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  1. Perhaps if the current President actually showed up once in a while to pay some respect, there would be no need for this type of 'political' speech.
  2. I'm not a great or confident singer Lars, but I'm coming to realize what I CAN do as a vocalist is worth focusing on. I was listening to the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series a while ago - the sessions Dylan recorded with Johnny Cash. On one of the tracks you can hear June Carter reminding Johnny Cash to 'sing the melody'. That's Johnny Freaking Cash she was talking to! That advice resonated with me. When I really work and focus on hitting the important melody notes in a vocal , it improves the whole performance. I like what you said about you liking your singing best 'live'. Why not go with that? I know you love Neil Young - he records most of his vocals live as he's playing. By no means are his vocals perfect, nor does he hit every note. But he's undoubtedly a great singer nonetheless. I've come to accept that a 'perfect' vocal performance is not really going to happen, and that's ok.
  3. That bridge is... interesting. First time I've ever seen one of these.
  4. Agreed re. clean tone. I love the clean tone of a telecaster in classic soul music, a la Steve Cropper. Muddy Waters straight up blues on the Tele. Roger McGuinn or Mike Campbell with a 12 string Mapleglo? Heaven. David Gilmour on the Strat. And Johnny Marr and Peter Buck with clean tone Ricks are also awesome. Having said that, I can dig a big fat tone on occassion too. I'm looking at you, Jimmy Page and Neil Young.
  5. I don't own any electric guitars, but there are a few I love the sound of: 1. Fender Telecasters 2. 12 string Rickenbackers- the Byrds/Heartbreakers sound. 3. Strats.
  6. Thanks for the review. It was thought provoking in a good way. To be completely honest I rarely consider all of the tonal qualities involved with strings. But reading your review, I was like, yeah, that all makes sense! I've started playing my L-00 with a thumbpick of late, after literally years and years of bare finger playing. I'm noticing many different tonal possibilities. I'm especially surprised by the amount of bass I can get out of this little guitar that just isn't there playing with a bare thumb.
  7. I do have an answer for that, in terms of traditional LP releases - it's 'Time Out Of Mind' for me.. Other than that, I most listen to his 'Bootleg Series' releases. The recent 'Blood on the Tracks' entry from the Bootleg Series is awesome. I also listen a lot to another Bootleg Series edition called 'Telltale Signs'. Do yourself a favor and listen to it if you have Spotify. It roughly covers the period from 'Oh Mercy' to 'Modern Times', and works as a complete album. It's just fantastic. I also really liked 'Another Self Portrait' from the Bootleg Series. What is truly amazing is the quality of the songs Dylan left off a lot of his lp's that have shown up in the bootleg series. Great stuff.
  8. The first thing I noticed in the first couple tracks was the drumming. Is that Levon? There is quite a bit more of direct, woody, "stick" to the sound than Kenny Buttery, who typically sounds more mellow on Neil's records of that era. I do love that first track 'Separate Ways' which I had not heard before. It has an 'On The Beach' feel which is my favorite NY LP.
  9. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jun/18/neil-young-homegrown-review-warner-lost-album
  10. My Gibson Blues King L-00 came with a gig bag. I prefer hard cases and got a Gibson hardshell L-00 case. The gig bag now houses a cheap Yamaha nylon string classical guitar. I'm guessing your B-25 would fit in one of these Blues King bags if you can find one.
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/arts/music/bob-dylan-rough-and-rowdy-ways.html There is no one else from his generation that has had a third act that even comes close to Bob Dylan.
  12. With all due respect, this is not entirely correct in my experience. A 'wet' guitar sounds very mushy and lacking in punch, and the top behind the bridge swells. Sometimes it can be hard to reverse that swelling.
  13. That was really cool! Great sounding guitar, too. Thanks for posting!
  14. Was intending to learn something else entirely the other night and went down the rabbit hole Pink Floyd's 'Breathe', which I had never really thought to play on acoustic guitar. I thought I'd throw up a snippet of my progress . (There is a bit of vocal on the track, the first time I've ever posted vocals any vocals online!). Played on my 2011 mahogany Blues King with bare fingers, Elixir 80/20 Custom Lights, tuned down half a step. https://soundcloud.com/user-839148534/breathe
  15. I really, really liked this. I would definitely stop and listen to this. Just not something you hear very often with just guitar/voice. I really like your arrangement, probably my favorite thing you've done since you blew me away when you did 'Being For The Benefit of Mr . Kite' on the uke.
  16. Well at least you gave it a fair shot. It won the Grammy in 1998 for album of the year, many years after he had been written off as done.
  17. Hello in there, John - we love you.
  18. I love those, too, Sgt. Have you actually listened to 'Time Out Of Mind'? You might be pleasantly surprised.
  19. I have been bullish on this forum about how good Dylan still is, have posted clips of recent performances, etc. There are many here who disagree. But there is no one - no one - of his generation still making art like this. Mesmerizing.
  20. My wife has been a trumpet player since high school. About 10 years ago when my focus switched to classical guitar, she was invaluable in helping me to learn to read music. I had about 20 odd years of playing by tab, chords, or ear under my belt by then. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to just be beginning to play guitar, and learning to read music at the same time.
  21. This thread is as wacky as a trial without witnesses. I'm voting tight.
  22. So good Sal. Wish I could sing like that.
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