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TapperMike last won the day on July 8 2016

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About TapperMike

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  • Birthday 01/11/1961

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    United States of America
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    Music, Coding.

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    Guitar, Bass, keys, audio engineering
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    Steely Dan, Steely Dan and then there is Steely Dan.


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  1. Poem in Radar Poetry

    Quite interesting material you have there Steve. Engaging and perplexing to a theb such as myself.
  2. What does it mean to succeed?

    I somewhat disagree with this assertion. Producers still require equipment and software. No label nor self respecting producer would work on a project for free. Nor would they allow freeware to be used in production. Time is money. It takes time to produce a single. If you want it to be a hit then you'll want to go the extra mile and invest in the costs required. Mic's aren't free, soundcards aren't free. Labor isn't free Marketing isn't free. Even distribution isn't free.
  3. Songs To Recommend To 15 Year Olds

    Yeah don't suggest it. Just hide it somewhere in an open place so they can discover it for themselves. It doesn't hurt to mark it with "Mature Content, may not be suitable for those under 18 years of age."
  4. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    BIAB is available in both Mac and PC formats. If it were not for my desire to turn everything into a chord melody arrangement BIAB would be all I ever needed. For years it sustained me doing jazz but not much else. I'm more than happy to write in BIAB and perform using biab as a backing track. You have tonnes of styles even in the least expensive version and you don't have to run off and buy more. With midi files you can choose to use your soundcards midi or third party plugins to play in the background. BIAB also has SFZ format for swapping out your standard midi player sounds for those in SFZ (soundfont) plugins (yes it works on macs) So if you ever want to use ...Garritan orchestral sounds or DSF (Emu) Rompler sounds https://www.digitalsoundfactory.com/soundfont_products or the hundreds of other plugins offered in SFZ format you can use it directly in BIAB. I use the IKM sample tank patches for my instrument sounds. With any song in any style you can have melody embellishing. With Super Styles you get style embellishing it's like Artificial Intelligence. Rather than some dorky sounding auto arranger keyboard the instruments vary the arrangement as it progresses. Real Styles I've used two of the ones supplied in my version of BIAB for actual recording (rather than simply playing along) As cool as they sound and as many times that I've thought to purchase more real styles or buy the upgrade. I've always stopped short. I don't want to be overwhelmed by them and find myself always reaching for real styles. Real Styles are great but they are frozen by nature. You can't embellish with them or change the voicing/ rhythmic feel on the fly like you can super midi and standard styles. Standard Midi Styles Standard midi styles refers to the older styles that date back to the earliest days of BIAB. I love them and still use them. I have about 4,000 of them in various musical genre's. This is because back in the old days people would make their own styles and share them freely online. The MegaPak version (which I have) comes with 2300 standard styles. Super Midi Styles Real Styles use a midi track that doubles what is performed with the Real audio track. The only major differences are that Real Tracks use real audio that is heard with Super Midi running in the background for transcription. Super midi has a higher ppq than standard midi style tracks. Both super and standard style tracks can be embelished or not. They can also be simplified or expanded. If it were not for my desire to turn everything into a chord melody arrangement BIAB would be all I ever needed. For years it sustained me doing jazz but not much else. I still use it as a learning tool to help me develop different approaches to Chord Melody. About Harmonizing Melody (and solo) While I joke about some of the chord solo functionality for the fret board view. It's really an amazing tool. You can pick an artist (say Joe Pass or Ed Bickert or Johnny Smith (or others) apply it to a melody and it will try to represent a performance that they (or that individual) would have used in arranging the piece. What's more is that it's not limited to Guitar Harmony. The harmony function can harmonize in a multitude of styles. Four and Five piece brass sections, Various different approaches based on artists preferences There are 227 harmony arrangement methods with various instruments. Melodist and Soloist In the Melody section there is this thing called Melodist. It will try to compose a melody based on a given artists approach. They same is true for Soloist. You can have it generate the chord progression or use the existing one. It can load the preferred style for the melodist/soloist or you can work with the existing one (though it will caution you if one is in straight time and the other in swing (and vice versa) Again if you have ever wanted the "secret forumla" for writing a melody or solo based on the characteristics of a particular artists. This is a goldmine.
  5. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    True. I've done a little of that so far using guitar pro. It's still work a lot of work. Everything is turning into work or distraction or both. As an example. I've been trying to walk away from Band In a Box. Band in a Box is great fun. The yahoo users group has the largest collection of jazz standards on the planet. I know I have them all. When one studies using BIAB or any other software the focus is on reading... Not performing. If you aren't going to be performing with the software then it's important to practice without the software. I'll get so addicted to just playing along I'll lose sight of the indended goal. BIAB does allow for midi conversion. This is nice if you need to do arrangement. As I do. However trying to port the melody into a guitar track on something like Guitar Pro is a pain at best as it does a poor job of laying out where to position the notes. You also need to go back and lay in the basic chord names per beat because this is will be a chord melody arrangement. Then try to add the harmony to the melody in a meaningful way. Often I'll find myself guitar in lap trying various approaches while having to manually punch it in on the computer keyboard. It takes forever to get an arrangement that isn't too crowded yet... "Hip" Band in a Box does have a feature when one pulls up the fretboard called "CH SOL" Chord Solo. Where by it will analyze the key, chord movement and try to recreate a chord/melody based on playing styles of famous chord melody players such as Joe Pass, Johnny Smith(my favorite) and a few others. While it does serve as a good "Foot in the Door" I've tried it with various standards that the artist played and compared the output of biab. It's a joke. But it's also a good foot in the door to understanding various approaches. By the time I've nearly got the arrangement down to something I can perform.... I have this overwhelming desire to earn my name. I'm a tapper. Sure, I started out like all the young guns on EVH style tapping like a cat chasing it's own tail. But my style since then has completely evolved into something quite different. Combining finger picking and tapping. Usually this means I'll try to get the arrangement down twice. Once with conventional technique and then again with tapping. The entire process is too time consuming. Which leads me back to looking for decent transcriptions of standards where someone else has already done the hard work of arranging the piece so I can concentrate on playing.
  6. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    I'm seriously thinking of hosting a jazz tabs site. It drives me nuts the routines I have to go through for decent transcriptions. I'm not a good transcriber. I'm often most angry when I have to actually write scores out because I've traveled the long way round. First I'll surf for transcriptions endlessly. Then if the transcription is for crap sometimes I'll through the baby out with the bath water and finally I'll get down to brass tacks to arrange a score for chord melody playing. On those few occasions where I do find a decent arrangement I cherish it. It's getting harder and harder to find them though.
  7. What does it mean to succeed?

