Hey Edward- I gave a bit more thought to your query- it does seem to me that the open D or E is going to be a good jumping- off point...E is nice for the rock and blues stuff, D is cool because it gives you some notes below the E (for instnce the 7th on the E string, the A below B that can be used to great advantage in pull-offs and partial-bar chord formations...The nice thing with any open tuning is the secret 3rd fret formula- you good blue note, grease notes, whinynotes, whatever reside there! This is why we love open E for the blues- get your guitar in open E and just work that 3rd fret on every string and you'll dig what I'm saying! To really get some speed it's nice to have the open strings to work off of,but the pattern pertains in any position....By the way I just noticed a misspelling in my last reply- E should be EBEG#BE. Stacy Philips has some real good books...Peace & Love LMW
I was just on your site and watched the video of Watching the River Run. I love Loggins and Messina and that was a really good version with excellent harmonies. Ialso watched Here Comes The Sun and Fire and Rain. They truly sounded as good as the originals if you ask me. If I closed my eyes I would have believed it was George Harrison or James Taylor playing guitar. It's neat that your sons play with you. My younger son plays drums and some guitar, played in a band during his high school years and every once in a while will sit in on drums with some people I play with. I think I enjoy those times more than any others!!!
Edward, Thanks for adding me as a friend. It seems we are the same age, like a lot of the same artists and like quality made guitars. Have a Martin D35,Taylor ns34ec, Martin so ukulele, Harmony ( 1960 ) baritone ukulele. Want to write songs but not yet tried. I know if I try I could. Need to just sit down and concentrate on the job. Keep up the good work ,you are doing very well. Oh, by the way do you think Simon (American Idol) really joined the group?
CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your CD!!!! What a great feeling that must be. I would love a copy of your CD but you worked hard to make it ane I would be happy to pay you for it. My e-mail address is email@example.com. If you send me yours I will give you my home address.I am really looking forward to hearing your music!!!
Yes that's a Guild B30e acoustic bass I'm playing in that picture. Unfortunatley I don't have it anymore. I'm mostly an electric bass player and didn't have a photo of me playing acoustic guitar since it's really a new undertaking for me. So I thought the pic of me playing the big Guild bass would work!
Thanks for the friendship add.
Hey Edward - I checked out your site - very cool. I love my Guilds as well. The CV-1C was a gift to myself for having not bought an acoustic since high school (decades ago). I wasn't planning on spending as much as I did but once I saw and played it, that was the end of that. My X-170 was my first venture into hollow bodies. It's such a beautiful guitar that I bought it on the spot - again, not planning on spending as much as I did. But I couldn't be happier.
Thanks for inviting me Ed, I feel a little out of place here not being an acoustic player but I certainly didn't fit in with the wannabe rock gods and "shredders" on myguitarspace and I do play finger style! I've posted my "Les Pew" story as a blog.
It was in High School when I was into John Denver's music too. It was so refreshing to hear music about something other than than human love relationships and the very bad disco! After HS, I followed his music but not as much; then I saw him at one of his last performances. I recently purchased one of the DVD's you are talking about. I think it is called "A Tribute to John Denver". It is beautifully done and also has the scene you speak of where he plays "This Old Guitar".
I'll check in on the 12-string forum - thank you for telling me about it. I'm new to the online acoustic guitar community. I encouraged a student of mine to pursue his want of becoming a builder and hooked him up with a luthier who apprenticed him. As a gift to me, he made a 12-string guitar for me. It was his first one so it needs a bit of work that he will fix up as soon as I can get myself to his shop -- it's a bit of a drive for me; but now I am encouraged to get myself in gear and do it!
I think John Denver played the 12-string on "The Eagle and The Hawk" - that is probably one of my favorite songs of his - so short yet so very profound. "Come dance with the westwind and touch on the mountaintops, sail 'oer the canyons and up to the stars; and reach for the heavens and hope for the future; for all that you can be and not what you are". I keep this verse in mind a lot when I have come to what may seem like a dead end when developing programs for my young guitar students. My goal is to pull out their potential so they can become all that that they "can be".
Will definitely add you as a friend! Thanks for adding me!
Hey Edward. I'm kinda slow getting into this new chat world.
The KG-11 is very cool. Pretty scruffy looking. But that's the way with most my instruments. The KG-11 is an old cheapo Gibson smallbodied ladder braced instrument. I was visitng a local Chicago store, Rock-n-Roll Vintage, looking at a 1956 Country Western that I knew I couldn't afford, so there was no danger in buying anything. The COuntry Western wasn't as nice as the 1959 Country Western i alredy own. So I was happy.
Then I worked my way around the room for yucks, and found this KG-11. They actually had 2. One was in very nice shape. But it sounded mediacre. But this one is real beat up. But it sounded stellar. I was shaken. I asked about the guitar and went home.
A week later I went back and put it through it's paces. I played all my DADGAD stuff and it held up well. Turns out, the thing has a new bridge, neck reset, and a fret job. And I was able to get it for $850. The work on it was worth that much. Since then I replaced the tuners, raised the nut (buzzing) and added fret dots on the side of the neck. Plus I installed a Shaddow Nanomag pickup I had laying around.
It's turned into a stellar little machine. It's got a real earthy barking tone to it. The thing is louder than my other guitars. Like a cross between a flatop and a banjo. I've gigged to a few open mics with it. It's gotten good reviews from everyone that sees it.
I've got some pictures somewhere. I'll post some on the site.
thanks for writing. I am new to this discussion group and this is my first activity on it!
I am not a good person to advise about a lap steel guitar. I only have a Weissenborn style lap guitar and since it is wood it is kind of fragile and since I don't want to warp it I just tune it to an open D. So if I said a lap steel in my list it wasn't really accurate, but I didn't see Weissenborn on the choices.
But that sounds like a great project to build your own! Good luck and let me know how it turns out!
There are a gazzillion tunings for lap steel but I find the tuning that I can do the most with is C6th. [tuned low to high: C E G A C E] You can see that the top 3 strings give you the relative minor, the top 4 minor 7, bottom 3 the C triad, bottom 4 the major 6. The tuning isn't just for Hawaiin... Sounds great for swing, especially western swing. Works great fro blues, even minor blues and Rockabilly. Still one of the best method books is Mel Bay's "Basic c6th Non Pedal Lap Steel Method which nowadays comes with a CD. By the way, this was the tuning used on Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk". Hope this helps.
The Epiphone Masterbilt EN-552 that I have is strictly acoustic - no pickup. I don't believe Epiphone is making them anymore, at least they are no longer listed on their web page. I purchased it based on a recommendation from my brother and, as my experience with nylon is limited to this guitar and a Yamaha about 40 years ago, I fell I am not qualified to say how it compares to others. I ceratainly feel I got my money's worth but I am no expert.