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Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-17-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 83
Posted By Bikewer
Everything old is new again...... This type of...

Everything old is new again......

This type of music, and playing, is very similar to what we were doing at the tail end of the "folk revival" back in the late 60s and early 70s. (actually, the...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-13-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By Bikewer
For most of my 40-ish years of playing, I played...

For most of my 40-ish years of playing, I played various kinds of "roots" music. Folk, bluegrass, blues, etc. Obviously, no scales required for this.
When I started learning to play lead lines...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-12-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 777
Posted By Bikewer
Like a lot of other musical forms, jazz is a...

Like a lot of other musical forms, jazz is a "big tent". You'd likely have a hard time coming up wth a working definition..... But I think most would include "improvisation" at some point.

Just...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-11-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 209
Posted By Bikewer
And don't forget that the originators of this...

And don't forget that the originators of this music, the old Delta bluesmen, were none too strict with that 12-bar form.'
They often played solo and measures were loose to put it mildly. Likewise...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 04-10-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By Bikewer
You've got serious problems there, my friend. ...

You've got serious problems there, my friend. That guitar is in the process of destroying itself and whether it an be saved will depend enirely on how much money you are willing to spend.
The top...
Forum: Musician Talk 04-10-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By Bikewer
Most really fluent sight readers... The folks who...

Most really fluent sight readers... The folks who can sit down at a piano with a piece of sheet music they've never seen before and play it... Started as children. It's much the same process as...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 04-09-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 117
Posted By Bikewer
Ibanez makes some nice electrics, but the general...

Ibanez makes some nice electrics, but the general consensus is that their acoustics are pretty marginal. Also, that one is REALLY cheap.
What's your budget?
200 bucks is about as "low as you can...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-08-2015, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By Bikewer
There are all manner of good basic instruction...

There are all manner of good basic instruction videos on YouTube.... Try Stefan Grossman's "Guitar Workshop" Channel.

Basics. First, slide material is unimportant. I've used 'em all. Very slight...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-05-2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 338
Posted By Bikewer
Everybody does things differently, of course. ...

Everybody does things differently, of course. Me....When I get interested in something, I learn as much as I can about it. With guitar, back in the 70s, I subscribed to Guitar Player for 10 years...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-03-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By Bikewer
I'm not going to go too far out on a limb here...

I'm not going to go too far out on a limb here and suggest that your instrument is in need of adjustment. Have you had it "set up"....Or the action adjusted?

Sounds like you have all the symptoms...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-02-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By Bikewer
Many of the guys over at the Acoustic Guitar...

Many of the guys over at the Acoustic Guitar Forum seem to be very, very sensitive about neck width, especially the fingerstyle players.
Others, not so much. I've never payed all that much...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 04-02-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By Bikewer
The addition of a piezo pickup and a tiny solid...

The addition of a piezo pickup and a tiny solid state control box in the sides will have essentially no effect on a guitar's sound.
When you buy a cheap acoustic/electric, the electronics make up a...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-24-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 724
Posted By Bikewer
The "Pro-pick" brand is about as nice...

The "Pro-pick" brand is about as nice as I've found; those are the ones with the cutouts for the fingertips. I didn't find that to be all that useful, but they have four adjustment tabs instead of...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-23-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 724
Posted By Bikewer
When I started playing, in the 70s, everyone I...

When I started playing, in the 70s, everyone I knew played fingerstyle with picks. I didn't realize why till later, it was for the volume. Standard acoustic quitars (no acoustic-electrics back...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-22-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,428
Posted By Bikewer
I'll agree but only to a point. There are...

I'll agree but only to a point. There are psychological/physiological conditions that would at least greatly limit one's ability to play.
There are psychological conditions (as described in Oliver...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-20-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 395
Posted By Bikewer
The headstock logo doesn' look even remotely like...

The headstock logo doesn' look even remotely like "Ibanez". Model name or something?
Forum: Musician Talk 03-20-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By Bikewer
Not much to add. There is a very nice jazz...

Not much to add. There is a very nice jazz guitar forum here:
http://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/

And there's a pretty good jazz guitar section on Reddit... r/jazz guitar.

Jazz is a very big tent,...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-20-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By Bikewer
Most folks start with the most-basic "Travis...

Most folks start with the most-basic "Travis picking" or "Pattern picking". This involves using a simple, syncopated pattern or "roll" and changing chords over that.
As you get beter, you can...
Forum: The Pit 03-19-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 352
Posted By Bikewer
We don't "play" airsoft but we do use...

We don't "play" airsoft but we do use airsoft weapons in training. I'm in law enforcement, and we do "active shooter" and "MacTac" training...Small-unit tactics directed at locating...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-18-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 549
Posted By Bikewer
I've had my GS for about 3 years now and love it...

I've had my GS for about 3 years now and love it as well. There are a lot of small "parlor" guitars avaialble currently, sort of a fad for them.
Guys over at the Acoustic Guitar Forum have...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-17-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Bikewer
Exactly right... the squareneck models are for...

Exactly right... the squareneck models are for playing lap-style. This is the standard for bluegrass-style "dobro" playing. Or lap steel.


I built a lap steel but the technique is "backwards"...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-16-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
Posted By Bikewer
Well, many in this section will be happy to tell...

Well, many in this section will be happy to tell you exactly which modes and scales and such you must master.... And tell you all about the theories involved and all that.

But the basic 12-bar...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-15-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 641
Posted By Bikewer
Depends on degree, I suppose. A lot of bluegrass...

Depends on degree, I suppose. A lot of bluegrass pickers use strings (medium gauge acoustic) and actions that would make most electric players wince...But they play very fast indeed.

Depends what...
Forum: The Pit 03-15-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 486
Posted By Bikewer
Likely unrelated but I noticed that my iPad has...

Likely unrelated but I noticed that my iPad has become really slow to load pages after I installed the latest updates. Much slower than my Samsung...
I just installed the more current 8.1 update...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-13-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Bikewer
Guitar Center usually shows several models, Dean,...

Guitar Center usually shows several models, Dean, Fender:
http://m.guitarcenter.com/Resonators-Folk---Traditional-Stringed-Instruments.gc?esid=resonator
These all have a built-in electric-guitar type...
Forum: The Pit 03-12-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6,465
Views: 91,304
Posted By Bikewer
The late Dr. Asimov (not a philosopher) was a big...

The late Dr. Asimov (not a philosopher) was a big proponent of clarity. He maintained that one should write in a clear and unambiguous manner.
I heartily agree. I have always felt that the idea of...
Forum: The Pit 03-11-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 606
Posted By Bikewer
We will likely see decreased use of various...

We will likely see decreased use of various non-sustainable "tonewoods" in acoustic guitars, and more attempts to use synthetic materials. Carbon fiber is a niche market at present but does appear...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-10-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By Bikewer
I don't.... I use what's essentially a...

I don't.... I use what's essentially a classical-guitar technique. Like the other reply, my ring finger will hardly bend at all if my pinkie is rigid.
An old technique I read about years ago was...
Forum: The Pit 03-08-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By Bikewer
As someone from the time when there was nothing...

As someone from the time when there was nothing else...... The turntable is an input device for your amplifier. Currently, you can buy turntables which are input devices for your computer.
Used to...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 03-06-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By Bikewer
As Tony says... As long as the string breaks...

As Tony says... As long as the string breaks properly over the saddle, the bridge pin should have little or no effect. Dead spots are more likely to be a problem with the frets... A high one...
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