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Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 425
Posted By Bikewer
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the...

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the standout signature of BB's style....His killer vibrato. If you don't get that....
Forum: The Pit 08-29-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 91
Posted By Bikewer
The one-inch difference in scale length is pretty...

The one-inch difference in scale length is pretty inconsequential. I just read some reviews of the 54 on the banjo hangout site and they all say it's decent for an entry-level instrument.

If you...
Forum: The Pit 08-26-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 2,520
Posted By Bikewer
I just listened to an NPR "Fresh Air"...

I just listened to an NPR "Fresh Air" segment on "The Coddled Mind"....That we are getting so carried away with political correctness and "micro-aggression" and similar concepts that people claim to...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-25-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 607
Posted By Bikewer
There are a number of different styles. You have...

There are a number of different styles. You have metal bodies, and wooden bodies. Most of the wood ones are classified as "dobro" guitars and tend to be played "lap style" with a steel as in...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-24-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 246
Posted By Bikewer
My kid has a Celebrity that's served him pretty...

My kid has a Celebrity that's served him pretty well for years. Celebrity is (was?) the inexpensive line produced by Ovation. They are serviceable instruments and all the Ovations have a...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-21-2015, 11:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 395
Posted By Bikewer
I think people do this just because they think it...

I think people do this just because they think it looks cool, just as years ago they'd stick their cigarette on the end of an uncut string.
There's no physical reason I can think of.

Back when I...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-20-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,397
Posted By Bikewer
As we have argued before....There are those who...

As we have argued before....There are those who are in the "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" school who think that hard work and practice conquers all.

I maintain that hard work and practice will...
Forum: The Pit 08-17-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6,486
Views: 93,713
Posted By Bikewer
Does seem rather odd to equate pure energy at an...

Does seem rather odd to equate pure energy at an extreme state of density and heat with a "being".
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-14-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 256
Posted By Bikewer
The "guitar nails" do seem to have some...

The "guitar nails" do seem to have some popularity among working musicians. If you maintain your nails properly, as classical guitarists do, you produce a good tone.....Without the nails being...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-11-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 1,922
Posted By Bikewer
I agree....About the closest you might come are...

I agree....About the closest you might come are some of the studio musicians who might be called on to play in many different styles over a year or so, but as the late Tommy Tedesco said in his...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-10-2015, 05:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By Bikewer
I would have said carbon fiber....But be sure to...

I would have said carbon fiber....But be sure to check for tarantulas and scorpions before playing.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-08-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By Bikewer
If you go to...

If you go to Stewmac:http://www.stewmac.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQjw0ZauBRDOnoGQ2PTb9YoBEiQAQ6m_7LjnSFlngzGd-fTZgOr41F5gDSZOeJ4ulGb5rnIClaIaAq-q8P8HAQ
You'll find not only a fine selection of tuners but...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-07-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Bikewer
Never heard of such a thing. I would evaluate...

Never heard of such a thing. I would evaluate my playing technique. Tell us more....Are you using bare fingers? Nail and flesh? (classical technique) Fingerpicks?
What's your hand position?
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-06-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 455
Posted By Bikewer
There are basically two styles of playing. ...

There are basically two styles of playing. First, the open-tuning "Delta Blues" style that's essentially song accompaniment.
Then, single-note-single line playing that's like playing lead guitar...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-04-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By Bikewer
Generally speaking, posting the exact melody of a...

Generally speaking, posting the exact melody of a tune, either in tab or notation, is a violation of copyright. Most all tabs you see online will have disclaimers like "this arrangement is the work...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-30-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 451
Posted By Bikewer
The nylon-string I'm personally having a case of...

The nylon-string I'm personally having a case of GAS for is the Godin Multiac model. That's a modern "hybrid" model with a skinnier neck and internal pickups.
At least from the YouTube...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-30-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,167
Posted By Bikewer
I do sort of miss the days where you could tell...

I do sort of miss the days where you could tell it was a country musician by the fact that you had to put on your shades to look at 'em.....Lest one be blinded by the glare from the sequins....

Now,...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-29-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 451
Posted By Bikewer
Pretty much the case if you want to play the...

Pretty much the case if you want to play the classical repertoire. There have been folks who have figured out arrangements to various classical pieces by ear....But those guys are somewhat...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-29-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,167
Posted By Bikewer
Originally, Sigma was to be Martin's...

Originally, Sigma was to be Martin's "bargain" brand, as is Epiphone to Gibson. Made overseas to Martin's standards.
The original run was pretty well thought-of. Friend of mine had one and it...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-27-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By Bikewer
The main difference between lap-style...

The main difference between lap-style "dobro" and regular-style "bottleneck" is the way the slide is held. In bottleneck (Delta blues) the slide is on a finger, usually the pinkie. The index does...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-25-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 379
Posted By Bikewer
The idea of buying used is dependent on your...

The idea of buying used is dependent on your level of expertise. I made the comparison to bicycles earlier...And this applies as well. It's quite possible to pick up a very nice-looking bike for...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-24-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By Bikewer
I play fingerstyle jazz for the most part these...

I play fingerstyle jazz for the most part these days, but started out many years ago with "Travis picking" folk tunes.
I've never rested a pinkie.... Unnecesary so far as I can see....As noted...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-23-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 379
Posted By Bikewer
We get a lot of such questions....A...

We get a lot of such questions....A "good" instrument for very little money. 200 dollars currently is about as "low as you can go" to get an actual playable guitar. There are cheaper ones, of...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-21-2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Bikewer
I'm working very specifically on chord-melody...

I'm working very specifically on chord-melody solo guitar. The reason for this is very simple....I'm pretty old, am just starting to fool seriously with this type of music, and have no opportunity...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-18-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 312
Posted By Bikewer
Most of the folks I see playing acoustic jazz...

Most of the folks I see playing acoustic jazz (usually in small ensembles) play small-medium sized OM or OOO guitars. The Martins are quite popular.....But pricey.
Generally, in such a situation you...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-15-2015, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By Bikewer
I have the GL1, and I play it a lot. It's my...

I have the GL1, and I play it a lot. It's my "easy chair" instrument. I put a set of D'Addario pro-arte strings on it and the sound is quite decent for a plywood guitar. (well...6-string tenor...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-14-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,210
Posted By Bikewer
Well, I was around when Kottke hit the scene and...

Well, I was around when Kottke hit the scene and knocked everybody out. Fahey wasn't getting the airplay then, but he was definitely mentioned in the same breaath.
That was back when I was just...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-12-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By Bikewer
Exactly as Cranky says. The primary use of the...

Exactly as Cranky says. The primary use of the capo is to acommodate the singer. To allow you to play in a key the singer (or you....) can sing in while retaining the chord shapes you've already...
Forum: The Pit 07-12-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,226
Posted By Bikewer
3 episodes in, not yet quite decided. Suffers...

3 episodes in, not yet quite decided. Suffers from "no one to like" syndome a bit...Decidedly quirky....Yet, it has a kind of William-Gibson vibe that's appealing.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-08-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,282
Posted By Bikewer
If you want to check out DiMeola, look for his...

If you want to check out DiMeola, look for his earlier stuff....Especially the live sets he did with Paco DeLucia and John McLaughlin. In terms of sheer speed, this is about as quick as it gets for...
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