(6 replies, posted in Electric)

thanx for the info--
I scooped out the mids, cranked the bass, and torked the treble to 7 ish, Jim, added in your sugestion and it's a pretty solid tone...I cranked it up pretty good and I got the "there are other people in the house!" from my lovely wife...guess she doesn't appreciate my new signature sound.


(6 replies, posted in Electric)

So I'm playing Bring Me to Life, and I can't quite get the tone right.  Playing my Epi LP, pickup switch in center position, thru a Boss Metal Zone II.  Playing thru a Hughes & Kettner, clean channel...I'm getting my gain from the box...all my settings are pretty much 5....
Anyway, it sounds good, but not quite like the CD...their sound is heavy, big sustain, but I don't hear it as real heavy gain where the tone gets muddy & indistinct...but it's a real heavy tone....
Anyway--any idea's other than getting a marshall half stack or switching out my pick-up's?


(10 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I got a Boss METAL ZONE II for Christmas and I don't know how I lived without it.  The sustain is out of this world...great distortion tone (duh) but it doesn't sound like just a fuzzy mess like so many distortion stomp boxes do.


(49 replies, posted in Electric)

I played a RainSong this weekend at a guitar store--it's a carbon fiber guitar, and I hate to say it, but it was the best sounding acoustic I've ever played--hands-down.  About $2,200 worth of great sounding guitar!


(14 replies, posted in Electric)

Allen, you should absolutely go for it!  For what it's worth, I started when I was 40, self taught--just looked up some songs I liked on the internet and got a $6.00 book showing the chord shapes, and practiced.  I don't think there's any magic way to learn quickly, you just have to pick the thing up every day and play through all the nasty sounds you're going to make.  after looking at the songs I wanted to play, I saw for instance, a lot of songs went from G to C.  So when I'd watch a football game, I'd have the guitar on my lap and for three hours just switch from G to C--don't have to strum, just fret the chords.  Keep picking out common chord changes, and keep working.  I'd suggest not shying away from bare chords--practice them right out of the gate just like you do the open chords.  My story is, 6 yrs later I'm playing out a couple times a week--have a band and all that stuff--don't give up & practice!


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

I'll be the voice of disent here--could never get used to the coated strings...can't stand 'em.  I also know people who keep them on way past their lifespan because they paid so much for them.
I love DR's.  They have a string they call "zebra" made for accoustic-electrics that I think is a fantastic product.  Can't beat it for $7-8 bucks.


(7 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Great topic--going off of southpaw's sandpaper idea, I have trouble with picks slipping, so I rough the surface with sandpaper and problem solved.


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

Great topic:

I'm going with Mercury Blues,
Rapid Roy that Stock Car Boy (Jim Croce)
and since I'm partial to 7th chords, I'll go with Folsom Prison Blues.


(39 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I didn't read all the posts, someone probably suggested this--but play the E with your middle, ring and pinky fingers, then just slide it down a fret and slap the index finger on the first fret--make sure your thumb is behind your index finger, and pinch the neck between them instead of just pushing down with your index finger.


(11 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I used to think there was a point when I "arrived"--but I don't think you ever do, you just keep learning new things, and getting a little bit better inch by inch.  Just enjoy what you've achieved after 10 months, and keep at it.  Like someone said, everone has tough chord changes.  D to Bm was always tough for me, and A to F#m is never as fast and smooth as I like it.  I just sit in front of the tv and all night long just jump from one to the other, don't strum the chord, just go back and forth all night long...won't take very long and the muscle memory will be there for you.  Go as slow as you need to, but hit it as clean as possible, and the speed will come, don't force it.

Comedy has to be "Caddyshack"...Drama...have to go with "Cool Hand Luke"


(1 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Might try craigslist.com  enter your city, click the musician tab.  Here in cincinnati there's a lot of posting for / from Christian musicians, maybe it will be the same case in your home town.
Good luck!

I know you're a folsom prison blues fan--could go with the gool ol' E  A / A7  B7 kind of thing...


