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Tweed Couch Guitar Therapy Session

Tweed Couch Guitar Therapy Session

Welcome to the ?Tweed Couch: Guitar Therapy Session? where we talk about all things guitar related. Dr. T is NOT a licensed therapist but he play's one on a Podcast. Join him and his friends as they discuss the thoughts of a guitarist and the decisions that are made. Occasional co-hosts: Jason Cornelius, Andrew Barber, Beth Dorsing, Lloyd Garrelts, John Dougherty, Nick Dell. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tweedcouch/support

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61- Worship Leading for Guitarists

My start into the music world came as a teenager playing campfire songs for my friends in the church youth group. Soon that turned to playing in a garage band with some friends. We played a pretty eclectic catalog of Skynyrd, Nirvana, Police, Sublime, Tom Petty? My brother joined a music ministry group and that is when I started really paying attention to Christian music like Jars of Clay, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, and Third Day.

Of course at that time, late 90 and early 2000?s, worship music was very different than it is now. Most of the music at that time was chasing the sounds of popular music out in the secular world. The more Christian music evolved and was played on the radio, the more churches began welcoming it into their worship centers and sanctuaries to use in service. This caused a need for contemporary styled musicians and fortunately for the churches there were many musicians looking for a place to play.

But is there a worship music sound? Is there certain gear or tones associated with it? What stereotypes are there? How different is playing worship music than secular music? Is there a difference between being the worship leader and the worship director? And how do you prepare yourself for leading worship?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Barber, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-11-28
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60- Low Back Issues

As mentioned in the podcast intro, I am not a licensed therapist. What I am is a Doctor of Chiropractic. With that said, I couldn?t get anyone to do a group therapy session with me? so I think I will do another ailment that plagues the musician and this problem is: Low Back issues.

But what causes low back problems?  Should I go see a doctor? Can low back problems be prevented? Is there a way to treat it at home? Can you play with a brace? And did Web MD really diagnose low back pain as subacute bacterial endocarditis, pyelonephritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or Lupus? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this episode of the tweed couch.

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2021-11-07
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59- NGD Gibson Les Paul 1959 Reissue (2021)

For years I have wanted the much hyped Gibson Les Paul 1959 Reissue. Of Course, there are many reasons to want this iconic, desirable Holy Grail guitar. And honestly there were even more reasons that held me back from purchasing but today was my day!

But? What makes an R9 different? How close is it to the real deal? Is it really worth about $7k usd? Did I actually pay that much? What compelled me to get an R9 now? Did I have to sell gear to get it? Where did I buy it? And? Is it worth the hype?

Well we will discuss this and more, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-10-24
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58- Fender, Better Amps or Guitars

Fender guitars have been an icon for as long as the solid body electric guitar has been around. The telecaster was the innovation people were looking for. The stratocaster was the look people loved. Then the Jaguar and Jazmaster wowed the world with glitz and style.

Of course where would they be without a quality amp behind them. Fender amplifiers have also been there from the beginning. Inspiring not only musicians around the world but also manufacturers.

But? How far back does the influence of Fender go? Was there a better era to buy? Which Fender models have we owned? Is there anything good out there right now? And? Fender, better Amps or Guitars?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Lloyd, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-10-11
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57- No Compromise Purchases

There are times in everyone's life when they know exactly what they want and this is no different for a guitar player. It could be a guitar like their hero, an amp with all the features, the pedals with the cool name and sound, or other gear that fits the look and mojo. Whether it be for tone or the aesthetics, we are puting compromise aside and diving in deep to the what and the why of no compromise purchases.

But how do you decide what you should be picky about? Is it really worth it? What if you can?t afford a no compromise purchase? Is it better to have quantity or quality of gear? If you could dream big, what would be next? And should you think of no compromise purchases as potential heirloom?s?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-10-04
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56- Partscasters with Barber

Have you ever owned a guitar that you loved but wished were a little different? Maybe you wanted a guitar you couldn?t necessarily afford. It could be that you have particular wants but the guitar doesn?t exist. If any of this sounds like you then you are probably in the market for a Partscaster.

But what is a parstscaster? Are there any iconic players who use them? What have we owned and why? Does a partscaster have to come from a Fender guitar? Do they make them in lefty? At what point does a guitar go from modded to being called a partscaster? And how much should you spend?

