I know some people use a spokeshave to shape their necks, and I’m about to get one because my old Dremel-and-file method isn’t working for me anymore, and anyway I don’t want to get tennis elbow…Continue
So I was practicing some songs the other night with a tin guitar and my electric soda crate stomp box (with license plate stomping area), and while I like the sound of the stomper through a bass amp,…Continue
Finished my two-string bass tonight. Looks real nice, action is fine for fretless playing (neck is a poplar 1x2 with a quarter-inch slab of red oak for a fingerboard). Plugged it in and got this:…Continue
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The third time I screwed up my current project’s pickup bezel because I was trying to shape it with a Dremel tool instead of a small file or other human-powered implement, I began to suspect that I am not amazing at the woodworking part of the Cigar Box Guitar Thing.
This hypothesis was upgraded to a theory later the same day when I spent several minutes trying to make a hole in the headstock with the drill set on reverse.
In my defense, it was dark outside. Not in my…Continue
And I totally wasn't.
I just ain't been doing much, music-wise.
And then I think, "Hey, I'm gettin' back into 'er!" and start talking and planning stuff, and then I stop.
So none of that this time. I made a new song, made a new video. That's been posted and dealt with. That's yesterday. Tomorrow is another matter and what have I done today that's worth a dime?
And there's so much stuff that gets posted to this site on a daily basis that I can't even begin to catch…Continue
I'm starting to notice a pattern when I record songs with my cigar box instruments.
Whenever I'm stuck on a recording of a song...whenever something just doesn't "sound right," the answer is almost invariably "toss something out."
"Something" being one of the other tracks. Drums, basses, buckets, washboard, that brake rotor I've been banging on with a hammer. Taking something out leads to the music sounding fuller.
Even...in fact, ESPECIALLY when I'm…Continue
It's been a helluva year.
I won't reiterate our family's loss here, it's in a previous blog entry. I'll just say this: sometimes it takes a long time to get back into the swing of life, and it's never the same once you start taking those steps.
I want to ease back into making some music on my three-string sound-producing devices. I haven't done much these past several months, haven't played a note in front of other human beings, haven't put a note on "tape" (i.e. hard disk). I…Continue