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by notes_norton
September 19th, 2014, 8:11 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Authentic sheet or tabs
Replies: 9
Views: 3687

Re: Authentic sheet or tabs

Funny. I worked on a cruise ship in the 1980s and we would pull into San Juan, Puerto Rico once a week. The musicians I met there read standard notation. There were a couple I could hardly talk with due to they knew about as much English as I knew Spanish, but we could all read the charts.
by notes_norton
September 14th, 2014, 9:54 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Authentic sheet or tabs
Replies: 9
Views: 3687

Re: Authentic sheet or tabs

It's hard to add anything after those to very excellent NoteBoat posts, but there is one point I feel I must add. Standard notation is the 'lingua franca' of music. It's OK to learn TAB but IMHO it's necessary to learn standard notation. With standard notation, not only can you communicate with your...
by notes_norton
September 2nd, 2014, 11:48 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Connecting a guitar to pc
Replies: 3
Views: 1954

Re: Connecting a guitar to pc

I'd use an audio to USB interface and go that way. I use some very old Edirol UA20 interfaces, I don't know if they are still being made, but if not I'm sure something newer, similar and probably better is out there. They have a guitar impedance matched input, and by using a USB port you bypass the ...
by notes_norton
August 26th, 2014, 1:35 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: What to learn after the basics?
Replies: 5
Views: 2496

Re: What to learn after the basics?

I'd suggest that you also stretch out into various different genres of music, country, rock, blues, jazz, salsa, klezmer, soca, or whatever. The more the better. The more experience you get with different styles of music, the larger your musical vocabulary will be. You will get different ideas in yo...
by notes_norton
August 16th, 2014, 3:47 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Can it be a Mental Thing?
Replies: 18
Views: 8456

Re: Can it be a Mental Thing?

I'm not a guitar teacher, and therefore might be way off base here. Have you tried Barre chords instead? I'm one of those people who get along better with barre chords than open chords. Now I play whichever is more appropriate for the song, but since I mostly play electric rock and blues, most of th...
by notes_norton
August 10th, 2014, 3:51 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: What brand of strings is recommended?
Replies: 5
Views: 3229

Re: What brand of strings is recommended?

I like D'Addario strings for a couple of reasons: They sound good Minimal packaging 100% recyclable (good for the environment) The packaging is moisture proof so they don't rust in the pack here in South Florida like some other brands do My advice though is to try different brands and see what suits...
by notes_norton
July 2nd, 2014, 8:05 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Incorrectly wounded strings
Replies: 2
Views: 1705

Re: Incorrectly wounded strings

I can see an incorrectly wound string giving you an intonation problem by binding were it shouldn't in the string path, perhaps even a buzz depending on the guitar, but not cutting off and on. Please pardon me if you've already done this. The first thing I would suspect would be the cable that goes ...
by notes_norton
June 29th, 2014, 7:06 pm
Forum: Guitar Noise Songwriting Club
Topic: what are the features of award winning songs?
Replies: 5
Views: 4713

Re: what are the features of award winning songs?

Grammys awards are more political than musical. The best songs don't get awards, like the Oscars and so many others, the show is nothing more than an advertisement for a few acts. What makes a song a hit? If I knew, I'd go into the consulting business, because the people who run the record companies...
by notes_norton
June 19th, 2014, 5:59 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: In Pelham Blue, what does 'Pelham' stands for?
Replies: 2
Views: 2924

Re: In Pelham Blue, what does 'Pelham' stands for?

I've often wondered the same thing. A Pelham is a horse bit - but I doubt that has anything to do with it. There are a few towns called Pelham, notably in New York and New Hampshire, but I have no idea if that could be the origin of the number, as I've never heard of an association with either of th...
by notes_norton
June 18th, 2014, 6:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: New digs
Replies: 4
Views: 5057

Re: New digs

Congratulations!

Good luck with the biz - I hope you have an endless supply of students.

I owe much of my happy life to my first music teacher.

Notes
by notes_norton
June 18th, 2014, 6:28 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Tuning Question
Replies: 4
Views: 2261

Re: Tuning Question

I had a chromatic tuner that had an adjustable frequency, it defaulted at A=442 but was simple to change to A=440 - so that might be something to watch for when you purchase one.
by notes_norton
May 28th, 2014, 2:38 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Tone, Taste, or Technique... which is most important?
Replies: 11
Views: 5357

Re: Tone, Taste, or Technique... which is most important?

You see, that's why tone is not so important. I dislike Coltrane's tone and prefer that of Getz, Prez, and other players. So if I have perfect tone for you, I'll have mediocre tone for me. And we both listen with trained ears. Neither one is right, neither one is wrong. Don't get me wrong, 'Trane is...
by notes_norton
April 22nd, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Virtuoso players: simultaneously inspiring and infuriating
Replies: 3
Views: 1668

Re: Virtuoso players: simultaneously inspiring and infuriati

Wherever you go and whatever you do there will always be somebody better than you But if you think that fact is a curse, look around there's always somebody worse. (I just made that up) I've been playing tenor sax since I was in Jr. High School. In high school I sat first chair in the all-state band...
by notes_norton
April 20th, 2014, 7:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: Important News
Replies: 9
Views: 7125

Re: Important News

Nice looking guitar - congrats on the guitar and an understanding wife!!!
by notes_norton
March 23rd, 2014, 7:48 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Question about barre chords
Replies: 8
Views: 3238

Re: Question about barre chords

I was going to try out barre chords today, but I heard from a friend that some of the weird positions you have to put your hands in can cause a life ending brain aneurysm. I assume this is very rare, but it makes me a little nervous all the same. Is there some safety precautions that I can take to ...