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Theme Party

Theme Party

I had a productive weekend. The biggest change around here is obviously the new theme. I’m still working out some smaller details, but I think I’m pretty happy with where things are at the moment. I’ve been working on this non-stop for the last 8 hours so it’s time to call it a wrap for the day.

Let me know what you think of the new theme, and more importantly, if you have any problems.

I’ve also got a couple other posts lined up for the next couple days, so check back.

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Major Shapes & Scales

Chord Shapes And Scales

The other day I posted about my first guitar lesson and touched on the CAGED system. I wanted to follow up that post with some more detail, mainly for my own learning process. If I write it down in my own words it helps me remember.

Above are the five major chord shapes an their scales. My instructor points out that for the most part you’re not going to use a lot of the shapes when playing bar chords. Since you can play any chord with any of the shapes, it doesn’t make sense to use the D shape to play a C chord when the A or E shape is so much easier. And after trying to play the D shape, I agree.  Maybe once I get better I can venture into the more difficult shapes.

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It Might Get Loud Release Dates

It Might Get Loud

I’m pretty sure I don’t need to tell you about It Might Get Loud, but I’m pretty excited to see the release dates that were recently announced. Unfortunately I don’t live in New York or Los Angeles, who get it next Friday… but at least San Francisco gets it a little bit sooner than other places. I know where I’ll be August 28th.

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EHX Big Muff Pi vs Analogman Sun Face NKT 275

Big Muff Pi vs SunFace

After Effects Bay’s post yesterday I wrote about being inspired to check out the EHX Big Muff Pie fuzz box.  Well, today I went down to Haight Ashbury Music Center to give it a try along with an Analogman Sun Face NKT 275.  I did some research last night on various fuzz effects and after hours of watching YouTube videos, I narrowed my selection down to the EHX Big Muff Pie w/ Wicker switch, the Analogman Sun Face NKT 275, and the Keeley Fuzz Head.  The only one I couldn’t test today was the Keeley Fuzz Head as they were out of stock.

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1973 Big Muff Pi

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Over on Effects Bay they’re talking about the Big Muff Pi (I can’t wait to see the kind of google visitors I get for having those keywords on my site. I’m not sure if it will be people interested in porn or fanatics of the number 3.14159265)

I don’t have any effects in my setup yet. I’ve been focused on trying to get a sound I like straight from my guitars and amp. I wanted to get familiar with the nuances of each guitar before throwing effects into the mix. But after seeing the video he posted comparing the different versions of Big Muff Pi through the years, I think I might have to dive in and get one.

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