[–] TheBuddha [S] 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Welcome to another weekly guitar thread. By now, I'm sure you know that all musicians are truly welcome and are encouraged to participate. Sharing tracks isn't mandatory or anything like that. We welcome comments, questions, and just plain idle banter.

Like normal, I'll go ahead and get you started...

The eldest hoodlum wanted to play something with a giant bitchin' solo, but we opted for something a little different. This one concentrates on doing some runs, some bends, and fluidity - with a few tricky bits of timing. Like last week, I'm on the acoustic and she's on the electric. (Guitar 1 and guitar 2, respectively - should you wish to examine the tab). It does have a bitchin' solo, but it's not giant.

The song is Stone Temple Pilots - Creep. If you listen carefully, you'll hear her playing along with the same chords I'm playing - for much of the song.

What's really amusing is that we've already started on next week's song. She's insistent that she can play you something better and I have every reason to believe she will manage to learn it on time. I'd tell you what it is, but that ruins the surprise. It's kinda adorable 'cause she's fairly little and skinny - and the noises she's been learning to make with the guitar are quite different than what her looks would make one expect.

This amuses me to no end!

Also, she tells me to tell you that she did the editing of the track. She wants production credit. Kid's learning. Then again, she's edited every track for like a month and a half now!

Also, I'm not allowed to call her my student. She doesn't like that word anymore. She heard me use the word "understudy" and she much prefers that word. So, without further ado, here's this week's submission for the weekly guitar thread:

STP - Creep (A cover by the EH & TB Band) (Again, that's her idea.)


This is my understudy, in whom I am well pleased.

[–] Psilocyber 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Oh my, that is very impressive! Beautifully played and that editing is superb.

You've set the bar very high indeed, don't worry though, I can lower it enough to give everyone else plenty of room.

Here's something I recorded on my phone last night while I was thinking about my wife who is away in Samoa with friends. It's very raw and quite embarrassing but hey, life's short and so is my memory.

[–] altaccounttwo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Thanks for the share, almost bought a uke myself last instrument purchase.

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

She says thank you for the compliments and asked me to ask you what you're playing for a guitar. I told her, "I'm not sure. It's either really small or a uke."

As for the bar, there's no competition - it's just sharing music. We like all music, and respect the courage it takes people to share.

It actually takes more courage for a new person to share than it does for those of us who have been doing it for a while. I'm at just about 5 decades of playing. So, I exude confidence. It's much harder for you to share than it is for me.

I appreciate it!

[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is great! Gee so romantic and adorable that you sang and played this thinking of her...

It’s wonderful and I really appreciate you sharing this! Thank you Sir! Keep the memories alive... indeed!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I applaud you for that! That was great. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to that. Thanks so much for sharing that with us all. I am going to play that one again when my date arrives. I think she will love it more than I do. You sounded so sincere. Thanks!

[–] poptical-illusionist 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I think the performance sounds really good and the production is on point, nice and clean. Great Job!

STP were one of my favorite bands. I had learned this one wanting to play it live. Plush was another great one of theirs.

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

"Tell him I said thank you and that I'll take a bow." Then she laughed and said, "Someday, they're going to throw roses."

She wants to try to do it again, but she wants to do the version that is in the Terry Gilliam movie The Zero Theorem. I suspect she wants to do that one 'cause it's longer and she's pretty fond of positive attention. (To which she wrinkled her nose.)

[–] cynicaloldfart 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

A rising guitar star AND a fledgling audio engineer. There's just no stopping her (and who would want to?).

I'll add a little pressure/motivation

She's insistent that she can play you something better

I won't forget and am looking forward to it. I doubt I'll be disappointed (haven't been yet!!).

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

"Tell him that I'll show him."

So, she's setting the bar pretty high for next week. I have every expectation that she'll make it.

She has one other track, and it's just her. I'll submit it in a little while.

As for her audio engineering, she's using Audacity and it initially started with me asking her to trim up recordings and take out the whitespace. She's since figured out a few buttons and does a fine job. I don't do much editing after recording and, frankly, I'm not very good at it.

So, pretty much every track I've shared in the past month and a half has been edited by her. I mentioned it a couple of times, but that seems to not meet her demands - and she wants it known that she's doing the work.

I'm okay with that. It's my opinion that she's earned the recognition.

[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I really enjoyed listening to this and downloaded it too... Hugs to the young lady from me this was a beautiful song to listen to...:)

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

"Tell her i said thank you and it wasn't that hard!"

