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Forum: Musician Talk 04-02-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 483
Posted By CarsonStevens
Mostly. It was a total coin flip whenever I'd be...

Mostly. It was a total coin flip whenever I'd be gigging and our singer would introduce the band. Sometimes she'd space out and call me by the wrong name. :rolleyes: :haha:
Forum: Musician Talk 04-01-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 483
Posted By CarsonStevens
Real name: Stephen Karstensen. Stage name:...

Real name: Stephen Karstensen.

Stage name: Carson Stevens.

Karstensen isn't a hard name to spell or pronounce, but it's been giving people fits since I was a children. So I decided to go the...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-27-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 716
Posted By CarsonStevens
Yeah, this. If you say you know chords but are...

Yeah, this. If you say you know chords but are asking what arpeggios to learn first then that tells me that you don't really understand why it has an obvious answer that would preclude it from being...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-25-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By CarsonStevens
Your teacher's full of it. For one thing, what...

Your teacher's full of it.

For one thing, what if you wanted to start a band that played originals? You literally couldn't form a band if that was the case.

You should start a band when you want...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 03-15-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 281
Posted By CarsonStevens
I have an Orange Crush 12, and I like it. Note...

I have an Orange Crush 12, and I like it. Note that it doesn't have a separate gain channel, just gain and drive knobs on its primary. How it compares to the Vox, I couldn't tell you but it can get...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-03-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 398
Posted By CarsonStevens
To build on what Munky said, leads are melodies. ...

To build on what Munky said, leads are melodies. You need to learn how melodies are constructed and harmonized to the underlying chords. I found a couple of good books on the subject and went from...
Forum: Recording 02-23-2015, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 523
Posted By CarsonStevens
I started out on the Real SamplOMatic and moved...

I started out on the Real SamplOMatic and moved on to Steven Slate. The short answer is that yes, depending on the quality of the plugin there will be advantages. Among Steven Slate's are the...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-02-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By CarsonStevens
Well, to be clear, replacing the bridges isn't...

Well, to be clear, replacing the bridges isn't out of the question. I will probably do that eventually. I'm just curious as to whether or not there is a method of adjusting these kinds of guitars...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-02-2015, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By CarsonStevens
Adjusting intonation on a saddle-less bridge?

Hai guyz,

I'm learning how to do my own setups, and I has two guitars that don't have individual string saddles; a '59 Danelectro DC reissue and a Gibson Melody Maker.

Naturally, this makes it...
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-30-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 676
Posted By CarsonStevens
I had to. I was a solo artist recording...

I had to. I was a solo artist recording full-band arrangements of rock music... without a band. When you go that route, you pretty much have to play or program everything yourself.
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-16-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
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: 1,095
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: 887
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: 1,946
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: Recording 12-29-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
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: 1,346
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: Recording 12-21-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
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: 637
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: 756
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: 756
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: 20
Views: 1,066
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: 756
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: Recording 12-16-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
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: 532
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: 601
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: 756
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: 20
Views: 1,066
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: 756
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: 20
Views: 1,066
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: 637
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...
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