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  1. A couple of reasons for me, none of them forum related. Well, one sort of kinda: 1. I usually logged on at work. The old forum made it past the company's web filter. The new one doesn't. 2. No band ATM, and not much spare cash for pedlols with two small kids and a wife who's at home looking after them. I don't need to know about gear I can't use and can't afford. I tend to look in on TGP from time to time, but funk me those dudes are uptight woman-hating clowns. Faretheewell Harmonycentral. It was a good run.
  2. Originally Posted by papersun Demo of the Skillet sounds cool. Would running in mono basically act as a trem+phaser in one box? Yes, I think it would.
  3. I think you mean "Flamenco Sketches" (the first scale), not "Blue in Green"... You're right, I do
  4. Bitches Brew is a searching sort of work - groping for some future as yet unrealized until Weather Report kicked off and found it's groove. If Bitches Brew was groping for some future, I don't think it was one that was realised in Weather Report. I don't hear the darkness, danger and energy of Bitches Brew in much of what gets called Jazz Fusion.
  5. We time our set at practice. We've got it down to a lean 25 minutes unless we're headlining. This too. It's well worth getting your set timings as tight as possible in rehearsals, particularly if you're nobody. You stand a better chance of keeping an audience engaged (and maybe even impressed) while you're playing if you're banging out one song after another in spite of instrument changes or tune-ups or whatever. It also means that when you have a longer slot to fill you can just take your feet off the gas just a little in terms of the transitions and stuff and presto- your 25 minute set is now 30 minutes long without you doing a thing.
  6. let me also say the "we're not a cover band" thing irks me a bit. of course you're not, that doesn't mean you can't step out of your comfort zone and slam out some covers for an interesting situation. learning other people's music is not only fun, it's essential to your growth as a musician. IMO, covers are probably the simplest way out of a jam like this if you're a new-ish band that just doesn't have enough original material to fill the time. (if you do have old songs that used to be in the set and got dropped because you wrote better ones, dust 'em off. Unless they really suck.) I don't think anyone has a problem with "original" bands playing covers as long as the balance stays firmly in favour of the original stuff. Covers can be fun- don't do "top 40" songs you {censored}ing hate because you think girls will dance to them, pick stuff by bands that have influenced you or that you think people will get a kick out of hearing done in your band's style. Learning to play a cover song the way the band that recorded it did can be an eye-opener in terms of arrangement ideas and how to make parts complement each other, and re-working a song in to a completely different style while retaining key parts that make it work can be a fun musical exercise. A band I was in a few years back used to play "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel because it was our singer's favourite song when he was seven. It was good fun. The original is all synths and horrible dated 80s overproduction, so we had to do some work to come up with an arrangement that worked for two guitars, bass and drums. We did it though, and it went over well at gigs.
  7. Originally Posted by Loobs Not a fan. Of the song, right? I thought you liked Foals. You're like the forum's David Platt I've heard the new song on the radio a couple of times- I'm not sure I like it either. Doesn't sound a lot like their old stuff, but then Total Life Forever doesn't sound a whole lot like Antidotes either.
  8. You literally are going to become my dad. Which is cool, man. Time warp paradox Kyle Reese {censored}. Alrighty. But seriously- my normally even tempered and musically broad-minded wife gets really {censored}ing angry at the mere mention of Captain Beefheart. She hates that album more than anyone has a right to hate anything that didn't do something really unpleasant to a family member
  9. Originally Posted by six acre lake Even if you are 13 years old, if you enjoy listening to / playing along with any and all Steely Dan records, you are dad rock. I really like Steely Dad. My dad didn't. He liked King Crimson. My head asplode
  10. The whole idea of dad rock assumes that your dad isn't very cool and listens to brainless MOR {censored}. My kids are going to grow up thinking Battles is dad rock. They're going to think Trout Mask Replica is the ultimate dad rock album because their dad really likes it and their mum thinks its {censored}ing terrible
  11. ^ I should probably be clear- I haven't actually used the Delaylab in a little while (I like it and all, I just get very little opportunity to play electric ATM- young kids who love to fiddle with my guitar gear during the day and go to bed early, no band) so I can't say for sure that it retains tempo information if you bypass it. I know for sure that it doesn't retain changes from the preset patch if you go to another patch and back again- I can't think of a pedal that does.
  12. Originally Posted by GDan Ok can someone clarify something for me? You switch on patch A, it is saved at 300ms, you tap the tempo to 450ms You turn patch A off and then on again, what is the tempo now? You mean you bypass the pedal? 450ms, I think. Originally Posted by GDan You jump to patch B and then back to A, what is the tempo now? 300ms.
  13. Originally Posted by Loobs listen to Solid Air by John Martyn for a masterclass in how to use tape echo with acoustic (and write amazing songs and play amazing guitar and have a great voice). Fully agree. That album is fantastic. JM used fuzz with acoustic as well. Good thread. I've been wondering about using effects with my acoustic to spice up my P&W gig.
  14. That looks like a great collection. I think you'll dig Bill Evans if you enjoy KoB. (he's my favorite part of it). Brubeck as well. The Ornette Coleman album is going to take a few listens to get my head around I think, but of the rest I think Mingus Ah Um was probably my favourite on a first hearing (I didn't listen to Kind of Blue, I've had that album for 10 years or more...). I thought there was a sort of sense of fun about it that jazz doesn't always have. I see what you mean about Bill Evans and Kind of Blue though- I'd heard how although Miles claims the credit for the tunes on KoB, Evans had quite an influence on the material too. Peace Piece sounds an awful lot like Blue In Green.
  15. Originally Posted by !i!i!i!i!i! english_bob's thought process: LOL. That looks like Eddie Van Halen. LOL. That IS Eddie Van Halen. Wait, wat? Eddie Van Halen? I mean, "Jump" is so uncool it's cool and all, but srsly?
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