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#2493518 String bends + vibrato

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 03 July 2006 - 04:20 AM in Guitar Q & A

Practice, practice, practice!

It is possible, and you need trained fingers and trained ear to do that. Perhaps it's easiest done with the middle finger, resting on ring and pinkie for support.

#2493035 Rant Time!

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 02 July 2006 - 02:05 PM in Guitar Q & A

QUOTE (Dave C @ Jul 1 2006, 09:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fenders havn't always had the quality right, but if youv'e got a good one, nothing will touch it. Many years ago"guitar for the practicing musician" did a pole for the greatest guitar ever. It went
1 Stratocaster
2 Les paul
3 Telecaster

Such ranks, like pop charts are for people without imagination tongue.gif

The feel, the tone you want, that's where it's at. There are so many good brands.

#2492757 I'm Playing Again!

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 02 July 2006 - 08:27 AM in Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Enjoy it. You can't really quit guitar, can you? smile.gif

And you can't really quit GTU, Stu. I never even tried the former, and I never will. The latter is not a good idea either.

Glad to hear that you play again smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif

#2492732 Recording a chord progression to jam over

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 02 July 2006 - 08:03 AM in Guitar Q & A

Get Audacity, it's legally free. Or get Cool Edit Pro, which is better, but not legally free. wink.gif

Then plug your guitar directly to the soundcard, or you can do this through an amp or through any effect. Of course, you can also mic it. The possibilities are endless once you have some software. As I said, Audacity is free and generally accessible. Cool Edit is not free, but also generally accessible.

#2492726 Classical guitar

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 02 July 2006 - 07:59 AM in Guitar Q & A

Some very old things like Carulli or Sor. Start with waltzes, it's quite easy to get the timing right.

The trademark part of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata arranged for guitar is easy too, and it sounds good.

#2492724 body styles affect tone?

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 02 July 2006 - 07:56 AM in Guitar Q & A

As said above it's not shape that matters much it's mass and density, the quality of wood. Also different holes and cavities, which basically boils down to the presence of the trem or the lack of it.

#2486730 Can anyone recommend me an acoustic..

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 27 June 2006 - 01:41 PM in Acoustic Guitar Discussion

You need a dreadnought most probably. But as you'll check a few guitars, you'll see what you really want.

I like Takamine dreadnoughts. And for the price, you can get a pretty decent one.

#2486372 question about hybrid picking technique

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 27 June 2006 - 09:40 AM in Guitar Q & A

Exactly. I was always stunned with Rory Gallagher's hybrid picking of country blues covers. It's amazing that it can be done this way too. But as I never use picks, I'd rather do it bare fingered.

You can also do passages like that as Dadfad said, doing the trebles mainly with the middle finger. I imagine this could be done the classical way Rick suggested, it's just if I held the pick between the thumb and index, the remaining fingers somehow wouldn't have enough space to move freely.

#2484541 Beginner

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 26 June 2006 - 09:03 AM in Guitar Q & A

If you want an electric, get a Pacifica. If you want an acoustic, get some low end Takamine.

#2483367 Wrist Problems

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 25 June 2006 - 02:06 PM in Guitar Q & A

Well, it's natural. If your body says "no," then it's time to have a break.

I guess there's no point in talking about the right hand positioning (the fretting hand wrist should not be bent) since the cause is not the guitar.

Have a break!

#2482444 Paul Geremia

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 25 June 2006 - 02:11 AM in Acoustic Guitar Discussion

Thanks, John!

Paul Geremia is obviously amazing.

I first listened, and then read your post... When I heard these tunes I thought John retired and turned into an ultimate guitar god, practicing all day. laugh.gif

But I see you made some very good records too. Glad to see (and hear) that. Thanks gain! smile.gif

#2481328 finger dexterity

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 24 June 2006 - 09:25 AM in Guitar Q & A

Chromatics are just an exercise. Good for stretching fingers and gaining speed. But in practice you'll play more real scales, modes, shapes. Do them up and down, sticking to the one-finger-one-fret rule.

Then, scales themselves are just scales, try to mes around the neck and see how fluently you can do that.

Of course every speed exercise should be done with a metronome.

#2481323 diminished scale

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 24 June 2006 - 09:17 AM in Guitar Q & A

Yes, playing guitar... I found some hour or two weekly. Work, work and study. And yet more work. Time just enough for trying not to let the fingers stiffen. That's what growing old means... I forgot a lot. Still, I can do that West Coast Blues you taught me, John. smile.gif

I guess I'll hang out here again, maybe not as often as before, but I missed GTU and you all. smile.gif This summer I want to regain my skill.

#2481139 New Guitar Strings...

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 24 June 2006 - 05:47 AM in Guitar Q & A

I like D'Addario XL's, 10's. The gauge number comes from the thickness of the highest e string. Experiment with different gauges to see what you like.

#2481136 diminished scale

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 24 June 2006 - 05:44 AM in Guitar Q & A

You may find a great deal on it in the Net. It is highly dissonant and so its main use is over extended dominant chords, because you can play and emphasise tritone intervals (augmented forth, diminished fifth), which are characteristic of the dominant




Here are some links, you can find much more in jazz theory books.

...and welcome back, GTU! it's been a while smile.gif

#2279400 differences?

Posted by grzegorz_panek on 20 February 2006 - 02:15 AM in Guitar Q & A

Strat growls, tele twangs.

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