Yeah "Helpless" is fun to fool around with. I'm toying with adding vocals but I am definitely not a singer. I also have a Strat, one of the 50th Anniversary models and I like it very much. The advantage the Tele has is that it is not as heavy. I really like Fender necks, they fit my hand well. I started with a used Fender Jaguar in high school.
Thanks for checking in. I am doing fine and keeping busy. I am playing and recording some but not as much as I'd like these days. I picked up a Tele and have been enjoying that and am also working on a couple of new recordings. I've been recording "Helpless" (love those 3 chord songs!) and I am about finished with a version of Neil Young's "Alabama".
I like "Solutions", another gem from your studio! Are you and Edward collaborating on anything new? "Next to Nothing" is phenomenal!
Have fun playing!
Hey Jeff. Thanks for the welcome and nice to share with a group of like minded folks. As for my playing, it's more like how some people only sing in the shower - LOL. I'll check out your music later - gotta run to work now.
So glad you like the songs. Dorothea is actually one of my favourites. One thing I have really enjoyed doing is writing for other people to sing. I used to be precious about it but now I get a real buzz writing for other voices and when I can get my band together it's great to hear how something you create can become so dynamic. That's another reason I'm looking forward to the writing project - getting another songwriter's ideas. I really enjoyed your collaboration with Edward. That's a really good song and a terrific arrangement. Catch you soon.
Getting late here in Indy but I thought I would comment on your last message. I failed to mention that I don't feel 58 and the only things that remind of my age are the old football injuries. We have open mike nights every week here in Indy. I too have been tempted to try this out, but I will wait until I gel a little more as a player. I've been writing songs again and like you wish I could find someone to play with. Going to extinguish the lights now, but I will keep in touch. Franklin College is where my nephew graduated a few years back. Since then he's become a permanent student. Not a bad gig!
Thanks for the welcome Jeff. I've lived in Indianapolis since 1986 but was originally from a small town by the name of Clinton, In. It was about 14 miles north of Terre Haute. My father never allowed me to play an instrument. His long term plans for me were in the sports world. Anyway, I couldn't play, but I learned everything there was about working on and building guitars. I had three cousins that played in bands and one that was a studio musician in Nashville. I worked on their guitars and became the well known for being able to set up an acoustic so that you could blow on it and it would play. This worked well especially for those who played fingerstyle. Once I was on my own and married, I began to take lessons and play a little. My job involved a lot of travel and when I got home there were family obligations, therefore my guitar playing was minimal at the best. I did find time to work with a local luthier here in Indianapolis for about 10yrs. and was able to build a few guitars with his direction. I used to help him set up guitars for major players that would come to Market Square arena to play, and of course many local bands. His recent death saddened me for two reasons. First of all we lost a self-made guitar expert who applied many innovations to the acoustic guitar that are now standard on many brands. Second I lost the area to work on and build guitars. I still set up guitars and replace nuts and saddles at request. Now at 58, I'm working on my guitar skills once again. My wife is very supportive of my playing, as a matter of fact, she's the one who bought me my Breedlove. I've always been a fan of Chet Atkins, Steve Wariner, Leo Kotke, and now Tommy Emmanuel. I never felt comfortable with a flat pick, and fingerstyle always seemed so natural to me. I use a John Pearse thumbpick and use the nails on my three fingers. I've talked a lot and hope not too much. I hope to hear from you soon. What college did you attend?
Hi Jeff. Actually a bought a Tascam DP-004 Pocketstudio a little while ago and I'm planning on learning how to use that to try and do some stuff. I'm starting to get some more free time in my schedule lately so I hope to get a little creative.
Hey Jeff, I did it! I finally managed to get an image onto my page.
I chose an image from my iphoto album, dragged it onto the desktop, then on My Page I chose to change image , then I clicked the box that said choose image, this brought up the images on my desktop, I clicked the one I wanted and the jpeg number came up (this is where I had been getting stuck before and getting no further, but-----) then I went way down to the bottom of the page and clicked the "Save" box. It then , slowly down loaded the image onto the page,--- at last!!
I can't imagine the difficulty I would have if it came to me using all the digital recording equipment you seem to have.
Hope this helps, Martyn
Jeff, thanks for the welcome. Enjoyed your songs. Just trying to find my way around the site. Guitar playing I can do (to some extent) but computers are another thing! I have been trying for ages to move a photograph in to "my page" to use as my profile shot but with no luck. How did you do it?
Kind regards, Martyn