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Posted on November 11, 2008 at 7:30am 5 Comments

I was talking to my therapist, trying to explain what it's like for me, an atheist, to make connections in a meaningful way with most of the people I know. It's not that I don't relate to them in many ways, I just can't seem to get past a superficial level for fear that I might offend, or alienate them. Things are further complicated by the fact that for years I'd tried to fit into the religious and conservative mold of the majority of my family and friends. Yup, I'd hoped and tried to be a… Continue

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At 8:04am on January 18, 2010, Danladi Dele Agbeyo said…
Thank you and welcome tp our world.
At 10:26pm on March 5, 2009, Blair Scott said…
Thank you for joining the official American Atheists group on Nexus! Your support is greatly appreciated.
At 4:21pm on February 11, 2009, Randy said…
At 7:07pm on January 26, 2009, Clarence Dember said…
Hi Dawson. The main thing about alternate tunings is not to tune any string more taut than indicated by it's designation on the package and the corresponding one on your pitch pipe. (Get one, chromatic if possible).
There are many web sites you can google that list these tunings but you will need to make fretboard diagrams of 7 frets to comprehend what's happening numerically because unless you have perfect pitch in your head it's less confusing.
Example:, the standard tuning is eadgbe but seeing how you self tune by fret is 55545. 5th fret (of bass "E" string to get open pitch of "A", the next string, 5th of "A" string to get the open pitch of "D" the next string, 5th fret of "D" string, 4th fret of "G" string, 5th (fret of "B" string to get treble "E" string open pitch.
The dropped D standard self tuning is dadgbe but is self tuned numerically as 75545.
A tuning to play "Break the chains" by Fleetwood Mack is dadfad but is self tuned by fret as 75345.
The famous guitarist Bruce Cockburn's exuberant song "Foxglove" is accomplished by first tuning to a fret configuration of 75754 but you must work it out by tuning the G string to it's designed "g" pitch and working forwards and backwards from that string so that you don't break it and the D string next to it or over pull the bridge supporting the end of the strings. Having accomplished this , you may capo up to your taste to reduce the muddy base tones with out breaking your treble strings. Start by drawing your 6 string fretboard diagram(s) for your tunings and do let me know how it goes.
At 4:27am on January 18, 2009, joeyess said…
Thank you, Dawson. He's not out of the woods but we heard "treatment" not "get your affairs together".

Big difference.

Thank you for your kind words. If I can ever return the favor and the caring, let me know.

At 6:09am on January 15, 2009, joeyess said…
That's funny. My weekends are tied up as well. I do play and have played in many bands locally here. Had to give it up because most folks go out on Fri/Sat and I'm working to make a living.

I would love to play again. something about the connection made between musicians is the only magic I believe in.


Thanks again. I know Iggy from Kansas freethinkers. I think I'll contact him.
At 12:20am on January 14, 2009, joeyess said…
thank you, Dawson. I would like that. My entire family is religious and I just didn't get the gene. I was raised, steeped, in Christian fundamentalism and my default is to pray. But to whom? On the other hand, I feel that if I don't and he dies, I'll be responsible. This is the most confusing thing that I've ever encountered.

I find a bit of solace in the thought that we are all a part of a long evolutionary process, and thru us, and only us, the process has become aware of itself. Many animals grieve. We seem to do it more introspectively.

Thanks for your kind words, Dawson. I really needed them tonight.
At 1:43am on November 29, 2008, HotMess said…
Welcome to "Are You Experienced?" We look forward to getting to know you!
At 10:05am on November 12, 2008, Rev Dr Alan said…
Sure Dawson drop me an email and we can set up a day. Nalatal@hotmail.com
At 1:00pm on November 11, 2008, Rev Dr Alan said…
Well Dawson you and I do not live too far apart, I live in Carterville. My oldest lives in Carthage. If you need someone to talk to drop me a line sometime.



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