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I'm a developer for pay and a guitarist for fun.


Dec
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are there References on Whistling Technique?
Nov
26
answered 12 String Guitars - Some Information?
Nov
26
comment How can I train my ear for music?
Are you looking to be a better appreciator of music? Or are you seeking to be a better musician through listening to music with a more critical ear? They are different things and receive different answers.
Nov
26
comment Fingers Too Short for Barre Chords?
Angus Young of AC/DC is a pretty small guy with pretty small hands. He does alright. I don't see a problem with it, providing the right guitar is chosen.
Nov
6
comment What is a good solo to learn in the major scale?
I kinda went the other way, going through the major scale, first up and down so my fingers knew where to go, then skipping notes and such until I started recognizing things. "Oh, that's 'God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen'", and such.
Nov
6
comment What is a good solo to learn in the major scale?
I think it depends on the instrument. For guitar (which I play), yeah, it's scale patterns, and as long as you can say "This note is A, this scale pattern is a harmonic minor scale, that's where the anchor should be, so this flurry of notes is in A harmonic minor." But that scale pattern (except in the most abstract sense) is useless with the piano, and I'm sure it's all out the window with horns.
Nov
1
revised How can I evaluate the quality and value of a violin?
corrected spelling
Oct
30
comment How can I evaluate the quality and value of a violin?
Ahh. 233 named Strad violins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Stradivarius_instruments
Oct
30
revised How can I evaluate the quality and value of a violin?
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Oct
30
comment How can I evaluate the quality and value of a violin?
I am talking volume. There are something like 150 known Stradavari violins, and the shop had been closed for centuries.
Oct
30
answered How can I evaluate the quality and value of a violin?
Oct
26
answered Silent, extremely portable instrument to learn music
Oct
18
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
But flat-wound is about the winding wire, not the core wire. This (stringsandbeyond.com/hex-core-vs-round-core.html) says that many strings are hex-core. I can't really comment more.
Oct
18
answered Useful tuning for 7 or 8 string guitars
Oct
17
comment Guitar Action for practicing and learning
@Tony, I'm 90% with you. Buzz is the sound of strings vibrating against frets, and you can get fairly low action without getting near that problem. High action beyond that point is either someone wanting to play a dobro without the high nut or someone not caring about the instrument. But, while you carve divots into your fingertips pushing down all that way, at least there won't be any buzz. That's the only possible benefit of the too-high action you often see on intro-level guitars.
Oct
17
comment Guitar Action for practicing and learning
I agree with your "depends" point, but I think high action is easier in the top five frets, where the strings get closer to the fretboard because you're near the nut, so thick-string high-action dreadnoughts are the standard heavy-strumming bluegrass style. Or, am I restating your point while thinking I disagree?
Oct
16
answered Guitar Action for practicing and learning
Oct
15
comment On the guitar, if I play a song which is in the key of D, where should I put the capo?
In this case, yes, capo on 2nd fret. But while it is true that you can play in all keys without the capo, you may want to have the right open strings ringing, which is what the capo is there for.
Oct
10
comment My high E string broke after one week of replacing my guitar strings. Could that be an installation issue?
One broken string is not a pattern. Once you have to replace it a few times, should that happen, you'll get a sense of what the issues are.
Oct
9
answered How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?