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Forum: Bass Guitar 01-16-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By CarsonStevens
I realize I'm late to the party, here... but the...

I realize I'm late to the party, here... but the best way for you to understand what the bass is doing in most songs is to realize that the bass guitar fills the same function as your left hand while...
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-16-2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 842
Posted By CarsonStevens
If you're not already doing so, learn your...

If you're not already doing so, learn your scales. Practice them every day until you can do them in your sleep.

I found that the best/easiest way to learn the fretboard was to do scales, because...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 01-16-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 699
Posted By CarsonStevens
What Derek said. If you're can't play a piece...

What Derek said. If you're can't play a piece through without any mistakes, you're not practicing enough.

People look at me funny when I say I don't record a piece until I've memorized it and can...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 01-01-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,678
Posted By CarsonStevens
I generally have to buy my own presents. This...

I generally have to buy my own presents. This year I decided to impulse-buy one of those new Epiphone Slash AFD LPs. It's nice. Also, my boss gave me a gift card to Amazon so I bought an Android...
Forum: Recordings 12-29-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By CarsonStevens
You can definitely make stereo recordings with...

You can definitely make stereo recordings with one amp. I assume the commenter was talking about multi-tracking; if not, then I have no idea.

Anyway, you multi-track by recording the same part...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-24-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,205
Posted By CarsonStevens
We could have lost you for far, far worse...

We could have lost you for far, far worse reasons. Good luck!
Forum: Recordings 12-21-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By CarsonStevens
When I was first in the market for a decent vocal...

When I was first in the market for a decent vocal mic, the sound engineer at work told me to get an SM57, because they were pretty much the go-to mic for live performance, and did pretty well in the...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-19-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By CarsonStevens
I think if we're going to count the kind of...

I think if we're going to count the kind of stea...'scuse me, "sampling" that goes on in rap and hip-hop then the list is going to run into the thousands. I doubt that's what the OP was after.
Forum: Musician Talk 12-18-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By CarsonStevens
I'm a solo artist and our singer was in an...

I'm a solo artist and our singer was in an original band. Our drummer and guitar player pretty much have zero experience as a band of any stripe. So, yeah. Our entire experience with doing...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-18-2014, 02:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By CarsonStevens
I think it also has to do with the fact that...

I think it also has to do with the fact that there's a difference between a straight-up cover and making a song your own. Like Smash Mouth's cover of The Monkees' "I'm a Believer" - you'd never...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-17-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 637
Posted By CarsonStevens
That's not what I said. Whether you compose a...

That's not what I said.

Whether you compose a solo ahead of time or improvise it on the spot, you use the same techniques; it's just that when you're improvising you do it as you go along. The...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-17-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By CarsonStevens
We're not. I managed to talk our singer out of...

We're not. I managed to talk our singer out of it. :D I think it came up because we were all interested in doing original material, but my stance was we shouldn't combine them.

Unfortunately,...
Forum: Recordings 12-16-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 381
Posted By CarsonStevens
The limited version can probably still be had for...

The limited version can probably still be had for around $20. Dig around their site a bit and see.

Also, if you're using Reaper, it's possible to use free drum samples and the Real Sampl-O-Matic...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 12-16-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 417
Posted By CarsonStevens
My first tube amp was an Epiphone Valve Jr. It...

My first tube amp was an Epiphone Valve Jr. It takes pedals extremely well and can probably be found for only a few dollars more than your budget these days (I got both a head and a cab for $350 but...
Forum: Bass Guitar 12-16-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By CarsonStevens
One thing to note is that basses have a longer...

One thing to note is that basses have a longer scale than guitars, so you might find that your hands aren't conditioned for it. Mine sure weren't. To that end, experiment with short-scale basses if...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-16-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By CarsonStevens
There's a local band hereabouts called State Line...

There's a local band hereabouts called State Line Empire that, for various reasons, sounds almost exactly like Velvet Revolver. They're an originals band, doing quite well for themselves, but...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-15-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 637
Posted By CarsonStevens
That's possible. I may be due for a re-read...

That's possible. I may be due for a re-read myself. I just remember that when I bought it I said, "I'm not memorizing all of this", and then when I got halfway decent at melody construction I paged...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-15-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 624
Posted By CarsonStevens
On that note, have more. And, time yourself...

On that note, have more. And, time yourself running through your setlist with short breaks, etc. so you know how long your set will be. Then, do it again as fast as you can. You want to make sure...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-15-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 637
Posted By CarsonStevens
Just a comment on the previous post; I have a...

Just a comment on the previous post; I have a copy of the Guitar Lick Factory and honestly, it's useless. It's literally just a half-assed list of every possible combination of note stemming from a...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-15-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By CarsonStevens
My favorite example of this is from Twisted...

My favorite example of this is from Twisted Sister's "Twisted Christmas" album. The guitar solo for "We're Not Gonna Take It" was based off of the melody from "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" - so on that...
Forum: Recordings 12-12-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By CarsonStevens
Yes, they are. You create a Virtual Instrument...

Yes, they are. You create a Virtual Instrument on a blank track and then insert a MIDI item onto the track, then edit the notes in the MIDI editor.

Here's a tutorial...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-12-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 901
Posted By CarsonStevens
Seriously. I'm getting really tired of this...

Seriously. I'm getting really tired of this "pop music fans are too stupid to appreciate real music" meme that we've been getting lately. ****ing snobs.
Forum: Recordings 12-11-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By CarsonStevens
Reaper actually comes with a ton of plugins...

Reaper actually comes with a ton of plugins already, including all of those you listed. Click the FX button on a track, and you should see a list of them all.

They've been sufficient for me (I used...
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-11-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 749
Posted By CarsonStevens
I don't own a Gibson LP, but I've been playing an...

I don't own a Gibson LP, but I've been playing an Epi standard for years.

A few years back I attended the National Guitar Workshop in Belmont, CA - I had my Epi and a bunch of kids had loaner...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-11-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 674
Posted By CarsonStevens
Oi mate, My influences draw a bit from punk as...

Oi mate,

My influences draw a bit from punk as well, and I agree with most of the other folks. It can't hurt to know what you're doing, and for those times where 'just jamming' doesn't produce...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-09-2014, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 800
Posted By CarsonStevens
I dunno. This, to me, just seems like yet...

I dunno. This, to me, just seems like yet another way of trying to say that people who enjoy pop music are idiots. Alternately, if they think your "Symphony for Violin and Garbage Disposal" sounds...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-08-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,162
Posted By CarsonStevens
People like to bitch about famous musicians...

People like to bitch about famous musicians because it makes them feel better about their own shortcomings to tear down someone who's more successful than they are.
Forum: Musician Talk 12-04-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By CarsonStevens
I would have said horseshit, personally. It's...

I would have said horseshit, personally. It's bigger and smells worse.

The OP's entire "point" is that anyone who enjoys music that isn't up to whatever lofty standard he's set is too dumb to know...
Forum: Recordings 12-04-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By CarsonStevens
You can also use headphones or feed the track...

You can also use headphones or feed the track through an external input on your amp, if it has an AUX-in. Personally, I'd use CF's method and have the backing track in my headphones so that I can...
Forum: Musician Talk 12-01-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,537
Posted By CarsonStevens
This. Also, as was mentioned previously, it's...

This. Also, as was mentioned previously, it's easiest on the two lowest strings... especially since I play a lot of bass.

I find it's easier to think in intervals. Given any position on the...
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