    Though Radionomy is taking many of my favorite commercial radio stations away from me. https://www.radionomy.com
  8. What does it mean to succeed?

    I just have to chime in with Radio Stations. When I was at SZ we had a project in permanent beta testing called SWiSH Radio. It could run as an embedded flash page or as a widget for mac computers or a gadget on windows machines or run on a browser (without flash) Our beta testers loved it. The powers that be never figured out how to market the concept to make money. The Beta testers loved it even if they didn't have many listeners. We had to mask stations identities to protect ourselves from someone using our server for broadcasting unlicensed material. It was much like shoutcast https://www.shoutcast.com/ Though easier for users to program. Shoutcast is the only radio streaming service I use for personal listening. https://www.shoutcast.com/ Though winamp makes for one lousy shoutcast player on my android. I prefer Simple Shoutcast https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kunihiro.ando.shoutcast
  9. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    So I finally got a raise at work. Nothing earth shattering but at least I can pay most of my bills. (still really need to fix the minivan) What do I do with that first paycheck with a little extra cash? Invest in work clothing. They supplied me with one work shirt t-shirt and I bought another from them. Both cheap and black. Both have seen better days and are bleach stained, along with other things that aren't coming out in the wash. I bought a chef skull cap (sushi), a chef cap. Four Chef coats and four pairs of chef pants along with a pair of chef clogs. I hate wearing nicer clothes that get trashed at work. Chef's wear is specifically made to be stain resistant, breathable and durable. While I can cook in anything and the product will be the same as the pride comes from the man not the clothes. Wearing proper attire can make all the difference in perception.
  10. What does it mean to succeed?

    You have your work cut out for you on that one Tim It's good to have goals. They keep one focused when all else fails. I'll tell you a funny story. Recently I decided to shut down famous sounds. It's something I'd always come back to and rebuild from the ground up. A portal just for the sake of having something current to keep on my resume. I had every good intention of following through and cataloging rigs as used on the recordings of famous performers. I'd done it before with "classic keyboards" and a little with famous guitars. I'm still doing it for myself with my zoom G1Xon programming in famous sounds and sharing them. But there is only so much time in a day and I lack the attention/motivation I've had in previous years. Then comes what I think is a godsend. An industry insider with a lot of clout wants to start up a midi magazine similar to http://www.keyboardmag.com/ but devoted to the wider spectrum of all midi based controllers, instruments and daw/hosts. So I poured myself into the project but big shot was dragging along without clear goals for himself or deadlines. In short I wasted a lot of time before I pulled out. Then a company approaches me about being an outside evangelist for their product. Which is how I got my last great paying job. First as an evangelist then working for the company. The company in question has plenty of outside evangelists. They don't need me. And to be honest they don't need me in marketing or support. My point is this. It's easy to get side tracked. Right now I'm building up my confidence by busking and... Trying to learn old songs to increase my current repertoire. With the goal of someday playing coffee shops. Every night I check the latest posts (which I shouldn't) around my favorite haunts. Then I seek out songs and try to get the sound right. It takes more effort not to get sucked into finding a favorite tone for a song that I'll never play live. I'm getting ADD as I age. I hope you stay on target with your album and wish you the best of success with it. The greatest success may be simply finishing it.
  11. How'd you come up with your name?

    So Kind of like Kwai Chang Caine? Master of ancient wisdom traveling with only the clothes on his back part minstrel, part Kung Fu master? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwai_Chang_Caine
  12. Line 6 Firehawk FX: Line 6 Redhead Stepchild?

