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  1. I've only had one gig offer since the lock-down. It was for a backyard BBQ, and I turned it down. Our chief medical officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, has done a great job of locking things down and keeping the rates of Covid very low here, but I still feel a bit Corona shy. I was feeling pretty sick for awhile and actually went to get the test. Felt like a hot poker up the nose (the test have improved since). The test was negative, but it was a sobering experience. I'm happy to ride things out, and work on my massive TO DO list. I try to practice guitar for a couple hours a day, just in case a gi
  2. Yes it's really hard to say when gigs might start flowing again. Maybe not until a vaccine. Having said that, I know of one fellow solo musician, that got flown (in a helicopter) over to a town to do a parking lot serenade. He played 15 or 20 minutes in a parking lot to a third floor balcony (with small PA) and then got flown home. I'm assuming social distancing and/or a personal protective device was used on the helicopter. Maybe "Rapunzel" gigs are the wave of the future. As I mentioned, and as have others, I've been saving for emergencies. Just didn't know it would be for the Zombie Ap
  3. I played March 16th, and that's been that. It was arguably the largest lounge in my town, so social distancing was not an issue. Oddly enough it was a really good night. Afterwards, the bartender joked that I was like a musician on the Titanic, playing tunes while the ship went down. The manager also bought me a beer at the end of the night (only the second one in three years) and wished me well. I've been playing the gig for three plus years, and specifically, every Monday for over two years. I had never missed a Monday. It was very strange not playing there this past Monday. Lately, I
  4. Just got to L&M today. So my thoughts. I liked the weight, quite light. The factory action and intonation were good. The neck was a little clunky, reminded me of an old Gibson acoustic a friend of mine used to have. The strings were too heavy for me to feel like I was playing electric, but worked stylistically for acoustic. I played a Mississippi John Hurt song (The Candyman) plus a few other finger picking and classical tunes. It seemed fine for that stuff but I felt like the strings were very close together. If one likes them close, then it's not a problem. The acoustic sound was okay, n
  5. Hi Steve, I hope to get to the store this Saturday or Sunday. I'll take your questions along and see what I can find out. I am possibly looking for something like the Godin myself, so I'm hoping to get some answers. I'll get back, once I do a test drive.
  6. Although I have never owned a Godin, I am a big fan, based on the three or four guitars I've tried, including their 5th Avenue, and Electric Nylon models. Judging by the link I'm referencing, my local store has an A6 in stock. I wouldn't mind trying it, and reporting back. Are there any specific questions you might have, or specific tests to put it through? Actually, I am thinking that I might know someone that gigs with one. Too bad I just saw this post, he was gigging tonight, maybe he was playing it. I'll investigate further. https://www.long-mcquade.com/23631/Guitars/Elec
  7. Good advice Notes. Regarding playing the same for a large crowd or a small one, it's not just lip service.... I have had many comments, and scored a few nice gigs from folks that saw me at a really dead gig, and were impressed by the way I gave it my all. I might have mentioned that recently, the head of my booking agency was in attendance on a pretty slow night. They were hiding in a corner where I couldn't see them until after the show. I was so glad that in-spite of the small crowd, I still joked around, took requests and put out my usual effort. Remembering times like that makes you
  8. So.... are you guys playing in two different rooms? Why wouldn't you be able to hear each other? I've played guitar in two and even three guitar bands, and it's been my experience that the other guitar player is always too loud. I couldn't stand the thought of having another guitar player's out of time rhythm playing chords. blasting through my amp - wait, did I say that out loud?
  9. January is gonna be slow, so I took whatever gigs I could this December. I haven't checked in for a bit. As Christmas is over, I'll just say Happy Holidays, and all the best for the New Year.
  10. Happy Holidays as well. I'll miss playing This Christmas. Great melody and cool chords, and I like the way the musical interlude alternates between a bar of four and a bar of three. Donny Hathaway sings it in F, but even in D it's a little high - I sometimes hit the "A", while trying to keep it lounge volume. Anyway, I'll miss that one. Maybe the instrumental version of Christmastime Is Here, because I can play jazz without getting yelled at! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oswkllz_Lvs BTW: I played a Jazz Vespers show a year or so ago and the singer did a Soul version of Mary
  11. I use midi files converted to MP3's. Even if I find an internet file, I generally have to redo all the hi-hat, snare, kick velocities, correct all the insane non drummer fills, fix all the bass notes and remove all the ridiculous horn, strings and melody tracks. It's often easier to just build a track from the ground up. The original "pick your track" devices included the Roland MC500 and later Roland MC50. These stand alone sequencers had small screens but really great quantizing and other features that are still hard to find. I stopped using mine (I had four) years ago and switched to
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