Monthly Archives: June 2012

Interesting Weekend

Well some things got in my way so I didn’t get as much done as I would like. I spent most of one day cleaning the house and trying to find a key to sing the day you went away … Continue reading

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I managed to stand on the head of one of my guitars last night while restringing it. It slid to the floor when I was throwing out the old strings and the head was sticking out from the end of … Continue reading

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Well after teaching this week I treated myself to a new presonus audiobox to interface better with my computer. Well it has cut down the latency, but there is some there still. After reading the required specs I’ll need to get a better computer (or use the wife’s) to get rid of it altogether. Anyhow just tapping in with the count in gives me something to line up visually is a quick fix, I just have to remember to do it with the vocals. With that asside it’s great. I can now monitor and play along. It also came with some nice headphones and an awesome mic. The audiobox also has phantom power but still only runs off USB. So having the ability to just plug in, turn a few knobs to get a good mix and start putting tracks down has been great, now I just need to get a few tracks I like.¬†

So I have only put down one vocal track so far and I have to work on finding my voice. I am sure ( well hopeful) that many singers have struggled with this. It’s not too hard to copy someone else’s sound, but to find your own is a challenge, one worth it as no one likes to listen to a copy, it’s got to be original.

I am going to have to restudy mixing, it’s been a decade since I’ve done anything in a studio setting. I know what sound I want but have to learn how to get it out of that speaker. I am going for a much warmer sound than I am achieving right now, I’m going to run the guitar through a few different amps but I have been eyeing off the tesla pickups at work, so that may be my next upgrade.

I have also been having fun with GarageBand, the drums most of all. Not being a drummer, the drum machine has been great. Going through a bunch of random settings is giving me plenty to bounce off. Also being able to make a quick backing track/loop to play over is proving to be a very useful tool. It also has a very simple way to cut, paste and drag parts around to change the form of the song. It still needs a peripheral to plthey guitar/mic into the iPad. Once I get that I’m sure it will become an even more useful tool.

So back to it.

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Sticky fingers

There was a definite theme today while teaching and that theme was chords and fingering, even on the mandolin. So one teaching trick I am trying with the kids lately is sticky fingers. I write the chord out or use … Continue reading

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Lyrics and melody

Well this is something that has it all really. What is a good song without good words and a memorable melody. I ran something past someone on the weekend and was told it was ok but had no melody. I … Continue reading

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Tech troubles

Well this is an interesting learning curve. I am trying to upload videos to YouTube but am so far having issues. Mainly due new tech, ie the ipad. I know that it can do the upload but it has been … Continue reading

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Three chord wonders

How many songs can you play once you know three chords? ¬†Plenty. These would be I IV and V (1) . Most people learn the key of toro C to start with. C is easier for theory as it has … Continue reading

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