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Messages - greygoose625

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I would find a new guitar tech.  to have the guitar in the shop 2 years is unacceptable.  The cost to repair the guitar may exceed the value.....that needs explored before moving forward.

I had a friend give me a 1972 Martin 12 string guitar....she received it new for high school graduation and didn't play it......left it tuned so the bridge was starting to break loose and the pick guard was warping.  I took the guitar to an authorized repair station and the guy tried to tell me it needed fret repair......I'm a woman, but not stupid and I also know guitars........I've seen many frets ruined from improperly filing  them and never have seen frets worn out......frets wearing out take many years of steady playing.........janeguitar.com

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Idol Series / Pickup Heights
« on: January 25, 2011, 05:21:53 PM »
I've been around electric guitars working in a music store and adjusting the height of the pick-ups wasn't something that needed constant adjusting.  The closer the pick-up is to the string the stronger the magnetic field the viberating string will moving through.  Balance of volume from the top to bottom string is factory set.  I've never l
had to adjust pick-up heigth for individual strings.......janeguitar.com

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X Series / New Member, New Player
« on: January 25, 2011, 09:39:44 AM »
Lessons or wing it on your own.  What are your goals with the guitar?  Are you around anybody that can help?

Taking lessons is only good if you find a good teacher that will guide you on the proper path.  I've taught since 1964 and had many students come to me from other teachers that didn't know how to teach guitar properly.  I've had self-taught students that were very accomplished.

Taking lessons can save time and grief......but, even with a great teacher, lessons are   effective only if you are willing to do the work......janeguitar.com


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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / disasters on stage
« on: January 23, 2011, 08:27:35 AM »
Disasters continue......I was invited to be a guest artist at a church where I going to perform a works by JS Bach during the service.  I sat up front waiting for my part of the worship service where I'm introduced then perform.  When I sat down and started to check my tuning a church member stood up and acused the minister of having an affair with his wife.......the church exploded with anger and within seconds a shouting match was going on with half the congergation standing and yelling.......I sat there dumbfounded.......finally...seemed forever.......a man comes uo to the front and starts yelling in the mic telling everbody that he came to worship and this was not the time to deal with this........after a few outburst the church member that started the ordeal said he was leaving the church and encouraged more to do so........half the congergation got up and left shouting unkind remarks as they exited the building........then the minister look at me and asked me to play.........sheesh......I was shocked and didn't play very well.....janeguitar.com

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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 months........janeguitar.com

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Methinks it comes down to fame and show over musical arts. In the old days performers just made music.....MTV did to music what KFC did to chicken......janeguitar.com

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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 future........janeguitar.com

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I've not heard of the K&K pick-up......will check that out.  I recorded my CD using ribbon mikes.......nice mellow sound.......great mikes...but not rugged enough to play gigs ....... stuff happens.....janeguitar.com

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I use a mic.......placed close to soundboard below fingerboard....sound hole gets to much boom from bass.  Use an instrument mike and also tried ribbonn mike.....but the mic get banged around to use a ribbon mike.  I've performed with a Bose Stick....but that was in a large concert hall and wonder how a Bose Stick would work in a noisy resturant......janeguitar.com.

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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 better.....janeguitar.com

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Solid or laminated top.......the quality and bracing are of major importance.  A laminated top can be thin with the spruce on the top layer as thin as a postcard.....I've seen the bridge tear this layer off before.  Laminated tops, like plywood have the grain going in different direction......giving strenth......but not responding to the viberation of the string as well......a laminated top will warp by sinking between the sound hole and bulging on the opposite of the bridge.  A solid top will crack and if the grain isn't correct, the top too thick, the bracing improper it will not sound good.  On an acoustic guitar the way the player sets the string vibrating and if the arm is resting on the guitar and quality and gauge of strings can be a deal breaker for good tone.  What's better.......a lot of factors can make the difference.......all my guitars are high end with solid tops......janeguitar.com

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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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General Discussion / Why do you play?
« on: January 15, 2011, 10:01:12 PM »
Tips on changing chords.......principal chords in key of C....the 1st position chords C....F......G7......notice how the 2nd and 3rd fingers are located next to each other in these chords........change the 2nd and 3rd fingers at the same time as if they were one finger before moving the 1st finger....after this works try changing all at the same time.  To change a bar chord......hold the chord one minute with out pressing......press then release and reform then repeat until muscel memory knows where the fingers go.......I've watched tv while crunching out chords.......be careful not to overdue and injure your hand........jane

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General Discussion / Why do you play?
« on: January 15, 2011, 09:40:05 PM »
I was grounded for the summer and had to stay in my room.....thought if I made a lot of noise I'd be set free.....didn't work....but I did learn how to play......jane

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Classical Series / nylon string acion
« on: January 15, 2011, 09:22:41 PM »
String action on a classical guitar.....a concert Rameriz has high action with a long scale so it won't buzz with volume.  If you're not performing concerts or using a sound system a lower action will work.  I use a low tension strings on my Rameriz with high acction and a normal tension strings on my Houser that has an average action......no buzz......but if you play flemenco use a high tension string with low action.  Not everybody has the same strenth or same size hand.....there is no magic measurement for the action on the 12th fret......bottom line is does it sound good......jane

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