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by notes_norton
December 12th, 2015, 11:12 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Musician's Friend and Music123 are Awful
Replies: 2
Views: 1926

Re: Musician's Friend and Music123 are Awful

My guitar shopping rules: 1) If it's available at my local Mom and Pop music store, get it there. Prices are usually competitive (they check the Internet too) and the service is thousands times more than you get with a big-box or cyber-store - plus - my band is a small, local business so it seems ri...
by notes_norton
December 3rd, 2015, 6:08 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Guitar in tune
Replies: 4
Views: 1628

Re: Guitar in tune

And let me add to Alan's suggestion. Always tune your guitar before you play and check the tuning occasionally while playing. This is especially important for new players. Why? It will train your ear to hear what an in tune instrument is supposed to sound like. And that will help you play in tune wi...
by notes_norton
December 3rd, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Guitar and Synth question
Replies: 3
Views: 1668

Re: Guitar and Synth question

I play sax, guitar and flute. No synth reproduces them exactly -- yet. It's difficult to reproduce all the nuances that the 'real thing' (for lack of a better term) creates. The closest is physical modeling, here are a couple of examples of me playing a wind controller (Yamaha WX5) through a Yamaha ...
by notes_norton
November 23rd, 2015, 7:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: Your first gig - tell us!
Replies: 94
Views: 67088

Re: Your first gig - tell us!

My first gig was a long time ago, so forgive me if I don't remember the band name and some other details. At the time, I was playing saxophone in the junior high school band doing classical music for youngsters. After school I got together with a drummer, couple of guitarists and a bassist and we st...
by notes_norton
November 19th, 2015, 2:25 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: So-called movable scales!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1730

Re: So-called movable scales!!

Same for chords. You've probably learned the F barre chord by now. Move it up one fret and it becomes an F# chord. Move it up again and it's a G chord. Any scale or chord that doesn't use open strings is movable in the same way. This gives the guitar a good advantage over piano, saxophone, trumpet, ...
by notes_norton
October 9th, 2015, 3:56 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: How did you learn guitar?
Replies: 11
Views: 3343

Re: How did you learn guitar?

I started on drums in Jr. High school and learned how to read drum music. Then when a rental became available, I switched to sax and learned standard music notation. I got in various rock bands and since not every songwriter has the wisdom to put a sax part in every song, the guitarist in the band s...
by notes_norton
October 4th, 2015, 6:27 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Pentatonic Meandering playing
Replies: 2
Views: 1330

Re: Pentatonic Meandering playing

Musicians often dis pentatonics. Why? They seem simple, and there are so many other ways to play music. But every musical form seems to include pentatonics. The earliest musical instrument carved from the thigh bone of a bear by a cave man (or woman) was tuned to the pentatonic scale. The great sax ...
by notes_norton
July 15th, 2015, 12:27 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Switch on Lennon's Casino not working properly
Replies: 1
Views: 888

Re: Switch on Lennon's Casino not working properly

Could be dirty contacts. This is the first thing I'd try. Here is how I clean contacts on a Casino type switch. 1) Get Caig's DeOxit (Red) - it's the best contact cleaner I've tried. Get it in the bottle, not the pen. 2) Cut a thin strip from a business card (not a glossy one) and dip it in the DeOx...
by notes_norton
May 19th, 2015, 6:59 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: A little help?
Replies: 7
Views: 2802

Re: A little help?

I'd love to. Your posts tell me you are an excellent teacher, but I don't do Facebook.

Good luck.

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by notes_norton
May 6th, 2015, 1:14 pm
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Weird tuning issue
Replies: 5
Views: 2081

Re: Weird tuning issue

Excuse me if you've tried setting the intonation up, if not, check this out:

http://www.sweetwater.com/insync/how-to ... ntonation/

Google Setting Guitar Intonation for other sites that answer the same question.

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by notes_norton
April 20th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Coins for guitar picks?
Replies: 6
Views: 3121

Re: Coins for guitar picks?

The strings are going to wear out anyway. I can't see anything wrong with it, except if you drop the 'pick' and can't find it, you are out some money ;)

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by notes_norton
April 20th, 2015, 3:58 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Semi-hollow Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 3807

Re: Semi-hollow Recommendations

I have a Gibson ES335 and an Epiphone Casino and love them both.

But then, I'm in love with P90 pickups.

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by notes_norton
March 29th, 2015, 7:25 am
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Question about modes?
Replies: 4
Views: 3128

Re: Question about modes?

To further illustrate what Note Boat said: A minor is the Aeolian mode to C Major (Ionian mode) - and they don't sound the same either. So the better comparison is from C Ionian to C Aeolian C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C = C Major/Ionian C-D-Eb-F-G-Ab-Bb-C = C Minor/Aeolian C-D-Eb-F-G-A-Bb-C = C Dorian (and you c...
by notes_norton
March 28th, 2015, 1:53 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Teaching an experiences piano player guitar. Any help?
Replies: 5
Views: 4358

Re: Teaching an experiences piano player guitar. Any help?

Mel Bay is a classic, Hal Leonard has one, and Alfred Publishing is good too. They are method books, and they will start with first position, reading music notation with simple songs. Guitar is my 7th instrument, I read music on sax, keyboards, flute, etc., and I picked up an old Mel Bay book at a u...
by notes_norton
March 18th, 2015, 3:00 pm
Forum: Singing
Topic: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now
Replies: 20
Views: 19824

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

First of all you MUST learn to breathe properly. Proper breath support is the most essential thing you need. 1) When you take a breath, DO NOT expand your chest. Instead expand your belly. Your diaphragm should move down when you inhale, causing your belly to expand. See picture: http://www.nortonmu...