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  1. #101

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    Absolutely love those arpeggio's JD! Killer stuff!

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    The tone and playing are really excellent! I think the younger players should check out Johnny Smith and Mike Elliot for examples of this wonderful style!

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    Contrary motion where one line goes up while the other descends is a very good technique to spice up chord melody arrangements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve burchfield
    The tone and playing are really excellent! I think the younger players should check out Johnny Smith and Mike Elliot for examples of this wonderful style!
    Thank you Steve. I agree on the Johnny Smith statement and once again thank you for turning me onto Mike Elliot. His playing is extraordinary. I love his rhythm. His spacing. Everything is in place. Technique wise, he was a monster. I am sure a Johnny was very proud of the player he became.
    JD

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    I hope you enjoy.
    Last edited by Max405; 06-04-2020 at 09:12 AM.

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    Joe I love your posts because you are 90% actual playing and just 10% talk. That means a ton to me. I'm on this forum mainly for the playing, hearing other growing guitarists trying their hand at different musical goals, and having a place where I can play for others who can appreciate what I'm doing right and gently let me know what needs attention.

    I don't always post a reply because sometimes I put the video on "loop" and if I hit "Reply" the music stops... but I watch every one and really enjoy them.

    But I also know how great it is when we post a clip and then have some conversation about it. I'll make sure in the future to speak up because good conversation is a rare thing these days!

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    Joe, this is fun. I love the bounce and lilt and the sweetness and sassiness all rolled together. A great piece and a perfect ending to what felt like a very long week for me. Thank you for all the effort. I hope to one day achieve that level of virtuosity on one or more of my tired old pieces. I'm getting stronger each day and may even be able to play a little bit this weekend!

    Heartfelt thanks to you, buddy!

    Roli

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    Joe I continue to be delighted with the tone you get from that guitar. Very transparent, very clean, and you have the technique and style to go with it.

    I'm curious-do you find the lines and ideas in the Johnny Smith and Joe Pass performances that you transcribe sneaking into your efforts at improvisation? I find chord-melody "licks" -- you know, neat ways to move voicings over a ii-V-I, transfer really easily for me to other playing. But single note line playing is so much harder to "cross fertilize." I've learned some wonderful bop solos, and I notice I can really "hear" bebop better than ever, but still when I try to improvise those ideas just evaporate.

    What's been your experience on that?

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    Great sounding guitar and nicely played. I can't play Jazz I just dont have the mind set for it. But I can appreciate the skill level and the sound so can enjoy jazz to listen to.

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    Joe, your playing always leave me with a smile on my face and in my soul. This one is no exception. You are an artist in your element!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolijen
    Joe, this is fun. I love the bounce and lilt and the sweetness and sassiness all rolled together. A great piece and a perfect ending to what felt like a very long week for me. Thank you for all the effort. I hope to one day achieve that level of virtuosity on one or more of my tired old pieces. I'm getting stronger each day and may even be able to play a little bit this weekend!
    Heartfelt thanks to you, buddy!
    Roli
    Hi Roli, I didn’t know you weren’t well. I hope you get back to 100% quick. Glad my little tune gave you some comfort. Get well quick.
    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Joe I continue to be delighted with the tone you get from that guitar. Very transparent, very clean, and you have the technique and style to go with it.
    I'm curious-do you find the lines and ideas in the Johnny Smith and Joe Pass performances that you transcribe sneaking into your efforts at improvisation? I find chord-melody "licks" -- you know, neat ways to move voicings over a ii-V-I, transfer really easily for me to other playing. But single note line playing is so much harder to "cross fertilize." I've learned some wonderful bop solos, and I notice I can really "hear" bebop better than ever, but still when I try to improvise those ideas just evaporate.
    What's been your experience on that?
    I am the wrong one to ask about improvising to Jazz. I don’t hear bop lines over progressions. When I do start improvising, I sound like Al Dimeola. So I don’t even bother. I got away from trying to be something I am not. Not saying you can’t do it. Just improvise by playing Rainey lines and see where it takes you. Trust me buddy, you have nothing to feel bad about. You are out there. And you are doin it. You have proven you can play. Just play what you love. Because if you don’t, you won’t want to do it anymore. And that would be a great loss.
    Thanks Lawson. You are a classy man.

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    Thank you everyone. I learned a lot on this video. If you notice, the images are nice and dark. I shot with regular basic cheapo Logitech webcams (2 c920’s and one 930 pro). They need ALOT of light to produce dark sharply focused images. But I like my videos to be darker. It makes the more dramatic. I solved the conundrum by learning how to edit videos in GREAT video editor, DaVinci Resolve. Not only am I editing without constant crashes (VideoStudio - garbage) but I found a LUT that darkens the image without changing its clarity AND I’m able to create MP4’s with extraordinary sound. The VideoStudio mp2 rendering (after crash upon crash) were 600megabytes. The MP4 out of DaVinci Resolve is 170megs, rendered in one shot and is 10x better. The reason I rendered mp2’s in VideoStudio is because the mp4 sounded like crap.
    I think I have my workflow locked down now. I am happy.