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2021-09-20
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55- Nashville Guitar Safari 2021

Back in the last week of July, my 13 year old cork sniffer Owen and I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee and visited 6 guitar shops in one day. We checked out the iconic stores of Gruhn?s and Carter Vintage. We toured the more modern stores of Gibson Garage and Guitar Center. We looked outside the box and made our way to Corner Music and Fanny?s House of Music .

But what are these guitar stores like? Should you go? Are they able to create their own identity in a town filled with guitar shops? What is each store's niche? Is Guitar Center dead? Did we buy any new gear? And what is the difference between a mandolin and a mandola?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Owen, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-09-13
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54- The Truth About Mixing a Band

There is nothing more frustrating than putting your heart and soul into a guitar performance just to find out afterwards that you were barely heard. It is easy to blame the drummer banging on their skins. It is easy to blame the bass player who thinks the low end is where you find the energy. Its easiest to blame the keyboard player who believes they need to play all the bass notes and the middle melody? but most likely the person we blame the most... is the sound guy out front.

But is it true that you get what you pay for? Could the issue be the guitar?s tone? What is the most important thing to hear in a band mix? Which instrument is most likely to ruin the sound? Does the room make that big of a difference? Is it the equipment's fault? And, could the problem be your monitors?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with John, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-08-29
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53- Touring Germany After the Wall (1990) Short Story

Join Dr. T and Lloyd as they do a short story therapy session of what it was like to tour Germany right after the Berlin Wall went down.

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2021-08-22
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52- Are Tube Amps Dead?

Unless you started playing electric guitar in the 50?s or 60?s, almost every electric guitar player starts their journey with a solid state amplifier. Some then move on to tubes, others to modelers, and some stick to solid state. Regardless of where you started or ended, no one can doubt the impact of a tube amplifier.

Of course, there are vintage iconic amps from Fender, Marshall, Vox.. The modern, more suped up, renditions of Friedman, Dr. Z, Matchless... are tight contenders for incredible tone. Now if that weren?t enough to deal with, the ever impressive engineering and innovations of the modeling amplification companies like Kemper, Line 6, Neural DSP, and Axe FX have developed ways to harness this tone into ones and zeros, making it nearly impossible for an audience to notice the difference.

But which type of amp is more budget friendly? Are tube amps more dynamic? Is it easier to dial in a modeler? Which type is preferred, vintage or boutique? Which modeler is doing it best?  And are tube amps dead?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-08-15
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51- Tennessee Lifest 2021

After over 20 years of festivals in Oshkosh Wisconsin, Life Promotions has extended Lifest to Johnny Cash?s Farm in Bon Aqua, TN.

Of course, with a new region and a new venue, you can expect some new challenges to present. Fortunately for Life Promotions they have a recipe for success with bands they know, competent production companies, dedicated volunteers and workers, and a drive to make this festival thrive.

But how did Johnny Cash get this farm? Why are we doing a music festival on it? Did I get to play on stage? What gear did I play? How different is it to be Stage Management instead of Band Member? And, is it worth doing again?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Lloyd, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-08-08
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50- Who Cheap Guitars Are For

I remember when I first learned guitar and I couldn?t afford a Fender Stratocaster. I wanted to look and sound like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Van Halen, Jimi  Hendrix? Eventually I ended up with a Fender Strat but it didn?t look or sound like the ones my heroes played. So I started modding.

Of course, there is way more to sounding like these icons than parts and materials but that didn?t matter to me. As time went on I wanted to look and sound like other artists but didn?t have the money to buy all the expensive gear... And therefore I entered into a phase of my life where I started buying cheap guitars?

But who are cheap guitars for? What classifies a guitar as cheap? Are there any good ones out there? How do you know it?s time to upgrade? Are they worth modding?  And what are the usual flaws?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Barber, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-07-25
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49- Wisconsin Lifest 2021

Back in July 2000 I went to a festival in Wisconsin with a band named Echelon. I still remember watching other bands like Audio Adrenaline, Third Day, Relient K, and the OC Supertones. So much fun. From 2004-2008 I started going with my own band named Second Adam where we were known to play anywhere between 5 and 7 shows over the course of the 4 day event. A few years later I became part of Stage Management, aiding in the organization and implementation of what makes up the many venues, activities, and facets of Lifest as well as hopping around from stage to stage problem solving for the crew and bands as needed.

