(45 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I learned to play both F and Bm shapes 3 different ways, and in as many positions up the neck as possible. Different fingerings and positions will be needed depending on the song played and chords used. Learn as many positions and fingerings as possible.  You can first learn the easy fingerings, but you will not be satisfied with only knowing those after a while.

After you have solved the problem, the final step to ensure that it will not happen very soon again is to play "Stairway to Heaven."

Make sure that your connections are tight. There is a nut on your guitar where the cord plugs in that sometimes comes loose. There is also a nut on the amp where the cord plugs in that may be loose.  If those are tight and you still cut in and out, you may have dirty pots, and I do not mean pots & pans. The potentiameter is controlled by your volume know on the guitar, and you might try pulling the knob off and spraying in a little WD-40 into the little opening. I am not sure if that is good for the guitar, but I have been doing that for 15 years with no ill effects on my guitar.  Another possibility is that your cord between your guitar and amp may be defective, may have a broken wire inside of it. That is repairable, often by cutting off the tip of the cord and soldering it back on.  Cords usually go bad on the ends.  If all that fails, maybe someone out there has a better idea. Keep on keeping on!

2 weeks of guitar lessons and 35 years of actual playing experience.  Not to say that is the best way, but that is how I learned.


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

I can speak from my experience of playing guitar & bass for over 20 years in evangelical protestant churches. I play "praise & worship" music, which, as a previous poster stated receives little or no applause because it is all about playing for God, or mostly for Him.  We play alot of different music, ranging from hymns, to 70's easy listening style, to hard rock. Electric guitars, electric keyboards, grand piano, acoustic guitars, drums, everything/all instruments. We play in all keys, whatever keys lend themselves best to congregational singing. We have musicians from age 13 to about 61. The advantages are: the reasons why we do it, the "forgiving audience," it's fun, and it satisfies my drive to play.  We have about 30 musicians, I am probably the oldest at age 61 and I have no desire to ever stop doing it until I die. You all know how much fun it is to play, and that fun level only increases with the years. I play with 13 year olds, 30 year olds, and every age in between. I have played with about 100 different musicians over the 22 years that I have been playing in church.  If you are a Christian, and a musician, give it a try!


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

Eric Clapton & Duane Allman acoustic guitars on "Mean Old World." Great duet.


(49 replies, posted in Electric)

1978 Hohner 306 acoustic. Laminated top. Just kidding, but I played the guitar for over 30 years. Good action, acceptable tone. Then bought a Martin HD-28 last Feb. I still have the Hohner and never will part with it. Many hours of playing on it, many memories in it.

I'm a brain surgeon, and do a little rocket science work on the side. Just kidding. I have been employed in the insurance business since 1969, with a brief foray into the Billy Graham Organization.  Not a day of those 39 years has gone by that I have not thought about music and guitar playing!


(13 replies, posted in Electric)

As an earlier post indicated, Epiphone Les Pauls are very good guitars. You will spend $700 or less on one.  I have a Standard Stratocaster made in Mexico, a very good guitar and not much different from an American Standard Stratocaster.  I paid $300 for it in 1994 and they go for about $400 now.


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

To Alan Sheeran'
Alan, do you know anything about the group "Iona" that has as some of its members Joanne Hogg & Dave Bainbridge? They are a Christian Progressive pop/rock/new agey band.


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

If I were president I would promise a new Martin guitar for everyone.  You're on your own for buying the strings, but I would give everyone a new Martin guitar.


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

Ok. We have a new president. How come nothing has changed for the better already? I'm waiting....


(275 replies, posted in Electric)

61. I've got the hots for my wife.


(17 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Eternal Love.


(21 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Alan Sheeran,
No, no relation to George Bush. However, I was born on April 23rd, which is St.George day in the Catholic church. My parents did consider naming me George, back in 1947. Somehow that morphed into James.


(21 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Hey guys & Doll,

I really did not desecrate my Martin. It is my best guitar. I got an HD-28 last February, and am still in awe of the tone. All I have to do is drag the pick across the strings to be impressed.  Those of you who have less expensive acoustics or laminated tops etc take heart, it is not in the guitar you own so much as how you play it. And if you are a beginner you can very much enjoy playing on anything. There is a magic in guitars that has been amazing me for over 35 years. I love the looks of guitars, the sounds, whether it is played by Eric Clapton or a new beginner.


(21 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Sorry Old Doll. I lost control. I hereby vow to not let that happen again. I swear on the top of my Martin guitar.

You call yourself Old Doll, but I am probably older than you at 61, so I'll just call myself Old Fart. By the way, I love that laughing/smiling face you put into your note.

Eric Johnson has a fantastic instrumental called "Cliffs of Dover."


(21 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I refuse (Obama *****) to get involved in any of this political talk. I will just play my guitar.

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(21 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I agree, please stick to guitars and music. Politics has no place here.

Keep trying. Play the B chord in all positions. Eventually your fingers little brains will learn to go on auto pilot and your fingers will strengthen.


(167 replies, posted in Electric)

King of acoustic guitar is Tony Rice.


(13 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I have developed a hybrid style of playing acoustic: use a pick on the bass strings (E, A, & D) but play the treble strings (G,B,E) with your fingers. That is the pick & Fingers style, and it gives a really nice sound to the bass and I usually end up using just my middle & ring fingers on the treble strings, but sometimes the little finger gets involved.


(275 replies, posted in Electric)

I am 61, live in Loretto, MN, USA, have been playing since my mid-20's, acoustic, electric, and bass in a church band.


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I have a Martin HD-28, and it sounds fantastic unplugged. I use a soundhole pickup on occasion when I play away from home and need amplification, but it generally sounds better without amplification. I believe that acoustic electrics sound better plugged in than they do unplugged, and I think that because of their thinner body they do not have the volume nor tonal properties that a dreadnought guitar has.  So, you do compromise a bit with an acoustic electric.  You can play it unplugged, but an acoustic electric sounds better plugged in, generally, than unplugged.  But these are just generalizations and some acoustic electrics are obviously better than others.