I am now a Trainer/lecturer in Community Service Work which is pretty much where I have been employed over the last 40 years. It's a great job, pays well and has lots of paid holidays. I hope I can retire into it over the last years of my life, great for life long learning. Thinking about learning enough Neil Young and Beatle Songs to keep my fellow inmates of any Nursing Home or retirement Village I might end up in if I can stop noodling and practice more.
Cheers all


(7 replies, posted in About Chordie)

I can't remember where I have put the original book mark for the Digital song base and i have also backed it up a couple of years ago, will find it later! but here is a quick google result that might help.

<a href="http://sniff.numachi.com/" target="_blank">http://sniff.numachi.com/</a>

Hope it works

Cheers from chris

The ABC TV in Australia recently held a phone poll for the best Album ever. Pink Floyd Darkside of the moon won . Sgt Peppers and abbey Road in the top Five.


you are right it isn't competition to learn and also the competative mind set has probably brought us all into unfortunate circumstances.<img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_redface.gif" border=0 alt="Embarassed">

I guess watching two gutarists (or a jazz band) riffing madly thay are not trying to impress themselves or others but are flowing and taking there music as far as they are able at the time.

Still can't help feeling a bit jealous while I am trying to figure out how Richard Thompson plays Vincent Black Lightning 1952. I guess I take comfort in that he would find it difficult to play it the way I am.

Quite right, although positive competition for example listening to segovia or Adrian Legge or Pete Townsend wondering how they did that bit and then finding a bit that they probably can't do is always fun!

I wish I could be 102 nd best <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif" border=0 alt="Rolling Eyes">

I guess that makes Chordie the best band ever so who's second best? <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_biggrin.gif" border=0 alt="Very Happy">

It has always been hard to choose best because the times change so much as Dylan said, now he has risen again in the charts and done something that no one else has yet again. Guess you can't call him a band??

What about the Chieftains or Planxty they must rate up there!!

Even now there is a band rising to stardom in Australia they are great and well worth a listen. I mentioned them before in this forum and I think from the taste of the members responding so far, the majority would be impressed see what you think



Thinking about some of the bands that could have been and may still be considered in this post.

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Little Feat

Allman Bros

early Yardbirds

not to forget Janis

Does anyone remember The Incredible String band?

They experimented with lots of musical forms from all sorts of cultures, sometimes really well.

I could imagine they would have taken full advantage of todays recording techniques and probably amazed people as they did me in the late 60's. ( I need a grey haired smiley).


What about the BBC2 voting Fairport Convention the most influential Folk Rock band ever?

What Genre best band?

The Rolling Stones are in Australia 38 years after ther first visit and still rocking crowds and crowds of all ages. That must be getting close.


(18 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I played for about 20 years by just tuning from the E string and occaisionally finding correct pich from someone else. I very rarely played with any one (still a problem today) so the E became flatter over time ( same strings for a year or more:blush:). It completely wrecked my ear and ability to play along. It has taken at least 5 years ( although I play everyday I don't practice very often) of religious concert pitch tuning with a Tuner (some available for free on google) to be able to start putting things in the right key and recognize key changes ( I still can't fully spot major chords with my ear without trying to play them as some people can.  <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_rolleyes.gif" border=0 alt="Rolling Eyes">


(27 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I have rested my little finger for years and tried to use it often, it usually strikes the 1st string before or straight after the ring finger and can be useful for Pull offs, it sometimes is good for a small strum behind a fingerpick that is using the other fingers. Do you use it sometimes?<img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_cool.gif" border=0 alt="Cool">

Look out for Augie March


(18 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

make sure you tune it every day with a tuner into concert pitch, if you haven't blasted away your ears you will be amazed at how quick you hear the notes.

You can look for the vibration in the harmonic, pluck the 6th E (the biggest one) with your right hand as a finger from your left hand is gently laying on and pulling off at the 5th fret directly above the metal. Do the same on the 5th string 7th fret. Both are a harmonic E if one string is higher or lower than the other the vibration is faster, as the strings get closer to being in tune then the speed of the vibration slows to dissapearing when correct. There are other harmonics on the other strings but the best way is always a tuner. <img src="images/smiley_icons/icon_smile.gif" border=0 alt="Smile">