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

I recently completed an acting job that I got thanks to my (limited) skill with guitar. It was for a production of "Romeo and Juliet" in which everyone in the cast sang and played a musical instrument. The play was cut down to about 75 minutes, toured to high schools, and was performed by a cast of only six actors who played multiple roles. I was the oldest member of the cast, which was predominated by men and women in the mid twenties, and they all had a lot more musical training and talent than I did. The most intimidating thing was that they all seemed able to memorize music much, much easier than I did. I picked up the guitar a few years ago and had never played with other musicians until this production. I had never used a pick! I had never stood up and played with a strap! I was getting up at 5 a.m. and practicing my music for several hours before rehearsals and I couldn't believe how difficult it was. I was used to playing folk songs and these were much more difficult. I think it took me about ten hours of practicing for every minute of music I played. Ultimately, things went ok, but hanging over my head was the fear that I would make a big mistake. During this production, I thought a lot about my fellow guitarists on Chordie and all the experiences you've had.

After this, I'm resolved start taking lessons and find opportunities to play with other musicians.


(27 replies, posted in Electric)

Too bad that Pete Townsend didn't have the B9 when The Who was playing "Won't Get Fooled Again"--they wouldn't have needed a tape recording of the organ.


(14 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

dino48 wrote:

I watched the whole game I still think the packers outplayed them.

Except for special teams. There, the Seahawks had some really impressive plays.


(14 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Thanks for introducing me to a new song! Maybe I'm the only one, but to my ears, it sure sounds like Little Richard influenced the early Beatles.


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

NELA I was so sorry to hear about your medical issues. My mom is going through similar problems, so I know what you're experiencing is hard to endure. I wish there was a way for everyone on the forum to send you a bit of energy and good health! And that hospital food . . . there's nothing like "healthy" grub to make you want to get back home as soon as possible.


(7 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

unclejoesband wrote:

My music teacher has this one in his shop. He pulled it off the wall after my lesson the other day. I plays beautifully.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ … ric-guitar

The picture does not do it justice. There's an iridescence in the white that can't be captured with the camera.

That is one beautiful guitar!


(15 replies, posted in Songwriting)

My songs always seem to go on a lot longer than I realized--at least that's what my wife tells me! wink


(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

There are many types of singing, from the bel canto style of 19th century Europe to the overtone throat-singing of Tibet and Mongolia.  I like 'em all, and I like your singing, too. It doesn't have to be perfect to be effective--your singing is authentic and works well with the song you've written, so good job!


(15 replies, posted in Songwriting)

That's a sweet little song; definitely a keeper!


(25 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

What an amazing guitar! Congratulations and have fun playing.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

An interesting thread. From my experience,  if a guitar has been on display and played, but is free of scratches or defects, I wouldn't ask for a discount. On the other hand, if I know that a guitar has been sitting in the shop for a long time, or if it shows signs of abuse or wear, I would probably try to negotiate a lower price.


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

Russell_Harding wrote:
Doug_Smith wrote:

It's a beauty Russell.... but we are still waiting for that demo (and the scathing review online).  Been holding off on checking out the NGD posts in an effort to prevent GAS, but curiosity got the better of me.


Thanks Doug I will get a video up been working with the sound and mixing on my new ax to get the right one and it takes a few days to get comfy but it will be soon oh yeah and I met a woman smile

A new guitar and a new flame--wow, you are on a roll! Now if the Packers can shake off that loss to New Orleans, all will be right with the world.


(6 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

dino48 wrote:

Good player. I could play cards at his age.

You were ahead of me . . . unless we're talking about "Go Fish."


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

Phill Williams wrote:

i've got this story that i must impart; sometime in the 70's i was playing in a cabaret band (i cant believe i revealed that fact) still, one of the guys sat up and recorded a radio show late at night, next day when he played a song to me that blew my mind and his, but he didn't know who the band was....sometime later i bought an album by a band called supertramp crime of the century and the track was on it! i said we have to do it, they said no! so i left...that's fair?

anyway saw them on their quietest moments tour in swansea, must be one of the best concerts i've ever seen.

Thanks for bringing up Supertramp and "Crime of the Century." Wow, I loved that album!


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

Some of my earliest musical memories are of listening to my brother's 45s. Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" stands out in my mind as a memorable song that drew me in by telling the story of a miner who sacrifices his life so that others can live. I also loved  Booker T and the M.G.s' "Green Onions." Maybe because of those recordings, I'm drawn to the sound of blues guitar, and to songs that have compelling, emotive lyrics.


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

Well done!


(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

easybeat wrote:

it is what it is,i finished what i wanted to say.
but hey thanks for keeping me on my toes
any comment good or bad very welcome.
love you guys ,keep on rockin`you talented bunch

ps one of the best selling songs of all time only just over 60 words.

Cat Stevens often had some short songs on his albums. I always liked this one:

"Bring tea for the Tillerman
Steak for the sun
Wine for the women who made the rain come
Seagulls sing your hearts away
'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play
Oh Lord how they play and play
For that happy day, for that happy day"


(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I like that Dm, G7, Cmaj7, A7 chord progression!


(5 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I think the most straightforward thing is to contact the publisher of the original song. They may be quite open to having the song available in a second language.


(11 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Excellent work!


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

Tenement Funster wrote:

Of course the mention of "Chili Cook Off" brought this classic bit of foolery to mind:

http://profitalist.com/wp-content/uploa … homer3.jpg

That was a great episode, and with Johnny Cash as a guest star.


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

Here's an audio from 1972 in which Joni Mitchell sings "Carey" in a solo/live recording. But first she explains who "Carey" is and where she met him.



(2 replies, posted in Acoustic)

You've probably heard of Alibaba, the giant Chinese online retailer that recently had its IPO. Well, it turns out there's guitar brand on Alibaba called "Dylan" -- parent company is Huizhou Densun Musical Instruments Co., Ltd. They sell a solid top/laminate back and sides acoustic. So if you want to be able to say to your friends that you just bought one of Dylan's guitars, check out Alibaba. big_smile


(8 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Wonderful lyrics, jets! You know, every song seems to have a season, and the melancholy nature of the music and the plaintive words and singing in this song perfectly match the coming fall. Also, I enjoyed playing along.

Beautiful guitar, Pete! I was reading a description of your new guitar and noted that all the wood in your Martin is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council, which I think is a great idea, given the fact that the forests which provide wood for high end guitars are threatened. I also note with approval that the fretboard on your Martin  made of Richlite rather than the more traditional ebony. If you're interested, here's an informative video with Bob Taylor explaining why ebony is an endangered wood, and what Taylor Guitar is doing to help preserve and protect ebony in Africa and elsewhere.