Of course, the real fun is in still being able to play the festival. From GrandStand to the Kid Zone (and all the places between) I will usually find myself with multiple bands playing a multitude of instruments... It is tiring and fulfilling.

But what was so special about Lifest 2021 in WI? Are there any good stories? How quickly can a stage be set up and ready to go? Did I get to see any good shows?  And what perspective did my 13 year old have a member of the stage team this year?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Owen, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-07-19
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48- Touring With Acoustic Short Story

Barber shares a terrible acoustic gear fail which inspires Dr. T to share his fail with an acoustic as well. Check out this episode of the Tweed Couch Guitar Therapy Session where we share a short story from the couch.

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2021-06-28
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47- Signature Gear

One of the greatest compliments a guitarist can receive from a manufacturer is the opportunity to have their own signature gear made. Whether it was Les Paul, Zack Meyers, David Grissom, or Jarod James Nichols. The list goes on and all of this gear is almost as impressive as the person who inspired it.

Of course, most of these instruments weren?t designed simply to just sell widgets. They were designed by a working man/woman for a working man/woman. Signature gear has more than just an artist's autograph on it. It has their stamp of approval and blessing to go create inspirational music.

But what signature gear have we owned? Who is the gear marketed for? What signature gear is on our radar? Is this gear only meant to play that artist's songs? Who makes the best signature gear? And have you ever tried to make a clone of someone else's guitar because it hasn?t already been made or was too expensive?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-06-20
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46- Furch Guitars Short Story

Jason goes on a "Guitar Safari" for a new acoustic and comes home with more. Check out this episode of the Tweed Couch Guitar Therapy Session where we share a short story from the couch.

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2021-06-13
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45- 13 Year Old Cork Sniffer

I remember when I was 13. I remember thinking the tone came from that sweet guitar. Slash on his Les Paul. Stevie on his Strat. Edge on his explorer. Richards on his Tele. BB on his 345.

Of course, eventually I would play these guitars and wonder why I couldn?t sound like them. So I started tone chasing. Ultimately I found myself in the same place that many other budding guitarists found themselves. If you want to get better? you need to practice. As I got better, I started to play with others. I joined bands, I met other musicians, and my own sound and style blossomed.

But what is the right process for learning guitar? Does cork sniffing start at an early age? Do adults get just as distracted as teens? What is the most difficult part about learning? Is there a stigma to what guitars are used for certain genres? And how does Dr. T?s 13 year old son do on his first Podcast?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Owen, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-06-07
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44- Gear Maintenance & Backups

Broken strings, burnt tubes, bad cables. These are all gear issues that can ruin a show. Of course, many of these problems can be prevented with proper maintenance of your gear but sometimes these things just happen. This is why having a good backup is important in the event of not just complicated problems but catastrophic failure.

But how often should you change tubes? What do you do with a scratchy pot? How often do you change strings? Should you do your own maintenance? When do you take it to a tech? And what are the worst gear fails on the road with Dr. T and John?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with John, on the tweed couch.

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2021-05-23
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43- Cork Sniffer 101

If you have participated in a guitar forum. If you watch YouTube reviews. If you have talked with a sales associate at a guitar store. Then you have likely experienced cork sniffery.

If you have only played a hand full of tube, modeling, or solid state amps but believe tubes create ultimate tone for all. If you believe you can only get a great tone from expensive gear. If you believe the logo on the headstock is a deciding factor in whether a piece of gear has quality tone, woods, or manufacturing. Then you likely suffer from a form of cork sniffey.

But what is a cork sniffer? Is it always a bad thing? Where did the name come from? Is there a cure? And where does Jason and I rank as a cork sniffer?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed couch.

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2021-05-16
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42- Wrist Problems

There is nothing more frustrating than being musically inspired or having a gig coming up but not being able to do it because of health problems. As mentioned in the podcast intro, I am not a licensed therapist but I am a Doctor. I have a Doctorate in Chiropractic and I have been licensed to treat patients in the state of Texas since 2012. So I think it might be time for me to educate the world on probably the most personal subject that can plague a musician? ?the injuries that limit your ability to play.?

