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  1. Phew............thought my nieces were for sale then.
  2. Do I have to play in a band which tells me how many instruments I can take? Or maybe, the stage is just so small that there's no room for the 2nd one to stand up. Can you get someone to pass it to you from the shadows?
  3. Its a pretty reasonable approach (that the OP has made), though.
  4. No, but they'll be working hard, even with "bending" the law, for a very marginal gain on each car. I used to date a car dealer who sold nearly new high-end German cars at a franchised dealer - £30-50k price range. It was like falling off a log - the cars were so good they sold themselves, it was just a bit of admin per sale for £1000-1500 profit each time. Buyer expectations on cars under £2000 are sky high compared to what you'll get for the money, and anything under £2k these days is considered "banger". The consumer protection offered is so good these days that a dealer who operates in that area really has their work cut out, and will end up upside down half the time too. Try to operate under £2k with the "trade only spares/repairs" rubbish and you'll be constantly dealing with scumbags, chancers, small time drug dealers, etc etc many of whom are well connected in the locality on Facebook, some of whom own (and aren't afraid to use) a baseball bat, etc.
  5. There's definitely a resonance that occurs once the string is vibrating, which is either amplified or dulled by everything else which vibrates with it - which includes the string itself, the (wood of the, and every other component of the) guitar, the speaker cabinet, the speaker cone, the air in the room etc. So while its only the strings pickup and electronics creating the original tone, whether it sustains or not afterwards is down to literally everything else.
  6. "Trade sale"; or "sold for spares/repairs". There is no such possibility of simply labelling a sale as a trade sale - its defined by whether both parties are in the trade, or are (retail) members of the public. If they're normal non-trade customers, they have legal rights, they can't just be signed away!
  7. Ironically, if its a private sale (not trade), the ONLY thing a seller could do which could is illegal is misdescribe the item. A dealer or trader has many more responsibilities eg in cars, it needs to be roadworthy, within 6 months its assumed to have be the dealer's fault if it has a problem unless proven otherwise, etc etc but a private seller can simply say not much on the advert and the deal is done. Putting something flowery onto the description opens the door for that "misdescribed" comeback.
  8. I think they should ban Squiers being listed as "Squier by Fender" or any reference to Fender, because it makes searching for an actual Fender, tedious. Maybe the search term should be: title LIKE "%Fender%" AND (title NOT LIKE "%Squi%" AND body NOT LIKE "%Squi%")
  9. For me, in addition to the original post, this post is the most interesting. It shows that a musical instrument isn't "perfect", it has imperfections which can scientifically be measured and observed. BUT...that's what gives it its character, its "uniqueness" if you like. The OP is interesting in that.......the body isn't one of those things!
  10. The only real way is to control what's within your power to control. If this means having a sound engineer of your own, so you CAN control the mix (and overall volume) during the gig, and who understands the needs of your band and yourselves more accurately than "random student wannabe sound engineer" (I'm sure some of them will go on to make good sound engineers) then that's what to do. If this isn't possible - I appreciate it may be a step up too far - then stopping briefly to solve the technical issues, WITHOUT annoying the audience, is the way to go. Certainly I'd try a brief pause and chat with the relevant, without asking/moaning on-mic, before anything else. I wouldn't go buying more and more kit, if the issue is the way the existing kit you use (albeit the venue's) is being controlled.
  11. That was going to be my second suggestion. Bass solos just about the right length, don't want to over-egg the pudding after all.
  12. The Who 5:15 by Thunderfingers of course:
  13. You didn't make a mistake though? Unfortunately, shopping nowadays especially online is often based simply on being the cheapest priced, so companies will do anything to cut costs. 95% of the time it works out for you and me as a consumer, sometimes things like this happen though.
  14. ...........and that's the river. If you're angry, but not sufficiently (or you want/need it enough) to actually cancel the order and deny them your money, then they've "won", at least this one sale. Without naming and shaming, there's no negative impact on the company (and even with, its probably marginal). Personally I'd try to never put myself in a position I "need" something that much that customer service below my expectation will be tolerated, simply to obtain the item.
  15. If you get money for it, regularly, its - by definition - semi-professional and a job/occupation. If you didn't get paid, then sure its amateur and safely in "hobby" territory. It would depend on the type of band and gigs you did, this kind of thing has come up before where people assume things without asking, and in fact there's plenty of different variations on basschat. I suspect those who know they're semi-pro, would know themselves if they ought to declare it or not on their insurance.
