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Long time developer in lots of different fields on different hardware using different languages for different reasons.

Greatly enjoying Ruby, Sequel, Nokogiri, Rails, Sinatra/Padrino, and trying to find time and opportunities to work with Python.

I have years and years of experience with Perl too, along with Java, SQL, Pascal, C, various assembly languages and interpreted BASICs.


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revised Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?
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comment Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?
I've been working with several blues-harp players who learned directly from Junior Wells. Junior was well known for deliberately overdriving his amplifier to get a distorted sound. He didn't care for sustain, since a harp relies on the player's breath control for that. He wanted distortion for that sound. Little Walter also did the same thing.
Nov
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revised How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?
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Nov
10
answered How often should I use my guitar humidifier?
Nov
7
comment Really light electric guitar strings and the blues
I'm not sure "responsive" is the word you're looking for. Perhaps "flexible" is a better term to describe a light string's tendency to bend easily when fretted.
Nov
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revised Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session
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Nov
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answered Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session
Oct
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revised Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales
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revised How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?
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revised Major Blues Scale over I-IV-V progression
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Jul
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reviewed Reject suggested edit on Why are speakers howling when a microphone comes in front of the speaker boxes?
Jul
2
comment How to learn guitar without physical lessons?
+1. Re: transcribing: The guitar isn't like a woodwind instrument in that it has multiple places on the neck to play the same pitches, with each position having a different timbre. Learning to hear those differences takes a while but is important when trying to figure out chord changes and solos.
Jul
2
comment Major Blues Scale over I-IV-V progression
I think you're overthinking it. "Playing the blues" isn't about mechanically adhering to certain notes, it's inserting those notes into your phrases to catch the ear of the listener. Play an F if you want, since it's in the key, and use F#/Gb and G. Playing blues throws a wrench into classic theory, just as jazz does. Knowing when and why you want to do that is the trick.
Jul
2
comment Major Blues Scale over I-IV-V progression
"Many players will even play with notes that sound quite wrong for the sake of tension." Yes, and sometimes we play notes that are quite wrong because, well, they were quite wrong, but we recover by working our way back into the key through deviousness and pretending "I meant to do that." :-)
Jul
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comment Major Blues Scale over I-IV-V progression
+1 A "blues scale" isn't really a scale, because it's missing notes, and the notes it has can be accidentals. Worrying about whether the notes are correct for the key misses the point entirely for playing blues; It's all about expressing something we hear, and we pick and chose notes in and out of the key to provide the tension/bluesy feel.
Jul
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revised What indicators enable consumers to identify counterfeit guitars?
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