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by Crazy Dave Miller
February 22nd, 2005, 9:28 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Those pesky Stratocaster bridges
Replies: 5
Views: 1104

Those pesky Stratocaster bridges

I have a Mexi Strat with the standart bridge. Every time I break a string it breaks right where the string meets the saddle on the bridge. I assume this is normal and unavoidable (but please correct me if I'm wrong) because that part gets weakened from being bent. So my problem: the little fraction ...
by Crazy Dave Miller
February 22nd, 2005, 9:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg, VA
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

And I doubt anybody read that, but who cares. We kicked butt and took names.
by Crazy Dave Miller
February 2nd, 2005, 6:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg, VA
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

Bourbon Room, Fredericksburg, VA

I doubt there are many people on GN who are in F'burg, but my band (Twilite Motel) is playing at the Bourbon Room/Cafe New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 5 between 10 and 2am, the cover is somewhere between $3-$5 at the door, 21+.
by Crazy Dave Miller
January 31st, 2005, 6:13 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Relaxing
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Relaxing

I once asked a local guitar player I admire how the hell he plays the way he plays and moves how he moves. He replied, "I just drink some beers and stretch before I play. Stretching is the real key." Before my band's last gig I did a bunch of stretches (mostly the ones I do before I work out at the ...
by Crazy Dave Miller
January 31st, 2005, 6:07 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Does it get any easier...
Replies: 9
Views: 1986

The more you play, the faster you learn. I noticed about 6 months after I started playing seriously (after claiming to play guitar for 6 years) that I learned how to play songs from tabs much faster. It all depends on how much you practice and try to incorporate new things in. What happens is that y...
by Crazy Dave Miller
January 24th, 2005, 11:06 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Is it a bad idea if...
Replies: 11
Views: 1651

Is it a bad idea if...

I usually change all six of the strings on my strat by taking off all six (leaving me with a bare guitar) and then putting the new ones on. My bassist says this is a bad idea because it reduces neck tension and can warp the neck. Is this correct?
by Crazy Dave Miller
December 9th, 2004, 10:02 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Counterpoint and bass lines
Replies: 3
Views: 4644

Counterpoint and bass lines

I've always liked bass lines where the bassist isn't just following the rhythm guitar and is actually playing an opposing melody under the song, and I was talking to a friend of mine (who is a bassist, but would be better off just sticking to playing trombone) who said it's basically using counterpo...
by Crazy Dave Miller
December 9th, 2004, 9:55 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: How did you learn so much theory?
Replies: 29
Views: 6025

I took a music theory class this semester in college, but for those who can't afford that luxury (and it was a luxury, though some of my classmates found it to be torturous) you can find numourous books on the subject or read the posts here on GN. It helps if you have an instrument handy (particular...
by Crazy Dave Miller
December 9th, 2004, 9:48 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Naming your scales
Replies: 8
Views: 1411

Naming your scales

I've got a semantics question (at least I think that's the right word, stupid college English classes) There are 12 possible tones in the diatonic scale system encompassing 21 different names for the notes (F,C,G,Eb,D#,etc) though 9 of those names are interchangeable (i.e A# is Bb, E# is F). Therefo...
by Crazy Dave Miller
December 9th, 2004, 9:38 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Chord Name...
Replies: 4
Views: 882

The "trick" to naming chords is finding the root and then identifying the rest of the notes as they relate to the root. For some reason, people physologically are attuned to the lowest note played, which makes finding the root difficult when a chord is inverted. For example, if you want to play a ch...
by Crazy Dave Miller
September 29th, 2004, 8:49 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Improvising for the entire band
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Improvising for the entire band

I'm a pretty big fan of "jam" bands (hence my shaggy hair) such as the Grateful Dead and the String Cheese Incident. And, obviously, these bands are famous for going on long, improvisational jams, and are remarkable at going into a jam, changing the feel once or twice or twenty times, and going back...
by Crazy Dave Miller
September 29th, 2004, 8:44 pm
Forum: In The Studio
Topic: Cutting a demo for a band comprising poor college students
Replies: 2
Views: 1486

Cutting a demo for a band comprising poor college students

My band, which has just gotten back on it's feet after a 4 month semester break (where members where scattered from Chicago to Spain and everywhere inbetween--namely Virginia) and aquiring a new drummer wants to score some gigs. And it seems that the only way to land a gig is by putting together and...
by Crazy Dave Miller
August 28th, 2004, 12:15 am
Forum: Games and Trivia
Topic: You *know* you're a guitarist when...
Replies: 230
Views: 99972

When the calluses on your fingertips develop calluses of their own. (At least that's what it looks like now that I've gone back to two to three hours a day)
by Crazy Dave Miller
August 9th, 2004, 11:24 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Any Virginians out there?
Replies: 2
Views: 1702

Any Virginians out there?

Do we have anyone besides me around Northern/Central Virginia, preferably people in/around Fredericksburg? Not a lot going on here in good old Fred Vegas.
by Crazy Dave Miller
August 9th, 2004, 11:17 pm
Forum: Games and Trivia
Topic: You *know* you're a guitarist when...
Replies: 230
Views: 99972

You scrap the air guitar, pick up your axe, and jam along.