Now there are many reasons someone might be limited in their ability to play at the level they once did. One of the more common ailments I have seen is wrist problems. From fractures and arthritis to carpal tunnel, sprains, and strains. Wrist issues can prevent a musician from doing the thing they love as a hobby. Or for professionals, the thing they do to pay the bills.

But what causes wrist pain?  Should I go see a doctor? Can wrist problems be prevented? Is there a way to treat it at home? Can you play with a cast? And did Web MD really diagnose wrist pain as a Limes Disease, Hypothyroidism, or Lupus? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this episode of the tweed couch.

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2021-05-09
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41- Thinning The Herd

Whether you have just a few guitars, pedals, and amps or you have a warehouse full like Billy Gibbons or Rick Neilson. At some point in your life you find yourself wanting to sell your gear to either pay a bill, make some room, or to buy more gear. Whatever your motivation, know that you share a common thread with people like Eric Clapton, David Gilmore, and Ted Nugent who all sold a number of their famous axe?s for charity or profit.

Of course it can be very difficult to part with gear as you develop and create memories with it. Nostalgia, value, or even promises to never sell can keep gear in your closet, collecting dust unused.

But how much gear is too much gear? What are the reasons to sell? Will there be any regrets? And what is on the incoming list for Dr. T and Jason? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-05-02
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40- How To Get A Gig

Not everyone is cut out to be a touring musician. Not everyone is a session player who shreds 7 days a week. You may love playing guitar by yourself in your room or in the garage with your buddies. Maybe it's your calling to serve at church or teach lessons. But usually at some point in a musicians hobby or career they decide they would like to try playing in front of people. 

But how do you get a gig? What if you don?t have a band? How much money do you ask for? Whose responsibility is it to market the show? How do you get more people there? And should I treat other bands as my competition?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with John, on the tweed couch.

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2021-04-25
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39- Guitar Shops

Back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, before the internet, guitars were either purchased locally or from a catalog. A local guitar shop would often become a hang out for musicians who wanted to see what was new or talk about what they liked. As the 80's and 90's came into full swing, so did the big Guitar Shop chains. Sam Ash (1924) and Guitar Center (1959) expanded out of their respective states and throughout the US.

But what makes a guitar shop great? Do they need certain products in their inventory? Do the sales associates matter? Is it better to buy online or in the store? Is price matching evil? And should you buy from the big box chain? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-04-18
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38- Kemper Tone Paralysis

The KEMPER PROFILER? is a leading-edge digital guitar amplifier and all-in-one effects processor. As a guy who has used many ?modeling type? amplifiers, this was the first digital guitar amp to really nail the full and dynamic sound of what we call ?guitar tone?. For me, it gave me that ?amp in the room? or ?amp on the recording? sound.

Now part of what makes the Kemper special is the ability to profile. Profiling allows you to characteristically harness an amplifier's tone (or an amplifier stacked with some pedals tone) and place it into a computer that can be further tweaked to give you the best possible sounds at your fingertips in the studio, bedroom, or live.

Of course in the features, there are the faults. But is the Kemper worth having? Are there any tricks to getting a better tone? Which version of the KPA is the best? Are there better options out there? Do professionals use Kemper? Does volume matter? And is there a cure for tone paralysis?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Barber, on the tweed couch.

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2021-04-12
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37- Guitar Speaker Adventures

Celestion, Eminence, Jenson, JBL, Tone Tubby, Warehouse... There are 100?s of brands and thousands of guitar amp speakers. On top of that there are tens of thousands of Impulse Responses that digitally capture mic?d speakers and can be loaded into all sorts of gear.

But what is a good guitar amp speaker? Do they really differ that much? How many do you need? Is there a proper way to mic it? Does the cabinet matter? And what is Geekyfundom? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Lloyd, on the tweed couch.

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2021-04-04
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36- Sweetness of a Strat

The design of the Fender Stratocaster was the brain child of 4 people: Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. In 1954, a 25.5 inch scale, curvy, double horned, ash body with a bolt on maple neck was born sporting 3 pickups, 1 volume, 2 tones, a 3 way switch, and 6 tuners.

These instruments have been so loved by their owners that they have been affectionately named like old buddies in the school yard. Names like Clapton?s ?Blackie & Brownie?, Malmsteen?s ?The Duck?, Stevie Ray? s ?Lenny & Number One?, Harrison?s Rocky, and if you?ll allow it? Van Halen?s ?Frankenstrat?

