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MissouriPicker

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  1. As everyone is suggesting: the more you play, the more relaxed you will be. One thing I would stress is to play what you know. If you're not sure of it, don't play it, because if you're screwing it up at home you're sure to do the same when you attempt it in public. OR, you can have the attitude that you're going to have a blast and really not give a damn what someone else thinks.........so play the songs you love, even if they're not perfect yet. Open mics are a great way to build your confidence and technique in front of an audience.. One more thing------don't worry about what the other
  2. I've got about a grand stashed away. Aiming for an AJ or an SJ. Should be able to get it by the fall. The only problem is that someone started a thread about Fender strats and a whole bunch of folks started sending in pics of their strats. Don't have a strat and haven't had one for quite a few years. Might have to get one now....lol....We'll see.:)
  3. Yep, taught everything I know:-" .....Seriously, she is awesome. This is real stuff. It's too real to be staged by a professional crew, etc.....plus, there's the guy drinking a bottle of beer in the background. Great stuff....Thanks man.
  4. Great pics of all those Fenders. Haven't owned a Fender (aside from the banjo I just got) for a while. Haven't owned a strat for years. Now I've got the fever and today's mail brought news of a big sale at Guitar Center....Damn all you people.....
  5. I think you do one-hell-of-a-good-job on this song. I like it a lot. And the lyrics are truly in the honky-tonk vein. Nice work, my friend. I enjoy your music. Thanks for sharing it on here.
  6. Yes, definitly wait until you can get the "bird." No disrespect meant for Epi's. They are fine guitars in their own right, but none of them are "birds." Not even the Epi Hummingbird.........My Gibby bird is perhaps the sweetest guitar I've ever owned, and I've owned a few. Is it the loudest? No. That goes to my J150, followed closely by the HD28. But, it is the most mellow and warm sounding guitar I've owned. Very, very easy to play. Like fretting the chords on an electric guitar. A joy to fingerpick. You know, we all have our own opinions and expectations----and in my view, this gu
  7. I completely agree on the Yamahas and Epi's. Lots of bang for the buck......Last fall while the Musicians Friend warehouse/retail outlet was still open, I picked-up a Rogue auditorium sized guitar. Never dreamed I'd own what I've alway considered the worst of all possible guitars.Not sure what the model is. What first appealed to me was the setup. Very low and no string buzz. Neck is straight. Fishman works good. No cracks. Has a sunburst which is kind of tacky looking...lol...It sounds great for what it is. Cost me $59 and they gave me a new set of strings. Anyway, I'm not afraid to
  8. Yes, the songwriting. Really superb material. I also was drawn to their music because much of it was folk. They were rockers to an extent, but much of what they sang was in the folk vein.
  9. Nicely done. I enjoyed that. I particularly enjoy music that is real, and simple. You don't need a band to sound good. All you need is performer who is into his music and put his heart into it............Writing songs is kind of crazy. We all have those times when our brains just seem to freeze-up on us and we can't find a line anywhere. Then, out-of-the-blue comes a lyric that is exactly what we needed. It might even take the song in a different direction from where we thought we wanted to go (and that original direction might be the reason we were not going...lol). A few months ago I
  10. It's not likely that I would buy a guitar online. I've got to play it first. Got to.....BUT, if I did buy online, I would not be afraid to buy a Gibson.
  11. I've got to agree with Eddie......Certainly there are guitars that will likely work best for a certain physique, arm length, etc. And the auditorium size guitars really are comfortable to hold. However, it still boils-down to our own personal enjoyment, choice, necessity. A super jumbo like the J150 and J200 may be a little uncomfortable for someone with shorter arms. Yet, for me it's great. If the set-up is to my liking and I bond with the instrument, then I'll play it again and again. There are dreads that I don't like and there are ones where the setup and neck are so sweet that I can
  12. Waits is an awesome songwriter. It's a shame that most people don't know him. To me he has that Johnny Cash quality of "real." I think the guitar and the song fit him very well. All three are authentic.
  13. I like music like this. Plain and simple. No band. Just a voice and the guitar.........And speaking of guitars---that Hummingbird definitly sounded like a mahogany guitar should sound.
  14. Interesting that his thread is on here today, the day I return after a long absence (got locked-out and couldn't sign-on for months after the forums were changed). ...Anyway, speaking of Gibson service--------My Hummingbird is now almost six-years-old. Love the guitar. It's what a Gibson is supposed to be. About six months ago, through my own carelessness, I broke a tuner on it. No other damage, fortunately. I went up to Guitar Center to have them order me some tuners for a "bird." Just by chance, there was a Gibson rep in the store. He heard me talking to the guy at the counter and ask
  15. Well, I've certainly got my favorites. However, in order to give you a sincere and honest answer I've got to say this----Play the guitars that interest you and pick the one you feel makes a connection with you. As you and I both know, "you" are the only one who can decide which Gibby is best for you at this point. I've got two very sweet ones at the moment, but I still envy the playing and shopping you are about to do.
  16. Well, I certainly got my favorites. However, in order to give you a sincere and honest answer I got to say this----Play the guitars that interest you and pick the one you feel makes a connection with you. As you and I both know, "you" are the only one who can decide which Gibby is best for you at this point. I've got two very sweet ones at the moment, but I still envy the playing and shopping you are about to do.
  17. My sister-in-law plays an autoharp. She is fast as hell pusihng those buttons on Guitar Hero. She said it kind of has an autoharp feel to it. She's a real shredder on Guitar Hero.
  18. BTW...........Anyone find a good buy at GC today?
  19. Yeah, I can edit the posts of other folks too.....King For A Day!!!!!........Anyway, I'm glad to at least see "signs of hope." I'm anxious to see the forum back at 100%..
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