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Jun
19
comment What use is knowing how many sharps or flats a key signature has?
@Tim: my son played bass in a shipboard jazz combo. The leader used that gestural thing and it was very useful to the band.
Oct
14
comment Practice amount and habits for time constrained individuals
I've been playing guitar for 45 years or so, and only recently decided to actually LEARN the instrument (I want to play jazz as a part-time vocation in retirement). I found a good teacher, and we are doing EXACTLY what you describe above. I've made great progress over 5 years practicing the 1 to 1.5 hours a day, focusing on exactly the areas you mention. I've achieved serious results. The key is the quality of your practice, more than the quantity. I think you're on the right track, and should ignore the nay-sayers.
Oct
14
comment Is my mandolin broken?
Upvoted for being thorough and accurate.
Jul
17
comment What is meant by this chord progression description?
And, while we're picking on numerals, 'bIV' in the last sentence before the analysis should be 'bVI'.
Jul
17
comment Music Store Etiquette
As long as you are not demonstrably damaging the instrument while you're auditioning it, you should have the time you need to make an informed decision. Simply playing the instrument is not harmful. It sounds to me like this is not what I would call a true music store; more like a product pushing store. I'd look for a better vendor, if possible.
Jul
12
comment How to transpose slash chords for guitar
B#, Cb, E# and Fb are perfectly correct both as notes and keys; each therefore has a key signature (B#'s key signature has 2 sharps and 5 double-sharps), but anyone with a modicum of sense would write these keys as their enharmonic equivalents of C, B, F, and E respectively. Off the top of my head, Bbm7b5 has an Fb (enharmonically, of course it's an E, but as Bbm is spelled Bb, Db, F, correct notation would require Fb).
May
23
comment Is there some software tool that analyzes audio to produce pitch information?
I'll second that; I'm using Transcribe to learn Charlie Christian's solos, and it's made a difficult process much easier.
Feb
14
comment Airplane Travel with Washburn travel guitar
@VarLogRant: Heh. As it happens, I was flying into and out of O'Hare. Just as well I wound up without a guitar...
Feb
14
comment Airplane Travel with Washburn travel guitar
Thanks, all, for your answers. My own answer was to forgo the guitar, and, as it turns out, just as well; I had no time or energy for it.
Jan
31
comment Airplane Travel with Washburn travel guitar
It's Delta, and from what I read they might let me store something that size in an overhead, if there's room. And if I'm nice to everyone...
Jan
31
comment Airplane Travel with Washburn travel guitar
Someone sent me that video some time ago, and I played it over and over. It's why I want a cheap (expendable) travel companion. There are a couple of updates, too.
Jan
30
comment What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?
"I wiped them clean before and after playing and made sure I washed my hand with soup." -- Progresso? Campbell's?