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Ruth Ellen Cooper
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  • Surprise, AZ
  • United States
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  • Tom Sanderson
  • Jake Hoyles
  • Brandon McHose
  • Rick Lally
  • Paul Gibbons
  • Jim Caudill
  • Willa
  • Luis Motta da Silva
  • Antonio Eduardo Rosa
  • Edward Sparks

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Ruth Ellen Cooper commented on Ruth Ellen Cooper's photo
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2003 Fender Vintage 50's Player Stratocaster

"This is the closest I'll ever get to a 50's Strat."
Jun 13, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to David's discussion Which guitar....
"Epiphone is about your best value for dollar out there.  I paid just over $800 for the one in my photo which is a Masterbilt.  I got a regular Epiphone for my son for about $350.  They have lots of models for under $500."
Jun 12, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to David's discussion EJ200 Artist String Preference.
"I use Thomastik-Infeld on all of my instruments.  You can check out the different kinds they make at www.thomastik-infeld.com/.  I have found their strings last much longer and have much better tone.  You can buy them at many on-line…"
Jun 12, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to tom blegen's discussion How many guitars do you need??
"What if someone asked you how many friends you need?  Would anyone say something stupid like, "You can only talk to one person at a time."?  I think guitars are like people, everyone is different.  Some you like and become…"
Jun 12, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to Tom Sanderson's discussion Some English Fingerpicking Guitar for you
"Nice video, thanks.  Personally I usually prefer British music, but I think everyone would agree your playing is beautiful."
Mar 12, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to Jake Hoyles's discussion Complete Newbie that has never even held a guitar
"You should start with whatever you like best and what you want to play.  The great thing about guitar is you can learn a few chords and strum and sing and have a lot of fun, but if you really want to take the time to learn to read music and…"
Mar 12, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper left a comment for Edward Sparks
"Sorry not to answer you right away Edward.  My family life has been really crazy the past 9 months because my son was the victim of a hit and run driver, so I don't get onto the social sites very often.   I like the lap steel you…"
Mar 12, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to Jud Hair's discussion If you could only own ONE acoustic for the rest of your life ...
"The one that is in my picture, an Epiphone Masterbilt EF-500RCCE would be my choice for a steel string.  It's the only steel string I've ever liked except for a Gibson Dove, mainly because it has a cedar top with rosewood sides and…"
Mar 12, 2012
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Jan 6, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper updated their profile
Jan 6, 2012
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to Rosemary j. Lambin's discussion Melody and Chords Together?
"Listen to some of the old Carter Family recordings.  Mother Mabelle played a lot of the melodies on the bass strings with a thum pick, while doing fills or stums with finger picks banjo style. "
Jan 6, 2012
Edward Sparks left a comment for Ruth Ellen Cooper
"Hi Ruth, I see you play lapsteel.  I had one built and am now trying to learn how to play it...it's hard even though I am a professional guitarist.  What tuning do you like to use the best?  Thanks,…"
Sep 1, 2011
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to Scott Timberg's discussion Epiphone Wood? in the group Epiphone Owners Group
"I think the EF-500 series are the OM size.  Mine is 15 1/4 at the widest part of the bottom and 11 1/4 where the cutaway is.  The body is thicker at the bottom, 4 1/8, than where the neck joins the body, 3 1/2.  The EF is supposed to…"
Jun 27, 2011
Ruth Ellen Cooper replied to Scott Timberg's discussion Epiphone Wood? in the group Epiphone Owners Group
"I own two Epiphone acoustics and my son owns one also.  They all are made of great wood.  In fact I was suprised when I bought my son's PR5-E, which was the first we bought.  He had picked in out on line, it was only $300 so I…"
Jun 26, 2011
Ruth Ellen Cooper joined Edward Sparks's group
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Epiphone Owners Group

If you own an Epiphone instrument, old or new, this group is for you!
Jun 26, 2011
Jim Caudill left a comment for Ruth Ellen Cooper
"Hi Ruth, Thanks for your encouragement.  God has been kind to me.  It has been a struggle, but I am happy to just be alive! I don't play out much (I gave TONS of concerts in churches back in the 70's and 80's), as I never…"
May 22, 2011

Profile Information

Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Music teacher
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, Electric guitar, Mandolin, Lap-style slide guitar, Banjo, Resonator guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Epiphone Masterbilt EF 500RCCE steel string
Epiphone Masterbilt EN 552NS classical
Johnson Resophonic Mandolin style 3
Stefan Sobell celtic mandolin
'56 Fender electric mandolin
Fender 50's vintage player Stratocaster
Fender 52 reissue Telecaster
Gibson 30th Anniversary Les Paul gold top
Fender Deluxe Precision Bass Special
Gibson Victory Bass
Harlan Brothers Multi-Kord pedal steel
National Resophonic Resolectric Jr II
Gold Tone White Ladye 250+ banjo
What is your website address?
http://www.ruthellencooper.com
What type of music do you like to play?
Traditional church music-hymns, but I play them Progressive Rock style
Celtic folk music-mainly on mandolin
Classical guitar
Art Songs
Traditional Appalachian folk and Bluegrass
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
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At 4:24pm on June 13, 2012, Luis Motta da Silva said…

Ruth,

I use the "classic" Lisbon tuning:

bb-aa-ee-Bb-Aa-Dd

If you have a 12-string guitar, you may tune it to

ee-dd-aa-Ee-Dd-Gg

and use a capo on 7th fret. That will give you the tuning but, due to the dimensions of the soundbox, it won't reproduce the amazing brightness of a P-guitar. However that will give you an idea...

At this point, I must warn you before it's too late, BEWARE, P-guitars are highly addictive!

At 1:04pm on June 13, 2012, Luis Motta da Silva said…

Hi, Ruth!

Nice to have your comment!

Just saw your mandolin, there's some sililarity, yes. However, the two instruments have very different ancestors: Mandolins descend directly from ancient lutes (although American and Portuguese mandolins have flat backs, the original Italian Mandolins have roundbacks). Portuguese guitars evolved from 18th century "English Guittars", and both descend from 16th century Citterns (also called Guitterns). P-guitars have 6 choirs, the three firs are tuned in unisons, and the three bass choirs are tuned in octaves. This particular feature makes a big difference to the mandolin, and places the P- guitar near by the American 12-string guitar. And, of course there is the unique tuning system - the so-called Fanplate, which evolved from the English Guitar square plate with watch key tuners. The use of thumbscrews imposed the "fan" disposition and helped create a very peculiar tuning system, very accurate, reliable and long lasting (total string tension is over 70 kilos). If you take a look on my "yesterday" video, you'll notice that P-guitars have considerable polyphonic capabilities, though not as vast as classical guitars. Anyway, it's a very interesting and addictive instrument, and I'm flattered for your interest. Thanks cor commenting...

At 12:14pm on September 1, 2011, Edward Sparks said…

Hi Ruth, I see you play lapsteel.  I had one built and am now trying to learn how to play it...it's hard even though I am a professional guitarist.  What tuning do you like to use the best? 

Thanks, Edward

http://www.edwardsparksmusic.com/

 

At 1:23pm on May 22, 2011, Jim Caudill said…

Hi Ruth, Thanks for your encouragement.  God has been kind to me.  It has been a struggle, but I am happy to just be alive! I don't play out much (I gave TONS of concerts in churches back in the 70's and 80's), as I never know when the "delete file" button will strike. Makes it interesting!  I hope it goes well for you.

In Christ,

Jim

 
 
 

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