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  1. 3 points
    You know what really messes with the tuning on a 12-string? 12 STRINGS!
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  3. 3 points
    to some extend i'm totally with you but there are (still) limits. also since that time my musical taste has changed and/or expanded and so have my ability of playing music expanded. some limits are skill wise, i'm not really into jazz and so my skills of it are very limited, aswell i'm not into shredding and tapping as i mostly do not like the music which comes out of it, so i never cared to practice such abilities some limits are tastewise, i will not play fake tradtional tirolean music or german schlager and the like, i do not want to play the classical wedding music etc.. but if you need to make a living out of it, you need to play and practice what you get the bills paid, and i didn't want to put myself into this position. this is total personal to me, and i will not judge anyone who thinks or does completely different....or maybe i did when i was young, but i didn't know anything at that time while i thought i know it all so instead of becoming a musician i became an IT guy who loves to make music with his friends
  4. 3 points
    Oh I think $350 is ample money to get a good guitar. There are so many good guitars around these days that it's hard to go wrong. The Yamaha FG830 comes in around that price point and that is an excellent guitar.
  5. 3 points
    I think its absolutely essential - vital, even - to practice with a click. So that you don't need one to record And in my experience, if you want to "learn time" its equally essential to keep the click on 2 and 4, only.
  6. 3 points
    Engineers have so many choices in post theses days that they spend less time on the input side and employ the fix it in the mix method. Thinking you can make a silk purse out of a sows ear leads to more sows ears and less silk purses
  7. 3 points
    My "music sensei" (guitar/theory teacher, mentor, close friend) insists that everything changed - and not for the better - with the introduction of the click track. The musicians may still be human, but they're locked into a temporal straightjacket, if you will... it robs the music of its breath, which is essential for imparting human feeling. Im not 100% sold on his theory, but it does make a great deal of sense. Having made hundreds if not thousands of recordings, both with click and without, i can certainly attest that the results are different, and not just in how tight the performance is. Its always easier for an engineer if the musicians use a click, but whenever I record musicians who have "good time" I will usually lobby for them to forgo the click and play "free". And I never use a click on any of my own group recordings.
  8. 3 points
    Maybe because they had a full orchestra with actual musicians playing together at the same time in an actual acoustic space... ditto for the early rock recordings... now music is laid down a track at a time with very little interplay. IMO, the music was just better. In the day, we took it for granted... now we look back in awe.
  9. 3 points
    Your guitar will be fine, water or saliva won't do much. A solvent like nail polish remover could conceivably melt the lacquer insulation on the pickup wire and short it out. Spilling beer, soda large amount of any fluid into/around a guitar amplifier is very bad and should be avoided.
  10. 3 points
    I love the saxophone, it's my primary instrument. But whoever did this solo IMHO did not play with appropriate expression to compliment either Dusty or the arrangement. I've heard inappropriate sax, guitar, piano, synth, organ, trumpet and just about anything else solos. If it were me, I would have played it on tenor so as not to compete with Dusty's excellent vocals, I would have not used those inappropriate pitch bends (scoops), I would have matched Dusty's expression to start the solo and then perhaps gently drifted off to slightly different phrasing. Or else, I might have started with Dusty's phrasing on the melody and then drifted off to what I hope would be appropriate, minimalist, improvisations with a lot of air space. When you aren't the "star" of the record or song, your job is to do your best to support the star, and too many musicians would rather compete, disregard or outshine. But, every performance can't be our best one. Insights and incites by Notes Why I love the saxophone, here is another bossa nova [video=youtube;0-vlX8uRLMQ]
  11. 2 points
    Probably the score of the decade. And most certainly a case of being in the right place at the right time. The pawnshop in our local town usually have a few guitars for sale and I often pop in when I'm passing. A few weeks ago when I called in it turned out to be 5 minutes after a used Walden N730 had been put out on display. It was a discount sale due to one of the tuner buttons being broken - a large chip where it fitted onto the tang. Sale price £44.99 Solid cedar top, solid Indian rosewood back, layered (as Taylor say LOL) rosewood sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge. I bought it, of course. A blob of epoxy resin fixed the tuner and it plays like a dream.
  12. 2 points
    We had some hotel points to use and the beach was more than our points covered. . Allentown was in the price range so "Honey ,we're going to Allentown" There actually is a winery nearby but we didn't go. Woke up in the morning deciding what to do and my wife suggested that since the area has a lot of industry we might tour a manufacturing site to see how things are made. Perfect time to mention that Martin is only a thirty minute drive.