But what classifies a guitar as a strat? How long did it take to find the right one? What features set it apart from other guitars, and what is the strat sound? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the tweed couch.

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2021-03-28
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35- Stage Etiquitte

I?ve played arenas to gazebos; amphitheaters to auditoriums; county fairs to backyard bashes; main stage to truck bed trailer. In all of these venues, the most important thing I did was NOT the music.

Of course, the music IS important. But if you want to perform again in that arena or gazebo, you better make sure you know your role for the gig.  Whether you are a guitar player, singer, stange hand, monitor engineer, or the buddy that came along for the ride; everyone needs stage etiquette.

But what is stage etiquette?  Does it only apply to the band?  Who am I trying to please? Do I have any good or bad stories?  What is ?spiking??  And who let in a drummer for guitar therapy?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with John, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-03-22
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34- Headstock Envy

There are so many stunning features on a guitar. I love the curves. I love the woods. I love the hardware. But there are some things that I don?t love on a guitar that will cause me to not buy it. In fact, I might choose to not even play it if they have a certain feature or design. And one of the biggest turn off factors... is the headstock.

So what is the best headstock? Would you not buy a guitar because of its headstock? Is there a functional purpose? Why is there a string tree? Which headstock is the worst? And if you could design your own, what would it look like?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Barber, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-03-14
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33- Brad Paisley

Born October 28, 1972, Brad Paisley is an American Country superstar who has spent nearly 4 decades of his life in Country Music. He has sold over 11 million albums, won 3 grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, and 2 American Music Awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Toured all over the world AND has played for multiple Presidents of the United States.

But it is not his awards that set him apart from other performers. It is his humility, showmanship, technique, humor, dedication to fans, and songwriting talent. A true gentleman, author, husband, father, and entrepreneur. Brad Paisley is one of a kind.

But who is Brad Paisley? What does he do with all of his awards? With all those songs about drinking, what is his favorite drink? Did he really hire his future wife just so he could ask her out? And does Jason really have his phone number and what did he do to get it?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-03-07
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32- Save the Gear! Texas Snowpocalypse

Two weeks ago Texas was hit with freezing temperatures, heavy precipitation, and families without power, water, and depleted resources. My main concern was for my family, loved ones, and neighbors. Of course, once I made contact and knew they were all safe my concerns turned to my music equipment.

But how do you protect the gear? What are the main concerns? Is there a process to decide which guitars to save? Are Texans really that bad at dealing with cold weather? And if it were all destroyed would you buy it all again or start over?

Well will discuss this, and more on this snowpocalypse check-in with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-02-28
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31- First Guitar Hunting

Whether it was a family member's old classic. A buddies pawnshop beater. A gift you received or an item you worked all summer to afford. Every guitar player had a first guitar. But what is the right guitar to start with? Should I get an acoustic or an electric? What?s a good budget? Are there guitars I should not get? And where do I go to buy a beginner guitar? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-02-21
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30- Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places

I love this instrument we call, the guitar. I love its layout, I love its features, I love the accessories, I love the amps, I. love. the. tones... but sometimes the guitar and the gear doesn?t love me.

Have you ever made a regretful guitar purchase? Have you ever had rebound gear? Maybe you?re tone confused? Possibly you purchased the wrong guitar simply because it was a good deal? Maybe you are heartbroken over the gear that got away? Or you have been in an abusive relationship while tone chasing? If this sounds like you? we will discuss this, and more on this Valentine Special with Barber, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-02-14
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29- Mentoring An Electric Guitar Player

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have people in my life who nurtured my positive interests and steered me away from negative ones. An interest I like to think of as positive... is the guitar. It stimulated creativity, built confidence, and gave me a skill that I have enjoyed nearly my entire life.

Now I?m not saying it was easy. It took hard work, determination, and lots of effort to gain the skills that I have attained... and it will take even more to attain the skills I wish to have in the future. But how do you mentor an electric guitar player? Can anybody do it? Where do you find a good mentor? What do I wish I had learned earlier and is there a difference between practicing and playing in a band?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Beth, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-02-07
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28- Journey for a Les Paul

The Gibson Les Paul was a guitar produced in response to the popularity  found in Fender?s solidbody guitar called the Telecaster. To be clear, this therapy session is not about the history of a Les Paul guitar. This session is about the journey to find one.