(19 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

My vote is for a Simon & Patrick or Seagull.  Canadian guitars, the sound has much more depth and character than most guitars in the 300-400 range. 
Check out the closeout's and scratch & dents from the big on line stores too--you can pick up great deals there if you know what you want.
Have fun!


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

I went to a huge Christian music festival a few weeks ago--20-25,000 people, 5 stages, 3 1/2 days, 14 hours of music a day--and the variety of Christian music was incredible--rock, heavy metal, thrash, industrial, rap, rap-core, it was all there....incredible time. 
Our band actually played at an african american church this past Sunday and they were wonderfully open to the style of music that we play--sort of a light rock vibe.  This was the first time they had electric guitars & a full drum kit.  We played 6 songs, they have an accapella group that did 4 traditional / spiritual types of songs--fantastic harmony, and one guy did a solo piano piece that gave me chills it was so good.
I think a lot of churches realize that regardless of the style of music, if you listen to the lyrics, the songs deal with the same themes as the oldest hymms.


(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I'm with zurf--I think this is a pure "feel" song.  I've played it a million times and I'm always changing it around.  Use a real light touch for a lot of the song...just brush the ebg strings on the upstroke just to accent the vocals--and I like to play the bridge straight down strokes, power chords, and build it up big moving back into the chorus.  I'm sure there was a more musical way to say that but I don't know them fancy words.

I've been using 12's--went down to 11's last change for no real good reason.  Think I'll go back to 12's--more volume and I want to say they last longer, but I could be wrong.


(10 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Congrats Zurf!

and just slide your F shape down to the seventh fret for your B & then you don't even have to worry about the A shape.

With the barre's a whole new world opens up--flat's, sharps, sevenths, minors just got a whole lot easier!


(3 replies, posted in Music theory)

Don't know if this is actually a "theory" issue...I bet is is...all about how the notes in a chord relate to eachother I'm guessing--but somebody talk to me about "walk down's", like you hear in dern near every blues song in the world.


(7 replies, posted in Electric)

I paid around $380 for my Epi LP with alnico humbuckers & the thing is a rock machine--the sustain is unbelievable.  Hit a power chord and just sit back and listen to it flow..almost takes on a life of its own.
You can grab a Epi SG for under $400 as well.
You can get a PRS now for around $400 & I hear good things about them.  I've played them but for me, I just liked how the LP feels strapped on--it it can sound so freakin' mean--I love it.


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

If she's played around campfires, the soot can get imbedded in the strings which will transfer to your fingers & turn them black--and KILL the strings.
There was a time for everyone of us on the board when we didn't know how to change strings--like Cytania suggested, take it to a shop and watch them do it, or find some instruction / video on line--that's what I did.
Dunlop has a good lemon oil / fret board product that I use--make sure you clean up against the fret wires real good.  gunk can pile up there if it hasn't been cleaned in a while.
And have fun--this may sound goofy, but I like changing my strings...it's like I'm taking care of my guitar...giving it some one-on-one time....
Good luck!


(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I'm the same way, I just try to fill the space with whatever I'm feeing.....
BUT, there are songs that if you don't hit the right strumming pattern, it's just not going to work...Night Moves comes to mind, or Proud Mary...but for the most part, I just do whatever I want and call it "making it my own".


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

Zurf, for the fee, I will play, free of charge, a backyard party and the set will consist of:
Folsom Prison Blues
Workin' at the Car Wash Blues
Mercury Blues
Proud Mary
and just because the fan's will be screaming for it--we'll close out with a encore performance of....
Folsom Prison Blues...man I love playing that song!


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

I'm the Director of Recruiting for a $10bln global transportation company.  Haven't been on Chordie much lately because I'm spending all my time trying to find the perfect SVP of Marketing---hey, if there are any SVP's of Marketing out there let me know!!  Great job in wonderfull Cincinnati, Ohio--and if you got the job, we could jam on Fountain Square at lunch!


(5 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Someone on this site has a tag line that says something like "the blues are easy to play, but difficult to master" or something like that--and I think that is so true.  First time I tried to play a blues song, I'd strum the chords, but it didn't sound anything like the blues, so don't give up---also, if you want to play blues, work on your seventh chords.