ST posted:

I got out for that walk yesterday. Clearly I wasn't the only one who had some time for leisurely pursuits.

Something on a Stump 1

I found this on a tree stump. Click the picture for a better view.

ST

I'm reminded of when Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) returned to the farm where all but 2 had been wiped out and he briefly inherited a "son"...

Oldghm posted:

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Thanks O !

I have the blue ray of that concert, one of the last concerts he did before his death. It makes me smile every time I see it.

Its amazing how well he is playing considering his hands are riddled with arthritis.

I am now revisiting my blue ray collection while stuck at home.

Rick

 

I'm working on a great new TrueFire jazz guitar course by Tim Lerch called Solo Pathways Chordal Improv.  You can find it at TrueFire.com

Below is an hour-long YouTube link introducing you to Tim, his ideas, and the course.






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What are you doing with your extra time these days?

I was looking for something here and a surprising reminder of the way we were popped up.  Check out this discussion.
Recording is fundamentally wrong...

And it was another warm day here. It's easy to do social distancing on this path.

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Wonderful images ST  these are <****> times for all of us, I hope you are using your extra, enforced, "time off" to increase your happiness and wellbeing (mine is oscillating wildly between 'ok' and 'pretty low' just now and I apologise if I have impacted on yours over the last several months) 

Having spent the weekend closing down my caravan (holiday home/trailer in US English?). My wife and I are both in a 'higher risk' category, being in our mid 60's and with 'health conditions' so are self isolating until C19 abates. I'm planning to spend time in my home studio becoming a better player and, finally, getting some decent recordings done, along with sorting out the workshop, doing various jobs around the house and garden and trying to remain sane. We are much better off than many as we are in a position to weather the financial storm, for a while at least, so are not too worried from that POV but, amongst the stupid, selfish and occasionally nasty things people are doing there are plenty of examples of human kindness and empathy. Maybe our society will come out of this a nicer place to be...........

 


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In the Chicago area, St Patrick’s Day began my involuntary vacation from my day-job. Gigs started getting canceled a bit earlier on Leap Year.

So far, my next gig isn’t until the first week of May. Let’s hope prom doesn’t get canceled, too.

Most of my time since then has been watching the news, having two heart attacks per day, canceling subscriptions, hugging my kids n wife, smoking 2 joints in the morning, paying the bill on the storage locker and insurance, cleaning my mic grills, smoking beef on my Weber grill, rocking karaoke, cleaning my cables, greasing the bearings on my hand cart, playing xbox, smoking a bowl or two or three or 420,  chin ups, going for walks, quit drinking alcohol, kept ripping the bong, writing music, practicing guitar, piano, bass, and the egg shaker, wrestling with jimmy, and ultimately just not freaking out while looking at my 2020 calendar. You know... same ol’ same ol’.

Hi ST (and everyone else reading this topic.

Thanks for starting this. You always manage to find some interesting way for us to interact with each other, and this is no exception.

There have been some pretty interesting and inventive activities described here. Reading some of the present (and revisiting past) forum threads are a good way to spend some of the time. This is certainly what I'm doing some of the time.

ST: how far do you have to travel to visit your wood/forest? It looks beautiful and somehow doesn't fit in with the picture I've painted of you in my minds eye. I guess I more or less had you in office buildings and gig locations with (and sleeping in front of your PC on the forum like Neo in The Matrix ). Maybe that is your normal habitat. If so I'm glad to see that you've now at least got time to spend outside with nature. Definitely good for the soul.

Archtop Eddy posted:

Thanks ST for the beautiful pics. I can almost smell the fresh air!

Well Eddy considering where you live your sense of smell should be less contaminated than most of us . As you know, I've seen a picture of your "back yard" on another thread.

Archtop Eddy posted:

I'm working on a great new TrueFire jazz guitar course by Tim Lerch called Solo Pathways Chordal Improv.  You can find it at TrueFire.com

Certainly a good way to spend some of your time. When I took early retirement at the end of 2012 I started looking at different styles etc. and my guitar playing has certainly reached a new level since then.

Sam Spoons posted:

Having spent the weekend closing down my caravan (holiday home/trailer in US English?).

Where is your caravan situated Sam. I ask because of our connection to the area around Pennington Flash and that part of Lancashire/Greater Manchester.

I'm planning to spend time in my home studio becoming a better player and, finally, getting some decent recordings done, along with sorting out the workshop, doing various jobs around the house and garden and trying to remain sane.

