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09/23/2019 07:57AM  
I was about 20 when guitar hero came out and I was mildly obsessed with it for a year. Then I went and purchased a cheap squire strat combo and have been playing ever since. I wouldn't say I am good by any means but I can play most of what I want to. Had to learn through youtube and tabs.
 
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05/07/2020 04:08PM  
Just saw this forum.
I play Guitar, Mandolin, Piano and Blues Harp. I also tune piano's.
 
05/10/2020 07:10AM  
Yeah there was a call for it from a few members a long time ago. Made it but then kind of went on a hiatus from here and came back and decided to see if its possible to get it going.
 
05/10/2020 07:12AM  
LindenTree: "Just saw this forum.
I play Guitar, Mandolin, Piano and Blues Harp. I also tune piano's."


Also when did you start? I might keep your name in mind in case we actually buy a piano... my wife and I have been thinking of a real one vs keyboard for our kids when we put them in lessons.
 
05/10/2020 09:30AM  
x2jmorris:
Also when did you start? I might keep your name in mind in case we actually buy a piano... my wife and I have been thinking of a real one vs keyboard for our kids when we put them in lessons."


I started playing at a very young age, took lessons for a few years then quit in my late teens. I picked it back up when I was in my late 30's. I decided to throw out most everything I had been taught, and taught myself to play by ear. That is what I do now, I rarley use any music.
I also taught myslef to tune pianos through books and on-line, I've tuned quite a few pianos around the Duluth area.
 
05/10/2020 09:38AM  
 
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05/10/2020 10:26AM  
Currently guitar and Appalachian dulcimer. Started with a standard Uke in 1960 moved to guitar in 1965 and started playing a bit on the Dulcimer since 1980s. Mostly a front porch/kitchen/campfire musician. Lots of musical gatherings in the area including one gentleman that I have been singing and playing with since 1973. Song is a very important part of our lives. Instruments in the house:
1933 Gibson L-00
1946 Gibson LG-3
2006 Epiphone Les Paul Standard
2019 Journey Overhead in Carbon Fiber/epoxy(this one lives in my vehicle
 
05/10/2020 11:37AM  
That link doesn't work Linden. I wish I could play stuff by ear. Super tone death unfortunately :(

That is they style I went for sedges.. just play here and there. Though having young kids has slowed me down a ton and now I just play the same things over and over.
 
05/10/2020 01:36PM  
x2jmorris: "That link doesn't work Linden. I wish I could play stuff by ear. Super tone death unfortunately :( "

Maybe you have to be a freind of mine on facebook, sorry.
 
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05/10/2020 04:32PM  
I play guitar, mostly acoustic blues, started about 5 years ago, was planning on retiring and thought I'd give it a shot. Now I'm kickin myself for not starting 40 or more years ago. What a great learning experience, the fretboard is a great puzzle always something to learn. Also play some slide blues on a resonator. Like Linden I took piano lessons as a kid, gave it up in my early teens for sports and girls, and picked it up again in my mid-20's til kids came along. Also, like Linden, worked on playing by ear, and understanding the chord changes etc The piano was a good foundation. I just had a digital piano delivered this week, will be fun to get back into that. Sitting down and playing is a great way to get lost in something useful for an hour or so.
 
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05/10/2020 04:54PM  
sedges: "Currently guitar and Appalachian dulcimer. Started with a standard Uke in 1960 moved to guitar in 1965 and started playing a bit on the Dulcimer since 1980s. Mostly a front porch/kitchen/campfire musician. Lots of musical gatherings in the area including one gentleman that I have been singing and playing with since 1973. Song is a very important part of our lives. Instruments in the house:
1933 Gibson L-00
1946 Gibson LG-3
2006 Epiphone Les Paul Standard
2019 Journey Overhead in Carbon Fiber/epoxy(this one lives in my vehicle
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I'd love to hear those old Gibsons. I have a Waterloo WL-12 which is based on a 30's Gibson or Kalamazoo and a couple guitars that are based on the L-00, but I've not heard or played a real vintage. How's the Journey Overhead, looks like a great travel guitar.
 
05/10/2020 05:30PM  
My guitar livery includes two Yamaha's one 6 string and one 12 string with electric pickup.
One Ovation 6 string with electric pickup and one 6 string Takameni guitar.
I have a Banjo but never really learned to play it, I want to trade it for a Ukulule.
I have one Mandolin, I built it from a kit from "Lark in the Morning."
Various percussion instruments like shaker eggs and bongo drums.
I used to play the Trumpet but sold it years ago.

I'm sure I've got a few more instruments if I think about it.
My Ovation is my baby, I went into a music store for strings and came out with a used 600 dollar guitar in 1996. My Takameni is my other go to guitar, I keep that in my off grid cabin since I don't have to worry about it "Sruface"cracking like I would with my Ovation, if it gets cold and heats up too fast. "Plastic and Wood expand at different rates when heated"

I used to play base guitar in our college band and actually made a little money back in the day.
 
