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What have been the highlights of your musical year?

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  • What have been the highlights of your musical year?

    Mine have been rediscovering my songwriting muse after a few barren years, signing with a record company, and working with a certain New Mexican

    a selection of my songs: https://soundcloud.com/songwriter101

    my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SaulTiberiusNads

  • #2
    I'm rediscovering a few things too:



    (1) I absolutely hate playing in a cover band (still),



    (2) ALL lead singers get LSD after a while,



    (3) Drummers have me by the short curly hairs,



    (4) If you aspire to be successful you really have to do almost all of it by yourself,



    (5) Hauling heavy gear around 3 nights a week really sucks (worse as you get older),



    (6) There is absolutely no one you can trust in the music business. If you want to make a group of musicians laugh, just tell them you trust your bandmates....



    (7) As Pat Coast would say, "We thought we were musicians but we're just beer salesmen."



    (8) It's of absolutely no use to work your ass off if you don't also work smart.



    That about sums it up.



    Terry D.



    P.S. lol @ your "signing with a record company" and a heartfelt good luck with that.
    Telling Stories releases 2nd CD, see our WEBSITE! Please check out my GROUPIE STORY and Tales from the Road.

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    • #3
      I'm rediscovering a few things too:



      (1) I absolutely hate playing in a cover band (still),



      (2) ALL lead singers get LSD after a while,



      (3) Drummers have me by the short curly hairs,



      (4) If you aspire to be successful you really have to do almost all of it by yourself,



      (5) Hauling heavy gear around 3 nights a week really sucks (worse as you get older),



      (6) There is absolutely no one you can trust in the music business. If you want to make a group of musicians laugh, just tell them you trust your bandmates....



      (7) As Pat Coast would say, "We thought we were musicians but we're just beer salesmen."



      (8) It's of absolutely no use to work your ass off if you don't also work smart.



      That about sums it up.



      Terry D.



      P.S. lol @ your "signing with a record company" and a heartfelt good luck with that.
      Telling Stories releases 2nd CD, see our WEBSITE! Please check out my GROUPIE STORY and Tales from the Road.

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      • #4
        I mastered Tonadilla by ear in only five months in my spare time. Because I didn't want to radically keep retuning my classical guitar I just learned it with a drop D tuning so I had to make some contorted chords, and that tune is a serious chordal workout. The stress from learning it prompted me to create a slower stress relieving tune in the same tuning. Tonadilla was the right in line with the stressful 2012.
        <div class="signaturecontainer">War is over if you want it.<br />
        - John &amp; Yoko -<br />
        <br />
        Nothing fails like success. <br />
        - Alan Watts - (based on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%E1%B9%83s%C4%81ra" target="_blank">Samsara</a>)<br />
        <br />
        &quot;I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.&quot;<br />
        -Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931-</div>

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        • #5
          I mastered Tonadilla by ear in only five months in my spare time. Because I didn't want to radically keep retuning my classical guitar I just learned it with a drop D tuning so I had to make some contorted chords, and that tune is a serious chordal workout. The stress from learning it prompted me to create a slower stress relieving tune in the same tuning. Tonadilla was the right in line with the stressful 2012.
          <div class="signaturecontainer">War is over if you want it.<br />
          - John &amp; Yoko -<br />
          <br />
          Nothing fails like success. <br />
          - Alan Watts - (based on <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sa%E1%B9%83s%C4%81ra" target="_blank">Samsara</a>)<br />
          <br />
          &quot;I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.&quot;<br />
          -Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931-</div>

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          • #6
            Well, one obvious highlight is how working with Mark gave me a different approach to finishing projects, and now I have seven tunes posted on my YouTube channel. So props to the English dude, and a heartfelt thanks; a major highlight was when "Black Market Daydreams" passed 1,000 views. This just shows for the 47,569th time that collaborating is always better than working in a vacuum. Or even worse, in a vacuum cleaner. But, there are some other highlights.

            • My vocals all of a sudden got an order of magnitude better. I have no idea why, and I wished it had happened 40 years ago...but better late than never

            • For whatever reason, Sonar X2 really syncs with how I work, and I've been able to work much more efficiently since X2 came out. Projects are taking me half the time they used to take.

            • My Windows computer is pretty much the poster child for 64-bit operation, and that too has helped the cause.