    Now like Qaman says, I focus on my grail guitar and prepare for it to happen.
    Thanks again guys.
    Joe D

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    Hi,
    I just posted a new Video, featuring the Solid Formed. fast becoming my favorite guitar.
    When a guitar is dialed in, it says the things you want to say. This Guitar is infallible in its ability to project my feelings.
    This is my absolute favorite Dean Martin tune. I hope you like my Video.



    Joe D

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    Beautiful tone. Nothing wrong with that pu Bro. You got your settings spot on with your recording. Sweet !

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    nothin better than a sunday morning Joe D guitar vid...

    keep projecting those beautiful feelings bro...(on any guitar!)


    cheers

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    Bravo! While the guitar may lack "bling", the playing has "bling" , and just the right amount.

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    Very nice playing Joe. The guitar sounds wonderful - a real beautiful song.

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    Sweet!

    Maybe you should add "Gibson Boy" by Tal Farlow to your repertoire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Beautiful tone. Nothing wrong with that pu Bro. You got your settings spot on with your recording. Sweet !
    Hey bro. You actually called a couple of weeks ago. The pickup is breaking in. It is still a low output pickup. But it replicates the guitar sound very nicely. I think I am set on the settings for sure. Thanks bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    nothin better than a sunday morning Joe D guitar vid...
    keep projecting those beautiful feelings bro...(on any guitar!)
    cheers
    Thank you Neatomic.
    I had just about the best day a guy could have. I wake up, grind 8 scoops of Kona, into the French press. Play for an hour, record a video. Edit a video, render it and post it on YouTube. Go play Golf with my son. Come back. Have Fettuccine Alfredo and Chicken Parmesan with my family and pickup my IPad and read all these wonderful things my friends say about my video.
    Thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    Bravo! While the guitar may lack "bling", the playing has "bling" , and just the right amount.
    Thank you SS. The guitar really lacks bling. But it has beautiful wood. Thanks for always being there bro.
    JD

  23. #122

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cunamara
    Sweet!
    Maybe you should add "Gibson Boy" by Tal Farlow to your repertoire.
    I am hoping to have a real “laminated” (as opposed to solid) reason to learn that at the end of this year..
    Thank you C.

  24. #123

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    Really nice playing and arrange. I could never get a sweet tone like that on that style of pickup. It was a very clean interpretation.
    I dig the sustain on it, even with the ebony bridge... Probably a TOM would be too bright and harsh for this guitar.
    Someone upload a comparison of an L-5 Wes with Tom and Ebony bridge, and i strongly disliked the ebony. But in here and in Campellone i really like them, why? I dont know.


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  25. #124

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    Hi Gustavo,

    Thank you very much. There is a Schatten Volume and Tone knob on this guitar and I roll off the tone quite a bit to get that sound. In my headphones it sounds even less bright than it does on the recording. I am very happy with the sound. I am glad you are too.
    At some point I will get a new bridge-top made for the guitar that compensates for the anomaly in the low E string. But for now, Its OK..

    Thank You Sir.

  26. #125

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    Just beautiful Joe. Your technique is so clean, the notes just flow. Is that your arrangement or a transcription? Whichever, it is just breath-taking.

    I echo also everyone's praise of the tone you're getting from that very unpretentious instrument.

    Also-this is a tune I haven't heard done by many players. It was fresh!

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    Hi Lawson, Thank you sir. I always appreciate your beautiful words. You are a gentleman.
    Take this from where it comes..
    We all "write" our arrangements from stuff we've heard. I remember when I was maybe 22 yrs old, I played in an italian band and we were writing songs for an upcoming San Remo music festival. So I had this rif in my head. It was great. So I get to rehearsal and I tell the guys, I came up with this riff and Sal needs to come up with some italian lyrics for it. So I plugged in, turned up the volume and played it.. The Bass player, Vito, started laughing.. He said, Joe, thats Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. I said wtf you talking about, I just came up with this.. So he goes out to the car and gets a Cassette, plugs it in, plays it. Low and behold, it was EXACTLY what I was playing!.
    So the joke went on for years. "yeah, Joe wrote Crazy Train".. The fact of the matter is, I probably heard it on the radio once and it stuck. I honestly thought I did write it..
    I came up with this chord melody about 2 years ago. I may have heard it or seen it somewhere, but to me, I picked up guitar a couple of years ago, and played what I heard in my head. So unless I write a song from scratch, I never say its my arrangement. And even when I do "come up" with something from scratch, who knows what it could be! We all draw from what we've heard..
    Thanks Lawson.
    PS, I hope to God that I get good tone out of my L5 when I get it. If not, Im gonna be the laughing stock of the forum!

