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by notes_norton
September 14th, 2016, 7:21 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: travelling with a guitar
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Re: travelling with a guitar

If your guitar isn't in an ATA approved flight case, forget about putting it on an airplane. Another option, if you have the time, is pack it wall and ship it UPS, or FedEx to the nearest airport where you are going and mark "Hold for pickup at the UPS (or FedEx) facility". They usually handle thing...
by notes_norton
August 22nd, 2016, 6:04 pm
Forum: Singing
Topic: Any idea why my voice sounds better on cheapo mics?
Replies: 2
Views: 1767

Re: Any idea why my voice sounds better on cheapo mics?

Each mic has a frequency response curve. They don't pick up all frequencies equally. SM58 http://www.pulseonline.com/shure/SM58Chart.gif Sennheiser MD421 with all positions of the clickable low reject filter http://www.pulseonline.com/sennheiser/421chart.jpg Each mic model is different. Your voice m...
by notes_norton
June 30th, 2016, 5:56 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it too late?
Replies: 20
Views: 5316

Re: Is it too late?

Bands tend to stay together when they have gigs, and get restless when they don't have gigs. There may be a point where you are never going to be a teen idol, but depending on your talent and desire, it's never too late to gig. And you must think about where you are going to play as well. Here in Fl...
by notes_norton
April 22nd, 2016, 4:16 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Notes Cut Out on Bends
Replies: 2
Views: 1068

Re: Notes Cut Out on Bends

I'd raise the bridge if the neck is straight. It's the reason I hate Fender guitars. Curved fretboard (short radius) means I have to have the bridge higher, and therefore higher action to bend the strings a lot. Some Fenders have 7 or 9 in fretboards, I won't play anything under 12 and prefer 14. Bu...
by notes_norton
March 24th, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Do I really have to stick to harmony?
Replies: 8
Views: 3052

Re: Do I really have to stick to harmony?

In art, the more abstract an artist gets, the smaller his/her audience gets. Not a bad thing as long as your audience is enough for you. Some people handle dissonances with such skill that many people don't even think of them as dissonances. In my mind right now I have Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk, ...
by notes_norton
March 16th, 2016, 6:18 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it too late?
Replies: 20
Views: 5316

Re: Is it too late?

Could have been a vicious rumor I suppose. I thought it was on the back of an LP that the guitarist in one of my bands had. If that's true (and not a screwed up memory) then it could have been promo. The story was he started in his mid 30s and used his thumb instead of a pick so he wouldn't disturb ...
by notes_norton
March 14th, 2016, 12:11 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it too late?
Replies: 20
Views: 5316

Re: Is it too late?

I believe Wes Montgomery started playing guitar in his mid 30s and eventually became a famous and well respected guitar players guitarist.

Never too late.
by notes_norton
March 14th, 2016, 12:09 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How did you learn guitar?
Replies: 14
Views: 3068

Re: How did you learn guitar?

I'm unusual around here. I started playing drums in school band, then switched to saxophone. I got in rock bands with my friends. Not every rock song has a place for a sax, so I picked up bass and/or rhythm guitar because it was more interesting than cowbell. My bandmates showed me barre chords and ...
by notes_norton
March 14th, 2016, 11:52 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: When to switch from acoustic to electric guitar?
Replies: 9
Views: 2504

Re: When to switch from acoustic to electric guitar?

If you are listening to electric guitar songs, I'd say the time to switch is now. I started on Electrics, and it took me years before I picked up an acoustic. I hardly play it because the music I want to play requires an electric. There is no right or wrong choice in this department. There is more t...
by notes_norton
February 11th, 2016, 11:08 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Do I really have to stick to harmony?
Replies: 8
Views: 3052

Re: Do I really have to stick to harmony?

You can play music for yourself, you can play music for other musicians, or you can play music for the general public. If you are good enough, you will get the audience you asked for. All three audiences want a combination of being able to predict what is going to happen next and be surprised by wha...
by notes_norton
February 6th, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Math is required to be a part of this forum
Replies: 2
Views: 632

Re: Math is required to be a part of this forum

"I'm a musician damn it, not a mathematician!"


(Sorry, I couldn't resist)


Welcome - it's a nice forum.

Notes
by notes_norton
January 24th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?
Replies: 10
Views: 2406

Re: Theory behind soloing over chord changes?

Noteboat, I've been reading your posts for years, and I am sure you are a very good teacher. Your explanations are always spot on and in an easy to understand manner. It's no wonder that you have a successful studio. I might add a little non-theory to this. Soloing is also like playing with a cat wi...
by notes_norton
January 24th, 2016, 3:14 pm
Forum: Singing
Topic: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now
Replies: 14
Views: 9059

Re: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now

I feel your pain. I started in bands playing mostly saxophone and doubling on bass and/or rhythm guitar when needed. I didn't consider myself a bassist or guitarist at that point, but if I was shown what I needed to play on that particular song, I could do it. (I actually learned bass and guitar muc...
by notes_norton
January 18th, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Why Won't My Guitar Stay In Tune?
Replies: 6
Views: 2349

Re: Why Won't My Guitar Stay In Tune?

My suggestions. 1) Put some pencil lead (graphite) in the slots of the nut, this will reduce the friction and keep the strings from binding then slipping 2) Neatly wind the strings on the tuner, there are plenty of videos that show you how to do it easier than I can explain it here. 3) When the guit...
by notes_norton
January 15th, 2016, 3:19 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Finding it hard to stretch my fingers
Replies: 5
Views: 1773

Re: Finding it hard to stretch my fingers

When not playing guitar and not needing your hands (watching TV or something else passive) put a tennis ball between your fingers pushing them apart to the point of stretch but not to the point of pain. Leave it theare for a long time, then move to the next space. This will help speed the process. M...