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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 Craig B on Tuesday.

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 Phil Manuel Jul 8.


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Strings and things..

I'm always chasing tone, whether it's with a new guitar, or new strings for my acoustic. So, when I heard about the new Martin Tony Rice Signature Monel strings I was anxious to try them. I mean if Tony plays them, how could I lose?

Well, my HD-28 was strung with Martin Lifespan Cleartone SP7200's way, way back in July '13.. Long time, I know, but I play in my house, and take care of my guitar, wiping the strings down after each session. Now, over that period of time, the P/B strings… Continue

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments



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Phil Manuel replied to Ian Miller's discussion "Bee Keeper" by Aoife O'Donavan in the group Alternate Tunings
"Oh, very Joni-like but in a good way. She's very talented. Love the tune. Stumped on the tuning."
51 minutes ago
Phil Manuel joined Travis Steele Nevels's group

Alternate Tunings

Discussions regarding the use of alternate tunings, and how alternate tunings can enhance the musicality of guitar music.
51 minutes ago
Craig B replied to Phil Manuel's discussion Songs To Play
"This past weekend while listening to Pandora, I heard a nice tune by a gal named Carrie Newcomer. I was not at all familiar with her music so I did a google search. Among other things she is a singer/song writer and guitarist. On her website there…"
Phil Manuel replied to Peter Pauer's discussion For when your mind goes blank in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I said that in jest. Back in the day, I could play gigs up to six hours without notes. Now, I have trouble remembering lyrics, too."
Aug 15
Phil Manuel replied to Peter Pauer's discussion For when your mind goes blank in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Or do it the old fashioned way - memorize you songs! ;-p"
Aug 15
Phil Manuel commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I think the purpose of it is for amplified gigs where you might need an acoustic-like sound. I don't think it's meant to be playeded expecting great acoustic tone without being plugged in. The demos from Taylor show it being played in…"
Aug 15
Phil Manuel commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Ha, might just work, but then I wouldn't have a Taylor. ;-)"
Aug 15
Phil Manuel commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I feel so small. I'm your friend, too, but they never invite me to these things. What's up with that? ;-). I saw some demos on the tube, and me thinks, I'd better go try one."
Aug 15
Phil Manuel commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Ok, maybe improper but has anyone here tried the Taylor TZ5?"
Aug 15
Phil Manuel posted a status
"No, maybe I need to raise the price. ;-). If Anyone is interested pm me."
Aug 14
FloridaGull commented on Phil Manuel's status
"Yes - but very busy at work... ;-) Did you end up selling your 5th Avenue?"
Aug 14
Phil Manuel posted a status
"Is anybody out there?"
Aug 14
Phil Manuel commented on Jud Hair's group Sugar Mountain: The Neil Young Group ...
"Sorry Neil, fed school loans get the first 40K available. ;-("
Aug 13
Phil Manuel commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yeah, Avett Brothers. Both Gleam recordings are my favs. Lots of killer material for acoustics. I've missed them every time they've come through due to some "life" event, so I guess it's just meant to be. I love playing…"
Aug 13
Phil Manuel replied to Peter Pauer's discussion Acoustic amplification? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Not much except adjust your technique, and maybe switch to plastic finger picks. Jorma Kaukonen talks about how he changed his attack when amplified. Everything gets amplified, but the metal picks more so than plastic. You might even try just using…"
Aug 8
Phil Manuel replied to wick morgan's discussion Buying a Godin 5th Avenue
"Should you consider buying used, I have one in like new condition w/ Tric case $375+shipping. Cognac finish. Cheers!"
Aug 5

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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