Always a good idea practice and do what you enjoy. At our age we tend to have more time than most to follow our hobbies. However we don't always make full use of it as such.

We are much better off than many as we are in a position to weather the financial storm, for a while at least, so are not too worried from that POV but, amongst the stupid, selfish and occasionally nasty things people are doing there are plenty of examples of human kindness and empathy. Maybe our society will come out of this a nicer place to be...........

As a pensioner myself I'm grateful that I too don't have the financial worries that many have in these difficult times. 

I too have the hope that many of those who've only excelled through their negative view on life will maybe start to see things in a different light. I have my doubts though. It could however have a more binding effect on those of us for whom kindness and empathy are not strangers.

Will you still be able to sail on the Flash or has that possibility been closed down for the duration?

Karl 3 posted:

Most of my time since then has been watching the news,

Probably something that many if not most of us are doing at present

having two heart attacks per day,

Not good

canceling subscriptions,

Probably a pastime that many are practising in the current situation

hugging my kids n wife,

definitely a good idea

smoking 2 joints in the morning,

 

I can imagine that that helps to get you through day

Oldghm posted:

Well Karl makes me want to burn one, .................. but I don't have one to burn. Probably would just put me on the couch for a few hours any way. It's been awhile so It might be an adventure.

Well O.. I nearly ROFL when I read that

Wife said, "put that guitar down and your pants on."

O..

The mind boggles ... 

tomdavisdotcom posted:

I'll be spending my extra time finding good condition CLASSICS for sale.  Gonna buy em all up !!

If you're good at repairing electronic gear there's a lot of worse things you can do. I say repairing because Bose don't support the Classic any more and everything needs TLC at some time or other.

Thanks to all posting here. It certainly helps to pass the time under these very difficult circumstances.

I'll tell you a bit of what I'm doing in my next post.

Tony

So here's some of what I'm doing.

I'm very lucky to have a nice garden and Koi pond (roughly 10,000 gallons) so I can sit outside and watch what nature is doing at this time of year when everything is "waking up". The time of year is always one of the busier with the garden and pond. I really do consider myself to be lucky and privileged. Here are one or two pictures for those who may be interested.

I'm also playing a lot of guitar as I bought a new one two weeks ago which I can't put down as it's such a dream to play.

I learned to play guitar on an EKO Ranger 12 String (Dreadnaught body) lent to me by a friend. In 1977 I bought the same model and for several years it was my only acoustic guitar. It's been with me through thick and thin and I couldn't imagine parting with it, but nowadays it doesn't come up to my expectations as a musician. I've improved an awful lot since then.

About 18 month ago I started looking at 12 string guitars and played a Taylor 150e which is an excellent guitar for the money, but I was undecided as to whether or not to buy. The idea got shelved but not forgotten.

A few weeks ago I started looking again and became more and more interested in the Taylor V-Class 12 Fret Grand Concert instruments which Andy Powers at Taylor has been developing. My local dealer (I've known the guy running the acoustic guitar dept there for many years) had a 562ce V-Class in stock (they were introduced at the Summer Namm 2019, so they're pretty new on the scene). Anyway I drove there, tried it out against 2 other Taylor 12 Strings (a 150e and a 456ce-R). I found that I had trouble putting the 562ce down. It was so easy to play (due to the slightly shorter scale length, the 12 Fret construction and the small body size), the intonation was so good, and the sound just blew me away. I ended up walking out of the shop with the guitar case in my hand.

Since then I've played this guitar for many hours. As far as 12 strings go I've never played or heard anything like it. As you can probably tell, I'm so delighted with my new instrument that I've almost written a review. 

Anyway for those who are interested here are a couple of pictures.

You can see how small the body is if you compare it to the size of the headstock.

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Archtop Eddy posted:

Beautiful backyard Seagullman.  Looks like a great place to strum the guitar.

Thanks Eddy. on warm evenings I do just that. I've also got great neighbours whose gardens join mine and others who are also near enough to hear when I play. They seem to enjoy it when I sing a few songs on warm summer evenings. I think that because I've not been kidnapped and incarcerated up to now .My Koi seem to find it soothing as well because they quite often come to where I'm playing and just just look and float. Maybe they've just got good connections to Karl 3 

And speaking of guitars, the Taylor 12 looks very yummy.  While I don't play a 12 string, I'm really partial to small body guitars.

