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  1. "You gotta stick the cucumber in the 18-year-old girls' faces." I'm not sure that's an endorsement the Pabst company really wants...
  2. I'm not the greatest at theory, so maybe you guys can help me out with this. I was just plunking out chords earlier, trying randomly alligning my fingers on the strings and frets to see what kind of sounds I could make. Eventually I got to this (in tab): --1--- --0--- --0--- --2--- --3--- --0--- The way I figure it that's (from low E string to high E string) an E, a C, another E, D, G, and F. Not sure if it would technically be in the key of E or C. It's pretty discordant, I guess, technically. But it has a nice sort of minor 7th-ish sound that I like. But what would it be called?
  3. As said, drum books are great for this. Another book I have, which may be out of print is a book called "Golf clubs on fences I have known"... I think there are a few of them. It is published pretty low tech. One of them is intended to be clapped through and is only rhythms. Am I just stupid, or does the title of that book totally not relate to the subject matter?
  4. Talking about cover songs and the like here. For those of us who aren't the best at doing stuff "by ear", you'd think that one of the things included on a list of chord run-down of a given song would be the strumming pattern, right? I've seen maybe two of these, not counting mass lists of songs. And even on video lessons, it's something that gets glossed over. Now, I like to think that I'm at a point in my playing ability where I can work these sorts of things out for myself, but this question has just been bugging me. Why doesn't anyone give a shit how you strum the song?
  5. Only when strumming, and then very rarely.
  6. It really depends on the type of music, I think. Ambient/progressive stuff like Pink Floyd or King Crimson obviously relies a lot on post-production stuff that isn't, strictly speaking, part of the SONG itself. If you want to get technical, a song can be stripped back to just chords and lyrics and still be considered the same song. So it's the arrangement/mix that really gives a song its unique character, I believe. Case in point: The version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that the Beatles released on the White Album VS George Harrison's acoustic demo that was on Anthology 3. Both GREAT versions of the same song, built around the same chords, but the "mix" of the song is entirely different. The acoustic version just has less studio polish. And less Clapton.
  7. Thanks for the help, guys! That certainly does help explain some of it for me. I hope to figure notation out one of these days.
  8. Here's a stupid question (). I've tried to learn to sight-read before, but the one thing that always threw me off is the fact that no one ever answered this question for me (I'm sure there's a very simple explanation that I stupidly overlooked, but humor me): Let's say an E note is indicated on the staff. Okay, that's all well and good, but WHICH E? There are four E notes I can play on a guitar (E2, E3, E4, and E5) in four different octaves. So how am I supposed to know which one I play? Like I said, I know there's a simple answer to this I'm overlooking, but help is appreciated.
  9. Might it be Orpheus Valley Guitars? http://www.kremona.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=9&Itemid=87?=en Interesting. It actually looks a hell of a lot like the Sofia series, but I'm not sure because the inside label (there might be a technical term I don't know) just says "Orpheus" and has a serial number. But it definitely could be. Thanks for the tip!
  10. Hi, guys. Here's a quick mystery for you to solve! A friend of mine has owned an Orpheus classical guitar for about a decade now. It had steel strings on it when he got it (which is supposed to damage the bridge on classicals, but doesn't appear to have done anything to it. Anyway, the mystery -- the only records I can find of a company named Orpheus manufacturing guitars is of a Japanese company by the name of Orpheus making electrics in the 1960s. There's nothing I can find that points toward them making classicals. Basically, I'd like to know where the thing came from, but all my searches have turned up nil. As far as info on the guitar itself, I can't give much (I'd provide photos and/or measurements if I could, but I don't have it with me.). It has nineteen frets, and the top appears to be solid, with laminated sides. I'm not sure about the back, but I'd guess it's laminated as well. If anyone can help me solve this, I'd appreciate it!
  11. Not for me! Honestly, I don't get why this is so confusing. When you look at the board in playing position.....well...TAB is what you see. And not to mention the relationship to standard musical notation where the low staff lines are the lower notes. Also, while we are at it... Why is the term "bottom strings" so hard to assimilate? I didn't say it was hard to assimilate. I just said it was "wrong". I figured it out just fine once someone explained it to me, but prior to that it seemed logical that the "first string" would be the "first string" you strike while strumming across the guitar. There's probably a perfectly reasonable explanation for why it isn't, but I don't care enough to find out. Until everyone else comes to their senses, I'll just have to deal with it.
  12. This used to confuse me a lot, and would sometimes mess me up while playing along with tab. It didn't take me long to get used to it though, and everyone else is right about the fretboard would be if you laid it in your lap. The sixth string being at the top of the guitar, though, is definitely wrong.
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