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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.


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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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)".
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".
Sep
11
comment Should I focus on scales or chords?
+1 for "Dive into music theory". As a guitar player, who started with piano, bounced off trumpet, then stuck with guitar, the theory and technique I learned from playing piano, then built-upon in music theory and composition classes really helped me understand what goes on in music. And that made it immensely easier to learn advanced guitar scales and harmony, which really pays off when learning jazz.
Sep
11
comment How to algorithmically find a chord progression for an infinite arbitrary melody?
A basic music theory class should help with this. Learning how the chords are built, based on scales, quickly gives you the knowledge to figure out which chords work well with a particular note, and when to use a particular one.
Aug
2
comment Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?
I disagree about the distortion. Even the early pioneers in electric guitar were experimenting with ways to get a more-distorted sound. Listen to Link Wray's "The Rumble". He was deliberately looking for distortion, and even poked holes in the speaker of his amp to get more distortion in the studio. He had compression available to him; Recording studios and radio were taking advantage tube-based compressors. Listen to any Les Paul song from his early albums and compression is all over it.
May
21
comment Safe remedies for hoarse voice?
Oh. That makes a LOT more sense. :-)