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Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 06-07-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,321
Posted By Steve BP
Horizons, by Steve Hackett/Genesis

Horizons, by Steve Hackett/Genesis
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 10-16-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 370
Posted By Steve BP
Your guitar will sure sound different, probably...

Your guitar will sure sound different, probably much better, after a string change! It will probably sound really trebly to you at first, with much more sparkle and overtones (depending on which...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 10-16-2013, 06:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 702
Posted By Steve BP
My 2006 Ibanez S470 has a really nice whammy bar,...

My 2006 Ibanez S470 has a really nice whammy bar, a locking nut and no locking tuners. It has excellent tuning stability! I'm open to being shown otherwise, but it seems to me that a locking nut AND...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-25-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By Steve BP
An easy way to play fluid acoustic fingerstyle is...

An easy way to play fluid acoustic fingerstyle is to fingerpick over chord shapes. Once you learn the chords and rhythm, then melody from the chords comes pretty easily.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-25-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,175
Posted By Steve BP
How about some jazz standards? Blue Bossa, Autumn...

How about some jazz standards? Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves, In a Sentimental Mood, etc.

Pick up a jazz "real book" for some inspiration and you'll find plenty of challenging chord work for learning...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-25-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
Posted By Steve BP
As others have noted above, there are way fewer...

As others have noted above, there are way fewer bassists than guitarists: if you can play, you'll be able to pick the people you want to play with rather than play with those who are willing to...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-16-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 687
Posted By Steve BP
D'Addario phosphor bronze lights are a good place...

D'Addario phosphor bronze lights are a good place to start.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-16-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 984
Posted By Steve BP
Why not play a melody over a drone note? You...

Why not play a melody over a drone note?

You may not get the bagpipe tone, but you may be able to approximate bagpipe harmonies and feel.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 07-02-2013, 12:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By Steve BP
The G barre shape is also a quick step from Gmin7...

The G barre shape is also a quick step from Gmin7 and other lovely chords: it is worth knowing.

Also, sometimes it is nice to use chords in different voicings to better pair with your melody work.
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 06-29-2013, 11:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 566
Posted By Steve BP
Electro-harmonix's Deluxe Electric Mistress...

Electro-harmonix's Deluxe Electric Mistress flanger comes to mind ... classic psychedelic sound.
Forum: Electric Guitar 06-15-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Steve BP
Congrats on your Pacifica -- they are great...

Congrats on your Pacifica -- they are great starter guitars. I started on one, and still keep it out of nostalgia.
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 06-01-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By Steve BP
I think modelling amps sound best for quiet...

I think modelling amps sound best for quiet practice at home.

In my opinion, you need a little 1x12 tube combo amp.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 06-01-2013, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By Steve BP
I like acoustics that are a bit smaller than...

I like acoustics that are a bit smaller than dreadnaughts: Grand Auditorium, OM and Larrivee's L shape are (for me) more comfortable to play than a dreadnaught, but still retain good bass tone.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 05-30-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Steve BP
On a nice guitar, it is easier to produce...

On a nice guitar, it is easier to produce pleasing tones than on an inferior guitar. You'll sound better, even if you are not more technically proficient. When I purchased a nicer acoustic after...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 05-30-2013, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By Steve BP
Carulli has a classic book of etudes. I own a...

Carulli has a classic book of etudes. I own a copy published in French and Italian, rather than English, but as long as you can read music that shouldn't be a barrier if you don't read French or...
Forum: Electric Guitar 05-29-2013, 12:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 523
Posted By Steve BP
Tone wood is more important for acoustics than...

Tone wood is more important for acoustics than electric guitars. Solid electric guitars are intended to dampen vibration and feedback, whereas acoustics amplify them. Also, electric guitars have the...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 05-28-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By Steve BP
I really like the Express 5:25. I play an S470...

I really like the Express 5:25. I play an S470 through it, too!

The 5:25 isn't as brutal as the Dual Rectifier & other popular Mesa amplifiers, but it will provide a useful range of clean, crunch &...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 05-25-2013, 10:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 939
Posted By Steve BP
TS, MaggaraMarine knows what he is talking about...

TS, MaggaraMarine knows what he is talking about on this one ...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 05-25-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 517
Posted By Steve BP
I have experimented with my pocket pod in front...

I have experimented with my pocket pod in front of a variety of amps, as well as through an effects loop. Each time, in my opinion, it sounded terrible and was the worst of both worlds: it brought...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 05-25-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,885
Posted By Steve BP
Harsh, but true! Once you get accustomed to a...

Harsh, but true! Once you get accustomed to a tube amp, you are unlikely to go back.

Another thought maybe you haven't considered: get a tube amp with the best clean tone you can afford. Clean amps...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 02-11-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 705
Posted By Steve BP
Dust in the Wind Sorry for your loss

Dust in the Wind

Sorry for your loss
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 11-02-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Posted By Steve BP
The Larrivee "L" shape is worth...

The Larrivee "L" shape is worth checking out ...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 10-19-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 211
Posted By Steve BP
I sometimes do this with my little Fender Champ...

I sometimes do this with my little Fender Champ combo, which has a 6" speaker. If I feed it through my Mesa Boogie Express combo's 10" speaker, I get more bass and fuller tone in general. It also...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 10-19-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 550
Posted By Steve BP
It depends on the tubes in the amp -- they have...

It depends on the tubes in the amp -- they have different head room. EL84s break up at lower volumes than other tubes, but they are still very loud for a dorm situation.

Even a 5w tube amp will...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 10-19-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,139
Posted By Steve BP
I think you need to spend some cash before...

I think you need to spend some cash before multi-effects pedals sound good.

I think you are probably better off with a modest amp with a good clean (and maybe a dirty) channel and buying...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-19-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 381
Posted By Steve BP
^playing with your teeth =^) Yes, to chords --...

^playing with your teeth =^)

Yes, to chords -- they are essential.

I don't like fingerpicks because I find flesh & nail more comfortable to use. You don't need a lot of nail to provide the sharper...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-17-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By Steve BP
Perhaps you need to grow a little nail on the...

Perhaps you need to grow a little nail on the edge of the thumb closest to the strings. I find if you can get the nail & thumb flesh striking together with your attack, the sound will be more...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-14-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By Steve BP
Practice slowly, using a metronome. Go as slow as...

Practice slowly, using a metronome. Go as slow as you need to go in order to improve your picking technique. Speed it up slowly once you are satisfied with the improvement.

I find this works for...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,117
Posted By Steve BP
When I started playing, I was all over the Iron...

When I started playing, I was all over the Iron Maiden, too -- they were one of my inspirations. Then I discovered, from a different perspective, that their music is NOT easy for beginners to play...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By Steve BP
It may take several months of practice to nail...

It may take several months of practice to nail that F chord.

My advice: practice the chord shape at the 5th or 7th fret, where it is easier to play. Then work your way down to the first fret....
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