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by Crow
December 28th, 2014, 3:57 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Fingernail issues? A solution at last
Replies: 1
Views: 1127

Fingernail issues? A solution at last

If you play fingerstyle guitar AND dislike traditional fingerpicks, you need to know about a product I recently stumbled upon. The following endorsement is unpaid. Douglas Niedt, the guitar chair at my alma mater, provides the best introduction to Rico Guitar Nails. Briefly described, Rico gives you...
by Crow
June 3rd, 2013, 12:52 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Ears Vs Eyes Part III
Replies: 11
Views: 2121

Re: Ears Vs Eyes Part III

If I were to come down with a disease, accident, latent birth defect or whatever that either rendered me totally blind or totally deaf, which would be worse? Conversely, which sense is more important? I sort of faced both possibilities in recent years: sudden nerve deafness in right ear, then doubl...
by Crow
May 14th, 2013, 11:09 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Bad ears then what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2860

Re: Bad ears then what?

Maybe when I am out of work in a couple months and if I don't find a job right away I will attempt to start the process but by the time I'd be any good at it I won't be playing in any bands so it would be a moot point. That's the spirit! :wink: You might be surprised how quickly it comes together i...
by Crow
April 24th, 2013, 2:01 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Bad ears then what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2860

Re: Bad ears then what?

I've never really tried always using the excuse that I'd never get it all correct anyway so why bother. Man, you have to try! Get the key of the song right first, then the chords, then the positions for the chords. Now you're ready for the details. Don't give up. Put your tuner on a good classic-ro...
by Crow
April 24th, 2013, 7:43 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Bad ears then what?
Replies: 16
Views: 2860

Re: Bad ears then what?

For several years I thought I couldn't play by ear. Then I actually TRIED to play by ear. Started playing along with whatever the radio offered. It was fun, and it showed me that playing by ear was not impossible. Pretty soon I found I could hear much more than I thought I could, and play what I hea...
by Crow
April 22nd, 2013, 8:07 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Over 55 Club
Replies: 15
Views: 2449

Re: Over 55 Club

Moonrider wrote:If I ever catch the mad scientist that transferred my 18 year old mind into this 55 year old body, he's gonna be dog food ;)
Heh. As the guitar player in my band says, I have no problem getting in touch with my inner child -- it's my inner adult I can't seem to access....

Fifty-six this week.
by Crow
April 6th, 2013, 9:58 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Ears vs Eyes Part II
Replies: 24
Views: 3499

Re: Ears vs Eyes Part II

If all other things were equal (and the rarely, if ever are ... +1 ...and I had two people auditioning for a spot in my band, and one could read music and the other couldn't, I'd take the reader. But for a pop music band, a lot of things are more important than music reading to me, attitude (if you...
by Crow
April 6th, 2013, 9:54 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Tuning - How low can I go?
Replies: 14
Views: 6407

Re: Tuning - How low can I go?

He's talking about songs that are written in a lowered tuning, not playing songs written in standard in dropped tuning to make it easier. Which begs the question: Do we writes songs in tunings, or do we just write songs? Why is a song "written" in a particular tuning? Because it makes something eas...
by Crow
April 3rd, 2013, 10:12 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Tuning - How low can I go?
Replies: 14
Views: 6407

Re: Tuning - How low can I go?

Nice rant. :twisted: I adjust tunings 1) for my own vocal range, and 2) to allow open strings to play their most effective role. Mostly I adjust tunings on acoustic guitar. My spouse and I, as a vocal/guitar duet, wind up in C and F and related keys all the time, so C standard is a logical place to ...
by Crow
April 2nd, 2013, 11:08 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Tuning - How low can I go?
Replies: 14
Views: 6407

Re: Tuning - How low can I go?

NoteBoat wrote:My general rule of thumb is if you're going more than a minor third up or a whole step down, change strings.
I use .012s on all my guitars but one, and they all tune down to C standard or open C (Sebastopol) just fine -- except the one that's wearing .009s. Down to B, and things get floppy.
by Crow
April 1st, 2013, 8:25 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Ears vs Eyes Part II
Replies: 24
Views: 3499

Re: Ears vs Eyes Part II

I think NoteBoat's on target: It's age-related. Glad I learned to read in grade school.... I was so rabid to play when I was a kid, none of it seemed hard -- until high school & my first exposure to music theory. Once I cracked that code, everything fell into place easily. (I'm not bragging, because...
by Crow
April 1st, 2013, 8:07 am
Forum: From Here to There
Topic: My wah hums
Replies: 6
Views: 2652

Re: My wah hums

My pedal is pre-input jack. All there is is the nine-volt clip.

I'll try it with an adapter at next band practice, on an outlet I know to be grounded and quiet....
by Crow
March 31st, 2013, 7:30 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Ear vs Eyes
Replies: 44
Views: 6565

Re: Ear vs Eyes

To clarify my previous point about "niche" music fans: Every classical music lover I have known, with the possible exception of my piano professor at conservatory (a stick in the mud), has had musical tastes that roam from pop to jazz to Balinese gamelan to Scot piobaireachd, or thereabouts. That is...
by Crow
March 30th, 2013, 8:25 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Ear vs Eyes
Replies: 44
Views: 6565

Re: Ear vs Eyes

Well , if it's popular that means a lot of people like it . Well, duh. Niche music lovers always hate anything that becomes popular . " I used to like (insert performer's name here) but they sold out !" Oh, please. The tastes of the "niche music" lovers I personally know run the gamut. REM fans who...
by Crow
March 30th, 2013, 7:18 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Ear vs Eyes
Replies: 44
Views: 6565

Re: Ear vs Eyes

...the guitar was always treated like the redheaded stepchild when it came to classical composition . Let's face it , it wasn't loud enough to play in an orchestra before the advent of electronics . "Redheaded stepchild," perhaps, but Vivaldi, Giuliani, Carulli and Kohaut wrote effective guitar and...