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Dave Rawlings showed some real class...
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Land Mar 10, 2010.

Do you use a pick?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dane Whitley Aug 13, 2012.

Eilen jewel and Jerry miller
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Garth Roeder Mar 14, 2011.


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Louise Fenton replied to bruce wilson's discussion vox country western acoustic
"Hi German. I have a very close relative of yours as well--also a VOX Rio Grande Eddie Arnold signature. Its such a wonderful guitar. Here's a photo: VOX RIO GRANDE. It really is so difficult to find information about these models."
Dec 7, 2012
Dane Whitley replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"Anyone else have to use a flatpick when singing? I think I need to develop some coordination. Otherwise, fingerpicking for almost everything.  Only recently have I started experimenting with hybrid stuff. It's amazing what can be done with…"
Aug 13, 2012
Chad Becks replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"I also have to agree with you Dave. I have been teaching for over ten years and have seen players into their 70s learn to play fingerstyle with great success.  My oldest student right now is in his 80s and rocks fingerstyle."
Aug 7, 2012
Bob Niemiec replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"Depends on the song. Some songs just lend themselves to a flat pick while other to finger-picking. I never use a thumb pick except when playing the banjo."
Aug 6, 2012
Dane Whitley replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"Hey Charles, I take it there's a lot of application for hybrid in bluegrass? I love bluegrass, but haven't quite gotten into picking it up yet. Is it really hybrid intensive?"
Aug 3, 2012
Bill Wray replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"I find that I only feel the need to use a pick when I want some amount of speed, or volume.  Because I don't have classical training, I never developed any kind of 'proper' technique.  I know some guys are very fast with…"
Jun 6, 2012
Jud Hair replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"To strum, I always use a flat pick ("Cool" brand Thin) ... For Travis picking fingerstyle, I use bare flesh on thumb and minimal nails on index and middle fingers.  I've tried thumb pick and various types of finger picks,…"
Jun 4, 2012
Cliff replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"I use thumb picks which I modify by "opening" them up a bit with hot water, then I use a bit of tape to hold them securely without cutting off circulation.  I play mostly finger style blues and finger style solo (Juber, Pettaway,…"
Jun 4, 2012
Johnny Walker replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"I'm using a pick 99% of the time these days. I did study classical guitar at a program run by Parkening back in the 80s and was very serious about fingerstyle then. But I've been playing electric guitar with rock and country bands for so…"
May 25, 2012
AJ Ouellette replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"Yeah that's what I do sometimes; I use my fingers like I'm holding a pick. And I'll definitely check out those Neil Young videos. Jeff Beck doesn't use a pick either, and although some of his recordings can be kinda boring (some…"
May 21, 2012
Gary Swiech replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"You know how much volume and finesse Neil Young has when playing acoustic, if you have any DVDs of his, watch his technique. He doesn't use a pic either. He uses his fingers in the shape like he's holding a pic, but there's none…"
May 21, 2012
AJ Ouellette replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"I always used to use a flat pick or do hybrid picking. But then I taught myself the solo to Jimi Hendrix's version of "All Along the Watchtower" by ear and came across a part that was much too fast to play with a pick, or even by…"
May 21, 2012
Gary Swiech replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"Sometimes, but I usually use the tips of my fingers."
May 5, 2012
Noah Wood replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"More and more I've stopped using a pick.  The sound of the strings is so much sweeter to my ear when strummed by hand.  And of course, your options are so much greater when you play with your hand.  You can grab a couple notes,…"
Apr 26, 2012
Jud Hair replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"To strum, I use a flat pick about 95% of the time.  I've tried using a thumb pick to do fingerstyle, but find it clumsy and hard to get used to.  When I Travis pick, I use my bare fingers.  The metal finger picks are almost…"
Apr 20, 2012
Miklos Birta replied to bruce wilson's discussion Do you use a pick?
"If I play alone, I like to use my fingers, but for solo much better to use pick.... It's hard question...Here is an example "
Apr 19, 2012

