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  1. Just read this ... http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?995853-What-Mic-for-lo-fi-AM-Radio-sounding-vocals&p=12631632&viewfull=1#post12631632 Run the mic through a graphic EQ and set it with an upside-down V. I've got a lil cheapo Dano EQ that may just work.
  2. Unless you hold the Green Bullet, it can be difficult to mount on a mic stand. It can be done though -- I did some research a while ago and there are some mounts you can get. The Boss looks cool, but I wonder if there isn't something simpler and cheaper?
  3. +1 on what's been offered here. If you want to play slide on a standard-tuned guitar with low action, get a light slide and increase your gain settings. Use a very light touch. But the best bet for learning slide is to take one of your gits and get it set up for slide -- settle on one open tuning at first, later you'll branch out to others. Better yet, learn on an acoustic. Just get a beater and set it for slide and get at it. btw, here's the beater I started learning on many years ago. It's a 1930s no-name archtop that I got for $50. Open D tuning, bottleneck slide. [video=youtube;gF6MBiQar8o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF6MBiQar8o
  4. The Squier Custom II is a nice guitar for the $ for sure. I had the one with humbuckers. The neck is nice, but I do prefer a flatter radius. But it isn't as glossy as the other Squier vintage models, which I am glad of. I'm pretty sure I want that Gibson goldtop now. I told my wife I needed an extra $350 or so to fund it. She rolled eyes. I told her I was going to mention that I must have this guitar every hour, on the hour. And I will too. Gotta wear her down, little by little. Her birthday is in September, I think she's getting a nice goldtop. And maybe something else. I bought the Squier when I wasn't sure about P90s -- never had a git with them. Now that I know, man oh man, that goldtop Gibby has been on my list too. Still dig the Squier though. Gateway drug.
  5. i dig the black but the blondeish whatever the hell color is also looking sweet too. dig they have maple boards also. def going to have to see if my local gc has any of these. When I was first looking at it, I couldn't find any at my local GC. So I ended up buying from zzounds on their pay-as-you-play deal -- $62 a month for four months. I played it in standard tuning for the first year or so. I'd do a jazz chord-melody solo gig in the afternoon at a restaurant and then play a classic rock at night in a club. Just changed the amp settings.
  6. damn that tele looks sweet. specially with that price tag. I'm thinking about getting a black one so that I can set up in standard tuning. Crazy price.
  7. Just thought I'd throw this one into the mix, Squier Vintage Modified Tele Custom II. It rocks stock. $249. I love mine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPQ1fZUAoBA
  8. Yes. Key is very important, even a half-step can make a difference. I know a singer who is fantastic in Eb, but E just doesn't bring out the best in her voice. I have keys that I sing so much better in than others. Basic idea is tessitura. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tessitura
  9. Head down to New Braunfels and float on the Guadalupe. Also, go next door to Gruene and have a Lone Star in Texas' oldest saloon, Gruene Hall. BTW, we measure distance in time traveled not in miles in Texas. So something isn't 30 miles away but one hour at rush hour or twenty minutes at midnight, etc. Austin ain't what it used to be. It sucks and it blows, which may be good for some and bad for others. Good luck with traffic and driving around and parking. It'll probably still be hot in Sept. http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-06-09/news/finding-austin/
  10. Best semihollow counterpart for your tele ...
  11. Neck pup P90 of a Squier Tele Custom II through a cranked Pignose.
  12. Pick up an acoustic. Learn an entirely new style of music. Tune to an open chord and learn to play slide.
  13. Loobs, you can call it negative or realistic. I live in an area with a major music school, University of North Texas. Just giving you the view from the ground from what I've encountered with jazz school grads. A music/jazz degree is a dead-end degree in the US (perhaps it's different in the UK), unless you plan on teaching on the university level, which can be a solid path imo though it's a tough one. There are those who go on to label-supported touring groups and those who can have a steady life as a working musician (restaurants/wedding gigs/cruise ships) while teaching private lessons, but having a music degree isn't the ticket to having a career as a musician or playing the music you want to play. And the music you want to play won't get played much. Just look around and realize how difficult it is to go out and find musicians and performance venues to hear the kind of music you want to play. I'm not saying that you shouldn't chase your dreams, but just be ready for the alarm to go off when it's time to wake up.
  14. I think jazz school is a pipedream and a money pit. As far as finding the right avant-garde cats to play with, it could happen -- but I don't think jazz uni is going to necessarily increase the odds, for what you want to do is against the odds anyway. Jazz school mainly sets you up to teach, play restaurants/wedding gigs, or be up to your eyeballs in debt; it doesn't really set you up get into the next bitchin' avant-garde experimental touring & recording ensemble. YMMV. The recording option is cool, and maybe look into playing solo. I don't think you're going to have much luck at all finding the band members you want, especially as you get older and especially with the kind of music you wish to make. Anything's possible and I wish you the best of luck. Sounds like you're at a crossroads in your musical life.
  15. I've had my Boss RC20XL for a few years now. I'm still digging it, though I'm not gigging with it.
  16. Currently I'm kinda digging my Squier Tele Custom II w/P90s and my Pignose. Money really isn't an issue here.
  17. Man, this is so freakin' cool! Thanks for the clips, fly!
  18. If you can't play the appropriate strumming pattern for the song, pick a more appropriate song that suits your level. Practice till you get better. And then practice some more. It's all about giving a shit. I haven't found that strumming patterns are problematic; changing chords are often the trouble spots. Most of my students can learn the basic strumming patterns, but switching between chords while maintaining tempo is the tough task. Problems with changing chords has one time-tested solution, practice and then practice more. If a beginning student can't change chords, then more time on the fretboard is required.
  19. kujozilla, I haven't found that method works very well with my students or with students I've inherited from other teachers. Perhaps it has worked with yours. From what I've seen with students, the ability to play a strumming pattern is in direct correlation with their ability to play in proper time. It doesn't wreck the ability to keep time; it reinforces, supports and propels it. The inability to play a song usually means one of two things for a beginning student: that more practice is needed, or that it is too difficult for the level of the player (and an easier song needs to replace it). I still give a shit.
  20. I give a shit. I usually teach my students a handful of basic strumming patterns. Once you get those, you learn how to "synch up" with what others are strumming. It also helps to play with others as much as possible with others when learning how to do this.
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