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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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  • Musical / Songwriting / Music Biz Skills
    Guitar, Bass, keys, audio engineering
  • Musical Influences
    Steely Dan, Steely Dan and then there is Steely Dan.


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  1. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    Thanks, Tried to figure it out from memory, then looked on youtube found the metal version (no chickens were harmed)
  2. Ferrick vs. Spotify class action

    https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spotify-hit-with-second-songwriter-lawsuit-in-the-us/ So in short Spotify is saying they are responsible for everything and nothing even though they may be responsible for everything. They are claiming that unkown spotify users had uploaded the music of the claimants.
  3. Brand Identity

    Yeah. I envy those who can stick to one or two electric guitars. I've only seen one SG with a thin neck. Most I've played had thick chunky ones. It's funny when ever I see an SG demo video or an SG copy video they always use AC/DC. That's the last thing that comes to mind when I think of SG's I think Clapton during Cream years or Santana at Woodstock or Bad Finger.
  4. Brand Identity

    @Tom I've had a desire for an SG for decades but never got around to it. Mostly it has to do with the fat neck and the lack of space between the high E and the edge of the fretboard. Fred Wilkinson of Wilkinson Parts has a brand name "Vintage" which he sells recreations of classics. Including SG's I happened to play one of these Vintage VS6's in a guitar store. And as he states in the video. The neck width is wider and less chunky. While I was there I also tried out the strat copy, and the tele copy. The strat produced the most Clapton Blackie sounds I'd ever heard. I was blown away. The tele had me pissed as it out shined my Fender Telecaster by a mile. I didn't dare play the Vintage LP copy. It's funny as much as Matt Raines rags on guitar players who are consumed by brand names I'm becoming very much a Raines Guitar fan. Mostly because of the extra work he puts into it before it ships and the workmanship of the neck. Personality wise I think he's a blowhard.
  5. Brand Identity

    Yeah I had this Kramer Stagemaster Custom.. God that thing weighed a ton. Huge body long scale length. Amazing, amazing tone. The thing was impossible to play sitting or standing for me. I'd have to sit on the edge of a stool and play it with a "classical" stance The tone was stunning to me. I'll never have another acoustic. I've had more problems with acoustics than Doan's has pills. Had two Gibson Les Pauls. Used to get quite a lot of conversation about them. One stolen from my car, when I was packing it all away. It was locked up tight didn't stop them from smashing a window. I've thrown in the towel with some brands. It's funny to me. I know a lot of Ibanez fans. They buy Ibanez guitars left and right and then complain about them left and right and then get rid of them only to buy another ibanez. I'm not talking one time. I'm talking several times over the course of several years. I will say that looking forward to purchasing a guitar and then purchasing it/having it has lead me into different directions. When I was looking for telecasters I started to think about country players and playing country guitar. Something I had zero identification to prior. I'd watch video's, download practice material and try to expand my musical horizons. It didn't make me Danny Gatton or any other country shredder. It did expand my musical vocabulary. I'm sure I could have played what I learned just fine on any of the electrics I'd already owned. It' wouldn't sound or feel exactly the same. Oddly while I think of my next guitar I've finally started delving into the Artiphon Instrument One. I'm still not that comfortable with it but I won't be without practice on it. I want to play it like a guitar but that's impossible without a strap. It won't accept regular guitar straps. I've had mine on order for over a month now.
  6. Brand Identity

    Brand Identity means something to me when I purchase musical equipment. Mostly it's about quality. That being said I've seen some amazing work by tech's to bring cheap guitars to life with simple things such as replacing various hardware and hard work. I'm still a strong believer that its the artist which brings musicality to the instrument rather then the other way round. Nonetheless there is something about a well built instrument that carries a legacy to it which can be very inspiring. Where as in let's say someone brings a taylor to a bluegrass jamboree expect all hell to break lose. I've seen the same type of behaviour break out at the early blues jams I attended where if it didn't say Gibson or fender on the headstock people would judge the performance by the brand rather than the performance. Push the performer back to the end of the show even if they sign up early, just so the cork sniffers aren't going hardcore. Non-musicians don't care. If they like what they hear then it's all that matters. How attached are you to your brand identities? Do you think that they help define who you are?
  7. Free music production software

    LMMS is terrible imho and sum up what is wrong with the freeware movement. This is what happens when developers do something as a hobby for free. They lack the commitment to follow through. I'll save you the long stories about my personal experience working as a programmer in the freeware field You are better off getting a freeware product from a company that operates on a for profit basis. Some do put out freeware as an incentive for future purchases. If you prefer not delving into the world of midi then I would suggest RiffWorks by Sonoma https://www.kvraudio.com/product/riffworks-by-sonoma-wire-works Or Magix Music Maker http://www.magix.com/us/music-maker/new-features/#c551641
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  9. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    If you watch a lot of pron does that make you better at sex? Actually female pron stars are quite open about the fact not only do they not enjoy the experience but it can be quite painful. But hey get an expensive guitar that needs work see how closely you can fix everything then go in to a guitar store and get an appraisal. You wouldn't believe the amount of times alleged cooks didn't work out after going through the interview process. One guy broke his arm in seven places checking the dough incorrectly on an industrial mixer. He saw someone do it on a video so he tried to do it with the machine on. [img[img I can't begin to tell you how many issues I've had with alleged cooks in the past as a cook and a manager. They see an opportunity to make a little money than they do currently and try to weasel their way into the system. Sorry getting too serious.
  10. Chat Chat Chat Chat Chat

    The other day I was sparked by the idea of flipping (selling) guitars. Buying cheap cleaning them up and then doing minor work before reselling them. Which lead me to rethink my skill level with guitar tech work. Some I know but don't do often. Somethings I've never had experience in. Then I came across this link which is a school for guitar repair, building and design http://www.galloupguitars.com/school.htm Just some whims running through my head right now.
  11. Poem in Radar Poetry

    Quite interesting material you have there Steve. Engaging and perplexing to a theb such as myself.
  12. 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.
  13. 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."
  14. 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.
  15. 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.