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General Artist Forum / that pesky squeak
« on: February 07, 2011, 03:28:43 PM »
Often I hear acoustic guitarist squeak.  Many cross over from electric view as natural sound associated with acoustic guitar and become deaf to the squeak.  

The winding on lite gauge strings is finer and lessens the squeak and some spray Finger Ease on the strings......that helps.......but doesn't address the squeak.

There are three causes for squeak:  changing position squeak caused by leaving your fingers on the wound strings while moving up & down the neck....simply lift your fingers off of the strings when changing positions......the silence is less noticable than the squeak and with practice the silence becomes less.

Next squeak is the take off squeak:  caused by starting a position change before the fingers are off of the strings.......simply lift finger up before moving.

The third is the shift squeak:  holding a chord or a particial chord down while moving remaing fingers to other tones:  this is the most difficult but the softer squeak of the three.  Being aware and not let the anchored fingers shift can reduce the squeak.

I will not address right hand fingering at this time.

Your Washburn guitar is a good sounding guitar and with skill it can sound great.........hope this helps..........Jane Against

General Artist Forum / stage fright
« on: February 05, 2011, 02:45:33 PM »
Stage fright can impede one's ability to perform.  Taking something to calm one's nerves will also impede one's ability to perform.

The first step I used was to be able to play my peice a few times in a row without making mistakes.  After that was accomplished I performed for a friend and paid attention to what happened.  I corrected what went wrong in practice and tried again on a different friend.  Then notch it up a little and play for a small group of friends continue this process to your goal.

One has to realize it's a learning process and everytime you step-up a notch you move out of your comfort zone and start the process over.  Don't put unrealstic goals on yourself and don't expect to discovered or popular because of a performance.

When I do a performance....whether I get a standing ovation or get boos I still go home and have to feed my cat.......most people don't get that excited about the performance.....I'm climbing a step at a time.

I've learned to trust myself........and that rush of nerves makes me feel alive and that stress helps me focus.

I find people will BS me trying to impress that they know more than I ......that's fine.....from experience the people that know more encourage and help while the BS dudes are all talk.  I've found comfort with the come back where somebody may say. I noticed you played that wrong.  I say That's true, the guitar is a difficult instrument.

If you use a step plan and keep notching up and hang in there as time passes those moments before the program will be first formal concert was as frightful as going to get my head chopped off and weeks before the concert I was scared silly.

I still get a little nervous now before walking on stage......but that's normal because I care and that's what makes it

General Artist Forum / 50 years playing guitar & still love it
« on: February 01, 2011, 11:27:08 AM »
I woke up Sunday on my birthday and decided I needed to fly a gyro coptor.....that was like flying on a broom....exciting......but my first love is the guitar and after 50 years my regret is there not another 50 years left in me to keep learning.

I've had guns pointed at me in bars, fires on name it and it's happened while performing.......that guitar's taken me to Italy, Hawaii, and California.  I've taught and played in rock bands, country to classical concerts.  I've stood a few feet in front of Jimmy Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Les Paul, Carlos Montoya and John Williams while they played.

I get it and I know and understand the attraction to that guitar......I've had to fight on my own to find my way.....studying at 3 in the morning inside the mini van in the the car while kids had little league.......I've been discouraged, put down, and name's happened.

I hung in there and thought if I only could play.....I took the trouble to learn music and it paid confidence grew when at 19 I was playing enough to learn to fly and buy an airplane and I still fly and own an airplane.....that's a nother story.

All of my band buddies don't play anymore........they just played rock by ear and as life pulled them away from the guitar they let go.  I never thought of myself as an artist....but I never fit the aviation community and music community.......I not interested in tech stuff and only care to learn more and perform better.

I've not owned many guitar show's wear on the fingerboard and I think the frets will need replacing in a few more years.......but I've played that guitar 29 years and only had to have a brace re-glued one time.

The guitar has made life wonderful......I hope to be playing the last day I'm alive......I love it that

Travel Series including The Rover / selecting a teacher
« on: January 28, 2011, 10:55:56 PM »
I've heard a lot about using or not using a teacher, but not about selection.

To find a teacher it's good to understand what you want to play..............some students just want to learn a little to amuse them self.........some to jam with friends...........and some to have a career.  Some teachers use tablature and some teach reading.  The serious students that are interested in a formal education in music should learn to read music.  It's not unusual to find country, folk, blues & rockers don't read music.

Find a teacher that teaches.................not a show-off..............not somebody that talkes beyond your level.

Some teachers dump material on students faster than the lesson material can be understood........often the student goes through a  few books and can't play anything.

I always talk to a student before I accept them or they choose me......and I won't teach the ones that are not interested in reading music or learning the fundamentals..........I require my students to use a metronome........I teach music and will not compromise what I believe is the best way to teach........but this not for everybody.

There are students that don't want the formal way and if they understand the difference that's fine too.....they need to find a teacher that will teach that way.

The goal is to get the student to enjoy playing a teacher it's my goal to keep my students interest alive and give them the kowledge so they can reach their goals.

Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / disasters on stage
« on: January 22, 2011, 08:22:55 AM »
I've performed in since 1965 and have had many disasters on stage.  One such event still brings a smile when I think about it.  I was doing a gig with a magician call Music and Magic.  We were performing on an old riverboat moored on the Ohio River.  The magician's act had an exploding head where a audience member had their head exploded.....there was a lot of smoke and then the head was a skelton....on the old wooden riverboat all the smoke alarms were wired together and directly to the fire department.  The riverboat had a resturant above us and a nice theater below.  The manager turned the alarms off during the exploding head and our first performance went without a hitch.  The next night the mananger was off and the assistant switched the alarm to silent during the exploding head......I followed performing on my Washburn guitar and in the middle of my set the side door flys open and a fireman with a coat, hat & axe comes in....out side the door I could see the resturant being evacuated and more firemen coming dow the river bank dragging a fire hose.  Turned out that the silented alarm sounded in the resturant and firestation only being silent in the theater.  We got in trouble over that...but still did our gig on the riverboat for 3 more

Classical Series / future of guitar
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:19:00 AM »
I've played and taught guitar all my life.  The changes I've seen are alarming when taking into consideration the evolution of the guitar.....the guitar and music isn't static and the guitar's evolution is changing fast.  I've used every opportunity to promote an interest in guitar and music to children.....over the past 40 years I've let thousands of children play my Washburn Hauser classical guitar at schools , after concerts & in resturants.  Children are the future of the guitar.......and many consider Guitar Hero as playing guitar..........with all the electronic toys and instant result simulated instruments it appears that the guitar will end up in the closet next to the accordian ans suffer the same fate as the lute..........the age of my audience at my concerts is alarming.......mostly seniors and no teenagers with few middle age people......when I started a guitar concert always filled the hall with young people interested in playing guitar.  I'm doing everything I can to get youth interested in guitars to insure the guitar will have a

I've been using a Peavy sound system to amplify my classical guitar.  It works well but can not increase the volume very much before sounding un-natural.  Does anybody use anything works

General Discussion / reading music
« on: January 16, 2011, 04:34:21 PM »
Hi Ho.......Does anybody read music?  I've noticed most books include tabs......sheesh.........Also I live in Central Florida and all the solo performers play with tracks and drum machines........And most resturants have flat screen tvs everywhere you look.....less and less resturants use live music for dinner........back in the day....bands played for good money and soloist played without tracks and people actuall would listen.  if performers don't have a lot of gimmicks going on or they're not famous .....people don't want to listen.....that's sad.  MTV did to music what KFC did to chicken.......Jane

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