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  • Learning scales just to know the scales is soul destroying and a real turn off. Knowing where scale notes are, so that you can play by ear and explore the fretboard and try to spontaneously create something musical, is a joy.
  • No experience of the Zoom H1n, but I do use the Zoom H4n for recording acoustic guitar. I've seen pretty well 100% positive reviews on the Zoom range of the Hn models on the Acoustic Soundboard forum. The Zoom is by far the best portable recorder I …
    in Recorder Comment by Mark P March 30
  • I suppose I have the luxury of not being too concerned about whether Gibson exists - never having tried a USA made acoustic guitar and being bowled over by it. Whether Gibson, Martin, Taylor ........ The difficulties of competing in a highly compet…
  • It's so much what you're used to I guess. I suspect that in Canada, like Sweden, they have methods in place to cope with these conditions and all the wheels don't fall off of day to day life. Like Oymyakon in Russia - 500 people permanently living …
    in Derek Trucks Comment by Mark P March 9
  • Welcome to the forum Gary. The great thing about wanting to explore all kinds of different models of guitar is it gives a good reason to build up a collection. Most mentions of the Washburn SB5 seem to be of Korean made in the 90s, unless it say…
    in New Member Comment by Mark P March 9
  • Then there's the Tedeschi Trucks Band -Derek and wife Susan Tedeschi. https://youtube.com/watch?v=iWPntKAWvHs They fell in love while exploring and sharing Chicago Blues records. I'll not mention snow except to say I'm sick of the stuff!
    in Derek Trucks Comment by Mark P March 3
  • It's a useful device to highlight what you really mean a bit better!
  • True that an appraisal on a guitar has to be made on each example of an instrument. I have found that with Vintage it's highly advisable to get one from somewhere that does a good setup. Funnily enough the Vintage Lemon Drop I ended up with, in con…
  • I notice that Henry J, the CEO, is now blaming retail stores for Gibson's woes. The new chief financial officer leaving after less than a year in the job is not a positive sign and won't help any refinancing deal. But like Graham says, it's likely…
  • Quite right you should feel like mentioning it! A very talented lad you have there - I wish him well too!
    in My Lad Comment by Mark P February 17
  • Silvershark's comments about the difficulties people find with gear like this, and their difficulties in getting to grips with the user manual, ring some very clear bells. I'm definitely one of those sorts of people! It's very depressing to find…
  • Welcome back! Your 2002 date certainly makes you a member of the old guard! Spare time for all things guitar-ish seems to be more and more difficult to find with all the demands on time from technology stuff.
  • Happy New Year to all! 7.00am and waiting for the puppy to let us know it's time to get up and give him hos breakfast. I need my kip, so that timetable doesn't allow seeing in the new year!
  • I actually really love reading manuals and spending hours editing patches. I remember I used to be like that Nick. Now I just don't seem to have the concentration and the enthusiasm needed. So I just gravitate to gear where everything is labelled a…
  • High powered piece of gear there! Enjoy .... and good luck with getting your head around the functions / buttons!
  • Happy Christmas y'all - hope you have a great time!
  • A week or so ago I saw that Emil Oldenburg, a co-founder of the Bitcoin, has sold all of his.
  • Sounds like musical examples of using arpeggios on the video. Louis was certainly a very interested observer in what you were playing!
  • I'm sure you're right to some degree Derek. I do find I'm able to listen to high powered solos on the high notes at the dusty end of a strat fretboard these days without wincing in pain as I used to. I also have an issue at the other end of the fr…
  • A well presented video Rea. You make a good point in that the teaching of theory often falls down when it excludes any demonstration of the practical aspect of it - and in particular how it benefits your musical creativity. Creativity being, fo…
  • Recording is something I enjoy, but it is also so very frustrating regarding tone and sound. Back to the electric guitar days the micing up option provided a sound nearer to that of the amp, but it really required two mics to get something of the r…
  • Rea - your little companion looks stunning in that colourful plumage.
  • I've never managed to be stoic enough not to cry at the passing of a pet. Whether dog, cat or rabbit. But I'm softhearted and I know it.
  • Alfie looks like a lovely character Derek. High quality pictures too - put mine to shame. I'm finding it difficult to get good pictures of Tiree at the moment because the days are so dark and gloomy just now.
  • I've been meaning to get to this thread, but the very subject matter of the thread has made it difficult to find the time to do it. Once upon a time there was a cat, Sooty. Who was joined by a dog, a Cavalier called Honey. Cat and dog got on fine…
  • Good points and well made Derek about the acoustic world and finding yourself sounding very similar on different guitars. There are some basic characteristics of each guitar that will override what my fingers do. All mahogany vs Spruce top for exa…
  • Frustrating indeed! I find that the Byzantine has some similarities in its overall feel as Phrygian, but the notes in the scale appear in sets of small clusters. In the key of E ...... Eb, E, F, G#, A, B, C Here's an acoustic guitar "noodle" or sh…
  • A wonderful looking guitar and it sounds wonderful played by your friend in those videos. Almost makes me want to get the semi acoustic out. But (a) not the same thing and (b) while I can appreciate the quality of others on electric, I seem to have …
  • I've had a similar journey with the melodic (aka jazz) minor and modes thereof as well. In defense of "noodling" - I do find it has real value, if one is focused on using it to find nice-sounding lines to use when improvising. The scales and arps, f…
  • Good job with the video review Rea. Informative, and the professional presentation and excellent playing make it enjoyable to watch.