(9 replies, posted in Music theory)

This thread is a veritable shopping list of all my problems.   smile

In defense of the pinky, though, mine is actually shorter on average.  Take a look at the back of your hand.  Your pinky most likely goes to the second knuckle on your ring finger.  Mine stops well short of that.  So I gotta excuse!

I also, reach with my thumb, clench when I'm not paying attention, get sloppy with the pick...

I'm a mess, actually....


(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

unclejoesband wrote:
jerome.oneil wrote:
unclejoesband wrote:

You mean this one? ¢  smile

Oh man, I have keyboard envy!  big_smile

I won't hold out on you. smile




(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

unclejoesband wrote:
jerome.oneil wrote:

At 15 cents (anyone miss that symbol on their keyboard?  I do!)

You mean this one? ¢  smile

Oh man, I have keyboard envy!  big_smile


(14 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

People do it because it works.   Old school mass mailings (which no one seems to cry about, even though the real world impact is much more severe) had about a 2% conversion rate.  That is, for every 100 offers sent, they'd get about 2 legitimate leads.  At 15 cents (anyone miss that symbol on their keyboard?  I do!)  a mailing, you can do the math to figure out how much you needed to send, and to whom, to make it worth your while.

Now take that and increase the scale by orders of magnitude, and divide the cost by thousands.   If I can get even two people to respond out of the million emails or messages my bot posted at a cost of literally pennies, I've made my money back.


(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

That sounds like someone ran a mono channel into your stereo kit.   When you are panned center, you hear it centered.  If you pan to the side that the signal is coming into, it doesn't change because it is coming into that side.  When you pan to the other side it goes away completely because you don't have any signal there, and you've panned off the side with the signal. 

Check and make sure you're using TRS cables.  They will carry a stereo signal.

Baby loves everything from Ralph Stanley to Guns & Roses.  smile

And she likes to bang on the guitar, too.  Sometimes I have to prevent her from banging on it with drum sticks, but I'm not gonna discourage her either.


(25 replies, posted in Recording)

Good news!  Patents on MP3 began to expire in April of this year, so encoders like LAME should be showing up more and more as part of standard audio distributions.   I imagine it will probably be rolled into your operating system soon enough.  Native encoding would rock.

Edit:  The latest Reaper now ships with an MP3 encoder, for example.

beamer wrote:

I was a bellman and met a few stars , some have heard this before, but I chatted with and gave a ride to a laundromat  to Jeff Keith from Tesla. he gave me 2 tickets and stage passes, they were opening for Poison.

I caught that tour when I was stationed in VA Beach.   We went to see Tesla, and basically left when Poison came on.  big_smile


(25 replies, posted in Recording)

Baldguitardude wrote:

This is a great point Doug, and I should mention (if it helps shape the advice provided) that I have zero interest in multitracking...what i'm trying to do is capture live performance.

Can you simply record the mains off of your mixer?   That would be the easiest thing to do.


(25 replies, posted in Recording)

TIGLJK wrote:


I believe you left out wear comfortable clothing and take bathroom breaks!
Chordie is fortunate to have such a knowledgeable resource!

Great post sir!


Comfort is king!


(25 replies, posted in Recording)

Baldguitardude wrote:

1. Is there a reason for me to record to my Sony PCM-M10 and then dump it all to my computer later, or should I just run a line out from the PA in to the computer and record direct to my hard drive? (My computer will handle the task just fine.)

If you want to up your recording game, the space you are in is going to matter more than any other aspect of your setup.  The finest mic driving the finest pre-amps on earth, when stuck into a crappy space will give you a super delux high fidelity recording of a crappy space.   So treat your room.  Get a copy of RoomEQWizard or something similar and measure the heck out of wherever it is you're going to be making recordings.   Then treat for what you find.    That alone will make a noticeable difference.

Once that's done, then you can look at kit.   And as far as is there a reason to not use the Sony... yes.  Two I can think of right off the top of my head. 

1.  Tracks.  It's a fine field recorder, but the best results for recording a guy on an acoustic guitar is to close mic the guitar (in stereo if you can) and close mic the vocals.  And if you have a nice space, mic the room with an LDC.   Then you mix that down to a nice representative stereo track.   The Sony gives you a coincidental pair of mics, which is great for a broad stereo image (think drum overheads or choral groups), but not so great if I need to mic defensively or close mic specifically.   So if you're sorta serious about better recordings,  you are going to be limited in what you can do with it when you mix.

2.  Mic options.  As I said, the Sony has a pair of SDCs in a coincidental pair configuration.  That's great, but also limited.  Vocals often sound better when recorded with an LDC or ribbon mic.  Same with a room mic for ambiance.   The SDC are fantastic for close micing the guitar, and while you can do that with a coincident pair, I prefer to mic the neck and the tone hole or resonator board individually.   Using an external interface allows you flexibility with mic selection that you won't get with the Sony.

Good audio interfaces are cheap, and readily available.  Focusrite, Behringer, Tascam, Zoom...  They all do the job at an affordable price point.

2. Do you all use any effects on your instruments or record using a dry signal and add effects later?

My general philosophy is to record the sound I want, and I'm kind of rude about it when it comes to amp tones.   If you want "LP through a Marshal" tone, then bring an LP and a Marshal, and we'll record that.  Don't bring me your ES-335 and your Fender Delux and expect to sound like Slash because magic plugin X says you will.  I'm less finicky about it when it comes to things like EQ and compression.   

