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Gear Talk / Peavey AT-200
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:35:42 PM »
So, Peavey has released a guitar, the AT-200, which features on-board Auto-Tune. While I am aware of the quest for a better-intonated guitar, this seems like taking it a bit far. We've already got people quantizing the hell out of rhythm sections, and blotting out any vocal nuance, and this just seems like another way to further suck the life out of music. Any thoughts on this?

Introductions & other topics / Copyright Lawyers Vs. The Free Market
« on: October 29, 2012, 08:37:32 AM »
Recently this has come to my attention. We've discussed the absurdity of the modern copyright system and its impact on obscure music, and some of our members trade albums with one another, so I thought it was worth mentioning. I am not a legal scholar and the reaction may be alarmist, but given the recent activity of the U.S. Supreme Court, absolutely nothing would surprise me. Because this will effect imports, it could, to some extent, indirectly impact those of you who do not even live in the U.S.

Also, feel free to comment if you just happen to think my title for this thread is a totally bitchen example of propaganda, and you think I should be offered a job by some struggling(but wealthy) government.

Gear Talk / The Do It Yourself Guitar Thread
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:35:23 PM »
I own several guitars, all of them cheap. Something is constantly going haywire, and I'm not made of money(see cheap guitars above), so I've often had to find homemade remedies for my guitar's woes. For instance, dumping super glue into the post holes of a guitar whose bridge was leaning severely(didn't work), or duck-taping the strings to keep them in tune(ditto).
Recently, I've acquired a small guitar setup kit, offered by CruzTools(makers of fine automotive tools), and have tried to handle some of the more frequently needed adjustments myself.
So, if you've come across any useful tips or techniques for guitar set-up/repair/adjustment/enhancement/etc. post them here for me and others to appropriate. Or, perhaps you have some particularly educational/hilarious/horrific stories about your own gear or that of a friend.
Come on. Don't be shy.

Berklee(I always screw up that spelling) has joined up with Coursera, and they're offering a handful of free online courses, including this one:

Fusion Discussion / Pete Cosey, Dead At Age 68
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:06:48 PM »
Pete Cosey played guitar for Miles Davis in the early 70s and was featured on "Get Up With It," "Agharta," and "Pangaea."
I haven't heard the details of his death.

Music Theory / On The Subject of Learning Tunes
« on: June 25, 2011, 10:41:50 PM »
True Confessions:
I am a 25 year old amateur musician. I love to play any instrument I can get my hands on(usually guitar or microKorg, but I have been known to wail on a Peruvian souvenir flute), but I am not exactly proficient at anything other than entertaining myself, and inducing copulation in mice(they're pretty much one in the same).
My main concern right now, though, is not that I can't improvise brilliant melodic structures and super-impose them on already complex arrangements, like Holdsworth or Coltrane could; or that I can't distill a song's melody and harmony down to it's most fundamental essence, like Miles could. My problem is that I can't seem to learn freaking "I Got Rhythm," or "Stardust."
I  probably couldn't wing a version of "Love Me Do" if you put a gun to my head, for that matter.
You see, I have no idea how to learn songs. It seems obvious; you either pick it up by ear or you get a lead sheet. People do it all the time. Repertoire is one of the most fundamental aspects of musicianship.
But I look at a transcript of a tune and I just don't know where to begin(or where to end, for that matter). I always end up feeling frustrated and lost. This kind of thing doesn't come naturally to me, and I really haven't seen much time devoted to how to really internalize a song in any of the learning materials I have studied.
Does anyone have a methodology for learning songs, that might work for mentally disorganized noodlers like myself? If so, thanks in advance.
For that matter, any discussion pertaining to learning tunes or arranging them is welcome for discussion here.

Gear Talk / Gibson L5s
« on: March 14, 2011, 09:55:28 PM »

I had never heard of the L5-S. What a beautiful instrument. It looks like it might be a little bulkier than a Les Paul(makes me wonder what they must've weighed) and it has that "trapeze" tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic(or similar) bridge combo that so many jazzboxes have. I'm guessing that would give it an "airier" sound, with somewhat less sustain, kind of like a floating trem?

Anyway, this is one of those "thinking out loud" moments, so I'll probably feel like an idiot in the morning, but here goes... I was listening to Martino just a few minutes ago and I was trying to come up with some kind of analogy for what I heard. While "Waltz For Geri" was playing, I thought to myself that Pat's playing has a kind of vocalist sensibility. Not necessarily a "Jazz" vocalist, either, but a kind of sense of place, as well as destination. I don't get the feeling that he's flying by the seat of his pants when he solos. He doesn't sound like he could fade into comping in the background at any moment, you know? There's a lot of confidence there. He's in control.
I'll have to give Starbright/Joyous Lake a fresh listen tomorrow and see if this idea holds up. Unfortunately, these are the only Martino recordings I've picked up, so far, so I have to get what I can get from them for the moment.

