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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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and the drummer couldn't even keep time!  Can you believe that?

I answered an ad on Craigslist looking for a bassist to tour immediately with a professional, experienced Rock/Blues band on their 4th CD and second US tour.  I guess their bass player was a jerk on the road, so they needed someone to replace him asap.  First gig was in a week, followed by six straight weeks of shows.  Looked like a good gig.

I spoke with the guitarist/band leader over the phone and drove all the way to Colorado the next day for an audition.  The guys were nice and very professional, except for the fact that the drummer couldn't switch from quarter notes to eighths without speeding up, couldn't play a fill without losing the beat, an wouldn't know how to syncopate if his life depended on it.  

He was all over the place, ahead of the beat, off the beat, never really dead on, and never, ever behind the beat where he should be for this type of music.  I tried to guide him into playing behind the beat, and he even told me the guitarist had already talked to him about it before, but he hadn't done much to fix it because he didn't know how.

I spoke briefly with the guitar player, this is a blues-rock power trio, so the bass and drums have a LOT riding on them, and he said I would need to get the drummer in shape during rehearsals while on the road.  I asked if I was getting paid extra for giving the drummer groove lessons and was told no, it was just part of the gig.

F-that.  I hopped back in the truck and drove home at midnight wondering just how the hell some people get the gigs they do.  I guess there's a lot to be said for band loyalty.  

But seriously, this guy has interest from Alligator records and the one thing holding him back is this drummer.  How can a guitarist really explore a tune or solo if the drummer isn't holding it down?  That said, how can anyone on any instrument really do their best when the drummer is all over the place.  There's no back bone to build on.  But these guys just put their blinders on and played like everything was fine.

I'm just venting I guess.  Really reconsidering going back out on the road, at least reconsidering going back out and starving in a van for six weeks for music I don't believe in.  

It's moments like these when I refer to the wisdom of the ages.  WWJD?  Indeed, What Would Jaco Do?




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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Checking in
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:55:40 AM »
Hey folks, sorry I've been MIA for a while.  Thanks to those who dropped me an email making sure I was okay...and thanks to those who didn't for reminding me that the world goes on without me, regardless of how important I think I am.

Anyway, busy, busy, busy.  Defended my dissertation and have been cutting through the red tape to get out of school ever since.  Playing in three bands now...playing upright with a jazz trio made up of guys from the NM symphony who are tired of playing classical, playing upright and fretless on my own Medeski, Martin & Wood type thing, and playing electric in an indie rock band, which will be touring through the west in June.  So any of you who are in Tempe, San Fran, LA, Denver, Portland, or Seattle, come say hi.

Hey Browndog...what's a guy gotta do to get some basses to take on the road?

Back to work...I miss talking to you all.

John

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I was playing this really nice Fender Victor Bailey acoustic and was sure that it was solid wood because the grain on the inside of the back matched the outside.  But I went to their site and it said it was all laminate.  The interior wasn't finished, of course, so I could clearly see the thick grain of the dao...some wood I've never heard of...and follow it to the backside.  Does this seem odd to anyone else?

http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0953300221

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I found this great old rare bass, but there is tape on the top, most likely covering cracks. If the cracks are through the wood, would it be possible to fix them?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-KOA-EKO-B-A-4-Fretless-Acoustic-Bass-RARE_W0QQitemZ140106039871QQihZ004QQcategoryZ4713QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / I got robbed
« on: April 04, 2007, 03:17:28 PM »
So I never lock my front door because I have two huge german shepherds in the house.  Well, some crackhead climbed through my living room window and stole my dvd player, xbox, and laptop.  I was most bummed about the laptop.  I just bought, this very weekend, $100 worth of new CDs and they were in the case with my laptop. Oh well nothing that can't be replaced.  

So here's the good part...this is so funny.  I can't even make this kind of stuff up.  This is all pieced together from what I found when I got home.  

Crackhead climbs in through the window, pretty sure he met my dogs right after that.  He grabs the DVD player and Xbox from the entertainment center...huge dust up in that part of the room...pretty sure the dogs were on him by that point.  So he tries to climb back out the window, but the bookshelf in front of the window collapses.  He makes a break for the front door...but expecting the door to be locked, he instinctively turns the lock on the door knob, locking himself in my house.  He's too high or stupid to just turn the lock again, so he tries to pry the door open *from the inside* with a butterknife he got from my kitchen...there were huge gouge marks and peanut butter all over the door frame.  Finally he tears through the house looking for a way out and finds the back door.