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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
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
vox country western acoustic, ymaha folk, dean acoustic
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What type of music do you like to play?
folk, roots, old C&
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At 6:29pm on March 14, 2011, Garth Roeder said…
Hi Bruce, This is Jerry Miller from Eilen Jewll's band. He has nothing to do with the other Jerry Miller!  And nothing to do with Moby Grape. Eilen's Jerry lives in Massachusetts. Moby's Jerry lives in Washington state.Moby's Jerry is a rock legend and is rated by Rolling Stone Mag as one of the best guitarists ever. Even Jeff Beck raves about the playing of Jerry Miller..... But thats not the Jerry Miller from Eilen jewll's band!!!
At 1:02pm on July 4, 2009, German Rosas said…
Hi Brust... I thiks mine is made with 2 different kind of wood... but I really don´t know, so i will post a couple of pics, maybe you can say what kind of wood it is, because the front is different from the back... yes. I grew up listening The Beatles, but in the 70´s I discovered Cat Stevens and the sound of the acoustic guitar really impressed me, especially with this fine guitarist Alun Davis. I enjoy a lot songwriters that plays guitar, like Paul Simon, and I adore blues, from Clapton to Steve Ray Vaughan, or rock David Gilmour... jazz, like Ralph Towner, who plays and incredible 12 strings guitar... I think Mark Knopfler is wonderful... my list es not that long, maybe another 5 or 6 guitarist... in 1983, I used to play with another american guy, we met in Paris, and we played in the streets like three months, we did a lot of Beatles stuff, or Simon and Garfunkel. His name is Gregg Sansoni, he actually plays in a pro level up in New York. Now, I play sometimes trying to do some blues, but you know, it´s hard to get the time for practicing... anyway, I play actually an electro-acoustic Takamine, that sounds great, it´s not so easy to play like the Vox, but sounds great. By the way, I love Guitar Center in L.A., I try to go at least once every two years. I have never bouhgt a guitar there, but maybe sometime I get myself a Martin.
At 11:10am on July 4, 2009, German Rosas said…
Hi Bruce! yes. the guitar has "Vox" inlaid in mother of pearl... and yes too, the body is in mahogany... I like the sound, but it doesn not have a lot of resonance- a bit muffled-, I mean, is not very powerful. In studio for recording, sounds incredible well indeed. It weighs a ton... It has a thick coating of varnish, maybe that affects the sound. I will post a couple of pics more detailed... by the way, it´s great to write to you!!
At 9:44pm on July 3, 2009, German Rosas said…
HI Bruce! I´ve just posted the pics of our VOX RIO GRANDE... if you click photos you will see them. I hope more people will share their pics of their Vox Rio Grande... !
At 5:54pm on May 25, 2009, Spot said…
I think I misinterpreted the intent of your post also. I was under the impression you were being a bully. My appy polly loggies to you sir.

At 3:09pm on May 25, 2009, Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher said…
Ok, Bruce. My mistake there. However, we've received a few emails complaining about that Carpal thread, too, so I'm going to shut it down. Sorry about my misunderstanding.
At 12:28pm on April 9, 2009, Ray said…
Bruce, as for Vietnam, I was a navy diver and spent most of my time in the Delta. But I was sent on assignments all over the southern part of the country and also into Thailand. I was there in 1971. I first learned to play guitar when I was there.
At 12:15pm on April 9, 2009, Ray said…
I am a homebrewer and that photo was passed around to my brewclub's email list. I decided it was a good one to put on the AG website. It represents the 4 stages of life.
At 6:08pm on February 23, 2009, Ship of fools said…
Yes I had, a very long time ago, was one of my first guitars that was given to me by a very old friend, during the very last year they were made in 69 was a heck of a brut and weighed a ton and the strings were pretty high off the fret board but sounded wonderful and was a ton of fun to learn on.Ship

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