    Tim, found out something interesting today thought you would like to know about. There is a zoom community that have created their own independent app for zoom guitar products. http://www.zoompatches.com/forum/ Once you install the app you can instantly drag patches from the forum directly into the app which then sends it to your unit. As well you can cross model download patches. The only exception is when your model may not have the effect / amp sim as did the source model. I just found it and I'm having a blast.
  13. What does it mean to succeed?

    A song doesn't stick into a listeners head to make that determination until it's been played for them a few times. That being said it's the emotive value in performance where the audience feels the musicians believe in the song that makes all the difference. If the artist doesn't evoke that they are feeling neither will the audience. This type of energy gets harder and harder to evoke after multiple takes or multiple performances where one isn't reaching the audience and the audience doesn't reach back. As far as deeper meanings and connecting through your lyrics. I love this comic for pointing out what the lyrics are actually telling the audience. There are a vast number of songs that have come through the pipes which if one sat down and read the lyrics they'd have a completely different understanding of the message.
  14. The stagnant journey in finding band members

    Thanks. In my teens finding band members was like falling off a log. Two sheet music stores one the size of a supermarket, four musical instrument stores all within a 4 mile area. Along with several other instrument stores dotting just outside the city limits. Back then there were more musicians as gaming hadn't quite caught on. Kids walked to and from school and there were plenty of buskers in parks or people jamming on their front porches. While it wasn't a "Performing Arts" school per say we did have a vibrant marching band and orchestral band community. As well the school would put on "Pop" shows four times a year. I played a few times on the school stage. Back then I had no issues with playing for free. Sure I'd be happy if someone paid me. I just figured it was all about paying your dues. Don't forget Coffee shops and music stores in your search. While music stores generally don't like giving out names of the regulars in the smaller ones they do have boards so you can physically post a card seeking band members or post one advertising as one. Coffee shops that offer live entertainment can also be a good source for potential band mates even if they don't have an open mic / jam. Performers usually support their friends or scout the competition by going to watch a show.
  15. What does it mean to succeed?

    A few things about youtube. Those who have had the greatest success started when youtube was young. Lots of viewers few "artists" Those that performed well and kept on performing would continually add to the ranks. It's near impossible to get that type of traction if you are just starting out on youtube today. People spend less time watching youtube videos. I love watching youtube videos as well and I'm constantly seeking out new talent to enjoy while going back to my favorite youtube stars. Well here's the thing. I have a limited amount of time in a day or a week or a month. I've got other things to do with my life. As do others. Let's take Julia Nunes. She didn't start out with a band or a lot of equipment. Just a video camera, video editing software, a uke and stuff laying around the house. Pretty sparse living conditions although that's what dorm life can be like. She kept on going at it making videos, finding people to help her out. When she does do talking video's she mostly talks about her life. Not doing a spit take on other artists. Though she does throw praise out to those she admires. It's been a long road for her. Even trying to get gigs at coffee shops. She grew her audience being a dedicated songwriter and musician while maintaining a positive outl look on life. Eventually she worked her way up to the late night TV circuit and opening for larger acts. Still not living in a mansion. Still working hard on the business side of thing. Finally has a band to speak of. It will be hard work for the rest of her life. She has and will continue to make sacrifices to maintain her career. I've known a few who have mostly made it but gave up simply because they didn't like what their career was doing to their family. She may have a large enough faithful followers to support her long term. It won't be a life of yachts and caviar. When I was at the most successful period of my career I always had self doubt. Even having standing ovations night after night. Even after having done endless session work in the studio for advertising firms and would be up and coming artists. It was all part of the trade. I loved the stage. I loved the fact that people would pay their hard earned money on a cover to see me perform. I hated the constant glad handing. Going out before the show, during a break or after the show and selling people to visit us on our next gig. I also was uncomfortable with the constant and overwhelming attention of the audience when the music ended. Just let me have a cigarette in peace, I'm on my break now. Personal insecurities always arose. My Dad harping on me that high school was over and it was time to settle down and get a real job. Fellow musicians my age had long since packed it in and were established in careers with salaried income and security. Me always wondering how long I could keep the lifestyle of burning the candles burning at both ends. While I had a great deal of determination I never had that support system behind me. I was always doing everything myself as much as humanly possible. I didn't want a girlfriend because I didn't want to be tied down. Moreover I didn't want to be in a taker relationship where I took everything and gave nothing back. Which I'd seen time and time again in Sugar Momma rock star relationships. Now I work 6 nights a week as a cook. I know if they ever get someone qualified who is willing to work for low wages my hours and shifts will be cut. We go through staff like water. Everyone in the industry does as the primary focus is to keep operating costs down without regard to staff needs or quality of work. There are plenty of people who think they can cook professionally in the market who just need any job. I couldn't afford to live on the hours they give to day cooks. During the day I busk just to get myself out in front of an audience. If they approach me during then I'm all ears. I'm not selling them on my next gig and it feels nice to be recognized irl.