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  1. Good suggestions! One question about the first tip: I often intentionally bend a little flat to sound sadder or sharp to sound perkier. I do generally aim for the dead-on note to end a line or to bend a double-stop to a unison note. But inside a single-note phrase, I kind of enjoy pushing and pulling to those in-between places. Seems to sweeten things a bit and make the tune sound more conversational, more voice-like. Of course, it's bad to bend off-key accidentally. (I've been know to do that too!) But what about intentionally? I'm sure I've heard a wide range of blues and blues-influenced players do that - Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Robert Johnson, Gary Davis.... Is it my imagination?
  2. Thanks, Phil! I did try the one at the local store. Fun! My next guitar will probably have two knobs and two P=90s, so I've been comparing them - the Mustang 90, Godins, a G&L, Reverends, an Epi, a Hamer. So far, Godins and Reverends are the most interesting.
  3. Phil - There's one one hanging in the local music store. It is fun to play. One drawback is a very crackly switch - KKKH!! whenever I moved it. I'm also wondering how you think the MP-90s compare with Gibson P-90s. If I were to buy the guitar, I'd think about a pickup upgrade at some point and wonder what throwing Gibson pickups will do. Something good? I'm a blues guy, not a rocker, and the one Gibson I had with a P-90 (an old ES-150) had a gorgeous, lush tone. How lush will the MP-90s be?
  4. Thanks for the article - a good pro-and-con piece. In my limited experience, I've found that while it's true that PCB amps are a lot cheaper, several that I've owned have required repairs that, according to the amp techs who fixed on them, would have been considerably cheaper in a point-to-point amp. Economically speaking, the best amps for the buck I've owned have been very used point-to-point amps that I bought cheap and eventually had overhauled by good techs. The costs ended up in the same ballpark as buying a new PCB amp, and the repair bills post-rehab have been much lower. That's just one guit-picker's experience, of course. Love to read what others have to say. Always learning.
  5. "Another voice has been silenced"? Good grief, another conspiracy theory! There are no details about the cause of death. But these days, that's enough reason for some people to jump to conclusions. His voice hasn't been silenced. It's been lost. Big difference. Let's just be grateful for his music and leave the detective work to the pros.
  6. Dendy - I think you're batting at a staw man. You're right, of course. There will always be soulful music! But that's not the issue. The issue is that popular music sounds more canned every day. If you live near a Kohl's department store, walk through it to find out what mass-produced music sounds like. Or tune into a "new country" station. Or urban contemporary. Why has Muzak disappeared? Because it's become redundant. Regardless of the style, most broadcast music is so mechanized, sanitized, segmentized, and osterized that any trace of human-ness has been wrung out of it. And yes, there are exceptions. I think of - no, wait, I started to type a list, but I deleted it. We know it when we hear it. There is still musical integrity and soul. But it fights an uphill battle to get heard, and the road gets steeper every day. Thank heaven for places like Harmony Central, where real people can talk about real music without getting screened by taste-makers, gate-keepers, market researchers, and insiders. Love it here. Keep up the good work!
  7. Whenever Townes Van Zandt performed "Pancho and Lefty," he'd say, "Here's a medley of my greatest hit."
  8. Hey! I'm looking at a few brands of mic-to-computer interfaces but don't know anything about quality and reputation of the different companies. I won't have a lot to spend, so I've only been browsing lower-end interfaces. On my list of possible makes so far, just based on surfing the web, are Behringer, Focusrite Scarlett, MOTU, and PreSonus. If they're all pretty much the same, I'll go with the cheapest. But they're not all the same, right? So keeping in mind that I won't be buying anything with a comma in the price, which brands are more reliable? Which sound good? Which give good support and service? Are there other companies you recommend? Thanks! Del
  9. Hm. It's tasty playing and a nice composition - a keeper. It's not done yet, though: - The percussion is lifeless and distracting. Just deleting it would be an improvement. Adding percussion that has some expression and responds to the rest of the song would be ideal. - The levels are too flat, which also robs it of expression. If you're using compression, dial it down. Smooth jazz is nice, but there's such a thing as too much of a good thing. Keep up the good work! You're obiously doing what you're meant to be doing.
