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Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-20-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 419
Posted By Bikewer
In addition to what the other folks have...

In addition to what the other folks have said.......Grit your teeth, take the instrument to a good shop, and have the nice technician examine it to see if the action needs to be adjusted. If so,...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-16-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Posted By Bikewer
When I started out, it was what folks were...

When I started out, it was what folks were calling "Travis Picking". Actually had little to do with what Merle Travis was playing, but was in fact "pattern picking". The basic folk-music style...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-15-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 446
Posted By Bikewer
As Soccerguy says... A "real book" will...

As Soccerguy says... A "real book" will give you the lead sheets of dozens of standards.
You can find all these on line as well...There are any number of jazz guitar forums, and an r/jazzguitar...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-12-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 471
Posted By Bikewer
So....What do you mean by "jamming"? ...

So....What do you mean by "jamming"? Perhaps this word has acquired a new meaning among you younger lads..
To me, to "Jam", to have a "Jam Session", is to play in an improvisatory manner with other...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 09-07-2014, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By Bikewer
The thumbpick is the natural route; as...

The thumbpick is the natural route; as shatterhand says, many famous fingerstylists use them.

Or... I don't have any right-hand callouses at all. I use the same technique classical players do; a...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-07-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,264
Posted By Bikewer
I have talked to classically-trained individuals...

I have talked to classically-trained individuals who complain of being "slaves to the sheet music"; who can only play directly from the notation.
To whom the idea of sitting down and whanging out a...
Forum: The Pit 09-06-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 892
Posted By Bikewer
In this case, they have most of the skeleton. ...

In this case, they have most of the skeleton. The mechanics of determining how much a given critter weighed from it's skeletal structure is obviously not exact... It's almost impossible to tell the...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-05-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By Bikewer
They are both "acoustic" guitars. One...

They are both "acoustic" guitars. One is a nylon-string, and one is a steel string.

The technique normally taught for classical playing is quite specific and disciplined, but it can be applied...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-03-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By Bikewer
Everybody has off days. Even after playing...

Everybody has off days. Even after playing since the 70s, I'll pick up an instrument and find that I'm just "off"....
Won't hurt to just leave it lay.... Or what I do; essentially play something...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 09-02-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 141
Posted By Bikewer
We generally don't use heavier-gauge strings as a...

We generally don't use heavier-gauge strings as a training device; we use 'em because they sound better. Not that they always do, of course, but quite a lot of acoustics do have a bit of a sound...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-29-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 338
Posted By Bikewer
This is why I'm a flatpicker as well......

This is why I'm a flatpicker as well...

Seriously, the other guy's advice is solid. You don't need to "grow out" your right-hand nails. Mine are hardly longer than the left....
They must be...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By Bikewer
Back during the 10 years or so I subscribed to...

Back during the 10 years or so I subscribed to Guitar Player magazine, I would read the Classical Guitar column even though I wasn't really interested in classical playing.... Hehe... I was just...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-28-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By Bikewer
Another possibility... Carbon fiber. The carbon...

Another possibility... Carbon fiber. The carbon guitars are actually pretty well thought-of by folks who are not tradition-bound... The Acoustic Guitar Forum has a whole section for such...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-27-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 293
Posted By Bikewer
Popular non-spruce top woods include cedar,...

Popular non-spruce top woods include cedar, mahogany, and koa. Mahogany is pretty popular right now, with both taylor and martin offering mahogany-topped models.
In general, they are reported to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-26-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By Bikewer
Neil is a very basic harp player... Much in the...

Neil is a very basic harp player... Much in the Dylan mode. Just match the harp to the guitar.

Note... Finding harps in odd keys like B-flat may take some searching, but they are available.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-26-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By Bikewer
A pic of your playing position would help. ...

A pic of your playing position would help. Fingerstyle playing should be essentially effortless.....
Take a look at the way classical guitar players hold their instruments. This is called the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-26-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 387
Posted By Bikewer
Both Knopfler and Atkins are quite advanced...

Both Knopfler and Atkins are quite advanced musicians, they recorded a number of things together. Atkins could play just about anything.....
You can obtain specific instruction books for both;...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-24-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By Bikewer
Don't do it. Nylon strings have about half...

Don't do it.
Nylon strings have about half the tension of even a "light" set of steel strings, and will make little sound. They are intended for lightly-constructed classical guitars.

It's...
Forum: The Pit 08-24-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,354
Posted By Bikewer
One person's "kink" is another's...

One person's "kink" is another's "meh..." If there's one thing I've learned in my 67 years, it's that human sexuality (to paraphrase) is not only stranger than you imagine, it's stranger than...
Forum: The Pit 08-22-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,766
Posted By Bikewer
Used to be a guy who played sax for Tina Turner's...

Used to be a guy who played sax for Tina Turner's band...Guy was obviously a body-builder.

I would imagine that most working musicians simply don't have much time for fitness activities... Between...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-20-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Bikewer
With most normal "fingerpicking' methods,...

With most normal "fingerpicking' methods, the thumb handles the bass strings and the index and middle fingers the upper strings. Jazz guys who play a lot of block chords often use the ring finger...
Forum: The Pit 08-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 17,577
Posted By Bikewer
I've been reading comics since I was a kid in the...

I've been reading comics since I was a kid in the 50s... The neighbor worked at the local Woolworths and she'd bring home the "remainders" each month... So we got a pile of 'em.

Currently, I'm...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-15-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 279
Posted By Bikewer
Strongly agree. It's amazing to me how many...

Strongly agree. It's amazing to me how many people post "problems" with their instruments and can't even describe the parts properly. Most of these adjustments are not rocket science and should...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-14-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 279
Posted By Bikewer
Are you accusing Guitar Center as a corporate...

Are you accusing Guitar Center as a corporate entity of fraudulent business practices? Have you reported this particular store to the Better Business Bureau? Do you have evidence of this?

In my...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 684
Posted By Bikewer
The Yamaha APX series has very good electronics...

The Yamaha APX series has very good electronics and are small-bodied. I had one of the cheap ones and it sounded surprisingly good... The upper tier has solid tops and such.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-11-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By Bikewer
If it's just a little sharp, it's likely that the...

If it's just a little sharp, it's likely that the action at the saddle is too high. Have a technician check the string height at the 12th fret.
If it's too high,then the mere act of fretting, of...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-08-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By Bikewer
By "steel" I assume you're meaning...

By "steel" I assume you're meaning "steel string" rather than like perhaps "lap steel"...

Hey, I like those Brown Bird folks... Nice stuff. Anyway....
Mostly what I'd call contemporary folk...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-08-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By Bikewer
I actually had one of those fine axes. That's...

I actually had one of those fine axes. That's about it, my friend, unless you want to remove the whole pre-amp arrangement and replace it with a better model by cutting a new hole in your guitar......
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-06-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By Bikewer
Good luck. It may well be that artificial...

Good luck. It may well be that artificial materials are the future of acoustic guitars, as increasingly high-quality "tone-woods" are becoming scarce. (no lack of good spruce, fortunately)
There...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-06-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By Bikewer
Mostly, broken strings are a mechanical problem. ...

Mostly, broken strings are a mechanical problem. Like the guys say, a burr or sharp edge on a saddle or nut, a sharp edge on a tuner.... Something like that.
I never break strings. Really... I...
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