            • The Line 6 Dream Rig really is a dream rig for me. My plan is to keep the Dream Rig pro review going until I die so Line 6 won't ask for it back.

            • I don't care what anyone says, the Firebird X is an amazing guitar. Sure, it looks weird, and do you really need onboard effects? I just like the way it plays and feels. It's sort of like the ultimate Telecaster, and I've always liked Teles.

            • Getting Komplete has totally rocked my world. That and a DAW, and you're done.

            • Slowly but surely, I'm getting better at DJing. Anyone who thinks it's easy to be a good DJ probably thinks it's easy to be a good producer. I almost feel I'm at the point where I'll be good enough to add some interesting twists to the process.

            _____________________________________________
            There are now 14 music videos posted on my YouTube channel, including four songs by Mark Longworth. Watch the music video playlist, subscribe, and spread the links! Check back often, because there's more to come...

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            • #7
              Well, one obvious highlight is how working with Mark gave me a different approach to finishing projects, and now I have seven tunes posted on my YouTube channel. So props to the English dude, and a heartfelt thanks; a major highlight was when "Black Market Daydreams" passed 1,000 views. This just shows for the 47,569th time that collaborating is always better than working in a vacuum. Or even worse, in a vacuum cleaner. But, there are some other highlights.

              • My vocals all of a sudden got an order of magnitude better. I have no idea why, and I wished it had happened 40 years ago...but better late than never

              • For whatever reason, Sonar X2 really syncs with how I work, and I've been able to work much more efficiently since X2 came out. Projects are taking me half the time they used to take.

              • My Windows computer is pretty much the poster child for 64-bit operation, and that too has helped the cause.

              • The Line 6 Dream Rig really is a dream rig for me. My plan is to keep the Dream Rig pro review going until I die so Line 6 won't ask for it back.

              • I don't care what anyone says, the Firebird X is an amazing guitar. Sure, it looks weird, and do you really need onboard effects? I just like the way it plays and feels. It's sort of like the ultimate Telecaster, and I've always liked Teles.

              • Getting Komplete has totally rocked my world. That and a DAW, and you're done.

              • Slowly but surely, I'm getting better at DJing. Anyone who thinks it's easy to be a good DJ probably thinks it's easy to be a good producer. I almost feel I'm at the point where I'll be good enough to add some interesting twists to the process.

              _____________________________________________
              There are now 14 music videos posted on my YouTube channel, including four songs by Mark Longworth. Watch the music video playlist, subscribe, and spread the links! Check back often, because there's more to come...

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              • #8
                I haven't really put much out there music wise in 2012 but I sure have amassed some great gear and a lot more space to do it in when I do! I'm slowly but surely learning the Anime Studio Pro program that I want to use with my music video production and then I'll start in on the Poser book and program.
                Gotta have my Guitars, gotta have my Keyboards, gotta have my computers so I can record my Guitars & Keyboards!

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                • #9
                  I haven't really put much out there music wise in 2012 but I sure have amassed some great gear and a lot more space to do it in when I do! I'm slowly but surely learning the Anime Studio Pro program that I want to use with my music video production and then I'll start in on the Poser book and program.
                  Gotta have my Guitars, gotta have my Keyboards, gotta have my computers so I can record my Guitars & Keyboards!

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                  • #10
                    Finally being able to write with no barriers.

                    Have the Daw, Logic Pro 9 for me

                    Have the computer that can go start to finish. MP 3.1

                    Can't think of the last time I had a crash.

                    May go SSD's for Audio and another for Samples this year.

                    Crucial 512 MB for $369 at my local bestbuy.

                    I play drums now too, my Roland TD 8 kit...

                    Love the live feel, SD2 and now Slate drums rawk

                    AxeFx II guitars just cut through the mix now, no tweaking, just a little lo cut.

                    Looking forward to my move to Wasaga Beach in the next few weeks.

                    Have the $$ to spray foam a double car garage and setup "shop" in there.

                    Looking forward to jamming again, seems to have a great music vibe round there...

