(8 replies, posted in Electric)

Cheers guys, the Boss RC-2 looks a possible.


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

I come from Wales (next to England not part of it just like Scotland) and the national language is Welsh not English.  Granted the majority of Welsh people don't speak Welsh but legally all government signs and forms and street signs have to be in English and Welsh.  We also have our own TV and various radio stations dedicated to welsh.  I can't speak it but I can understand the basics when it's spoken to me slowly.   

Strangely a friend of mine who speaks welsh fluently went to Northern France on holidays and they were amazed to find that if the French person spoke slowly and clearly they could undertand them.  Apparently this only works the the french spoken in Brittany and Normandy.


(3 replies, posted in Song requests)

Another point you should consider is that when a band plays a song they have a bass, drums, perhaps a keyboard an another guitar to fill all the gaps so they could get away with a totally different strumming patern than solo on the acoustic.


(3 replies, posted in Song requests)

If it sounds right then go with it!

As mentioned above, I feel there are to many factors to take into account to name just one or even several.  But I have to say, if I was pushed, I loved the way Jimmy Page incorporated the acoustic sound into Zepplin's music and I think he'd get my vote.


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

I think the biggest mistake people make when they start learning is think "it'll only take a few months of struggle and then..".  The truth is that it's gonna take years of struggle and frustration and I guess only truly dedicated people stick at it.
My advice (bearing in mind I've only been playing 16 months) is to just stick at it and remember, you'll go through months of seeing little improvement, but you'll pick your guitar up one day, play and you'll think where did that come from and all that practice will only then seem worth it.

As long as your over 18 add me as a contact on msn or facebook but I'm not sure whether the time difference will work. 
Good luck.


(24 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I'll put my hand up to this aswell but it is something I've pondered over not just found myself doing.

I've been learning about 16 months, I have about 250 sings written out which I can play ok whilst reading from my book.  I love all genres so I have music from Elvis to the Beatles, Byonce to Motorhead, Moody Blues to Metallica.  The way I figure it is that I'd get bored just slaving to 3 or 4 songs for a few weeks.  I like to come home from work, crack open a beer and play whatever I'm in the mood for, it's certainly kept me fresh and I can honestly say that there have only been about 12 days in 16 months where I not picked my guitar up and I still average 2 hours a day.

Having said that I'm at the stage where I feel I'm ready to entertain friends at a BBQ and I did start identifying songs that would go down well and I can play/sing ok but the problem is every day they change?

I guess I'll just continue to play out of my books


(8 replies, posted in Electric)

Cheers guys,

Tho Boss ones seem to keep popping up wherever I look so I guess Boss it is.



(8 replies, posted in Electric)

Morning all,

I may be on the look out for loop pedal (if there is such a thing), just something I can blast a few chords out or a few 12 bar blues and then solo over the top. 

Can anyone give a little info or perhaps recommend something?  Is it worth considering second hand?



(10 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Get on the 12's for a few months and then go back to 11's (or 10's if they tickle your fancy) and you'll realise all those weeks spent with a heavier gauge will make 11's feel like spider webs.   It's like taking a step backwards to take 2 steps forward.

PS Don't try to bend them tho ;?)

Silly question, can only be John Bonham!

Lars Ulrich (Metallica)


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

I saw him years ago in Wales, what a voice and what a stage show!

A true legend is every sense of the word.


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



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

Do you not think that a gay songwriter would actually write a song about a woman because that's where he's gonna direct the marketing.

A Boy Named Sue?


(21 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Welcome to the Epi club, I love both mine to bits!


(4 replies, posted in Music theory)

This whole subject fascinates me and I'm only just getting to grips with it.  In my experience, most of the early songs I learned were in the key of G (G C D Am Bm Em), mainly because all the mojor chords are easy to play, but I found my voice suited the key of C so I had to use a capo on the fifth frett (I think thats right?) and I think with the capo that high the guitar looses depth and tone.

Now the key of C is a little harder with the F chord (C F G Dm Em Am) but now I've mastered the F I have transposed most of my songs to the key of C and happy days, no capo needed.

It's amazing how deep and complex the subject is but with a bit of effort and thought there's a lot of help available.  It's certainly makes learning easier with a little knowledge of this.


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(7 replies, posted in Music theory)

I have this key chart which basically shows what combination of major and minor chords make what key and it also tells you where to place the capo to change key, I had it off here somewhere and it's been a great help.

I've established C suits my voice so it’s made things easier to either transpose the key of a song or use the capo if the chords are too difficult to change to.

Anyway, I’ve also been told that the first chord of a song usually determines the key of a song, is that correct?

My wife pays me NOT to play, does that count? If so then yes, I am a pro!


(20 replies, posted in Acoustic)

In my experience, I went to my local shop, spent 30 mins looking through a pile of blank saddles trying to find the nearest size I could.  I found one and it cost £5.

Got home and started cutting and sanding with a Stanley knife and sandpaper getting is as close to my old plastic one I could (it took an hour or so) and restrung.

On my guitar there was a massive difference and well worth the effort, the notes just ring and ring and ring!

restring and


(2 replies, posted in Electric)

lilwing wrote:

So I recently purchased an epi SG, and am new to playing electric. I've been playing acoustic for around 5 and a half years, and am really loving my new guitar and having alot of fun with it.
I have a question about the position of my hands. I've noticed that when I've played acoustic I use mainly my thumb, index and middle finger, and and sort of rest my fourth finger and pinky on the guitar to balance myself. This feels natural to me, but I'm wondering if this is a bad habit to carry over to electric because I've noticed sometimes my arm gets in the way and I've even accidentally killed the strings before by touching them with my wrist and lower arm.
So my question is what is the correct, or most effective position for your picking hand? And does anyone else have this problem?

Don't know about the posture but good choice on the guitar, I've had mine a few weeks and I love it!

Hello Zurf,

Yip I've had mine for about 10 months and I love it, the biggest problem is putting it down once you've picked it up.

Regarding the action, I have about a 2.5mm gap between the Low E and 12 fret which is where I like it to be at, it was about 3.5 mm when I bought it but as I've replaced the strings I've sanded the saddle a little at a time.  I recently replaced the plastic saddle with a bone one and the action has gone up a fraction to just under 3mm but it's sounds great and the notes just ring and ring and ring.

The sound seems well balanced, the trebble is particulalry good and you can here all sorts of high end sounds but the big body helps boost a big booming bass to balance.

I have experimented with strings and 13's sound amazing and certainly suit the guitar but I've settled for 12's as a compromise with ease of playing!

My advice would be get one!  I also read that Noel Gallagher of Oasis often refers to his old EJ as sounding better than his Gibson J200??

On the down side, it's a big guitar but then again, good things come in big packages!

Hope this helps but drop me a line if you want any other info.

PS sorry it's in mm not inches.


(148 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I think the secret is to bring the pinky into play as soon as possible by playing Am and E shape chords with your 2nd, 3rd and pinky, you can then just progress to using the 1st finger as a barre.  It took me a about 10 months to get there and about 12 months to get ok at it.  I still miss a few tho. 

But the A shape barre chords like B is a different story I'd rather not talk about! MOVE ON!

The single thing I've done that made a difference to the sound was fitted a bone saddle!  £5 + 1 hours elbow grease = :?)


(13 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

ckphoto wrote:

epiphone also makes a good product for the money - with many gibson copies (as it is a subsidiary of Gibson).  They are always available on ebay and craigslist if you don't mind going used.

I just got a EPI SG400, bliss!