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J Ross Smith

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Find at www.jrosssmith.com! Over 20 years of guitar playing, teaching, building, and modifying; have worked as a touring musician, studio session guitarist, engineer, guitar tech, and guitar teacher. Registered member of ASCAP. Registered member of Freelancers Union. I have a working knowledge of music theory and styles, and a taste for all types of music and instruments. If you have a favorite guitar player or style, chances are I share it! If you have a question I can't answer, I'll rely on experienced and knowledgeable people I know to get the correct information for you, and I hope I can help inspire your playing style and tone. Promotional photo by Sebastian Castillo at Castillo Photography, San Diego, CA.

Experience in the area

Over 15 years of guitar playing, teaching, building, and modifying; have worked as a touring musician, studio session guitarist, engineer, guitar tech, and guitar teacher.

Organizations

American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), Freelancers' Union, IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America).

Education/Credentials

I have a working knowledge of music theory and styles, and a taste for all types of music and instruments. If you have a favorite guitar player or style, chances are I share it!!!

What do you like about this subject?

Guitar is my absolute passion. There is something mystical, alluring, and overtaking about that instrument for me - in fact, even since childhood I have been completely fascinated by everything to do with it. Hopefully my zeal for this subject will help in answering your questions.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'd love to think something I tell someone will have a positive impact on their lives and playing, and maybe even the musical world.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Notes are like words: they're out there for all to use, but it's how YOU put them together that defines your voice.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

EVERY STYLE OF MUSIC IS VALID AND EVERYONE WHO PUTS PASSION INTO THEIR WORK IS A TRUE ARTIST. PLEASE: If you're considering making your question PRIVATE, think that hundreds of people out there just like you have the exact same question, and they might get their answer just by reading yours! It's perfectly okay to have your question public!


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Recent Answers from J Ross Smith

2016-11-12 country:

Hi, Andrew!  Great question.  Diminished chords can be confusing, especially when just learning chord patterns.  I'll answer your question in a broad sense rather than applying the answer specifically

2015-08-13 guitar make and model:

Hi, John!  I can understand your confusion; the Les Paul style has been copied countless times over the years and there are so many clones out there that just by looking at the skeleton alone it can be

2015-01-21 archtop guitar:

Hi, Shaun!  The Ovation guitars, particularly the mid-bowl size, are great instruments.  Although easy to play right off the shelf, with a pro setup they can be extremely easy on the fingers compared to

2014-11-15 Writing Original Music:

Hi, Sarah!  Great question.  This is a problem many musicians face regardless of their chosen instruments.  Fortunately, it's an easily solved problem.    First of all, using the same notes that others

2014-11-15 Les Paul Mystery:

Hi, Daniel!  Thanks for including pictures with your inquiry; this really helps in most cases.      You're totally right; Gibson has an extremely confusing serial number system.  Even though they have

 

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