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    Why are D-sharp and E-flat considered to be two different notes?

    Talk to the guys in the horns section. We all went through this. Band music is written predominantly in keys with flats because of the tunings of wind instruments. Orchestral music is written in keys with sharps because of the tuning of string instruments. The first thing you have to master when...
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    I wish grownups were running the world.

    The grownups aren’t doing a very good job of it now, are they?
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    How do you deal with this

    Sorry about quoting myself. The shoulder and neck pain that wasn’t traceable to my shoulder joints was a warning of an impending heart attack. My primary caught it and sent me to a cardiologist. Two days later I was in Mount Sinai for two stents and back again two months later for two more. I’m...
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    Favorite lyric? A line from a song that stands out to you.

    From Zane Williams’ Jayton and Jill Jayton never told her about that night, how he’d taken his dad’s old 45. He’d been driving’ ‘round thinking how nobody’d miss him if he’d just ended it all. He couldn’t see past his own pain until he saw a pretty girl walking in the rain. On that night...
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    Gone guy

    This is the thread I said I’d post back in July. Maybe I’ll check in periodically. Maybe not.
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    At what price-point is your guitar no longer "just a guitar" but an "investment?"

    One expects an investment to appreciate in value over time. Guitars obey the second law of thermodynamics. Entropy is inevitable. They deteriorate over time. Guitars also obey the laws of fools. They lose value faster with refurbishment and regular maintenance. A guitar isn’t an investment. It’s...
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    How do you define procrastination?

    Procrastination- putting off the inevitable.
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    Harissa paste. Israeli hot sauce.
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    I’m off insulin!!!

    74 likes and counting. :p I’m doing well. My weight is a # less than the day I got married. I’m doing resistance training for strength and endurance four days a week and I’m bicycling again. I’ve decided to pull back from TDPRI. I’ve found a better fit for me. PM to find out where I landed.
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    One filtertron.

    I have a 6118 Anniversary with two FilterTrons. I always use them together with a bit more neck than bridge. If I had just one in a hollow or semi-hollow guitar, I'd move it away from the neck a bit from the typical neck pickup location. I'd use it in the bridge position on a solid guitar...
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    I’m off insulin!!!

    I'm supplementing cardiac rehab with resistance circuits at a really nice fitness center. I'm famished when I get home. I need more than 30g of carbs. My doc has an interesting take on treats. I can have a treat once in a while. "Treat" means I can't remember the last time I had it. "A"...
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    To sell?

    I don't have any guitars I'd let go of for $500. Maybe one, a 1974 Ovation Balladeer. I'd keep it and start playing it again. $500 isn't enough money to buy anything I'd call desirable. Twice that just gets you there these days. There's stuff worth looking at at $1500. I'm not a snob. My...
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    I’m off insulin!!!

    I visited the doc for my pre vacation checkup and had my A1C checked. It’s been below 7% for over a year now. Last visit my Tresiba (timed release insulin) was cut in half. Now I'm off it. You’d think things would get cheaper with one less Uber expensive drug but I’m on Farxiga now to reduce...
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    The Perfect Backyard Fence

    Love thy neighbor? I guess you must. Personally, I think fences for good neighbors make.
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    I Hate My Tone!!!!

    An equalizer lets you get the most out of each guitar. I’d never give up my multidimensional tube amp, a Mesa Boogie Express 5:25. I use mostly the 5 watt setting and it gives me tone at a volume I can sing over without a mic. I use the two cleanest channels almost exclusively. 25 watts can get...
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    NGD! Fender ‘57 AVRI in Surf Green!

    I like it. It doesn’t get better than that. And I love ‘50’s car colors. Detroit may have died but the colors live on.
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    Anatomy of a many a bad pedal review

    The problem with pedals and pedal reviews is the same. The guy playing through the pedal. Call a pedal what you will and claim it does whatever and you still won’t sound like your guitar hero because you’re not him, or her. Period. Practice. Develop your own sound and style. Then use a pedal to...
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    What should I do with the 3rd mini-toggle

    Where is the pickup selector? Assuming a full size toggle, mini switches for coil split for each pickup and a series/parallel switch for bridge and neck split coils combined.
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    '70s AM Gold

    I spent 15 minutes on Google and New York is barely mentioned. Whatever station was playing country in the mid ‘70s on 1040 AM is either gone or playing something else. The closest NY comes to country is rap finding it’s way into the genre. It’s not cool and it’s not country.
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    '70s AM Gold

    I listened to AM in high school. Once I started college in 1967, it was all FM until I started working after graduation. Then it was AM for news, traffic, and weather until I discovered country music on 1040. Country radio in NYC in the ‘70s. Who’d have thought that possible?
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    String trees

    I use a single disk shaped tree on my Tele and one of my Strats. The other Strat has a modern tree. I don’t need two and I think the stamped metal trees look cheap.
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    Downsizing to One Car

    I’m retired. My wife still sees clients and does workshops. There are times both cars are in use. Not always but enough that we couldn’t do with one car. We can’t even compromise and have a cheap one. Wifey and I are both car snobs. Neither of us is willing to look outside the luxe performance...
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    HB-sized neck pickup suggestions for Nashville Tele

    A TV-Jones Classic is available in a humbucker mount if the covers are in stock. That pickup will complement the others in your Nashville.
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    Strings ?

    I use EXL110W nickel wound strings with a wound G. Telecasters need a little warmth and better balance between strings played finger style.
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    Fuel prices

    I was in New Jersey today. Regular was a few pennies cheaper than where I live. Premium was astronomical. It ain’t cheap driving a bimmer.