News from Karma_1969

  1. If the cord still works, push the spring back in and keep using it. If the spring won't push back in, no big deal, keep using it. If the cord doesn't work, buy a new cord. They aren't worth repairing.

  2. 100% worth repairing imo but i have lots of soldering experience. 5 min fix

  3. Yeah, I should have said not worth repairing unless it's something you can do yourself. A handyman I am not, so I always buy new ones. I know, I know, I should learn. ;-)

  4. You are ready to play with songs - I was playing with favorite songs in my first week. BUT, and this is a big BUT, you MUST pick simple songs! In your other post, you said you started with Ain't Talkin' Bout Love. BZZZZ...that's too much for you right now. Try songs that are much easier, something like Wild Thing or Brain Stew or Rock You Like A Hurricane...whatever you like that only has a couple or a few simple chords, riffs or power chords. Or play Ain't Talkin', but don't do the fancy rhythm, just make the chord changes.

  5. Primary tip: SLOW. DOWN. Slow down to the point that you can play the riff perfectly, with no errors at all, then GRADUALLY build up speed.

  6. I'm not a physical therapist so take this with a grain of salt, but I'd say actually, probably not much. It makes you better at hammer-ons and pull-offs, certainly, but those are less about strength and more about quick, fleet movements that land with precision but employ a light touch. I mean, you can't play fast legato with a heavy touch, and when I'm playing fast, my fingers feel "light and breezy" as opposed to hitting anything with strength.

  7. Exercises won't sound good either. Learn songs.

  8. Typically this refers to the minor pentatonic scale, with the addition of the flat 5. So in A minor: A C D Eb E G.

  9. In 40 years of reading music I've never seen that before. Sorry, no idea. Only posted so you'd know even an experienced music reader is stymied by this, sorry. I think it's got to be a printing error.

  10. That's one of the great things about it - no. Pumpable resources are infinite, harvestable resources are effectively infinite since there's so much of it, and you can take all the time you want, there are no deadlines or time-based dependencies of any kind. We get to just focus on building.

  11. I play these games mainly for the narrative. I like it when everything fits together and makes sense, more or less. That being said, I hated 5. You can downvote me now, I know the rules.

  12. In Seattle, WA in the US, I charge $40/lesson (30 minutes, guitar, ukulele and theory) and have a waiting list. I know of teachers and schools charging $50/lesson in the area and doing good business. I might have to consider raising my rate. :)

  13. Cheating at what? A transposer is a tool. I don't have any experience with online transposers, but I'm sure they're accurate when they're just moving pitches up and down by a certain number of half steps. I use the one in Guitar Pro when making scores, and it's perfectly accurate.

  14. I’m just pushing back on the idea that there is no objective truth, no good or bad, everything is just a big sea of moral and intellectual relativity, everything is just opinions and perceptions. It’s a stupid and lazy way to look at things.

  15. That's an absurd argument. Shit and salt aren't food, and scraping metal and animal screams aren't music. Even if I were to grant you that they were, nobody here is talking about anything remotely like that. Back in the world of normal, real music, there is no "right" or "wrong", and there is no "objectively bad sound". Since music theory is just describing what music does, there is no right or wrong there, either - it just is, a reflection of music that's been made before.

  16. Re-spelled and reduced to basics: (Gbmaj7 Cb7 Bbm7 Eb7 Abm7) is (I - IV7 - iii - V/ii - ii) in the key of Gb (why, oh god, why?). Tack a V7 - I on the end of that and it's clear.

  17. Thank you. The last four chords is just the musician moving a half-step quickly until he reaches E. I'm not sure how that fits in the progression. Also how did you know to change the B to a Cb. Why not change a different chord.

  18. You're welcome! The key of Gb contains the notes: Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F, so there is no B. Cheers!

  19. Jesus. These people don't care about helping anyone, not even themselves, and they're sure as hell not concerned about governing a country. It's just all about the cult of personality. "I love Trump." Yeah, and that's just really damn sad.

  20. The only absolutely sure way to know is using your ear to determine the tonal center. That's definitionally what the key is.

  21. Would love to observe you playing to determine for sure, but my guess is that you're simply pressing too hard. As a performing guitarist, I can say that you should never really get tired playing power chords. Barre chords, sure, but not power chords. Check your grip and make sure it's not a death grip. The fact is you don't need to press as hard as you think you might, and I'd put down money that you've got a tighter grip than you need. Be really attentive to this and see if you think that might be the issue.

  22. There's no reason for your teacher to be so strict about this, there are a wide variety of ways to keep time, including simply doing it in your head. If you must tap, learn to tap simply the toes. Watch pros who tap and that's all they do. No one's ankle is fit to tap for long songs, much less a whole set of songs.

  23. Someone is wrong. I'd be interested to hear their definition of "classical".

  24. What's wrong with simplified versions? That's what many beginners and intermediate players need. I have a few students who have insisted on learning the "real" Crazy Train; once I showed it to them and had them try it, they pretty quickly agreed to try out my "simplified" version instead. :-)

  25. Keep playing regardless. When your fingertips get tough enough, this will stop happening and your callouses will stay smooth as butter. You won't even see them, they'll just be tough skin that blends in with your regular skin. My fingertips used to do this a long time ago, but haven't for years and years because my fingers just toughened up to the point that this doesn't happen any more. You can try some of the tips other have given about taking care of your skin, but personally I never did any of that. I just kept playing through it all, playing and practicing every single day, and eventually the skin stayed intact at all times, and hasn't broken since.

  26. After many rejections, I had to finally settle on a B-class freighter for my first freebie, so I say YES.

  27. No, this isn’t what he’s looking for. You’re describing how to get the slash staff to show up. He wants to use slashes on a regular notation staff.

  28. Right, didn't think about that! Thanks! Making adjustments afterwards becomes quite the headache though I can imagine. Free text seems like a no-brainer to me since the marketing is very directed towards teachers?

  29. I can think of a fair host of things they could add to make it more friendly for teachers. In fact, I'd love it if Guitar Pro would act a bit like a word processor itself, and just let us insert text fields wherever we wanted to in the way that Neck Diagrams does. I'd also love the ability to have different pieces on the same page. (i.e. Multiple end bars. I know it's a small thing, but it'd be appreciated. Right now there's no way to have more than one ending bar, at the very end of the piece.) The ability to create actual worksheets would be a godsend.

  30. I had a boss once talk to me this way. A condescending tone you could cut with a knife. And in front of others, too.

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