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[#] Wed Nov 11 2020 22:02:57 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@tsbbs.wallofhate.com>

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Well, I've gotten to where I can get through Disarm by Smashing Pumpkins at a fairly decent tempo, with just a very few minor little flubs fretting chords or with pauses that are a little longer than they should be between fingering different chords. 

It was one of those songs that when I first bit it off, I didn't think I was ever going to be able to play. Remembering all the weird little parts and how they fit together seemed impossible. I still sometimes get it wrong... but I just played it the best I've ever played so far, I think. 

Every Rose Has its Thorn was one like that for me, too... and I'm still not playing it QUITE right. I need to spend some time and get the *strum knock* parts down, as they're really the part that people want from that song, and I just skip that part. 

Maggie Mae was also a huge challenge for me. 

The nice thing, as I learn these more complex songs, is that a lot of other songs, earlier songs, fall into place quicker and things that were challenging about them seem easier now. 

I need to figure out what my next step is. Start learning scales or something... 

Not sure where to go from here. 

 



[#] Sat Dec 05 2020 00:08:13 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Learn some blues scales. Best payoff where scales are concerned. Easy to improvise, works over most genres. 



[#] Sat Dec 05 2020 05:33:09 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I haven't done anything with scales. People keep suggesting it is what I should be looking at next. 

 



[#] Fri Jan 15 2021 18:50:24 MST from TheDave

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I bought a guitar at the family reunion auction for $20, it was decent, but I ended up giving it to my cousin Rick who needed it more than I do.  He's got some mental problems and having an instrument to focus on helps.  I'd rather have a piano, but those ain't cheap lol



[#] Fri Jan 15 2021 19:47:49 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I've got a piano, and nobody to play it. 
And 3 guitars - and I've been feeling guilty for not practicing. 

I keep asking - are you still in Phoenix? 

It sounds like... kinda like - fate, or God - or providence or something... 

Keeps suggesting that you should drop by. 

I know Wangiss would love it. 

 

Fri Jan 15 2021 18:50:24 MST from TheDave

I bought a guitar at the family reunion auction for $20, it was decent, but I ended up giving it to my cousin Rick who needed it more than I do.  He's got some mental problems and having an instrument to focus on helps.  I'd rather have a piano, but those ain't cheap lol



 



[#] Sat Jan 16 2021 00:11:49 MST from TheDave

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Fri Jan 15 2021 19:47:49 MST from ParanoidDelusions

I've got a piano, and nobody to play it. 
And 3 guitars - and I've been feeling guilty for not practicing. 

I keep asking - are you still in Phoenix? 

It sounds like... kinda like - fate, or God - or providence or something... 

Keeps suggesting that you should drop by. 

I know Wangiss would love it. 

 

Fri Jan 15 2021 18:50:24 MST from TheDave

I bought a guitar at the family reunion auction for $20, it was decent, but I ended up giving it to my cousin Rick who needed it more than I do.  He's got some mental problems and having an instrument to focus on helps.  I'd rather have a piano, but those ain't cheap lol



 



Hanging out sounds hella fun.  I keep answering, I'm in Mesa.  Happy to come over whenever.  I've got a job that barely asks me to do anything so I'm getting a salary I'm not really earning and I can take off whenever to do anything I want.

Shoot me your address and when you'd like some company and I'll head over.



[#] Sat Jan 16 2021 11:27:37 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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It is on its way. 

 



[#] Sun Jan 31 2021 15:17:16 MST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I play a Godin A6 Ultra with the cognac burst finish which is just gorgeous.  I bought it at a time when I needed to play acoustic and electric during the same set.  It's a hollow body electric with piezo pickups under the saddle and a humbucker on the bridge.  With the flick of a switch and the right effects it can sound like a rich acoustic or a crunchy electric.  I like it a lot and I don't get to play much anymore  :(



[#] Fri Apr 02 2021 00:59:42 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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My mom bought me a beautiful Taylor a couple of years ago. It's a custom piece so I can't tell what she paid, but whatever it was, it was worth it. It's the most resonant guitar I've ever played, including the too-expensive ones in the fancy instruments room at the Fifth String music store in Sacramento. It has an electric tuner built into the side wall. I'm in love with it. My wife isn't really wrong to be jealous. But only in the last few months have I been finding time to play it. Lockdown has been good for that, at least. 



[#] Fri Apr 02 2021 08:15:05 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I am not very talented, and at an impasse with my forward progress - and also diverted by lots of other hobbies. 

I've got an Epiphone acoustic for camping - and I actually love its sound. It is twangy, resonate, easy to play, not a lot of fretbuzz. This brand gets derided constantly - but it has great volume and body. 

I've also got a Curt acoustic electric. Same deal, I can switch between electric and acoustic and it does both well. It is a 3/4 depth and doesn't have as much body as the Epi. 


Then I've got a BC Rich electric. I don't play it much because I simply don't know where to start with learning electric. I'm still figuring out basic strumming chords. But, I like BC Rich. 