Introductions & other topics / Tsunami
« on: March 11, 2011, 09:22:10 PM »
I know we've got a lot of members on the west coast, and I just wanted to extend my best wishes to anyone who has been effected by this horrific disaster.

If anyone has any thoughts they'd like to express, regarding the events that are occurring in Japan or other effected areas right now, feel free to use this thread to do so.

Gear Talk / Peavey T 60 Guitar
« on: March 09, 2011, 07:44:33 PM »
So, I was at my local mom and pop guitar shop the other day and I saw something hanging on the wall. Not terribly surprising, considering it was the guitar wall. However, this was an instrument which had been burrowing into my subconscious, ever since it first showed up in the store. This was maybe the 3rd time I saw it there, but I suddenly decided I was going to really consider buying it.
I examined the unusual appointments on the guitar: a large, triangular string tree, the words "Peavey/Made in the U.S.A.," a maple neck, 2 blade-style humbuckers(this is getting interesting...), a Gibson-style 3-position toggle switch, independent tone and volume controls for each pickup and...another toggle switch? This one is 2-position, though...
A rock-solid looking hardtail(with some greenish discoloration/light corrosion) and...flipping it over...a string-thru-body.
I asked Brian, the salesperson(and a guy with a Palmerian drum-kit)what the heck it was. Turns out, it was a Peavey T 60, the first guitar Peavey ever produced and, judging by the blade pickups, possibly an '81 model.
That extra toggle switch was a coil-tap, it turns out.
He then suggested I hold it(the guitar). Okay, why not?
What the?! It's the heaviest guitar I have ever held! Brian remarked on the fact that it could give many Les Pauls a run for their money in terms of girth. To make a long story short, I tried it out, connected with it, despite it's unwieldiness and put $60 down towards a $225 price-tag, hardcase included.
Has anybody else encountered one of these axes? Any thoughts/opinions?

Gear Talk / Craigslist...treasures?
« on: March 07, 2011, 11:39:01 AM »
Hey, if any of you cats are lucky enough to live in beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan, check out this custom made, all-tube amplifier, selling for $150, complete with scary, unpredictable magic powers!

Introductions & other topics / Hello?
« on: December 19, 2010, 10:06:47 PM »
Um, where'd everybody go?
Guess I'm not the only one who's been on hiatus.
This is kinda eerie... *whistles*
Just so lonesome and empty (((empty)))(((empty)))
I think I'll just be going.

Fusion Discussion / Prog Rock on wax cylinder
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:24:16 AM »

Music Theory / Compositional Structure
« on: October 16, 2010, 05:16:02 PM »
Given that a large portion of the theory forum has, thus far, been dedicated to highly advanced, even obscure, improvisational concepts, I thought that it might be useful to start a thread where users can get back to basics, as it were.
A place to discuss the fundamental compositional elements that go into the making of great musical works.
Where users can discuss their process in composing an original piece.
Now, where to start, with such a topic?
Harmonic structure, perhaps?
Melodic ideas?
Conceptual elements?
Maybe, instrumentation is "square one"?
I'll leave that to the individuals(assuming there are any) who participate in the development of this thread.
For now, I leave you with this example of musical analysis.

Note the faulty handling of the repeats. This is not a sound analysis, in that respect.

Fusion Discussion / Anybody tried Guvera?
« on: September 14, 2010, 07:33:00 PM »
No, it's not a tropical fruit...
It's a website, (based in Australia, but accessible to people outside AU) that I got turned onto by an Aussie on the Amazon forums. It's kind of a twist on the old advertiser sponsored entertainment approach, in a way; when you sign up, you fill out a short questionnaire about yourself and your favorite things.
The "likes" part is all multiple choice, and some of the options are pretty hilarious(you can select "Mirror" as your favorite "Gadget" for instance), but then, the advertisers who sell products you might be interested in issue "credits". 1 credit is good for 1 mp3 download and when you spend an advertiser's credit, their banner is displayed on the download page.
It sounds kinda ludicrous, but it's all legit(sponsor's include Microsoft, Guitar Edge Magazine and even McDonalds) and the ads are just basic stuff, text and pictures(no bandwidth devouring video or audio) and you don't even have to click them(or read them), the "Download" button shows up instantly.
I haven't played around w/ it too much, because my PC has been giving me trouble(in general, not specific to the site. I'm way overdue for an upgrade), but I typed in "Pat Metheny" and was pleasantly surprised to see that they have several of his albums available!
I was issued enough credits to download an album's worth right after I filled out the questionnaire, so if I want, I can get an entire album of Pat's for free!
The sponsors periodically issue more credits, to replenish your stock(and keep you looking at their ads), competing for your attention. The site adds new artists pretty regularly, I'm told. 
Anyway, here's the link

Gear Talk / Tube buffers
« on: July 09, 2010, 08:12:33 PM »
I've got my eye on this nifty doodad

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