But what features make a guitar a Les Paul? Is there a Les Paul tone? Why did it take so long to find the right one? Are the lawsuit guitars just as good? And which LP-style guitar out there is the best bang for buck? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Lloyd, on the tweed couch.

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2021-01-31
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27- No Love For Lefties?

When you think of left handed guitar players you probably think about Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Tony Iommi, and of course Jimi Hendrix. These are left handed players who restrung a guitar to suit their needs and set themselves up for success.

But how hard is it to find a left handed guitar? Do the pots and tuners work the same? Is the pedal industry anti-south paw? Is it cool to take a lefty guitar and flip it righty? Do lefties even think it's weird seeing a lefty?

Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Barber, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-01-24
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26- Keith Urban

When you hear the name Keith Urban you probably think of passionate guitar playing, soulful vocals, and inspiring lyrics. But what is it about Keith Urban that makes him so great? Has he ever toured with another band? What gear is he using? And did Jason steal his guitar strap? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the tweed couch.

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2021-01-17
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25- Metallica's Blackened Whiskey

When you hear the name Metallica you think of three things: Power driven Metal, Energetic live performances, and Rockstar lifestyles. Of course all these things can take a toll on a band that has been touring off and on for 40 years. But how did Metallica get started? Did James and Lars really meet through the newspaper? What does a Metallica whiskey taste like? Who's is Dave Pickerell and what is a Whistle Pig? And what's with the nickname Alcoholica? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group tasting session with Nick, on the Tweed Couch. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tweedcouch/support
2021-01-10
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24- Resolution 2021 & Presents

As we ring in the new year, many people feel compelled to start off the calendar year right. Some try to kick a bad habit. Some try to take on a good routine... We call this, a New Year's Resolution. Of course some people fail within a week due to pour will power, low accountability, and a lack of proper support. But what are Dr. T & Jason's New Years Resolutions? How do we plan to keep them? What did we get for Christmas? Did we give any good gear as a present? Whatever happened to the Gloknob? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2021-01-03
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23- Quest For Marshall Tone

I grew up listening to my Dad's Blonde Fender Showman. It was big, loud, and clean. As my tone evolved, I started to like other amplifiers too. One of my favorite amplifier manufacturers is Marshall but the journey to get there took a while. But what is the Marshall sound? Is there a way to get the sound without a Marshall? Which Marshall is the best and what are the pros & cons? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Lloyd, on the Tweed Couch.

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2020-12-27
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22- Premier Guitar Mystery Stocking 2020

The tradition of hanging a stocking above a fireplace has been around for centuries. There are many theories, stories, and folklore that surround the origin of the stocking but the modern tradition uses the stocking as a place Santa Clause can put small gifts of toys, food, or clothing. Usually the stocking is a boot but Premier Guitar uses a box. But what's in the box? What did other people get? How did it get nicknamed, "the box of sad"? And what exactly is a Bird Cord? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2020-12-20
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21- Shipping Woes

I love Christmas. I love the hunt for the best deals. I love giving the gift. I love giving the gift. Unlike some, for most things, I prefer buying online. I like shopping from the comfort of my own home. I like searching, putting it in my cart, looking for coupons or better deals... I like clicking on the "Process Order" button and I like the wait. But what are the concerns with shipping? Is there a right and wrong way to ship? Which carrier should I use and what if it takes longer than expected? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2020-12-13
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20- Gibson Explorer

Largely described in the late 50s and 60s as an utter failure... the Gibson explorer has become an iconic guitar that brings on a personality of its own. As part of the modernistic series, the Gibson explorer, has caught the eye of Eric Clapton, Rick Nielsen, James Hetfield, Lizzie Hale, Dave Grohl, and the Edge. Many have played it. Many have copied it. Many have a redefined it. But there is no denying the impact of a Gibson explorer. But why was it a failure? Why did they re-release it? Was it really ahead of its time? And why were the first ones made of Korina and not mahogany like the rest of their catalog? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this session of the tweed couch.