If you get the chance to play one it's a good experience. Due to the construction details (12 Fret and shorter scale length of 24-7/8") the string tension allows for very easy playing. The strings almost fret themselves.

  Enjoy in good health Seagullman!

Thanks Eddy. The same goes for you when you go for a hike in your beautiful countryside.

Seagullman, glad to see you got the 12 string. I'd always wanted one, and finally pulled the trigger last year on a used Art & Lutherie Wild Cherry 12-String model that I really like (Godin subsidiary). If anyone is looking for an inexpensive 12 string, this is a great contender. I've since gone through my acoustic band set list and basically any song I can get away with playing on this thing is now a "12 string song"  

Jeff

Rob Wright posted:

Love the yard.

 

Thanks Rob. I know that I'm privileged to live as I do.

troubador posted:

@Seagullman Wow to both the Taylor and your backyard ... that Taylor 562 looks SWEET!! Enjoy ... while I drool ...

Thanks Troubador, It makes me happy to know that others appreciate my garden. It's good for the soul to be able to just go and sit there. My living room has sliding 2 windows (each about 2x2 meters) which look straight onto the pond and garden. 

Regarding the Taylor, I find myself drooling as well sometimes. 

Jeff K posted:

Seagullman, glad to see you got the 12 string. I'd always wanted one, and finally pulled the trigger last year on a used Art & Lutherie C Wild Cherry 12-String model that I really like (Godin subsidiary).

I can really understand your liking playing a 12 String. I'm familiar with Art & Lutherie. My main live acoustic 6 string is a Seagull Artist Studio CW (also a Godin subsidiary. All the Godin Subsidiaries offer extremely good value for money.

If anyone is looking for an inexpensive 12 string, this is a great contender. I've since gone through my acoustic band set list and basically any song I can get away with playing on this thing is now a "12 string song"

Jeff

I can well believe that. Another 12 string worth looking at with good value for money is the Seagull S12 Coastline.

Hi, Tony.

It's great to hear from you.

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ST: how far do you have to travel to visit your wood/forest? It looks beautiful and somehow doesn't fit in with the picture I've painted of you in my minds eye. I guess I more or less had you in office buildings and gig locations with (and sleeping in front of your PC on the forum like Neo in The Matrix ). Maybe that is your normal habitat. If so I'm glad to see that you've now at least got time to spend outside with nature. Definitely good for the soul.

In the days before LCD screens were the norm, I cobbled together a computer workstation out of three of these Ultimate Support keyboard stands.

The result looked a lot like this.

Things are much simpler now with a Surface Studio 2 driving a 55-inch curved monitor slightly above and behind it.

more coming in a minute.

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Hi again, Tony

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ST: how far do you have to travel to visit your wood/forest? 

At the end of the driveway, I cross the street and it looks like this.

If you can see your footsteps ahead of you

Click the picture to see a larger view.

When I look ahead and recognize my own footsteps on the path, it's time to strike out in a new direction.

Focus on the trees

These days, I'm trying to shift my focus from the trees.

ST

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Seagullman posted:Sam Spoons posted:

Having spent the weekend closing down my caravan (holiday home/trailer in US English?).

Where is your caravan situated Sam. I ask because of our connection to the area around Pennington Flash and that part of Lancashire/Greater Manchester.

I'm planning to spend time in my home studio becoming a better player and, finally, getting some decent recordings done, along with sorting out the workshop, doing various jobs around the house and garden and trying to remain sane.

Always a good idea practice and do what you enjoy. At our age we tend to have more time than most to follow our hobbies. However we don't always make full use of it as such.

We are much better off than many as we are in a position to weather the financial storm, for a while at least, so are not too worried from that POV but, amongst the stupid, selfish and occasionally nasty things people are doing there are plenty of examples of human kindness and empathy. Maybe our society will come out of this a nicer place to be...........

As a pensioner myself I'm grateful that I too don't have the financial worries that many have in these difficult times. 

I too have the hope that many of those who've only excelled through their negative view on life will maybe start to see things in a different light. I have my doubts though. It could however have a more binding effect on those of us for whom kindness and empathy are not strangers.

Will you still be able to sail on the Flash or has that possibility been closed down for the duration?

Caravan is in Anglesey right on the coast of Holyhead bay, site closed for the duration from last Monday. The Flash is closed too but I brought the Blaze home so can do some fettling and bimbling (carbon fibre mast boom and racks need a repaint) and it's here for when things start to open up again.