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The thread was created by @TheBuddha on 8.20.2017 as an encouragement and incentive for others to share their joy of playing music. The very first thread was titled "Is this where we share our work?" with a comment by him of "Should we do this again, say in about a week?". It wasn't until about 3 months later it became a weekly thread, still with no "official" title, and comments such as "Even non-guitarists can share their work, I suppose. We might as well do this on a regular basis." and "Let's open up the weekly guitar thread - see commentary. All musicians and fans are welcome to contribute." Even with a constant invitation for other instruments to participate, it was the guitarists who responded for the first year or so.

It was 2/23/18 when he first used the term "Friday night guitar thread" (notice the lower case) IN the title but not as a formal branding. For quite a while after that it was mentioned as "...Weekly Guitar Thread". The first time I can find where it was called Friday Night Guitar Thread was in a reminder post I made on 9/7/18, over a year after it started, and first used in the actual thread title was 9/29/18 by @crazy_eyes. It still wasn't used each week until 3/3/19 when it became the default title used. BTW, crazy_eyes was the second person to ever post a track and has since become the most prolific submitter.

Along the way, it was mentioned in almost every thread that all musicians and instruments were not just welcomed but encouraged to submit. In fact, we still are doing that even now. We have had everything from banging on pots and pans, to marimba, bagpipes, piano, violin, ukulele, drums, synths, and more contributed.
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General Discussion / Re: Just to make sure we're on the same page...
« on: September 19, 2019, 06:08:09 PM »
I should be able to open the FNGT tomorrow night. I dont feel well. My stomach has been pain
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General Discussion / Re: Eureka!
« on: September 16, 2019, 10:49:23 AM »
You know I'm not really into american muscle. But nevertheless that's a cool car. Congrats I hope it checks out.
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General Discussion / Re: Continuing with a theme...
« on: September 12, 2019, 06:28:28 PM »
I don't think I would want a modern Jag either. They dont even look like Jags anymore.

I'll open the thread this Friday
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General Discussion / Re: Continuing with a theme...
« on: September 10, 2019, 12:07:53 PM »
Well, I suppose if, after flying in on a chartered jet and obtaining a BMW to drive, if that's the best you can do I suppose it will have to do. I further assume EH is willing to compromise and accept the current conditions. The struggle is real ;).

I'd write more but I have to go clean out my gutters and do my own grocery shopping.
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Tools / Online Ear Training
« on: December 11, 2018, 04:01:22 PM »
Here is a great free site for online ear training: SoundGym | Audio Ear Training Online

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Gear Reviews / Behringer XAir-X18 Digital Mixer/interface
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:31:17 PM »
When my band recorded our last album, we were using an 8 channel interface, which made us struggle with only 4 inputs to mic up the drum kit.  I was faced with a few choices for increasing the number of inputs for our next go around.  One option was to use an ADAT  channel strip for $400-$500 to add 8 more inputs.  Another option would be to purchase a 16+ channel interface, which get very expensive beyond 8 inputs. At the same time, my tired old back was struggling to haul our huge analog mixer in its flight case to our gigs.  I had been shopping for both a digital mixer *and* a channel strip.  That's when my research led me to the Behringer XAir-X-18.

The XAir-X18 is an 18 channel digital mixer that doubles as an 18 channel digital interface.  Two birds, one stone.  I'll be honest, I've been very leary of Behringer products in the past.  They haven't always been known for their quality, but I've been forced to admit that a lot has changed.  At this point, I find the X-Air such an important piece of gear that I don't know how I lived without it.

Initially, I was worried about the quality of the preamps, as I do a LOT of recording.  My previous unit had fabulous preamps, and I was very afraid that the preamps on the XAir wouldn't be up to snuff.  The pramps on the XAir unit are designed by Midas, which makes excellent quality gear.  My concern was that 'designed by' meant that it was something Midas would never put their own name on.  Come to find out that Midas released their own version of the rack mount XR18, which was simply a rebadged unit at twice the price.  I have found that these preamps, while a tiny bit bright, are also extremely clear.  While recording my acoustic guitar, these preamps were clear enough to show me a problem that was buried by the color of my old preamps.  In a back-to-back test, I could see the same range peaking in the spectrum analyzer, but it was much more clear listening back when using the Behringer.

