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Bill Ward left a comment for Ray Leeds
"Hey Ray, Thanks for checking back in with me. I ended up just picking one and think I am very happy with it. Here is what I chose based on several recommendations: The LR Baggs, Para DI, maybe you can read this link on the web to…"
Aug 17, 2009
Ray Leeds left a comment for Bill Ward
"Hey Bill, Hope you found a good pickup. I was wondering how things worked out for you and I hope my long messages helped in some way ? Anyway no news is good news I hope. See Ya!"
Aug 17, 2009
Ray Leeds left a comment for Dan Miller
"Hey Dan can I get on the instructors list please? Ray Leeds Home Studio address 12571 WEST MUIR RIDGE DRIVE BOISE IDAHO 83709 EMAIL--RLEEDS@CABLONE.NET PHONE--208-794-4952 Hartz Music 208-884-8312 thank you"
Jun 15, 2009
Ray Leeds is now friends with Tim May and Bill Ward
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Ray Leeds left a comment for Dan Miller
"Hi Dan, I wanted to say thanks for setting up this sight first. I have some questions about how Bryan Sutton and David Grier are getting this incredible tone on recordings. I've been recording for years and I have my own thoughts about it but…"
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Ray Leeds left a comment for Bill Ward
"Hey Bill, I posted another comment for you on your original discussion about pickups. I would have replied to you specifically but I thought maybe I could help some other people as well."
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Ray Leeds left a comment for Russ Barenberg
"Hey Russ, I cant tell you how much you have influenced me over the years! I learned a lot of Moving Pictures years ago and still find myself playing and thinking more melodic as a result. I also teach out of your 20 flatpicking tunes. Probably…"
Jun 8, 2009
Ray Leeds commented on Mark Stultz's blog post Added K&K Western Mini Pickup to my Martin D18 GE and love it!
"Hey Bill, This K&K is reasonable priced and is getting good reviews. Get one installed and then just get used to it. No matter what people say about the next greatest pickup to come out. Just get used to what ever you purchase. Don't spend…"
Jun 8, 2009
Ray Leeds left a comment for Bill Ward
"Hey Bill I added a comment on your discussion about pickups. I'm sure that one is fine. Just buy it and read the comment I left on your discussion with."
Jun 7, 2009
Ray Leeds commented on Mark Stultz's blog post Added K&K Western Mini Pickup to my Martin D18 GE and love it!
"Hey Bill, I'm also new to this magazine. I have had a lot of different pickups in my guitars and I've been a sound engineer for many years. When you plug in an acoustic instrument it will feel like a different instrument to you. Be Ware!…"
Jun 7, 2009
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"More to come. Stay Tuned"
Jun 3, 2009
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Favorite Flatpickers
Russ Barenberg,David Grier, Tony Rice,and Bryan Sutton would have to be at the top of my list but lets not forget all the names before them.Doc,Clarence,and Dan to name a few. The list goes on and on. On the instructional side of things Steve Kaufman hands down has the most material and variety for all levels of playing. Bryan Sutton's dvd has more of the current Bluegrass style mixed with the old bluesy Tony Rice. Also technical rhythmic clecha's that make up the new sounds of flatpicking. Sweeping triplets and lots of hammer on and pull off ideas that make up the newer sound. Also using interesting chords throughout the standard chord progressions has become a staple in the more recent developing styles. Try listening to Bryan Sutton and David Grier for example. You should notice how much more interesting or should I say more complicated their arrangements sound. Although it's not more complicated it's just newer sounding as apposed to the older straight up standard arrangements.
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
Whiskey Before Breakfast, St. Ann's Reel, Liberty, Soldiers Joy, Red Haired Boy, Fiddlers Blues, Leather Britches, Decision at Glady Fork, Temperance Reel, Forked Deer, Smiths Reel,Golden Slippers, Blackberry Blossom, Beaumont Rag, Dailey's Reel, Ashokan Farewell. It's hard to name your favorite tune when you love them all. Wish I had time to learn one every day.
Favorite Guitars
Gibson Advanced Jumbo ( The Bone Crusher)
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
Originally from Tulsa Oklahoma till I was nineteen. Then moved to Boise Idaho. Fell in Love and been here every since. Love the area but miss the bass fishing.
Do you have a website?
http://not currently/// coming soon

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 11:15am on June 3, 2009, Ray Leeds said…
More to come. Stay Tuned
At 7:28pm on June 16, 2009, Tim May said…
Hey Ray
Thanks for the kind words! You probably know more about 'sound' itself than I do, but here's my basic formula:
Pan your lead and rhythm tracks as much as you can stand it to separate them, and you won't get so much midrange wash that causes one to play too hard or want to make things too bright to 'cut through';
I never use any compression ever if I can avoid it; I try to play evenly enough with enough dynamics: I feel I've not done my job if I need very much compression at all (and it sounds very un-natural to me)
I tend to not mic too close (very subjective) to get a little breathy room sound;
Maybe a little reverb to inspire, but almost never on any fiddle-tune type speeds
Keep in mind, as you probably know, you can take one ear off your headphones and hear your guitar acoustically; sometime I'll pan the track I'm listening to all the way to the ear I'm listening with to avoid any 'bleed' from the dangling earpiece;
Hope this is helpful
Tim
At 6:56pm on August 17, 2009, Bill Ward said…
Hey Ray, Thanks for checking back in with me. I ended up just picking one and think I am very happy with it. Here is what I chose based on several recommendations: The LR Baggs, Para DI, maybe you can read this link on the web to it.

http://www.amazon.com/LR-Baggs-Acoustic-Active-Direct/dp/B0002GFVS8

It seems to do real well for me and I have no real feedback problems. Still learning the ins and outs of using it but I am happy with it. Thanks again for your thoughts and checking in with me

Best Wishes,

Bill
Western Lights Band
http://www.myspace.com/westernlightsmusic

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