Intonation

Hi there,

Following on in my series of basic guitar set-ups, this one is about setting the individual string lengths to give an accurate octave of the open strings exactly at the twelfth fret.

As all the strings are of a different mass and also tuned to a different frequency it follows that the vibrational nodes of each string are going to fall in slightly different places and as the frets are fixed in one place, the way of compensating  for the difference is achieved by having slightly differing string lengths. The heavier and lower in register the individual string is, the longer it needs to be to obtain a more accurate intonation over the scale of the frets. The most obvious outcome of this maladjustment is that you tune your guitar’s open strings perfectly but when you play some chords particularly higher up the fretboard, it sounds out of tune!

Different types of guitar have different methods of reaching this adjustment, this video covers a Gibson type bridge with angular saddle pieces that are adjusted by an ordinary flat blade screwdriver. Some guitars have hex wrench screws and some cross head screws but the principal remains the same.

Acoustic guitars do not generally have individual adjustment so you have to rely on the quality and accuracy of the manufacturer. This issue will be covered in a later post

I love to hear your comments so please do post your thoughts.

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How to remove fret buzz

Hi,

Continuing from my last post here’s my latest instructional thread on – as the title suggests – how to remove fret buzz.

In this particular instance the fret buzz has been made manifest by straightening the neck but it may be that your guitar has always had this annoying problem and completely put you off playing,  so here’s how to fix it!

Not a fully comprehensive tome but enough to give you the general idea and I would be glad to go into it in more detail if asked so please leave comments so we can share the experience.

May your guitar strings be your heart strings.

PeteP

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How to straighten your guitar neck

Hi, this is my first video and one of a series which will help the newbie or improver guitar player to understand and fix any perceived problems that they may have with their instrument, particularly those that have had an instrument lying around unused and unloved.

Like life itself,  you generally get back what you give out – so it is with the guitar – and everyone (Every guitar that is) like ourselves, has a unique sound and personality so the more time and attention you pay it, the greater the rewardsyou will receive back!.

Topics covered in this series:-

  1. Adjustment of truss rod – This one.
  2. Removal of fret buzz – Usually following adjustment of fret buzz.
  3. Intonation – Adjusting the octave perfectly over the 12th fret.
  4. Action – Height of strings away from the frets by adjustment of the bridge.
  5. Nut adjustment – Height of strings away from the frets by adjustment of the nut.

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From a Demo to a release

This series of articles, video’s/audio’s I hope goes some way to remove some of the mystery from the process of going from a rough take to a full blown multi-track production suitable for release.

The actual material I will be working with is a song called “Weathergirl” and was penned by my songwriting collaborator Andrew Brock.

Without explaining too much about the song itself – as it should speak for itself – I suggest you go ahead and listen to the first draft which consists of an acoustic guitar and two tracks of vocal sung by me to get an idea for harmonies and construction.

The whistling part unless of course retained by popular demand I intend to replace with a Guitar Solo. I had idea’s for violin solo also be we shall use what is readily available i.e Me and one (Or two) of my various guitars. I will also add some percussion, not sure what yet but I do have a Korg PADKontroller and some good drum sounds but not sure I can get the light feel necessary for such a breezy sounding song.
I would much appreciate your comments good bad or ugly as I am considering this as a collaboration that could ultimately end up with  many different versions.

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I am currently involved in a self development course to try and change my habitual habits of not seeing things through and changing my mind before the major change I originally intended has come anywhere near fruition.
It does however now seem  to be working both on a subconscious level and also in my conscious  actions and is self-evident from my output since I have been following the regular daily short video’s.
I have achieved at least some of the tasks that I know I should have done ages ago and persistently but always talked my self out of. The main difference between previous attempts and now is that I actually  feel like doing it instead of just going through the motions and hoping that I would feel better afterwards.
Anyway, the latest two instalments are the the subjects that gave arise to my Reality Checkpoint and are concerned with negative and positive emotions. It is with this simple scoring system that has made me aware that I am not very positive at all! and goes some way to explain why I have never managed to lift myself out of the rut that I seem to have been following for possibly twenty years. Actually this is  a wholly pessimistic outlook as there have been quite a few major accomplishments by myself and my partner within this time period, in fact a lot more than some people manage in a lifetime but what I’m trying to say is that it is a viewpoint on my terms and not other peoples idea of what they think I or themselves should be doing or have done.
To illustrate I will list the emotions and my current score for each one, first the negative….
On a scale from 1 – 10 (1 being “I am in control of me” and 10 being “I am consumed by these emotions”)
Fear –                      3
Jealousy –           5
Hatred –               4
Revenge –           7
Greed –                 2
Superstition – 2
Anger –                7
Total =                  30
Now the positive…
On a scale from 1 – 10 (1 being “I am numb to this emotion” and 10 being “I am in harmony with these emotions”)
Desire –                  3
Faith –                     2
Love –                      1
Sex –                          1
Enthusiasm –    2
Romance –           1
Hope –                     2
Total =                  12
The total scores speak for themselves and it is apparent  that I am more than half consumed with negative emotions!!
I am wondering if this is an average score or am I just individually not a very happy person? I would really like to know where some other members of the tribe come out on this?

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