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Postby Soruk » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:59 am

Hey guys!

Recently started playing in a band with a couple of good friends.
I do most of the singing and lyrics, which so far has been great fun.

But I've started to feel a bit of a writers block recently.
Anyone know of some tips or good flintstone for writing?
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby meatjacket » Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:07 pm

I've got a show tonight, may post a video l8r if it goes well!

excited :-)
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby bobo77 » Sun May 03, 2015 6:40 pm

I play bass guitar, tryna learn to play guitar this summer (and also sing lol). Any tips?
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby meatjacket » Sun May 03, 2015 10:54 pm

[youtube]dBAD6MXLvFI&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

not the best video/sound but you get the idea! hope u like my "unique" and "artistic" voice
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby DeafIdiotGod » Mon May 25, 2015 3:12 pm

I want something productive to do now my exams are over and I like playing music so I've downloaded FL Studio and I plan to learn how to make some half way decent electronic music.

Anyone here know any good tutorials?
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby JewTurk » Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:05 pm

Over the summer I followed the whole "justinguitar" beginners thing and got through the bulk of it, took a liking to the folk finger style stuff and I've just been playing with that ever since. Very fun style. Signed up for some bi-weekly lessons too, teacher knows uke/banjo/mandolin/guitar so I figure I'll probably start to explore other instruments as well.

Anyone have any good links to stuff for more finger style/folky stuff? I've just been googling/youtubing stuff and learning songs I like so far.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby meatjacket » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:30 pm

I just bought a delay pedal (first ever)

consider it a gateway holy shit its so much fun!
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby meatjacket » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:36 pm

@Blastoise

I got this TOMTOP digital delay pedal. Mainly use it for my organ, but the guitar and mic are so fun too.
I plan on getting a looper, distortion and a compression pedal. Anything you recommend? I know you're good with this kind of stuff.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby JewTurk » Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:41 pm

So all summer I tried to scrap together side money for piano lessons to kind of aid my learning with music. I definitely think it was a good move to get lessons for the piano geared towards music theory because I have a way better understanding of my other instruments now because of it. Pretty mediocre on guitar/piano but good enough to cover pop songs and jam with some people who live on my floor.

Decided to get a ukulele... Man, what a fun instrument!



Really excited to learn a bunch of Beirut songs and learn some finger style stuff along side that.

There's a really great independent music scene in Flagstaff, too. They have a TUF (The Underground Foundation) chapter, I know a handful of other colleges have them too, and they're a great community for people trying to learn. Every Saturday they have a fun little house show with 4-5 acts.

Excited to see what I learn over the course of the year! Music is such an awesome stress reliever...
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:34 pm

@meatjacket Biggest recommendation for pedals based on my personal experience (I used to be a huge gearhead) is to only buy pedals when you've found yourself lacking them. I bought a lot of pedals when I was younger based on the the lists of pedals everyone should own that ended up having no relevance to the music I wanted to make. Best is to wait until you think "I want to make this sound but I can't because I don't have this pedal".
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby Julio » Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:18 am



just thought i'd share a (somewhat) old video of one of my bands. i play drums; is what usually pays for flagrant purchases or jawnz but lately it's gone into just helping me move around and *live* without having to ask for things from my family so much, which i really like the feeling of.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby fun_yunchables » Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:21 pm

i thrifted an akai lpk25 that i have no idea how to use properly. managed to mess around in garageband a bit with it but idk for sure

been shopping around for a new (used) axe too, but it seems like everything in the resale market here are squier strats. people who know more about guitars than me: how hard is it to install new pickups into a squier strat? worth it or just look for something else?
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby Blastoise » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:00 pm

meatjacket wrote:@Blastoise

I got this TOMTOP digital delay pedal. Mainly use it for my organ, but the guitar and mic are so fun too.
I plan on getting a looper, distortion and a compression pedal. Anything you recommend? I know you're good with this kind of stuff.


Electro-Harmonix and TC Electronic are great places to start. Affordable but really solid for the price. Ebay and Reverb(.com) are your friends. Boss and Modtone pedals are alright for the price, I don't use any though.

