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  1. I have both. My R9 is by far my favorite guitar. I currently have a mahogany top LP Traditional that is very nice, but the R9 wins.
  2. impulse buy: I bought a mahogany top LP traditional from Sweetwater for less than a new LP Studio. :) this is their pic of my new guitar, better than any i could take: these new, lower prices everywhere are dangerous!
  3. That is a nice looking build! What schematic/layout did you use? I want to build one now too!
  4. some SG and LP love here: brought to you by Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqMz7NqKkXQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr_9yt4hsHg
  5. i made a very quick 30 second recording tonight, using both mics: the MXL and AKG are hard right and left, respectively. what you hear is what i played, with no comp or EQ tweaks, and just a smidge of reverb. i have the MXL just off the bridge, and the AKG aimed at 12th fret in this recording, both ~8" away from the guitar. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6702426/Estudio5.mp3
  6. wow, it is amazing how moving a mic just a little makes a huge difference in the sound! i'm going to keep experimenting tonight, should be some good practice time.
  7. I purchased a couple of mics after some research. I wanted both large and small diaphragm cardioids, for versatility. Here's what i got. MXL 2003A: AKG Perception 170: Anyone have suggestions on placements that they've tried/liked when recording nylon string? I'm currently plugging both of these straight into a TASCAM DP-03. thanks! Don
  8. an interesting mix of ages, styles, tastes, etc. surprisingly tolerant by internet standards.
  9. good point. I think of it like this: if you're just creating, then who cares at all about the rules. but when you're collaborating, having a common language and level of understanding helps. knowing how to describe what you're doing lets you share it with others quickly. example, telling your bass player "i'm gonna use a melodic minor scale in this section" and have him be able to adapt to your ideas. or better still, having him hear you go there, and because he knows what you did, adapt in real time. i agree that you don't need formal education to get these concepts, and repetition reinforces what you may not know you know. But that doesn't mean that having this knowledge somehow diminishes creativity: if anything it increases it by giving the painter a larger palette (to use an earlier metaphor). fun thread!
  10. how far back do you refer? if you're writing music for more than one instrument, say an orchestra, being able to write it down comes in pretty handy. especially at a time before sound recording existed. if you think that Bach couldn't do it, you should check out some of the organ pieces he wrote: he was a rock star in the 1700's.
  11. there are a lot of ways to learn, none of them really "right" or "wrong." jamming (a lot) is exposure to what others know, you get exposed to theory without even knowing it. plus, as we all know, repetition is key. also, sharing what you know with others, as in "if you can teach it, you know it." i imagine if i was gigging professionally, jamming all the time, hanging out with others doing the same on tour, etc., it would he hard NOT to learn new stuff. that said, i recently started taking classical guitar lessons after decades of learning by ear and watching others. there are things i knew without knowing them, such as why which seventh chord resolved to the root chord, etc, just because it "sounded good." now i am learning why. ;-) Don
  12. I own the new Satin Studio Fireburst, and am considering selling it (I'm really digging the new studio limited.) :) PM me if interested. thanks, Don
  13. finally attempted to record something classical. This is Estudio 6 in D Major, written by Fernando Sor, transcribed by Segovia. My teacher has me playing several of the Segovia/Sor Estudios, they're nice and progressive studies. ... recording classical guitar is HARD! :) http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6702426/estudio6.mp3 Don
  14. for me, it's Joe Morello. not to take ANYTHING away from Mr. Rich. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsKq3HD0EFc that clip, of course, is a solo that holds a pretty steady 5/4 time signature. :) I'm also a huge fan of Mr. Krupa, Mr. Gadd and of course, the inimitable Mr. Purdie.
