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Pike, this isn't about YOU.  Please.  What an ego.  

I said WE'VE been moderated.  I said it in a humorous way. I'm trying to rebuild this *community*.  I even appologized to Mike, though I did nothing wrong.  Yet still you find fault and take it personally.

How did I insult you?  By saying those who were bickering weren't acting like civilized human beings?  Is that an insult?  

It's normal to have spats.  It's unhealthy for them to be dragged out the way this one has.  

Why are you trying to pick another fight?  This isn't about you.  

You have never understood my suppositions and still don't?  Then don't read my posts and surely don't respond to them if you don't understand them.  It seems the only posts you don't understand are the ones where I don't come down on your side.  Others seem to get what I'm saying just fine.

I surely didn't start this thread to argue...but look where we are now...and look who started it.

John

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Goodbye II
« on: June 18, 2007, 11:17:33 PM »
seven

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You know...there's this little trick to ending arguments.  It's tough, but anyone can do it.  You see, what you have to do is take a deep breath, count to ten, then...and here's the hard part...do nothing.  That's right.  Nothing.  It takes a seperate, distinct action everytime your finger types one letter. In a typical post, that's about a hundred chances to stop and just let it go.

I know it's hard when you feel you are being attacked.  But you know what, no one is being attacked.  People are talking sh*t on the internet.  Other than having easy access to porn, that's why the damn thing was invented.  Read the post, get mad, then take a look around the real world you live in.  Does your family love you?  Do your clients respect you?  Then let it go.  

As for professional reputations being marred...I can't even keep straight who said/did what anymore.  So I'm going back to my default of just trusting and appreciating everyone until they do ME wrong.  So some things still stand in my mind.  If I need technical/luthier advice, Dread is my first call guy.  If I need a new acoustic, I'm calling Dave.  If I need advice on old instruments, I'm writing Pike.  If I need a beer, Shiner.  Regardless of all your (the plural  you - if the shoe fits...) bickering, I still believe in the people I've met here.  

John

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We've been moderated.  Who would have thought a simple little guitar forum could need someone to step in and make people behave like civilized human beings.  I guess it was inevitable.  Thanks, Mike, for stepping in, and I for one appologize that you had to.

Can we get back to talking about guitars and music again?  What about basses and rhetorical theory?

John

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Wagjam
« on: June 14, 2007, 12:09:23 AM »
quote:
Originally posted by Pike

quote:
Those of you who don't like it - then have your own event. But don't promote it here, and don't name it after Washburn.

Well this has to be the most pompous and arrogant statement I have heard in a long long time. And you have the authority to speak for Washburn or tell everyone on this forum what it is that they can or cannot do? What would ever make you think that you have that right? What, are you kidding? Who do you think you are? If there are others here that want to have a get together and play their Washburns and want to call it a Washburn guitar get together, and want to discuss it on this forum, by all means do, you have every right. And speaking solely for me Dave, don't ever again try to tell me what it is that I can and cannot do. I'll do whatever the hell I want to do as long as it brings no harm to others, and if you, or any like you, don't like it, you know what you can do with it.



This is exactly what I'm talking about.  This whole thread was moving along just fine for 12 pages and then KrisH mentions USMusic support for the next Wagjam and you flip out.

Sticking up for yourself and your rights is one thing, calling people arrogant and pompous, using an extremely condescending tone and ending by telling people to stick it does not constitute doing no harm.

That's like me standing in front of your house drinking a beer and calling you names.  I'm not hurting anyone, but I sure am asking for trouble.  You clearly started this little dust up, man.  I'm not saying others didn't come along and do their part to escalate matters, but you started the name calling.  The thing is I knew it was coming.  I read KrisH's post and winced.  I knew you would take it personally, because I know the the history of Wagjam and previous discussions of corporate involvement.  So, you were right on cue, which makes it predicatable.

I wore a uniform for seven years defending everyone's rights but noone has the right to be a jerk.  If someone insults me, even if they are doing so while defending their rights, that person will hear about it...that's my right.  But if we (Americans, Humans, etc) all stopped demanding our individual rights and thought a litte more about the rights of the community, of the society, of the world outside our own, it would seem things would be much nicer for all of us.

John

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Wagjam
« on: June 13, 2007, 10:34:42 PM »
I like cheese.


Seriously...I make a living deconstructing dialogue and conversations and I can clearly say one thing...Pike, you like to stir things up.  That may be good; it may be bad.  Usually, though, it does more harm than good.

Feel free to take shots at me now.  I'm just calling it like I see it.

And yes I can point to the exact post that started it all and sent this particular thread into a hole of anger and resentment and half-cocked statements, but frankly I'm too tired to take the extra step.  Anyone reading through the last three pages with an objective mind will see it.

But I'm not picking on Pike.  There's a whole lot of immaturity from a lot of people I used to respect going on here.  Oh well, we're only human.  I'm sure I'll say something to piss someone off soon enough.

John

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Nice score!  Welcome aboard.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / For fun
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:27:28 AM »
David Gilmour

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Dang, it's hard to follow a post like that.  Way to close a thread, fingers.  And yes that is me in those videos and in that documentary.  That's my goofy music teaching style, but it seems to work.

John

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A camera would really help me see your technique, but we can get things started with this.

Here is my video for the major scale, from there you can find my other scale videos.  It is important that you learn them, this is the first step to understanding soloing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY8vfFdY3aM
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HeavySVT

John

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No need to appologize; your opinion is just as valid as anyone else's.  Welcome aboard.

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Oh and KrisH...thanks.  I was about to dust off my old soapbox as well.  Anyone who thinks playing bass is easy has never played with a good bass payer.  It's the easiest string instrument to learn but the hardest to master.  

Oh and BluesMan, not everyone wants to play the Blues.  That's just one of a wide, wide variety of types of music, the majority of which require some understanding of scales and harmony.  I get your point that it's just music and you should play from your heart, but some people's hearts are hearing music that is more complex. Not necessarily better, just richer harmonically.

John

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Sad,
Send me an email off list.  I teach guitar and bass online to a couple of folks and study long distance with someone myself.  I'll give you free lessons if you are willing to do the work.

John

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What a fantastic day.  And what a great way to make your first foray into playing for others...the best thing in the world.

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Chocolate cake and fine guitars...what more could one ask for.  Happy Birthday, carnal.

FJ

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