I have a TC Electronic Ditto Looper and it's a lot of fun. Simple controls with one button and a volume knob. My only complaint is that it doesn't snap to the measure, you have to set it yourself. Not that big of a deal. Could be used live but I think it's better suited for practice and writing.

For distortion I use a ProCo Rat 2. Thick and lush sounding, unlike a lot of thin and empty distortions out there. Filter knob is a nice touch.

Again I'd refer to EH and TC for compression, they each have a couple of options. I'm probably not the one to ask on that, I use a Danelectro Surf & Turf that I found for $15. I'd like to replace it at some point but I haven't found one that gets quite the right tone, it's exactly what I'm after oddly enough. Styled after 50's/60's surf rock compression. If that's what you're into I guess you could check it out. Not that great of a pedal though.

Most recent purchase is a Z.Vex Instant Lofi Junky. It's essentially a lofi chorus/vibrato, but it has so many other little features (compression, phaser if you dial it right) Sounds absolutely amazing, will definitely be using it a lot. Reminiscent of Boards of Canada's Campfire Headphase. It's so much fun.

Demo of it at 1:03 in this video (with a couple of other effects):


Longer demo:


Going after an El Capistan next to stack with my old digital delay.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby Blastoise » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:57 pm

Picked up a Danelectro a little while back.

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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby hamburgerlady » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:27 pm

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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby meatjacket » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:47 pm

where should i go to help w songwriting

got some demos if u all wanna hear, open for suggestions if so
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby JewTurk » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:57 am

Looking at getting an electric guitar, best way to go cheap? Craigslist? Ebay? Used guitar shop?

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I'm leaning towards a epiphone of some kind (pri les paul std) around $300 @meatjacket, nothing gaudy.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby mc-lunar » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:25 pm

hey all

looking into buying a cassette deck for someone as a gift. is there anywhere i can check whether a certain model/manufacturer is "good"? can any casette deck be used for recording purposes?

cheers
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby nick » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:18 pm

JewTurk wrote:Looking at getting an electric guitar, best way to go cheap? Craigslist? Ebay? Used guitar shop?

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I'm leaning towards a epiphone of some kind (pri les paul std) around $300 @meatjacket, nothing gaudy.


buying used often really isn't all that worth it since so many other people buy used. unless you find a good steal... Pawn shops a lot of times are overpriced but sometimes you can find something good.

I SERIOUSLY recommend a Xaviere guitar from guitarfetish.com. I feel I've recommended them here before but my guitar was so great for $150, and I've heard similar praise. Epiphones are overpriced compared to any of the Made in Korea stuff. Not playing something before you buy it kinda sucks, but I've found GF's QC to be better than similar retailers (rondomusic.com)

note: something is worth it used is 80s squiers, ibanezes (keyword: pre-lawsuit or just "lawsuit"), they are great compared to the modern ones.


Anyone know some great effect pedal sim VSTs? Amplitube etc etc are great for amp modeling, but don't have some of the insane stompboxes I'm looking for
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby hamburgerlady » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:34 pm

^ how do you mean?
pawn shops, guitar shops, online used pages (craigslist, ebay, reverb, facebook pages, etc...) i've found can
sometimes be great ways to find (relatively good) used gear.
also word of mouth if anyone is selling a guitar.
i think the guitar used-market is always circulating so sometimes something great pops up.

of course if you're buying online, it takes some research (in terms of quality, damages, any mods, if it's not fake, etc...).
all in all it really comes down to "feel" though, in my experience.
if you find something online, maybe going to a local music retailer that has that guitar and trying it out
first would be a good idea to see if you'd really like it.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby nick » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:47 pm

Yeah, not to say it can't be a good deal. Maybe it's better to word it as - it's not a guaranteed good deal, so you really need to know what you're looking for to get a good one, if that makes sense. As I said you can find awesome deals at pawn shops but they can also totally overvalue things, so don't just assume because somethings at the pawn shop its a good deal. Kinda like thrifting.
Buying from a friend, local FB group is totally a good idea though. And yeah, trying it out first is always best!
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby ASTROCHIMP » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:49 pm

mc-lunar wrote:hey all

looking into buying a cassette deck for someone as a gift. is there anywhere i can check whether a certain model/manufacturer is "good"? can any casette deck be used for recording purposes?

cheers

There's a subreddit on reddit called cassetteculture that could probably help you out. If they can't I could probably ask my roommate about more sources of information, he's pretty big into cassette decks and stuff.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby Dingdongfootball » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:00 pm

Trying out to play guitar in a band for this school concert has lead to some troubling realizations about myself as a guitarist...

