It was pretty exciting getting my Fender American Stratocaster last year, but I found out yesterday that there is a trick to changing the strings. I realized this as I was tuning…the tremolo bridge rose higher, and the strings kept going out of tune. Details about this were not outlined in the manual, and the Fender site was a bit unclear. After some searching online, I found out you have to remove the back plate on the guitar that covers the bridge springs. and balance the tension of the bridge with the string tension. Here’s a link: http://www.strat-talk.com/threads/floating-trem-too-high.14728/ Scroll down and look for the answer from “paulg.” I used a 1/8″ thick section of post-it notes in place of the block of wood. :) Happy stratting!!
Cleaning out the garbage in my life
I’ve had it up to here with pain and strife!
Can’t you see I’m busy?
Why does it always have to be me?
I’m tired of doing things for everyone else.
Why can’t I just do things for myself?
For most of my life, I’ve been trampled on
Used up and tossed around…
It’s time now to turn the tide
Cast my net open and wide
Drawn in what I had been afraid of
whilst protected in my cove.
Peeling away the layers of life…
like an onion…
taken so long to reveal
who I am.
I was living a lie,
afraid to shine
for fear of failure
fear of success
fear of being my best
of doing what I was meant to do
Peel away my layers…
you’ll see someone quite different
from the reserved office assistant.
You see, this reticent girl
is ready to burst at the seams
this trapped energy is about to explode
like a cannon filled with gun powder!
Here’s a link to a songwriting event I participated in! It was hosted by the Newmarket Arts Council, at the Jam Spot. Alas, I did not make the top 3, but it was a lot of fun! http://www.newmarketartscouncil.ca/features/song-writers_V2
It’s been a while since I last posted here…I have been thinking about how much I’ve devoted my life to artistic pursuits, but more in the background…and how the actual career I’ve pursued has been so different…you could say I’m afraid of change, but I wouldn’t be the only one…
I realize I need more skills to keep up with the current technological trends…I would like to learn more about audio recording and editing, as it relates to film, which is another art form I am fascinated with. I will be looking into studying post production at Humber College…I am planning to get into a full-fledged art career and not just artistic hobbies. :) I’ll keep you posted…
Well, I did it, even though I can’t really afford it! I ordered this Fender beauty: http://intl.fender.com/en-CA/guitars/stratocaster/american-standard-strat-hss-shawbucker-rosewood-fingerboard-sienna-sunburst/ It’s a rocking machine with the more powerful Custom Shop single coil pickups and the Shawbucker humbucking pickup in the bridge. Now, I believe my musical palette will be complete!
I decided to explore the world of guitar pedals! I never thought I’d become this much of a guitar geek, but so far I have two pedals that are pretty cool, man! ;) Here’s the BOSS Rotary Ensemble Twin Pedal: https://youtu.be/iqquOdHWo-4 Pretty groovy, eh?
And, I just picked up the Behringer Hell Babe wah wah pedal: https://youtu.be/B-A82a6d2uM This guy is a bit kooky, but he gives pretty good reviews. Hey, you don’t have to spend a lot for a decent wah wah pedal!
…and now I have Behringer’s Ultra Chorus and Vintage Delay pedals…also pretty cool for the price!