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Guitar Gear Isn’t Everything
How many times have you watched a really impressive tutorial on YouTube etc. then read in the comments and endless list of questions like “What gear are you using?”,”What kind […]

Wes Mongomery playing a Gibson L5 Jazz Guitar
Wes Montgomery playing a Gibson L5 Jazz Guitar: he didn’t need much else

How many times have you watched a really impressive tutorial on YouTube etc. then read in the comments and endless list of questions like “What gear are you using?”,”What kind of guitar, amp, effects unit etc. is that?” The artist featured in the video, which of course was time consuming to produce, then has to waste additional effort listing all the equipment used. Questions about the actual technique in question often seem to be relatively rare. While good choices with musical equipment are important they aren’t everything. The reason the player in the video sounds impressive is because they have highly developed technical skills.

I used to spend a great deal of time collecting guitar effects and accessories. When you’re new to an instrument, buying it a few presents can be fun and can help you to define a distinctive sound.  One day while browsing for new effects in a music store I heard the salesman ask someone “Why not just buy yourself a multi-effects pedal instead of buying more pedals?” The guy replied “I already have three of those.” Before long, I realised that no matter how much money I spent on effects there was no magic combination that will magically transform your playing. The time you are spending playing around with effects etc. would probably be much better spent practicing technique.

When I became more serious about jazz guitar playing, I found that adding any effect, even on a very subtle level actually detracted from the sound I wanted. The unadorned sound of a semi acoustic jazz box and a decent amplifier is all you need. I found this quite liberating after all the time I had spend setting up before rock gigs. With my jazz box, all you need to do is plug in, tune up and play.

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My advice is that you buy the best guitar, amplifier and accessories that you can afford. Buy a limited range of effects that suit the style of music you play. Experiment with your sound until you find something that complements your playing style. Distortion/fuzz, delay and reverb, pitch effects like phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch shift etc. can enhance your guitar sound and are essential for most modern styles. Be subtle; less is more. Too much effect will detract from your playing more than it will enhance it. Consider buying a modelling amplifier which can model the sound of vintage valve amps and include a range of inbuilt effects. Digital effects for recording software have become a great deal cheaper (Audacity is a basic, free recording application and includes a huge range of effects.) Effects can be added and modified in post production.

But don’t just take my word for it. Wes Montgomery (considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time) was not interested at all in guitar equipment, he saw his guitar as a tool to do the job. Much of We Montgomery highly disnctive and beautiful tone was due to the way he played. Wes of course played with the fleshy part of his thumb rather than a pick which creates a mellow sound; particularly well suited for octave playing. During his entire career Wes Montgomery played almost exclusively on a Gibson L-5 (cutaway electric spanish) from 1963. He wasn’t really interested in equipment. In his own words: “I got a standard box. I don’t never want nothing special. Then if I drop my box, I can borrow somebody else’s.” – Read more about the gear Wes Montgomery used at: http://www.jazzguitar.be/wes_montgomery_guitar.html#sthash.WBKzStun.dpuf (Irony completely intentional 😉

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:26:53 +0000
Iconic Electric Guitars – historical timeline
This graphic was generated from the images in the guitar history gallery. The intention was to feature key developments in the evolution of the electric guitar and a few other […]

This graphic was generated from the images in the guitar history gallery. The intention was to feature key developments in the evolution of the electric guitar and a few other interesting examples.

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:11:58 +0000
David Bowie’s Chameleon Guitar Styles
RIP David Bowie. Bowie was associated with many brilliant guitarists during his career, covering a range of styles, from Mick Ronson‘s glam rock guitar during the Ziggy Stardust period to […]

david_bowie_ziggy_stardustRIP David Bowie. Bowie was associated with many brilliant guitarists during his career, covering a range of styles, from Mick Ronson‘s glam rock guitar during the Ziggy Stardust period to Carlos Alomar‘s funk grooves on Young Americans and Station to Station, Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp’s outside, avant guarde sounds during the ‘Berlin‘ phase and Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s stylings on ‘Let’s Dance’.