I've been playing for 7 years but it just feels like being a guitarist is not as important to me as it is to other people. I don't really identify as a guitarist, y'know? I guess I'd describe myself as a casual guitarist. Just something I do for fun. There's nothing wrong with that of course but it feels weird to say when I've dedicated so much time to it over the years. The other kids at this audition really seemed to derive a lot joy from playing guitar, sharing their talent with others, and showing their skills whereas I just felt kind of uncomfortable and self-conscious the whole time playing with the band. I'd rather just mess around on my own. i don't know. whatever.
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby meatjacket » Tue Dec 15, 2015 4:36 pm

coulda sworn there was bandcamp embedding

https://gildedgraveyard.bandcamp.com/tr ... l-man-demo

wrote this a while back, would love some criticism (an idea worth pursuing or no?) thanks
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby JewTurk » Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:06 pm

Been slowly teaching myself stuff over the course of the semester. Really enjoy finger style stuff. I'm wanting to learn some bossa nova and jazz now.

Think I'm going to get some formal lessons next semester to get better form/learn from someone instead of just online resources. I understand a lot of the theory, chord progressions, keys, arpeggios, and different scales but I feel like I'm really lacking in technical skill.

I covered Rodrigo Amarnte's The Ribbon below, it's a fantastic album. Love the multi-lingual aspect tbh. Pardon my terrible voice.

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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby Benson » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:46 pm

Really impressed with a lot of your stuff. This thread is moving pretty slow but I'd love to hear more of your music

Here is my stuff: https://sandalsband.bandcamp.com/

It's basically lo-fi indie pop stuff

If any of you guys live in Ontario and Quebec and wanna jam that'd be cool too
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby bleeker » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:45 am

I play bass in a band and we just recorded a demo! I'm pretty excited to show people.
We recorded at home with a couple of mics and pro-tools, and recorded the vocals over the tracks. It could be a little smoother but it's a just a demo so I hope you guys can still enjoy it. hopefully there will be more, better recordings to come!

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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby JewTurk » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:12 pm

Got some free piano lessons through my school's music program and I've improved my sheet-reading considerably and have a pretty confident understanding on some basic theory now. It was only an 8 week course so I've finished it but it was really cool and I can take it again whenever I want.

Got myself a cheap used semi-hollow fender thinline and an amp. I've been learning Jazz standards for a while now and I'm really enjoying it. It's such a great way to enjoy some free time. Jazz seems like such a huge field that you could study it forever and still be only acutely aware of it.

Going to try to pick up a loop pedal soon so I can comp myself but we'll see. I found one on ebay for $80 that looked pretty good for what I need.

Any recs on loop pedals just for simple accompaniment?
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Re: Musicians' thread

Postby UnwashedMolasses » Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:00 pm

I just picked up a TC Electronic Ditto and it's been a joy so far. It's extremely sparse/minimal for a looper, with one knob for level and one switch. Record/Overdub/Stop/Erase are all controlled with different combinations of tapping and holding. It's missing a lot of features common on more complex loopers but I dig it for my purposes.

Boss's RC series is pretty much the industry standard as far as loopers go, so you can't go wrong there. Digitech's JamMan series is also comparable. I used to have the JamMan 2-Pedal model (I think it's been phased out since). If you're looking for the ability to store loops and create a log of them, import them onto your computer, match/set the tempo, and other non-playing features like that, you're going to want more of these style.

Final recc is to check eBay. Loopers tend to be useful tools for specific applications but not as handy as most think. This means there's pretty high turnover so you the used market is rich.

While I'm at it, I've been using www.learnjazzstandards.com as a resource for playing along to basic standard tracks for a few years now. They've also got a youtube channel, which is how I discovered them.
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