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Forum: Musician Talk Yesterday, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 125
Posted By Bikewer
Abilities differ. Some folks are fortunate...

Abilities differ. Some folks are fortunate enough to have "absolute pitch".... They can hear and identify notes acurately. Some have "relative pitch"....They can clearly hear intervals and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-28-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By Bikewer
The other standpoint.... Pretty much never. In...

The other standpoint.... Pretty much never. In my case, I have rather bad hearing overall. About 20% loss in the right ear from childhood ear infections and also shooting-induced losses.
Also,...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-26-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 185
Posted By Bikewer
The 16th-century "sword saint" of...

The 16th-century "sword saint" of Japan, Musashi Miyamoto, said...."A warrior should not become too attached to his sword".

It's a tool for making music. If you want to collect guitars and admire...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-26-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 208
Posted By Bikewer
I took a little different path... 40+ years in...

I took a little different path... 40+ years in and I still don't read music. I play a variety of music including fingerstyle chord-melody jazz... I figure out the melody either from tabs or by...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-26-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 157
Posted By Bikewer
Not possible to tell from the data given.... ...

Not possible to tell from the data given.... It's blue, my friend. Go to the manufacturer's website and look up the specs. Your pics don't even tell us what brand or model you've got there.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-25-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 271
Posted By Bikewer
Here's another tip...Have your guitar set up. ...

Here's another tip...Have your guitar set up. Many guitars are shipped with the action at the nut rather high, and this makes those first-position barres doubly hard.
Quick way to tell iff this is...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-20-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 137
Posted By Bikewer
A quick way to get a "feel" for such...

A quick way to get a "feel" for such things.... Put your screwdriver on one of the other screws and see how much pressure it takes to back it off a bit and then to re-tighten.

That will give you a...
Forum: The Pit 01-20-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,689
Posted By Bikewer
Three: "I am a human being, and as such all...

Three:

"I am a human being, and as such all things human are of interest to me." Roman poet Terentius ("Terrence").

"Faith is an unsupported belief in the unlikely." Betrand Russell.

"What, me...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-19-2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Posted By Bikewer
Well, Mitchell's are made for Guitar Center as...

Well, Mitchell's are made for Guitar Center as their own entry-level brand as I understand it. They are decidedly inexpensive.
However... I had one a few years ago; one of the 200 dollar...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-16-2015, 11:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By Bikewer
Can't find a damned thing.... I'm willing to...

Can't find a damned thing.... I'm willing to bet, however..... Kawai is known for it's keyboard instruments, and I would imagine that they had a number of "brick and mortar" stores. It's always a...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-14-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
Posted By Bikewer
This time of year, you are likely looking at a...

This time of year, you are likely looking at a humidity problem. The guitar has just begun to dry out, and you don't have enough neck relief.
Or.... likely due to the same thing, a fret may be...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-13-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By Bikewer
"Acoustic" just means that the...

"Acoustic" just means that the instrument produces sound mechanically, rather than electrically. So as the other post notes, Essentially any instrument that does not rely on electronic...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-10-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By Bikewer
The only reference I could find was a link to...

The only reference I could find was a link to your pics! On the face of it, it looks like an inexpensive instrument based primarily on the plastic bushings on the tuners. Often seen on Japanese...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-09-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 212
Posted By Bikewer
Go to Frets.com and check out the "basic...

Go to Frets.com and check out the "basic instrument setup" section. It'll give you all the standard measurements..
If the guitar has started to pull up at the belly...(Not uncommon with older...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 01-04-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By Bikewer
One of those things... I've never been able to do...

One of those things... I've never been able to do it. Short thumbs? I dunno. However as noted it's a very common technique.... I saw it among folkie guitarists years ago who used it for the...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-31-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By Bikewer
Standard nylon string sets tend to have about...

Standard nylon string sets tend to have about half the tension of typical steel-string sets for acoustic guitars.

So, if you go through all those gyrations, you might find that the strings "work" in...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-28-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 247
Posted By Bikewer
String choice is very individual. Ask 100...

String choice is very individual. Ask 100 players, get 100 answers.

Most name-brand strings these days are just fine. The coated strings last longer. The two important things are the alloys...
Forum: The Pit 12-27-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 2,557
Posted By Bikewer
Being a tad older than most of you lads... I read...

Being a tad older than most of you lads... I read the first book, the Fellowship of the Ring, in 1965 while knocking around the mountains of Norway courtesy of the US Army.
What a great place....Just...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-23-2014, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Bikewer
What came with the pickup? If it's an...

What came with the pickup? If it's an "endpin jack", this would replace the strap-pin on the "bottom" of the instrument. Normally, you would have to ream out the hole with an appropriate bit...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-22-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 290
Posted By Bikewer
Looks like your uncle was a skilled luthier who...

Looks like your uncle was a skilled luthier who knew what he was doing! That's a nice-looking instrument. The proof of the pudding is the sound, of course.

Before you throw a new set of strings...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-21-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By Bikewer
There seems to be a bit of a fad currently for...

There seems to be a bit of a fad currently for small-bodied "O", "OM", and "Parlor" sized instruments. They have always been popular with fingerstyle players due to the somewhat more-balanced...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-20-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 889
Posted By Bikewer
Over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum, the term they...

Over on the Acoustic Guitar Forum, the term they use is "Opening up".

My take on this, along with anything else that is supposed to affect sound like "Tonerite" or Sticking your guitar next...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-19-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By Bikewer
The Jazz Guitar...

The Jazz Guitar Forum:
http://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/

Has quite a lot of basic lessons, references, charts, and the like.
Forum: Musician Talk 12-19-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Bikewer
Depends on your area of interest. Stefan...

Depends on your area of interest. Stefan Grossman's "Guitar Workshop" is a great source for mostly-acoustic stuff.... Blues, fingerstyle, early jazz, ragtime.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-17-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By Bikewer
There's a cut of Joe Pass on YouTube where he...

There's a cut of Joe Pass on YouTube where he does this...Sticks the pick in his mouth. Of course, Joe isn't singing.....
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-14-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 588
Posted By Bikewer
Flatwound strings are very popular with jazz...

Flatwound strings are very popular with jazz players, who like a "clean" sound and like the somewhat mellower tone.
And as Zaphod indicates, most (including me) use a rather light attack. If you...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-13-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 588
Posted By Bikewer
I currently play fingerstyle jazz on a...

I currently play fingerstyle jazz on a semi-hollow electric using a technique that's essentially classical. I use flatwound strings and play with my nails, exactly as I would for playing a nylon...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 12-06-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 270
Posted By Bikewer
I have been working almost exclusively on...

I have been working almost exclusively on fingerstyle jazz lately, and I keep my nails as recommended by classical guitarists.
This has just enough nail so that the string is struck by a combination...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-27-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 316
Posted By Bikewer
The muscles that control your fingers are in your...

The muscles that control your fingers are in your forearm... There are few muscles in the hand itself other than the big "pinch" muscle between thumb and palm.
Sure.....There are all sorts of ways to...
Forum: The Pit 11-27-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 994
Posted By Bikewer
Hippies? How about "If you're going, to...

Hippies? How about "If you're going, to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...."

Or... Most of the score from "Hair".....
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