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    Joe,
    Lovely my friend! The video captures the wind gently caressing the leaves in the backgound adding to that floating feeling and smooth movement in the tune. I missed this yesterday, but pleasantly surprised this morning by it. Keep it up. And, I'm glad that you spend most of your time doing what you love most brother! I've always found golf to be terribly frustrating, but I play it once a year with my brothers if I can. Guitar, and these old tunes. I play every day that i can, and though it can be frustrating too, it takes less effort. It's all good! Keep enjoying every day. And don't stop.

  29. #128

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    Hi Lawson, Thank you sir. I always appreciate your beautiful words. You are a gentleman.
    Take this from where it comes..
    We all "write" our arrangements from stuff we've heard. I remember when I was maybe 22 yrs old, I played in an italian band and we were writing songs for an upcoming San Remo music festival. So I had this rif in my head. It was great. So I get to rehearsal and I tell the guys, I came up with this riff and Sal needs to come up with some italian lyrics for it. So I plugged in, turned up the volume and played it.. The Bass player, Vito, started laughing.. He said, Joe, thats Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. I said wtf you talking about, I just came up with this.. So he goes out to the car and gets a Cassette, plugs it in, plays it. Low and behold, it was EXACTLY what I was playing!.
    So the joke went on for years. "yeah, Joe wrote Crazy Train".. The fact of the matter is, I probably heard it on the radio once and it stuck. I honestly thought I did write it..
    I came up with this chord melody about 2 years ago. I may have heard it or seen it somewhere, but to me, I picked up guitar a couple of years ago, and played what I heard in my head. So unless I write a song from scratch, I never say its my arrangement. And even when I do "come up" with something from scratch, who knows what it could be! We all draw from what we've heard..
    Thanks Lawson.
    PS, I hope to God that I get good tone out of my L5 when I get it. If not, Im gonna be the laughing stock of the forum!
    Totally cool. I guess what I meant was "is this one of your amazing transcriptions of Joe Pass or Johnny Smith or something you've developed (from whatever sources)"

    Still amazing and you are of course right, most of the stuff banging around in our heads got there from somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skykomishone
    Joe,
    Lovely my friend! The video captures the wind gently caressing the leaves in the backgound adding to that floating feeling and smooth movement in the tune. I missed this yesterday, but pleasantly surprised this morning by it. Keep it up. And, I'm glad that you spend most of your time doing what you love most brother! I've always found golf to be terribly frustrating, but I play it once a year with my brothers if I can. Guitar, and these old tunes. I play every day that i can, and though it can be frustrating too, it takes less effort. It's all good! Keep enjoying every day. And don't stop.
    Thank You Steve.
    You know, The Playing takes no effort at all. Recording, thats another story!
    No exaggeration. I played this song perfectly and decided to record it. So I plug everything in, get the settings right (camera focus, Exposure, Angles..) and start recording. For some reason, I suck now and cant get through the arrangement without making an abomination of it.. So 8 takes later, I get a good one. I start wrapping up all the wires and putting everything away and realize I forgot to Set the sound source to Boss GT_001 Primary 3. So I plug everthing back in, refocus, adjust settings and throw a tantrum. 6 more takes and get a perfect one. Then, I take everthing apart (again), wipe down the guitar and put it away. Grab the laptop and now, I have a perfect take (I even had harmonics in the end) with absolutely no sound. So I put everything back together (again) and start recording. On the 4th take, I look down and I realize the reason I had no sound was the wire going into the GT_001 pulled out. So I pushed it in, do 2 more takes and FINALLY, I am done. Well not really, because now I have to edit!
    It really is a lot of work. But I love it, so what can I do!
    thanks Sky.
    JD

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    You might have gotten the first eight from Johnny Smith's album "Guitar With Strings", because he opens it up playing solo rubato chord melody on it, but then the strings take the rest of it, and he plays single line, so the rest of it is yours.
    Great job, as usual.

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    EXCELLENT!! I can tell you maybe studied the Johnny Smith 3 octave arp book long ago! Great sounding instrument and clever arrangement!!

