me so I went. One fellow had just bought that machine and brought it along. Really cool!

Our host was the guy doing the pumpkin carving. He takes blocks of wood and carves them into pumpkins with a chainsaw. Then his wife paints and sells them.


(15 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Scott and I have started going to a Sunday open mic night. The first one went fairly well but I had the camera set to "power save" mode and it shut off 3 lines into the first song so there's no recording of that night. The second one had the correct power setting but I turned it on and just let it run till the battery died. It's a 2.5 hour file with us and 3 other acts. That large a file takes a loooong time to load into the movie maker software so it's only broken into each individual performer at this point. Our third night was this past Sunday and knowing what I now know, I made a file for each performer. It was much easier to break our night into individual songs.

Here are 2 of them.

I'd never played it but Scott decided we should do this one about 3 hours before it was time to head out so I didn't have much time to learn it. But being a couple nights before election night he thought it would be appropriate.

U.S. Blues  https://vimeo.com/190809286

And here's one I screwed up at the NY Gathering in August.

El Paso  https://vimeo.com/190809040

Sorry for the delay. The last few weeks have found me swamped with work and everybody wants it done yesterday. As Amy said, Jan is away and I know Amy is always busy either working online or on the kids school curriculum.

With that said......

Three folks threw their name in the hat this month. Dino, Roger and Bill. I had hoped to video actually pulling a name from a hat but maybe next time.

No hat but I did put the three names in a small box and pulled one out.

Dino, would you be so kind as to pick the SOTM?


(15 replies, posted in Song requests)

pickina6 wrote:

Unclejoesband I enjoyed watching the pickers and players just hanging out and in some cases I guess taking turns on guitar. That first fella doing the styx tune had a nice picking pattern, gonna have to watch it some more to try to figure it out! Thanks fellas. Be cool!

That's one of several get togethers that were born from this forum. And yes, it's basically a circle jam. Everyone takes turns playing. If you know the song, you jump in. If not you join when you do or wait for it to come around to you again. Always a lot of fun. 

The first one, I believe, was Chordiestock. It's held every year in March in Florida and hosted by topdown. Here is a link to next years event. http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=30226.

Zurf had a couple one day get togethers in Virginia in June. If I recall correctly he had a few too many other irons in the fire this past summer and skipped this year.

Mekidsmom has started an upstate New York gathering in August that appears to have become an annual event. Here is 2016. http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=29491

And I started one in the Fall in Central Pa. in 2015 which you've seen.

There was talk of one in the West. I'm not sure if it came together or not.


(5 replies, posted in About Chordie)

I haven't used it since just after the server change. But at that time yes, I had the same issue. I brought it up back then and I believe the general consensus was that it was a Jango issue and not a Chordie issue.


(15 replies, posted in Song requests)

pickina6 wrote:

I exclusively finger pick, I feel it has a more mellow and natural sound, my idol so to speak would be James Taylor, absolutely love the guy! Talk to you folks again, be cool.

Here's a little finger picking from a fellow the showed up at a small gathering I hosted at the beginning of the month.




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Sunday is out for me. Scott and I are going to do an open mic that evening so I'll be going to his place to loosen up a bit in the afternoon. I'll probably work Saturday morning but will be home in plenty of time to join an evening "campfire".
Scott, I'll PM my number.

Amy, I know you're on Skype and working in the morning. When I see that you're online, may I call you and do a quick check to make sure I have things working right?


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

Sorry to hear that DE.

Hope it heals up right. I want to hear "Crop Circles" again. smile


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

I haven't used it for quite some time but I just checked, the account is still there and somehow I remembered the password.

I'll join in.

ETA. I haven't used a mic with this computer yet so I'll need to play around and make sure I can get everything to work.


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