Home Studio Notes

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  1. arjay001

    The right guitar is hard to find. I think it comes down to what you enjoy playing. I picked up a Fender CD140sce/net as a cheap knock around. After a few minor set up changes (neck truss, bridge, strings..etc.) it has turned into my weapon of choice. It’s the first 6 string acoustic I have felt that way about. Somewhere along the line I stopped wishing I had a nice Martin.

    “What do my favorite songs/recordings have in common?”

    Recently I have restarted my quest to read music. I keep thinking that certain note changes are essential to the feel of a song. Like the B# – B in a key of E blues turnaround and I need to research it in detail. One of my practice exercises is finger picking: D – F#minor – G – A7 It was very hard for me to make the changes, so it’s a good exercise for me, but why do I love the progression so much?? How do you feel about the song Layla (Eric Clapton unplugged)?

    Very thought provoking!

    1. Xeno

      Great progression. With a B minor instead of an F#m, it would be the progression for Blue Moon. Actually Blue Moon melody still works over the F#m. If you go back down to the F#m instead of the A7, you’d have the chords for What a Wonderful World. Clapton is great. I especially like the riff behind Lay Down Sally and the songs Lay Lady Lay and Wonderful Tonight. But for some reason, Layla has never been one of my favorites.

      1. arjay001

        Ahh, no wonder I like it, Wonderful World is an amazing song.

        I said: “Like the B# – B in a key of E blues turnaround” (embarrassing) Maybe now it will sink in that C comes after B in 1/2 step like E/F. Little things like that make learning music challenging and fun. Layla’s not really a goto song for me, but the progression seems…well odd. I can’t put my finger on it.

  2. james a carlin jr m d

    early hearing loss-?due to acoustic trauma??
    in young people-otosclerosis-or acoustic neuroma are both surgically correctable
    jim carlin m d

    1. Xeno Post author

      Thanks Doc, that’s good to hear. I had an eardrum burst from an infection years ago and I think that’s when it started getting really bad. Audiologist at Kaiser who confirmed my hearing loss didn’t mention the possibility of surgical correction. How young would I have to be for that? The constant high pitched hiss in my right ear is very annoying. It’s actually in both ears though. I could blame genetics (one grandmother was stone deaf, mother is getting there— but both had damage due to loud noise), or I could blame my own exposure to loud noises, particularly drummers. I’ve had drummers hit crazy hard behind me. One hit a cymbal so hard that a chunk flew out of it while we were rehearsing a Rush song.

      Ah, just looked up the two you mentioned:

      At Stanford, we have treated over 1,000 acoustic neuromas over the last 20 years with surgery and radiosurgery. The Stanford Cyberknife Program is one the most active and experienced Cyberknife programs for acoustic neuromas in the US. Acoustic neuroma, also known as vestibular schwannoma, is a slow-growing benign tumor that develops on the nerve that connects the ear and the brain. The tumor usually starts growing in the internal auditory canal, and presses against the hearing and balance nerves as it grows. – link

      Otosclerosis – This is an inherited disease. Otosclerosis can result in conductive and/or sensorineural hearing loss. The primary form of hearing loss in otosclerosis is conductive hearing loss (CHL) whereby sounds reach the ear drum but are incompletely transferred via the ossicular chain in the middle ear, and thus partly fail to reach the inner ear (cochlea). This usually will begin in one ear but will eventually affect both ears with a variable course. On audiometry, the hearing loss is characteristically low-frequency, with higher frequencies being affected later. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) has also been noted in patients with otosclerosis; this is usually a high-frequency loss, and usually manifests late in the disease. The causal link between otosclerosis and SNHL remains controversial. Approximately 0.5% of the population will eventually be diagnosed with otosclerosis. Post mortem studies show that as many as 10% of people may have otosclerotic lesions of their temporal bone, but apparently never had symptoms warranting a diagnosis. Caucasians are the most affected race, with the prevalence in the Black and Asian populations being much lower. In clinical practice otosclerosis is encountered about twice as frequently in females as in males, but this does not reflect the true sex ratio. When families are investigated it is found that the condition is only slightly more common in women.[2] Usually noticeable hearing loss begins at middle-age, but can start much sooner. – link

      I’m going to follow up with Kaiser Audiology to see how much worse the hearing loss has gotten and if surgery is an option. Surgery of the head does not sound fun, but making music is too important to me to not check out the possibility. How would patients rate the pain of these operations, say compared to a visit to having five teeth pulled? I’ve had five teeth pulled in one session once.

      Tinnitus – the most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss. … For tinnitus due to acute acoustic trauma, approximately 35% of cases report subsiding tinnitus at three months after the trauma, with approximately 10% of these cases being the degree of complete disappearance of the tinnitus, as studied among young men having acquired tinnitus from gunshots. – wiki

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