  16. I just checked on Money Supermarket and they have the question "Besides xxxxxxxxxxxxxx do you have another job?" and if you look at the info box, it paraphrases this as "paid work". On another one (Confused.com) it asks "Do you have another occupation?". I would have thought if you receive money for something, then it would be widely interpreted as "another job" or "another occupation" regardless of if there's associated expenses which make it unprofitable, if you enjoy it or not (some people enjoy their main job!) etc and if you were to answer the question "no" then make a claim surrounding the use of the car during that second job, it would be discovered and treated as an attempt to fraudulently obtain a lower insurance quote. I believe what normally happens is the insurance company recalculate what the premium would have been, then work out the proportion you did pay, then pay out on the claim with that proportion (which wouldn't normally be so bad, if the difference was small). However they are also likely to put an entry onto the Claims and Underwriting Exchange (CUE) and Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud Theft Register (MIAFTR) databases. And they are able to then cancel your policy too - meaning you'd have to declare this on obtaining any subsequent insurance - which WILL bump up your insurance very significantly. And don't forget, anyone could/can claim on your policy and you may be powerless to prevent this, for example if you did have an accident and ended up in hospital, unable to manage the situation, but they had your reg.
  17. When I held pet insurance for my dog, they didn't ask occupation - it was more about breed of dog, KC registration, pre-existing medical conditions, level of cover etc.
  18. I don't think its a reading vs non-reading debate. Its more a "professional" vs "sloppy" mindset debate (I appreciate we are talking about amateur and semi-pro musicians here). I asked the question "How are you communicating with your fellow musicians, if not all reading sheet music?" because I KNOW guitarists generally don't read sheet music, but they must be either deciphering it by ear then memorising; or deciphering it then writing it down in their own personalised way, which might look like a chord chart (but might not). All of those steps are prone to error (as is reading, if you make mistakes such as not remembering the key sig; not counting beats properly etc) but I'd say they're less robust, therefore you need to up your game to do it properly. Clearly this guitarist isn't.
  19. I actually agree with ZilchWoolham, in that for rock/pop, listening to the music is even more important than eg listening to a classical/jazz piece, in order to perform it well. Whilst the rock/pop might be simpler in terms of repeating riffs and a more rigid verse/chorus structure, that simplicity - and also the space created by having fewer instruments playing - opens up the possibilities for detail/subtle differences in timbre, expression, small variations in timing etc which goes to create "the song" as a whole. The classical/jazz musician is no better than the rock/pop musician, its just that their skillbase leans more towards being able to play from reading rather than commit to memory; and more tightly playing "as written", in general. Of course there are shades of grey in there too, every element is important. If you can't read music (of any kind - eg tab, leadsheet form, chord chart, etc) then that leaves listening then memorising as the way to accomplish the task in hand. I would say that's harder (to do consistently well). At the end of the day, reading is a "hump" you need to get over as a skill, but its fairly simple and intuitive, in that advancing time reads left to right; and higher notes are higher up on the staff. Also its not really fair to "pick on" guitarists as non-reading, really the reason is its a function of the type of music a guitar is typically featured or called upon in. The average guitarist simply doesn't need to read music because its not that relevant. But they need to develop some alternate way of being able to work alongside other musicians in a rehearsal situation and play the right thing at the right time as the others. Another myth to bust on "reading on guitar" is that its unnaturally hard - its not - violin, viola, cello, etc players do it all the time, yes there's different positions and different ways to play the same thing, but that's true of almost every other instrument too and just a part of playing that instrument.
  20. The point is more that where a musical genre is more complicated, then relying on interpreting and playing by ear becomes troublesome in itself; and its by necessity the parts need to be more organised than simply allowing/expecting each musician to transcribe. Also, "complicated" could mean more instruments. A rock band has say 3-6 instruments, a big band has 18 parts. If there is a chord to be played, how does the 2nd alto sax player know which note to play, because someone needs to play the (for example) 9th, but is it the alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, trombone etc? Not so easy to determine by ear. And an orchestra might have 30-40 different parts. Also don't forget that notated music also has much more than simply the notes and rhythm - there is dynamics, marks of expression, breath, accent etc too, all of which goes to make up the 'feel' of the music, accepting that its impossible to notate everything and there is still scope for interpretation or differences between it and the original recording. Also its about time saving (ie efficiency) too. If you have an amateur music group who rehearse once a week, not everyone has the time to sit and listen to a song and accurately transcribe it (and commit it to memory). There's different skills: reading music; sight reading (which is distinct in itself); expression, playing in time/tune, transcribing, playing by ear, improvising etc. You are what you practice too - if you are an average musician in an amateur music group, you are probably used to reading and sight reading but might not be so great at playing in time, or improvising. A well rounded musician doesn't have a weakness, or has a way to work around eg not reading music so that they're not holding up the rest of the band; or they can adapt to different situations, genres etc without too much issue.
  21. Horrendous inefficiency aside.......that technique relies on each musician listening to the SAME recording. And also agreeing on what the "intro", "verse", "chorus", "break" etc is, otherwise if during rehearsal you stop, you'll have to go to the beginning to restart playing it. Yuk! Of course, pop/rock music is much simpler than those genres where written dominates, so its not really that much of an issue. Except when it is.
  22. How are you communicating with your fellow musicians, if not all reading sheet music?
  23. I would say: 1. Split coil pickup in the right place 2. Body style 3. Thick-ish neck and...... 4. Made by Fender or Squier. Anything else is either slightly less than, or with more pickups a little bit more than, or a variation of, a Precision.
  24. I use Viddly, its always worked good for me.
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