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


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.
Jun
24
comment What defines pop music as a genre? Which patterns and trends can we find in pop music?
I get the point, but I disagree. "Pop" in a 1950s context would be more Frank Sinatra. Post-1960s, yeah, Pop is "whatever's on the radio" and "Pop/Rock" is what the aisles say in the music stores, but there was a time they were distinct.
Jun
24
comment H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?
I just checked the Ibanez site and my recollection is correct. ibanez.co.jp/products/… It would be easy enough to make the middle position be neck-bridge instead of middle only, but I see either-or, not both.
Jun
24
comment H-S-H vs H-H what can do one and can't another?
@fergus had it right. It's like the middle position of a Les Paul switch: both humbuckers at the same time. Plus, if you have dual volume controls, you can roll off the volume of, for example, the neck, so the three-position switch gives you neck-neck-off
Jun
24
comment Why do lighter picks sound “better” on acoustic guitars?
I have a thin brass pick that's very stiff but still has the brilliant thin pick sound. I'm sure it has more to do with mass than flexibility.
Jun
11
comment Is there any other blues chord progression?
If someone could edit this so that it didn't show the chord descriptions in the jazzy version, I'd love it.
Jun
2
comment Different kinds of capos
Also, band-style capos need not be elastic; my old band-style capo has a non-elastic nylon band and is similar to this: sweetwater.com/store/detail/ProCapoCurv
Jun
2
comment Different kinds of capos
That's good, there's a distinction between the Kyser style, which use a spring (which will squeeze as tight as it's built and might pull the strings sharp, but are easy to take on and off) and a screw (Shubbs being the first to mind) which can be adjusted to squeeze only as tight as needed. I know of a screw-tightened capo that wraps around the neck and is left "tightened" to the nut when not in use.
Jun
2
comment Is it possible for a left hander to learn guitar right handed?
Would certainly add Steve Morse, Mattias IA Eklundh and Robert Fripp to the list of my favorite guitarists. Mattias is a freak.
May
29
comment Is it practical (or even beneficial) to put pickup phase switch on Telecaster?
I have about the same doing serial instead. I'd say reverse the bridge leads, because otherwise you need to run a separate ground for the neck pickup cover.