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  • Split NailsDateTue Jan 13, 2015 8:13 am
    Forum post by Last_bloomer. Topic: Split Nails

    For myself, it's been necessary to play short scale guitars detuned a half step to avoid injury. It's commonly done and worth looking into if it's a persistent problem. I still battle tendonitis on occasion and all the rest, careful use of ice after practice can help. . .it's an activity that's hard on the arm.

  • Mentorship Videos:DateThu Jan 08, 2015 2:58 pm
    Forum post by Last_bloomer. Topic: Mentorship Videos:

    Anyway, some spacy improv from a bit back . . .when I get a chance I'll load up something more straightahead.

  • Mentorship Videos:DateThu Jan 08, 2015 2:41 pm

    Hi, thanks for the opportunity to participate. I certainly like the idea of videos posted here as mentorship/support/critique are very valuable to any artist-- but see very little participation and am a bit uncertain as to what the rules are. Being new here, don't have any intent to cross any of those, and hope to bring the subject a bit more to the forefront to perhaps encourage a little more engagement. If it's here and I've not found it, I'd appreciate the redirection. Thanks!

  • CAGED system gets trashed by Tom HessDateThu Jan 08, 2015 12:01 pm

    I personally have found the CAGED system to be very helpful from attempting to advance from the very generic chord plus single note lead line styles(very often covered by two guitarists) to a more elegant hybrid style involving both chords and voice leading lines. That's been necessary for me as I've got a hard time finding guys to play with so I need to cover all the bases myself. . .and it can be a huge help if all one's played before was powerchord rhythm or shready lead. It opens a lot of doors. . .it also is very helpful in getting away from cowboy chord voicings to more interesting composition-- that doesn't hurt either.

  • Introduction and first videoDateThu Jan 08, 2015 11:51 am

    Hi guys-- wonderful site here and thanks very much for it. I'm much in the same position-- been playing for almost 30 years as well, pretty half-assed, but well enough to do the local gigs semi-successfully. Am very much in the position of wanting to take my playing to the next level and have found it very hard to find guidance that caters to those between trying to sound like Neil Young and those trying to sound like Pat Martino-- or at least as professionally and seriously as they may be able to achieve. Thanks for the positive attitude. . .I hope to return the support.

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