And just as a last comment, the link below points to a randomly picked
set of strings for an acoustical guitar.
This particular set has no non-metallic strings.
Here's a newer version played on two nylon string guitars. Al Di Meola
has traditionally played a steel string guitar but is playing a nylon
string using a flat pick on this. I like it better. I think the steel
string guitar's sustain can turn some things into a roaring mess.
Ok, a bit or research has revealed to me that an acoustical guitar is not
necessarily a classic or steel string guitar. Knowing little about either
as previously stated I assumed that a traditional looking, non electric
guitar, was both classical and acoustical. I assumed that both came in
both nylon and steel string varieties. I now stand corrected..
Thanks Leon. The only thing I'll add is that since they can be built
lighter, the price of a starter "classical" nylon string guitar
can be less than its corresponding one with steel strings. It just
depends what you want. I bought a new electric guitar
and amp and never really warmed up to it at all. I didn't find it
"relaxing" to play to me like acoustic. If you want to try
"Amazing Grace", and "Country Roads (John Denver)", you can be up and
running pretty fast. Anyway, that's what
I started with.
Bzzzt ... I can guarantee you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you play
better guitar than I do. :)
Never more than a mediocre guitar player at best, at one time 'fair to
middlin' with Travis style and Blues finger picking; good enough on
rhythm to not embarrass myself onstage (mainly because I loved chords
and learned a bunch so I could play what we called "sock" guitar,
backing up fiddle players when I was younger), and always absolutely
terrible at playing leads.
Actually played much better 5 string banjo than guitar, but my chops are
long gone on both guitar and banjo these days. (noticed that guitars are
now smart enough to turn red with embarrassment, in their stands, when
they see me coming these days).
Mostly a bass player by trade, playing both upright and electric bass
... I do love tickling your wives and girlfriend's bottom ends, and
making them move. ;)
BTW, Mike Marlow is a good guitar player and songwriter, if you didn't
Some years back, Richy Furey did a concert here. He tuned his guitar a
half step low (maybe to match his vocal range?), and would just capo up
if he needed to.
One can also, of course, use light gauge strings instead of medium or
For my own entertainment, I use light strings and I don't bring my
strings all the way up to pitch, so I can bend them easier (that would
be a problem playing as part of a group).
As everyone here knows, putting your fingers in the right place at the
is one thing, but sounding good is all about the nuances that no one can
see. And even the player making those nuances is making half of them
I pulled out my guitar in December and tried to play a song I hadn't
played in a numbers of years ("Windy & Warm", one of my few strongest
pieces). And though I had totally forgotten it, my fingers slowly
remembered it with an hour and a half of coaxing (which included
listening to the recording). Especially the next day.
I subscribed to "Finger Style Guitar" magazine for a couple of years.
And maybe I was able to eek one piece from every-other issue. "As a
friend says, it's not how good you are, it's how much you like it."
Just like woodworking, huh? Just like a lot of things. Sex, for
instance.. ; )
Poplar for the solid wood and paint grade maple plywood for the panels.
Baltic birch for the drawers.
Green Paint. ;~) Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Oil based on top of the
same brand primer, presanded before primer and after primer then the top
coat. Wooster 4" sash brush for cutting in and for drawer fronts. 4"
foam roller for the wide panels.
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