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  • Second hand, Kevin.
    in My Lad Comment by Derek_R December 9
  • Yes, I have the sapele version - it's badged 00015 inside. But you're right - a lot cheaper. Mine was £500. Bargain, I think.
    in My Lad Comment by Derek_R December 8
  • I use a Tech 21 Flyrig now. Best piece of kit I've bought in years. I can walk into a gig with guitar in one hand, bag in the other, and that's it. I still use an AER Compact 60 for acoustic gigs, and I doubt I'll ever sell my Laney VC30 as there a…
  • Yep, Bangalore Torpedoes
  • There's an image in the film of German barbed wire defences. In my ignorance I always thought that the barbed wire defences would have been simply several reels of barbed wire deep - still not easy to get through, especially under shell, mortar, mac…
  • I had something similar when I saw Art Blakey. I should have been old enough by then (mid/late teens) to appreciate it. I loved it, but I'm not sure I appreciated it as I should have done. I recall when Art introduced the band the players were from…
  • I'm a big fan of Dan Carlin's Hardcore Histories and his series on WW1 is just immense. When he was describing a soldier who was trapped in mud at Paschendale and no-one could get to him, and he couldn't get out of the mud, and there was just nothin…
  • Another gorgeous J45 on this video: Must confess I don't understand the technical side of how Russ has set this up - the Fishman pedal uses a sample of the guitar and then the pick-up triggers that sample..?!
  • I've got my dreadnought out this week and I agree totally. I usually flatpick on it (which is what I've been doing this week) but by heck the fingerpicking sounds nice on it. So rich and resonant.
  • Joe Pass played one of the greatest two solos I've ever heard. It was during a gig he played whilst backing Ella Fitzgerald. Can't recall the song, just remember the solo being so darn good. The other solo in my top two was played by Ry Cooder.
  • Is there still a death metal scene in Scandinavia where it (the scene) gets really dark? I recall many years ago there were churches being burned down and all sorts.
  • As I mentioned in the other thread, check out David Grier. Also, never try and uphold the argument that Django was a flatpicker. The flatpickers don't like it (as I found out).
  • You're a bluegrass flat-picker at heart!
  • I do a fair bit of cycling, although not as much as many these days. Got up to 100 miles last autumn, but this year my longest ride has been 56. I've actually been concentrating on short, sharp, but very steep hills. I'm lucky that within 15 minutes…
  • I agree. Excellent stuff. If you like this style then you'll love David Grier.
    in Wow ! Comment by Derek_R October 25
  • I can imagine. I have two from the TW series - the 40 and the 60. Both wonderful guitars. I bought both mine second hand for a lot less. Wish I'd picked up a 73 when they were affordable, too.
  • Cheers chaps. Yes, that TW40 is lovely - the extra mm width on the neck is great for fingerstyle.
  • Cheers guys! I don't think I'll ever nail it properly, but this is close enough for the time being :-)
  • I don't think I could remember 12 chords and 78 changes in one song - I struggle with three chords and just 6 changes. That said, I guess repetition is the answer. When I learn a finger picking piece I learn it a note at a time, and it can take mont…
  • Interesting thread. I'm starting to think about retirement, too. As with a few others on this thread it's still a couple of years away (unless the company decides it wants to give me the payout that is currently being offered to middle and higher ma…
  • Excellent news!
  • I think it's Noel, rather than Liam. But I agree. I tried watching a fair bit of the Biggest Weekend stuff and realised I'm 45 years too old for most of it.
    in Liam Gallagher Comment by Derek_R June 2
  • I have a thing for gypsy jazz. Can't play it, but it's fun trying. The lead side of things is pretty much all arpeggios, and I quite enjoy learning them, and twisting them inside out (sometimes deliberately) when trying to fashion lead lines.
  • They've not filed for bankruptcy, though, but bankruptcy protection. No idea what this is, but I assume it buys them some breathing space.
  • But why should anyone want to listen to it is what baffles me. Why would anyone who was aged 50+ want to listen to the music we listened to when we were 15 ? I'me sure my dad used to say it was rubbish. The kids relate to the music and to the perfor…
  • The thing with pop music is that it's so generational - there is absolutely nothing in today' pop music that inspires me to listen to it, and why should there be? I'm at the far end of middle age. Pop music should be, and is, about teenagers. With t…
  • Hmmm. Does nothing for me, I'm afraid. But then again, neither did Led Zep.
  • Poor Alfie's got a bad leg and, unrelated, a hernia. Won't be any walks for a while:-(
  • Left Alfie at home and went for a bike ride, today.
  • He's not keen to go out today!