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Product Manager by day, Cook and Guitarist by night.


Jan
21
comment What to do? Programming, bass playing and RSI
I think the key is, look less cool! The cooler you look, the worse it is for your hand. You want to look like the bassist for a dinner band on a cruise ship. Then it won't hurt nearly as much.
Jan
21
answered What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
Your first scale is a minor pentatonic. Although it is often referred to as just pentatonic, the third is flat so it's minor. The major pentatonic is not used as much, but sounds quite different (Stir It Up for instance).
Jan
21
comment What is the first scale one should learn on guitar
@DRL, Major scale is better to learn if you're interested in theory. Minor pentatonic if you just want to get playing.
Jan
20
comment Tips on playing with wah-wah for beginners
+1 good ideas. Try them out on a particular tune. Voodoo Chile makes use of a lot of these techniques.
Jan
19
comment Best method to learn to play barre chords?
These are great exercises. I'll add, if you're teaching yourself, find some videos (or even better a person) that can help you with your technique. Hand position isn't super intuitive, but it makes a big difference.
Jan
19
comment Pick weight - functional difference, or just personal preference?
@Kendrick, that's interesting. I had never thought of that. I'll have to give that a go. In order to stop losing your picks, try an electric guitar! ;o) Really though, it's all in the technique. With some practice, you'll find you don't lose it so much.
Jan
18
comment What to look for in an independent luthier?
The strat(ish thing) that my dad had built for him is an absolutely beautiful guitar and cost him just under $2000. So I don't think you're number is necessarily accurate. Although, I'm sure you can pay that much. It's certainly possible to get out for half that much.
Jan
18
comment What to look for in an independent luthier?
If you're in Atlanta, I've got a great suggestion.
Jan
18
answered What to look for in an independent luthier?
Jan
18
comment How To Improve My Sightreading?
Is there a reason you're not just practicing reading out of your real book?
Jan
15
comment Properly fingering jazz chords?
I also think these kinds of chords are easier to learn based off your barre positions rooted on the E and A string than in the open position. For one, it's much easier to move them to different keys!
Jan
15
comment Properly fingering jazz chords?
There are also a ton of voicings for different chords. For instance, in the m7 and 7 chords you have listed, you're not using the lower 5th. Adding that in doesn't change the composition of the chord, but it sure does change the fingering and sound. I'd suggest starting with a more comprehensive chord chart and exploring from there, as I think there are some more intuitive fingerings for someone already familiar with barre chords (although I do prefer the sound of some of the fingerings listed here).
Jan
15
comment Do guitar strings wear when not used?
The flip side of this is, I leave my guitars out. The less I play the guitar, the faster the strings seem to go compared to the ones I play a lot. I could store the guitars properly, but then I'd never play them!
Jan
15
answered How can I practice in an apartment without annoying the neighbours?
Jan
14
comment is there any free tab viewer for GuitarPro files?
It's generally a good idea to include enough information in your answer that even if the link fails, the answer is still valid. If your link doesn't work, I have no way of knowing what you are talking about. I think the fix is as simple as changing "that" to "DGuitar".
Jan
14
comment Multi-Effects Pedal or Multiple Effects Pedals?
Two additional points, with a multi-fx, you can easily dial in different types of the same effect, a little chorus on one patch vs a lot on a different one. This is hard to do with pedals without having multiple versions of the same effect. Second, there are higher end multi-fx that do not sound overly digital. In particular the Nova and G from TC are very good (the Nova even includes analog drive), but these are more expensive than Boss, Pod, Zoom, etc.
Jan
14
comment Multi-Effects Pedal or Multiple Effects Pedals?
Yeah. The unit rocks. But it is a very specific set of sounds you can get from it (I assume the G would give you more latitude).
Jan
14
comment is there any free tab viewer for GuitarPro files?
I think this is kind of sad. $60 is really not a lot of money for software, especially something as useful as guitar pro (even if you're not editing). Particularly when you compare it to how much you might spend on guitars, amps, pedals. I think it's important to support companies making useful products so that they can continue doing it! <end soap box>
Jan
14
comment Multi-Effects Pedal or Multiple Effects Pedals?
I have the TC Nova system, and I would say that all the effects are excellent quality. So, it is possible to get high quality out of a multi unit. The issue is that they're all high quality TC, so that's the only flavor you're getting.