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  1. Now THAT is funny to me. I would have to agree with you for the most part, as that totally seems to ring true for my area.
  2. Two blondes are sitting on the front porch one night drinking a cup of coffee and staring at the moon and stars. One turns to the other and says, "Hey, which do you think is closer... Florida or the moon?" The other blonde promptly replies, "Duh! You can't even SEE Florida!"
  3. Oh wow! I didn't know there were any other psychologists in the forum. Quite a brilliant diagnosis there Ron G. Anyone here take it a step further by becoming a psychiatrist? Seems to me that a lot of people here could use some help. Is it simply me, or does it not seem that a lot of threads are meant to simply stir the pot and draw attention to the original poster? That just seems so common... like all people really want to do is increase their post count. Eh, what do I know? I'm just running my mouth about non-Epiphone related material in an EPIPHONE forum. Sorry guys. =/
  4. I've only been playing for around 6 weeks and have been taking private lessons. I too have had some pick trouble. I really wanted to hold the pick way too far back. My teacher handed me a Dunlop Jazz 3 pick and made me use it. It was so little that I really had to choke up on it and hold it firmer to keep it in my grasp. Once I was able to fully wrap my brain around the concept so that holding it right became automatic, I "graduated" to something more of my liking. I like using a Dunlop 1mm nylon pick. It isn't slippery, it's pretty firm, and it has ridges/grooves in it to keep it in place in my fingers.
  5. I have to agree with you. I think when the next big movement in music hits, people will again aspire to play like the ones that are causing the stir. Music went through some massive changes in 50s-70s... maybe a little in the 80s too for some. But things were being played in ways that had never been heard. That is what made a lot of you older fellas want to play, right?... seeing the Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, whoever was your cup of tea. I personally feel the market is kind of stagnant at the moment as far as something "new" goes. Not to say there aren't still great guitarists out there. I'm not a fan of John Mayer in the least, but there is NO question for me about his major talent and ability to play. He just isn't for me. I'm glad you started this topic Leicester. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the responses posted. Stan - Call me Sherlock... ... I just noticed your new avatar pic for the holidays. I really like that shot. Cool beans. : )
  6. Wanna throw my two cents in on this one... I absolutely LOVE video games. I've played them heavily since I was 2 years old and had an Atari 2600. None of that stopped me from having a great home, happy relationships, a wonderful social life, playing sports in school, becoming an Olympic alternate for Team USA in 2000, and completing a college degree. To this day I still play video games DAILY. I own every version of Guitar Hero and both versions of Rock Band. Even though I've listened to tons of music my whole life (I'm only 30) and minored in music theory in college, these music video games have exposed me to many songs and groups I never would have listened to or heard, had I not played the games. And of course, these are great to do with my girlfriend, family, and friends. And, it can also make for one hell of a party. As a psychologist, I council inmates and work in classifications at a local correctional facility, and I also council individuals and their families... children included. The subject of video games has been broached many times by parents regarding their children during sessions. I am a STRONG advocate for video games, the music related ones in particular. The guitar/drum/vocal aspect of these games may not accurately represent the "real thing", but it DOES help with rhythm, hand-eye coordination, and keeps the brain active. That helps a person to think ahead... keeps them ol' brain neurons firing at full speed. All of these are positives. It also exposes children, as well as adults, to music they may not normally listen to. (Such as myself, as stated above) These music games DO also inspire some people to want to play an actual instrument. This is a GREAT thing! I get all warm and fuzzy when I think about it, because it actually helped to push ME into buying my very first guitar. (So here I am in the Epi forum ) I also play the piano, violin, and saxaphone. Had always had a little interest in guitar, but the GAMES are what actually made me go out and buy a real one. I've been taking private lessons for six weeks now and am still loving it. I cannot find any real fault in these games personally. I don't feel that they detract from real music or instrument practice. If the person, be it child or adult, really has the desire to play, they're not going to allow the game to stand in their way. If someone has SOME interest, but just isn't sure, I feel that the games can be a positive reinforcement and give them that nudge in the direction they're leaning. Children/teens tend to have a short attention span... not just when listening, but also when it comes to hobbies. What was cool for a few months can become "old hat" rather quickly. That could potentially be the case with your nephew, Leicester. That isn't to say that he won't pick up his shiny new Squier in a few months and be active with it again. I myself tend to go through phases with some things and have a hobby du'jur. Long winded... I know, but I feel very strongly about this. To be quite honest, I was just playing Rock Band 2 on my X-Box 360 earlier this evening, but I also spent a good amount of time practicing with my Epi. I find myself playing songs in the game and saying to myself, "Hey, that was a really cool riff," or, "That had a neat progression to it. I wonder if I can find a tab for that online?" I would hope that there are others here that can share the same opinion or perhaps see where I'm coming from in my point of view. It's really not a bad thing.
  7. My Epi LP Standard is my first and only guitar. I wanted to learn how to play. A lot of the musicians I like play a Les Paul, so I knew it was the sound I wanted. I could have gone with a Gibson, had I chosen to do so, but I didn't know for sure if I would really enjoy playing. That seemed like too great a risk initially, so I did research to see what would be next best thing. Epis seemed to come out on top with reviews and most people seem to feel you get a lot of guitar for the price you pay. So... to make a short story long... I still love my Epiphone and have been taking private lessons for about a month. Err, well, four total lessons so far. It's a tremendous guitar for a beginner and I would highly recommend it to anyone just starting out.
  8. I stumbled across this tonight while struggling with one of my horrible bouts of insomnia. Perhaps some of you loyal fans are already in the know, but this was news to me. Anyhow... hope you enjoy. http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/16/beatles.mccartney.lost.track/index.html
  9. Perhaps a slight case of "little man syndrome"? I guess they feel a need to validate themselves by belittling others. Could make for a much happier forum on both ends if people could just loosen up a tad and have some fun. I mean... we ARE here to be social as well as helpful, right? Otherwise... I would just spend time digging up articles and straining my eyes and brain while searching for whatever answers I might need for something. :-
  10. Gotta use an unpolished dime, of course. Always good to go with that nice, broken-in vintage looking coinage.
  11. I'd have to go with the best color gigbag being nonexistent. A hardshell case is the only route I'm comfortable taking. And in the harshell's case... black outside with a pink interior.
  12. Just curious TWANG, but have you been working on this project for three years? The date stamp on the pictures says 9-10-2005. O.o
  13. Hello Group, I'm not happy at all with my Peavey Vypyr 30 amp. I've played a friend's Vox AD50VT and I have really enjoyed it. I saw this listing on e-bay tonight for a 30 watt. http://cgi.ebay.com/Vox-Valvetronix-AD30-VT-30watt-Guitar-Amp-Un-used_W0QQitemZ260312795494QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item260312795494&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318 The grille is black instead of silver like on the MF website. It also appears that the "Valvetronix" logo is missing below the Vox name. This is what makes me uncertain. Can any of you more experienced guys here help me out in looking at the post? Do you think this is a legit item? It's awfully low priced. Makes me wonder if it's too good to be true. I'll pounce on the amp this very second and "Buy It Now" if you think I'm looking at the real deal. I know this is Epiphone, but I trust your opinions on things like this. Thanks for the help. Rick~
  14. Try this... http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/epiphone-les-pauls/19031-flame-show-best-your-top-2.html Around the middle of the page InfiniteeZ has has some great pics of his trans amber plus top.
  15. Is there a way to "sticky" this thread? I've found it quite useful, as I'm sure many others probably have as well. It sure couldn't hurt to have a beginner's thread like this for anyone to reference on the fly.
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