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Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-26-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 318
Posted By Monkeyleg
All good suggestions above. I've also been...

All good suggestions above.

I've also been playing about three years. Try to look at what you can do now that you couldn't a month ago. Recognize that you've made progress, however slow it may...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-25-2015, 12:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 129
Posted By Monkeyleg
Index and pinky fingers on an angle?

It seems like whenever I watch a video of someone playing, his fingers are straight and perpendicular to the top of the fret board. If I put my fingers on any string at, say, the 8th, 9th, 10th and...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-06-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 501
Posted By Monkeyleg
I asked about this very thing a couple of months...

I asked about this very thing a couple of months ago, and was glad to find out I wasn't doing something wrong.

I don't play that much down at the lower frets, so it's more comfortable to have my...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-29-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 592
Posted By Monkeyleg
Just a few months after I picked up a guitar for...

Just a few months after I picked up a guitar for the first time, I started trying to learn SRV's "Pride and Joy". I don't know if you'd call that "expert" or not, but it's not an easy song. I didn't...
Forum: Electric Guitar 01-25-2015, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By Monkeyleg
If there's not enough screw length left to screw...

If there's not enough screw length left to screw the tremelo claw into the body, get an extra spring.
Forum: Electric Guitar 01-14-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 616
Posted By Monkeyleg
True enough. I bought a Gibson BB King Lucille...

True enough. I bought a Gibson BB King Lucille ES-355, not because I wanted BB King's name on it, but because I wanted an ES without the f-holes and with the nicer hardware.

If the OP is a huge...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-31-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
My practice involves scales, strength, and...

My practice involves scales, strength, and everything in the Justin Guitar courses. I've been doing those for over two years.

I don't know that I have a "repertoire". I play Pride and Joy, Hideaway,...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-30-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
Oh, I know. I can remember where I was two years...

Oh, I know. I can remember where I was two years ago, and I've come a long, long way.

Then I listen to someone like Jonny Lang. Starts learning guitar at 12, cuts his first album at 14, and wins his...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-30-2014, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
I have a pretty long list of songs that I've...

I have a pretty long list of songs that I've learned to one extent or another. It's a pretty varied list, from rock to Delta blues to Chicago blues, and some stuff that doesn't fit any particular...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-29-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
With "Pride and Joy", I'm at the point...

With "Pride and Joy", I'm at the point where I play all the way through without even thinking about it.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-29-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
Actually my guitar hero is SRV. While I can play...

Actually my guitar hero is SRV. While I can play Pride and Joy on a good day at about 3/4 speed without too many mistakes, I realize that it took 2 1/2 years to get to that point. At the same time, I...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-27-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
Thanks for the encouragement. I don't expect to...

Thanks for the encouragement. I don't expect to be a virtuoso. I just know that my physical abilities will decline with time, and I'd like to get to be a decent player before the rate of descent...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 12-27-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,112
Posted By Monkeyleg
Too old, or just too uncoordinated?

I'm 64, and have been playing for 2 1/2 years. I've come a long way, but there's certain block walls I just keep hitting.

My fingers are simply not nimble enough to play quickly. I also have a very...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-18-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 298
Posted By Monkeyleg
Thanks for all of the suggestions. One problem I...

Thanks for all of the suggestions. One problem I see with nearly all of the straps suggested is the way they mount to the front button the guitar. Most have hardware that would contact the body of...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-16-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 298
Posted By Monkeyleg
That's the strap I bought. The padding is the...

That's the strap I bought. The padding is the same as on the Gibson Austin, but it's not as comfortable. I believe the Les Paul Traditional is a pound or two lighter than the ES-355.

If there's...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-16-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 298
Posted By Monkeyleg
I think it's the downward pressure on the top of...

I think it's the downward pressure on the top of my shoulder. I'm a skinny guy. Before someone suggests working out more, I'm 64, and at that age a person doesn't build muscle with exercise. I can...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-16-2014, 12:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 298
Posted By Monkeyleg
Most comfortable strap for an ES-355?

