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Sep 21, 2020 - 2:43:01 PM
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4 posts since 9/21/2020

Hello All,
Since I started playing guitar last year I've been searching for that style that just grabs me and won't let me go. This may be why I started so late in life, I'm 62. Blues, such as Slow, Delta, Swamp, etc., have always tugged at me and when attempting these on my guitars have put a smile on my face. I discovered Justin Johnson not too long ago and oh yeah, that's what I've been looking for. So, learning to play a resonator is now high on my list. I'll be asking for lots of help for my journey.

Sep 22, 2020 - 10:18:45 AM

989 posts since 2/2/2011

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Originally posted by Rake Ether

I discovered Justin Johnson not too long ago and oh yeah, that's what I've been looking for. 


So, have you selected your shovel yet?  What shaft length 15", 18", 20"?  Wooden shaft, composite shaft or fiberglass?  Spade blade or square blade?  Mild steel or something more high alloy?  I like the Fiskars myself - tone in spades, man.  Can you dig it?  wink

Welcome.

Dennis

Sep 22, 2020 - 12:52:41 PM
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wlgiii

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1151 posts since 9/28/2010

The first thing to learn for playing resonators versus normal guitars is patience. They're finicky and require more tinkering.

But seriously...spend some time here reading present and past articles to help choose which instrument, which strings, which tuning, which slide, which picks, etc., etc....

Sep 22, 2020 - 3:00:34 PM

4 posts since 9/21/2020

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Originally posted by Slidennis
quote:
Originally posted by Rake Ether

I discovered Justin Johnson not too long ago and oh yeah, that's what I've been looking for. 


So, have you selected your shovel yet?  What shaft length 15", 18", 20"?  Wooden shaft, composite shaft or fiberglass?  Spade blade or square blade?  Mild steel or something more high alloy?  I like the Fiskars myself - tone in spades, man.  Can you dig it?  wink

Welcome.

Dennis


Any would be cheaper than a National and I could garden with it.

Sep 22, 2020 - 3:01:20 PM

4 posts since 9/21/2020

quote:
Originally posted by wlgiii

The first thing to learn for playing resonators versus normal guitars is patience. They're finicky and require more tinkering.

But seriously...spend some time here reading present and past articles to help choose which instrument, which strings, which tuning, which slide, which picks, etc., etc....


Thank you , I plan to do just that.

Sep 24, 2020 - 9:51:18 AM
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20 posts since 6/2/2020

Interesting story, not so much unlike my own in some ways. I had been playing, messing around mostly with a guitar for some time, years ago now, didn't know much in the way of tunes, but I did enjoy the playing the guitar. I never really learned very many songs, I don't sing, so I had a very limited repertoire. One day I went to a small folk fest and listened to a guitar player and a harmonica player doing some old finger picking acoustic blues. I was so impressed and knew right then that the blues was something I wanted to focus on.

After their set was over I tracked them down and to my lucky surprise the guitar player lived in my town!! We talked and he invited me over for my first blues lesson. He lent me a stack of LPs of so many blues guys, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, John Jackson, on and on, I devoured all and purchased many more for myself, Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, and more, even some blues players who came up in the 60's and 70's Roy Bookbinder, Steve James, just so many artist to listen to and learn from.

The blues was for me, I still can't sing, but, I sure can improvise now, I can play what I feel. No 3 minute tunes for me, I love just catching a feeling and going with it.

For a long time in the beginning I tried so hard to sound like Robert Johnson, Roy Bookbinder, Blind Boy Fuller, just couldn't get it. There was a place in Blue Hill Maine, the Left Bank Cafe', tiny place, great food, and amazing place to see and hear so many nationally know artist, anyway in the summer the Left Bank Cafe' had a week long acoustic blues fest, during the day you could take a lesson with your hero, and in the evening watch and listen to them play. I took a lesson with Roy Bookbinder, there may have been 5 of us there, Roy was showing us a lick that I had heard him do but couldn't work it out, so he showed us what he was doing, one of the other guys sitting in on the lesson ask Roy if he wasn't worried about us stealing his licks, Roy look at us and said, no, cause you will never sound like me!! At the moment a light bulb went off, I was freed up to play my way, to find my sound and expand on that and not to worry or be concerned so much about trying to sound just like Robert Johnson, just do it my way and enjoy the music coming from my soul.

Enjoy the Blues, it is an American Heritage.

Right now, my main focus is my newish Square Neck Resonator Guitar, and bluegrass music has captured my interest now for about 15 years, I'll be so glad when the pandemic is over so I can get together with my friends and jam til I can't play no more...I miss my friends and the music. I still play some blues, my wife loves it when I do, and I still enjoy going there a few times a week. Enjoy the ride, it never, never ends....

Sep 28, 2020 - 4:47:44 AM

4 posts since 9/21/2020

Thanks everyone for the support and advice. I've sold my flattop acoustic in preparation for getting a resonator. I've narrowed down my choice to a wood bodied, modestly priced, biscuit bridge guitar and like the offerings from Republic or Royall. It looks like they are probably the same guitar, likely manufactured in the same factory in China. That's OK by me.

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