Gamers who play musical instruments

Hey all, the reason I picked end of October is that unfortunately for reasons beyond my control, I lose my main computer for ~5 weeks end of November. I'll have my laptop, but its so old I don't think I could do the mixing on it.

I can probably delay until say the 9th of November, that should give me enough time between work and family to mix it before the computer gets packed up, would that be better for everyone?

Thanks for checking, but please don't hold off on account of me at least. I did try playing the song over the weekend with a guitar tab I found and it was... rough, to say the least. I am trying to practice every day but sometimes I just don't feel like it. I think if I was to add something maybe for next year it would be far better!

Yes, don't hold off on account of me either! I just don't want to make any solid commitments right now as to how I spend my practice time, so it's not really going to matter whether the "deadline" is tomorrow, two weeks from now, or the end of the year.

Looks like we're going to get one more outdoor jam session in my gazebo this weekend!

Practice has been going well and my playing is definitely smoother than it was last week, and it also seems like some of my muscle memory is returning. One thing I love about playing some of the classical banjo pieces is that it sounds kind of like a harpsichord when using a mute, and it's so fitting for Bach's Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring!

Mixolyde wrote:

Looks like we're going to get one more outdoor jam session in my gazebo this weekend!

LUCKEEEEE

Hey, all. I need some help understanding something I ran across in rocksmith today. I am having trouble finding an answer to on the internet. I was playing a song and it had the C major chord at root but then it had C major at root but with the addition of 3rd fret on high E (G, I think? Still trying to learn how this all works). In the chords menu for the song, it had both of those chords listed as C. How can they both be C? Is one just a variation? Does the variation have a name?

It is a variation CMaj chord with the fifth doubled. I don't think it has a name, just an alternative way to play a CMaj chord.

Thanks! That was driving me crazy.

Wembley wrote:

Hey, all. I need some help understanding something I ran across in rocksmith today. I am having trouble finding an answer to on the internet. I was playing a song and it had the C major chord at root but then it had C major at root but with the addition of 3rd fret on high E (G, I think? Still trying to learn how this all works). In the chords menu for the song, it had both of those chords listed as C. How can they both be C? Is one just a variation? Does the variation have a name?

Chords are made up of 3 (or more) notes. In the case of a C major chord, those are C-E-G. Any combination of those three notes is still going to be a C major. If C is the lowest note in the chord, it's still considered a C chord, if E or G are the lowest note in the chord it's what is called an inversion, usually shown as C/E or C/G "C over E". Playing a G on the high E (1st) string is just a variation because you are still playing C-E-G-C-G.

To emphasize the chord being a C major, E is generally preferred over G so that's why the standard chord is with the first string played open. Hitting that G occasionally just brings in some color.

I've been doing very well with my practicing and haven't missed a single day, though there were a couple or three days when I was only able to get in about 15 minutes. But even 5 minutes in a day is better than missing a day. There are even a couple of things that I seem to be doing better now than I was doing them before my 2 years of not playing, so that's pretty exciting!

One thing I am *not* doing better at is the version of Wabash Cannonball that I was playing pretty well before, but then tonight is the first time I've tried it since then, so maybe in a few days it will be back up to speed! (At least my speed haha!)

Gazebo jam was wonderful. Played a bunch of simple classic rock songs and some singer-songwriter ones. A lot of G C D Am stuff. I even tried to sing Horse With No Name and it was awful, but fun.
A beginner guitar friend of mine dropped by and we taught her Horse With No Name and Stand By Me (which I play as Capo 2: G Em C D G).
We also did Country Roads for our neighbor who went to WVU. She loved it.

Hey GWJer's,
It's been awhile for me and this year has been off and on for music. I do, thankfully, have some good news to share. Thematic got together and shot a video for "Carry the Fire"; one of our tunes off "Skyrunner."

My hope is that it brings some joy and inspires you to keep playing.

Stay safe and be well!

-Nate

Very nice!

CPTNaters wrote:

Hey GWJer's,
It's been awhile for me and this year has been off and on for music. I do, thankfully, have some good news to share. Thematic got together and shot a video for "Carry the Fire"; one of our tunes off "Skyrunner."

My hope is that it brings some joy and inspires you to keep playing.

Stay safe and be well!

-Nate

That's awesome. Yours is a record I just keep listening to and recommending to people.

