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So I got frustrated with the lack of good transcription apps out there and decided to have my own app made.

The app is a really simple one screen interface. You touch a guitar and it builds a tab on the fly. It doesn't ask you for a time signature or anything, so you just press a button to insert bars and sections where you want.

And it's got a barre chord mode, so you can tab out major and minor barre chords in all 5 CAGED shapes.

Also, I put in a cool feature where you can "play" the tab like a drum machine. You touch anywhere on the TAB and it plays whats under your finger for as long as you hold it down. So you can check how your tab sounds.

After you're done tabbing a song out, it emails it to you.

Is anyone interested in this?

Message me if you want to get a copy of it. It's an iPad app.
the progression for the chorus is jazzy Bb7-EbM7-Cm-Fm7

and then the verses are a downward folk progression Ab-Gm-Fm-Eb

bridge is a rising progression
I’m not the reason that you fall in love
You were leaning long before I came along
But I won’t break you fall cause I’m a bad man

You’ve been looking for a real man
But all you find is good guys
Looking at you with their needy eyes
I guess you hate your own reflection
That’s why you’re looking my direction

I’m not the reason that you fall in love
You were leaning long before I came along
But I won’t break you fall cause I’m a bad man

You were leaning long before I came along
And I won’t break your fall ‘cause I’m a bad man

You like my confidence
But not the consequence
Of being with a man who doesn’t care
Trying to find love that isn’t there

I keep you close
Then I push you away
You say that you’ll leave
But I know that you’ll stay
Cause love’s expensive but passion is free
And so you're standing next to me, but...

I’m not the reason that you fall in love
You were leaning long before I came along
But I won’t break you fall cause I’m a bad man

You were leaning long before I came along
And I won’t break your fall ‘cause I’m a bad man

Keep you around cause
You’re good for now and
I don’t like being alone
Don’t like your neediness
Can’t take you serious
But let’s be serious
I just hate my own reflection
I'm holding on to your affection

I’m not the reason that you fall in love
You were leaning long before I came along
But I won’t break you fall cause I’m a bad man

You were leaning long before I came along
And I won’t break your fall ‘cause I’m a bad man
I got home yesterday and recorded a version of this song.

http://soundcloud.com/ryancwynar/a-band-from-atlantis
Aim for specific ideas. Make the ideas you express in songs shorter.

Thinking "vague" sounds like an unproductive direction.

Look at lyrics from favorite songs. Great songs aren't often very wordy. They hit a few key phrases just right and wring the feeling out of them.
It doesn't matter where it starts, but it does matter that it makes sense when it's done.

When starting with the lyrics, one of the things that helps is having some stock chord progressions in mind to put under it. From there, the music can be molded to fit the lyrics or vice-versa.

I start with the basic four chord song: I-V-vi-IV progressions, like G-D-Em-C, D-A-Bm-G, C-G-Am-F, or E-B-C#m-A. From there I add and move chords to fit a good harmony with the melody of my lyrics.

And if I don't have a melody, I use the 3rds and 5ths of the chords to get inspiration. For instance, if you're on a C chord, try using E or G as the notes for the lyrics over those chords.
Come with me,
It’s not scary,
You can see,
We’re temporary

The sun’s gonna rise
The sun’s gonna rise
And warm away the night
And warm away the night

We’ll walk by the ocean
I’ll tell you a story
I made a homeless man rich
Off a dream he sold me

At the bottom of the sea
There’s a city made of gold
And there won’t be no love for me
There without your arm to hold

So let’s swim under the sea
Till we see the gates of gold
To a new life we have found
And we’ll move to the sound of a band from Atlantis


I'm going to put this to some Citizen Cope-style chords and record it.
awesome. glad i posted.
I didn't even know about the power amps. If I could stay below a couple hundred bucks that would be ideal.

the EH 22 caliber looks like a pretty good match unless anyone has reason to believe it's pure garbage.
I live in an apartment.

My nice amp is a Carvin V3 100W valve combo amp/creature/destroyer of worlds and hearing.

Anyways... I want to use the 2x12 cab on it when I practice in the apartment. I'm thinking a low-watt tube amp head is the way to go. Use an X3 for modeling and effects... so something simple and clean... maybe with a little tube color.

I suppose I could just have at it and start buying/returning units until I find one I like, but maybe someone has a good lead for me.

Suggestions?
There isn't as much variance in i/o boxes as there is in like.. microphones. I'd say just get one of the mid-level m-audio boxes. If you spend around 200 bucks on an interface made by a company like m-audio, alesis, or digi, you'll probably be happy with what you get. As long as you get something that's low noise and has a good sampling rate (which is pretty much any of them these days) then you're good.

You really only get into spending a lot of money on computer recording interfaces when you want a lot of inputs or really high quality mic preamps.
a semi hollow guitar is different from a solid body firstly because the hollow body absorbs higher frequency harmonics because it isn't as stiff as a solid body electric. Second, because a hollow body guitar has more surface area, and isn't as stiff, it is able to produce resonance for some notes on the fret board. This makes for a very cool "swelling" Effect if you use it well. You can often feel the guitar shaking if you put yourself in front of the amp and play one of these notes.

Whether the guitar affects your distortion preferences has everything to do with the type of distortion you like. A hollow body is like having a solid body where you can't turn the tone knob up very high. It will be tough to get a good metal or classic rock sound out of a hollow. steady overdeiven tones are where these things sound the best. Well... That and jazz.