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Crusty Finger Tips
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I am wondering how some of you beginner players are dealing with the beautiful, crusty callouses that end up piling at the tips of your fret fingers? This has always bothered me, and I have even torn…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Jan 22, 2011.

Creating music videos with chroma key
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Has anyone ever tried to shoot a guitar video using the chroma key technique? For those that have not heard of the term, chroma key is where you film something in front of a blue or green screen, and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Sipes Sep 11, 2010.

Dream Guitar
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I am sure that every one of us has a special guitar that we dream about owning someday. Our instrument of choice is really something that embraces two distinctive art forms, both audial and visual,…Continue

Tags: M1, Tricone, M-1, National, Guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Greenland Apr 7, 2011.

Two piece plastic saddle
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My Ibanez AEF30E acoustic guitar came with a two piece plastic saddle. I was wondering why it would be in two pieces, and what the benefit or detriment would be with a two piece versus a one piece?…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Shier Aug 28, 2010.


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Feb 10, 2012
Brett Greenland replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Dream Guitar
"Oh I have had a bad case of GAS trying to find my dream guitar. I recently cut out the middle man and went to a luthier school and made one myself. The best part - you choose what you want on the guitar, the wood, finish, scale, nut width,…"
Apr 7, 2011
Mike replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"Me too! Maybe I'm doing something wrong......"
Jan 22, 2011
Kevin Sipes replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Chirbit - Heartbeat at my Feet
"Thanks for the reply! Soundclick looks like a good site indeed. Chirbit is user-friendly, but it is not as robust."
Jan 12, 2011
sonia kelley replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Chirbit - Heartbeat at my Feet
"I am not working now and am not sure how much reverbnation helping  me get my music out ....I am new to internet I am willing to try new stuff...thanks for the link"
Jan 12, 2011
Walt Pilcher replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Chirbit - Heartbeat at my Feet
"Sonia, I don't have any experience with ReverbNation, but I've noticed several people here do use it.  I don't see a place to post much information about yourself or to post the song lyrics, like you can do on SoundClick, but…"
Jan 12, 2011
Walt Pilcher replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Chirbit - Heartbeat at my Feet
"Kevin, First, nice job on the instrumental.  It's an engaging piece even without lyrics.  It did sound at one point like you either walked around or moved the mike because there was some panning from one speaker to the other, but not…"
Jan 12, 2011
Kevin Sipes commented on Kevin Marcum's video

Here To Stay (rough)

"Great fingerstyle work! This song has an interesting, and very cool fusion of blues and classical influences. I just love playing and listening to fingerstyle guitar more than any other style. It is the only way that I play guitar. Thanks for…"
Jan 11, 2011
Andy Tulenko replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"Hmmmm....... I may have to tattoo "GUITAR PLAYER" on my right hand...."
Nov 18, 2010
Mark Starr replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"Fun story to tell... I have been learning to fingerpick along with my normal flat pick style. I realize some things you just got to pluck. Well it wasn't too soon into may "finger picking" style I realized my right hand fingernails…"
Nov 17, 2010
Michael Sassa replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"Bob, Funny what you said about the fingertips talkin' to ya !! Do you or anyone else feel them slightly throb not with pain but as though your pulse is present at your fingertips ? I get this on days that I don't play. It's an odd…"
Nov 17, 2010
Andy Tulenko replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"Just use a nail file or light sandpaper to smooth them out. They can snag on the strings. After you've been playing for a while, they more or less stabilize and require less maintenance."
Nov 13, 2010
Scrooloose replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"I have been playing just over a month and have pretty good callouses but they also have grooves in them that allow the strings to sit in. Is this ok? Will it cause problems in the future?"
Nov 13, 2010
Andy Tulenko replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"I do the same thing. I push my fingernails into my finger tips when I can't play."
Nov 12, 2010
Bob Quinn replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"OK my 2 cents...This is an interesting topic for me because it feels like it's out of left field, or maybe I've been sleeping for the last 40 years or so. I really never considered my fingertip callouses much...I just play nearly every…"
Nov 12, 2010
Benjamin Ricci replied to Kevin Sipes's discussion Crusty Finger Tips
"Great thread. New player and I have similar finger tips. I asked my instructor about them (out of ignorance assuming I might be doing something wrong). He smiled and said: "No pain. No gain. Keep practicing." I also use a nail file to…"
Nov 11, 2010

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
2-5 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Ibanez AEF30 Transparent Black - Acoustic Steel
Cordoba 55FCE - Nylon Classical
Fender American Stratocaster - Candy Cola
What type of music do you like to play?
Rock, Classical, Spanish, Country
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

I have been teaching myself acoustic guitar since 2009, and I am loving every minute of it. I love taking advantage of two of my hobbies, video making and guitar playing. I am very glad to be here with guitar and art enthusiasts such as myself! :)

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At 11:30pm on October 17, 2010, Gary Tipping said…
Thanks Kevin for your kind comments
At 12:28pm on October 7, 2010, Uli Heim said…
Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment on my video :)
best wishes from germany - uli
At 12:56am on October 7, 2010, Susan Palmer of Lead Cat Press said…
Thanks, Kevin! It's crazy what the internet can do. I wish it was around when I was a kid learning how to play guitar.
At 7:40am on September 10, 2010, Greg Steele said…
Kevin, thanks for the compliment on my guitar. It sounds as good as it looks. Your Cordoba is really sweet. I've played them before, and I'm amazed at their tone. Keep on Pickin'.
At 1:50am on September 10, 2010, Gary Tipping said…
Thanks for your kind comments. As far as the animation, it was done by a young animator and I don't have any details on how he worked as all communication was done online.
At 6:50pm on September 8, 2010, Denny Sarokin said…
Hi, Kevin - thanks for the kudos on my "LICK*TIONARY" DVD. I worked long and hard to make everything short, simple, and easy to play. The longer I played professionally, the more I began to appreciate the little signature shortcuts that my favorite singer-songwriters and session musicians use. There's some more of these at my website, and over 200 in the DVD - when you ad some moving and pedaling bass lines to the equation, it really breaks the code for most of JT's songs.
Good luck,, Denny Sarokin
At 1:42am on September 7, 2010, Colin Henderson said…
Hi Kevin
Thanks for listening. I take on board your comment. Singing and playing is something still new to me. I'm still still struggling with both. This video was really me exploring how I would sing the song if my brain weren't tied up with the playing, and comparing this with the live performance. Interestingly there are parts of the live playing performance I prefer also. If I can just get to the point where the guitar playing becomes automatic I think my performance would be much better....and I might stop making so many funny faces!
All the best
At 9:08pm on September 5, 2010, Gladys Pentland said…
Thank you Kevin & congratulation on your new fine.That look's like a pretty nice Guitar, I just got a new TaylorGA7 & like you, I just love it.
Talk soon. Gladys
At 12:46am on September 4, 2010, Gary Tipping said…
Thanks again for your comments on my music video
At 8:30pm on September 1, 2010, Stephanie Jackson said…
I LOVE Cordoba guitars! I own one like yours. Happy for you!

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