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  • Sprakers, NY
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"Check out my new website: tonewooddatasource.weebly.com >100 woods detailed and pictured here as well as many articles & technical data ."
Nov 16, 2011
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Nov 16, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to bruce wilson's discussion Who uses capoes?
"I think what Daryl is saying is,  "First learn to play without a capo, then use it or not as you see fit". Personally, I think a over-reliance on capos has kept many players from advancing as much as they could. An argument could be…"
May 27, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to James Patterson's discussion Baritone Guitar Playing Techniques: What works and what doesn't? in the group Baritone Guitar
"it is worth while keeping in mind that the lower any string is tuned, the harder it is cut cut through and be heard Which is why melody is played up high much of the time. And I too have noticed that if I tune mine below B, it just gets too low to…"
May 9, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to GHISLAIN DIMITRI's discussion Practising
"I work on several at a time and keep it interesting by "going over" old ones regularly."
Apr 25, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to bruce wilson's discussion Who uses capoes?
"And I have capos by numerous companies, though not G7. Of the ones I have I like Planet Waves the best, then Shubb. Keysers are the most popular out there and are certainly easy to use, but I have found that once you get some fret wear, mine has not…"
Mar 30, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to GHISLAIN DIMITRI's discussion Practising
"I beg to differ some. Natural ability counts for a lot, granted, but a determined person can make up much of that difference. I've seen it happen (not with me, unfortunately!)."
Mar 5, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to Robert Sheer's discussion Is it ok to remove all the strings at once when you are changing your strings on an acoustic guitar?
"I have been told by luthiers to do one string at a time when you can. It puts less stress on the instrument. I do one string, tune it to near pitch, then the next, so the stress stays relatively the same. But even a finely and delicately built…"
Feb 15, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to GHISLAIN DIMITRI's discussion Practising
"It is not necessary to know how to read music in order to take lessons. I'll bet that most students don't learn. But if you don't learn to read, you have to rely upon your memory and your ear for everything. Reading simple music is…"
Feb 15, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to bruce wilson's discussion Who uses capoes?
"I'm kind of caught in the middle here. I assumed that teacher was workiing with a beginning student, intermediate at best, someone who was just trying to get along and to better their playing. When they get to the stage where they recognize the…"
Feb 12, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to bruce wilson's discussion Who uses capoes?
"You had me worried for a moment - but I agree.  And I also agree with that teacher. A good guitarist shouldn't need a capo. That said, go ahead and use them when applicable, but to make the music work before for you, not just to make it…"
Feb 11, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to Drew Robertson's discussion Acoustic pickup
"My vote is first for a good mike. But failing that, I'd choose a K&K for an acoustic instrument. I believe they are the most natural sounding, don't require batteries, and are minimally invasive. Being cheaper than most others is also…"
Feb 11, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to bruce wilson's discussion Who uses capoes?
"A capo is no more cheating than using any tool is (mics, pickups...). I keep on in each guitar case. That said, I use them as little as I can as I prefer the sound of the open string and a the deeper pitch you can get without a capo. But they have…"
Feb 11, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to James Patterson's discussion Baritone Guitar Playing Techniques: What works and what doesn't? in the group Baritone Guitar
"I used to have a Goodall, which was a very fine instrument. But better yet is the one made for me by Roy McAlister. Years ago, he worked with Santa Cruz and was the R&D man when they developed their baritone. The build process was, shall we…"
Feb 10, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to JazzyJ's discussion I would like to buy a Baritone Acoustic Guitar - what are my options? in the group Baritone Guitar
"There are a number of firms which do make some baritones, but most are higher end instruments. That is probably influenced by lower demand and the fact that most folks come to  the baritone after having played a regular 6 for some years. Tacoma…"
Feb 10, 2011
Roland Vinyard replied to John Michael Meehan's discussion Transposing chords for baritone tunings in the group Baritone Guitar
"On my first baritone, I used to keep a little cheat sheet taped to the upper bout, one designed to avoid having to think what fingering I wanted to be in to end up in a certain key. I did that because I was having difficulty doing the necessary…"
Feb 10, 2011

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Guitar-related website
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, Nylon-string guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Resonator guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Goodall Jumbo (Fiddleback Mahogany/Port Orford Cedar)
Kinnaird custom 000 (Ziracote/Adirondack)
McAllister custom baritone (Bubinga/Adirondack)
Appollonio 12 string (Myrtle/Port Orford cedar)
Moreira classical (EIR/Yellow Cedar)
Weymann parlour (Mahogany/Spruce)
Weymann open-back 5 string banjo
DeWick 4 string banjo
2 Dobson banjeaurines
banjo mandolin (high quality, no name)
Supertone "A" Mandolin (Brazilian/Spruce)
Young custom autoharp (Curly Maple/SItka)
Regal tiple
What is your website address?
http://www.thebardrocks.com
What type of music do you like to play?
Many genres of traditional acoustic music

Also check out: http://tonewooddatasource.weebly.com
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I purchase copies at newsstands/bookstores

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