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Show Off Your Cover Songs / Re: Don't Let Me Down......... Reggae!
« on: October 06, 2014, 12:43:59 PM »
Thanks for the kind comments, guys, much appreciated........  :beer:

Here's another reggae song I put together for last months TTM ODC. This one came first out of 6, I'm proud to say.  :)

This time I put all of the instruments and vox together.
Completed over about 6 hours on a Sunday afternoon...........  ;)

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Ditto!  8)

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General Discussion / Re: Guitarist hall of fame
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:46:53 PM »
I'd always put Jeff Beck high up on any list..........
I guess he was too busy building hot rods to have time for being a super star..........  8)



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General Discussion / Re: A guitar player challenge...
« on: September 08, 2014, 07:32:51 PM »
LOL, yeah, Waves are pretty large....... even for emails.........  :(
For 'testing the water' mp3s are fine, but, if you want to get a good sounding mix, gotta be wave........

We'll need to twist Mick's arm to set up an 'ftp site' where we can upload larger tracks. Easy to use (with a free ftp client program) and file size isn't such a problem.......  :hmm:

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General Discussion / Re: A guitar player challenge...
« on: September 08, 2014, 05:37:17 PM »
Hey guys, I've been watching the progression of things on this thread with interest. Looking good, so far.

For just listening purposes mp3 files are fine.
Formats normally used for sharing 'mix ready' files are Wave (uncompressed), FLAC (lossless compressed) or AIFF (Apple equivalent to Wave). Any half decent DAW will accept these formats. I wouldn't try to use the Reaper files, since they are probably 'chunks' of sound file, used in your mix and of doubtful use to anyone else.

In the DAW I use, Sonar 8 Producer, I simply solo the track I want and export it, primarily as a Wave. From there, I can easily convert to any other format I need with Audacity (the mp3 codec should be easily located).
I'll, normally, send out mp3s just for reference and to present ideas. If all is good, I'll send Wave files.
Like many other DAWS, I can export the whole mix in a folder, files, settings, audio chunks, waves, etc. But it is an enormous folder of files, only useful if you have Sonar 8 Pro....... and a spare drive to carry it...LOL.

Just for fun, here is 'Freestyle' with a bass I put onto it way back in January. I gotta confess, this isn't my favourite style, LOL. I sure had sore fingers after about the 6th take..... :-[

If you guys need someone to put this mix together for ya, give me a shout. I've gotten more and more interested in mixing/producing over the last couple of years and the practice will do me good.  ;)

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Show Off Your Cover Songs / Don't Let Me Down......... Reggae!
« on: August 17, 2014, 11:39:54 AM »
I just thought I'd throw this one up there, since I have no place else for it..... LOL :D

It was my entry into the TTM monthly Open DAW Challenge.
http://www.twotrackmusic.com/
(Hope it's OK to link. If not, well I don't need to say.... :doh:)
The theme, if I remember, was to record a cover, but in a different style to the original.
Years back, I often used to practice by playing through my Beatles song book, but playing everything in a reggae style (well, sometimes Rock Steady, Ska, Blue Beat, or...... ;D)

I used BIAB to generate the drums, bass and organ (lazy bugger that I am), then had to work twice as hard to get them tamed......(that'll teach me)  :doh:
Getting the 5/4 bits to sit right was a real brain mincer........  ??? But, once I'd read Sonar 8's book of destructions, I got it figured out.... LOL

I can't remember if it reached the podium, but I had a hell of a good time putting it down.  8)

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General Discussion / Re: When to record guitar parts
« on: August 17, 2014, 10:39:09 AM »
I normally try to put a guide vocal down early on in the recording process, to keep me on the straight and narrow, as it were.....  ;)
Although, too many times the guide ends up being the main vox.....  :-[

Then, when I add guitar, I feel I'm more zoned in with what's (going to be) going on in the song, and I can play around where the vox will be/is. Also, when/if I redo the main vox, I can relate the vox a little more to the guitar. Kind of a mirror effect.........  ;D

Oh, and more through laziness than design, I can later use the guide vox as a double, a harmony or a drone, as appropriate....  :P

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General Discussion / Re: BEST GUITAR SOLO?
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:30:10 PM »
I don't really have a favourite guitar solo, as such............. too many good ones.
I'd add Jeff Beck to the list......

