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31 December 2015 - 02:24 PM

Just got my new Orange Crush 35 rt.

I wanted a practice amp that was all analog. In the catalog this seemed to fit the bill and in person it sounds great...... But with P90's on my Les Paul I need to perfect that ole "quick volume turn down riff".



25 December 2015 - 12:04 AM

Sweetwater is a GREAT company to deal with and Mark Stein is a GREAT sales tech. See my NGD post for details



19 December 2015 - 12:17 AM

Ordered today. Should be here Monday. Can't wait

Some good songs to work on

23 November 2015 - 06:29 PM

I finished session eleven two months ago and was feeling somewhat "restless" with my guitar playing. I could play most of the exercises pretty well - or so I thought but did not seem to be making music and was starting to find my practice a chore rather than joyous.

My solution was to start playing songs. I went back in the learn and master book and played Wabash Cannonball" till I could play the melody along with the backing track at the fast speed. In doing this I discovered that I had problems playing LOUD. When I tried to play loud and fast, I tensed all up and just fell apart. I also really worked on the Blues in E.

So I downloaded backing tracks for Louie Louie and Hey Joe. These are great songs to play and lots of fun. I find myself calling the backing tracks "my band".

To get to the point, between going back and "perfecting" some of the exercises in Learn and Master, working on Desi Sernas Fretboard series, and his Rythm foe Dummies, I am making lots of progress towards becoming a musician rather than just a guitar student.

I recommend trying Uncle Johns Band by the Dead for learning Rythm and Needle and The Damage Done for a fun picking challenge.

Justin guitar and music notes are valuable resources for me

I have gotten so much help and support from this board - mostly while lurking I just wanted to say thanks and offer a bit of advice that worked for me

Thanks all and Happy Thanksgiving


Saw some GREAT guitar playing last night

15 September 2015 - 01:51 PM

Last night Carol and I went to the Zappa plays Zappa concert featuring Dweezil Zappa and his band playing the music of his father, Frank Zappa.

What great music and absolutely incredible guitar (and keyboard, and trombone, and trumpet and sax and drum and bass........) playing. I have always enjoyed the music of Frank Zappa, and the Mothers but knew little about Dweezil, other that he often works with Jorma Kaukonen teaching guitar at Fur Peace.


This was one of the best concerts I have ever heard. If you get the chance, go hear Zappa!


This is what my wife Carol said about the concert:


What a show!!! Went to see the Zappa plays Zappa concert at the Carolina Theater in Durham last night. Dweezil Zappa is not only a guitar genius. He ran an incredibly talented group of musicians like a tight ship and brought the house down. And he does it with a humble and smiling demeanor. No light shows, no costumes, just pure musical perfection. (Not hard to look at either after all these 70 year old rock stars!) he began the show with this statement: this is STILL the music of the future. Buckle up and hang on!