(8 replies, posted in Songwriting)

hey hey!

btw ken another good one! i did it with power chords and all down strokes its a blast! reminds me of the glory days of the punk scene.

peace, slim.


(8 replies, posted in Songwriting)

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Hmm.. seems quite repetative and lacking in form.  good for a first try though.  If it isn't your first try...you might want to read up on song writing formula.

hey hey!

checked out your website and myspace... didn't find any original music of any kind. i'm with roger; sure would like to see and/or hear some of your compositions...

peace, slim.


(11 replies, posted in About Chordie)

hey hey!

i try to get to a couple jam sessions every week ( i'm lucky to be in an area where there are lots of them...) here's what i like to do:

Set Em Up Joe- Vern Goslin

Cocaine Blues- Johnny Cash

Dark As A Dungeon- Tennessee Ernie Ford

Cross Tie Walker- Credence Clearwater Revival

The Mighty Quinn- Bob Dylan

Dead Flowers- The Rolling Stones

Angel From Montgomery- John Prine

The Monkey And The Engineer- Grateful Dead

Everybody's Tryin To Be My Baby- Carl Perkins

White Rabbit- Jefferson Airplane

this list subject to change nightly!

peace, slim


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

hey hey!

howdy from the great midwest! i've spent a lot of my 52

years here on the iowa missouri border, but i've been all over the world as a sailor and a gypsy. started as a classic country bar band drummer when i was 15. picked up guitar, bass and keyboards along the way. play bass now in a top 40 country/rock combo. life is good!

peace, slim.


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

if ya play every day ( and you should ) you should change strings every 5 or 6 weeks. at least i do...

peace, slim


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

if you enjoy the eastern european and gypsy type scales check out dick dale he is one of the true masters of this kind of scale.

peace, slim


(38 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

hey hey!

way to many to list them all, but ( corny as it may be)

jimmy page's solo on stairway and marvin barre's solo on aqualung have to be a couple of the sweetest ever.

peace, slim.


(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

i've had lots of acoustics...the 2 that have stayed with me are a washburn oscar scmidt cutaway and a hohner hw300. i bought a takamine 12 string in a glasgow music store new in 1980...it's the only one i sold that i rally wish i could get back. my bandmate has 2 alvarez acoustics that play nice, but i bought a cutaway acoustic-electric alvarez a couple years ago that was a real dog. don't remember the model as i didn't have it very long. i've never had an ovation but i've played on several and never saw a bad one.

peace, slim.


(9 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

hey hey!

be sure you get a good quality PA system and decent mics. get the best you can afford. a good sound system is an absolute must. a powered mix board with 6 or 8 channels is what i'd recommend. also the more power the better you'll sound. a 600 watt board is about the minimum for playing out. we use an 800 watt peavy board with sp 2's for the fronts and 12" danville monitors.

we run the guitar and bass amps thru the board also to get a good balanced sound. good luck!

peace, slim.


(9 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

hey hey!

sounds like you are off to a great start! i've been in a bunch of bands off and on since the late 60's. some were pretty good, some were mediocre, a couple were god-awful, and a couple were top shelf. i'm now the bass player in a 3 piece top 40 country band, but we pride ourselves on trying to be able to cover any artist that people request. we may not do the song they want, but we try to do something by the artist, no matter who it is. the key is to play together as much as possible. we played 2 hour sessions, 3 days a week, for almost 2 years before we started looking for jobs. originality is great- we do several originals- but if you are looking for serious extra income you'll probably have to start out doing at least 80% covers. find out what's popular in your area- try to listen to other local bands as much as possible. when you feel you're ready to go to work, be professional at all times! looking nice, having a buisness card, a briefcase with a bio ( photos help) of the band, a complete song/artist list, and simple contracts will do wonders getting even underage bands a foot in the door at lots of clubs. decide in advance how far you are willing to travel, and what is the lowest amount you'll play for. always do buisness in person. use the phone only to find out who books the entertainment and when they are available for a meeting. be flexible with your rates. a tiny hole in the wall place that 40 people will pack won't likely be able to pay the same as a club that holds 500. one last thing to consider... we always play a new venue one time for free. club owners really dig this, and if you are good, they'll gladly pay you to come back. sorry i've rambled on, but i hope some of this helps. good luck!!

peace, slim.


(38 replies, posted in Electric)

hey hey!

it's very likely that Robert Johnson, who influenced so many of rock & roll's "superstars" is also a member of the 27 club. there is some doubt as to the year of his birth, and cause of death, but by most accounts he died at age 27 from drinking poisoned whiskey.

peace, slim.


(36 replies, posted in Electric)

hey hey!

Django Rienhardt, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson,

Skip James, and my grandma's brother Lemuel.

peace, slim.


(26 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

as you said, just personal opinion, but have you considered more than one acoustic? it's handy (for me at least) to keep one tuned standard, one to open D and one to open E, for slide. and owning multiple acoustics can be done without going to the poor house. last summer i found a montana acoustic in a north missouri pawn shop for 25$ (unstrung). good straight neck, nice action. for me, finding the bargains is almost half the fun. i used it for my youtube video "Uncle Lemuel's Blues" in open D.

happy birthday, and good luck!

peace, slim.


