I thought I'd create this thread following some great stories, tips and debates some of us have had in SlapChops recent Vibrato thread. Ok I realize that these types of discussions aren't for everyone and some merely think it's a bunch of old farts reminiscing and pontificating. Perhaps it is on occasion, but you younger guys should remember that a few here have been there and done it long before you were even a twinkle in your old mans pants. I didn't intend this as a guitar lesson thread per say, as there are enough of those already, but merely as a watering hole where members can discuss guitar playing in general. Stories, tips, inspirational ideas etc. A thread where members may like to ask questions on all sorts of guitar related topics, from the history and development of guitar styles, gear, gigging etc. This is not a thread for questions like 'How do I get Slash tone'. 'How long will it take me to learn a guitar solo' etc, so if you want to ask those sort of questions please either start your own thread or do a search on the topic of your choice. This is merely a thread for debate on the general topics relating to guitar playing and perhaps where younger or less experienced members might like to throw a few questions, chill out and relax with some of the more seasoned players here. Here’s an example . Someone once asked me why you don't hear blues solos as we know them today with extreme string bending on 50's and early 60's guitar solos. A great question and one I do happen to know the answer to as I was there when it happened. The simple reason was that back then there was basically only one string gauge ( Big fat things with wound thirds) and therefore bending up a tone was virtually impossible. Then suddenly in the mid 60's we started to hear all these wild blues bends coming from the States, How the bloody hell are they doing that? The answer in itself was quite easy. Some bright spark had discarded the heavy E 6th and moved the rest of the strings over, so the 5th then became the 6th, the 4th then became the 5th etc, ( The B2nd then became the first unwound third ) and for an E first they stuck on a banjo string. I think virtually over night London stores had sold out of top banjo strings. Getting them on was another matter.. Easy . You took the ball end of the discarded E6th and twisted the loop on the banjo string around the ball end.. Voila !.. Light gauge strings were born.. So. Fire away with some questions, or lets simply here your story or tips. Let's get a thread going that hopefully newbies in the future may get some interesting reading and inspiration from. Guitar playing is a work in progress and has developed over generations and there is far far more to it than just knowing five minor pentatonic scale shapes..But then.. Ok why five scale shapes. Ever heard of the CAGED system in teaching.. There's one for a start. Everybody, from seasoned to newbies welcomed in.. Don't be afraid to ask questions. That's the way we learn and please don't think that the veterans know everything..They don't.We all learn as we go and even people like myself who have made a living from playing guitar for over forty years learn something new every day from others. Guitar playing a way of life folks..It's a passion..So Let's share .