Another great thing about this unit is that it is small and light.  Anyone who's been in this business for any length of time knows that easy to transport gear is a blessing.  Gone are the days of breaking my back hauling around a massive analog mixer.

In regards to features, this thing is loaded.  Tons of built in DSP such as EQ, Gates, compression, reverb, chorus, delay, etc, etc..  Tons of modeled effects.  If I were to list them all, I'd be at this all day.  It also has a 100 band graphic EQ/spectrum analyzer  that makes it extremely easy to ring out feedback in with pinpoint accuracy on a narrow frequency when playing live.

It also allows you to save scenes, so if you play a number of different venues, or mix for a number of different bands, you can save the settings for the band or venue and quickly reload it without having to set everything up from scratch.

I have to admit, however, that learning how to configure the routing was a chore.  I had to RTFM and supplement that with a lot of youtoob vids.  I do have to say, however, that if the device can do it, Behringer probably has a professional quality instructional video on how to do it on youtoob.  The vids were tremendously helpful initially in getting everything setup.

This unit does not come with a control surface.  You can use any IOS or Android tablet or phone to control the device by downloading and installing the control app.  As you can have more than once control surface connected at once, you can allow each band member to control his own monitor mix with his/her cell phone!  It comes with its own internal wireless router.  However, the internal wireless router is one of the weak points of this unit.  If you are in a large venue with a lot of smartphones, you can have issues with the control surface disconnecting from the internal wireless router.   While it's possible to use a wireless frequency scanner and set it to a channel with less traffic, the best solution is to plug a more robust external router into the ethernet port on the back of the device.

This is such an incredibly capable device that has SO many features, I'm sure there are some things I'm missing.  If anyone has any questions, feel free to post up and I'll answer as best I can.
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2018 Archives / 04.27.2018 FNGT Archive
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:03:54 PM »
This week's FNGT URL: https://voat.co/v/guitar/2520340


Alice In Chains - Rooster
Alice in chains rooster

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Smells like teen spirit (with son dec 17)

Guns and Roses - Paradise City
Gnr paradise city (rhythm, lead, bass, drum - need to add vocals)

Rush - YYZ
Rush YYZ (guitar, bass, drum, and keys done very badly - redo keys track)

@crazy_eyes (and friends)

Backyard by crazy eyes


Motel Kalifornia
Motel Kalifornia by Sleazy Snake

Wonderful (w/solo)
Wonderful by SMU

Wonderful (w/o solo)
Wonderful by Sleazy Snake


Paterson/Macpherson - Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing matilda


Traditional - Scots Wa Hae
Scots Wa Hae - The Kilt Lifters - Playing with Myself

299 comments @ 12.10.18
Thread opened by @TheBuddha
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General Discussion / Re: @COF Archive question.
« on: December 10, 2018, 07:39:20 PM »
You're right in that I don't have exact dates or numbers, but I do know I have seen a low 600's number, maybe twice. They do seem to blur together after a while. I get lost when searching for the tunes in a thread and basically end up reading the whole thread again. I'll see if I can scan thru and catch any higher numbers than 541. Remember where you saw that one since you've seen it already. I'm going to try to do at least one a day for awhile, but like I said it takes me a couple hours each because I try to identify original artists and then get caught up reading the comments and before long I'm grinnin'. It's been a trip thru time, 'going forward in reverse'. I didn't even realise how long I've been checking in. Damn it! Now I've got a Babs Streisand earworm:

Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were
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2018 Archives / 05.04.2018 FNGT Archive
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:23:08 PM »
This week's FNGT URL: https://voat.co/v/guitar/2530939


Ozzy - Crazy Train
Ozzy crazy train (just doing guitar track)

Bach - 2nd Sonata
Bach's 2nd sonnata (two mic track test 6.23.17)

Beethoven - Fur Elise
Fur elise

AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Acdc thunderstruck (lead and rhythm for tf)

