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Forum: Musician Talk 11-05-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By CarsonStevens
I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but both...

I know I'm a bit late to the party here, but both of Velvet Revolver's albums were transcribed by Hal Leonard and are available as TAB books. I have them and they're pretty straightforward. Give...
Forum: Musician Talk 10-01-2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By CarsonStevens
Except that, as you clearly didn't read from the...

Except that, as you clearly didn't read from the Band Names thread linked prior, that it's okay to use the same name as someone else if you don't run in the same circles. My question is whether or...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-29-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By CarsonStevens
I've actually been wondering about this myself,...

I've actually been wondering about this myself, lately. One of my "I'd like to, eventually" projects is a Wizard Rock band called "10 Points for Gryffindor". Googling really intensely eventually...
Forum: Bass Guitar 09-15-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,009
Posted By CarsonStevens
For sure. Especially if she's young. My...

For sure. Especially if she's young.

My recommendation is a Squier Bronco. I got one new for around $125 at Guitar Center. It's light, has a decent tone, and most importantly, has the same scale...
Forum: Bass Guitar 09-15-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,009
Posted By CarsonStevens
I have a Thunderbird, and no, you really don't...

I have a Thunderbird, and no, you really don't get used to it. The problem is that the headstock is heavy so you're constantly expending effort to keep the darn thing upright and eventually your arm...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-15-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 3,648
Posted By CarsonStevens
I think that innovation is overrated, but at the...

I think that innovation is overrated, but at the same time I also think it's necessary to avoid stagnation. However, I don't think it takes a technical virtuoso to innovate. Innovation just means...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-08-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 594
Posted By CarsonStevens
I find it pretty much impossible to not write the...

I find it pretty much impossible to not write the lyrics first, because they shape the rest of the song.

The biggest tip I picked up back in the day was that your lyrics need to sound natural. IE,...
Forum: Musician Talk 09-01-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 812
Posted By CarsonStevens
A chord progression determines where you'll play...

A chord progression determines where you'll play the riff, as a riff is just a pattern of intervals.

I hate to plug my own stuff (okay, no I don't) but listen to the beginning of "Sandals n' Shorts"...
Forum: New Members Q&A Forum 08-31-2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By CarsonStevens
Kinda. Yes, the root note of the chord...

Kinda. Yes, the root note of the chord determines where it falls on the scale, but not every chord in a major scale is a major chord. In your example, it would be a Dm and Em, not D and E.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-31-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By CarsonStevens
If you're looking to perform live, you need a...

If you're looking to perform live, you need a band. If you just want to record the material, it's possible to do it yourself if you're clever about it.
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 08-26-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Posted By CarsonStevens
I keep a notebook, and I write down whatever...

I keep a notebook, and I write down whatever comes to me. Sometimes I'll revisit stuff and expand on it. Usually once you get far enough into a song the rest of it just seems to write itself.

I...
Forum: Bass Guitar 08-20-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 705
Posted By CarsonStevens
Acoustic bass amps. It's a brand...

Acoustic bass amps. It's a brand name.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass-amplifiers/acoustic

I wasn't looking for anything high-end because when I record I just plug directly into the board, and...
Forum: Bass Guitar 08-19-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 705
Posted By CarsonStevens
When I started playing bass, I was able to get a...

When I started playing bass, I was able to get a Squier Bronco for about $120 and a 10-watt Acoustic bass amp for $90. The "Bass Guitar for Dummies" and "Everything Bass Guitar" books gave me the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 608
Posted By CarsonStevens
Oddly enough, I'm in a cover band and we get...

Oddly enough, I'm in a cover band and we get asked how many people we draw. Kinda glad to see it's not a question we should be getting, as it struck me as strange.
Forum: Songwriting & Lyrics 08-14-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 586
Posted By CarsonStevens
No, it really isn't. We vastly over-estimate...

No, it really isn't. We vastly over-estimate exactly how much understanding of what we've written the average person will get. They don't know a chord progression from a Pop Tart. If it sounds...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-14-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 2,372
Posted By CarsonStevens
As an aside, this is the beef I've had with...

As an aside, this is the beef I've had with pretty much every book on songwriting I've ever read. All the authors have hard-ons for show tunes and may throw a bone to Lennon & McCartney if you're...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 08-03-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 454
Posted By CarsonStevens
Oh God, yes. I'm big into surf music right now...

Oh God, yes. I'm big into surf music right now and if it doesn't sound like you're playing at the bottom of a grain silo, you're not doing it right.
Forum: Musician Talk 08-03-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By CarsonStevens
The Complete Idiot's Guides and the ...For...

The Complete Idiot's Guides and the ...For Dummies books are different series by different publishers. For music stuff, I've found the Idiots guides to be much better, although I did start my...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-24-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,410
Posted By CarsonStevens
Yeah, I realized this morning that it's only a...

Yeah, I realized this morning that it's only a triplet if it has the "3" over it. :bonk:



TuxGuitar is both way better than decent and also free. I used to use Power Tab, switched over, and never...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-23-2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,410
Posted By CarsonStevens
FWIW reading the transcription without having...

FWIW reading the transcription without having listened to the melody, I took it to mean triplets. So in this case it would have been completely wrong, not just subjectively.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-22-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,410
Posted By CarsonStevens
Just to build on what MM is saying (all of which,...

Just to build on what MM is saying (all of which, btw, is covered in that book I recommended), what you're doing here is creating a motif - a short phrase that you're repeating throughout your...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-16-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,410
Posted By CarsonStevens
I haven't read it. Honestly though, I balk at...

I haven't read it. Honestly though, I balk at anything from places like Berklee because they tend to wax academic. Books like the Idiots' series, to me, are the perfect balance between knowledge...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-16-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 937
Posted By CarsonStevens
Not really, no. You need to know exactly as much...

Not really, no.

You need to know exactly as much as you need in order to do what you want to do.

F'rex, I had only been playing bass for a very brief time before I joined a band. I learned the...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-16-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,410
Posted By CarsonStevens
A copy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to...

A copy of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition" will run you roughly $25.

At this point, it's the only book you'll need for a long time. Mow somebody's lawn and get one.
Forum: Musician Talk 07-02-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,406
Posted By CarsonStevens
What are your ultimate goals? If it's to just...

What are your ultimate goals? If it's to just make music, then you can do it yourself. (Exhibit A: me.) If it's to get a band and play live, then yeah. You have a problem.

If you just want to...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 05-05-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By CarsonStevens
I have a 12-watt Crush. It's not bad for being...

I have a 12-watt Crush. It's not bad for being small. I took it with me when I was living out of state to practice on. I don't think I'd buy a larger version of it, though. The bass amp that I...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 05-05-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By CarsonStevens
TT combo user here. Depends on the pedal, but...

TT combo user here. Depends on the pedal, but most of the ones I've tried have sounded fine.
Forum: Musician Talk 04-02-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 826
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: 826
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: 1,159
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...
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