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    Sounds fantastic. How does the guitar compare to some of the amazing instruments you've owned

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgcim
    You might have gotten the first eight from Johnny Smith's album "Guitar With Strings", because he opens it up playing solo rubato chord melody on it, but then the strings take the rest of it, and he plays single line, so the rest of it is yours.
    Great job, as usual.
    Sgcim, I have alot of JS albums, the Roost sessions Box set, "Johnny Smith" and the LEGENDS album. I dont have that one. So I listened to it on YouTube this morn. That was a tasteful and mere mortal-like performance. I am not sure I ever heard that one. Nontheless, thanks for jumping on SG. I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis D
    Joe
    From the first note this vid and playing was different. I read your post about what you did that day before the recording, and all I could find that stood out was the Kona.
    I don't know if someone told you a joke or spiked that Kona, but we need to bottle that and repeat it.
    There's something extra there and man that was nice to hear !
    Take care Joe.
    Dennis
    Dennis, Yeah maybe the Kona did the trick! It was the 1st time I had Kona. Probably not the last. I am not a Kona expert. But It tasted very nutty. Like Brazil nuts. I only bought the small bag from Peets. But it was fresh. Different. 8 scoops, 20 Oz water (boiling) and I left it in the French Press 6-1/2 min. It was good. Not outstanding. A little different. My favorites are Ethiopian Sidama and Arabian Mocha Sanani. Jamaica Blue Mountain was OK too. I know Single Origin is the only way to truely judge coffee, but my ALL-Time favorite coffee, hands down is Casi Cielo. Hands down.
    Thank you buddy.
    Joe D

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    Hi Jack, Thanks buddy.
    This guitar is very different. Which is good because you don't want them all sounding the same. I think that makes it a keeper. It is very responsive. And it is very balanced. Almost like there is a limiter built into wood (which I know is not possible). But to my ears, acoustically, its the best guitar I've had, next to the 1936 D'Angelico which was in a another world. The D'A was smoother. Back to the Solid Formed - Amplified, the more I understand it, I think the pickup is actually a perfect match for this guitar. Not overly powerful. But really clear. Gibson should recieve credit for that. Even though the pickup was a mess when I got the guitar as New Old Stock.
    As you know better than anybody, the playability of a guitar can only be maximized by having a great Tech work on it. Honestly, I wouldn't even own this guitar if it wasnt for Brian at SamAsh in Springfield NJ. This guy doesnt even know just how good he is. He made this guitar a Gem. It will be my baby, for a long, long time.
    I think you would absolutely KILL it on this guitar. Its a guitar best played sitting down. Its depth is 3-3/8. That extra 3/8 would make it uncomfortable to play standing up.
    Thanks again.
    Joe D

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    Funny thing.. it’s been 49 years and I’ve NEVER played the guitar on a porch or even a deck.
    I used to do some outdoor parties with a piano player and for the most part we would usually be asked to setup in a Gazebo. Or on the grass.
    I might try that. It’s a gorgeous day today.
    Joe D

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    Excellent!! AS USUAL!! Does the word TASSATURA mean the full range of an instrument? Because its GREAT that you do that so WELL!!!

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    Hi Steve,
    Thank you sir. I appreciate it.
    Im not too sure about the word. Honestly I never heard the term used.
    I appreciate what you said. Now if I could only get some harp harmonics out of my playing, I will be really happy!
    Im gonna practice that a lot over the upcoming months. Lets see.
    Joe D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405
    .... Now if I could only get some harp harmonics out of my playing, I will be really happy!
    Im gonna practice that a lot over the upcoming months. Lets see.
    Joe D
    Joe,

    do you mean harp harmonics into your playing? Or removed from it?
    Please explain. You're not talking about bell tones are you? Or are you talking about unwanted overtones?

    Thanks,
    Steve

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    Sorry Sky.
    I LOVE the kind of harmonics (and every thing else for that matter) that the GREAT Tommy Emmanuel gets when he plays. I sit there in amazement when I watch him pull them off effortlessly. I mentioned that to Steve because he was a student of Mike Elliot who played them wonderfully as well.
    Being self taught for the most part, I figured the only way I’m going to be able to play them is to play NOTHING but Harp Harmonics for about a month. Then I will have them down. But then I won’t be able to pick anymore!
    JD

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    Got it! You're gonna be a star! I watch that and think only the best guitar players in the world can do that! Perseverance plays off! Keep it up Joe.
    Thanks for explaining. I'm a little slow some days.

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    Naaa, your good bro.
    I just like sound of the harp. And the vibes too..
    I’ll probably suck at and give up in like 15 minutes...
    JD

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    Study Doyle Dykes, Lenny Breau, Jack Wilkins, Tuck Andress, and of course Tal Farlow. They all take a different approach.
    False harmonics sound Angelic. Doyle Dykes can do it without the required fret spacing.

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    Thanks bro.
    I tried it tonight. Came a long way in a short time. We shall see. Tommy Emmanuel is wonderful too.
    Used a finger pick. I’ll try the pick between the thumb and middle finger next.