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I fell asleep to “Tool” the album “Lateralus”
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Remember how I said on Friday that I was going to watch guitar videos on www.youtube.com for a while? That lasted about 30 minutes, I wound up playing guitar for about 6 hours of the day. At least it was a productive practice!
I tried guitar hack #5 below & it works! I bought one bottle of beer to try out the strap lock hack, that strap’s not coming off. I play sitting down obviously but I use a strap as an insurance policy. I don’t want to drop a guitar. No, I’m not getting 2 beer per guitar, 1 more bottle should do since I have actual strap locks on my other heavy guitar the rest are good as is. Skip ahead to the 2:30 minute mark to see this genius idea! A real set of strap locks will set you back about $30 with this idea you spend $20 here, get 2 beer & one strap lock!
I practice guitar so much because I’m trying to get back to 7 years of playing able bodied now with the effects of brain cancer after 12 years of not playing. Practice over the weekend then I got up at 7:00 am on Monday, had breakfast, fed Brewster, gave him his pills, exercised, showered had a snack, & then practiced from 11:45 am until about 6:00 pm.
I’ll admit that I’m overly obsessed with guitar since I started playing so let me explain this. Other than just being alive & cancer free, I really didn’t have much to look forward to the next day other than hanging out with Brewster & waiting for Kim to get home. Don’t worry about not being great full for being healthy & alive every day. It’s still something I don’t think about every day. I just expect to be OK when I wake up every day.
Once I was out of the hospitals & my therapy programs it was & sometimes still is “OK, so what now?” I don’t look forward to exercising 5 days a week, but after I do it I feel REALLY good. I’d get bored just watching TV after I exercise. Now that I have a hobby & something I really enjoy working on, things are much different.
I did it before & took it for granted too without realizing how much I’d miss it when it was taken away from me. Playing guitar is something I can do that is exactly the same as it was before. This is a case of “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.
Imagine you most favourite thing is taken away from you for 12 years. You’d likely gush about it too if you could do it again. That’s me right now.
I don’t know of many guitar players that have a set number of guitars to own, other than what their spouse tells them? I’d have to stop after these 2, that’s MY limit, not KIM’s.
If it was up to Kim she’d be OK with the one I have on order. So in 2 years or more I’ll be using MY gift money for the final guitar & I think she wants to save for a new “bicycle”? She wants me to get an adult tricycle, I used one in my rehabilitation, those are expensive & not how I want to spend my money. I liked mountain biking, but I can’t do that yet with no balance. MY cash is going to a guitar that I can play.
For me it’s about different look, feel, sound, & inspiration each guitar brings. I no longer play each guitar I own every day. It’s more of a question of “What kind of music do I feel like playing right now?” I choose the guitar that sounds best suited for that style at that time. I felt like playing mostly metal guitar on Sunday so I played my Explorer mostly & practiced some other stuff on my acoustic.
A PRS doesn’t sound like a Les Paul, an Explorer, or a Telecaster. It’s made to sound in between a Fender & Gibson. The one I’ve ordered & the one I’m saving for are both different. I don’t want any guitar that sounds, feels, or looks the same as another. I played flute and to me a flute sounds like a flute. With a change of guitar, everything should sound & feel different. However the player wants to make that change is up to them, pickups, body style, effect pedals, etc. I can’t get the same sound out of one guitar to the next. Variety is what I’m looking for. Will I have a full range of musical variety with 6 different electric guitars? Nope! 6 guitars are good for me though, the next person might want 3, and the next person might want 30? I’ve thought long & hard about it & 6 electric guitars sounds great to me!
Why have I decided to go with PRS guitars? LOTs of attention to detail & the owner, Paul Reed Smith, has been making guitars since he was a teen & lives by a list he made called “The 21 Rules of Tone”. If he makes each individual part on a guitar resonate as loud & as long as possible, the less it will absorb the sound of the string vibrating. That goes for each part of the guitar, the body wood, nut, tuning pegs, bridge, fret board, the neck wood, screws, etc. If the manufacturers at PRS are paying attention to the screws on a guitar can you imagine how much attention they’re paying to everything else?
Paul Reed Smith will go into a music store to do a clinic or Q & A. He’ll ask someone to get a PRS guitar and any other guitar they’d like not made by PRS. He then let’s the person pick an amplifier. With no effects they will plug the guitar into the amp and play one open string & time how long they can hear the note for, this is done on each guitar separately. A PRS averages 44 seconds, most other guitars last on average 35 seconds. There was a 1960s Fender Stratocaster that kept up to the PRS but that was it.
If the guitar I’m saving for goes out of production by 2022 or 2023 when I go to buy it, which I don’t think it will. I’ll continue to save for the next best thing, which unfortunately costs more.
Or as a last resort this. These 58/15 pickups have a very similar sound & include the TCI technology. In both of these guitars.
I don’t want to spend that much on a guitar, so we’ll see what’s out there or if it’s not a PRS that interests me, I’ll stop all together. I was a Gibson/Epiphone fan for years, I still am. I have 2 Epiphones & Gibson’s are WAY overpriced if you ask me. Paul Reed Smith is a genius mad scientist!
After 7 months of practice on guitar for 1:30 hours a day for an average. I’m back to where I was after 3 or 4 months without the effects of cancer….on most things, not all of them.
As I headed to the kitchen for a snack Kim says to me “You should get paid for all of the work you put in!” I didn’t say anything but I thought to myself “Well, I get paid just under $28,000 a year.”
I don’t need to talk about what’s going on in the world, I’m not qualified for that. You’re better off watching your local news or National news. Being quarantined has not changed anything for me, & I’m fine with that. I get to work on myself!
Dave Grohl describes the new Foo Fighters album as David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album
Finally “Alter Bridge” released a lyric video for the song “Metalingus” off of their debut album from 2004!
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