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by NoteBoat
November 9th, 2015, 8:21 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Acoustic Guitar won't stay in tune
Replies: 5
Views: 2181

Re: Acoustic Guitar won't stay in tune

In addition to Alan's questions, do you have enough wraps around the tuning posts? You want 3-4. And are the bridge pins in place? If the strings that are dropping in pitch have the bridge pins higher than the others, it's possible you've got the ball end of the strings positioned under the bridge p...
by NoteBoat
November 8th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: root note - key note - start note ????
Replies: 5
Views: 1948

Re: root note - key note - start note ????

Jo, music theory has a precise technical language - but there's also a commonly used slang which is a lot fuzzier. The two can be confusing sometimes, because the slang can differ from the precise term. "Root", strictly speaking, is the basis for building a chord. We need a term for that because the...
by NoteBoat
October 29th, 2015, 8:02 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Need help with intonation problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1314

Re: Need help with intonation problem

I'm trying to think through this - if your 5th fret A major is in tune, you're playing a C# on the G string. But when you play a D major at the 5th fret, the G string (which is now playing a D note) is sharp. This tells me the problem isn't saddle placement. If your open string is in tune, and your ...
by NoteBoat
October 14th, 2015, 6:40 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is there quality in Cheap guitars?
Replies: 4
Views: 1573

Re: Is there quality in Cheap guitars?

Most (not quite all - let's say 98+%) of the lower end guitars are actually manufactured under license by just two companies: Cort and Samick. The license holder for a design will give them specs for materials and sizes, and all the manufacturing is then done on the same machines - even the cheapies...
by NoteBoat
August 30th, 2015, 10:09 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Aaaaahhhrrrr these modes aren't working for me?
Replies: 2
Views: 2452

Re: Aaaaahhhrrrr these modes aren't working for me?

My sense is you're overthinking things. You've also got one inaccuracy in the way you're thinking. First the inaccuracy: modes are related to a major scale, but they are not "in majors". What makes something sound "major" (as either a scale or a triad chord) is the presence of a tone a major third a...
by NoteBoat
June 18th, 2015, 7:16 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Need help identifying
Replies: 2
Views: 1017

Re: Need help identifying

Google is your friend... http://www.fuzzypsg.com/int/
by NoteBoat
June 5th, 2015, 2:12 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Neck bending backwards
Replies: 4
Views: 1408

Re: Neck bending backwards

The path of the strings is determined by the bridge and nut. If they're hitting the 24th fret, the peghead is too far back. Get a couple of business cards or similar material and cut them to fit the width of the neck. Take the neck off, and lay the cards across the TOP of the neck pocket, farthest f...
by NoteBoat
June 3rd, 2015, 6:48 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Strings too close to fret board
Replies: 1
Views: 2971

Re: Strings too close to fret board

It depends on what's causing it. You don't say if the strings are too close to the frets through the entire range or just part of it. Causes that come to my mind, from the easiest fix to the hardest: 1. The bridge is too low. Cure: bridge height adjustment 2. The neck relief is off. Cure: truss rod ...
by NoteBoat
June 3rd, 2015, 6:33 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Soloing over a chord progression
Replies: 3
Views: 2838

Re: Soloing over a chord progression

If you move the scale, you'll be using a new set of notes. You don't say what scale you're using, so I'll assume you're using a blues scale and adding chord tones when you use the 3rd. The blues scale in A is A-C-D-D#-E-G-A; the C# is found in the A chord, but not in the A blues scale - the conflict...
by NoteBoat
May 28th, 2015, 4:07 am
Forum: From Here to There
Topic: Compression Pedals: Do they always provide sustain?
Replies: 1
Views: 1842

Re: Compression Pedals: Do they always provide sustain?

Yes, in practical terms. Compression flattens the range of volume - loud sounds get softer, and soft sounds get louder. As a sound "dies away" the vibration is still there, but it's now below the sensitivity of your ears. But if you're manipulating the wave to increase the intensity of the softer so...
by NoteBoat
May 20th, 2015, 5:00 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: A little help?
Replies: 7
Views: 2546

Re: A little help?

Thanks, guys! As of a few minutes ago we'd gotten 56 votes, so we're slowly closing in on the 250 we need to be considered.
by NoteBoat
May 17th, 2015, 12:34 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: A little help?
Replies: 7
Views: 2546

A little help?

Hard to believe I've been hanging around here for about a dozen years now. And it's almost 7 years since I opened my music school... And that's what I could use a little help with. We're trying to get a Main Street grant from Chase bank, and in order to get to the judging round we need 250 people to...
by NoteBoat
April 3rd, 2015, 2:11 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: How do I stop my guitar pedal from buzzing??
Replies: 3
Views: 1744

Re: How do I stop my guitar pedal from buzzing??

I wouldn't assume the wiring is properly done. Start by testing the outlet. http://www.acmehowto.com/electrical/grounding.php
by NoteBoat
March 30th, 2015, 5:24 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Basic Mode question
Replies: 10
Views: 5423

Re: Basic Mode question

Sorry Jerry, but you're completely incorrect. Modes are SCALES. They are entirely about melody. If you play a song in C, your melody is in C all the way through. If the harmony sits on an F chord for a while, you are not in F Lydian - you're still in C. When the harmony shifts to G7, you're not in G...
by NoteBoat
March 30th, 2015, 2:27 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Compesated saddle for floating bridge?
Replies: 2
Views: 1002

Re: Compesated saddle for floating bridge?

Probably not. I'd just say no, but I'm assuming tilpiece = tailpiece, and there's a chance it's not a typo, but a guitar I've not heard of. There are two types of bridges I've heard guitarists call "floating". One type truly floats, because it's connected to a vibrato and returns to position with sp...