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

Hello, fellow-Chordians ...

A significant change has occurred in my life which I won't describe, but I must tie up some things to make room in whatever time lies ahead.

Chordie has been an amazing experience since I joined almost 6 years ago, and it's been equally amazing trading all-things-musical with everyone here. Thanks to Per, Roger, and the rest of you for enriching my life.

Kind regards ....... Rick 


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

Hi Shirley ...

I've had a similar problem once in a while, and have found that changing the Font Size often works ... give it a whirl. Chordie doesn't actually host / store any songs, as it's primarily a search engine which compiles songs from many other websites. The format for the song is only going to be as good as it was on the original website, which sometimes isn't that great.

Try the Font Size thing, and hopefully you'll have better success! big_smile     


(7 replies, posted in About Chordie)

Hi, Jaybird ... I just deleted two songs from my own songbook, and it worked without a hitch. Here's how I did it:

- open My Songbook
- click the Song Title to be deleted, by putting a check mark in the left hand box
- click the Delete button (trash can at the top)
- click the OK button

I just tried it with two titles, and there were no issues. If this is what you've been doing without success, then I hope one of our more technically gifted members will read in and offer advice. All the best to you!


(580 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Tangerine Dream    "Song of the Whale"    London, 2010

Live Version:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv1-XqZdvDk

Studio Version:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccfaDlQls5w

The live clip is the best one I could find, although it's very much abbreviated from the original studio version. The whole song depicts both the beauty and power of our amazing aquatic mammal co-inhabitants. The studio clip is accompanied by some beautiful underwater filming, which is well blended with the music itself.

This was from TD's 29th album "Underwater Sunlight", which was released in 1986. To date they have released over 100 albums! It was the first appearance of keyboardist Paul Haslinger, who joined the group following the departure of Peter Baumann. It was also marked an increased front-and-center role for the electric guitar, which was played at first by TD's founder, the late Edgar Froese (1944 - 2015). It also marked a fairly complete departure from their "electronic ambient music" roots, as they began adding more instrumentation in succeeding albums (saxophone, flute, guitar, percussion, violin, etc.).



(474 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Eva Atmatzidou    "Senor Karreta"    (original)


Always interesting and never conventional, Eva writes interesting and surprising element into this one, and executes everything flawlessly. The locale and some of the notes almost add an air of creepiness to this ... hope y'all enjoy it.     

A great weekend doesn't have to be expensive, as you two have proven ... sounds like it was 100% enjoyable.     


(14 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Thanks for another beautiful ballad, TIG ... "let me take you by the heart and keep it safe" ... I'm not usually a shivers & tingles type of person, but that's terrific wording. You, good sir, are in a league of your own. Bravo!     


(8 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Here's "Heart" covering Elton John's "Mona Lisas & Mad Hatters". It's been brilliantly rearranged for two guitars instead of piano, and features the rarity of Nancy doing lead vocals, with Anne on backup ... so talented:



(311 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Fantastic selections, CG ... I especially enjoyed "It's You That Wears the Ring", and the various people who came and went during his performance. Some were really into it, some were pretending they weren't there, and there were even a few oddballs. I cracked up when the guy walked in wearing his "Invisibility Shirt", because I could plainly see him! lol And as you say, he can really punch the blues outta that harmonica.     


(474 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Classical Guitar wrote:

He is a good player but slapping is not my idea of treating a guitar as an instrument. I just don't understand why they can not just find someone to play either light drums or bongo druns rather than treating a  good guitar that way. I does not at least appeal to me. He had to first be a very good player. Thank you for sharing it and I know it is not easy to always find flying fingers and specially someone who would always appeal to everyone. I know it is not easy to do.

Thanks, CG ... I do appreciate your views and honesty. And I'm also aware that the percussive element of this style is something you don't care for. Please know that I don't choose these pieces to purposely irritate you, but I'm also not going to leave them out hoping that everyone will like every entry ebe Adding percussive elements to guitar playing is found extensively in Spanish, Flamenco, and Latin American guitar playing, as well as this more modern adaptation. Like every other musical genre, it has a widespread fan base, but certainly doesn't appeal to everyone.

For example, I'm personally not a fan of bluegrass music. But there's no denying its popularity, or the high calibre of musicians like Tony Rice, Dave Grisman, and others in the style. In my humble opinion, personal taste is a reflection of how varied we as humans are. And as far as hiring a percussionist to accompany them, it might be said that economics could even play a role. Why share the admission fees with someone, when a percussive guitarist can keep the whole amount?     


(474 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

TIGLJK wrote:

Guitar slapping -  I have no clue how to do so but it adds to his performance.  Quite a unique way to play guitar.
It seems strange to me ( but I don't much about playing guitar) to see both hands playing on the neck as well.

Thanks for sharing TF

Thanks, TIG ... glad you enjoyed him. The technique known as "tapping" - using the picking fingers on the fretboard - was first recorded by Steve Hackett on Genesis 1971 album "Nursery Cryme". That said, it was Eddie Van Halen who gave it full exposure, and it's now quite commonplace. It simply enables a guitarist to play notes together very quickly, as well as using he full length of the neck, so as not to be limited by finger spread on the fretting hand.