                    <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/brianreynolds" target="_blank"><font color="DarkSlateBlue"><font size="3">http://www.reverbnation.com/brianreynolds</font></font></a><br />
                    <br />
                    <b><font color="Teal">Guitars</font></b><br />
                    Fender Tele<br />
                    Ibanez RG 770<br />
                    Fender Strat <br />
                    Martin DX <br />
                    Baldwin 12<br />
                    <br />
                    <font color="teal"><b>Rig</b></font><br />
                    Marshall JVM 215c<br />
                    AxeFX II<br />
                    Mac Pro 2008<br />
                    Logic<br />
                    Fx's x'1000<br />
                    Audio Intruments x's 1000<br />
                    Roland TD 8<br />
                    <br />
                    <i><font color="Teal"><font size="3">Smile if your not wearing panties</font></font></i></div>

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                    • #11
                      Finally being able to write with no barriers.

                      Have the Daw, Logic Pro 9 for me

                      Have the computer that can go start to finish. MP 3.1

                      Can't think of the last time I had a crash.

                      May go SSD's for Audio and another for Samples this year.

                      Crucial 512 MB for $369 at my local bestbuy.

                      I play drums now too, my Roland TD 8 kit...

                      Love the live feel, SD2 and now Slate drums rawk

                      AxeFx II guitars just cut through the mix now, no tweaking, just a little lo cut.

                      Looking forward to my move to Wasaga Beach in the next few weeks.

                      Have the $$ to spray foam a double car garage and setup "shop" in there.

                      Looking forward to jamming again, seems to have a great music vibe round there...

                      <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/brianreynolds" target="_blank"><font color="DarkSlateBlue"><font size="3">http://www.reverbnation.com/brianreynolds</font></font></a><br />
                      <br />
                      <b><font color="Teal">Guitars</font></b><br />
                      Fender Tele<br />
                      Ibanez RG 770<br />
                      Fender Strat <br />
                      Martin DX <br />
                      Baldwin 12<br />
                      <br />
                      <font color="teal"><b>Rig</b></font><br />
                      Marshall JVM 215c<br />
                      AxeFX II<br />
                      Mac Pro 2008<br />
                      Logic<br />
                      Fx's x'1000<br />
                      Audio Intruments x's 1000<br />
                      Roland TD 8<br />
                      <br />
                      <i><font color="Teal"><font size="3">Smile if your not wearing panties</font></font></i></div>

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                      • #12
                        The big deal for me was also finding my songwriting muse after having pretty much considered it a divorce for a long time.



                        And I have an electric guitar amp now, my first. Been playing my el cheapo strat knockoff through NI Guitar Rig to date. Which is fun, but also not fun if that's all you have for an amp and effects.



                        So now with all this new material and a real guitar rig, I need to record a lot. So that will be the 2103 story.



                        Right now I'm cherrypicking the end-of-year specials. Downloading some UAD plugs on sale, that sort of thing. And reorganizing my tiny studio.



                        HOW can a little studio get to be such a mess in such a short time???



                        nat whilk ii

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                        • #13
                          The big deal for me was also finding my songwriting muse after having pretty much considered it a divorce for a long time.



                          And I have an electric guitar amp now, my first. Been playing my el cheapo strat knockoff through NI Guitar Rig to date. Which is fun, but also not fun if that's all you have for an amp and effects.



                          So now with all this new material and a real guitar rig, I need to record a lot. So that will be the 2103 story.



                          Right now I'm cherrypicking the end-of-year specials. Downloading some UAD plugs on sale, that sort of thing. And reorganizing my tiny studio.



                          HOW can a little studio get to be such a mess in such a short time???



                          nat whilk ii

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                          • #14
                            I'm able to play the violin again, regular and electric, at will, for the most part.



                            I started playing when I was five. Payed a mortgage for 15 years by playing, came home from the job and did more playing. And then for 10 years it was just too painful to play much because of a whiplash injury.



                            Well, I'll never be an all day player again, but I'm very thankful for the grace that's come my way, and for the most part, I'm me again! And not so rusty as I'd feared



                            Happy New Year to you all!!!

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                            • #15
                              I'm able to play the violin again, regular and electric, at will, for the most part.



                              I started playing when I was five. Payed a mortgage for 15 years by playing, came home from the job and did more playing. And then for 10 years it was just too painful to play much because of a whiplash injury.



                              Well, I'll never be an all day player again, but I'm very thankful for the grace that's come my way, and for the most part, I'm me again! And not so rusty as I'd feared



                              Happy New Year to you all!!!

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