(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I've never really had callouses...  I mean they got a little tougher but no real callouses....  Maybe it's because I play about 80% in barre and that eases the pressure on my finger tips.


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

Surf 24/7 big_smile Got several surf expeditions planned and about 6 weeks of counselling at Camp Bowers for the Boy Scouts this summer....  Other than that, Just the norm... Lots of paddling/camping trips, etc...


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Nut width, neck profile, fret wire size, set up, neck radius, etc... could all contribute but yes the difference in tension between a 25.4 and 24.9 scale is notable.

Figuring it in my head so I could be a little off, but it'd be like a standard scale tuned down about 1/4 step


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Real...  Short scale guitars have less string tension


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

Resurrecting an old thread with a new family member smile We still have Oscar and Josie (our 2 Cocker Spaniels shown earlier in this thread) but we just picked up another young female. Name yet to be determined...


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

That's a sapele one and doesn't appear to be that good of a grade either....   I'd hold out for a true mahogany model,  they'll be worth much more in the future.   

Notice the defined ribbons (streaks in the wood), True mahogany looks like this http://elderly.com/new_instruments/items/images/10N/00015SCUST_body-front.jpg

My Jeeps radio hasn't been turned on in months smile I never listen to music while driving. I like to hear the roar of the engine and tires smile


(5 replies, posted in Song requests)

after a quick listen on my phone it sounds like maybe an Am C G progression through the verses.....   I 'll wait to say for sure though until i hear it on something with better sound quality...lol


(5 replies, posted in Song requests)

I'm a big Pete Murray fan.... I haven't heard "Broken" but will give it a listen and see what I can figure out for ya.... Most likely it uses variationsof  EM G C D  smile Most of his stuff revolves around that progression in some form...     I'll try to get back with some chords for you this evening after I've gave it a listen...

M.B. wrote:

I bet  you're really good now.

Actually that was about the height of my musical prowess..  I seem to have gotten progressively worse over the years wink

You might want to try it slowed down a little and fingerpicked like Ryan Adams covered it....

Here's Ryans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptZw8x1I … re=related

I play a mesh of the two versions now...

Please keep in mind that I had only been playing about 6 months in this video...lol But here's an old vid of me playing through it way back when.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oc7jcfXp44

It not being on chordie is partially my fault I guess....  I made a step by step tutorial for it years ago and linked it to the chords here on chordie.  Someone reported it as copywrite infringement and the song and video was removed...   

It really is a great song!  Actually the whole Morning Glory album was oth...

To help spread the word members can click the gear symbol at the top right corner of the page and share the Chordie page to your wall smile

If there is any particular song that you're having trouble with let us know!


(49 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Congrats Amy smile Great looking guitar!


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

Fender was the first to Mass produce it but Audiovox offered a 4 string fretted "Guitar shaped" bass in their 1935 catalog (invented by Paul Tutmarc) that I believe was the first...  And then in '47 there was the "Serenade" brand made by Tutmarcs son.   Neither gained much popularity though... Fender carried the idea to mass production in the 50's with the Precision bass.

Reading your post got me interested and i started doing a little researching smile


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

"She's Only Happy in The Sun" by Ben Harper
"King of The Carrot Flowers" by Neutral Milk Hotel smile


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

"Gin and Juice" by The Gourds
"Jammin'" by Marley
"Free" & "Heading Home" by Donavon Frankenreiter


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

"Friend of the devil" and "Fishing in the dark" so far today but I'm just getting stated as I'm home sick today...  I plan to spend the rest of the evening sitting on the bed with Chordie and an acoustic smile So I imagine I'll be posting in this thread often today wink


(7 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Flatter fretboards don't fret out like more radiused boards. In other words it allows for more pronounced bends... They're generally wider to allow more room for fingerwork and also they need a beefier neck due to the fact that classicals don't have truss rods for additional support...  You are correct that (generally speaking) flatter fretboards are harder to barre on... But as MK says you have much less string tension to work with so that helps with the barreing.


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

Carried the local Boy Scouts on a 2 day paddle down the Lumber River this weekend with a 1 night stay over.... Had a great time except for the inch of rain and hail that hit us around midnight...lol  Anyway the reason for this post is that I had one scout that fell in love with the guitar on the trip. I played a few tunes for the boys and Aaron came over and asked to hold my guitar. His eye's lit up when he strummed it one time and the game was on smile He wanted a pattern to strum so I started him working on a simple dduudu pattern and left him to practice. After a few minutes he had it down and I was showing him chords smile  In an hour he had the pattern down and could play G D Em & C cleanly. I next showed him how to play "Horse with no Name" and he picked it up pretty quick. It was great teaching someone so eager to learn smile   I asked him what one song he really wanted to learn and he wants to give "Fishing in the Dark" a try.  I didn't know how to play the tune but told him I'd pick it up real quick so I could teach it to him... Came home yesterday and found a tutorial for it on youtube and had a ball learning it last night.  It's amazingly easy and fun to play so I thought i'd share it here smile   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlr16b-y … ture=share


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Toots, Glad you enjoyed the vids! I've never found a prt 3 but if you search his name with google video you'll find several of his classes and seminars available for viewing smile   Some great stuff there!!  He is widely recognized as one of ,if not the, best luthier anywhere.


(21 replies, posted in Acoustic)

MB Most companies use precut bracing and just stick them to the top and it's done... Good makers will tap the top after it's braced and then ,if it doesn't resonate well enough, they shave the bracing until it's in the right resonate range... It takes lots of practice to get right and you have to develop the ear for it but it makes all the difference IMO.    Check out my post in Guitars and Accesories titled "How the guitar Works" for some more info and you may also want to check out the Yairi factory tour vids on youtube where luthier Kazuo Yairi talks about the tap tuning process he uses to get the best sound from his guitars.


(21 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Sapele is African mahogany....  African Mahogany isn't actually a mahogany species at all it's just the name that most makers use for Sapele to make consumers think they are getting a true mahogany.  Some makers even go as far as calling Sapele a "true genuine mahogany" when it's not...  When true mahogany starting getting scarce builders started silently using sapele and labeled it as African Mahogany and that's were the confusion started....  Sapele is actually a denser wood than Mahogany and is closer to teak or red oak in strength/hardness. However it resonates and performs similar to mahoganies. It can be hard to tell the difference visually but usually you'll see more profound ribbons/stripes in sapele. True Mahogany was added to the endangered woods list last year (or the year before) so the only true mahogany models you're likely to see are smaller bodied and/or on the higher end models which are made from stock piled materials...  It's going to end up being like EIR or Brazilian with the newer mahogany guitars being made from stump wood and pieces that had been deemed unsuitable before the ban now bringing top prices. For a good grade mahogany guitar now you either have to pay a premium or buy used sad They'll start grading it basedon visual appeal which in short means it doesn't sound good but looks nice....