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Songs To Play
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Adding a section here to share links to tabs and videos of songs that are really nice to play on acoustic guitar. If you have some to share just add to this discussion.  I really don't have a lot of…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry Angelli Mar 22.

On the playlist...
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Here's a place to share some recommendations for music that are on your playlist. The lists are not about what's new in music, but just music getting your play time...April 2012Neil Young, "Live At…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry Angelli Mar 23.


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Songs To Play - Guy Clark's L. A. Freeway...

I first heard this tune sung by Jerry Jeff Walker one summer day in the early '70s,  My buddy and I shared a $100 a month apartment back then.  It was during our salad days.  Both of us were unemployed, but picked up odd jobs now and then. We split the rent, so coming up with $50 every month was hard, but not impossible. DT finally got a gig painting houses, and I found work playing in a rock/country band.  DT had a great quadrophonic music system he picked up while stationed in South…


Posted on January 16, 2014 at 11:07pm — 1 Comment



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Phil Manuel replied to David Kellems's discussion First Slothead 12 Fretter is Awesome!!!
"David, that is a sweet looking guitar! I'm envious."
8 hours ago
Phil Manuel commented on steven picheta's group Bluegrass (Pickers)
"Ok, get your Bluegrass on, check this vid out, the tune Red Haired Boy, and you might recognize a few of the players..."
Phil Manuel replied to Jim Yates's discussion Capos on the headstock in the group Capo Users Group
"Jim, honestly, I haven't played out for years, and never used a capo or tuner when I did. It's not because I don't like them, but back in the day, tuners weren't available in these small formats. Now, I do use them at home, but…"
Phil Manuel replied to Larry Patrick Shriner's discussion Good base response strings
"Bass response is a function of more than just strings, but I use D'Addario or Martin Lifespans, both medium gauge. However, check the specs from the manufacture before changing string gauges to ensure yor guitar can handle the new gauges. Also,…"
Mar 31
Phil Manuel replied to Jeff Hachtel's discussion From the Beginning - ELP in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Here's a link to the great Django Reinhadrt playing that run, mentioned earlier... Try learning this piece, J'attendrai (1939).it's awesome."
Mar 31
Phil Manuel replied to Jeff Hachtel's discussion From the Beginning - ELP in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yes, keep practicing the run, it's a nice exercise. Django used a similar chromatic arpeggio, going from the open 6th string frets 1 - 4, repeating on strings 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. Still, these are the challenging parts which give you pleasure…"
Mar 31
Phil Manuel replied to Jeff Hachtel's discussion From the Beginning - ELP in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I wouldn't worry about that little run too much. Greg Lake doesn't play it these days, and it sounds just fine."
Mar 30
Phil Manuel replied to Andrew's discussion Good acoustic amp for a Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE?
"Just found a vid for an AG-100 selling for $250."
Mar 26
Phil Manuel replied to Andrew's discussion Good acoustic amp for a Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE?
"Yes, it has a lot going for it. All packed into 26 pounds. Kinda old school looking, does have a lot of power and features. I've never seen one or heard one, though."
Mar 26
Phil Manuel replied to Andrew's discussion Good acoustic amp for a Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE?
"My only complaint with these amps, including my Loudbox Mini is the lack of separate XLR outs for each channel. My next amp has to have that feature, and phantom power, too."
Mar 26
Phil Manuel posted a status
"Ok,just 5300 reasons why this guitar will not be mine..."
Mar 26
Phil Manuel replied to Jud Hair's discussion "Travis Picking" ... here's a great free online lesson from AGM (video) in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yes, it is a muscle memory workout for sure. My classical guitar exposure helped, pieces like Bach's Bourere in E Minor has some good thumb workout, as do others. Then, a bandmate gave me an old banjo, and I got a great book by Earl Scruggs…"
Mar 25
Phil Manuel replied to Jud Hair's discussion "Travis Picking" ... here's a great free online lesson from AGM (video) in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Up to a point, I think that would work, especially if you've not done similar picking, as with a banjo. However, soon you will want to add your fingers to the mix. As for patterns, and fingers to use, it really depends on the style of music…"
Mar 25
Phil Manuel commented on Terry Angelli's blog post Here we go again!
"Sounds great, Terry. Wish you success. Look forward to listening to your demo. Cheers, Brother!"
Mar 23
Phil Manuel replied to Andrew's discussion Good acoustic amp for a Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE?
"I use a Fishman Loudbox Mini, good flexible real acoustic tone, and reverb/chorus, 2 channels, guitar and mic. 60 watts. I've sold 2 of these for well under $300, so they can be found I that price range. Cheers"
Mar 21
Phil Manuel commented on lauren's group iPad Apps & Accessories for Music Making
"What are you using for keeping your songs documented? At this point, I create custom PDF docs or pages documents. I've got a subscription to Songster, which is OK, but is missing a lot of artists music I play. Also, you can't import,…"
Mar 21