05/12/2020 10:38AM  
I play classical piano, depending on my mood, the Beethoven sonatas or anything Chopin. My mother was a virtuoso pianist, my earliest childhood memories are of her playing Beethoven, she was also a church organist. Playing the piano is easily one of the most important part of my life.

I bought a new piano some years ago. I shopped for ever. I am very critical. I was at a dealer and Unsatisfied. The tuner working in the shop comes up and said he had the perfect piano for me in the warehouse, This was a Russian guy, the piano was a Petrof, made in then communist czechoslovakia. It was built by magical elves. I love it.
 
05/12/2020 12:14PM  
Pic of my piano "George Steck" got it from my mother in law. I've tuned it a couple times and need to do it again. It has a great sound and holds its tune well.

 
05/12/2020 01:06PM  
Older g. Steck pianos were excellent instruments. They are now made in China, when I was looking at pianos I gave serious consideration to stecks. They were a bit pricy and my boy was at macalester, $$ shortage. They were American made. I would not buy a Chinese piano though there quality has improved greatly.
 
05/12/2020 02:45PM  
jwartman59: "Older g. Steck pianos were excellent instruments. They are now made in China, when I was looking at pianos I gave serious consideration to stecks. They were a bit pricy and my boy was at macalester, $$ shortage. They were American made. I would not buy a Chinese piano though there quality has improved greatly. "

Yes, I researched them after I got it. Serial number says it was built around 1970, I think mine was built in New York.

George Steck
 
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05/13/2020 10:12AM  
Linden, I enjoyed your Facebook posts or piano playing but mostly you and your dog!

I too play guitar! I started the summer I was 29 years old ( I am now 71). I had broken my leg roller skating and needed something to do while it healed. Now I struggle with arthritis in both hands that limits my playing guitar and knitting.
I have several guitars - a couple of cheapest to take on camping trips and several Ovations. I play mostly camp songs - having been a children's camp director and staff member for many years. Now, I play in a group at church (about 15 of us). We are all old 1960's folk music hippies and enjoy much of the same vintage of music.
 
05/14/2020 09:01PM  
Just saw this tonight, glad to find it!

I started playing piano when I was 8 or 9, taking lesson from my music teacher from school. Can still pic out a few things, but am incredibly out of practice.

I started guitar when I was about 15 and have been playing off and on for the last 30+ years. Let it gather dust for quite a while but never gave it up completely. About 2 years ago I picked up an inexpensive amp that has a few different sounds to it and that reignited my interest. Since the stay at home order kicked in, I have really increased the amount of time I play. Nowhere near what I used to do, but it made me realize how much I missed it. Just noodling most of the time has also expanded my use of different areas of the fret board. Played in a few bands, but haven't played out in a long time.

Started out in rock and metal, but really play more of a blues/rock mix now. Playing Ain't talking 'bout love for my future wife about 20 years ago is one of the best memories I have.

Linden, didn't know you played! Should we ever have the pleasure to hang out again, I'd like to jam a bit.

Instruments in the house right now -
Lotus strat copy - first guitar and I think I will always have it no matter how clunky it is.
Carvin V220? - Not sure of the model since it's no longer made. This is the most 'metal' of my guitars. Overwound pickups and major whammy bar on it. Needs to have a good cleaning to get the grit out of the pots.
Fender American Strat with Humbucker, single, single configuration. Probably logged the most hours on this one.
Ibanez GIO in flat walnut finish - cheap guitar that plays and sounds really good. Could use a touch more gain in the pickups for lower volume and the plastic nut is not great, but it got me playing a lot again.

Seymour Duncan 50 watt 1x12 amp - SO LOUD! Tons of tone from the tube setup.
Line 6 Spider 2 15 watt amp - Sounds good and I can play it all the time without blowing the roof off the place. Got the amp and the Ibanez used for about $90 online and never looked back
Peavey 10 watt amp - started on this one and keep it around for nostalgia. Decent clean sound, but the distortion is awful. Still love it tho

Also keep a handful of pedals but don't use them much other than my original tube screamer and wah pedal.
 
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06/12/2020 03:50PM  
Didn't know you played Linden Tree. I play guitar, 5 string banjo,( or as some call it "banjer") and tenor uke. Yes! get yourself a uke. Lots of fun and easier on the arthritis. Started guitar in early teens, still no expert, but lots of enjoyment. Can read music, but play by ear. Played fiddle and mandolin for awhile, but then the other instruments suffered, so I quit. Marcie plays harmonica.
 
06/15/2020 08:18PM  
Voyager: "Didn't know you played Linden Tree. I play guitar, 5 string banjo,( or as some call it "banjer") and tenor uke. Yes! get yourself a uke. Lots of fun and easier on the arthritis. "

Is a Tenor Uke the easiest to learn on and most verstile (song wise by different styles of music) of the Uke's?
Looking for something small and fun to take out with my small camper.
I know nothing about Uke's..
 
