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Phil O'Keefe

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  1. Unless you have a crew / guitar tech / roadies, and even if you do, the trick IMO is to minimize the amount of gear you have to haul to a gig. Having said that, I really consider having at least one backup guitar ready to go to be absolutely essential.
  2. If you copy and paste the video's URL in, and then wait a second, it should embed automatically unless you hit the button that pops up that allows you to opt out of the embedding. If it continues to be an issue for you, please drop me a private message (by clicking on my user name and then hitting the "Message" box in the window that opens up) and let me know and I'll see if we can help you and get it figured out. 🙂
  3. I'm not sure why you're not embedding your videos so that people can view them without having to go off-site to do so... you'd probably get more responses (and less blowback) if you did; the way you're doing it now just comes across as an attempt to drive people to your YouTube page.
  4. Good advice IMO. A teacher can not only help you to pick a suitable instrument, but help you to get going while avoiding the development of bad habits that may hinder your further development and make it harder to progress as a player later. While YouTube videos are great, they're not interactive, and they can't spot it when you're doing something wrong and make suggestions for fixing the problem. BTW, the OP is in the eastern USA folks, but based on their IP, about an hour or so from the two nearest relatively large metro areas. Still, it might be a good idea to take a trip into one of those cities and look for a decent acoustic nylon string guitar at some of the music stores there, unless there's a decent-sized music store in your local town. You can probably find a very suitable, brand-new nylon string that won't have any issues that would impede your playing development for around $200 or so, maybe a little more. I'd recommend that you stick with the bigger / more well known name brands like Yamaha, Ibanez and Cordoba - not only will they have better quality, but they also tend to have better resale value when you decide to move up to something nicer in a couple of years. Then again, you may wind up like some of us, and keep all of your guitars and never sell them... fair warning!
  5. Welcome to Harmony Central! moog, it sounds like they're having a hard time locking in to the tempo of the arpeggiator. pixel, can you tell us what keyboard you're using? Some keyboards have arpeggiators that can be locked to an external MIDI clock. If yours can, then you can use MIDI to trigger a flashing light, or to send a click to the drummer's headphone monitor so that you can follow the tempo easier while not having to turn the keyboards up as loud in the mix.
  6. This. As long as the break repair was properly done, that sounds like a great deal to me.
  7. I do too. The problem is that I don't think I could really get away with playing either one live. Maybe when I was younger, but not now. While I like the original reverse 'birds, I really like the non-reverse Firebirds a lot too.
  8. Explorer cases are pretty huge, aren't they?
  9. With all due respect, I think you're suffering from confirmation bias. Either that, or you just may not like the sound of your amp very much, and may equate a "stack sound" with a different amp circuit. Sorry, but no, it doesn't. The ONLY way that matters what enclosure and amp is mounted into is if you're using the internal speakers of the combo amp - then they're affected by the size, shape and construction of the enclosure. The amp itself is not impacted by those factors. Again, once you disconnect the internal speaker(s) and connect your amp to an external speaker cabinet, the size of the cabinet that the amp electronics are mounted in will have ZERO impact on the tone. It could be in a "head" sized chassis, it could be in a combo-sized chassis, heck, it could be pulled out of the chassis and sitting open on a tech's workbench (please do NOT try this at home! There are LETHAL voltages inside of a tube amp!) and it would not make any sonic difference.
  10. Singular or plural, it's still spelled chassis... the only thing that changes is the pronunciation: Pronounce chassis CHASS-ee (singular) and CHASS-eez (plural). Chassis comes from the Latin capsa, meaning box.
  11. He can contact you (or you can reach out to him) using our website's private messaging system, and you can exchange contact information between yourselves. 🙂 To send someone a PM, click on their user name, then click on the blue Message box to the right of their name on the page that opens up. Also, please feel free to post your guitar in our classifieds section, which is linked to above. You never know - someone else may be interested, and that's where all of the WTB and FS posts are located, so it's where people who might be interested will be most likely to see it. Welcome to Harmony Central!
  12. FWIW, that's what I started out with when I first started playing.
  13. Welcome to Harmony Central! What kind of music do you want to play, and what kind of budget are you wanting to stay within?