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    I hate perfection! It's just excellence with some extra wasted effort on top. 😎
  15. 2 points
    In reference to the other band, you should stop trying to impress other musicians with your skills. That goes for members in your own band. I realize you may need to feel motivated to play your best but all you're doing is burdening your own lack of enthusiasm on others. Adult musicians aren't there to make you feel good. If you want a pat on the back get that from your parents wife or friends outside the band. This is not to say as you don't care about the other players in the band or receive care from them. Just grow up and realize the people you work with are just co workers doing their jobs. Its fine to shoot the breeze and have a good time when life is good. The thing that destroys most bands are musicians so self centered, they think the world revolves around them. They force the rest of the players to spend excessive amounts of time being their keeper or shrink, or mentor or any other roles besides what they should be, a fellow musician. You'll find most professional bands aren't about having fun. If you want to have fun, quit the band and spend your time in the audience instead of on stage. Being in a band is about running a small business and carrying your share of the work load. Once you grow up and get past being a child and having everyone reinforce your ego telling you how great you are, you discover the job of a performing musicians isn't any different then any other job. Its up to you in what you make of it. I still remember when I was a kid and the worm turned for me and I realized performing wasn't what I expected. I saw ahead of me a lonely existence playing one dump after another and the main job was to make the audience forget about their problems for one night while they visited a fantasy world filled with music. I suppose the one thing that drives the nail in is the end of the night. It doesn't matter how many people clapped or enjoyed your playing, or got up and danced. When it came to packing up, there wasn't a single one of them going to help you pack your gear up. You become cynical and begin to question why you're even playing in a band and contemplate quitting or checking to see if its any better in another band. That's the time you need to question the real reason you play music. Superficial reasons drop away as you question what is this thing we call music. In the end you need to find a solid reason for continuing or you may as well be doing something that at least earns you allot of cash to lay back on. I been there too. I took music and electronics in school and made electronics my paying profession. You want to talk about extremes, Playing out nights or weekends then going to work with geeks and facing business owners every day is probably the biggest letdown you can face. All the typical reasons kids begin to play music fail because of their shallowness as well. If you play to impress the family, there is a point where you should realize they will support anything you do so long as its what you want to do. The music itself has practically nothing to do with that. Many players do it to attract girl friends. That's the biggest fail of all. As soon as you get that girl friend or wife, they do a 180 on you. They may be open minded but they don't want their man strutting on stage attracting other women so they work their head games trying to make you quit. If you have kids then its even worse because you have to bring home the bacon and the pay for most musicians is crap. I know musicians who played because it gave them access to drugs and booze. My life is littered with the graves of musicians I've known. Very few from my HS days made it and the few who did were either lucky or smarter then the rest and quit that lifestyle. Even fewer were the ones who actually became famous. Its amazing how its usually the players you think have the least likely chance of succeeding actually do. I guess I either had a compassionate heart or I was able to predict that could happen when I was really young because I mentored and remained friends with many others blew off as being lame musicians. Its a good feeling when a world class performer tells you, you were are great inspiration to them being a success in the business. As far as my music goes I've never felt like I needed to abandon it once I found a good reason for playing. Mentoring others took the leading role in who I am working with others. The foundation for that is a matter of posterity and passing down what I've been and done to friends and family. I have several artists in the family who will be receiving nice inheritances some day. Not just gear but all the music I've written and recorded would be quite pointless if it was only made for playing out in front of people who could quite honestly care less. It even makes less sense if you aren't earning money for all the hard work involved. Creating something you can leave behind for others is a pretty decent reason of creating some quality work and its one of the more bullet proof foundation for creating music there is. Famous musicians do this for their fans all the time, but you have to question who those songs famous songs were written for. Girlfriends? Kids?, God? Or just a paycheck and heard by people who could care less.
  16. 2 points
    Gotta bring up the other part of the equation. Modern convenience leaves craftsmanship wide open for option hacks to proliferate.
  17. 2 points
    Holy sh*t I’m all in w/FretFiend. Yeah. personally, oasis.. and a few hygrometers around just for grins. You do what you can, and I’ve stopped obsessing over it. Winter-cased and an Oasis, the tan one. I’ve got about 13 or so cases with these. Even the Nationals, laminate so you’d think, no, don’t need, but you do, frets, biscuits, etc.. Summer they can breathe freely.
  18. 2 points
    That was my wife's and my wedding song, probably the arrangement without the sax.
  19. 2 points
    There are two versions of Dusty doing this song. The second was recorded in London with arranger Reg Guest... that’s the one with the long sax solo at the end. The original version, for the Casino Royale soundtrack, was recorded by the late, great Phil Ramone. Sax solo or not, I still consider this to be one of the greatest female vocal performances of all time. YMMV.
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