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Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-05-2016, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Bikewer
Study jazz. More specifically, study the...

Study jazz. More specifically, study the essentials of jazz harmony.

Jazz makes extensive use of "altered" and "extended" chords, and often uses devices like the "circle of fifths" to develop...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 02-02-2016, 10:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 97
Posted By Bikewer
My "avatar" is a mandola (like a...

My "avatar" is a mandola (like a mandolin but a little longer scale and tuned a fourth down) that I built from a Cohiba cigar box.
I also had a cheap little Fender mandolin. However, I've been...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-31-2016, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By Bikewer
Precisely. (Note that I didn't say these guys...

Precisely. (Note that I didn't say these guys couldn't play solo..)
Farlow was an interesting dude... I read an article on him years ago in Guitar Player. One of those self-taught individuals who...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-30-2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By Bikewer
I just bought a "Manuel Rodriguez"...

I just bought a "Manuel Rodriguez" Nuevo Flamenco model. Quite nice...... Paid 500 exactly at GC (I think they are available from GC exclusively) and about a week later they put 'em on sale for...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-30-2016, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By Bikewer
There are a lot of different styles of jazz...

There are a lot of different styles of jazz guitar.... But at least you seem to have picked a number of artists you like.
Note that guys like Farlow and Reinhardt and Ellis all primarily played...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-26-2016, 10:24 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,478
Posted By Bikewer
I remember reading an interview with Guy Clark,...

I remember reading an interview with Guy Clark, one of the really great songwriters. A craftsman who often takes months to polish a song.
But who did Clark say he admired? The "tin pan alley"...
Forum: The Pit 01-25-2016, 09:53 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,326
Posted By Bikewer
Currently, fingerstyle jazzz. Solo guitar stuff,...

Currently, fingerstyle jazzz. Solo guitar stuff, mostly standards.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-16-2016, 11:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 804
Posted By Bikewer
I started playing back around '75. At the time,...

I started playing back around '75. At the time, my pinkie felt like a chunk of wood. I thought I would never be able to finger a first-position "G" with the pinkie on the high E string.
But one...
Forum: The Pit 01-15-2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6,565
Views: 97,596
Posted By Bikewer
There's nothing wrong in principal with reading...

There's nothing wrong in principal with reading the bible. The main problem is... Which one? There are so many different versions and translations and even the major religions argue endlessly...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-12-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By Bikewer
Setting your sights pretty high to just jump...

Setting your sights pretty high to just jump in.....
First, this is not really a "Flamenco" piece, but rather what we might call..."Flamenco influenced modern latin guitar".... Or something like...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-08-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By Bikewer
Well...."Professional fingerstyle...

Well...."Professional fingerstyle player" could mean a lot of things. You could play well enough to accompany dozens of folk, blues, and country songs in 2-3 years without much difficulty.
I'm...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-06-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 557
Posted By Bikewer
The little Yamaha is tuned a fourth higher than a...

The little Yamaha is tuned a fourth higher than a regular guitar....A to A instead of E to E. So, if you just play the little guy solo like I do...... You just ignore that fact and play using your...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-06-2016, 10:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By Bikewer
I play fingerstyle jazz, and use what is...

I play fingerstyle jazz, and use what is essentially classical guitar technique. It's a natural hand position, stress free, and very efficient.
I can't offhand think of a better description of what...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-02-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Bikewer
I sort of "fell into" the Rodriguez...

I sort of "fell into" the Rodriguez guitar.. I went to the Taylor Road Show to check that out and played the only nylon-string they brought along. Expensive instrument, about 1500 bucks, and I...
Forum: Musician Talk 01-02-2016, 10:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,115
Posted By Bikewer
I'm primarily involved with chord-melody in a...

I'm primarily involved with chord-melody in a jazz context; that's what I've been working on for the last couple of years. You see a lot of different approaches from different jazz players.
Some,...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-01-2016, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Bikewer
I have recently started playing mostly...

I have recently started playing mostly nylon-string. I've been doing fingerstyle jazz chord-melody for a couple of years.
I play using classical technique, a combination of flesh and nails, and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-28-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 626
Posted By Bikewer
Using a strap is a pretty easy solution.... I use...

Using a strap is a pretty easy solution.... I use one on my semi-hollow to hold it in proper playing position.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-27-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By Bikewer
I pretty much agree with Cranky. Trying to...

I pretty much agree with Cranky. Trying to adjust a standard acoustic guitar to such low tunings seems rather strange. Why not just buy a baritone? Or hell.... A 6-string bass.
Forum: Musician Talk 12-14-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By Bikewer
Much of clasical guitar training is about...

Much of clasical guitar training is about "tone production". Classical players study technique as much as they study the music itself.
The actual technique of picking ("plucking", they usually say)...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-06-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,027
Posted By Bikewer
As the others all say. Follow the technique used...

As the others all say. Follow the technique used by classical guitar players. There are many tutorials online. Important things are to use a very good file or very fine sandpaper on a small block ...
Forum: The Pit 12-05-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2,750
Views: 43,133
Posted By Bikewer
I'm not a hunter at all, but I got into bowmaking...

I'm not a hunter at all, but I got into bowmaking for a while and turned out several longbows, a couple of sets of arrows, etc.
My best effort was a #45 Osage Orange longbow. It was my first attempt...
Forum: The Pit 12-01-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,300
Posted By Bikewer
I was raised Catholic...Catholic school in the...

I was raised Catholic...Catholic school in the 50s and early 60s. No exposure to porn whatever that I can recall. (Well, my dad had some rather tame Vargas-style pinups down in the basement...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-30-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 798
Posted By Bikewer
I would imagine that the distinction made by many...

I would imagine that the distinction made by many is this....."Fingerpicking" is often used to describe "Travis picking" or "pattern picking"....That simple, repeating-pattern style of play that was...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-27-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,026
Posted By Bikewer
As Mornox points out, this is essentially...

As Mornox points out, this is essentially "Contemporary flamenco-influenced" playing. Most of the guy's technique is derived from classical/flamenco and aside from the guy's fluid technique...The...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-21-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By Bikewer
You could just set up YouTube to play Django...

You could just set up YouTube to play Django stuff.... His material ranges considerably from fairly easy to very difficult.
Melodies like "Nuages" and "Limehouse Blues" are pretty straightforward ,...
Forum: The Pit 11-19-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 769
Posted By Bikewer
Since I'm an atheist, and participate in a number...

Since I'm an atheist, and participate in a number of atheist and skeptical forums....This comes up quite a bit.

You get a lot of different answers depending on traditiion. For instance,...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-14-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 504
Posted By Bikewer
I'm old, and have rather bad shoulders. I gave...

I'm old, and have rather bad shoulders. I gave up playing dreadnaught-sized instruments some years ago.

There are a number of possibilities. First... A smaller guitar. We have OM, OOO, and...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-08-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 539
Posted By Bikewer
Largely depends on what kind of music you started...

Largely depends on what kind of music you started fooling with. When I started out, mid-70s, all my friends were old folkies and essentially everyone played "Travis Picking" style using thumbpicks...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-06-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 539
Posted By Bikewer
I've been playing for a long time, about 40...

I've been playing for a long time, about 40 years. I started out doing both fingerstyle and bluegrass-type flatpicking, pretty much side-by side.

I got proficient enough with the flatpick to knock...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-05-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 549
Posted By Bikewer
Acoustic-electric models are increasingly...

Acoustic-electric models are increasingly popular, but I just went to guitar center and pulled up "acoustic guitars"....Found dozens of models that were not so equipped.
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