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  • Waukegan, IL
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Nuts about nutwidth
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ralph Dec 17, 2010.

Nuts about nutwidth

Started Dec 17, 2010

Finding a Teacher
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ralph Mar 21, 2009.


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Ralph commented on Forrest Anderson's group Lowden Players and Afficionados
"I just bought a Lowden O35 and it's amazing.  I was in a guitar shop in Chicago (the Music Exchange) and just happened to be searching for a new acoustic on the same day a local luthier was in the store.  We were in a room full of…"
Feb 19, 2012
Ralph joined Forrest Anderson's group

Lowden Players and Afficionados

A place for Lowden players and afficionados to discuss Lowdens.
Feb 19, 2012
Ralph replied to Ralph's discussion Nuts about nutwidth
"Good to know Tim - thanks for the input.  Did you ever happen to put a new neck on one of your Taylors or did they aleady have the wider neck on them?"
Dec 17, 2010
Tim Fowler replied to Ralph's discussion Nuts about nutwidth
"I had a Taylor 912c with the 1 7/8 neck and it was really great. I sold it for other reasons, but I did find that it is hard to switch between the different nut widths, especially for finger style. I finally settle on 1 3/4 because it is so readily…"
Dec 17, 2010
Ralph commented on Jim Handsfield's group Taylor Owners
"It's a beautiful thing isn't it?  And I really like the sound of the bass notes on the Ditson (among other things) it's just an all around beauty as long as you don't have to go past the 12th fret too often.  Strumming,…"
Dec 17, 2010
Ralph posted discussions
Dec 17, 2010
Ralph joined Jim Handsfield's group

Taylor Owners

Owners of the wide variety of Taylor guitars.
Dec 17, 2010
Roger Dalton replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"I am new to fingerstyle and am also trying to develop the alternating thumb. I found an exercise that makes sense to me in developing an independent thumb where you do arpegios but change the beat on which the thumb plays. Instead of the thumb…"
Apr 9, 2010
Ralph left a comment for Tom H
"Hey Tom - thanks for saying "hi" - it looks like we also share a common faith and always good to connect with a fellow believer and guitar player. It also looks like you've got a nice collection of instruments. How do you like the…"
Jan 20, 2010
Ralph commented on Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher's group Fingerstyle players
"Hey Mark - I just wanted to say "thanks" for some great teaching resources. I bought your book of Paul Simon tunes and honestly - it is the most accurate guitar tab of his music I have ever seen. Even the intro notes for each song were…"
Nov 19, 2009
John O'Hara replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"Hi, I'm new to the club and the forum. I think it's worth mentioning two things: 1. Playing with alternating bass is essential to most fingerstyle formats, and will make your life easier if you can 2. Not all fingerstyle playing uses…"
Sep 16, 2009
Will replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"Thanks, I should have thought of that. There's a very helpful little video by that tells you exactly where to put your hand etc. So, off to practice...."
Sep 16, 2009
Marc Cote replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"I have the FINGERSTYLE BLUES HANDBOOKS 1 & 2 by David Hamburger. Starts from the very basic and moves his way up step by step. These are very well done Cd Rom's with video & Tablature. You can get then from They have tons…"
Sep 16, 2009
Frank replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"You can google "palm muting guitar" and find lots of explanations."
Sep 16, 2009
Will replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"Sorry to butt in (I just joined) but I have a related question about this alternating thumb thing. I've been watching the Stefan Grossman videos (the fingerpicking one and the intro to blues guitar one) and there's one thing I totally…"
Sep 15, 2009
Frank replied to Ralph's discussion Alternating thumb
"Thanks for the tip Stevie ... thinking about it that way certainly does make the task less daunting. I am also trying to learn the alternating bass fingerstyle. I have just recently gone back to the drawing board to simplify things. So I decided to…"
Aug 20, 2009

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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?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
2006 Fender Strat, 2007 Taylor 415CE, 1980 Guild D35, Marshall Amp,
What type of music do you like to play?
classic rock, folk,
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