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  1. Thanks for the replys guys. I honestly think the drummer will get there. He is practicing every night and taking lessons periodically. The singer however has no drive when it comes to learning guitar. He likes it, but I think ultimately we will either have to find another guitarist or write simpler music. The problem is that we are all on the same page on alot of things. We all have jobs and understand that we cant practice all the time, we want to write original music and play out whenever that time comes. I dont want to leave them for a more professional band because I dont have the time to gig 3 times a month, I dont want to make money, I dont want to play covers. But right now we are focusing on getting the drummer good enough to play gigs. I figured while the drummer was learning the singer could learn guitar, turns out he doesnt have the drive. The bass player and I agree that the singer is either gonna have to kick it in gear or let us find another guitarist. He doesnt want to learn guitar, he wants to play the rhythm parts to the originals, but he doesnt want to learn how to play. He wants to take short cuts instead of learning how to play.
  2. We are in the process of buying a room mic and an interface. At this point he can play the rhythm to songs like fly me courageous(drivin n cryin), hard to handle(black crowes), and shine (collective soul). But every practice I have to show him the chords again, or help him tune to drop D. Maybe I will let it ride and he will eventually find out he is over his head and needs to put more into it.
  3. Let it be known that I am very good friends with all the band members, and long after this band is no more I will still be friends with them. So I cant tell them they suck, or that they should quit. Its not that big of a deal. It just irks me that some people in the band settle for good enough all the time. While I dump every paycheck into gear and spend 8-10 hours a week writing originals. For example I write a cool riff, then I add a verse, then a chorus, then leave a spot for a solo or something. Then I present this to the band, or bass player if I can get up with him first. Next week the singer will come back with 1-2 verses and a 4-5 word chorus and say "I think this song is pretty much in the bag".
  4. Hey guys, I have some problems that need to be resolved. Id ask someone else, but I dont know anyone who's opinion I honestly trust. Some background is necessary. So ive been in this band for at least a year now, probably closer to a year and a half. It started as me and a very good friend, hes pretty much family. He proposed to sing and I would play guitar. Well after a few months playing covers we picked up a bassist (mutual friend decided to learn), then we found a drummer on craigslist. We spent about 6 months playing as a 4 piece, trying to play covers. We didnt get to practice much because of everyones schedules so after 6 months we only had about 10-12 songs down. The drummer saw the writing on the wall and ditched us, not a big surprise to me. He had been playing drums for as long as ive been alive and we were novices, Id been playing abour 3 years and this was my first band, first time my friend had ever tried to sing, and the bass player was learning to play as well. Well after about 3 months of searching for a drummer the bass player decided to take up drums, and almost simultaneously we found a bassist through a mutual friend. So for the past 3-5 months (im terrible with time) we have been playing covers, patiently waiting for our drummer to learn how to play. And he is coming along great. He took a few lessons initially and he is pretty good, can keep a beat well and can play most classic rock style songs. He loves playing drums, says he practices every night, which is good to hear. He seems like he is getting a little better every practice. Meanwhile we all came to the conclusion that if we ever want to play out were going to have to do originals. We just cant practice enough to learn enough songs to play 3-4 sets, and frankly I dont want to do that. I like the idea of writing originals and so does the bassist. So while we have been working on originals the singer decided that he would learn guitar so I could have much more latitude when it came to lead playing. Well its been about 2 months now and he seems like hes still a beginner. It seems like I show him the same things at practice every week. I eventually found out that he is only practicing about 10-20 minutes a day, and hes only practicing the chords to the originals, plus a few covers. I keep telling him he needs to practice about twice that much and learn some cover songs just for fun. I cant seem to get him motivated enough to want to play the instrument, all he wants to do is play rhythm for the originals. While that is what we need him to do, its the wrong way to go about learning the instrument. At this rate he will never get good enough to play in front of a crowd and sing at the same time. He just doesnt love to play guitar, he likes it. And he says that its cool. But he doesnt sit around the house and play guitar, its almost a chore to him, an obligation. How can I get him motivated enough to want to learn to play, instead of learning a few parts to songs? I honestly dont want a person in the band whos playing an instrument he isnt interested in, it hurts us as a whole. The problem is he thinks hes progressing fine, I cant tell him he sucks. If I knew someone who could play rhythm guitar id get the in the band asap, but I dont. And it will be very difficult to find someone who wants to be in someone elses original band.
  5. +1 Fame? no thanks. Money? thats what jobs are for. Not to say that being a professional musician isnt a legitimate vocation, to the contrary, everyone was born to do a certain job. Entertain others? Im not sure I understand this one. I have no need to show off. I have played for others, never found it as remotely satisfying as writing a song or just jamming with friends. I love music, I love to listen to it, sing it, play it. If others like it, cool. If not, sorry. A guess its a hobby.
  6. Yup, its good to know scales but the best thing to do is to listen to some lead players and figure it out on your own. Although when it comes to metal, or "shred" guitar its more about speed than dicernible notes. Blues or hard rock on the other hand is more about the feel of the notes and playing them in a specific cadence rather than playing 1000000 notes per minute.
