(37 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Here's my penny's worth of adivce for A-shaped bar chords...I like to bar whatever fret I'm on with my pointer finger and play the A-shape with my ring finger and pinky.  You cover the D- and G-string with your ring and the B-string with your pinky.  Or...........you could just play an E-shape B-chord at the 7th fret (7-8-8-9-7-7).  Some people who truly are mutants can play the A-shaped B-chord just by barring the 2nd fret with their pointer and laying their ring finger across the D-,G-, and B-strings while still managing to keep the high e-string ringing clear.


(4 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Have the phosphor bronze lights, and while they play great and sound good, they seem to have lost nearly all brightness that new strings have.


(7 replies, posted in Electric)

I believe Schecter makes one like that....here
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/prod … sku=513083

That one is a six, you also might consider a 7-string.  Ibanez and Schecter make those as far as I know.

sshields wrote:

Perfect!! Thanks! Just ordered it. - Shane

Haha I'm assuming you mean the one Detman suggested....hope the case works for you man!


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

Jonas Brothers.  Anyone who was once on the Disney channel.


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

Detman101 wrote:

Okay....for example here is the regular Am Pentatonic on the left VS the extended Am Pentatonic on the right:


Using the Extended version will give you more tonal options when you're soloing/playing lead.
From any point you can convert to another type of scale (Phrygian....blues...major) to get a different sound that matches the chords/chord sequences that are being played by the rhythm instrument.


I see.  I think I will begin to look into modes as well.  Thanks for the help!

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/ … sku=541771
I have the old version of that one and love it.  The only problem I had with mine is one of the zippers came off, but it stays on and works fine as long as you are careful.  The thing I don't like about the new one is that it doesn't have the little zip-off backpack on the front.


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

Russell_Harding wrote:

Stephen I think he's referring to scales in two octaves or more smile

That's what I thought but I wasn't sure.


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

Detman101 wrote:

Also check out the "extended" version of your scales.
That is how I developed my particular sound.




(11 replies, posted in Electric)

Modes are something I haven't really looked into yet....will do, thanks Russell.


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

Been here before....stuck in a rut, a deep one, with my electric guitar chops.  I'm beginning to wonder if a lot of it has to do with my equipment.  My guitar is good and I like it a lot, but I don't think it's set up properly at all.  My amp is great, but it is very limited as far as tonal possibilites.  As far as actual playing goes, I know lots of riffs and stuff, a few solos here and there, but I want to be able to make up some of my own stuff, or at least be able to improvise on songs.  I know most of the scales that are used for soloing and how to move them around, etc, but I'm still dumbfounded as to how one goes about composing (or improvsing) a "solo" based on these scales.  What to do?


(22 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Skillet.  Especially once "Awake" is released in August.


(1 replies, posted in Recording)


I capoed it down a step from where he plays it (just to be different) and some of the timing is a bit different when I play it (that was on accident, not on purpose....).  Love the sound of these D'Addario EXP's too.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Man, there's a ton of free online lessons you can find, both video and otherwise.


(35 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I just put a set of D'Addario EXP Lights on my Rogue, I switched from Martin Eric Clapton phosphor bronze strings.  So far so good, they don't feel as slick as Elixirs.  We'll see how they hold up, and since they were twice as much as the Martins, they'd better be good haha...


(2 replies, posted in Electric)


I just found tab for this song today, it's acutally not too hard, just hard to make it sound good haha....I'm going to try and get a version of it recorded next month.

Many of you may have seen this, I just recently discovered it, it's Andy McKee's "She", a beautiful acoustic masterpiece.  Enjoy.



(2 replies, posted in Electric)

So I called the local guitar store just out of curiosity a few months ago and they charge like $30 to set up a guitar...I have no idea if this is a good price or not, but needless to say, I would rather make the adjustments myself.  Ever since I put a set of .10's on my Ibanez RG, it just doesn't seem quite right.  There's no major tuning issues or anything, but the notes don't all seem to ring true like they should.  I've played around with the action a bit by adjusting the string height on the saddles (this is a fixed bridge guitar) as well as the intonation screws, but something just doesn't sound right.  Is this a truss rod adjusment that needs to be done?


(2 replies, posted in Electric)

Drop D sounds good to me on the electric

I've always loved Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails.  Several of the songs off of Clapton's Unplugged album as well including "Tears In Heaven" and "Running On Faith"....my newest favorites are Skillet's "Say Goodbye" and "Yours To Hold".

Group 1 Crew is Christian Rap.  I don't like rap though.  I prefer the likes of Skillet, As I Lay Dying, Demon Hunter, Seventh Day Slumber, etc.

John Reuben? Not really rap I guess.

Christian Rap isn't nearly as relevant of a genre as Christian rock and metal are.

Yeah well the thing is, most rap isn't guitar-oriented, and chordie is a guitar site, so there yah go...I do like tobyMac a lot though.