Led Zeppelin - Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp
Bron-yr-aur stomp

@crazy_eyes (and friends)

The Motorcycle Song
The Motorcycle Song

Grateful Dead - Sugaree
Feelin Fine by Sleazy Snake

Songing by Super Massive Unknown

DRUNKEN by crazy eyes

Pink Floyd - Money
MONEY! by Sleazy Snake

Wreckless by Super Massive Unknown


Traditional - Black Velvet Band
Black Velvet Band - The Kilt Lifters - Playing With Myself

Traditional - The Bonnie Lass of Anglesey
01 the bonnie lass of anglesey

Hey There, Old Friend
Hey There, Old Friend by ChrisCarr


Nagoya Marimbas
Nagoya Marimbas by grandmacaesar's sons


Andre/Schwandt/Kahn - Dream a Little Dream of Me
Dream a little dream

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles

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Thread opened by @TheBuddha

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Gear Reviews / Stewmac Original Z File
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:15:16 PM »
For anyone that does, or is thinking about doing their own fret work: the Original Z File is about as fool proof as it gets for re crowning your leveled frets. Now you can do immaculate work with a 3 corner file, but it’s a skill that takes time to get repeatable results.

The channel in the Z File is angled in such a way that the File never comes in contact with the top of the fret. This is crucial, because if you nick the top, you have to re level all the frets; or best case, create a “fall away” if it happens to be high up the board.

There are 3 Z Files available from Stewmac. I only have the original; but I imagine the other 2 are just as awesome for their purpose. There are a few easily searchable YT vids for anyone interested in more info. Cost is roughly $100, and is well worth it if you maintain multiple guitars.
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2018 Archives / 12.07.2018 FNGT Archive
« on: December 08, 2018, 11:27:47 AM »
This week's FNGT URL: https://www.voat.co/v/guitar/2898835

@TheBuddha (Eldest Hoodlum and TheBuddha Band)

(with special guest J)
Pink Floyd - Money
Pf money (eh #1 guest bass tb #2)

@crazy_eyes (and friends)

Pink Floyd - Money
MONEY! by Sleazy Snake

Bob Dylan - Mr Tambourine Man
Mr Tambourine Man by Faceless Spaceless

The Grateful Dead - The Loser
Loser by Faceless Spaceless

Willie Nelson - I Got To Get Drunk
I Got To Get Drunk by Faceless Spaceless

What Can I Do?
What Can I Do? by SMU

George Gershwin - Summertime
Summer Time by Sleazy Snake


Dillon/Hargrove - Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton version)
Tennessee whiskey


Eric Johnson - Cliffs Of Dover

Van Halen - Hear About It Later
Van halen - hear about it later

Randy Rhoads - Dee

Joe Satriani - The Extremist
Satch cover - the extremist

Cheesebooger - Fever Dream
Fever dream

Joe Satriani - Time Machine
Satch time machine

Van Halen - Somebody Get Me A Doctor
Somebodyget me a non jewish doctor

Ted Nugent - Stranglehold

Cheesebooger - Sagittarius

Van Halen - 5150
5150 time

Joe Satriani - Cryin'

Van Halen - Unchained

Screamin' Cheeta Wheelies - Shakin' the blues
Shakin the blues

Van Halen - 1984

Van Halen - 316

AC/DC - Shake A Leg
Shake a leg

Van Halen - Eruption

Joe Satriani - Tears In The Rain
Tears in the mothafuckin rain

Drivin' and Cryin' - Fly Me Courageous
Fly me courageous black star2


Robert Burns - Green Grow The Rashes
03 green grow the rashes




Metallica - One
Metallica one (lead only)

451 comments @ 12.15.18
Thread opened by @TheBuddha
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Aww, looks like the voting is closed.  I would vote for invite only.  We need to keep those kids off of our lawn!!
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General Discussion / Re: We need your Thoughts
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:35:58 PM »
And of all the comrades that e'er I had
They are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They would wish me one more day to stay
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General Discussion / Re: You can throw roses!
« on: December 05, 2018, 12:33:20 AM »
Kickin' butt and taking names.
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