  14. According to their website, that guitar comes stock equipped with D'Addario EXP-16 strings, which are gauged .012, .016, .024, .032, .042, .053. I'd consider those to be roughly light to light-medium gauge, and would recommend you stick with those gauges. If you wish to run anything heavier, I'd strongly suggest you contact the manufacturer first to see if they will be okay or not. https://travelerguitar.com/pages/contact-us To answer your question - yes, heavier strings are generally going to beef up the sound of a shorter-scale guitar - but again, you need to make sure that they're not going to damage the guitar, and the only way to be certain is to see if the manufacturer approves of a heavier set for that particular instrument.
  15. If you could have either one, which one would you prefer?
  16. I started out on reeds - clarinet and saxophone. I've tried to learn harmonica two or three times, and I mean seriously tried hard - daily practice for months each time, with books, tapes... and it just totally eludes me. I can't do it well to save my life. I really wish I could blow a mean blues harp, but it's just completely beyond me for some reason.
  17. Not to quibble, but an increase of 10dB(A) SPL is generally considered to result in a doubling of perceived loudness, not 3dB. http://www.sounddeadsteel.com/what-is-a-decibel.html A 3dB increase in SPL (sound pressure level) will result from a doubling of power (or a 3dB increase in speaker sensitivity / efficiency), and will result in a doubling of sound energy (and reduces the allowable exposure time by 1/2, as per the 3dB rule), but it won't result in a doubling of perceived volume. A 100W amp isn't perceived by humans as being "twice as loud" as a 50W amp, given the same speakers... it's only 3dB louder, not 10dB. To quote myself... So let's assume we have a speaker with a sensitivity of 90dB @ 1W / 1m and a power handling capacity of up to 100W. If we power that speaker with 1W of power, it will generate 90dB when measured at a distance of 1 meter. If we double that power to 2W, the SPL measurement will increase to 93dB. If we increase the power to 10W, then the SPL measurement will increase to 100dB, which is "twice the perceived loudness" when compared to 1W. So it actually takes ten times more power to give us a perceived doubling of volume level. https://www.harmonycentral.com/articles/guitar-and-bass-amps/wattage-speaker-efficiency-and-amplifier-loudness-r195/ While a 3dB increase in speaker sensitivity will result in a noticeable increase in perceived volume, he'd need a speaker with a 10dB greater sensitivity rating vs. his current one in order to result in a doubling of perceived volume from the same amplifier.
  18. I've never heard of that program before. Is it available for both Mac and PC? What are some of the things you like about it?
  19. First of all, have you raised the action a bit? Something as inexpensive as this can help get the strings higher while making it less likely you’ll accidentally smack the frets with the slide... https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PerfectNut--grover-perfect-guitar-nut-height-extender As Gibson29 advised, you should get a slide with some weight to it. Those ultra-thin glass slides are really not the best IMO. Something with enough weight to allow the slide itself to do most of the work (without you having to really “press down”) is the way to go IMO - especially when you’re just getting started. My favorite slide is a vintage Coricidin bottle that I liberated out of my grandmother’s medicine cabinet many years ago, and while it is heavier than some thin walled glass slides, even that might be too light for a new slide player. I’d look to either a metal or ceramic slide to start with, but recommend you go for whatever is most comfortable for you. As far as using the frets as guides, there is nothing wrong with that, but the real trick is similar to fretless bass IMO - hand position and using your ears to guide you to proper tuning / intonation. Also, it IS possible to play slide in standard tuning... although many players actually find that harder to do than using an open tuning. There is certainly nothing wrong with asking for advice, or taking some lessons but you’re right - while those things can help, nothing is going to replace time and lots of practice. Keep at it - you’ll get better at it the more you do! 🙂
  20. I totally love ToP... in fact, I was just listening to What Is Hip? on Spotify last night... great band, and of course, a monster horn section!
  21. Please let us know how your experiment works out, and thanks in advance for testing it out!
  22. I don’t have a Jamman, but from reading the thread, I have two suggestions. First, I’d try contacting DigiTech and seeing if they have any suggestions. The second would be to check all the I/O and control pot solder joints, and clean the control potentiometers with Craig DeOxIt. From what dcooper said, it may just be due to a dirty control.
  23. If the power amp tubes have seen a lot of hard use, they could be affecting the overall output level too.
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