It is actually a little more difficult than she can play with ease. That's why I chose it, after all. If it's something she can play easily, there's not much learning going on.

It's adorable to see a cute young lady sit all prim and proper, 'cause I'm big on form, and then rip into something at top volume. She's more keen on metal and has been trying to learn a couple of different metal songs.

If this weren't Voat, and the Internet was a little safer, I'd post video. It's absolutely adorable. She's even pretty comfortable when she gets to come on stage and do a song with us.

Because of the recent changes, she'll be getting more stage time and we'll find a way to incorporate her into the performance on a regular basis.

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Good evening everybody! I hope you all had a great week, I kind of had a great week and a crappy week all at once here but I survive. I got some music to share with you this week, a few songs. a couple weeks back, Verle and Chris stopped by to and one of our friends was also there and we got all drunk on beer except for chris. He was sober throughout. This song here is when my and chris were waiting for Verle and our buddy to arrive. I think this version of this song really turned out nicely Bojangles

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I like his voice. It has character.

The recording is surprisingly well balanced. The lyrics still come through clear enough to hear, even with the guitar. Nice!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

With MrHarryReems articles and with more and more time doing it I am slowly getting better at mixing this stuff together.

[–] poptical-illusionist 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Great playing, vocal and song choice! I can't remember how long it's been since I've heard that one and I don't think I ever heard it covered.

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

thanks, im glad you enjoyed it

[–] altaccounttwo 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I dig the fuck out of this. Enjoy the vocals as well. The guitar seemed to have too much gain on it at first but it is fitting for the song.

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

i think my friend chris is getting better and better at singing, he is getting the emotions to come out in his voice some how, Thanks for listening, I am happy that you like it

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That was great!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Thanks! I'm glad that you like it. Thanks for listening, and welcome to the friday night guitar thread. glad you're here. we do this every week! Hang out a spell!

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

This next one is one that I had absolutely nothing to do with. This was not an assignment, but is something she opted to learn on her own.

She also recorded it on her own, edited it on her own, and is proud of it on her own. Well, no... I'm pretty proud of it too - as this is one that she did entirely on her own.

The guitarists will note that she's 'maturing' rapidly. You can hear this with the sense of rhythm and consistency throughout. Her attack is relatively even, the playing smooth, and the chords are played quite clean.

This one even involved the use of a capo and she's pretty proud of it. She says to tell you that it's difficult for her to adjust to playing the chords with a capo, because her fingers are used to playing them with the different spacing at the lower frets. It's something she'll adjust to in time.

But, most significant is the smoothness and consistency of the attack, as well as the timing.

Bob Dylan - Blowin' In The Wind:


She adds that I need to ping @cynicaloldfart - and seems to not believe me when I tell her that she can be confident that he'll refresh the thread when he has time! I'm pretty sure that she's made me type more stuff for her than I've typed for myself tonight. LOL If it weren't Voat, I'd probably suggest she just get her own account and post it herself.

Alas, I'm not her parent and her parent is definitely not gonna approve of her having an account on Voat!

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

That was some very nice playing for any skill level. A lot to be proud of!

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

"Tell him I didn't start playing until May. Oh, and tell him I said thank you."

I'm telling you, the young lady doesn't fish for compliments. She insists on them.

It doesn't seem to be going to her head - she's legitimately proud of the results of her hard work and speedy learning. She's still at that stage where she's able to put 4 hours in - and then noodle for another 2.

Remember those days? Those days where we'd have our guitar in our hands pretty much all day?

Yeah, she's at that phase. This isn't meant to stroke my ego - but she also has a significant advantage of just being able to come ask questions and for a demonstration. She's very much a visual learner. "Can you show me how to ..." Then she goes off by herself and returns a while later with a new question.

Her ability to read tab is definitely improving rapidly. She's at the stage where she has some good muscle memory and she got started properly, with form and drills.

It's no longer painful to listen to her practice! It was funny to hear her early questions about why I'd assign her the various drills, why I'd stress form, why I'd have her learning a pile of chord shapes, etc... I'd respond with answers such as, "So that you can learn faster later."

Learning good muscle memory really, really makes a difference. There's still tons for her to learn, but she's already been able to come on stage and do a song with us a couple of times.

As her teacher, it's very exciting to witness and she's thoroughly enjoying herself. It's also a good thing that she's still young. Younger brains are much, much more adept at learning music (specifically, as in more so than other subjects) than older brains. Older brains can do it, but they're less plasticine and music education has actual measurable physiological changes in the brain structure.

Yup... You can (though you'll probably go to jail) dissect a human brain and determine (with great confidence) not just that someone studied music - but how much they studied it.

