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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 thinking Python is perversely interesting, similar to pulling off a scab. :-)

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


Apr
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Mar
5
comment Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?
Taylor calls it a "shunt", so I used their terminology. The strings are not grounded when the fuse/shunt blows, instead the connection to the strings is broken entirely, and, if you're holding the strings, you won't get shocked as the circuit to the strings, and hence the player, no longer exists. I've got two Taylors with them in it; One currently is blown and the guitar works fine, albeit with a bit more noise which goes away if I touch the pickup casing to ground myself.
Mar
5
comment Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?
There are very valid reasons why guitars should not have their strings (or tuners, bridges or other metallic parts) grounded. It creates a situation where the guitarist can close a loop through badly wired A/C circuits, which can cause a shock, or even death. It's better to shield the controls and possibly do what Taylor does in their electrics, and use a shunt that'll open in case of a ground-loop. Modern building codes should having wiring that won't case a problem, but old buildings, or badly wired stages, can be dangerous.
Mar
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Mar
5
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Mar
5
comment How does bodybuilding or weightlifting affect singer's voice?
"How does bodybuilding or weightlifting affect singer's voice?" Are you singing while doing those things?
Jan
24
comment How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?
The Martin's back and the BFTS has helped a lot; Getting the guitar tuned is more finicky, probably because I'm having to tune differently, but it sounds great once I get it there. Chords and open-chords are in tune past the twelfth fret now. It was a totally reversible change to an original guitar that had a badly placed bridge right from the factory. Awesome!
Dec
31
comment How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?
As I understand it, Feiten is the nut, the saddle and how the frets are crowned. My '69 Martin D35 is in the shop for one, to correct issues from the factory back then and my tech went over the changes he'd have to make. Because it's such an old guitar he's trying to avoid any unreversible changes.
Dec
31
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Dec
27
revised How do I improve vibrato and breath volume in singing?
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Dec
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Dec
27
comment How well does mental practice work for you on different instruments?
It paid off for Prof. Harold Hill in "The Music Man". :-)
Dec
24
comment In jazz, can anyone play any song?
Copyright violation is a costly experience. It's good for all artists to be aware of the laws, both to protect themselves and avoid accidentally (or deliberately) violating them. The laws aren't identical around the world, but the ideas are the same.
Dec
17
comment I need help choosing between learning guitar and piano
+1. Thoughtful answer. Jazz players, both guitar and piano, are usually good at reading charts, and at my most focused, I could read scores and play them pretty well on the guitar. One thing guitars do really well, is interact sonically with amplification. Playing an electric into a tube amp driven to distortion so it holds a note forever is one-majorly-fun experience. :-)
Dec
17
answered I need help choosing between learning guitar and piano
Dec
17
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Dec
17
comment Really light electric guitar strings and the blues
Piezo will work because they pick up the vibration of the wood top or bridge, but that's an entirely different sound than a metal string inducing a current in a standard pickup.
Dec
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