The purpose of ‘nails’ in fingerstyle

Posted by on Jun 8, 2013

I say ‘nails’ because there are plenty of things that can substitute for real ones; thumb and finger picks, plastic or acrylic nails, nails made from ping pong balls or the fabric that comes with traditional nail repair kits. I have tried them all! But let’s be clear about the purpose of nails and why most of us don’t just use the flesh of our thumb and fingers....

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Keeping it in time

Posted by on May 22, 2013

When I first started playing guitar, I never used a metronome or anything else to keep the beat. In fact, I never played with other musicians so it wasn’t necessarily an issue if you understand me. A few years later and I began to rehearse with other musicians and it was quite a shock, to realise that nothing I played was in time witht the beat. This was a whole new ball game and I had to...

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The process of undoing

Posted by on May 4, 2013

Perhaps there are certain habits that one picks up in life that will lead to one’s undoing. Well, that’s as maybe but what I wish to talk about here is having to UNDO certain ways of doing things on the guitar that have gone unnoticed…things of a muscular, physical nature. Perhaps they have gone on for a lifetime. And then one day… Well, that’s where I feel I am at...

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guitar mods

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013

I’ve just had a guitar back from CC Music in Glasgow that was in for some serious mod work – to make it sound and play better. I must say, they’ve done a good job and their suggestion to use Seymour Duncan pick ups as replacements has really made a difference. The guitar in question is an Epiphone Riviera – bought around 97/98 during the Brit Pop/Rock period. The fact is,...

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words of wisdom from Chet

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

You’ve got to admire Chet Atkins – for everything he did and said. Here’s just a snippet of something I discovered in YOUTUBE land. There’s plenty of things to take from this but one of them – in my view – is that you don’t get to keep the crown for good: there’s always guys coming up looking to steal it so they can have their five minutes...

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personality in playing

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013

It’s nice when a person finds their own personality and doesn’t try to be a clone of some sort. Sure, it takes time but things can blossom after a while… As with real life, it’s nice when a guitarist finds their own playing personality; such that they are distinguishable from every other guitarist. What’s the point in sounding like a million others? I’m not...

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