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About ledzep59

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    Dr. Victor E., Ph.D.

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  1. Izzy: Take 2/2 doses of C7 every morning with food. Rocketman, I went on a couple small vacations but reality is setting in fast. My dissertation defense went very smoothly. I just had to give a 45-minute presentation on my research, which was not a problem because the final paper was about 220 pages. My committee was extremely helpful and insightful throughout the entire process. The title of my dissertation is: "I Did That Wrong and It Sounded Good: An Ethnographic Study of Vernacular Music Making in Higher Education" (it should be published online on Proquest within a month or so if you wish to look it up. The research examined the vernacular music making experiences that occurred during the two courses that I taught at the University of South Florida. The music making in these courses resembled how music is made outside of institutions (in garages, basements, bedrooms, etc.) rather than what is seen in "traditional" music education (band, choir, orchestra). If you would like to know more, you can message me. Here is the abstract: "The purpose of this ethnographic study was to examine vernacular music making in higher education. The participants, undergraduate music education majors (N=23 for Fall, N=10 for Spring), were investigated throughout the course of the 2012-2013 academic year. A constructivist philosophical framework was applied and data were collected using several methodologies including participant observation, journals, interviews, and audiovisual and multimedia methods. Results showed that students were able to successfully learn, create, and share music in a vernacular manner. Participants took a pragmatic approach to making music. Furthermore, students engaged several aspects of music making they had not encountered in traditional music education. This study demonstrates how traditional and vernacular music cultures can be synthesized; the study also suggests that vernacular music cultures should be further examined and should be made part of the music education curriculum."
  2. Thanks, everyone! It feels pretty good. Well, except for the ridiculous amount of debt I accrued from student loans...
  3. It took me four years, but I graduated from University of South Florida on May 3, 2014. I'm a doctor of music now :) Now I just have to find a job...
  4. It definitely takes a lot of trial and error to find the "sweet spot" when you're looking for a smooth transition between an appropriate rhythm volume and a lead that cuts through without being too harsh. When I switch guitars, I basically have to start the process over again. Below is my process (I don't use a volume pedal though). I always rehearse with the band/settings I plan to use before the gig so I can get everything relatively close to what I want beforehand. For the most part, I handle dynamics with pedals and guitar knobs during gigs. Let me also say that if you're playing through a mixer it always seems to make the dynamics easier, particularly if you have someone that can adjust the volume while you play. Using a mixer for volume adjustments keeps the tone more consistent than messing with amps, pedals, and guitar knobs. 1. AMP VOLUME. Because this is usually the least practical to mess with on stage, set this up to a volume you're satisfied with. Dime out your guitar and pedals, so you know that if you mess with them, there won't be any surprises on the upper limits. 2. PEDAL VOLUME. Often times when I switch from rhythm to lead, I will use some sort of pedal to do so (boost, gain/distortion). With each song, the settings on pedals will change, so once again play with your band to figure out roughly where you want your pedal settings. Do your best to remember/mark the settings. If you can, switch back and fourth quickly before starting the song to double check. 3. VOLUME POTS. Although this greatly affects tone and differs greatly on each guitar, you really just have to know your guitar/pots. Figure out which number(s) are good for upper/lower limits on each pickup. This takes a lot of "feel" and familiarity with your guitar, because while on stage it can be difficult to be precise. Particularly when it's dark, rolling to an exact number can be hard. Almost every time, I have to adjust the pot several times to get the volume I want. 4. PICKUP SWITCH. If your guitar has more than one pickup, you can set each volume pot at a specific level. One of the easiest ways to switch between lead and rhythm is to set one pickup to a rhythm tone and one pickup to a lead tone. Then you can just flick the pickup selector switch to move between lead/rhythm. Simple and quick. *My favorite ways to switch between lead and rhythm tones are by flipping the pickup switch (since you should already have the tone/volume set), and by stomping on a pedal to begin/end the solo.
  5. Glad to be back in Gibson forums! Love the people and the information.

  6. Sorry for posting regarding a Fender, but I figured someone would be interested. Since I am just now returning to the forum in several years, I thought I would play catch-up by posting this. I built the entire guitar myself from parts. A custom shop "closet classic" sonic blue body, a beautiful birdseye maple Musikraft neck made to original nocaster specs, Fender custom shop nocaster pups, brass Glendale "cutting edge" saddles, and other parts/hardware you would expect to find on a custom shop nocaster. This was a fun and easy build (my first time building a guitar). Enjoy!
  7. Just wondering if anyone has tried the new Grandmeister from Hughes and Kettner? I've played on the Tubemeister 18 & 36, which from my understanding are basically the same amps as the Grandmeister with less features. I was curious if anyone has used the iPad with the amp, and if so, how user friendly it was. I was drawn to the amp because of its versatility (right now my main amp is the Egnater Rebel 30), and what seems to be a pleasant mix of traditional tube-driven sound and contemporary technological features. Please share any of your opinions/experiences with this amp! Cheers.
  8. agree that some people do get extremely detailed with their sigs, but that is their prerogative. That is why the space is there- so we can express ourselves. Don't you want to express yourself?: [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bXHPqj3NcI[/YOUTUBE]
  9. Hey everyone, it has been a hot minute since I posted, and when I searched my last post it said "this forum is the nerdiest thing I do", which was funny. Anyways, just checking in. Let me summarize what I have been doing for the past few weeks since my last real visit to the forum. - got accepted to both music education Ph. D programs and decided to go with U. of South Florida in Tampa! - finished up my last semester of teaching philosophy at Kennesaw State U. in GA since I'm not teaching this summer and will be a student again in the fall - went down to Miami for my buddies wedding which was very krunk - went to Memphis for a week just to kill time and kick it with my friend (made a quick run to the casino in Tunica) very exciting FUN STUFF!:-
  10. Gecko?: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/sat/msg/1744968316.html
  11. well I was just gonna play a famous famous piece and have the students discuss it and see how their opinions differ and show how liking said piece is relative, but I could do that with any song Beastie Boys rock, tho!
  12. So I teach a philosophy class and every lecture I play a "song of the day" that relates a piece of music to the philosophical reading we did. We finally got into aesthetics and I can't remember what song I used for the relativism lecture. Relativism is basically the notion that truth/knowledge does not exists in absolute, but is dependent on social/historical contexts. Here are some famous "relativist" sayings: Get your hands on a hot stove for a second and it feels like an hour, get your hands on a hot date for an hour and it feels like a second. "de gustibus non est disputanum" (tastes cannot be disputed) beauty is in the eye of the beholder, etc. Can anyone please help me think of a song that relates to relativism? Genre does not matter (obviously).
  13. Thanks again, everyone. It feels pretty good. I won't forget about the forum. Mcmurray- I plan to work on my theory this summer when I'm not teaching. Because I will not really focus on theory at all during my studies and dissertation, the only time I will need it is for the preliminary exams. However, I do want to work on my theory just to improve my playing/understanding of music.
  14. I think this forum is honestly the "nerdiest" thing I do; not to say that nerdy is bad.
  15. I love the color of your strat cookieman. I like mine okay, but it doesn't come close to a LP. I would like mine to have maple fingerboard instead of rosewood. Recently I had a red tele deluxe that I traded, it was alright, but I wanted to have a plain tele without the fishman piezo bridge.
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