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Richard Schuchman replied to Donna Zitzelberger's discussion What Are You Working On? in the group Classical Cognoscenti
"I was working on Finn MacCools Reel by Pat Kirtley, had the first part down and was working on part 2, when I realized my non-existent practice time would never allow me to keep this under my fingers 2 months after I learned it. It's not a…"
Mar 28, 2010
Richard Schuchman replied to Central Valley Musician's discussion Classical Music on a Steel String? in the group Classical Cognoscenti
"I, too, started off with a steel string Alvarez, but as my interests grew more towards classical and away from folk, I eventually got a classical guitar. It takes a little adjustment (the steel string neck is probably narrower, so the nylon strings…"
Nov 1, 2009
Richard Schuchman left a comment for Will Fly
"Man, you hit it on the head. Duck's improv is what really blows me away, all while playing these odd Monk type rhythmic patterns - on the beat, off the beat - just amazing, and like you said, not necessarily just what around the chord he…"
Jul 28, 2009
Richard Schuchman left a comment for Will Fly
"Wow! I've never seen Duck live. He and Renbourn are my two favorite fingerstyle players. And, as an amateur classical player, I love that Duck plays nylon, especially his cd Spinning Songs. The arrangements are so complex harmonically it's…"
Jul 27, 2009
Richard Schuchman commented on Will Fly's video
Jul 21, 2009
Richard Schuchman commented on Will Fly's video
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Indiana

"Looks like fun to play! Your own arrangement I assume? Duck Baker, one of my MOST FAVORITE players on this planet does a great solo version on a nylon guitar on the cd Northern Skies, Southern Blues. I couldn't find him actually PLAYING it on…"
Jul 21, 2009
Richard Schuchman replied to Bill Tremor's discussion Favorite Strings in the group Fingerstyle players
"A lot of classical players mix strings, putting Savarez or Corums on the bass strings and D'Addario or whatever on the trebles. Just curious if any steel string players do the same thing..."
Jul 16, 2009
Richard Schuchman replied to Bill Tremor's discussion Favorite Strings in the group Fingerstyle players
"I have a Taylor and so I'm fond of Elixir lights right now. The high ends are VERY bright, almost too bright, so I've been thinking about switching to D'Addario when I change them. Trouble is, I've had the suckers on for over a…"
Jul 15, 2009
Richard Schuchman replied to Donna Zitzelberger's discussion Finding a Good Teacher in the group Acoustic Newb
"That kid has GOT to play jazz! John Pizzarelli has perfect pitch and it allows him to solo and scat at the same time. It's funny - he'll trade improvised licks with his piano player, and if the guy misses a note in a phrase, he'll go…"
Jul 13, 2009
Richard Schuchman replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"Thank you all for the advice. I would certainly never attempt it myself after reading all your admonitions, especially since any damage I would do wouldn't be under warranty. I was initially thinking if the finish was even across the top and…"
Jul 11, 2009
Jeremy Olson replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"Only take this guitar to a licensed Taylor repair center for pickguard removal. I've removed them in the past without damage, but there is a chance of damaging the finish. Make sure that the Taylor center you take it to can refinish your guitar…"
Jul 10, 2009
Dan Goodemote replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"You're a brave man."
Jul 10, 2009
Jack replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"I would take the guitar to a luthier. He can remove the guard and refinish the top."
Jul 10, 2009
Barry Gray replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"I don't care for them either. Besides the risk of damage to the top I also expect that the wood color will always have that "shadow" of uneven color showing the pick guard's old location. I'd rather leave it there than have…"
Jul 10, 2009
Richard Schuchman replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"I'll go with the hydrochloric acid suggestion. If it doesn't work, I can send the bill WHERE ...? I asked a licensed Taylor repair guy a while back (my neck got warped and I had it replaced) and he wouldn't do it. Neither would my…"
Jul 10, 2009
Michael Zanger replied to Richard Schuchman's discussion Advice on removing pick guard from Taylor 414 in the group Fingerstyle players
"Some pick guards do use a pull-off adhesive, but not all. I would contact Taylor and ask them..."
Jul 10, 2009

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?
10-20 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.
Taylor 414
Manuel Rodriguez Model A
ESP Xtone Paramount PC-2
What type of music do you like to play?
Classical, folk, blues (fingerstyle)
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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At 2:10am on July 28, 2009, Will Fly said…
Well, I have to admit, I did question his use of the left-hand thumb in creating a permanent G note on the bass E string when playing Irish melodies. He has very large hands, which many people - including his pupils (and me) - don't have, and it's frankly not possible to do what he does when playing these tunes! He is a very clever, witty and cerebral player. His improvisation is very much along pure melodic lines, unlike me, who depends very much on chord patterns (sigh...). I have to say though, that when I listened to a recording of the concert (we captured it on minidisc), the steel-strung guitars sound much sweeter and clearer than his flamenco nylon model. It's basically (IMHO) not a very good guitar. If you listen to recordings of Charlie Byrd, for example, you'll hear how superb jazz can sound on a good classical guitar. This is not knocking Duck's superb technique or musical ability - just a personal comment on the tonal qualities of his particular instrument.
At 2:19am on July 27, 2009, Will Fly said…
Hi Richard - thanks for the comment on my version of "Indiana". Duck Baker's version, as you say, is great. I promoted a concert for Duck in April this year and chewed the fat over "Indiana" over supper at my house after the concert. He's a great stylist, and very unusual in his choice of nylon-strung guitar for the jazz stuff he does. He played both my Martin and my Larrivee during the concert - but mainly for Scottish and Irish tunes - the more jazzy stuff was done on nylon.
At 9:12am on June 23, 2009, Donna Zitzelberger said…
Hi Richard,

You may want to think about studying with Scott Kritzer. He has a very affordable online system of teaching called "Phases". http://www.scottkritzer.com/Teaching/

I started supplementing my learning with his phases several years ago and l my playing has improved tremendously -- lots of info about technique for good tone production, legato, etc. He is a master player and teacher - studied with Michael Lorimar (student of Segovia), has played major venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, has his degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and also studied under Aaron Shearer.

Several fellow students and I have enjoyed playing at a much higher level because of Scott's instruction. It's online, so it is convenient, and it is very affordable. Each phase he estimates takes about 3 months, but you can take as long as you need.
At 4:28pm on June 22, 2009, Michael Hertz said…
Thanks for the comments. Last Steam Engine Train is a John Fahey song, and I learned it from Leo Kottke's version. I often learn from tab or DVD's but this one I actually figured out myself, and I added some variations of my own.
 
 
 

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