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06/15/2020 09:24PM  
I like the tenor size, more room for my fingers on the fret board. The sopranos are cute. I've only played 1 in a music store. They're the smallest, concert ukes are sized between the sopranos and tenors. Go to a store that has all 3 sizes to see what you like best, even if you don't buy it there. You may even find it more satisfying to build your own. I own 2 Mainland ukes ( imported) I keep 1 strung high G, and 1 low G. Have 1 custom tenor, waited 26 months for it. If you play guitar, the fingering is the same for chords,( discounting 2 missing strings of course), but you'll be 4 steps higher on the uke. That is a D shaped chord on the uke will be a G chord.
 
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06/16/2020 08:56AM  
Whoops! I guess that should read " 3 steps higher".
 
06/16/2020 03:28PM  
Voyager: "That is a D shaped chord on the uke will be a G chord."

Sounds knda like the Mandolin where a G ish chord on the guitar is a D on the Mandolin.
 
06/24/2020 05:28PM  
I saw adam had a way to post facebook/youtube videos. I'll see if this works.

See if this works, some of my piano playing.
 
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07/13/2020 10:21PM  
Been playing the ukulele about 5 years now. Mostly acoustic blues, folk, rock, some old tyme. I'm mostly a strummer. Have a concert, and a couple of tenors, one electric. Have a new resonator coming in a week or so, well see how it works out. Ukulele's are kind of like canoes, they just kind of seem to accumulate and before yea know it they are taking up space in all kinds of places around where you live. Haven't yet acquired an outdoor uke for my canoe travels. I do tend to like a quieter camp......
 
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10/24/2020 04:50PM  
bwcamjh: "Been playing the ukulele about 5 years now. Mostly acoustic blues, folk, rock, some old tyme. I'm mostly a strummer. Have a concert, and a couple of tenors, one electric. Have a new resonator coming in a week or so, well see how it works out. Ukulele's are kind of like canoes, they just kind of seem to accumulate and before yea know it they are taking up space in all kinds of places around where you live. Haven't yet acquired an outdoor uke for my canoe travels. I do tend to like a quieter camp......"

The Uke is a beautiful (and somewhat underrated) instrument. I have a few along with numerous guitars. I have the eKoa Blackbird "Clara" which should withstand any outdoor environment. Have not tempted it, however...it was $1400.
 
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10/25/2020 11:25AM  
Voyager: "Whoops! I guess that should read " 3 steps higher"."
The Uke (not including the Baritone Uke) is tuned five semitones higher than the guitar. In terms of "white" keys on the piano, yeah, its three steps.

I play both guitar and uke (guitar mostly). My simple trick that works for all chords but a B variant (Bb, B# etc) is to pick the chord as my thumb and then walk up the scale until I get to my little finger and that is the guitar voicing I would use on the Uke. For example, to play a C chord on the Uke: The thumb is a C, then marching up the fingers, D->E->F->G on the little finger. I play the G voicing on the Uke, which with only four strings, is the third fret bottom string.
The reason why this does not work for a Bish chord is because the five fingers crosses two "white" key semitones (for lack of a better way to say it).

Traditional tuning for Soprano/Concert/Tenor Ukes is GCEA. The Baritone is tuned just like the guitar (DGBE). As someone noted, G on the S/C/T Ukes is sometimes a low G (not often on a Soprano). My Blackbird Clara is strung with a low G.
 
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10/29/2020 04:51PM  
The Blackbird's are super nice ukulele's and while I could see taking one a leisurely trip, there's lots of wood in forest for paddles.....you could serenade your paddling partner-group while they carve/fashion a new paddle from surrounding resources.,,,,,did see a fellow on youtube paddle a bit with an outdoor uke after playing a song while in the canoe.....was not really too hardcore though....nice day....shallow water.....right next to the shore.....
 
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10/29/2020 05:14PM  
bwcamjh: "The Blackbird's are super nice ukulele's and while I could see taking one a leisurely trip, there's lots of wood in forest for paddles.....you could serenade your paddling partner-group while they carve/fashion a new paddle from surrounding resources.,,,,,did see a fellow on youtube paddle a bit with an outdoor uke after playing a song while in the canoe.....was not really too hardcore though....nice day....shallow water.....right next to the shore....."

LOL I think it could take it, but with $1400 into the thing, prolly don't want to chance it.
 
10/30/2020 06:03AM  
Bass Guitar and Drums. Played with Peter Buck from REM in a HS band
 
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11/03/2020 09:27PM  
While I suck, I love playing guitar and would have a dozen if I could. Decided at age 20 I wanted to learn basic stuff, took lessons for a year or two, and bought a Yamaha acoustic in ‘82 or so and still have it. Have my eyes on a particular Taylor at a local shop, when I can afford it. I also want a G&L Tribute Legacy.
 
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11/05/2020 08:26AM  
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