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  1. This is actually something I disagree rather vehemently with. Any beat or pattern from a drum machine is going to lock your practice into a rhythmic feel "straightjacket" - whereas a metronome (on 2 and 4 ONLY) allows you to keep tempo discipline while also allowing you to "breathe" rhythmically. One of the goals of metronome practice is to "make the click disappear", and you really can't do that with a DM pattern.
  2. I know Shachar through a mutual friend, that's how I ended up on the site in the 1st place. I can't really blame them - those guys are PAID now.
  3. Soundbetter JUST announced that they've been bought by Spotify this morning I've been a "pro" member for several years and have gotten quite a good bit of mixing work via that site/service.
  4. Own one? Not in a long time - but I've used pretty much EVERY drum machine ever manufactured between the mid-80s and the late 90s, and all that use was for production. Started out on the LynnDrum and Roland 808/909, then the Yamaha RX series, the venerable Alesis SR-16, Emu SP-12 and SP-1200, all the Akai MPCs, etc... though the SP-1200 and the MPCs were really used more as samplers/sequencers than "drum machines" per se. Haven't used a drum machine in ages. If I need drums these days I put them together in my DAW, with Addictive Drums being my favored VSTi.
  5. I'm having the hardest time finding a keyboard stand extension that would work well for the Boog. I dont want a multi-tiered stand, just a small extension/shelf. This is for live gigs so I want the Boog easily accessible for changing settings on the fly, preferably with my left hand.
  6. I snagged it last night for $199 and noticed the same thing. If people don't mind dealing with habitually MAP-breaking sleazeballs, Pro Audio Star always drops prices after business hours on Fridays, only to have everything at MAP 1st thing Monday morning - but I won't go there, having personally gotten them fired from two different manufacturers for breaking rules
  7. Ordered, in the nick of time... arrives this Friday
  8. Bill Payne of Little Feat ruined the whole Oberheim thing for me - and that's even before the whole late 70s-early 80s "corporate rock" obsession with it. I mean yeah, it was a VERY advanced board for its time with a highly distinctive sound... but ugh
  9. I like the Sub37 as well, but a) I dont already have one and b) this is primarily for live gigs, and the Boog is way more portable, besides being ridiculously cheap. I plan on triggering it with my VR-09, putting the two on separate midi channels and setting it up so that I can effortlessly switch between the two with one soft button on the VR. Just need to add a little shelf to my keyboard stand. And I'm good to go!
  10. I have a birthday coming up - as you well know, having the same birthday Perfect excuse to treat myself!
  11. Don't have one yet, but I NEED one - those Jan Hammer/George Duke Minimoog leads ain't gonna play themselves!
  12. The similarity of the beauty of music and math resides in two concepts - symmetry and elegance. Both music and math contain them, but that's where the comparison stops. While math attempts to describe and codify the "outer world", music exists to express our "inner" world - ultimately, music is an emotional language.
  13. So basically lots of 3ds and 5ths, with the occasional 4th?
  14. Don't be discouraged... be inspired! I was serious about immersing yourself in those two.. literally everything you need to know about alto is in there! And you'll be amazed how much you will absorb just by osmosis, things will start to appear in your ears and at your fingertips, and you'll go "whoa, where'd THAT come from?!?"
  15. I've been trying to get the clav intro to this for what has too be 20 years... and i STILL don't have it quite right Max Middleton is a tricky mofo!!!
  16. Alto, huh? I got two words for you.... Cannonball Adderley. Ok maybe two more: Paul Desmond
  17. Really? I kinda picture Pops Armstrong, Robert Johnson and Lightnin' Hopkins sitting there as the elevator doors open "It change when Lightnin' say it change!"
  18. My picking hand has always lagged behind my fretting hand... it's one of the things I will be attempting to correct. I learned to alternate-pick everything early on, and whenever I attempt to economy pick or, gawd forbid, sweep, my time falls apart. As for strumming... I don't 😂
  19. Not sure I understand this. You mean, The Eagles, as in the band? Cause its nigh impossible to "own the 7th dimension" when you consider that the Blues, foundational as it is for every genre thereafter, is nothing BUT 7th chords.
  20. That one is pretty much hard-wired into my brain, it's pretty much the only thing I still have under my fingers Seriously though, it's been really interesting - I still have all my scales, patterns, chord shapes, etc.... what I dont have is speed, accuracy and stamina. But I am looking at this as a great opportunity to correct a lot of bad habits and techniques that were ingrained in my playing, and now aren't, by virtue of not having played for so long.
  21. I have just become physically able to play guitar after over 2 years away from the instrument. I feel your pain.
  22. Always a challenge. And I highly recommend you stop referring to your own music as "stupid". Self-deprecation can be funny, but isn't useful to an artist, or even a craftsman I suspect your music isn't stupid at all - it would actually be quite a challenge to write "stupid" music for a person of your intelligence It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but that's down to taste, a completely different value judgment.
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