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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.


Dec
17
comment Can I use really light electric guitar strings?
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
17
revised Can I use really light electric guitar strings?
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Dec
17
answered Can I use really light electric guitar strings?
Nov
18
comment B flat minor - the key of death…seriously?
+1 for elevating SpinalTap to the same level as the other "serious" music.
Nov
8
comment Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good
I agree that speed and accuracy practice is important, it's just not the end-all goal. Of course some people measure perfection by notes/second, and that's fine. The end goal is to accurately reproduce what we hear in our head. That said, music is an attempt to say something; I prefer to say the right thing at the right time. That's just me.
Nov
8
revised Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good
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Nov
7
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Nov
7
answered Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good
Oct
24
comment Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?
Wikipedia's "Guitar Amplifier" article has a section on the history of guitar amps with a list of artists who deliberately went for distorted sounds.
Oct
24
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Oct
11
revised What are some of the things that influence a players “Tone”?
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Oct
11
revised What are some of the things that influence a players “Tone”?
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Oct
7
comment What is the best setup for high gain and low noise for my amp and effects?
That may be. It's important to think of all the components in the setup as they all affect the noise. I have two compressors, from the same era, both are considered "classic" pedals, and both can add a lot of hiss. Turning up their gain is the problem. They're cheap little designs and good for simple use but not studio quality. If you are using massive amounts of gain or overdrive, which is gain too, you will get noise. A noise gate can only do so much before it starts getting in the way. I'd try a boost inside the guitar to push a hotter signal down the wire.
Oct
7
revised How to know if it's a mode or scale?
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Oct
7
revised How to know if it's a mode or scale?
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Oct
7
comment What is the best setup for high gain and low noise for my amp and effects?
You asked this question previously - "Cannot get rid of pedal / amp noise (Hiss)".
Oct
7
answered What is the best setup for high gain and low noise for my amp and effects?
Oct
7
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Sep
11
comment Should I focus on scales or chords?
"Scales are just a tool to help you create melodies and to connect chords together as the song progresses."? Music theory teaches us that scales are the basis of chords; Without the scales we don't have tonality or chords. Understanding them both is important. Chords are easier to learn and understand, but you can't understand WHY chords work without scales.
Sep
11
comment Should I focus on scales or chords?
Repeating scales helps build muscle memory, but only practicing simple scales, like pentatonic and blues/rock scales can be limiting once the muscle memory kicks in, because the fingers will want to go places that the chords don't allow (or suggest). Grow into understanding which scales should be used when, and why, and learn to think and hear flexibly, so the scales become the launching platform for improvising, not "riffing".