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2020-12-06
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19- Bob Dylan & Heaven's Door Bourbon

Born May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN. Robert Allen Zimmerman was raised a few miles northwest in Hibbing, MN. While in high school, Zimmerman formed a number of high school cover bands on the Rock N' Roll music of the time. But for him, Rock N' Roll was too vain and lacked substance. So he went back to his roots of Folk. This marriage of Folk, Rock, & Substance created a musical poet. That poets name became Bob Dylan. But who is Bob Dylan? Why is he such an icon? Did he really create a bourbon and then name it after a song he wrote for a Western Style Movie? And what does Bob Dylan Bourbon taste like? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this spirited group therapy session with Nick on the Tweed Couch.

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2020-11-29
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18- Thanksgiving 2020

Sometimes it's difficult to express gratitude. But at this time of the year it is important to count our blessings, take time to acknowledge, and give credit where it is due. So what genre of music brought us joy this year? Is there an artist that influenced us? Is there a manufacturer or piece of gear we are grateful for? If I was making a thanksgiving meal of tasty tone what would the courses be? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this group gratitude session with Jason on the Tweed Couch. 

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2020-11-22
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17- Pedalboards

It only took me twice playing out with a band and taking longer than the drummer to setup before I realized I needed a pedalboard. But what size do I need? How do I attach the pedals? Do I need a power supply? What brand should I get or should I just make my own? Well we will discuss this, and more on this group therapy session with Jason, on the Tweed Couch.

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2020-11-15
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16- Van Halen

Edward Lodewijk Van Halen born January 26, 1955 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Died October 6, 2020 in Santa Monica, California of tongue and throat cancer. He was a musician, songwriter, arranger, produce, an actor, a brother, a bandmate, a father, an inventor, and an entrepreneur. In 1972 he and his brother decided to start a band named Van Halen. What occurred after that was an explosion of Rock N' Roll which would shape the way music is done and played for generations to come. His energy, showmanship, and ability to play can be duplicated by some but surpassed by none. But who was EVH's influences? How did he shape the way music is played today? What is a frankenstrat? Can he still shape the future of music? What is the deal with the name Wolfgang? What do we do now that he's gone? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this episode of the tweed couch.

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2020-10-11
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15- Glories of a Telecaster

When I hear Telecaster, the first word I think of is simplicity? a slab of wood with a neck bolted onto it. Then add some hardware, pickups, and tuners. No need for tremolos, no need for carved tops or belly cuts. Just simplicity? Now the second word I think of is versatile! No guitar sounds like a tele... yet, a tele can sound like so many other guitars. But what defines a telecaster? Is it the shape? Is it the sound? Is it the history? Maybe the name Telecaster isn?t even the term that should be used anymore and it should be T-style guitar? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this group therapy session with Jason, on the tweed couch.

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2020-09-21
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14- NGD (Pandemic Edition)

There?s nothing quite like waiting for your gear to arrive. You spend your valuable time researching. You spend your hard earned money purchasing. You spend your small amount of patience waiting for that day that new piece of gear comes home with you. But what?s the process to finding the gear? Do you try it in a store? Do you watch reviews or read forums? Do you buy it online? Maybe you trade for it? And once you get it, how do you celebrate? Is there a wrong way to celebrate? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this group therapy session with Jason, on the tweed couch.

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2020-09-06
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13- Les Paul Magic

There is something about this beautiful solid bodied, singlecut, carved top, set neck, 22 fret, 24 and ¾? masterpiece. It?s shape, dimensions, and features are copied by many but few can replicate its tone and feel. So what is it about this guitar? Why do so many manufacturers replicate it? Is it the style? The familiarity? The history? We will discuss this, and more, on this session of, the Tweed Couch.

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2020-08-23
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12- Picky About Picks

Its a simple tool really? but there are so many different thicknesses, textures, shapes, hardness, materials, and quite honestly, opinions about this tool we call a plectrum or when you become friends with it? a pick. I use to be a guy who would grab a free pick at a guitar booth and use it for months. I was the guy who had a hard time shelling out $3 on a 12 pack of picks. But now I can justify upwards of 35 dollars on the right plectrum. So what happened? Under what circumstances would the cost of a pick be worth it? What tones can I expect from different shapes, thickness, hardness, and materials? Well we will discuss this, and more, on this Group Therapy Session with Jason on the Tweed Couch.

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2020-08-16
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