David Bowie was (I’m really finding it difficult and weird to have to talk about him in past tense!) also an excellent guitarist in his own right, and his simple, highly melodic approach added highlights to many of his hits. I’ve always loved Bowie’s guitar solo on ‘Space Oddity’; the way he hangs on that E7 chord. (Click here for video tutorial). Bowie played all the guitar on ‘Diamond Dogs’, producing what NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray described as a “scratchy, raucous, semi-amateurish sound that gave the album much of its characteristic flavour” (source: Wikipedia). ‘Eight Line Poem‘ from ‘Hunky Dory’ is a poignant piece of country rock playing. (Click here for video cover).

Here’s a nice tutorial on how to play the funky guitar from Bowie’s first American hit, ‘Fame’ from ‘Young Americans’. All three guitar parts are included; great fun to play: (Click here for video tutorial)

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Copyright is a form of intellectual property protection for a variety of literary and artistic endeavours. Everyone who has used the internet has at one time or another copied material illegally. This is due to the popular misconception, that once material is posted to the internet it can be freely copied: this not the case. Unless the author of the material has stated that is available for public use, then permission has to be obtained from the author for the material to be used.
File sharing sites, is another issue that concerning copyright laws. These sites/programs allow people to share material over the internet, this allows for copyrighted material to be shared and copied form one person to another. Some people believe this is okay as there is no transaction of money for the material: this is not true. File sharing is one of the biggest problems concerning copyright laws on the internet as there is no way to monitor all the information being shared between people and block and copyrighted material from being sent.
Now days because it is so easy to share copyrighted material over the internet and it is so frequently done many people do not see it as a crime that affects the authors finically. Although many people would not steal a cd from a store, download free music from the internet is socially acceptable on the internet.
The reason why people copy and break copyright laws is because they don’t want to pay for it. What most people don’t think about while there waiting happily as their download finishes, is that they are part of a mass group that is stealing from the author. This author has probably spent many hours of work developing a program hoping that in the end he can share with all of us and maybe get paid, to earn a living so he can continue provide us with software we want and need. But all those people who pirate software and wish for everything on the internet to be free or cheaper, are really just saying , we value what you have created but could you just do it for free? Would you do your job for free? Or cheaper? Highly unlikely, but that being said people that claim authors aren’t protecting their material enough, well all that can be said about that is, if people really want something enough, they’ll do anything, even if it might cost them jail time or a $50,000 fine.

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I was at my wits end with the heat issue on my 1525....total dis-assembly and everything....no dice... Ran into this and decided one last attempt and unscrewed the heat sink assembly...lifted....and what do ya know!?!?!? Commpletely jammed with dust/lint/crud.....looked like a tiny blanket blocking the entire exit path for heat!! It's pinned against the shell frame and deceptively appears to not be a point of potential accumulation....WRONG! Life saver! As info here are my before and after heat/speed specs Before removing blanket of crud: fan1 - 4900-5400 RPMs (ZINGING) HD0 - 120 deg F Temp1 - 193-200 deg F Core 0 - 192-200 deg F CPU - 195-210 deg F DIMM - 193-205 deg F GPU - 163 deg F AFETR removing blanket of crud: fan1 - 2950 RPMs (stable) HD0 - 104 deg F Temp1 - 106 deg F Core 0 - 106 deg F CPU - 109 deg F DIMM - 105 deg F GPU - 91 deg F

I was at my wits end with the heat issue on my 1525….total dis-assembly and everything….no dice…

Ran into this and decided one last attempt and unscrewed the heat sink assembly…lifted….and what do ya know!?!?!?

Commpletely jammed with dust/lint/crud…..looked like a tiny blanket blocking the entire exit path for heat!! It’s pinned against the shell frame and deceptively appears to not be a point of potential accumulation….WRONG!

Life saver!

As info here are my before and after heat/speed specs

Before removing blanket of crud:
fan1 – 4900-5400 RPMs (ZINGING)
HD0 – 120 deg F
Temp1 – 193-200 deg F
Core 0 – 192-200 deg F
CPU – 195-210 deg F
DIMM – 193-205 deg F
GPU – 163 deg F

AFETR removing blanket of crud:
fan1 – 2950 RPMs (stable)
HD0 – 104 deg F
Temp1 – 106 deg F
Core 0 – 106 deg F
CPU – 109 deg F
DIMM – 105 deg F
GPU – 91 deg F

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