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I play guitar on my own, at open mic nights, and as part of a weekly get-together for guitarists, and as part a reggae band, for fun.


Dec
11
comment How does a DI box work together with guitar?
Thanks for this. You might want to contribute to the Wikipedia article on DI Units, which is missing this information. I think my answer doesn't deserve all its upvotes, because of this omission, but I don't want to plagiarise yours, nor remove my post altogether because I think it has other useful info -- so I'm leaving it as it is. @Perceptic I would encourage you to accept this answer instead.
Dec
10
comment San Francisco in the 60s and 70s - music scene
I echo the welcome, and also hope you find some interesting information - however, it's off-topic as this site is for questions about performing and practising music -- not consuming it.
Dec
10
comment How does a DI box work together with guitar?
I'd go passive if money is an issue. Or borrow whatever you can. However hum sounds more like a ground loop or a dodgy lead (or a fault in the guitar's electrics). You wouldn't expect "massive amounts of hum" from a 10ft guitar lead.
Dec
10
comment How many sound interface inputs do I need to record drums?
You could save some money by just getting a mic mixer, setting some levels during a sound check, and recording all the drum mics into one input. Of course you can't then adjust in post, but that's the compromise. Remember plenty of great records were recorded on 4 tracks or fewer.
Dec
10
comment Can bass chord notes be different octaves after playing the root?
Does it sound good? If so, screw rules, unwritten or otherwise.
Dec
9
comment How to use delay with distortion/overdrive and/or a crunchy amp?
By double-picking You'd never get it to sound quite like a delay, fading away each echo. I'm not saying you should always leave silence for the delayed sound - just a space where it fits. Listen to 80s U2 for how he makes complex parts from simple fingering + delay.
Dec
9
comment What to call finger positions on fretless bass?
The stripes on violins are very much for beginners. They are coloured sticky tape, and it's soon removed for good.
Dec
8
comment Guitar recommendation for beginner with practice information
@yo' Yes. Although I know of at least one teacher (Jamie Andreas) who starts people off high up the fretboard, where less pressure is required to fret a note.
Nov
26
comment Are music covers and the sheet music of their arrangements legal on YouTube?
that's worth doing; changing.
Nov
26
comment Are music covers and the sheet music of their arrangements legal on YouTube?
I don't think "cough up the proper share of any earnings" is correct because it implies that if you earn nothing, you owe nothing. The copyright owner sets the terms by which you are allowed to use the work. In many cases they take royalties managed by bodies like the PRS, but not always.
Oct
29
comment Tips on counting and playing odd time signatures
@AlexandreC. True. Spent a week in Crete. Interestingly most of the bazouki music on restaurant CD players was in "easy" time signatures, but when we had live musicians "work out the time signature" became an interesting game.
Oct
15
comment What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?
Harder to bend accurately, and easier to bend by accident!
Oct
15
comment What pitches for singing “Movable Do”?
In A major, movable 'doh' is always A. A might be 440Hz, but isn't always -- see music.stackexchange.com/a/23303/1252
Oct
2
comment Is the action of my guitar really high?
Depending on where you bought the guitar, you might have a case to ask them to fix the setup.
Sep
29
comment Why do notes have multiple names?
I describe "the alphabet rule" although I have never heard it called that before. Will update to name it. I infer from the wording of the question that harmonic function, tetrachords etc. are way too advanced for the questioner's level.
Sep
29
comment Why do notes have multiple names?
@MatthewRead Really? I think from "So to your question" to the horizontal line, is the answer, at the questioner's level. Below the HR is there for pedants.
Sep
17
comment How to find your vocal range using the guitar?
Bottom E on a guitar is E2. So your range is G2 to G5.
Sep
13
comment String gauge, scale, and tuning relationship? (Guitar in particular)
I think the answers you want are here: music.stackexchange.com/questions/7877/…
Sep
12
comment Is there a gigantic dataset with songs and chords I can download?
Those public-created chord sheets are copyright infringements too. Every now and again, they get made to take them down. I think the industry recognises that it's harmless, but they have to make an effort every now and again, or they risk losing their copyright ownership.
Sep
12
comment Are there guitar strings for very high tunings?
Yeah, this is a good answer based on the knowledge that we can predict the pitch for a given gauge and tension - so pick a typical guitar tension, and choose the gauge that will give the desired pitch at that tension. But you also need to know whether the string will withstand that tension, and that's not specified in the D'Addario catalogue at least.