You'll develop a couple of ridges in a very pronounced manner. They're in the left part of your brain, located near the rear, and are about two and a half inches behind the end of your ear.

If you learn music as an adult, the brain doesn't really change much at all. If you learn it as a kid, the change is quite pronounced and even a layman could probably spot it.

[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Very nice playing young lady, wonderful strumming and consistency going on there... good job! :)

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Indeed. She says, "Thank you, ma'am." in her best southern drawl. (She doesn't actually have one, but she tried and then giggled.)

LOL And she just followed that up with, "Ah, shucks, ma'am. It ain't nothing."

But... Yes, the consistency is what I think I appreciated most about her work. I listened pretty carefully (and she tells me that she didn't do it with editing, and I've no reason to doubt that) and the consistency of her attack is really good. It's fairly complicated strumming for her skill level, and it's consistent volume and sustain. So, that means she had fairly uniform force and speed. The ringing tells me that her chords were played cleanly, which matters more to me than her speed. The tempo was mostly even throughout, but I can tell she didn't use a metronome, as there's some speeding up in the middle.

I'm impressed and I'm sure it seems like I'm being overly critical - but that's actually my job. That's what I'm supposed to do.

I don't really like having to give her a grade for her work, but that's my job and I have to formally give her a grade, and be able to present the grades on request to the Board of Education. So, I'm required to judge her work. I don't really like it - but I'll ensure that it's a positive experience for both of us and that grading is used as a tool to learn and not used as a weapon to control.

[–] cynicaloldfart 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That's a heck of a lot better than I've ever heard Dylan play it! I really like the high-note flourishes. I don't remember hearing those played before and makes this really stand out. Aside from the actual playing, the technical aspects are excellent. Going to have to start calling her Georgette Martin.

Excuuuuuuse me for any delay. I just finished up today's work at MFU. It takes time to come back from the 50's.

Better watch out Sensei, she just might be snatching the pebble sooner than you think.

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I'd love the day where I was forced to hand her guitar instruction off to a better instructor. In fact, the goal is still to ship her to a university to major in a music discipline.

The flourishes you hear are there in his studio recordings, but less easily distinguished with the other instrumentation and vocals added. One of the reasons that I enjoy doing what I do is that I get to hear the music and the characteristics of the individual instrument - and that's often things that aren't easily heard while there's accompaniment.

I've sorta taken to calling her EVH - Eldest Van Hoodlum. And, I saw notification of your email! Thunderbird happily tells me when I get new email. It pops a handy dandy notice right up on my screen. I get a lot of email, but I let it do that 'cause it's not too distracting. I also use IMAP, which means my email is pretty much always in sync across multiple systems. Sweet!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Awesome, thanks for adding more. I have an audience listening with me tonight and we were running out of music! This one sounds like something that Chris would play. I am sure it's perfect to the record. I don't even have to check

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

"It was fun to learn and fun to play. There are some parts that don't make sense, but that's what the tab said to do."

(That's a bit paraphrased.) She's referring to a couple of places where Dylan chose to throw in some extra strumming and a strange chord change that only makes sense if the lyrics are being sung.

She also adds a thanks.

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 


Decided to make a quick jam with my PRS and looper pedal into my VHT Pitbull UltraLead

[–] poptical-illusionist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I like that style, The playing was excellent and use of the looper was really creative. I always had to multi-track to try things like this, even though I had a great digital effects processor that would accomplish the same basic thing.

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

The CE 24! Good choice!

Very snazzy riffs. I always get a kick out of it when people hear only the audio tracks and mistake a PRS for a GLP. Do you experience that, at all?

Welcome to the thread, by the way. You found the right one! I'm glad ya made it!

What made you go with PRS? The CE 24 is a pricey piece (well, not for PRS) but definitely worth the expense.

How long have you been playing? Your playing indicates it has been at least a few years. ;-)

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I really love the versatility that PRS offers. It has all the sonic heft of a GLP, but can get killer strat tones in the single coil spots, especially the old CE’s. I have a CU24 as well, but I always grab this CE for my clean/dirty blues jamming, when I don’t want to play my Fender’s. It’s got a bit more spank to it.

