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  Topic: The Point of no return
John Alexander

Replies: 7
Views: 549

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 1 Feb 2019 9:59 am   Subject: The Point of no return
I started playing both piano and PSG in the late 70's. I always knew piano was going to to be my main instrument, and actually put PSG aside entirely for more than 25 years once I started working ful ...
  Topic: 12 String Universal Bb6
John Alexander

Replies: 10
Views: 724

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Jan 2019 4:31 pm   Subject: 12 String Universal Bb6
Matthew - Could you add to that old thread the David Wright and Junior Knight copedents you have posted here? I think the Maurice Anderson copedents are already covered, but not these other two. Tha ...
  Topic: 12 String Universal Bb6
John Alexander

Replies: 10
Views: 724

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Jan 2019 10:43 am   Subject: 12 String Universal Bb6
For more information on Bb6 copedents, you might be interested in this thread: https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=227795&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
  Topic: Niche Topic: Approaching an unknown piece of sheet music.
John Alexander

Replies: 8
Views: 740

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 22 Jan 2019 1:43 am   Subject: Niche Topic: Approaching an unknown piece of sheet music.
Sometimes when I have made a suggestion to another musician about what or how to practice, I have found it profitable to turn around and apply the suggestion to myself, in my own practice.

In this ...
  Topic: Point Counter Point
John Alexander

Replies: 16
Views: 748

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 18 Jan 2019 12:55 am   Subject: Point Counter Point
Bill, you might like to take a look at Gradus Ad Parnassum by Johann Joseph Fux, was written in Latin and was first published in 1725. According to Wikipedia, a copy of this is the only surviving bo ...
  Topic: Niche Topic: Approaching an unknown piece of sheet music.
John Alexander

Replies: 8
Views: 740

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 3 Dec 2018 1:03 am   Subject: Niche Topic: Approaching an unknown piece of sheet music.
That's a great approach, IMO.

I especially like the second step, separating out the rhythm pattern of the melody and working on it alone. I think that by doing that step carefully for a number o ...
  Topic: Itzak Perlman on how to practice
John Alexander

Replies: 1
Views: 1965

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 1 Nov 2018 11:35 pm   Subject: Itzak Perlman on how to practice
Good advice - thanks.
  Topic: Canadian Sunset - Playing along with BE's rhythm-track
John Alexander

Replies: 12
Views: 2639

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 29 Oct 2018 11:38 pm   Subject: Canadian Sunset - Playing along with BE's rhythm-track
Nice job Pete!
  Topic: Please explain the difference between 2/4 & 4/4; 3/4 & 6/8
John Alexander

Replies: 23
Views: 3251

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 12 Oct 2018 10:54 pm   Subject: Please explain the difference between 2/4 & 4/4; 3/4 & 6/8
I struggle with cut common and 4/4 . . . .

I could never understand what "cut time" (2/2 instead of 4/4) was all about until I played sax in high school band, with the band director con ...
  Topic: Please explain the difference between 2/4 & 4/4; 3/4 & 6/8
John Alexander

Replies: 23
Views: 3251

PostForum Section: Music   Posted: 12 Oct 2018 10:30 pm   Subject: Please explain the difference between 2/4 & 4/4; 3/4 & 6/8
The "compound" meters (6/8, 9/8 and 12/8 ) are typically used to notate music where the basic beat is 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4 but each beat is consistently divided into three instead of two.

