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  1. #551
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    Quote Originally Posted by galibier_numero_un View Post
    So my wife asks how I can ski so well and have such a terrible sense of rhythm.

    I've purposely ignored a metronome - mainly due to laziness and the fact that it felt like drudgery.

    I picked up a Digitech Trio +, which is a band in a box gizmo that generates a bass line and drum pattern based on a rhythm pattern you "teach" it. It sounded as if I could put technology to work for me and have fun with this.

    Well, the damn thing confused the hell out of me. I played with it maybe 30 times over a couple year period and finally sold it this week.

    I started looking at loopers (looping for dummies). The choices were bewildering - much like going through ski choices.

    I considered my biggest weaknesses - bad rhythm and forgetting where the hell I am in a song. I agree with the Justin Guitar dude (video, below) about simple being best.

    The Boss RC-1 floated to the top of the list. It's simple, and the key benefit to me is the ring of LEDs that helps you track your progress through the loop. I've already learned more in two days with this than the two lost years with the Digitech.

    I considered fancier loopers - ones with memory and drum patterns, but all of them seemed as if they would take me down the same slippery slope as the Digitech. The RC-1 has only one, 12 minute memory slot with no micro SD card or USB connector. It does retain memory on power down, however.

    The only thing I would have liked to have in the RC-1 is a metronome or click tone to keep time with. I have a smart phone app as well as dedicated metronome for that, and on balance this looked like the best piece of gear to help me progress.

    The TC Ditto and Ditto x2, along with the EHX 720 (has a loop countdown display) were also on my short list. The Digitech Jamman Express and Solo were looking too complicated for my simple brain.

    And yes ... I've re-committed to a metronome.

    If you really want to go down the rabbit hole looking at your options: http://looperpedalreviews.com/

    Here's a good intro to looping:



    This is the offical Boss RC-1 video:




    ... Thom
    Thanks for the TR Thom . I started drumming to improve my time and it appears to have helped me become a below average drummer and below average guitar player but my time has definitely improved.

    Trying to loop stuff live is so hard, I have such respect for artists who pull it off cleanly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Self Jupiter View Post
    Thanks for the TR Thom . I started drumming to improve my time and it appears to have helped me become a below average drummer and below average guitar player but my time has definitely improved.

    Trying to loop stuff live is so hard, I have such respect for artists who pull it off cleanly.
    Below average guitar playing ... that's my goal for the year.

    I might just start taking bass lessons again (only did it for 6 months). Like drumming (only less so), this might turn my attention to rhythm.

    it's a good thing you don't have to ski in 4/4 time, because I'd really suck at it ;-)

    ... Thom
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  3. #553
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    Iím finally playing again. Broke my left ring finger a while back. Havenít been able to play much in almost 2 months itís still real stiff and pretty swollen. But Iíve got a Martin that stares at me when I ignore it.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    I could watch that Martin for you if it gives you any trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLS View Post
    I could watch that Martin for you if it gives you any trouble
    You canít babysit but you can see it.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Looks like the D-18 I sadly parted with. Think I'm gonna try a 000-18 or 28.

    Martin sure does make some great looking and sounding instruments.

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    Moved from the dobro to an upright bass. Much easier progress! Take the fiddle and flip the strings over. At least I can find notes and chords now.
    In order to properly convert this thread to a polyasshat thread to more fully enrage the liberal left frequenting here...... (insert latest democratic blunder of your choice).

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    Added a DREAM over the weekend... Click image for larger version. 

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    She's an '86, and a looker!
    Gravity. It's the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLS View Post
    Looks like the D-18 I sadly parted with. Think I'm gonna try a 000-18 or 28.

    Martin sure does make some great looking and sounding instruments.
    Itís a D Mahogany 09 itís like a D-18GE with an alpine spruce top and a marquis neck. Itís phenomenal
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chugachjed View Post
    Itís a D Mahogany 09 itís like a D-18GE with an alpine spruce top and a marquis neck. Itís phenomenal
    Pretty! I have a first year re-issue of the Herringbone D-28 (Spring '77 - bought it new). One day, I'll get around to a quiver shot.

    Sounds like slide guitar for another month or so for you :-(

    ... Thom
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    So, whenever I get together with buddies, it degenerates into serial solo playing 'coz we're never on the same page and they don't seem to have an interest in learning to play with anyone. Good thing for jam tracks ;-)



    ... Thom
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    Always enjoy this guys reviews, lessons, etc.





    Check out his channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAcou...allenge/videos

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    Yea tony Polecastro. I almost bought one of those guilds a while back. I wish I had now sitting on the beach in Maui with nothing to play.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chugachjed View Post
    Should have sent a poet.
    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    Tony's the man!
    Yeah, so here we are, another season staying up late pissing off the neighbors and entertaining the owls. I had no time for such tom foolery this winter, but find I'm better now than when I hung it up last fall.
    Lame? Nope. Fun as hell if you have the time, and I've got nothing better to do right now.

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    I want to learn to play Little Wing.

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    Recently acquired a 4 channel PA, it allows you to play along with songs and be at the right level in the mix. Also fun to karaoke with, as well as playing with friends. My girlfriend and several of my friends are drummers, damn time Nazis.

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    This guitar shit is hard. I've got time so I'm going for it. I'm 4 days into playing 1/2 hour every day.

    Any recs for free online lessons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~mikey b View Post
    This guitar shit is hard. I've got time so I'm going for it. I'm 4 days into playing 1/2 hour every day.

    Any recs for free online lessons?
    Check out Justin Guitar. He structures it pretty well so you don't feel overwhelmed.

    The way he teaches the CAGED system (intermediate level stuff) is with an eye toward learning the neck (not limiting it to pattern learning).

    A lot of people teach CAGED as pattern learning, which is great, but can become a crutch, and stunt long term progress.

    ... Thom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromontane View Post
    I want to learn to play Little Wing.
    Watch this guy a couple times. You should pick it right up:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~mikey b View Post
    This guitar shit is hard. I've got time so I'm going for it. I'm 4 days into playing 1/2 hour every day.

    Any recs for free online lessons?

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    Keeping Time

    Quote Originally Posted by skiballs View Post
    Recently acquired a 4 channel PA, it allows you to play along with songs and be at the right level in the mix. Also fun to karaoke with, as well as playing with friends. My girlfriend and several of my friends are drummers, damn time Nazis.
    ... brought back memories and made me laugh - Thank you.

    ( we probably ought to dispense with the Nazi references ( but I suppose we can thank 'Seinfeld' for his 'soup nazi' reference )

    anyway. my soapbox for the day.


    I still like the militant potential for 'keeping time' ...

    Thank you. tj
    " ... I will do anything to go Skiing ... There Is no pride ... " (Miriam , 2005-2006 epic)

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    " I think about it everyday. It is my reminder to live life to the fullest. I get up early, go to bed late, 'cuz I got shit to do. Like I said, I'm 61. Not going to wait till I'm 81 to do stuff, ...

    Get out there and do stuff!

    Enjoy life to the fullest!!

    See you on the slopes! "

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    Quote Originally Posted by highangle View Post
    Watch this guy a couple times. You should pick it right up:
    ha! May downgrade the aspirations just a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by refried View Post
    Jorma's the man. I have his DVD set, but I confess to giving up about 80% through learning a song.

    I spent a couple of months trying to get "Mann's Fate" down. That's a tough one, at least for me.

    ... Thom
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    this guy has a great sound goin


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