  15. I've been taking formal classical guitar lessons (you're never too old!), for a few months now: I figured my sight reading needed massive improvement, and I knew I was full of bad habits. The first thing I started working on was posture and position. My teacher emphasizes tone over technique (i.e. "hold that note longer", "no glissando", "watch changes in dynamics", etc.), but I found that some of the reaches and stretches were much easier as I watched the angle. The Matteo Carcassi studies and the Segovia/Sor studies are progressive, and I can't rave enough about the effect it's had on all my playing. my new hero, Ana Vidovic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx7vOb7GNBg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSECkRnpsDE simply amazing.
  16. watch the angle of the neck relative to your body too. my teacher helped me immensely recently, by increasing the angle at which i was holding my guitar: almost 45 degrees in fact when seated. then, your wrist can hold a more natural position behind the neck and your fingers are more free to move as well. obviously this does nothing when standing up, of course. :) if you're playing classical too, check out the Fernando Sor pieces as collected by Segovia: Estudio 5 (Sor Opus 35 No. 22) in particular is one I enjoy playing a LOT. Here's Eric Henderson playing it really well (and demonstrating what I mean re: the neck angle too!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aV2pCmAS8U enjoy! Don
  17. You can do a lot with one chord, especially if you play with inversions, poly-chording, arpeggios, etc. Check the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", and the classic "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson for examples.
  18. a great point! Studio monitors are a must. I have Alesis M1Active 620s, not bad and not too expensive.
  19. As an ex-Dark Fire and current BFG owner (both of which i liked/like a lot), this Studio is very interesting... it's a very nice pickup configuration. I wonder what the street $ is gonna be on it.
  20. Hi Izzy, For training materials, I highly recommend David Wills' site, proaudiodvds.com. I purchased a training DVD for my Tascam recorder, to get into the functionality quickly. His training style and personality make the information very accessible. He covers the entire process in an interesting way, everything from setting levels to mastering: really good stuff. There is training there for almost every device and recording application imaginable too. I find that separating recording from playing altogether helps. Think of them as separate things completely. I offered to record a friends' band recently, and it was a blast! :) Have fun! Don
  21. this part, from the above link, jumped out at me: "The Government and Gibson acknowledge and agree that certain questions and inconsistencies now exist regarding the tariff classification of ebony and rosewood fingerboard blanks pursuant to the Indian government's Foreign Trade Policy. Accordingly, the Government will not undertake enforcement actions related to Gibson's future orders, purchases, or imports of ebony and rosewood fingerboard blanks from India, unless and until the Government of India provides specific clarification that ebony and rosewood fingerboard blanks are expressly prohibited by laws related to Indian Foreign Trade Policy. The Government agrees to provide Gibson notice of any such clarification from the Government of India in the future and a reasonable period of time (60 days or as otherwise agreed) to address the potential change in the understanding of the law as it relates to shipments received by or en route to Gibson." very interesting!
  22. It sounds like they knew importing "unfinished" would run afoul of the law after all, so they had it all labelled "finished" to circumvent that requirement. Hopefully that aspect of the law can be clarified/refined.
  23. Congrats, awesome news!
  24. I had a Dark Fire once, and i had a Les Paul special robot. the DF was great as a guitar, the robot stuff was a nice addition. I ended up selling the DF to help fund my R9, but I would recommend it highly as a souped up BFG (which i would also recommend!) the original robot tech as found on the LP junior special was a letdown when compared to the Dark Fire, but if all you are interested in is alternate tunings, it would do the trick! it was certainly fun to play with! -Don
  25. Hi, I have several TASCAM recorders, including a DP-004. Are you EXPORTing your tracks on the DP-004? This is done under MENU button, WAVE option, then EXPORT TRACK (or EXPORT MASTER if you've done so). When you do, the files are saved as standard .WAV files, in a folder on the SD Card named WAVE. You'll see this folder on the DP-004 SD Card when mounted on your PC or Mac. You can drag these files to a folder on your hard drive. I have a folder in "My Documents" named DP-004, that i use just for this purpose. Audacity can read these files straight away. The key is to get them off the DP-004 memory card and onto your hard drive. Hope this helps! Don
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