  10. Just thought I'd share: "Run for the Money" (Uptempo country jam tune) copyright Leon Fullerton Raced my mare in Mexico, raced her in Tennessee. Might've raced her on the moon for all the good it did for me, oh, lord, all the good it did for me. Played a hand or two in Houston, though Hold 'Em's not my game, rolled cold bones in Baton Rouge, and had to change my name, oh, lord, had to change my name. My daddy was a sporting man, I was born with the sporting blood, and trouble never trickles down, it drowns me in the flood, oh, lord, drowns me in the flood. And it's run, run, run, run, run for the money, run for the money, and go for the dough. It's two for the show and one for your honey, that sweet little gal in Calexico, down in Calexico, oh, lord, down in Calexico. I left my money in a little pile at the Golden Nugget's door, which spared me precious hours of losing it on the floor, oh, lord, that mean old casino floor. If you should meet my little gal, give her all my best, and if you should come to marry her, give her all the rest, oh, lord, give her all the rest. And it's run, run, run . . . .
  11. Actually, it is relevant. Think about what makes you stop doing things you're interested in. Are there any patterns?
  12. Few of us are gifted with beautiful voices. I'm not. We can't all be Joan Baez or Nat King Cole. So we find ways to work around that. People like hearing songs sung with feeling and conviction. That's why people like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Louis Armstrong are so revered. Whether it's a happy song or a sad song, a ballad or a rocker, they're singing like they mean it, like it matters. So does it matter? Do you mean it? If you do, show it. If it doesn't come naturally, put the work in. That's what will make you a singer.
  13. My high school buddy who showed me how to play guitar taught me to simplify the guitar parts during the vocal parts. That works well, because it's hard for most people to concentrate on both at the same time. Simplifying is certainly what most pros do. Be intentional about it. Plan out some simpler guitar parts to complement the vocal parts, and practice going from the non-vocal to the vocal parts.You're likely to find that it's very liberating. If it's any consolation, B.B. King always took his hands off his guitar completely when he was singing.
  14. Katopp is right. That list is useless. Ignore it, and ignore any other "best buy" lists you find online. They're written to serve the brands they name, not the players who buy them. Go take a guitar-playing friend with you to an indepenent music store and try a few. Some good, popular beginner brands include Art & Lutherie, Seagull, and Yamaha. Other people here will have other brands to suggest, as well. Focus on the guitar, not the accessories. The strings it comes with don't matter. They'll be fine, and you'll be replacing them often. Tuners are cheap - you can get a good one for about $20. Just get something that's comfortable and that you like and can afford. As long as you take someone with you who knows guitars, a used guitar is fine - and costs less. Don't go overboard. Later, you can read about guitars and talk with other guitar players about guitars. If you decide that you want to stick with it but want something different, get it. Welcome to Guitarland!
  15. The Roland is a good choice - the industry standard, in fact. You practically fall over them in New Orleans. Don't busk with anything you don't want scratched. A used Asian guitar that stays in tune is fine. Or your Martin! On the street, no one cares what kind of guitar you're playing, and no one is a tone gourmet. They like musicians who are having fun and getting into it. The instrument is way secondary. I use my old Guild because it's the only acoustic I have and I don't want to go guitar shopping. It's my all-purpose acoustic. Personally, I don't like busking with an amp because it's too much gear to lug and to keep an eye on. At acoustic open mics, few things annoy hosts more than players who show up with a bunch of gear. They like people who can just plug straight into the PA and start playing. People with pedals and amps create more work for them, and it's more dead time between acts. They want to hop right from one player to another. And like busking, the audience isn't there to marvel at effects. They want likeable songs properly played.
  16. Folks at gearpage.net unanimously favor the Character Series over the GT-2. One called it a jack of all trades, master of none, and several described the GT-2 as "grainy." Folks both at gearpage and tdpri.com have also said you can get more cleans with some of the Character Series boxes, especially the Blonde and Liverpool boxes.
  17. Thom - Did you ever get a squareneck? Tell all. (And post a photo to prove it!)
  18. If you can't do any of that, just put the lyrics in the text. Welcome!
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