I've also never met a digital reverb I liked.  The ones that have come closest to tolerable have all been convolution reverbs.  I've essentially given up on algorithmic verbs altogether.

3. With that cheapo Dean Markley acoustic pup that mounts in my sound hole, will I need some kind of preamp to boost my guitar's signal or does that sucker drive adequately?

Drive what adequately?  smile   That depends on your pre-amp.   Most modern interfaces will let you switch between mic/instrument levels, and line levels.   If you're concerned, spend $20 on one of those ART single tube pre-amps.  I've got two of them.  They're great.

4. Anything else?

Start with the room.  Seriously.  smile

Like the song says....

There ain't no rest for the wicked,
Money don't grow on trees.
I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed,
Ain't nothing in this world for free...


(18 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Zurf wrote:

Looks like I'm too late.  My wife bought a Harbinger system for my birthday a couple years ago. I like it. I don't use effects, but am thinking a chorus pedal for voice would be cool after Topdown and I saw a guy at a winery here in Virginia make excellent use of one.

We just added a vocalist, and he's got one of those things.  It's pretty dang cool.   It doesn't hurt that he can actually sing, either. big_smile


(18 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Baldguitardude wrote:

Do you guys think I'll be ok plugging a mic and my acoustic into this little sucker for smaller gigs? Any downsides other than the obvious (no monitors, no FX loop, etc.)

Put a pre-amp on the acoustic and plug it into one of the line level inputs, and it should be fine.   And you could run outboard effects or a monitor on that, too.  For a monitor, just take the line level output into stage monitor.  If it's an effects loop, make sure your effect inputs are line level and route it's output back into channel III.  Mix to your heart's content.  If you really wanted to get fancy you could buy a small mixer and use that for your outboard effects.

The only thing I'd worry about is if 40W is big enough.


(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I think the trick is getting them started young.   Kids have no idea about what "can't" be done, they just know they're having a good time, and if they're encouraged, "talent" will grow naturally.

I've said of the new baby that "I don't ever want her to remember a time when she didn't make music."  And I mean that.  smile


(10 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I notice the ads because they often overlay the content I'm trying to read, and there is no way to move around it.  I if I scroll down, the ad stays put!

It's annoying.


(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Baldguitardude wrote:

nice! I always get nerves at those places.

That's because screwing up is usually free!  smile


(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

None of these people are coming to my house for dinner, so I have no problem with judging the work on it's own.  It does influence purchasing decisions, though.


(2 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Maybe!  I think it still needs a little fiddling.

I sure do miss chordpro.  sad


(2 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Wee little punky number...

{c:Up tempo, high gain, in half time}

[F#5] Hairline [G5]recedes
Halitosis gums bleed
Back hurts more please
I know what you need

Beer gut brylcreem
You'll fit into those skinny jeans
Dance floor move more
Can't get in the club door
You got to [ C]strut what [ D]you [C]got
Strut what you got
Strut what you got

Playa! Mad game!
It works better with cocaine
Brand new tattoo
That nose ring looks good on you

Old truck flat black
Pimpin like a cadillac
Come on baby join me
Dude she's only nineteen

You got to strut what you got
Strut what you got
Strut what you got

Head high walk tall
Made it to last call
She said good day
Didn't like her anyway

Closed out the bar
Wailing on your air guitar
Big cheese be seen
Date with some pornography

You got to strut what you got
Strut what you got
Strut what you got


(8 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Zurf wrote:

My father-in-law was a man of strong faith. He passed on a while back, 10 years or so. His final words were, "I'll be fine." 

I wrote a song about that because I think "I'll be fine" are as good of last words as a man of faith could possibly have.

I've been pondering on this theme for a bit, too, but from the other direction.  When my dad died, I tried hard to remember the last thing I said to him, and couldn't.   I just recently lost an old Navy friend, and in June am heading to Las Vegas for his memorial.   I do remember the last thing I said to him, though.  He was up my way a few years ago with his new girlfriend ("The One!") and were planning on coming by the house.   That morning he called and said they weren't going to be able to make it.   I said "Hey no worries, there's always another day."

Except there's not.


(8 replies, posted in Recording)

Are you looking to record?  Garageband is fine for simple things like this.   Reaper is free as long as you want to not pay for it. It's fully functional and the only thing that happens is you get a nag screen when it starts.  That will give you a click track,  a fully functional multi-track recording environment, and there is a whole lot of tutorial videos out there.   Best part is they're done by professionals.  The best set is by Kenny Gioia, who did a bunch of engineering work for Marcy Playground.  The dude is a Godsend.

Here's one of the video tutorials he put together on how to record audio.  It goes into great detail on the ways you can punch in and punch out of your recording.  I'd reccomend watching the first four of these, just to get an idea of what the capabilities are, but this one will get you pretty much everything you want.



(21 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Start over?

I didn't realize we'd quit!  smile


(4 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Kalaloch is one of my favorite places on Earth.   We used to camp out there a ton when I was a kid, and when my kids were still interested in camping, we went out there all the time.

Cm is the natural minor relative to Eb.  Fm is the natural ii of Eb. That part is in the key of Eb.  The only really "out of key" chord from Eb is the C major chord.

In the chorus, Dm is the natural minor of F.   So I'd say the song is in Eb, and modulates to F for the chorus.