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Oct 29, 2022 - 9:38:43 AM
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800 posts since 8/6/2013

As most of you know I have been using Luke Abbots Strum Machine app for several years. Until now use of SM has been with my desktop computer/speaker set up in the computer room. Luke has configured SM to allow for off line use, in other words no need for an ethernet/ wireless connection. I recently upgraded my cell phone and also purchased an inexpensive ($29.95), compact blue tooth speaker. After getting this techy stuff operational I have been experiencing some interesting changes in playing. The speaker is about half the size of a beer can so it easily fits in a front pocket and I can hear it quite well. The phone goes into another pocket.

So now I can walk around the back yard or just about anywhere else with a guitar accompanist obediently following.

Oct 29, 2022 - 10:24:02 AM



400 posts since 2/10/2020

I did not know about the offline use. I'l definitely check this out!

Oct 29, 2022 - 12:06:24 PM

14140 posts since 9/23/2009

Well that sounds like a fun thing! Welcome to the high tech age for old time fiddlers, hey?

Oct 29, 2022 - 12:16:55 PM

2874 posts since 10/22/2007

That's cool Rich!
Rather than a BT speaker, I pipe it into the aux. Input on my amp.
Then a buddy expanded my mind, when he said, "why can't you run a video or karaoke video up in there?" Boom! I'm playing along with the original mix less the vocal. On those type of tunes. I still make a chord progression for old fiddle tunes. In fact ima gonna do it right now.

Oct 30, 2022 - 3:16:19 AM

538 posts since 9/1/2010

I have a Bose Soundlink Micro that was given to me as a gift years ago that I use for doing the same thing. The best feature besides its sound quality is that it has a stretchy silicone strap built into it. I used to strap it to my Indian's handlebar while riding, but now it gets strapped to my case handle when I go hiking.

Edited by - rosinhead on 10/30/2022 03:19:49

Oct 30, 2022 - 4:48:38 AM



10983 posts since 12/2/2007

FWIW - I was in Ollie's (our new favorite theme park) yesterday and noticed a Bluetooth speaker that's a replica of a Corona beer bottle! Don't know what it sounded like.

Oct 30, 2022 - 8:35:35 AM

14140 posts since 9/23/2009

But it tasted pretty good, hey? poor attempts at amusement there.

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