"I see this is an old post, but I'm sure other people will run across it in the future, as I have. This sounds to me like something I am currently suffering with -- a compression of the nerve that runs from between the C6 and C7 vertebrae. For…"
"Coming to Davenport, Iowa, June 29 - July 1, is the annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Lots of acoustic blues in the tent venue, including Liz Mandeville and Donna Herula, Bryce Janey, Doug MacLeod, and Paul Geremia. For more, go…"
"I guess I missed the word "professional" in the original comment, and took this to be a "private" party, which I would equate a wedding reception to be the nearest thing, so you're right. I agree wholeheartedly that private…"
"I agree that you should not undercut yourself on this. The price you charge should be based on what will fly in your market and that is different everywhere, but I would start by calling up any musician in your area that does wedding receptions and…"
"If you're willing to drive/fly/bus to Louisville, Jim Kweskin will be headlining the National Jug Band Jubilee (Google this) on Sept. 17. There will be about 8 other jug bands, including Boo Bradley from the Madison, Wis. area. I went last year…"
"The suggestion of warming up is one that every guitarist should probably take more seriously (even if they don't suffer from arthritis). I practice an hour each morning before anyone else in the house wakes up (and some more in the evening when…"
"I just think that it's important that people realize that this skill is more useful to a guitarist than just making it easier to sight read.
Also, don't think of learning the notes on the fretboard as being something painful and as…"
"For years and years I only really knew the notes cold in the first position and down the 5th and 6th strings. I do think knowing this much, at a minimum, is very helpful. If someone wants to jam a blues in B for instance, you can find a B root…"
"I'm playing mostly country blues and folk now, so it's all steel all the time. I used to play a lot of classical and so it was my nylon-string classical all the time, but now, even when I play a couple classical pieces I remember, I…"
"One more thing on the thumb-over: This becomes easier if you aren't required by the music to fret the 1st (high-E) string -- in those cases, don't flatten out (mini-barre) with the 1st (index) finger -- just play the 2nd (b-string) like…"
"I'd be remiss not to mention that for those who'd like to learn this -- it helps to start working with this with a capo at the 2nd or 3rd fret. Don't think too much about what part of the thumb is "fretting" the notes, just…"
"Joseph, I see from your last posts you're starting to come around. Good, maybe I won't feel compelled to make any more overly long, rambling posts (unless someone else here dares to start dissing the thumb-over-the-top).
"Joseph, There are single note runs, bends, pull-offs and hammer-ons that are nearly impossible, if not completely impossible, to do in a barred position. The physics/anatomy/ergonomics of the thumb-over position is completely different from a barred…"
"John, Thanks for posting that stellar example. This really shows how using the thumb-over allows the left-hand fingers freedom to do stuff that they couldn't if you barred the chords. What Mayer is doing here is pretty similar to what Jim…"
"I'm 5'2" and have small hands (smaller than any other adult guitar player I've ever met) and short fingers, but I've learned to do this. I can't do it very consistently on a classical guitar, but when I shop for a…"
"Being "over prepared" and arriving early are great (simple) ways to eliminate unnecessary extra anxieties. Along with these ideas, I would recommend another: have a printed check list of every thing you need for the gig stuck inside your…"