The solo from Little Wing, by Hendrix does touch a lot of spots, though......... well, all of it, really....  8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFeFv18qq6c

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General Discussion / Re: Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:14:35 PM »
That........ is really nice, Phil!  :tup:

One of my all time favourite songs, to boot!  8)

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Company Shout Outs! / Re: Daisy Rock Day!
« on: July 27, 2014, 10:11:12 AM »
I'm looking forward to hearing Hanna's lovely voice accompanied by the sound of that lovely guitar............

A match made in heaven...  :tup:

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A nice video, Connor, well done!

I'd guess that you're not one of the oldest in the forum..........  ;D

You sure seem to have a good grip on the guitar/amp/playing thing........  8)

The only questions I would ask are, Is the guitar in your video being fed 'clean' into the amp or are you using effects in the line. If so, which effects/settings? Which pick ups are you using in the various parts of the video?

The line out feature, standard on most amps, seems quite adequate. Not sure why they have switched this to a mic level signal rather than line, but, so long as it works. Quite often, there are more line level inputs on a mixer than mic inputs, since good mic pre-amps add to the cost.......... :-X
Given the choice, I'd always rather mic the amp, to get the overtones/warmth that speakers tend to add to the sound. The amp/speaker combination being a large part of the guitarist's sound. But, sometimes that's just not possible.........

The 'sponge' thing is a useful feature. Basically, it's a power soak/attenuator/damper device.......... Jim Kelly was one of the first to built one into a guitar amp in 1978........  8)

Again, nice video, a good description and good playing, well done!

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General Discussion / Re: What Browser do you use?
« on: July 14, 2014, 03:46:40 PM »
 :D :P :D

I started out with Netscape 2, which I loved! In fact I learned html with a Netscape browser, in edit mode......  :tup:

At the same time I was chatting away on the newsgroups.............  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: What Browser do you use?
« on: July 13, 2014, 03:10:36 PM »
Just being nosey.  What browser do you use mainly while perusing the internet?

Although I have Firefox and Chrome installed, I seem to always use Internet Explorer 11.  Everyone seems to slag this browser, but I'm one of those who actually like it.  :-[

Oh well, Mick, there's no accounting for taste.. LOL  :D

I use Opera. Have done for years now........... ::)

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Who me...?
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:24:42 PM »
Are you a maple or rosewood fretboard kind of WhiteStrat? The former is possibly my favourite Strat type. I'm not going to hold that against you if you're the rosewood kind though ;)

Well, that's an interesting question, Scarebear.

Mine started out with a one piece maple neck, with the skunk stripe (3 bolt, micro tilt).
Sadly, a couple of things happened.
Firstly, after not many years, I noticed that the lacquer on the neck/fret board was chipping off.....  :o
I expected it to wear down smoothly, but it didn't. I started to chip away leaving hard edges, both on the fret board and on the back of the neck,  notably where my naughty thumb hangs out, on the top edge (yeah, I know it's bad technique, but if it's good enough for Jimi and Jeff, it's good enough for me).
After 35 years, the areas that were/are exposed became both rough on my fingers and dark/black because of finger oils/sweat and atmospheric stuff. Having black dots on a black background and sometimes having to transpose on the fly on stage, in half dark, do not go well together.
Secondly, it was wearing out! The frets were getting very uneven..... :(
So, I took it to a local, friendly luthier, who said he could fix it up for me, but it would be tricky, because of the thinness of the neck.
He did have, however, have a Strat neck, authorised but not Fender, which was almost new and at a lowish price. Thing is, it's Maple with rosewood fretboard and a 4 bolt fitting.  :-X

After he assured me he could do the swap and have it retro refittable for the old neck, I decided to take the plunge.

So, to answer your question........
After playing the new neck for a few years, yeah, I like it, a lot! It has a nice warm, sustaining sort of sound, with nice body. But, I also liked, and sometimes miss, the thinner brightness of the old neck.
Which am I?
Can I be be both?
 8)

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Introduce Yourself / Re: Who me...?
« on: July 06, 2014, 09:35:01 PM »
LOL, Guilty as charged.........  :P

I wouldn't know where to start with riffstation....... Does it have 6 strings (4 at a pinch)?  ::)

I was gonna start this thread with, 'I'm wiv Joom'...........  :D

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