The place looked like the FBI had been there searching for Jimmy Hoffa.  My front door was jacked.  Crackhead broke the cylinder in the door knob trying to pry his way out.

I don't have renter's insurance, so my landlord let me put key locks on two closet doors and turn them into guitar safes.  Which is kind of cool.  

It really lit a fire under me to get insurance on my gear.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Taking the plunge
« on: March 27, 2007, 11:04:22 AM »
I've been thinking about this alot, and just thought I'd through the notion out there to you folks, the only people who might understand this.  

Well, since I officially graduate from my MFA program in three weeks, I've had to think long and hard about what to do next.  I was going to continue on and get a PhD in English, but I'd have to leave town, and my son, to do it.

Instead, I'm taking the plunge into getting a degree in jazz guitar at the school where I teach.  I've been fiddling with this contraption for two years now, and since finding the arch-top and switching to playing fingerstyle exclusively, I've found my style...or as Squint said, it found me.

My ex and parents are kind of freaking out.  They aren't too surprised, but they are wondering why a 37 year old father would want to spend all his free time studying guitar.

Do I need a degree in music?  Probably not.  Do I need a structured practice regimine?  Yes.  Do I need a teacher to answer all these questions I have?  Yep.  Do I want to play the guitar the best I possibly can?  You know it.  

So, I'll keep my job and be a regular working man like everyone else, but I'm also going to devote the next three years to getting this degree and, more importantly, being able to play the way I want, fluid and fast and beautifully.  Eventually, hopefully, I can teach music for a living.

Luckily for me, I don't have to take any more academic courses, so it's just three years of scales, arpeggios, sightreading, eartraining, and learning how to improvise.  I will once again be immersed in music in a way I haven't been in years.

Any suggestions?

John

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I've been talking to Kazz over email and am sending him the same info I'm sending to some of my former students who are still in california.  I'm offering a form of informal online lessons.  Figured I'd post them here as we go so everyone can have access to them.

If you want to make a video of yourself working on these, send it to me and I'll give you feedback.  If you need/want clarification on something, email me.

This first lesson is the basis for everything...the first step...that eventually leads to the bigger scale exercise and on to theory, etc.


An interval is the distance between two notes. The names are derived from the distance from a root note. The notes aren't important, just getting the shapes under your fingers. Intervals are either major (M), minor (m) or perfect (P). So a minor second will be m2, a major third M3.

Begin working on these in second position, or your first finger on the second fret of the low E. Play all of these without moving your hand from second position.  Think of the following as one and two string tabs.

m2 or half step.
|-2-3--|

|-3-4--|

|-4-5--|

M2 or whole step.
|-2-4--|

|-3-5--|

|---2-|
|-5---|

m3
|-2-5--|

|---1-|
|-3---|

|---2-|
|-4---|

|---3-|
|-5---|

M3
|-2-6--|

|---2-|
|-3---|

|---3-|
|-4---|

|---4-|
|-5---|

Start with these for now. Keep all your fingers low above the string, as low as you can. When playing across two or more strings, keep the finger on the lower string planted.

For the big stretches, start by pivoting on your lower finger. For the minor third, pivot your second finger towards the head to reach the next note with your first finger. On the Major third pivot on your first finger towards the bridge to reach the next note with your pinky. Don't play the notes together as a chord (double stop). Instead, let each ring in succesion.

Let me know if something doesn't make sense. Once you have these down...playing every possible version cleanly...we'll move on to the next set.

John

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Super Easy Jazz Chords!
« on: February 28, 2007, 10:54:11 AM »
I just learned a super easy and cool trick.  If you are playing blues, or any V7 chord, a 9 chord tends to sound really slick and jazzy over them.  Instead of having to think much about it, I figured out any easy way to just grab 9 chords.  The trick is just to know where the root of the chord is on the second (A) string.  Then just play a bar on the top three strings at the same fret.  

Example, say you are playing a Blues in A.  Wanna play A9?  Bar the top three strings at the 12th fret, (12th fret second string is A).  Simple.  The IV chord is D7.  The root note, D, is on the 5th fret of the second string.  So just bar the top three strings at the 5th fret, Badda-Bing, you've outlined the D9 chord.  Wanna do the same for the V chord, move that bar up to the 7th fret, E9.  

Next super easy jazz chord...same shape plus one change.  Take your D9 shape and add your second finger on the B string, POW you've got a G11 chord.  Why is this cool (other than sounding cool)?  D7 is the fifth of G.  So instead of playing D7 to G7, you can play D9 to G11 by adding one finger at the same fret.  Same thing for E7 to A7 or any V7 to I chord.  Impress your friends!  Intimidate your enemies!  

