Still Alive (Music) in Bangkok


Folk In Bangkok

acousticdoneFolkies in Bangkok have been meeting once a month on the last Sunday of the Month but are talking about meeting more frequently. The focus for communication has been the Meetup software and there’s a FaceBook group for the session as well at Why not join the FB group and introduce yourself. We’re sure they’ll  be glad to have you!

New Folk Open Floor

Bangkok Folk Music Session – next session: 7.30pm Sunday 30th November at the Queen Bee, Sukhumvit Nils-Lofgren-1024x680Soi 26.

  • Location:, Google Maps: 13.727802, 100.570357.
  • This keeps to our ‘Last Sunday of the Month’ concept, and what’s more, it’s a great musicians’ venue and we have a regular meeting place now.
  • Our first session at Fatty’s Bar was a really good start, with some great fiddle playing from Jim, and a good bit of Irish Whistle from Michael. Tim (who helps organise the group) and Craig gave us some great guitar stuff, and I threw in a little bit of English whistle and five string banjo.
  • But we can do a lot more (I know that some people couldn’t find Fatty’s, so I’ve put the Google Map coordinates for Queen Bee on the meetup site:
  • Spread the word. Bring instruments, and help create a great folk music scene in Bangkok.
  • Any questions/suggestions contact: Richard at

Work Your Acoustic Sound

Old BillyThink About It!
Seriously. Do you really want to offend potential fans with ugly acoustic-guitar sounds? Hopefully, the answer is “no.” But if you dive blindly into processing, miking, and other live-sound applications without at least understanding the basics, you run the risk of tanking your tone. So do some homework, use rehearsals to experiment and refine (rather than just jam), and get your sonic act together before you step onstage. Continue reading

Acoustic Guitar Tips

Adjusting Your Action

acousticdoneIf your action feels wrong and the neck has been properly adjusted, it is time to look at the saddle. Lowering the action may require removing a bit of material from the saddle. Raising it may mean a new saddle or a shim under your existing saddle. If some strings are fine and others are too high or low, you should consider recontouring the top of your saddle. Otherwise, it is simpler and safer to make adjustments to the bottom.

To raise the action, I recommend using a new, properly fitted saddle, preferably made of bone—although many new synthetics are available. It is not always practical to have a new saddle made or to make one yourself. If you can’t get one, I suggest shimming what you have. Hardwood veneers are a good choice and readily available. Veneers are commonly .032-inch thick. They can be sanded if you need a thinner shim or stacked to achieve a taller one. At least half of the saddle should be within the bridge slot or it may tip forward or even break the leading edge of the bridge. Be extra careful if you have an undersaddle pickup. Changing your saddle could affect the string-to-string balance. If you need to lower the height of your saddle, sandpaper attached to a flat surface works well. Simply slide the saddle back and forth across the abrasive, being careful to keep the bottom of the saddle flat. It helps to mark with a pencil how much material you wish to remove and then sand to that mark.

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I finished up my degree practicing 5 hours a day for an average of 5 days a week – with the exception of reading break, Christmas break, Spring break and any other break really. Add it all together and I practiced a rough average of 5,200 hours over those four years, not including any rehearsal times for the ensembles I played in. That’s 5,200 hours building callouses and dexterity. Not a lot of fun involved, just technique, technique, technique, technique.

To make it more difficult, I’m no perfect practicing specimen. I fought through daily thoughts of tying my guitar amp around my ankle and throwing it into the river. 5 hours practicing in a concrete basement with no windows can lead you to some pretty dark places.

How did I get through that? How did I stop whining and get practicing? How do you do the same? Here’s what you can do…
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