(19 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I like this song real well.

Don't I owe you a couple recordings from like six years ago?

I finally bought the gear to do them. Can you remind me of the songs you wanted me to try?     


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Phill Williams wrote:

there's plenty of tutorials on youtube

I got a big fat live tutorial from Jerome. He was patient and gave an enormous amount of his time. I am very grateful to him for it. But yes, you are absolutely correct that anything you want to learn about sound editing and recording is on YouTube somewhere.

- Zurf     


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

beamer wrote:

You should be able to most anything with it.  BGD loves his and my son has one that he likes a lot also.

My nephew does voice acting, and this is the interface that he uses to do recording in his studio. That's what pushed me over the edge.     


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

aradii wrote:

@zurf I didn't know the classical is hard for learning, It seems I have a difficult path.
@Peatle Jville Thank you for your motivation.

Jsut because it was difficult for me doesn't mean it will be difficult for you. You should follow your path, with encouragement from your Chordie folk!     


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(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I purchased a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.  I haven't set it up yet. I'm going to need some time to mess with it and get over the learning curve to see whether I like it and whether it will do what I want.     


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

commit.copy wrote:

If you can, I'd say up the ante and go with the Audient ID14 instead of the ID4.. more ins, in case you want to record vocals (or another instrument) down the line.. but also because you get the Burr Brown audio converters..

Thanks. I thought about that, but I've had a PA and a USB mixer for quite some while for that just in case scenario and it hasn't manifested, so I think I'm going to take the risk and just meet the immediate need. I did give your suggestion some serious consideration, though.     


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Thanks Phillips.

TIGLJK - I'm just getting my feet wet. You could catch up to where I'm at with an hour well spent on YouTube.     


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

aradii wrote:

@beamer For now I prefer Classical.

Classical guitarists have the maddest skills. I tried to learn classical one of the times I started, and despite having been a classical bassist at one time in my life and being familiar with the learning approach to classical music and reading a score, classical guitar was outside my grasp and strumming Willie Nelson songs with simplified arrangements became much more appealing to me.

Best of luck to you, because if you learn to play classical you'll learn terrific skills and theory that translates to other forms of music and you'll be well positioned to play anything at all.     


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Thanks BGD and Phill. 

Phill, six years from a piece of electronic kit when obsolescence is often measured in weeks sounds like a pretty good run to me. While I appreciate the recommendation of an alternate product, I think I've narrowed down to the three above. How did the Focusright work for you before it became an obsolete clunker?     


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

Welcome. We're happy to help with any questions you have.

There's a bunch of great free sites to get you started.  Check out the Beginner's series on www.justinguitar.com if you get the chance and see if that helps you. It's free, unless you want to donate.

I hope you have a great time learning guitar.     

Focusright Scarlett 212

Audient ID4

PreSonus AudioBox iTWO



Function is to be a low-latency box to allow me to record multi-track backing tracks for practicing against.

I'll be using Reaper, so the integrated software doesn't mean much. 

beamer wrote:

, dont try to find a rhyme pattern just know its punk and some phrases get strung out  rhyme within themselves.

Beamer cutting me off before I start... LOL!     

I just read a story wherein BJS shot a guy in an argument, was charged with aggrevated assault, was acquitted at trial, then asked for the bullet back as it was still lodged in the victim's neck. Harsh.     

Billie Joe Shaver passed earlier today (or possibly last night) at 82 years old.

He kept the Texas honky-tonk sound alive. He was a good storyteller too.

He broke into the big time by threatening Waylon Jennings, saying if Waylon didn't listen to one of his songs that he'd beat the tar out of him. Waylon's bodyguards weren't too keen on that idea, but Waylon told him, "I'll listen to one song and that's it. If I like it, we can talk. If I don't like it, you never talk to me again. If you see me coming, you turn around and walk away."  Billie Joe played him three songs and they worked together for years, with Waylon introducing Billie Joe to whoever he could. 


