Archive for the ‘Techniques’ Category

#AtoZchallenge — U is for Undaunted

Posted by admin on 24th April 2013 in Inspirational, Songs, Techniques

Undaunted: Not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, dickheads, or disappointment (I added dickheads).

Undaunted

Undaunted

For 20 years my darkness, my sorrow, my wounds, my pain, my insecurities held me back. Year upon year of “creative abortions” as my life partner would call the false starts at music and writing.

Now I am undaunted. I rehearse for hours every day. I will not be stopped. I will not sabotage myself. I am UNDAUNTED!

Undaunted too

Undaunted too

#AtoZchallenge — R is for Recording

Posted by admin on 20th April 2013 in Techniques

Back in the early ’90s when I recorded “Songs for the Numb” on a Tascam 1/2-inch analog (they put the anal in analog!), you had to get your parts correct or do it again. Mixing was like playing twister, and it had to be done right and in real time… or you did it again.

Songs for the Numb by compulsives

Songs for the Numb by compulsives

Holy Phil Spector Batman!  How times have changed! I am now beginning to record my first album in 20 years. I am recording to my computer using amazingly powerful and wondrous software called Ableton Live.

Ableton Live 9 -- amazing tools for the 21st century!

Ableton Live 9 — amazing music creation/recording/performing tools for the 21st century!

With my poor track record of finding dependable bandmates. Ableton allows me to be the band and record high quality. Many professionals use ProTools, but for my requirements, Ableton Live will allow me to record professional sounding albums in the days ahead.

Once the songs are recorded, I use Sound Forge Pro 10 to achieve stellar finished product. I have used early versions of this superb tool, and the new version takes it to a whole new level. Amazing how much things have changed for the better… but ultimately you still have to have the songs and it still helps to get your parts right. Although now you can fix mistakes with amazing ease… keeps productivity high!

Masterful Mastering Software: Sound Forge Pro 10

Masterful Mastering Software: Sound Forge Pro 10

 

#AtoZchallenge — Q is for the Quest

Posted by admin on 19th April 2013 in Inspirational, Songs, Techniques

I am on a quest. It has been 20 years since my band compul$ives album “Songs for the Numb” was released and I flirted with commercial success. Many life lessons since then, and now much healing.

I am on a quest. I am going to polish, record, master and release 25 songs as 3 albums in the next 2 years. I am going to rehearse and publicly perform a compelling live show. I am going to continue to grow as a singer, songwriter, composer, musician and live performer. I am going FULL ON JINGO for the first time EVER!

Stay tuned.

The Quest

The Quest

 

#AtoZchallenge — P is for Play Every Day

Posted by admin on 18th April 2013 in Inspirational, Techniques

The only way to get to a professional level is to PLAY EVERY DAY! 

I rehearse my songs and practice 2-4 hours EVERY DAY!

PLAY EVERY DAY!

play every day

PLAY EVERY DAY!

PLAY EVERY DAY!

Guess what I am doing right now?

 

#AtoZchallenge — J is for Joy

Posted by admin on 11th April 2013 in Techniques

When you practice for months and months straight, sometimes you forget to check your progress. Last night I played a mini-unplugged c0ncert of 10 songs in a row. While I am still rough around the edges, I am definitely returning to professional performance quality.  I felt so joyful and elated that I stayed awake for 2 hours in bed, replaying the performance in my mind and mapping out improvements and such to begin playing shows in the near future.

I am truly grateful to MotherFatherGod for the gift of Joy!

Joyful Jobediah -- Jing Moon Rising!

Joyful Jobediah — Jing Moon Rising!

#AtoZchallenge — G is for Guitar

Posted by admin on 8th April 2013 in Songs, Techniques

Week 2 of the A to Z Challenge! I love it, it has forced me to get back to writing words regularly.

I love playing the acoustic guitar and writing songs. Practicing, learning more about the scales, chords, and progressions, and seeing what new and interesting tunes develop. I am self-taught, now being improved by DVDs from the late, great Artie Traum.

A dear friend of mine, the gifted singer songwriter from Austin, TX and formerly of Milwaukee, WI, Todd Rusch, once told me that if you can write a compelling song on just an acoustic guitar, it has the potential to be a great song. You can always build up and add on from the sparse arrangement, but if you have to follow a stale formula like m0st of today’s popular music, you will not have anything worth your time and effort when it’s just you and the guitar.

I am rehearsing both a solo show, and recording full arrangements of my new songs. I hope you enjoy them both as you hear them in the weeks and months ahead. Carpe Diem!

The Time of Dreams

The Time of Dreams

#AtoZchallenge — E is for EBow

Posted by admin on 5th April 2013 in Techniques

The EBow is a handheld, electric bow that causes your guitar to infinitely sustain notes. I learned how to use the EBow 25 years ago, and now can deftly control one. You need a steady yet nimble touch and you must slide up and down the neck like a cello or violin player. If you run your sound through interesting outboard guitar effect, you can make it sound unlike anything a guitar normally sounds like. You will hear the EBow regularly on my new songs, and it appeared on nearly half of the songs on the compulsives’ 1993 album “Songs for the Numb.”

If you go to the C is for Candle in the Rain post in the #AtoZchallenge from a couple days ago and listen to the MP3 sample, the keyboard/synth sounding melody is not a keyboard, it is me playing the EBow!

The Man playing The EBow.

The Man playing The EBow.