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


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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.
May
27
comment Why does plucked and bowed string of violin produces slightly different pitches?
I would suggest that, if you're mostly going to play pizzicato, then that is correct, but if you're mostly going to bow (which is to be expected; if you're mostly picking, play a mandolin!) then making sure that's in tune is correct. Guitarists like me have a similar issue, where hard picking can drive you sharp. If you're going to do hard picking mostly, tune so the attack is correct, but if you're largely a lead player, tune so the sustain is in tune.
May
20
comment Why are there many guitarists, but only one drummer in a band?
Come to think of it, during Colin Hay and John Waite songs, both Ringo and Sheila played the full kit.
May
16
comment Lack of sustain on guitar
Does the problem occur when plugged in direct? That would be my first test.
May
16
comment Which disco tracks were the most influential in electronic music?
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes.
May
9
comment How to check an acoustic guitar is solid top or not?
I'm getting less sure about this, but without looking at the grain where you can see through, you can't be sure. I'd say, if they painted over the top of it, it's less likely to be solid. Could be wrong. If you like your current guitar, it's a good guitar whether it's a solid top or not. I'd say don't worry about it, but check out your next guitar.
May
2
comment How can I develop mastery of polyrhythms in playing guitar?
Seems like you need to get it into your head before you can get it out of your instrument, so first tap it out with your hands, thinking percussion, before trying to play it on guitar.
Apr
23
comment Why are there many guitarists, but only one drummer in a band?
It was Paul. I know.