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

Translation (Vietnamese > English):

Hello! I'm Khanh, a new member, nice to meet you!

Answer: (English > Vietnamese):

Welcome to Chordie, Khanh ... obviously there will be a language barrier making conversation difficult, but not impossible due to Google Translator.

Chào mừng đến với Chordie, Khánh!  Rõ ràng sẽ có một rào cản ngôn ngữ làm cho cuộc trò chuyện trở nên khó khăn, nhưng không phải là không thể do Google Translator.     


(580 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

The Aristocrats    "Pressure Relief"    Somewhere?, 2017


This phenomenal  trio is probably more in the Jazz Fusion category than in Prog Rock, but the three are amazing to watch. Guthrie Govan (guitar), Marco Minneman (drums), and Bryan Beller (bass) are each musicians of the highest level, and together they are unbelievable. Guthrie toured with Steven Wilson for a year or two, who says that Guthrie "...can mop the floor with most guitarists." He was worried that Guthrie would be put off by being asked to play some of the 3 and 4 note riffs he had written, to which Guthrie replied "It's okay, because they're the right 4 notes." Enjoy!


(474 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Tobias Rauscher    "Perspectives"    (original)


Flying Fingers is a day late this week, due to Hurricane Dorian. Like a lot of Nova Scotians, we've been without power & internet for 3 or 4 days ... nice to be back to civilization.     


(311 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Very good, CG ... terrific singing and playing!     


(8 replies, posted in Poems)

This is jaw-dropping good, Beamer ... knowing bits of the back story you've shared, it's a tribute to the wisdom of learning by experience. Excellent stuff, dude! It appears as a ballad in my mind, but it's your song ... play it however the heck you want, right? big_smile


(3 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Fantastic song, Graham ... theme-wise it reminds me a bit Joe Walsh's "All Night Laundromat Blues". My hair was ponytail length from about 14 - 21 years old. I was always tying it back and cursing it in hot weather. Then I finally got it cut in frustration, and have never grown it back ... it was too doggone uncomfortable, especially when it's hot and humid.

I played your song using your chords in a few different ways, and it fits almost perfectly when played something like Mark Knopfler's "Song for Sonny Liston". However it's supposed to be played, it's lots of fun ... thanks!     


(580 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

The Steve Rothery Band    "Morpheus"    Frankfurt, 2017


Some more of Rothery's soulful playing, from his solo album "The Ghosts of Pripyat". As mentioned in an entry several months ago, Pripyat is the Ukrainian city that was irradiated by the Chernobyl reactor meltdown in 1986. The 50,000 residents were evacuated almost overnight (only 16 years after being founded), and the city itself still stands with everything intact .. but eerily with no people. Radiation levels have supposedly returned to reasonably safe levels in recent years, and several movies have used its ghostly environs for filming (A Good Day to Die Hard, Land of Oblivion, The Girl With All the Gifts, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, to name a few). Rothery's career with the group Marillion is well known, having been with them since 1979. Apart from band obligations, he has done two solo projects, the first being "The Wishing Tree", and then all-instrumental "Pripyat". The whole CD is guitarist's feast ... enjoy!



(474 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Marcin Patrzalek     "Caprice #24"    (by Nicolo Paganini)

Here are two interpretations of the same Paganini piece (originally written for violin) by this phenomenal young man from Poland. In the great Mark Knopfler's words  "Oh yeah, the boy can play."

Conventional Nylon Classical:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPd7wMYVYYo

Percussive Steel String:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmb_831Io7w     


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

Zurf wrote:

B is evil.

Totally agree, when played the conventional way. Trying to get three fingers crammed together in one fret is nuts. I've been using this easy variation for years, 'cuz my hands are quite large. And if you invert your knuckle a bit on the 3rd finger, you can still get the top F# to ring nicely.



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

Very dramatic! Is your baritone tuned in standard baritone tuning? ( B - E - A - D - F#  - B ) This is a full fourth below standard tuning, and sure gives lots of low-end growl under your main theme.     

Nicely done once again, Neo ... you've got a good touch on this one. I was thinking of a bit of irony if this were to be in a set list for performing. You could follow this with "Love Will Keep Us Together" by the Captain & Tenille ... might be good for a chuckle.     


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

I met a man last week (about my age) whose wife bought him a guitar for Christmas. He'd never played before, but at times had been saying around home that he wanted to learn. It's an Epiphone SG, and he has it in his office at work with a tiny practice amp. He closed his door, and showed me a few basic things he's been learning.

Obviously his skill isn't at a very high level yet, but the joy he displayed while playing was infectious. It got me to thinking I needed to expand my horizons more, and delve into either a new style, or some new music I've never tried before.

Met anyone with contagious guitar-itis lately?


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

For that gesture of kindness, JJJ, you get a certified "Atta boy!!!"



(311 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Another first-time introduction to me by CG ... well done! Finland is another country I don't think of when blues come to mind, but obviously that's now changed. I was interested in the different tones she has, so went to her website to learn more. Her blue G&L ASAT is a gorgeous guitar, and she also has an impressive pedal effects board, as described here: