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Old 04-27-13, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Wooden Tiger View Post
I'll bet your playing bothers her more than she bothers you.

Kidding, Mr. B...
Ha! I tried to get er to play the tambourine for me. She didn't do so well. So she can't really dis my playing he he he!
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Ha! I tried to get er to play the tambourine for me. She didn't do so well. So she can't really dis my playing he he he!
Get a drum machine! I have a Boss DR-880 and it's great! It's a bit difficult to program your own drums but most of the preprogrammed beats are pretty good.

Aside from the programming being a little bit tough, it never occurred to me that in order to make my own beats I'd need to know a little something about playing drums (which I don't...).
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Breedloves are real nice guitars, but then again, so are Martins! I got my first real nice acoustic last year, a Taylor 414ce. I love it. My wife got me a Martin "Back-packer" travel guitar for Xmas. It's pretty cool but the body's very thin width-wise and it's a bit of a challenge to get used to. It's no replacement for a real guitar but given what it is, it's pretty nice.
Since we're big on pics around these parts, here's a shot of the two acoustics, and one of the whole string family:



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Since we're big on pics around these parts, here's a shot of the two acoustics, and one of the whole string family:



Very nice collection!
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Playing the drums was my life when I was in high school. My enthusiasm surpassed my talent, but I was in marching band, pep band, concert band, and every other band that would have me. I haven't played an actual drum set in years, but as a diehard classic rock and metal fan, I play the "air drums" quite frequently.

I would have sold my soul to be able to sing. Alas, it's never gonna happen. Not only was I not blessed with a good singing voice, I wasn't even given a halfway decent one. I couldn't carry a tune down the street in the back of my car.
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Playing the drums was my life when I was in high school. My enthusiasm surpassed my talent, but I was in marching band, pep band, concert band, and every other band that would have me. I haven't played an actual drum set in years, but as a diehard classic rock and metal fan, I play the "air drums" quite frequently.

I would have sold my soul to be able to sing. Alas, it's never gonna happen. Not only was I not blessed with a good singing voice, I wasn't even given a halfway decent one. I couldn't carry a tune down the street in the back of my car.
Well, you're in luck. You don't have to sell your soul in order to sing, as a lot of bands have singers who can't sing for crap. Being from Kenosha, I'm sure you've heard of Rivers Cuomo (Weezer).

...Or you can just "sing" music where you don't really have to know how to sing, like Thrash Metal or Death Metal.
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I'm a bass player. Been playing semi-professionally for about 20 years - part of that as a full-time pro. I don't know if there are too many videos of me... Maybe one, just messing around. I play funk, jazz, R&B, gospel and some rock. Most of my playing is at church now, though I do have a part-time R&B band too. www.facebook.com/mommaainthome www.bradjonesmusic.wordpress.com. Here's a video - https://youtu.be/hO7iupTlWiw from a long time ago. That bass was sold 5 years ago and replaced by a 7 string custom. I also have a fretless 6.
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I'm a bass player. Been playing semi-professionally for about 20 years - part of that as a full-time pro. I don't know if there are too many videos of me... Maybe one, just messing around. I play funk, jazz, R&B, gospel and some rock. Most of my playing is at church now, though I do have a part-time R&B band too. www.facebook.com/mommaainthome www.bradjonesmusic.wordpress.com. Here's a video - https://youtu.be/hO7iupTlWiw from a long time ago. That bass was sold 5 years ago and replaced by a 7 string custom. I also have a fretless 6.
Definitely an interesting mix of influences and styles going on in this thread; imagine what would come out of it if we all put our collective heads together and wound up doing a jam session and wrote something.

I can only imagine a combination of funk, jazz, R&B, gospel, Classic 70s, Heavy Metal, and who knows what else all mixed into one! It would be...interesting.
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I'm pretty good at playing the Triangle.
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I play guitar and bass. I'm loving my bass a little more, even played in church for a few weeks during Lent services. Guitar has been challenging to learn, so I often gravitate to my bass. You just can't beat a thumping base line.
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I play guitar and bass. I'm loving my bass a little more, even played in church for a few weeks during Lent services. Guitar has been challenging to learn, so I often gravitate to my bass. You just can't beat a thumping base line.
I've probably played guitar for a grand total of about 10 years but in reality, I was never really serious about it until a few years ago. I'd taken lessons when I was younger but never applied myself or bothered to practice my lessons. Then, I hit a barrier, got frustrated, put the guitar down, and never picked it up again until late November 2008 and that was only because we'd moved into a new, larger home.

Believe it or not, moving into our home changed the course of events and I started playing again. We now had this gigantic (for two people) home and all kinds of rooms we weren't using. My wife and I aren't entertainers so we had no reason to have a dining room or any of the furniture that goes along with it. It was basically just going to be an empty room. I thought about what we could do and being a fan of music, I suggested, "How'bout a music room? We both like music and it'd be kinda cool." Rachel thought that was a great idea and alas, the music room was born!

I went buck-wild on the room. I pulled out my three guitars (the collection has grown exponentially since then...), my practice amp, and my larger (at the time) 2x12 50w Crate G.212. Then, I went out and bought a stool (got a great deal on this "Fender" store promo which the store was NOT supposed to sell me...) and a few new guitar stands.

Just by the guitars being out and easy to get to, I started messing around again. I joined a few forums and just did everything I could to kind of boost my enthusiasm for playing again, and sure enough, I needed the additional support as I'd started right where I left off...at a "barrier." This time, I had the support from the forums and they urged me to just play through it. It was tough, but I overcame the barrier. I was super-proud of myself and it gave me the confidence I needed to continue and to NOT give up.

It wasn't long afterwards I started to mess around and try to write my own songs. I wound up with a new computer (Apple MacBook Pro) which had the GarageBand program installed on it, and I immediately took to it; messing around with the preloaded drum tracks and such. It wasn't long afterwards that I had recorded my first "sort of" song. I thought to myself, "Hey, this really isn't too bad," and it was off to the races. As a treat to myself I decided to "cash in" on that B.C. Rich Warlock Custom Shop guitar I'd wanted since I was 15 but quickly found it way more than I wanted to spend ($5,600). I turned to Warmoth instead and spent half the amount. I'm extremely happy with my Warmoth!

I tooled around until around 2010 and then Rachel signed me up for lessons starting in January 2011. It's been a tough, hard road as guitar is NOT easy to learn, and I've been working on loads of different styles; everything from Flamenco/Spanish, Heavy Metal, Classical, etc. My passion for guitars and music quickly overcame my passion for hot rods and automobiles but make no mistake, I still love them. Nothing beats an awesome American Muscle Car or 4x4.

Since 2011, I've wound up with the following gear:

- 1 Warmoth Custom guitar

- 2 Jackson guitars (USA King V II, JS32 Warrior)

- 2 Acoustics (hand-me down Alvarez, Taylor 414ce)

- 1 "partial" guitar (a buddy's unfinished/hacked project- Ibanez Star Destroyer)

- 1 Martin "BackPacker" travel guitar (Xmas gift from Rachel)

- 1 Squier J-Bass bass guitar (Xmas gift from Rachel)

- Apple Logic recording program (Xmas gift from Rachel)

- Peavey 3120 (120w) amplifier head and Avatar Custom cabinet (Celestion Vintage 30s, KT-100 speakers)

I've really gotten out of control with all the music stuff. I do like to entertain myself and joke with my friends about being the "music room rock star." I've even gone so far as to address all my friends on Facebook as "my dedicated fans." Yes, they all know I'm joking.

...And somewhere along the line I found time to bike. A few years ago I just had this "midlife crisis" at the age of 35 (more like just a "crisis...") and needed some adventure in my life. I'd talked for years about how I wanted to "jump Devil's Pit" again, only to be told repeatedly by Rachel how I'd kill myself and wasn't 15 any longer. The following year we bought MTBs and she loved it her first time out. I made sure to announce to her, "Congratulations, what you just did far surpassed the dangers of jumping Devil's Pit." Her eyes got really wide and she said, "REALLY?" My response was, "YES, REALLY!"

Nowadays, instead of looking for lift kits for my 2012 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited and messing with my '94 Camaro, music and biking have really just taken over my life.
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Nowadays, instead of looking for lift kits for my 2012 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited and messing with my '94 Camaro, music and biking have really just taken over my life.
Music is a pretty awesome way to go, though!
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Music is a pretty awesome way to go, though!
Well, one thing's for sure, I'm getting far more enjoyment out of playing guitars, recording music, and riding a bike than I am from sitting a few inches higher in a Jeep, however, there is a very large "cool factor" about a lifted Jeep on big tires! I absolutely LOVE a Jeep with a nice lift and big tires!

The fact of the matter is this; I could spend my money on things I'll benefit from (like guitars and cycling) or on things I won't really get any use out of such as a lift kit, wheels, and tires for the Jeep. Admittedly, I don't use it for offroading. I did some "true" offroading once and really didn't care for it, though it was pretty much just bouncing around in rock beds with very little actual trail riding, mud, or going through creeks. While some people like bouncing around in rocks, I don't. I'd much rather ride through "Jurassic Park-ish" terrain than rock beds. I'd be loving fire trails in the Jeep!
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Here's a link to a decidedly not R&B, funk or jazz song I recorded the bass tracks for - https://www.reverbnation.com/sugarsho...veryday-people
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I'm saving for a new recording computer and then I can mix and master something if we end up doing this. I run ProTools, Logic, and Presonus Studio One (prefer using Presonus actually). My old computer died though, so I'm saving for a new one.
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Do any of you guys have any video of you just playing sand the mixers and studios? I'd like to hear the actual playing. Studios, machines etc can hide the raw sound of the playing. That is one reason I like to attend the "open mic" nights at the music store. That's when you know people are good. Even nice to hear their mistakes every once in a while.
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That track was one take... Aside from a little compression, the bass track is exactly the way it was going to the board. If I make mistakes, I don't get called back
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This you guys? A little keyboard and drums, but the bass guitar is probably the way to go (seems like you only need to play the top string?)
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Here's a link to a decidedly not R&B, funk or jazz song I recorded the bass tracks for - https://www.reverbnation.com/sugarsho...veryday-people
Good job!

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Do any of you guys have any video of you just playing sand the mixers and studios? I'd like to hear the actual playing. Studios, machines etc can hide the raw sound of the playing. That is one reason I like to attend the "open mic" nights at the music store. That's when you know people are good. Even nice to hear their mistakes every once in a while.
I have one but I look like a jackass, so I'm not posting it. I look totally bored and the expression on my face just...sucks.

...No, you're not going to see it and neither are any others on the forum.
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This you guys? A little keyboard and drums, but the bass guitar is probably the way to go (seems like you only need to play the top string?)
I'll have to check it later. Bass isn't easy at all. At least not the music I play.
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This you guys? A little keyboard and drums, but the bass guitar is probably the way to go (seems like you only need to play the top string?)

That is way above my skill level haha!
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I have one but I look like a jackass, so I'm not posting it. I look totally bored and the expression on my face just...sucks.

Don't we all?....My Mom asked why I am still wering that Christmas hat. I said because I look silly trying to concentrate, play, and read the words and chords off the computer. I've done it before without glasses and my eyes look REALLY scared. Now I see why the ZZTop dudes wear the shades.
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I'll have to check it later. Bass isn't easy at all. At least not the music I play.
Nope, not at all. Bass is actually more important in music than the guitar as the bass is what holds the music all together.
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This you guys? A little keyboard and drums, but the bass guitar is probably the way to go (seems like you only need to play the top string?)
Wow. Nope, I don't think I've ever been that bad, even when I was 12.
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I guess this is a good exaple of an addictive personality. My guitar collection at it's peak, I've paired it way down.



Kind of went through an ES phase;





The amps, although not current;





Playing out;


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