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Resonator guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Martin HD-28, Seagull Grand Artist, Gibson J-200, Godin 5th Avenue
What type of music do you like to play?
Fingerstyle country blues, folk, bluegrass, and originals
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 8:39pm on January 23, 2014, Marty said…

Phil!! Thanks so much for your invite. I know few people where I am that play. Great page you have here!

At 4:13pm on April 29, 2013, michael schwartz said…

Thanx, Phil

What a GREAT idea! The only thing I would have wished for on it would have been, had he played the same tune on all 3 for what I thought would give the best comparison.

At 2:17pm on April 29, 2013, michael schwartz said…

Heyya Phil

how did you decide on which eoectronics to use? I ened up with a Fishman Matrix in the J12-15

At 5:19am on April 10, 2013, Paddy Dargan said…
Thanks, Phil. Good to meet you!
At 9:10am on April 1, 2013, Alan Edmunds said…

Hey Phil,

thanks for the invite. Happy to contribute if I can to the band idea. I'm short on recording equipment at the moment, but feel free to move the process along without me....I'll catch up.


At 9:46am on March 14, 2013, paul david long said…

Hi Phil

Thanks for the comment, I  intended to learn back in 2009, but, had a problem with cancer, and had nothing but health problems since, so now I'm hoping to try again.

I think with al these guitars I should be able to play something lol.

My options are limited, as I can't really get about much!

Any Ideas as to how to go about this, I really am a beginner.

Thanks Again


At 7:12pm on February 3, 2013, Hoosier Picker said…

Thanks Phil, I really need to get rid of a few!  I have been trying to post a video (my first one) on the Beatles site, but it is upside down on my computer, and can't seem to turn it around.  I wil leventually  figure it out! - your friend- Mark Young

At 11:32am on January 16, 2013, Michael S. Jackson said…
Phil - Thanks for joining the Beatles group. I have had a lot of trouble getting this on board and it still won't accept the photo I'm trying to load nor will it accept the text. When I do enter those, I am asking all who post here NOT to mention the name of the derranged piece of trash who murdered John Lennon. I want to recall and honor their music and discuss their lives - not the one who murdered John. His name should not be remembered. I truly hope you agree with this one thing I ask of folks at this group.
Thanks again - Michael
At 7:22pm on December 15, 2012, FloridaGull said…

Come on, Phil - you're cool!  All opinions welcomed by me!

Not sayin' I'll agree with all of 'em - and I mean from all/any of us - but I defend your right to say what you feel/think/believe...


At 3:46pm on December 15, 2012, Terry Angelli said…

I'm late to the conversation here so pardon my ignorance. I haven't read what your wrote about all the guns and violence that plagues our society but based on what I have read you make sense.

I get into debates with extreme right wing, wingnuts over guns. I believe you do have the right to bare arms as our constitution says however, DO YOU REALLY NEED TO OWN THAT ASSULT WEAPON THAT DISCHARGES 500 ROUNDS PER SECOND FOR SELF DEFENSE??? Get real. And the slogan guns don't kill people, people doesn't wash. If you have the means easily at your disposal it makes it so much easier than say a baseball bat where you have to be in close proximity and might even look into the eyes of the victim.

Okay enough gun talk. Thank you for your comment about my posting "The Big Boot". The experience was a new one for me and left a bad taste in my mouth for sure. But I've picked myself up, dusted myself off and started looking at band listings again. I guess I'm a glutton for performing in the band format and can't get enough. But this time there will be no mention of my owning a PA! At least until I know where the ensemble stands on the issue.

If indeed you are leaving the forum you will be sorely missed! I've enjoyed reading your postings and the slight camaraderie we've had across the multitude of groups. It would be great if you would reconsider but if you don't I understand. Hopefully others will too.

Stay in touch! It's not often I find a person so engaging and who knows his shit. Your a good man Charlie Brown :-)

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