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    We all have those John. Speak out. Play out. Be bold.

    teddy the meek

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    Seeing "teddy the meek" got a rise out of me.
    You're right about being bold. I've been too observational lately,
    not like a grandfather giving his grandkids room to grow,
    but letting younger musicians get off thinking I've been there, won that.
    No-one ever paid me to just be standing around watching.

    An old friend drove over from Port Colborne to give me some guitar wood,
    from a friend who just passed away. Kingwood from Columbia and a little ebony.
    I'm going to try an inlay or carving to add to my latest guitar.
    I thought the Kingwood was dense mahogany until I held it, very heavy.
    It does have a light streak running along one edge, and is orangey-brown.

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    I mentioned the incredible stink of trying to make clamshell inlays,
    like some kind of dead dinosaur, using a Dremel tool,
    and my friend said ivory dust is toxic and fatal.
    I didn't know that.

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    Try rhino horn John. It has additional benifits

    teddy

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    Even the rhino head with the replica horn was taken down by thieves,
    ripping of the horn, just the other day.
    I'm glad I don't need those kinds of suppliments.
    Being a born-again virgin has it's rewards.

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    Hello John,

    So sorry for my lack of reply until now! Thank you for wanting to buy Like a Flame! You shall indeed be entitled to "special treatment", if you are still interested I can send you an autographed copy by mail. We can discuss the details over PM.

    Thank you for being patient with me!

    Best regards,
    Frederik

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    Mr. Frederik Magle! You don't have to apologize, or say thanks for being patient.
    Thank you for the personal message.
    I'll be getting it together right away, if I can.
    Exchanging the currency should be easy, and your mailing address should be somewhere.
    And I'll send the money order in a package ready to mail the c.d., appreciating your time as your autograph effort.
    You don't have to pull out all your stops for me.

    as always, John Watt

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    One of the reasons I'm being so serious about this "Like a Flame" purchase, is my own musical need.
    A non-rock performer might not understand how I can be wanting a cathedral organ influence,
    and what that actually means to a musician playing an electric guitar through a Marshall amp.
    And listening with studio headphones.
    Jimi Hendrix, still my favorite electric guitarist, never had pre-amp and main volume controls.
    In 1974, I sent $775 to Marshall in England to buy a 100 watt head when they came out with that,
    what amounted to two volume controls instead of one.
    That's when the "Marshall roar" first became a widespread thing.
    Jimi set his amp up for a warm, jazzy tone, and used fuzz and overdrives for feedback boost.
    You can say a 9-volt battery on the floor was a form of pre-amp, but that was pre-set.
    Jimi used his time between songs to reach down, up and around him, changing settings.
    The pre-amp and main volume potential allowed you to adjust this with your guitar,
    extending the capacity of the instrument.
    Hearing Frederik Magle's music is inspiring, but I want to get his organ tones and power into my head.
    I believe that can be almost accomplished with my semi-solid-body and 9-volt to digital combination amp.
    A new sonic accomplishment for electric guitar shouldn't devolve into making strange sounds as an effect.
    It will only be truly effective if it has the same resonance as all the great music that has come before.

    I'm not typing that "Like a Flame" will be my default classical musicology,
    because I can't imagine coming up with greater music itself.
    But if I can get my guitar to sound like I'm pulling out a few new stops,
    my musical experience will have only gotten wider, and totally more tonal.

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    Something I forgot to mention about the pre-amp and master volume knobbage, with 9 volts on the floor,
    plus phasing, flanging, various vibratos, tremolos, and stereo panning settings,
    is finding that sweet spot, usually between 3 or 4 on the pre-amp and 8 to 10 on the master,
    where you can get a clean or cleaner tone happening, and hitting the strings harder gives you some distortion.
    I used to let a lot of other guitarists try that out, being asked about getting distortion for fills while playing rhythm.
    It's so expensive, getting that out of an electric guitar, when acoustic resonance is so much more complicated.
    But my semi-solid-body has more characteristics already, and I haven't used my concert set-up yet.
    I'm still refinishing the guitar for decor.

    Maybe in a couple of weeks, I'll start breathing heavy here about lighting up Mr. Frederik Magle's flame.

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    Look forward to hearing you John

    teddy

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    You know teddy, sometimes I feel a little down about my enthusiasm here.
    I really like this domain, the only music forum I visit to comment on, for a long time.
    But I know the as-yet-untitled Mr. Frederik Magle is Danish, with a real global audience.
    Chances are, I'll never travel over the Pacific just to meet up with him, to hear him,
    or visit with the many members here who perform and are sophisticated people to know,
    who would be the kind of musicians I'd visit while I was travelling.

    Not that I regret any time spent here, not that it's not a paying job for me,
    or feels redundant, because I learn and find a deep influence as a person.
    That said, it's time to see if I can find something to riff offa,
    and torment the trained tablature of the taught mind.

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    Go for it John

    teddy

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    Okay! I'll upgrade that to "the too taught mind".
    Mr. Frederik Magle's foray into facebook is working.
    I'm seeing him around over on this side of the Atlantic.
    I'll organize the first new tribal presence in Canada for him,
    "The Too-Tots", a people who derailed their own train with Coltrane,
    being into "sheets of sound" more than sheet music.
    Maybe some organ pipes can vent all that steam too.

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    Now that I've read about the rhythmic formula that defines life and music on earth,
    I can see why typing here has so much fulfillment for me.
    I've got my main content, wanting the "Like a Flame" c.d. going,
    with secondary content, my reasons, and tertiary content, my blathering on.
    So even this thread complies with Daniel Levetin's formula.
    Or is me typing like this sounding like someone who wants to move a cathedral organ,
    so a couple of cathedral organists can jam together, something that just hasn't happened?
    Oh no, now my rhythmic flow is altered.

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    Yes, having my guitar in pieces, knowing it sounds and works differently,
    while my stereo Marshall pre-amp based amp system quietly awaits,
    is interesting, with only the deep and strong tones of cathedral organs in my head.
    Hearing what the as-yet-untitled Frederik Magle can create with those tones,
    wanting to expand my musical range, is very exciting.

    And I don't mind adding to this thread, seeing my name on top most of the time anyway.
    I've always had a nervous quality to my energy onstage,
    tossing my guitar around and dancing along too.
    So having some fun with font shouldn't be surprising.
    I am "The Fount of Font & The Earl of Url", after all.

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