(7 replies, posted in Songwriting)

hey hey!

speaking of cats, our fat lump will

lay on the bed and pay attention if i sing "Your A Mean One, Mr, Grinch",

but bolts in a flash if i do anything

else. so i played mr. grinch and profanely insulted him with such ex

Navy gusto it cannot be repeated here. he left. it was a great idea, and fun. thanks, James!

peace, slim.

hey hey!

ok so my post about the archies didn't ruffle feathers

like i thought it would.

i just read all the posts in this thread and saw few if any mentions of the people who inspired me. such as:

cab calloway

carl perkins

sam cooke

tommy james and the shondells

paul revere and the raiders

creedence clearwater revival

the doors

deep purple

13th floor elevators

and the top 5...

5. blue oyster cult

4. zz top

3. jethro tull

2. uriah heep

1. bad company!

  hey i'm old what else can i say ha....

peace, slim.


(12 replies, posted in Songwriting)

hey hey!

read. read everything you can get your hands on...

newspapers, magazines, novels, short stories, calanders,

cracker boxes, soup cans, shampoo bottles, etc. etc.

keep a notebook handy and jot down words and phrases

that leap out at you. sift once a month or so...

arrange and rearrange ( sort of like doing a puzzle!)

it's great fun and you can sometimes come up with a real gem.

peace, slim.


(11 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

hey hey!

Rockin around the Christmas tree for the bars, O little town of Bethlehem for the family.



(16 replies, posted in Songwriting)

hey hey!

maybe it's just me, but i seem to hear echos and whispers of Marc Bolan in most of the "old school"

punk music. just my opinion, but i think T Rex laid

the foundation. Planet Queen, Mambo Sun, and Lean

Woman Blues are still amoung my all time favorites.

peace, slim.


(7 replies, posted in About Chordie)

hey hey!

It Takes a lot to Laugh, but it takes a Train to Cry-       Bob Dylan

The Monkey and the Engineer-Grateful Dead

Locomotive Breath-Jethro Tull

plus an old one that uncle lem played...maybe someone could tell me the name?

V1.. black smokes a risin and it surely is a train...

V2.. lost all my money but a two dollar bill...

V3.. wanta see my baby boys wanta see her bad...

all verses end with this line- I'm on my long journey home.

sound familiar?

peace, slim


(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

Ken has an awesome list. work up more than one set for different types of venues. a house full of 80 year olds warrants a different style than, say, a biker hangout. also learn a boatload of songs. it pays to have backups and do requests. comedy never hurts. an opening line that has worked great for me through the years is this one... " i had lots of requests before the show, but i'm gonna stay and play anyway." this is a set from a mixed crowd, small town, community-center show i did last month:

the monkey and the engineer

pretty peggy-o

brother can you spare a dime

girl from the north country

legend in my time

route 66

dark as a dungeon

empty saddles

barbara allen

it takes a lot to laugh but it takes a train to cry

pistol packin mama


the cowboys dance

wild side of life

dead flowers

goin down the road feelin bad

insrumental- rakes of mallow(old fiddle tune)

hope this helps

peace, slim.


(18 replies, posted in Songwriting)

hey hey!

if you are willing to spend a little cash then check into ASCAP (the american society of composers, authors and musicians.) they will copywrite your song, and publish it also... basically meaning that anyone doing an album needing a song will browse through published works looking for something they like. the last time i did this was 1985 for a battle of bands thing...we had to have origional tunes copywrited to be eligible. at that time it was about 10$ US for a tape up to 10 songs. probably way more now lol but they have a website ascap.com you can join as a writer, publisher, or both. used to be free to join but now ???? anyway hope this is of some help.

peace, slim.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

  i have a very limited range... at home i'll play and sing in whaterver key i learned the song in, but i play bass in a bar band. i've been told it's harder to sing while playing bass and i would have to agree with that.

i do all my bar songs in Bb.. i didn't play for several years as i got tired of listenin to guitar players whine about having to transpose. i thought if they were gonna play for pay they should be willing to put some effort into it. also i played drums for years and could NEVER sing on key while drumming. then i worked at a very noisy place and had to wear ear plugs.

they actually allow you to "hear" yourself much better.

now i do new songs with ear plugs try it sometime. it works well for me.

peace, slim


(9 replies, posted in Songwriting)

hey hey!

i'm glad you liked the lyrics.... i thought everyone who posted had great songs. i'm glad i didn't have to choose. ken i will send you a wave file by e mail

maybe you won't like it then lol seems to folkish/country-grindy to me. they are hard lyrics to get an edgey hill jack kind of sound with which is what i wanted but they say we are our own worst critics

but thanks again!

peace, slim.


(6 replies, posted in About Chordie)

hey hey!

if you notice, the two bottom strings (E and A) have open circles next to them... meaning all 6 strings are played for this chord. the bottom E is added to the chord. usually a slash followed by a note means add that note to the chord. for example, Am/G is an A minor chord with a G note added. hope this helps...

peace, slim.


(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

hey hey!

i would also suggest 2 or 3 chord songs to start. but i'd say try to practice 30 minutes at a time 3 or 4 times a day. as for scales, it should be greek... most of the scales in use today were greek in origin lol.

  learn the blues scale and pentatonic they are moveable the same pattern fits any key. also you might think about learning some "pattern" songs... lots of country has the same 3 chord progression. louie, louie

wild thing, twist & shout, la bamba, and many more are the same basic 3 chord progression. 12 bar blues covers lots of ground... a 12 measure repeating pattern with also 3 chords.

hope this is of some help...

peace, slim