I finally got around to changing out the pickup switch in my Gibson Les Paul DC Standard this weekend. This guitar has been with me since my Kansas City days back in 1999. I love the neck on this one, the playability, tones, and overall comfort of this guitar is top notch. But the pickup switch has been flakey for years, and while I had all of my soldering tools out replacing some pickups on another guitar for a good buddy of mine, I decided it was high time to work on one of my own and get this one fixed up. Wow! It's good as new now. No, better than new! This new switch and a decent solder job made this baby shine. Here's a pic of me playing this guitar live with The Boogietoones in Garden City, KS back around 2000 or 2001. It's really cool to re-discover one of your old instruments, kinda like catching up with an old friend and talking about the good old days. Cheers!!
12th of July 2015 05:17 PM
Here is a great video lesson on diminished chords! These chords could add a deeper dimension to songwriting. I will be studying this one further. Enjoy! https://reverb.com/blog/learn-to-play-diminished-chords
Here's a cool website to help learn the guitar fretboard. Check it out! http://www.looknohands.com/chordhouse/guitar/index_rb.html
Today was an "E Lydian" kind of day for me. I've been studying modes lately, and the Lydian mode has my attention right now. When practicing, I like to use the key of E, because you can hit that biggest string on the guitar, which happens to be an E, and let it drone, while playing the notes of whatever mode or scale you're studying on the other strings. This allows your ear to become familiar with each note of the mode as it relates to the root (E). Here is a site that gives good info on modes, and has tablature to show the notes. http://www.may-studio-music-lessons.com/lydian-mode-guitar.html
24th of May 2015 07:13 PM
For all the GearHeads out there, here is a partial list of guitars and amps, etc. that I've been using lately. Guitars include several that I've built, a Carvin SCB6, and a Gibson SG. Amps include a Fender Hot Rod DeVille 2x12 and an Egnater Rebel 20. I've also used the amp simulators and effects included in Logic Pro X for recording purposes. My trusty MXR Dyna Comp is always at the ready, and I've recently picked up an MXR Carbon Copy delay and Electro-Harmonics Octavix. All kinds of fun!!