 



[#] Fri Apr 02 2021 20:51:34 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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My son absolutely flipped his wig today when his new electric bass arrived. He plugged it into my awesome Excelsior amp and basked in the deep vibrations.



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[#] Fri Apr 02 2021 23:02:25 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Sweet. What brand did you get him? 

 

Fri Apr 02 2021 20:51:34 MST from "Wangiss" <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

My son absolutely flipped his wig today when his new electric bass arrived. He plugged it into my awesome Excelsior amp and basked in the deep vibrations.



 



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[#] Sun Apr 04 2021 00:53:45 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Some no-name. Lemme check...

Oh

Oh, my.

It literally doesn't have a name on it. The only insignia to speak of is the obligatory import sticker: MADE IN CHINA

That's as no-name as it gets!

But I'm happy with it. I was worried, naturally, that a $109 bass might suck. But it's working out fine.

You mentioned a Cort acoustic-electric. I have a Cort electric; it was my first. Seems to behave like a typical student model. No complaints. And I've played some fine Epiphones. The better I get, the more quality becomes a bonus rather than a crutch. Didn't see that coming. 



[#] Mon Apr 05 2021 07:34:57 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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You know, for me personally - I'm not talented enough to really tell much of a difference between a no name, a student model and a super expensive rare Gibson or Fender. They all play as crappy as I do! :D 

It is the trick of music - the higher quality YOU get, the more you can tell what a higher quality instrument brings to the table. :) 

My Epiphone stays in tune. I bang it around, I leave it for weeks - I come back to it - it is maybe a little flat - but - uniformly flat - so worst case, it detunes itself a half step. 

 

Sun Apr 04 2021 00:53:45 MST from "Wangiss" <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

Some no-name. Lemme check...

Oh

Oh, my.

It literally doesn't have a name on it. The only insignia to speak of is the obligatory import sticker: MADE IN CHINA

That's as no-name as it gets!

But I'm happy with it. I was worried, naturally, that a $109 bass might suck. But it's working out fine.

You mentioned a Cort acoustic-electric. I have a Cort electric; it was my first. Seems to behave like a typical student model. No complaints. And I've played some fine Epiphones. The better I get, the more quality becomes a bonus rather than a crutch. Didn't see that coming. 



 



[#] Tue Apr 06 2021 00:21:11 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Huge win! My son's bass progress is screaming forward. He can already play basic versions of Love Me Do, A Hard Day's Night, and If I Run by Semisonic. I accompany him on rhythm guitar. He's almost full speed with about 90% accuracy.

Easter was great. My wife's aunt just got remarried and her new husband is a total stud. He built the ex's car shop into a man cave with decent band setup. So my daughter can bang the drums and my son can plug into Uncle John's amp while I jam on mine. They've said we can come over any time. We'll call first, of course, since we haven't really developed that level of trust yet from my perspective. But anyway, we can go overseas there for a legit jam session soon and if I can scare up a decent synth we're a while band already.

Meanwhile for myself I've been enjoying a couple of pieces. I really love Beethoven's 7th symphony, 2nd movement (Allegretto). I did a little arrangement for myself. It's in A, which is handy for guitar.

I also have been trying to re-learn a piece from the anime called Record of Lodoss War. I bet someone more skilful has transcribed it by now. Last time I learned it was 20ish years ago and the internet wasn't quite as saturated with the efforts of weebs. 



[#] Tue Apr 06 2021 15:59:30 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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That is pretty awesome. Having a studio to play in is a bonus. 

I have no idea of music theory. Vaguest of concepts, is we're being generous. I understand you can play songs in different chords - and it changes the feeling of the song. Happy, moody, foreboding. Beyond that... nada. :) 

Yes, on the last one - everything is on the Internet somewhere, if you look hard and long enough. :) 

 

Tue Apr 06 2021 00:21:11 MST from "Wangiss" <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

Huge win! My son's bass progress is screaming forward. He can already play basic versions of Love Me Do, A Hard Day's Night, and If I Run by Semisonic. I accompany him on rhythm guitar. He's almost full speed with about 90% accuracy.

Easter was great. My wife's aunt just got remarried and her new husband is a total stud. He built the ex's car shop into a man cave with decent band setup. So my daughter can bang the drums and my son can plug into Uncle John's amp while I jam on mine. They've said we can come over any time. We'll call first, of course, since we haven't really developed that level of trust yet from my perspective. But anyway, we can go overseas there for a legit jam session soon and if I can scare up a decent synth we're a while band already.

Meanwhile for myself I've been enjoying a couple of pieces. I really love Beethoven's 7th symphony, 2nd movement (Allegretto). I did a little arrangement for myself. It's in A, which is handy for guitar.

I also have been trying to re-learn a piece from the anime called Record of Lodoss War. I bet someone more skilful has transcribed it by now. Last time I learned it was 20ish years ago and the internet wasn't quite as saturated with the efforts of weebs.