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


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comment What are the Reggae Chords
That should work, considering how the local music business uses "dub plates" where one musical groove serves as backing of several songs.
Jan
7
comment Low B keeps going out of tune
Yeah, it seems like there are too few details about what the problem is for us to give meaningful answers.
Jan
5
comment Is there a way to let me switch delay before/after distortion without needing additional pedals?
GMT -- Gain Modulation Time -- is how I learned it. And as delays often chime l come between the preamp and power amp sections of amps, your Flashback should handle your iPad.
Dec
18
comment How much is too much damage?
Here's a question and answers on how to generally identify a good acoustic guitar. music.stackexchange.com/questions/1496/… You mentioned dreadnoughts. My acoustic is a dread, and I like it, but it's big. This is needed for projection and fighting fiddles and banjos for volume, but I'm finding smaller guitars to be enticing, and would help your husband introduce your sons to guitar music too.
Dec
18
comment How much is too much damage?
I was on the fence, but yeah, I'll go with amalgamate. Solid top is a requirement.
Dec
10
comment Putting a steel string on a classical guitar? (classical guitar with truss rods)
I understand that the frets are generally of softer material and will tend to get tore up by metal strings.
Dec
10
comment Putting a steel string on a classical guitar? (classical guitar with truss rods)
Why do people keep wanting to do this? "It's a bad idea", we say. "But this time it's different!", they say.
Dec
4
comment Do musicians that began playing from an early age have an incontestable advantage?
I see the opposite; lots of people who see me carrying my guitar case it whatever and tell me "I took lessons as a child, but I haven't played in years". There are times I don't play for weeks, I have a life and other interests, but years without making music? Nothing makes me sadder
Nov
30
comment Guitar Banjo used as G-banjo
People play around with tunings all the time. I'd guess it's doable but I've only played around in guitar stores with gitjos, so I'm not 100%.
Nov
21
comment Electric guitar vs classical guitar
The ~$100 asian import electrics are about the quality level, I'm told, of CBS-era Fenders. My #2 is a Squier Bullet Tele I got for less than $200. Cheaper acoustics are more likely to be dogs, because there's much more of a balance to be made, but dollar amount is not alone an indicator of a bad guitar.
Nov
21
comment Electric guitar vs classical guitar
There's a 14-minute track, a disco cover of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", where someone shreds flamenco guitar over a disco beat for a nice chunk of it. Nylon-string guitar and techno can be a thing.
Nov
11
comment How can I get a violin sound from my electric guitar?
more than likely, a vibrator will fill the pickup with electromagnetic pulse, not vibrate the strings.
Nov
5
comment Creamy vs Crunchy Distortion
Well try that out next time my amp and I can have some meaningful alone time.
Nov
4
comment Creamy vs Crunchy Distortion
I'm not always tasked to play music I like.
Oct
8
comment What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?
Not all grit is fuzz. I was trying to specify a specific class of pedals. Otherwise, granted
Sep
30
comment What is this chord called that looks similar to power chords?
+1 to Bob and Tim. The one place I'm sure it's used, and used as a chord's third below the root, is the intro to "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC.
Jul
27
comment Question about playing chords
I've asked the keyboard guy to move it up an octave because his left hand was frequency-blocking me.
Jul
16
comment What is the difference between a musical and a rock opera?
The key to me is that all rock operas end up with a fight against totalitarian oppression. I don't know why that is, but it seems to be.
Jun
30
comment Learning Guitar or Violin
"Lack of Frets" and "Bowing" are not just problems. Once you've learned the instrument, bowing gives you the capability for sustain that electric guitarists need pedals and volume to get, plus an ability to change dynamics from loud to soft that isn't nearly as possible with guitars. Lack of frets gives you access to any pitch possible, giving violin music a vocal quality that draws you in.
Jun
29
comment Learning Guitar or Violin
You're reading into the answer. Before the box there was the pitch pipe and tuning fork. And if you and your band agree in what A is, even if it's nowhere near 440, that's okay. I'm told Band of Gypsies it's all flat, but they were in tune with each other, so it worked. With violins, I'm sure, a good player could take an out-of-tune instrument and play in-tune music with it, because intonation is in their hands and ears, and because intonation is something you set with a screwdriver when you change strings with guitars, I'm not convinced any but the best could proceed without tuning up.