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I graduated from Williams College (MA) with a degree in physics and music and I've been a die-hard TeXie ever since my math professor introduced me to LaTeX in the fall of 2008, using it for poster, thesis, talks and all my papers. I currently teach at The Pennington School (NJ), where I use beamer and TikZ daily for my algebra lectures.


Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
@Alex Basson: Oh, of course, I read your answer in its entirety. Mine was only a lighthearted comment! No, it wasn't used; it was a blem, so I got it $100 cheaper. I had to fix up for reinforcements, partly due to poor care over a humid summer and some defects (yeah, it was a blem:)) but, overall, it's still a reasonably decent piece of work. I should also point out that I'm primarily a bassist, then a classical guitarist. When the right time comes, I hope to get one of those $1000 Taylors or the like. I seriously envy those people but one has to make the best of what one has.
Feb
8
comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
@Alex Basson: $1000? Not everyone has that kind of dough to shell out :) I got a middle-of-the-range acousto-electric Alvarez for about $400. Spent another $250 at the shop fixing it up and now it plays like a dream.
Jan
26
comment Are there some classical pieces that lend themselves well to guitar?
Yeah, I second the community wiki suggestion.
Jan
23
comment What is the 1-6-2-5 Chord Progression?
Because it's idiomatic in the diatonic major scale and that's its foundation. Used in any other scale, some modifications would have to be made. In the diatonic natural minor, for instance, it would be i - VI - ii° - v at the most basic level. Of course, you'd still call it 1-6-2-5 but, really, the 1-6-2-5 everyone recognizes is the major diatonic.
Jan
23
comment What are some chord substitutions for a I-IV-V blues progression?
Wow! Solid and thorough answer!
Jan
22
comment What is the 1-6-2-5 Chord Progression?
Yeah, it definitely seems like a chord to me—a major 7th.
Jan
21
comment Free exercise books
For left-hand dexterity, and right-hand fluidity, I'd recommend Carlevaro and Giuliani. Will post a proper answer, soon. Although these are primarily for nylon, they have excellent all-round fretboard application (even to bass). What sort of instrument do you have? A nylon/acoustic/electric? What are you into? Whichever, Carlevaro/Giuliani have really some of the best methods out there. My teacher used these for all his students in all styles and on all sorts of guitars.
Jan
21
comment Free exercise books
Nothing that good comes free :) Go get some books!
Jan
21
comment Where can I find music notes for classical guitar and lute online?
If you're seriously into classical guitar music, then you would have to buy actual books! Even then, many of these books are hard to find!
Jan
14
comment Does leaving a capo on “hurt” the strings?
@Brian: Oh, I see... but I merely posted up Griffith's. That wasn't really my opinion :) but just so my answer could have more weight. Anyway, I just don't leave the capo on unnecessarily too long, just as I don't keep my bass plugged in when I'm not playing! But really, if one leaves the capo on every night, if the strings have a phosphor coating, that will begin to crack right at that fret and strings may probably have to be changed faster. I never keep the capo on anyway, since I always clean my fretboard after each session...
Jan
14
comment Does leaving a capo on “hurt” the strings?
@Brian: But, yes, it's not really about string life, here...
Jan
14
comment Does leaving a capo on “hurt” the strings?
@Brian Ortiz: Eh... I myself have left my capo on overnight on several occasions. But it's not about the tension to the strings but the extra stress on the neck due to the increased tension in the strings, which could be significant, depending on where the capo is placed. One certainly doesn't want to have the capo perpetually hugging the neck.
Jan
14
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Wait, if this happens when the guitar is not plugged in, then it's the power cord picking up the signal! Is that what you call the input cable, because that's slightly confusing?
Jan
14
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Guitar cord could be acting as an antenna and picking up signals at a frequency that resonates with the amp speaker...when you wrap the cable around the amp, the signal constructively interferes and you hear nothing. the UPS most likely gets rid of extraneous signals? not sure...was a physics major (shame)!
Jan
14
comment Do I need to have my guitar re-set up if I change the weight of my strings
@Kevin and @Matthew: you guys are right. I'll go for answers, especially at this early stage. The thing is, I invest considerable time in posting answers. And I'm trying to work right now, so I cannot really focus on this at the same time :D But I will start posting answers seriously now, damning the consequences!
Jan
14
comment Do I need to have my guitar re-set up if I change the weight of my strings
@Matthew Read: Another reason is I try to get a conversation going with the asker. That way, I can figure out better what the issue and thus post a more useful answer. The comments can also be helpful for would-be answerers.
Jan
14
comment Do I need to have my guitar re-set up if I change the weight of my strings
@Matthew Read: Well, just out of habit, like I do on other SE sites, I wouldn't really post an answer except I am absolutely sure it is correct or my comment has been affirmed by other users. That way, I don't mislead other users. As you can see, the other posters insist on getting a set-up regardless of what gauge you switch to. For me, this has not been an issue between medium and lights. Thus, my answer is based on personal experience and practice, and probably stuff I read way back, but I guess the asker has found a useful answer that professional luthiers would most likely subscribe to.
Jan
14
comment How do you determine if you're ready to join a band?
Methinks it's all about passion. One must one want to play, not just play in a band. If one doesn't love the bass, I wouldn't recommend picking it up simply for the sake of playing in a band. In music, passion is everything. You won't stake out much for something you don't love. Except, well, playing on a band is more important that what one plays...
Jan
14
comment Can I wind my own pickups?
@Luiscencio: could you edit your question to read "how are the pickups wired " ;)
Jan
14
comment How do you care for your guitar?
What kind of guitar[s] do you have?