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

I have been reading a lot of singer/songwriter biographies in recent years. It's astounding how many people Jerry Jeff Walker helped to break into music either by sharing his stage, or buying their songs and making sure they got credit, or pushing his agent to have a record company sign someone on. Shoot, he drove Jimmy Buffett to Key West the first time Jimmy had been there, and then Jimmy slept on Jerry Jeff's couch. Jerry Jeff busted into Michael Martin Murphy's rented studio when he was recording the album with Wildfire on it, and JJW had two leggy blondes each carrying a case of booze with him. He introduced Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt to Luckenbach, which indirectly lead to the song. When he met Todd Snider, Todd Snider beat Jerry Jeff Walker in a Jerry Jeff Walker trivia contest and they became fast friends. JJW has been a boon to so many singers, musicians, songwriters, and bartenders it's hard even to understand it all. That guy is going to be missed.     


(19 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

james.segrest wrote:

Where to buy guitar accessories for beginners ?

On-line you can get anything you want from

- Sweetwater
- ZZounds
- Music123
- American Music Supply
- Guitar Center
- Sam Ash

If you want to buy locally, you'll have to do a Google search for guitar stores in your area.     

Baldguitardude wrote:
Zurf wrote:

BGD forced me to buy a The Loar LH300-VT off of Reverb.

Is this a thank you for the arm twisting? Sounds like a thank you. I'll take it.

It's a thank you. Giving you credit.     


(19 replies, posted in About Chordie)

I'm glad to see some folks on the forum though. Come back around more often.     

BGD forced me to buy a The Loar LH300-VT off of Reverb. It's my first semi-hollow body and my first arch top. I've been playing it more than any other when I'm in my office. When I travel, I take the Ohio Valley 000 sized flat top I bought from Dirty Ed at a backyard jam at Mekidsmom's place.

For basses, my preferred bass in my office is my Ovation Magnum 3, but the only one I play on stage is a custom guitar I got from TopDawgz. He let me have it for next to nothing because it didn't make noise. Well. It made zappy crackly noises, but not the boom-boom kinds of noises that basses are supposed to make. The only thing that's left of the guitar he sold me is the body, and I've even modified it to adjust the neck angle. Everything else has been replaced. I play it on stage because it was custom built to eliminate noise on that one stage where I'm occasionally welcome to play. It is lit with LED lights and there's decorative lights all over each with their own transformer. And the electric isn't balanced. And the bass amp doesn't have a power conditioner on it. So...lots of noise with any other bass I own. I guess it's a Zurf P-bass, Model One.     


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

alright. Without a picture it didn't happen.

Here you go. Maybe. We'll see.


Russell_Harding wrote:

I just had to have this it is totally insane but I wanted it and do not regret it after it came today, I downloaded the presets and I was off and running it is an amazing tool and I hope anyone interested has the opportunity to try one out. I could go on and on but there are videos on youtube that demonstrate this amp smile


I've been thinking about a Pignose or Roland Cube.     


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

Phill Williams wrote:

just heard the news. shocker! such a sad loss, is there anyone to fill the void he leaves behind? RIP

He was an original who defined a form of rock for a generation and no one plays like he did.

That said, there's lots and lots of talented guitarists out there to carry on. If you can get along with Country music, you'd have a real challenge to find a picker who's faster and more creative than Brad Paisley. He's definitely raised the stakes for Country pickers. And then there's Molly Tuttle. Holy smokes. Her flatpicking is astounding.     


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

Baldguitardude made me buy a new guitar.

I've been in love with The Loar guitars for a long time, but I can't afford them. I had a few hundred bucks burning a hole in my pocket from a work bonus.  BGD kept pinging me at night with different The Loar guitars for sale around the country.  I bought one of them.

It's a The Loar LH301VT-VS archtop. It has a thinline body. A P90 pickup. And is made of shiny walnut with a sunburst finish.

I've actually started to try solos on this guitar.

It is GREAT. I like it a lot. 

beamer wrote:

I had complete strangers ask me if I was a Narcissist.

If there's a next time someone asks you that, ask back, "Why should I care what you think?"  They won't get the joke, but you will.