I started playing for over 25 years ago, set electric guitar down for around 10-11 years to do vocals and acoustic, and picked it back up around 4 years ago. I don’t know what I was ever thinking! I actually posted in here maybe last year(?) a few times with my original account. My username was a bunch of random numbers; but I broke my phone and could never get ahold of anyone to recover the password, so I finally just made a new account. Wish I would’ve done it a long time ago haha

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

that sounds great, thats some nice clean picking, were you doing those bass rythym parts at the same time as those lead parts? Thats some damn good guitar playing man! Thanks for sharing

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I played the rhythm track with my Ditto looper with a country style bass line as part of the rhythm and then just hit record to play the melody on top, so two guitar parts total.

[–] Nadeshda 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 


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[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

lol..... I need to ask you for your source... you cannot go around spewing all these words without some source Sir... :p

Go on make some sounds record it with your phone and upload it for fun... go arn... :D

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ya made it!

[–] Nadeshda 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yay plugging in my uber cool headphones to listen to you and the hoodlum now :) She really is doing so well, so proud of her... Gimme a mo, let me get settled and yip I may just tinker with the guitar site tonight too and see if I can post something :p

I was on time, wow I am trying to get better with this, I read your post about it, it had an impact on me... :)

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

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[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Here’s the tune I accidentally submitted into last weeks thread.


This was just a quick off the cuff rendition of Jailhouse Blues with my best 1920’s blues voice impression. I used my American Standard Strat and an ‘89 Boogie .50 Caliber

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Hmm... Nobody buys a Mesa/Boogie unless they know what they're doing. LOL

Your secret is out. You're not gonna fool anyone!

I just ordered a Mark V as part of the EH's birthday gift. (She already knows what she's getting.) The order is scheduled for delivery next Tuesday.

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Excellent! In addition to this 50 Cal, I have a Mark IV that I absolutely love to death, as well as a Dual Rectifier Tremoverb. I’ve owned many Boogies along the journey and will always have a few on hand. The Mark V is so versatile. There isn’t a tone you can’t get; once you learn how to dial them in that is!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I like that one, that was cool.

[–] Nadeshda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

So cool, what a great sound you have there and your blues voice is very good! Nice :)

[–] LegalPERSON 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks! I’ve always loved that nasally quality to the old blues cats. I’ve always wondered if they all sounded like that because it was the cool sound, or if it was just the recording quality making it sound like that. Either way I dig it haha

[–] NoTrueScotsman 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Today's offering is the The Company's Lament. Compete with my usually tone steadiness problems. This one's 8 solid minutes, so be warned.

This is a Piobaireachd, or Ceòl Mòr style tune, which is the historical/traditional form. Many of them, like this one, involve a series of variations on the same theme. It basically goes from more melodic to simpler, then gets increasingly technically difficult. This is not a music style popular with non-pipers, nor, unfortunately, is it that popular among pipers.

[–] nigger_plz 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I liked that. It kinda puts me in a trance when you repeat that trill part and it's a good melody and nice bad ass sound. You may not be a true Scots man but you sure are a true Scots woman.

[–] NoTrueScotsman 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I think the trance feeling means you get the style, many people get bored with it instead :)

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Squeaky bags!

Speaking of them, I played with one of your tracks. The results weren't very good - but I kept playing with it. I ran out of time, but I think I may actually be able to do something with it. So, I'm going to try again.

Alas, this is my busy time of the year and I've been exceptionally busy. So, you're very likely to hear one of your tracks with some effects added to it and it's likely to happen soon.

[–] NoTrueScotsman 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Cool, I'm glad it's probably going to work haha I look forward to hearing it soon!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That was cool as hell!

[–] NoTrueScotsman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 


[–] Nadeshda 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This was great! I enjoyed it and visualized the beautiful Scottish landscape! I do miss the landscape, you make me miss it more.

I just love what this music stands for and the strength, resilience and courage this music produces in my soul.

I cannot explain it properly but I am so blessed by it! :)

[–] NoTrueScotsman 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoy it so much!

[–] altaccounttwo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

What is a good site to upload something to if I want to embarrass myself? I'll give it a whirl... probably next week tho

[–] TheBuddha [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I prefer:


I prefer to do so with a registered account. There's also Vocaroo, but they'll eventually delete your file. Instaud.io doesn't do that and an account means you can log in and actually see what you've uploaded, link to it, edit any text you want with it, have private uploads, search your uploads by name, etc...

Also, don't be embarrassed. It's not a competition. It's not about being better than anyone. It's about enjoying it, sharing the experience, sharing the music, having the conversations, and getting to learn new things and teach new things.

[–] altaccounttwo 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Thanks for explaining my dilemma lol. Stage fright is very real and very scary!!

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 


[–] altaccounttwo 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Thanks! I am not capable of the stuff yall are sharing but I'll at least upload a short lick or two

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