Quick Update

19 March, 2014 (17:33) | music - writings, music theory studies | By: dave

I’m launching a new instructional series on YouTube called Two Minute Guitar Tips. Each week there’ll be a new video featuring something I think guitarists will find helpful or interesting, and all videos will be around two minutes long. So far I’ve filmed the first seven weeks’ worth of videos. The first video will be available Friday March 21st at 8PM Eastern.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TwoMinuteGuitarTips

Later this year I’ll be writing and recording an EP. Not sure at this point if it will be acoustic, ambient, songs-without-vocals or a mixture.

I’m also working on the fourth Guitar Theory Made Easy book.

Cheers!

Third Book Now Available!

2 March, 2014 (21:54) | music - writings, music theory studies | By: dave

Basic Harmonization and DIY Chord Construction is now available. There’re a couple of apps over on the GTME site that go with it. Guitar Theory Made Easy . com

I’m working on Book 4 - Extended, Altered, and Suspended Chords and Voice Leading Chord Progressions with a view to releasing it later in 2014.

Get Book 3 from Amazon:

 

Happy New Year!

1 January, 2014 (14:32) | other | By: dave

All the very best to you and yours for 2014!

I have a few things in store for the coming year. New music. Reviews. Mixing. Guitar building. At least one new book. And a new video web series.

Stay tuned.

20GB of Free Cloud Storage

30 November, 2013 (11:20) | music - software | By: dave

Found this place via the StillWell forums.

If your Dropbox is getting full and/or you’re losing trust / respect for Microsoft and Google you might want to check this out.

15GB free and 5GB “bonuses” each time you refer a friend. It’s all free, either way. There are apps for the major operating systems and so far it’s running really unobtrusively on my system.

https://copy.com?r=h9EQjc

Monitor Upgrade – Mackie MR5 Mk3

22 November, 2013 (12:27) | music - equipment | By: dave

Just got back from a vacation in New York city. Man, I love it there! It’s so alive! Decided to stop by Sam Ash, just for the heck of it.

Recently I’ve been experiencing some frustration with the results of my mixes using the Behringer B2030P monitors . The Behringers are quite nasally & sibilant, making everything sound like the top end has been taken care of, but it’s actually sorely lacking on other systems. We need a common ground across as many systems as possible when we’re mixing, and for these speakers to be “dishonest” (they’re called the Truth series, after all :)) is not helping. I tried the tissue paper over the tweeter “trick” and that definitely helped, but I suspect the root cause is a little further down the frequency range and so can’t be corrected just by using toilet paper.

So, at Sam Ash I was able to do something that no web-based window shopping can do – audition speakers! I was listening to a pair of (I think they were) Yamahas and, while they sounded pretty great, and the price was good (I think they were end-of-line), they were HUGE. So huge that I’d have to move my 8 foot desk and mount them on stands (that I don’t own) just to get them to work in my room! Not ideal! The sales guy suggested the Mackies. He thought they were out until we saw a pair hiding (in plain sight :D) on a shelf in the listening room. He hooked them up to some Dave Brubeck and I loved them! :) (I’d recently got a new phone and so didn’t have any of my own music with me).

The harshness of the Behringers is even more obvious when A/B-ing against these. There’s some good bottom end (without hyping) that allows me to really know what’s going on down there (the Behringers were practically asking me to get a sub, as they’re pretty thin on the bottom end). They’re also powered, so I can now find a new use for my little class-t amp. They also look a little cooler, and the green Mackie Logo gets my wife’s approval too (always try to keep your wife happy).

The price was very reasonable, I was able to have them shipped to my home (and not pay any sales tax :)) and I’m very happy with my purchase :-)

 

If you’re interested, you can get them from Amazon

I’d also like to give a THANK YOU to the guys at Sam Ash on 333 W. 34th Street NYC, NY 10001

More Mixes Added

16 November, 2013 (13:14) | music - recordings | By: dave

The mixing page is getting pretty populated!

Get in touch if you need any mixing done! :)

 

Studio Monitor Isolation for Under $15

27 September, 2013 (08:20) | music - equipment | By: dave

I read about other people using these so I thought I’d try a pair. They’re Yoga blocks. Much cheaper and a lot sturdier than Auralex and whatnot.

These low-light pictures are from my phone.

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Nu-Source Yoga Block (2-Piece) – $12.90 on Amazon


2 Pack 9 inches x 6 inches x 4 inches Black Yoga Blocks – Saver Pack

I wrote a book. Two, actually

4 September, 2013 (19:56) | music - writings, music theory studies | By: dave

You can check them out here.

http://guitartheorymadeeasy.com

There will be at least three more in the series.

vegas blues – solo acoustic piece

9 June, 2013 (23:21) | music - recordings | By: dave

inspired by some of the score of Leaving Las Vegas

godin la patrie etude left, digital reference dr-cx1 mic, behringer t1953 preamp, reaper

mxl r144 with digital reference dr-cx1 (acoustic guitar)

9 June, 2013 (17:18) | music - recordings | By: dave