  7. Also, I noticed on craigslist someone was selling a Hughes and Kettner 20th anniversary 20watt combo for 250$. I dont know how similar this is to the tubemeister, if it is its a great deal, also has reverb.
  8. HI, Im in the market for a new amp. My marshall AVT 150 died the other day at practice, Im not too bummed about that though. I am currently having it repaired so that I can sell it, not sure if I want to sell the head and keep the cab to use or just sell the stack. I have wanted to sell it for some time now. Our band is moving away from covers and toward originals (alt rock with some delta blues influence), and Id like something that will fit our sound and be less....generic sounding. I have been looking at the Vox night train 50, and the Blackstar 50. My basic requirements are at least 2 footswitchable channels, I need to be able to go from a clean sound to a fairly gain-y driven channel, and I dont like distortion pedals. I would be open to some sort of overdrive pedal that pushed the amp instead of a digital sounding distortion pedal. Every amp I have had has either been solid state or hybrid (the AVT), and Id really like to try a higher end sounding tube amp. I have not been able to play either the vox or the blackstar in person, I listened to some reviews and it seems like the blackstar is pretty marshall-y, it also has a "digital reverb" and it has a tone shaping knob that changes it from brit sounding to US sounding. I really dont like the last 2 features mentioned there, I assume they will sound digital/solid state=ish. The vox on the other hand is more of a simple tube amp, 2 channels, no reverb but Ill take no reverb over digital reverb. The vox is 100$ more thought. Anyway, I went to the local guitar center to try some of these amps. In typical guitar center fashion they had neither, they did have a jet city 333 head that I tried but it was broken. An employee directed me to 2 amps, an orange tiny terror and an Hughes and Kettner tubemeister 18. I had no intentions of playing either because it appeared that neither had multiple channels, but while leaving the employee mentioned that the H&K had 2 channels. I didnt have time to test it out but after looking at reviews it seems to sound very good. It also does not have a reverb, I would probably have to purchase a reverb pedal, and will also be running a wah and tuner pedal also. Neither of these pedals are true bypass, will this negate the hi fi sound of the h&k? Is it worth it to buy this kind of amp to just run analog pedals in front of it? Also, can I use the AVT cab for this head? I know the avt cab isnt exactly high end, maybe I should just sell it with the AVT head... Which brings me to my question, is this amp overkill for me? I know h&k is a boutique amp company, and Im sure they are higher quality than vox or blackstar. I just havent heard much about these. Sorry for the long post, I appreciate any advise. Thanks for the help
  9. hi, I need advise with recording guitar/bass/ and vocals at some point. I have cubase, I have been running the guitar output directly into the computers line in with poor results. I get alot of weird sounds and when I go to turn the monitor on I get this crazy loud loop. I can pull most of the sliders down and record guitar but when I play it back it has alot of hiss in it and is very hard to record another track over it. I was told by a more experienced friend that I need a guitar interface. I just need to record the guitar and bass tracks so the drummer and singer can work on them on their own time. My friend told me to get one of these: http://www.lexiconpro.com/en-US/products/alpha Looks good for guitar/bass and vocals but how will I get drums on this? Ive heard micing drums is difficult and usually requires multiple mics, if so would this work? Right now our band just has a active (phantom) power speaker the singer sings through, is it worth getting a mixing board? And if so how can I use the board to record? I know that alot of questions, Thanks for the help
  10. Thanks guys, Its not that I dont want to be able to play all night, its just along way away and others in the band are losing patience quick. They just want to get out of our drummers basement and play for people. I would love to write original stuff, but I also want to entertain people so I guess theres a happy medium in there. Thanks
  11. ...and why do you think so many companies what to go overseas...
  12. Hi guys, I have been in a band for about 5 months now. We play hard rock/classic rock. I have been playing guitar for awhile, just never had a band. We are a cover band. Our singer and bassist have intense work schedules and cant make it to practice but about 2-4 times a month. Everyone in the band except the drummer are new to the whole band thing. We are just weekend warriors. We arnt professional musicians, this is just our hobby. Weve got about 15 songs and we are dying to play out somewhere. We had an indepth discussion with our more experianced drummer. He is oppossed to playing open mic nights or short sets. He said it was a waste of time. I think he wants to get paid, i could care less. He made it sound like you need 60-70 songs before we can play out. I dont see us ever getting that many songs, it would take 1-2 years at this rate. I have school 5 days a week and I work 4 days a week. Our drummer is the only unemployed person in the band. We are thinking of dropping our drummer for a person who would be down with more laid back sets. So is it true that if your a cover band you have to play 3-5 sets to get a gig? Are there no bars/clubs that would have multiple bands playing a night with several respective sets? Should I just hang it up or what? After our last discussion im pretty bummed, ive put alot of time/money into this. Thanks for the help
  13. I think the only way to rid it of all neck dive is to counter balance it somehow. Either by a weight in the control cavity, end of guitar strap or under rear strap button.
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