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Forum: Musician Talk 07-24-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 1,790
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: 1,790
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: 1,790
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: 1,790
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: 689
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: 1,790
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: 1,043
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: 350
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: 806
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: 630
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: 630
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: 901
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: 559
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: 334
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: 441
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: 577
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: 322
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: 322
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: 748
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: 886
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: 1,198
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: 987
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: 2,189
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: 500
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: 1,429
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: 442
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: 721
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: 837
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: 837
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: 1,170
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...
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