Example:

  D7 - - - D9 - - - G11
-------   --5---    --5---
-------   --5---    --6---
--5----   --5---    --5---
--4----   ------    ------
--5----   ------    ------
-------   ------    ------

  E7 - - - E9 - - -  A11
------    --7---    --7---
------    --7---    --8---
--7---    --7---    --7---
--6---    -------   ------
--7---    -------   ------
------    -------   ------

Nothing to it!  BTW: I totally got the idea for this from a Larry Carlton interview in Guitar Player, so no I'm not that smart.

John

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / New Baby
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:53:21 PM »
I decided after reading several posts here and on the electric forum that I needed to ditch my electric for a hollowbody.  I played a few around town and all of them felt better...more like my jumbo...especially the right hand.  Well I went in tonight and traded my telecaster for this chunk of sweetness.


Things got even better when I found they had an old Crate Vintage Club 50 tube combo for dirt cheap...the two were perfect together.  Now I have a gig worthy set up...if only I had gig worthy chops!

John

Washburn WI64 Idol
Washburn RO1 Rover
Ibanez AJ200-EVE
Kaman Acoustic Bass
Palatino Upright Bass
Fender Tele Custom FMT HH
'71 Fretless P-Bass
'71 Fretted P-Bass
'06 Highway 1 P-Bass


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General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / guitar or amp?
« on: February 22, 2007, 12:48:57 PM »
I just found a sick set up of guitar and amp. I A/B'd the amp with other guitars and the guitars with other amps.  Nothing sounded close.  Now the rub is the price.  I can only afford one.  So do I go for the amp...a somewhat hard to find Marshall JTM30...or the guitar?  I can find guitars like it all day online, but we all know how some just play better than others.  I figure if i find another JTM30, it'll sound the same.

What would you do?

Washburn WI64 Idol
Washburn RO1 Rover
Ibanez AJ200-EVE
Kaman Acoustic Bass
Palatino Upright Bass
Fender Tele Custom FMT HH
'71 Fretless P-Bass
'71 Fretted P-Bass
'06 Highway 1 P-Bass


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Do these feel more like acoustics?  I'm thinking of the hb15 and J4.  Do they have the stiffer feel of an acoustic as opposed to the slinkiness of an electric?

Washburn WI64 Idol
Washburn RO1 Rover
Ibanez AJ200-EVE
Kaman Acoustic Bass
Palatino Upright Bass
Fender Tele Custom FMT HH
'71 Fretless P-Bass
'71 Fretted P-Bass
'06 Highway 1 P-Bass


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Here's your chance...a fretless guitar...resonator no less.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-335-fretless-resonator-acoustic-electric-guitar_W0QQitemZ260083058114QQihZ016QQcategoryZ47064QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem



Washburn WI64 Idol
Washburn RO1 Rover
Ibanez AJ200-EVE
Kaman Acoustic Bass
Palatino Upright Bass
Fender Tele Custom FMT HH
'71 Fretless P-Bass
'71 Fretted P-Bass
'06 Highway 1 P-Bass


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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Oh come on...please!
« on: February 07, 2007, 10:46:18 AM »
I was at a guy's house, a random friend of a friend, last night and my buddy mentioned I was a bass player.  So this guy says Oh, I've got an old bass around here somewhere and pulls out a perfect fretless Guild acoustic.  I couldn't stop playing it...amazing tone.

I asked if he played it, he said no. I asked if he wanted to sell it, he said no. I asked him why he didn't want to sell it, he said, I don't know; I guess I'll just hang onto it and he put it back in the closet. I was begging him to sell it to me.  Nothing.

Why, why, why?  How do these people end up with these great guitars and just let them languish in a closet?  It's not right.

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

Washburn WI64 Idol
Washburn RO1 Rover
Ibanez AJ200-EVE
Kaman Acoustic Bass
Palatino Upright Bass
Fender Tele Custom FMT HH
'71 Fretless P-Bass
'71 Fretted P-Bass
'06 Highway 1 P-Bass


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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / What model is this?
« on: January 19, 2007, 10:16:10 PM »
I found this online for $220.  They say it's a D30S, but it doesn't look like a D30S.  Any ideas?



Washburn WI64 Idol
Washburn RO1 Rover
Ibanez AJ200-EVE
Kaman Acoustic Bass
Palatino Upright Bass
'71 Fretless P-Bass
'71 Fretted P-Bass
'06 Highway 1 P-Bass


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