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post Apr 12 2012, 11:47 AM
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Yes its too bad selling it really its a nice american made instrument. But I doesnt play well anymore. Using the whammy bar get it out of tune etc. It feels like my ibanez can do everything better than the fender.Also the pickups are really nothing special its as stock as It can be.


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post Apr 12 2012, 11:53 AM
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Mate, you know best, so go ahead and sell it if that is your heart's desire smile.gif


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post Apr 12 2012, 08:10 PM
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I made the deal for the guitar. Dont know about the fender though smile.gif
I will record something for the Night collab with the new guitar I hope tongue.gif


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post Apr 13 2012, 08:33 AM
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Great man! biggrin.gif Always glad to have you onboard! How is everything going with the practicing? smile.gif


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post Apr 13 2012, 11:48 PM
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Its going well mostly doing theory now when I dont have my IBanez and awaiting my new guitar.
Im thinking maybe I could learn some chord progressions (which I havent learned so much of) meanwhile while harmonising and learning scales and I could make some backings and improvise I would learn much at once then
What do you think


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post Apr 14 2012, 11:05 AM
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Hey man! Sure thing! for this kind of stuff I TOTALLY recommend picking up famous songs from all the big bands and figuring out the chord progressions. Start with the Beatles biggrin.gif hey, why don't you pick up 5 Beatles songs which you like and we can discuss the chord progressions! What do you say?

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post Apr 17 2012, 10:12 AM
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Yes I can pick out a few songs, just a question.
Well soon I will get my new guitar and my Ibanez back, which one should I use for drop tuning for your lessons?
The Ibanez will have thinner strings than the ESP I think.

Anyway Im kind of careful with the neck, tuning it down and up again doesnt it hurt the neck?


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Usually, the one having a fixed bridge is always better to downtune wink.gif I don't like using floyds anymore, frankly biggrin.gif


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post Apr 17 2012, 07:11 PM
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My new guitar will have a fixed bridge wink.gif I have never played a guitar with a fixed bridge before lol tongue.gif
anyway cosmin will have to interupt my praticing to work with my new songs + mixing them.
I will need to be done before april the 30th. The most important is to get a decent mix, not a pro mix of course but im leaving them in for a test, so I might redo the songs properly later with some more inovative guitar playing. I wont rush them though.

Hope you can help me, your mixing skills will be more than enough to help me I guess. Its just some basic mixing that needs to be done smile.gif

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hey Erik!

I usually don't use any secret ingredient smile.gif but here's what I do:

- take care to make all the tracks defined and audible in the mix (recording as clean as possible will help A LOT and taking care that the volumes are balanced among themselves)
- add compressions to the guitar tracks
- double the riff tracks
- add reverb or delay on the melodies or solos

That's pretty much what I am doing smile.gif

Hope it helps mate

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Okey well I have done some things to my track you mentioned above smile.gif
I will have to add and EQ in reaper though it would be good for the tests I dont know how to use one smile.gif


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post Apr 19 2012, 12:00 PM
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I think the tube helps a lot man, that little AMT machine has done a big deal of recording for me smile.gif and I never added any EQ on top of the actual tone from the recording.

I have no connection to AMT whatsoever in terms of endorsement or dealing and all that, but I really recommend it, both stage and home smile.gif

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post Apr 20 2012, 09:31 AM
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Is there a compressor and sustainer built in reaper?
And what AMT? smile.gif


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Hey Erik! I have no experience with the Reaper, but I found this:



and this

http://mixingtips.org/forum/mixing-tips-%2...sion-in-reaper/

regarding the AMT:

http://amtelectronicsusa.com/productpagess20.html



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post Apr 28 2012, 07:11 PM
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Hi cosmin. Been in germany for a few days.
Can you help me out with my new song idea? I attatched it to this post.

Its supposed to be a happy instrumental rock song, with a real summer feel.
I have some ideas regarding the rythm and the starting solo line.

I dont know what chords I should use though and in the rythm you can hear the playing between the chords I am not really sure how to get them to fit in could you help me out?

Then the song should change between that and some chords that are picked, and I could play some pentatonic over that.
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cosmin? smile.gif


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Hey mate, didn't forget about ya smile.gif I was thinking that, you could do something a bit Satriani oriented, as a feel I'd say, I took my time before answering this as I wanted to come up with some ideas for ya smile.gif

I'll think of something and be back with some ideas, k?

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okey thanks comsin


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Well the most difficult thing would be to choose a good chord progression.
For example in a marco sfogli song i transcribed, which has some satriani influences, he used:

E, D, C#, C# playing the notes (D,C#,A) E(hammering on an A note), D, C#, A, B.
Then he played some pentatonics over two chords.

Very cool progression, but I dont know really which one.
He played in E. So we have I=E, IV= A VI=C#, B=V, but D doesnt belong?


Then, do you need to play only the chord notes, or can you play any notes in the E major scale togheter with that chord?
I want to play the E chord, then B-G-A-B

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Hey Erik! You can play any note belonging to the E major scale if the progression is based on chords harmonizing the E major scale. Now the note choice depends on you smile.gif

If we stick to this idea, the progression you suggested E B G A B should have the G#minor chord rather than the G chord. G#minor is formed on the 3rd step of the E major chord.

Basically, you should first start with a melody and a chord progression smile.gif This one for instance (the chord progression above) - what sort of a melodic theme would you come up with over it? If you want that summer feel (Satriani's Summer Song for instance tongue.gif) you should try something super catchy.

My suggestion is: record these chords and make a loop out of them. Then start singing all sorts of lines in your head until you find one which you are satisfied with. NO NOT stop smile.gif at the first idea biggrin.gif this will be the nasty part as it may seem that it can take forever, but trust me, this is a sure footed way to get your melodic sense and compositional skills sharpened smile.gif

Would you like to try this?

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