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Beginner guitar playing tips by a seasoned player (40+ years )

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Feb 8. 5 Replies

First beginners always have this wrong. Your strumming hand is the most important hand. That is why you play with your dominant hand. The hand you write with. The strumming hand is where everything…Continue

Question about parallel piezo setup.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Taffy Evans Dec 14, 2019. 12 Replies

When wiring two piezo in parallel. Are the disks stacked or placed side by side? Continue

7 way strat mod. Three volumes one master tone. Where to go with output of SPDT switch?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cause the Blue rat Dec 6, 2019. 9 Replies

Redoing the Rusty Rat Box. Going to drill some more holes in that body. The guitar is going to have two switches. One standard five way and one SPDT. Three volumes and one master tone. On the…Continue

Vurro - EL Toro Raul.

Started this discussion. Last reply by FoldedSoup Oct 7, 2019. 1 Reply

OK all you one man bands out there. You got competition!Vurro - El Toro RaulTotally LOVE a sense of humor in…Continue

 

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Cause the Blue rat replied to Jon's discussion Out of tune at 12th fret
"Yep. I get em backwards.  If it's sharp you have to move the bridge back and make the strings longer if it's flat you have to move the bridge forward to make the strings shorter. No wonder it takes me forever to intonate my…"
Feb 9
Cause the Blue rat replied to Jimmie Earls's discussion Retooling my gig rig - 2nd amp or keep the PA?
"Sound is sound. And if you sound bad it doesn't matter how well you sing or play. I'd ditch the 2x12 and go to a one in the same amp line. And perhaps downsize the speakers on the PA.  It's also about first impressions. If folks…"
Feb 9
Cause the Blue rat replied to Jon's discussion Out of tune at 12th fret
"Like Keith said. If you have a movable bridge try this. If it's sharp you need to move it forward and make the string shorter If it's flat do move it back to make the string longer. Every time you move the bridge retune your string and try…"
Feb 9
Cause the Blue rat replied to Warren Williams's discussion Chord without root?
"Warren. Just curious. Which did you choose and how does it sound for ya? "
Feb 9
Cause the Blue rat replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Beginner guitar playing tips by a seasoned player (40+ years )
"How long it takes you is totally up to you. When you get to the point where your comfortable picking slowly it's time to start getting the other hand into the mix. It is very important to get your picking down first. Please don't rush into…"
Feb 8
Cause the Blue rat replied to Robbie's discussion OMG How many mistakes can I make?
"Awesome. Looking forward to seeing a great playing git!  My last mistake is still sitting on my work bench. Been a bit to cold to play in the garage. "
Feb 8
Cause the Blue rat replied to Warren Williams's discussion Chord without root?
"Thank you Warren! Boy did I get that screwed up. Your right. It's a D, F and G. Made a second mistake as well.I should had written First finger second fret third string. Second string open. And and Yes that's an A D so yes your right. It…"
Feb 6
Cause the Blue rat replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion In memory of Hooch!
"Sorry to hear. Looking a great pet is always hard. Your never to old to have a good pet. Go get one and just try to prove me wrong. : ) "
Feb 5
Cause the Blue rat replied to Warren Williams's discussion Chord without root?
" When your reduced to playing three strings turned to two notes you have to improvise. So a barred chord across all three strings can be major or minor depending on what is played before it. What notes you play will depend on the importance of…"
Feb 5
Cause the Blue rat replied to Robbie's discussion OMG How many mistakes can I make?
"An old cabinetry saying, "A little trim covers a multitude of sin." You could put the extra wood on the back of the headstock. Make it a different color so it'll stand out. Then tell everyone you wanted it that way. :) "
Feb 3
Cause the Blue rat replied to KOOL DOG HOOCH's discussion Cheap & Easy Glue Clamping Solution
"Love that guy's channel. Awesome idea. Gotta let everyone know how these work for ya. "
Feb 2
Cause the Blue rat replied to Andy Dobbs's discussion Setting the right neck angle
"Chickenbone's got it going on. But if you do find yourself with a bolt on neck with an angle problem aluminum foil is your best friend. You can make a wedge out of this stuff any size you need. And unlike the plastic wedging used by…"
Feb 2
Cause the Blue rat replied to Jack Brady's discussion Practice exercise for 3 string.
"I'm not sure if anyone has ever come up with a full fretboard scale for major, minor or chromatic exercise. I have a few sadistic exercises that are meant to be moved around and played over the entire neck.  Pick any four frets around your…"
Feb 1
Cause the Blue rat replied to Cause the Blue rat's discussion Beginner guitar playing tips by a seasoned player (40+ years )
"Don't cheat yourself on this. Your dominant hand technique is very important. Getting comfortable with will allow you to both pic and strum your guitar with ease.  So lets go on to the strum stroke. Hold your pic the same way you would for…"
Feb 1
Cause the Blue rat replied to Jon's discussion Wiring a pick up help needed
"Yep, that's what it looks like. The inside of the your output jack is ground. You can run a second wired from the ground to your metal bridge. "
Feb 1
Cause the Blue rat replied to Dean Walker's discussion CBG Bass Pickup
"Yes you can use a humbucker. Normal bass pickups are designed to be punchy. This helps the bass cut through the mix when playing with other people. Humbuckers are not quite as punchy. But will still give you a good sound. "
Jan 31

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The endless musical possibilities with just 2, 3 and 4 strings.

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At 6:06pm on November 2, 2018, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the comment Rat

At 4:08pm on May 9, 2015, c# merle said…

i totally dig your version of 'loner' on the NY disc. if some drums and bass kicked in at 1:14 i'd be in sonic nirvana. great sounds

At 3:27pm on April 19, 2015, Low Budget Luthier said…

Not just means, it's not a cbg, is all.

At 9:51am on April 13, 2015, Gary Wiese said…

Thanks for your comment on my lap steel guitar. The color is Sea Side Blue. Tried to get that 50`s look.

At 11:07pm on July 19, 2014, gary herget said…

glad you were able to make the club meet today, everyone enjoyed your new guitar. Spoke with Russ this evening and he said he really enjoyed playing guitars with you and Clark. Hope your schedule works out next month.

Gary

At 12:24am on June 3, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, if you have a cordlees drill would you mind bringing it to the fest to use in building the kit guitars. Need #1 and#2 phillips bits if you have those as well. Be great if you can help with this. Oh yeah don't forget to charge the batteries the nite before.

Thanks Gary

At 10:38pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

The website address works just as is.

At 10:27pm on May 20, 2014, gary herget said…

Hey Rat, there's a website for the fest, it kinda long but you can see what last years fest looked like. www.stlcigarboxguitarfestival.com  you may need to spell out st. Louis don't remember give it a try if it doesn't work let me know.

 
 
 

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