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Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Re: Do you read standard notation?
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:35:18 PM »
Standard notation is not all that difficult if you do just 5 minutes a day.  It adds up over time.  I think it helps tremendously if you want to be a well rounded musician to at least have some rudimentary reading skills.  Tab is great but you need standard notation to go along with it to appreciate the dynamics, phrasing, timing, etc of the piece of music you're playing.  You can bring out the subtle nuances more if you know how the music is intended to be read and played.  For guitar, tab is a godsend because it obviates the need to read all the ledger lines especially in the upper register of the guitar.

Just my 2 cents worth from playing guitar after I first learned piano and violin.  I can appreciate the guitar more for that reason.  My only crticism for the electric guitar, such as it is, is that there is not much material for extended solo pieces.  Most of the music I have come across is where the guitar is playing harmony, or used with a backing track or just playing riffs in between.  What I find really interesting is the way the instrument is used in an improv style most of the time, unlike other traditional instruments (though improv for those instruments was more common in the 19th century).  For that same reason, it would be great to learn how to play improv with a solo line punctuated with chordal fragments so that the music sounds more complete and also less monotonous.  Most people just play a solo line to a backing track but that is limiting.  Performers like Hendrix and SRV sounded like the ideal where they used the instrument as more than just a melody line instrument.

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Pedals and Effects / Fuzz in the pedal chain
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:45:03 PM »
I have a fulltone 69 fuzz but I haven't been able to get a definite idea where a fuzz should go in the pedal chain.  Some people say right after the guitar and some say at the end after distortion and yet some say after the wah but before the overdrives.  Is there at least a start off position based on some scientific explanation.  I know there will be some who will say to try it everywhere which is fair enough, but it would be useful to have a start off objective premise from a sound engineering point of view rather than the usual subjective opinions.  Anyone able to shed light on this?

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Dolphinstreet Lessons / Re: That Hendrix Chord explained
« on: October 23, 2011, 08:40:38 PM »
Is there a tab for the lesson?  I'm only seeing the video, but I like to be able to see the written stuff as it tends to sink in better for me.

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Miscellaneous Gear / Van Zandt pickups
« on: August 20, 2011, 11:30:36 PM »
Anyone has any experience or feedback on these pickups they could share with me.  I'm looking to get a set of the rock ones.

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For Sale, Trade, Wanted / Re: American Strat
« on: August 20, 2011, 11:27:19 PM »
I don't have a strat for sale, but I did see the local Guitar Centers had a couple for $700 or less and a G&L Tribute for $400 (really beat up body)

I just use GC to test instruments and small stuff.  I try as much as possible to avoid the sales tax on large items.  The problem with Strats is their inconsistency from one instrument to the next, even within the same model range.

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For Sale, Trade, Wanted / American Strat
« on: August 07, 2011, 09:04:43 PM »
I'm looking for a used American strat.  If anyone has one they wish to part with, I would be interested.

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Dolphinstreet Lessons / Trying to learn licks according to patterns
« on: June 23, 2011, 04:01:38 PM »
I've been going through the lessons and I would really find it useful if I could group the various licks into each of the five pentatonic box positions or each of the five modal box positions (assuming ionic and locrian form part of the same pattern and phrygian and lydian form part of the same pattern as well).  I know I can learn the notes in the various patterns up and down the fretboard but for the purpose of each lesson it would be great to know if this is a pattern 1, 2, or 3, etc lick or not.  I just find it easier to improvise when I divide my thoughts like that and can connect the patterns quickly with linking licks as well.  Any comments or suggestions?

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