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Mar
28
comment Becoming a good guitar teacher
+1. Although, I'm not sure playing ability is actually that important. What is important is that you are better than your students and that your technique is correct. As long as you are better than your student, you'll be fine, but it's important that you teach the right form.
Mar
28
answered Playing The Strokes - Heart in a Cage intro - what's the best technique?
Mar
18
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
Adding to Miles' wisdom, I have my students sing what they're playing. This really helps internalize the connection between thought and fingers. Eventually, I make them sing a phrase while playing 'air' guitar and then play the phrase verbatim on their guitar. Once you've done this for a while, you can play anything you can think, which I often find to be more melodic than how my fingers tend to stroll when left to their own devices.
Mar
4
asked Will hanging a guitar by its headstock damage it?
Mar
1
answered What kind of ear protection offers the best compromise between protection and sound fidelity?
Feb
11
comment Chord lick, looking for others similar and maybe a bit of the theory behind how it works…
@jimr, I know. There's all the minor / Dorian stuff too. Just didn't think that was really necessary for my point.
Feb
11
comment Chord lick, looking for others similar and maybe a bit of the theory behind how it works…
Ha. That's probably true about blues players. One of the reasons I've always loved the blues is that there are so few notes (5) and you've got a set 12 bar progression. You have to really make it "sing" or it's just boring. There's no hiding behind theory or complex instrumentation. If there's no soul or passion in the music, it just doesn't work. Period. I find that awfully appealing.
Feb
9
comment My guitar goes out of tune at a higher pitch rather than lower, is that normal?
Ok, but why would only 1 of my 6 strings go sharp?
Feb
9
answered The intro to “Soul Man” - the verses in “It's Your Thing” (Isley Brothers) - What is that technique called?
Feb
8
comment My guitar goes out of tune at a higher pitch rather than lower, is that normal?
Good question. I have a guitar that has one string go up. Although, I always assumed that the rest of the guitar had gone flat. I've never even thought to check it with a tuner.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
But don't forget that there's probably already a 50% margin on that. It wouldn't surprise me to see yamaha getting them at 1/4 that and going with cheaper components. So I'd guess $25-$50 for electronics in a cheap yamaha guitar.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
Sure, it's hard to argue with that, but I don't think it's as big an issue as all that. Yamaha buys (builds?) an awful lot of electronics for their acoustic guitars. I'd be surprised if the hardware was anything close to $100. Economies of scale. And my point wasn't that GC sells them, but rather that almost everything that GC does sell at that price includes a pickup. It seems that you get to much more expensive guitars before the electronics are frequently absent. But that's just my experience. Nothing definitive.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
And it's a shame to say, but $450 is the cheaper end of things.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
It's also much harder to control feedback as the volume goes up and you're in a small space. And acoustic guitar feedback is generally not the good kind.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
I'm not sure I agree. At that price point, you're more likely to find a guitar with electronics than without. Pretty much everything at guitar center in the 200-500 range has it. Although, it's hard to argue with the advice "best sounding guitar in your price range"!
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
Only tangentially related, but I would recommend against that guitar. Anything "pretty" for less than a grand is generally junk. Particularly the Ibanez. While the guitars look beautiful, they tend to sound dead. I'd recommend something from fender or yamaha at the cheaper end of things.
Feb
8
comment Fingers Too Short for Barre Chords?
Too big is a much bigger issue than too small. I have large hands, but I don't have much trouble using a smaller kids guitar. Having big hands may make you feel clumsy when you start out, but it's a benefit in the long run.
Feb
8
comment Fingers Too Short for Barre Chords?
Although, he had monstrously huge hands.
Feb
5
comment How does The Talkbox work?
I'm also not so sure how useful the point is when explaining it to someone that doesn't even know the basics of the effect. Saying it's the same as FM radio may be true at an abstract mathematical level, but it's getting a little on the esoteric side in a discussion of guitar effects.
Feb
5
comment How does The Talkbox work?
I think they're taking issue with your phrase that a talkbox is basically a vocoder, which isn't really true. In your comments you're arguing that a vocoder and talkbox are based on the same principle, modulation, which is true. Understanding modulation will get you a lot further than just a talkbox and vocoder (chorus, flange, wah, phaser, tremolo), so I think your point wasn't particularly clear in your answer.