(1 replies, posted in About Chordie)

If you look just below the forum tabs near the top of the page (tab names are "Artists", "Songs", "Public Books", etc.), you should see several items:
User List
[and a few others]

These will be just above where it says:  "Logged in as skejam"

Click "Profile", and you should see a text box where you can change your email address.  Be sure to hit the "Submit" button at the bottom when you are done.


(11 replies, posted in Music theory)

Baldguitardude wrote:

The key IMO is dropping your shoulder and pulling your arm in to the chord, not trying to squeeze it out. smile gl.

I've read where you've given this advice a few times before, but I'm apparently slow, because I don't follow what you are saying.  Maybe we need to hook up on Skype or something so that I can see what you're talking about.


(11 replies, posted in Music theory)

Russell_Harding wrote:

I just bar the 2nd fret with my 1st and use my pinky instead of my 3rd finger on the 4th fret

I saw an interview with Angus Young (AC/DC) who said that because his hands are so small, he does the same thing you describe above for A-shape open chords and most of his power chords.  So you're in good company.

Topdown's motto is:  "If it sounds good, it is good."

I'm thinking about adopting this as my motto:  "If you need a chord, you can find a way to play it."


(1 replies, posted in Music theory)

Yes.  LOADS.

Try Google:  SHEET MUSIC

You'll find a number of sites which offer it for sale (printable from your computer) as well as some you can order and maybe even some that are free.

I use this one from time to time:  http://www.musicnotes.com/


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

Zurf wrote:

I've got a low-down dirty case of the first world problem blues.

As others have said, this is a great line for a song.  "First World Problem Blues" is an awesome title.

Seriously.  Do it.


(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Word to your business trip.



(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

DUDE!  My man.  I knew you'd come through.  Unfortunately I'm away from a guitar right now (biz trip), but gimme a couple of days and I'll check it out.  In the meantime, thanks.


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

easybeat wrote:

Is this guy under rated?
I love his music, i think he is one of the greats.is he rated with Springsteen for example?

I saw him on some show recently and coincidentally, I asked myself the same question (re:  underrated).  The speed of his chord changes is pretty awesome.  A minor thing (maybe?) compared to some, but I swear you almost had to squint to be able to see how fast the guy can move from one chord to another.

As far as comparison to "the Boss", no comparison IMO as far as guitar skill.  Fogerty is a much better player.  Bruce is more of a showman and (I think) a better songwriter.  At least I generally prefer Springsteen over CCR/Fogherty, but Bruce's guitar skill compared to Fogerty is lacking (again, IMO).


(6 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

dino48 wrote:

I watched an old movie last night and saw aguy playing an achordian in it ,anybody know anything about them,they look hard too play. (I know I spelled it wrong )

Yes, you spelled it wrong, but since 'chord' appears in your version, we'll let it slide on the 'chord'ie.com forums.  smile

An accordion is kinda (sorta) a cross between a harmonica, a piano and an autoharp.  The left hand presses buttons which give a bass/lower register sound combination (similar concept to an autoharp) while the right hand is identical to a piano keyboard.  The sound is made by expanding and contracting the bellows which forces air through it (similar in concept to a harmonica or bagpipes).

It is generally considered somewhat of a "nerd" instrument (the accordian player usually doesn't get the girl).  However, it does require skill to be able to play one well.  Weird Al Yankovic is a very good accordion player.  My sense is that is a dying art form.

Nice find, Pete.  Thanks.

I can especially relate to reason 3 (Not Having Fun With Guitar Practice).  I wish the author had explained that it is almost impossible to have fun with guitar PRACTICE.  Let's face it, practice is boring, but PLAYING is fun.  If you can work your practice in by playing, practice can BECOME fun.

For example:  Want to learn a minor pentatonic scale?  Then go find a song THAT YOU LIKE where the guitarist is rolling all over a minor pentatonic scale during a solo and learn to play it note for note at tempo.  While you're at it, learn the why as well as the how.  When you're done, if you've done it right, then you'll have mastered the scale as well as having learned a song that you like.

By the way, I'm not good at practicing what I preach here.  I think I know what needs to be done but not necessarily how to do it.  ("Those who can't do, teach?")  I appease myself in the knowledge that even Nolan Ryan had a pitching coach and Mariah Carey has a voice coach, neither of whom are as "good" as their students, but can help them improve nonetheless.  I sometimes think that I would make a very good guitar teacher because I could teach my students how to avoid the bad habits that I have acquired over the years.  ("Don't do as I do, do as I say." smile )

Maybe I need to write my own article.


(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

beamer wrote:

I gues I could say G and just drop 1 and 2  a string each LOLOLOL.

I play Every Rose ... from time to time as well.  It was one of the first songs I got serious about learning because it is fairly easy to play and because my wife likes it.

I've never used a Cmaj7 but try this and see how it sounds to you:

In the verses and first part of the chorus, when you are alternating between G and "C", try alternating between these two:
  -  G as: 320033 (add that extra D on the B string)
  -  C (something) as:  x32033 (keep fingers 3 and 4 anchored from the G and move fingers 1 and 2 to the C position on the A and D strings).

I like the sound of that.  Everywhere else in the song I just use an open G and C.


(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Baldguitardude wrote:

You can also play it as a Dm7/G.

I don't follow you, but let me sus it out (pun intended):

Notes in a Gsus4 = G C D

Dm7/G = 3 x(or 0) 0 2 1 1 = notes:  G x(or A) D A C F

Extra notes:  A and F.