For ...
  Topic: Remembering Al Bruno, Archie Francis, Rod Culpepper & many
John Alexander

Replies: 20
Views: 4412

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 20 Aug 2018 8:27 pm   Subject: Remembering Al Bruno, Archie Francis, Rod Culpepper & many
One of you California steel guitarists of that era, or one of your colleagues, came to Jackson Wyoming as part of Larry Booth's band in 1978 or 1979, and spent an afternoon visiting with me at my pla ...
  Topic: Another short jazz tune - Body and Soul
John Alexander

Replies: 13
Views: 710

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 23 Jul 2018 1:19 am   Subject: Another short jazz tune - Body and Soul
Nice going!
  Topic: Your Biggest Early Influence (redone)
John Alexander

Replies: 84
Views: 5568

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 2 Jul 2018 8:42 pm   Subject: Your Biggest Early Influence (redone)
Red Rhodes

Same here, watching him on Cal's Corral, Sunday afternoons in what year - 1965?
  Topic: The Forum can make you feel Insignificant
John Alexander

Replies: 48
Views: 3831

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 23 Jun 2018 7:31 pm   Subject: Re: The Forum can make you feel Insignificant
After a few years on the Forum I felt more and more insignificant and decided in view of this I would just give up on the Forum, Steel guitar and do things that I enjoyed!

Welcome back Bo - it is g ...
  Topic: Giant Steps by John Coltrane video on YouTube
John Alexander

Replies: 13
Views: 1395

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 27 Apr 2018 12:03 am   Subject: Giant Steps by John Coltrane video on YouTube
Very good!
  Topic: Herb at Austin Steel Co-Op, Feb 2015
John Alexander

Replies: 12
Views: 1695

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 21 Feb 2018 1:48 am   Subject: Herb at Austin Steel Co-Op, Feb 2015
Very nice set, good playing all around, the sound is easy on the ears, the tune selections are nice. Where do I ever hear In a Mellow Tone or I Can't Give You Anything But Love, let alone on steel gu ...
  Topic: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
John Alexander

Replies: 5
Views: 967

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 4:29 pm   Subject: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
Bud Carter played a modified version of Bb6 because of a problem rotating left foot. That may very well be one of his old guitars,,,last one I saw that he had was black.

That's interesting - if th ...
  Topic: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
John Alexander

Replies: 5
Views: 967

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Feb 2018 1:09 pm   Subject: Can anybody figure out this copedent? It's crazy!!!
Much of it (maybe all) could make sense as a Bb6 tuning. For example, if the changes on V and RKL are all half steps, those are standard Maurice Anderson Bb6 knee levers. Same with LKR, at least the ...
  Topic: Playin' with Myself: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
John Alexander

Replies: 9
Views: 981

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Jan 2018 12:49 am   Subject: Playin' with Myself: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Lotsa nice stuff going on there! Very well done - thanks for posting it.
  Topic: Blue Bayou Steel Solo
John Alexander

Replies: 4
Views: 1470

PostForum Section: Steel on the Web   Posted: 19 Nov 2017 11:03 pm   Subject: Blue Bayou Steel Solo
i enjoyed it Smile
  Topic: Instructors input desired regarding Ext. E9
John Alexander

Replies: 15
Views: 1491

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 31 Oct 2017 11:32 pm   Subject: Re: Instructors input desired regarding Ext. E9

My music back ground is classically trained piano (some horns, no guitar). I read music (weak on chords but studying) and am constantly translating the tabulature in these books to piano keyboard in ...
  Topic: Please help me improve!
John Alexander

Replies: 18
Views: 2007

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Oct 2017 12:05 pm   Subject: Please help me improve!
Very nicely done!
  Topic: Dissertation finished
John Alexander

Replies: 33
Views: 5198

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 23 Oct 2017 3:39 pm   Subject: Dissertation finished
Me too!
  Topic: Melody
John Alexander

Replies: 12
Views: 2218

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Oct 2017 11:34 am   Subject: Melody
Thanks for the reply so fast , take this song (take these chains from my heart) e g c c d e g f e d according to what im thinking here is that to make this melody into traids you would use the c ...
  Topic: Modes
John Alexander

Replies: 9
Views: 1863

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 10 Oct 2017 5:55 pm   Subject: Modes
Much in-depth information on modes and practically every other musical topic is available (free) on Rick Beato's YouTube site. He's done a video on each of the usual modes, and some I've never heard ...
 
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