I just got a Gibson ES-355. I had a Levy's 4" padded strap available, and tried that. It was still hurting my shoulder, and was really uncomfortable after about half an hour.

I'd put a Gibson Austin...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-06-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By Monkeyleg
It could be the strings, but I just put the same...

It could be the strings, but I just put the same strings on two other Strats a week ago, and they didn't sound like this.

I'll see if the sound changes with time.
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-04-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By Monkeyleg
It's definitely not fret buzz. I adjusted the...

It's definitely not fret buzz. I adjusted the strings really high and it still sounds metallic. As I said before, I replaced the strings, using the same brand and weight as my Strats. Pickups...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-04-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 362
Posted By Monkeyleg
Cause of metallic sound to strings, and solution (if any)?

A friend has an Epiphone SG-400 he's selling. I like the feel of the guitar, but the strings have a metallic sound to them. This can be heard even playing with no amp. The sound is most apparent on...
Forum: Electric Guitar 11-28-2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 449
Posted By Monkeyleg
The bigger numbers in the serial # weigh more. An...

The bigger numbers in the serial # weigh more. An 8 weighs more than a 7, a 6 more than a 5, etc. So if you look at your list, you can see the pattern:

MX14516847 - 8lbs 10oz
MX14502726 - 8 lbs 2...
Forum: Electric Guitar 11-27-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By Monkeyleg
Opinion of Memphis BB King ES-335 Signature for play and collecting?

I've been watching a lot of B.B. King videos lately, and have been falling in love with his guitar.

I'm curious if anyone has any experience with that model, the ES-335 without the F-holes. I'm...
Forum: Gear Ads 11-27-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By Monkeyleg
Here's a couple of photos of the actual...

Here's a couple of photos of the actual strap

Leather (http://www.gunshopfinder.com/levys_outside.jpg)

Suede lining (http://www.gunshopfinder.com/levys_inside.jpg)
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-27-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Monkeyleg
Yeah, wait 40 years and see how much changes....

Yeah, wait 40 years and see how much changes. ;)



I've really worked at learning to use as little pressure as possible. Some barre chords still require effort. I've been working about half an hour...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Monkeyleg
How old are you? What I've been told repeatedly...

How old are you? What I've been told repeatedly is that, when you reach your sixties, you can't easily add muscle mass.

Mass is different from strength, though. When I was doing weights, I'd see...
Forum: Gear Ads 11-27-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By Monkeyleg
For Sale: Levy's M4GF Tan Bass Guitar Strap

I have a Levy's M4GF tan 3.5" leather bass strap. I bought it in April, and it's been very lightly used. No scratches or blemishes in the leather. The backside of the strap is darkened where it's...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 11-27-2014, 12:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Monkeyleg
Finger and hand muscles

I'm 64, and started working out at the gym about 6 years ago. I've always been skinny, and no matter how much I worked out and how much weight I could move, I didn't add muscle. It's always been that...
Forum: Electric Guitar 11-23-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By Monkeyleg
I'm changing high E strings pretty much every...

I'm changing high E strings pretty much every other night, so they're not old. I jut put a new set of all 6 strings on this guitar two nights ago.

Is .011 too light? I always thought that .009 was...
Forum: Electric Guitar 11-23-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By Monkeyleg
I'm using .011 on the E, .013 on the B, .018 on...

I'm using .011 on the E, .013 on the B, .018 on the G, .026 on the D, .038 on the A and .050 on the low E.

I've raised the action on the E, B, and G strings so that I don't have to push down as...
Forum: Electric Guitar 11-22-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By Monkeyleg
If it was the saddle, it would break at the...

If it was the saddle, it would break at the saddle. Ditto for the nut.

It's breaking right at the 7th and 8th frets, which is where I've been doing the bends the last couple of weeks. I'm doing...
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