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Guitars / Re: Show us your guitars!
« on: January 16, 2015, 04:21:07 PM »
Here's some I've owned over the years. Only the LP remains...

General Discussion / Do you ever wish...
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:39:21 PM »
Do you wish you could experience music as a non musician?

Written Lessons / I Can See For Miles - The Who (guitar solo)
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:36:42 PM »
Here'e how to play the guitar solo from the Who's 'I Can See for Miles'. There's nothing too challenging, but your timing should be undertaken with care.

Here's how to do it:
Pick the E note on the 7th fret of the A string in a series of semi-quavers. To mix it up, you could play the E note on the 2nd fret of the D string, or the E note on the 12th fret of the E string.

Written Lessons / Baby Animals - Early Warning (arpeggios)
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:54:51 PM »
This is the arpeggio refrain that occurs in the middle of the song and as the outro:

In standard tuning...

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GTR 2 (note: slide up to the A# on the D string at the start of each arpeggio)
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Keys / On The Run (tutorial parts 1 and 2)
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:34:44 PM »

Video Lessons / The Seeker
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:29:01 PM »

Video Lessons / Who Are You?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:28:38 PM »

Keys / Great Gig In The Sky (cover)
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:26:45 PM »

Articles / Record Your Own Demo - Beginner's Guide
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:40:10 PM »
SOURCE Start at the source and get that as good as possible first. This is your voice and your instrument. Warm up your voice and tune up some new strings!
LOCATION Don't record next to or directly facing a wall or in a corner. Find some doonas and hang them behind the mic and behind you.
LEVELS Recording levels are important all the way until the signal is nothing but a bunch of ones and zeros on your hard drive. This is AKA 'gain staging' and the process involves making sure you don't carry unwanted noise through any amplification stage of the process. The end of the gain stage chain is the AD converter in your sound card. When you're looking at the level meter in your recording software, make sure you don't go over -10dB, this is because your soundcard is optimised to operate on levels between -18 and about -10. If by correctly gain staging up to this point you find you're over that, back off the very last gain stage gain control to suit. If your levels seem way too low in the software, DO NOT normalise the files (it's a complicated topic and I can explain in more detail if required!), the best thing to do is to boost with the gain control from a plugin and then compress. If people want it, I'll also post a mixing guide for demos with lots of tips and tricks
ADAmdem Record to at least 44.1KHz and 24bit. Any lower and you will lose valuable transient detail and sound S H I T  Any higher and you won't notice any improvement...
Render your project to at least 192KHz/s MP3s, higher if bandwidth is no problem and use dithering.
Following the above will get you some great raw tracks to work with and mean less time trying to remedy poor recordings in the mix.

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