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  • in reply to: Tommy' Lesson Subscription Thread!!!! #3480
    Louis
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    Just a quick note…diggin the Weis lesson. Am unable to copy the lines but am able to use portions of all these pieces and adapt them to 1-4-5 stuff or within the chord progression of the tunes…cool! I try to move around to other keys a bit too, but man you got me working! Thanks Tommy!

    in reply to: Rockabillies live like it's the 1950s. #3479
    Louis
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    Interesting stuff! I follow Deke Dickerson and he seems to dig that retro stuff too…long live Bakelite!

    in reply to: Who is Dicke Phillips #3478
    Louis
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    Very cool! The first guy I saw play a guitar this way was Jeff Healey…very different obviously, but Jeff had a deep love for old jazz..! Nice guy too. Don’t believe I’ve heard of Dickie before though!

    in reply to: Oscar Moore/ Irving Ashby #2987
    Louis
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    I finally located the trio CD in the piles….”the best of the Nat King Cole Trio”…The Instrumental Classics…Capitol Jazz,
    CDP 7 98288 2. 18 really great tunes nicely recorded! Maybe Charlie @ Blue Beat has it…? Johnny’s “Blazers” stuff is gorgeous as well, for sure!

    When I think of Oscar and Johnny and their differences and similarities, I seem to always also think of another brother pair…Louis and Dave Myers. Not jump, but brothers that played blues together quite often, Louis one of the great but perhaps less known Chicago guitarists, and Dave who often played bass, but also guitar. I have a Dave CD on which he plays and sings some really nice early-style Chicago blues, “You Can’t Do That”…it sounds kinda simple, but it ain’t so easy, not for me…Big Jon Atkinson can play this style, but there’s lots going on and it requires a solid rythm with a deep blues feel to get it. I love this stuff too!

    in reply to: Guild newark str collection #2975
    Louis
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    I have a MIK EPI 56 goldtop too! It was real nice as it was, but it’s even better after changing all the pots and wiring, with a pair of Poplar P90s…the volume is a pull up knob to get that nasally sound, love it!

    in reply to: Oscar Moore/ Irving Ashby #2948
    Louis
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    Oscar Moore was an amazing player, the instrumental CD with Nat I think really showcases that trio’s skills. Someplace I read that Oscar completely packed it in when decent gigs became too scarce and went on to running a parking lot…in LA I think. Hard to believe someone that talented felt he had to give it up, but I guess times had changed… pity.

    in reply to: Tommy' Lesson Subscription Thread!!!! #2943
    Louis
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    Hey Tommy! They way you have this set up and organized is very cool, nice job man!
    Question…the turnaround in Get Hot…1-7, 1-9, 4 maj, 4 dim…etc…for that 4 maj chord, it seems you gotta use the 5 string Eb as the lowest note before dropping to the D note for the dim…is that correct? not to use the Bb note on the 6th string…?
    I feel like I’m playing all the chords ok with a reasonable rhythm, but I’m not quite getting the feel of motion in the bass like you do…but hey…to be expected…! BTW, Ab is interesting, don’t fool with that much!

    in reply to: Amplifiers #2897
    Louis
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    Hi guys, new/old guy here, Lou from Canada.
    I started pretty late in life as a hobby but I got the gear bug early on and in the past 15 years have been through A LOT of gear..! I think the whole tone thing is VERY subjective and we all have our preferences, but I’ll just share a few things here if I may…

    Big lesson for me: if the amp is staying at home, don’t bother with a big one!! I’ve had Twins, Deluxes, Tremoverbs, Bassmans, etc etc…my current faves are about 5 watts: ’59 and ’61 Gibson GA5’s. Great tone, simple. Old is good. Break up pretty early, but if I want a nice breakup at very low volume, I use a Greer Ghetto Stomp pedal (and I’m NOT a pedal guy), but this yeilds warm snotty woofy greasy tone that I like a lot. Rick Holmstrom has used these…Really good with hollowbodies! I also have a Victoria Regal with a 15 that can run on a variety of tube compliments…of course, I like 1x6V6 at home.

    There’s a guy in California makes “Li’l Dawg amps, Jim Nickerson if I recall…I have a tweed Champ circuit amp from him with a bigger box/12 inch speaker that sounds great too. Volume/tone.

    I like reverb so I use a Fender tank or a pedal for that as most of the little amps don’t have verb onboard…

    If you’re gigging your needs are different as you likely need more volume, at least for the stage even if going thru the PA…
    Charlie Baty likes his Vero and Fender Super Reverb amps, but they’re two quite different amps…Doug Deming uses a Vero too…

    Thing is, the tone is not really in the gear so much…kinda, but only partly. BB would get his sound with anything, and those players that have a distinctive sound will usually do the same. It’s in the fingers, the touch, the attack, etc….I love Dave Specter’s tone and was really excited to get one of his guitars from him…a ’65 Epi Riviera. I plug it into the Victoria usually, Dave’s amp choice. I sound nothing like Dave…not just chops, tone-wise too. I could go on, but that’s it in a nutshell…

    To conclude: Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS), and practice, practice, practice….

    Cheers guys! Oh…love the Bill Jennings/Get Hot lesson!!

    in reply to: Guild newark str collection #2896
    Louis
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    Haven’t seen one of these yet, but have read some positive comments. Some pretty good guitars are being made in Korea…not sure where you are, but there are TONS of guitars available of all sorts in North America!

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