I don't have a guitar handy right now to hear it but that reads more like an expanded G7 to me.  Help?


(6 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

This is how my tiny little mind works:  How common are left-handed violin players?

I've attended a number of symphony performances, and all of the violin (and violists and cellists and bassists) that I've EVER seen use the bow in the right hand.

I assume that when a natural lefty starts to learn the violin that they are taught to put the bow in the right hand (just in case they find themselves in a symphony someday).  But I could be wrong about that, which is the reason for this post.

A quick Google search seems to indicate that they are very rare, and some reading indicates that you can't even buy a violin off the shelf with a chin rest which allows for right-hand fretting.



(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

One of the things I want to learn to do is play an open G with fingers 2-4 instead of my normal 1-3.  I'm fighting almost 45 years of muscle memory, but I'm working on it.
OK, rarely, but I'll get there one day.

Anyway, one of the reasons the 2-4 fingering would be handy is that it frees the index finger up to play around with the D, G and B strings to add some flair to the G chord.  One of those "flairs" is a Gsus4, which I find I'd like to have available.

(I also know about fingers 2-4 being handy for quicker changes to G7 and C, but that's a different topic.)

Back to our story:  I realized that even playing an open G with fingers 1-3, I can move my index from A(fret 2) to B(fret 1), and mute the A with the pad of my middle finger (still on low E 3rd fret) and play:  3x0013.  Voila!  A Gsus4.

[For those of you who read this and said:  "Well, duh!", forgive me.  I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes.  smile ]

The moral is:  if you need a chord, experiment.  You can find a way to play it.  "If it sounds good, it is good." - Topdown.


(4 replies, posted in Song requests)

Here's a live version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wextvQ5Z0dU

I suggest you watch and listen closely and try to mimic what the guitarist is doing.

Sounds to me like the traditional "folk" pattern is really close:  d du ud (think:  "dum de-dum-de dum, dum de-dum de-dum).


(1 replies, posted in Song requests)

Hi and welcome to the forum.

I can't find a recording by George Jones on YouTube or on iTunes, but there are a number of covers.  The point being I don't know what key George recorded the song in, but here's a version in the key of G:

Regardless, it's a fairly simple 1-4-5 song.  In the key of G, the chords would be G - C - D (with an occasional D7 following the D for the turnaround back to G).

Other chord combinations which would work are:
key of C:  C - F - G (G7)
key of D:  D - G - A (A7)
and so on.

Play around with those and if you can't crack it, holla back and I'll break it down for you.  Good luck.


(3 replies, posted in Song requests)

OK, here they are:

Intro:  C - F - C - F - Ab - G
Verse:  [same as intro X2]
Chorus (starting at 1:03):  F - C - F - C - F - C - Am - G
Solo: [same as intro]
Then another verse.
Then another solo just like the previous one and fade out.


(14 replies, posted in Music theory)

Baldguitardude wrote:

Those are the same chords both times.
Chord shapes and chords aren't the same thing
...still not sure what he's asking....?

I know.
I know.
neither am I.

I wasn't trying to imply that Frey was harmonizing, only that he was using different voicing.  Best I could do with the available information.


(14 replies, posted in Music theory)

A couple of other options:  You could play harmonized intervals along with the melody line, or (maybe the same thing Russell said), you could play the same chords as the rhythm player, only in different voicings.

A good example of the latter:  Most people know the chords to Hotel California (the verse) are:  Bm - F# - A - E - G - D - Em - F#.  However, the rhythm guitar player (Glen Frey) normally capos on 2 and plays the progression a step down:  Am - E - G - D - F - C - Dm - E.  He does this while the lead player(s) noodle around on variations of the original voicings.  This just gives a fuller sound to the song.


(14 replies, posted in Music theory)

Is this it?  http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/gary_ … es_crd.htm

If so, someone better than me can tell you about the construction of the song.


(14 replies, posted in Music theory)

Danny:  An example might help.  Do you have a specific song that contains an example of what you are asking?

Don't post lyrics or chords, but links are acceptable.

Sorry Jeff, I didn't see this topic until a little while ago.  I don't know if you are still planning this for Monday, but if so, please post the start time.  I'm only available until around 1:00 pm central.  If I miss you guys, have fun!


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

easybeat wrote:

...any theories about this???

Yes.  I've heard both Don Henley and Noel Gallagher say that their best creativity comes from the "dark side".  For some people, I can believe it.  IMO, Oasis' best album is "(What's the Story) Morning Glory", but Noel says he doesn't remember writing most of it.

Anyway, to doc's original question, I sense (meaning I have no hard data to back it up) that drugs are not AS rampant in today's musicians as they used to be.  Maybe I'm wrong.  Maybe was more of the "expected" lifestyle in the '60s and '70s and could be just as rampant as ever today, just not as mainstream.


(20 replies, posted in Acoustic)

zguitar wrote:

You trying something new 'Nom?

Always, brother.  Always.  I am the very embodiment of the "jack of all trades, but a master of none."


(20 replies, posted in Acoustic)

This could go in either Acoustic or Electric.  But since I don't play electric, here it is.

I find that when I use a pick, I struggle with being able to hit the string(s) that I want to hit when I want to hit them.  I watch and listen to accomplished guitar players and I see that their pick precision is both amazing and disheartening.

I know it comes down to practice.  My question is:  Do you have any drills or exercises you would recommend?