Fredrik_S wrote:

That's awesome. Yours is a record I just keep listening to and recommending to people.

Me too. I put it on at work when I need to feel awesome. Good album for a long commute, too.

Izotope is having a crazy black friday deal going on. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HolidayBun--izotope-holiday-bundle It's like $1200 off if you are into daw plugins.

Izotope makes some amazing tools

Fredrik_S wrote:

Izotope is having a crazy black friday deal going on. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HolidayBun--izotope-holiday-bundle It's like $850 off if you are into daw plugins.

Any ideas which DAWs those plugins work with? (Might be a good gift for my son who already has a lot of this)

So I've gotten back to practicing the Ballad of Jed Clampett and it's actually sounding a lot more like it now! I just need to work more on speed. (Will need to pull out the trusty metronome soon!) Also been continuing to practice Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and it's been getting smoother over time.

Rahmen wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

Izotope is having a crazy black friday deal going on. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HolidayBun--izotope-holiday-bundle It's like $850 off if you are into daw plugins.

Any ideas which DAWs those plugins work with? (Might be a good gift for my son who already has a lot of this)

Each plugin has their own requirements, so check each one for compatibility.

Here's the izotop webpage for it (you can also get it directly from them): https://www.izotope.com/en/shop/izotope-holiday-bundle.html

I bought myself a new guitar today!

It's D'Angelico Premier Atlantic, in black. Plays great, sounds great (I was looking for something with a really warm humbucker sound). The retro look is pretty cool too. Now must try and get back to work instead of just playing it...

MikeSands wrote:

I bought myself a new guitar today!

It's D'Angelico Premier Atlantic, in black. Plays great, sounds great (I was looking for something with a really warm humbucker sound). The retro look is pretty cool too. Now must try and get back to work instead of just playing it...

Congratulations on your new gear! Got some pics?

I didn't then, but now...

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/Lj1f77D.jpg)

Further reviews after a big chunk of playing last night: build quality is good but has a few tiny flaws (e.g. fret ends could be a bit more rounded off. they're not rough, just not the nicest). Sounds and plays great. Nice and light, too, compared to more traditional Les Paul style. The body is quite thin, like a strat or thinline tele.

I am looking to purchase a digital piano. My last one was a cheap upright digital piano I got from Costco a decade ago but the keys started sticking and was not easily repairable so I dumped it. This time around I am looking for something that is more compact, maybe portable, and is as close to a real piano as possible (how the keys feel and the sound). I haven't really played the piano in over 20 years and only dabbled with my last one so I feel like a beginner again. Any suggestions. While I don't want to spend too much, I am willing to pay for a better experience if the value is there.

kazar wrote:

I am looking to purchase a digital piano. My last one was a cheap upright digital piano I got from Costco a decade ago but the keys started sticking and was not easily repairable so I dumped it. This time around I am looking for something that is more compact, maybe portable, and is as close to a real piano as possible (how the keys feel and the sound). I haven't really played the piano in over 20 years and only dabbled with my last one so I feel like a beginner again. Any suggestions. While I don't want to spend too much, I am willing to pay for a better experience if the value is there.

As someone who plays piano, has owned a $1900 or so Kawai electric piano that was okay, I would just buy the nicest Kawai or Yamaha electric piano you can budget whether that's $200, $500, or more. They don't start feeling like a piano action-wise with full length keys until you get into the $2000 range.

If you buy a Yamaha or Kawai, it should retain value fairly well because they're popular for students. So, if you ever decide to sell it, you'll get some money back. You could go Roland. They're probably okay, I never liked Rolands much but I haven't played one in a long time.

Fredrik_S wrote:

Izotope is having a crazy black friday deal going on. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HolidayBun--izotope-holiday-bundle It's like $1200 off if you are into daw plugins.

Nice! I just picked that up and Soundtoys for half off. Also Neural DSP is offering half off of most of their VST's. https://neuraldsp.com/

-Nate

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

As someone who plays piano, has owned a $1900 or so Kawai electric piano that was okay, I would just buy the nicest Kawai or Yamaha electric piano you can budget whether that's $200, $500, or more. They don't start feeling like a piano action-wise with full length keys until you get into the $2000 range.

If you buy a Yamaha or Kawai, it should retain value fairly well because they're popular for students. So, if you ever decide to sell it, you'll get some money back. You could go Roland. They're probably okay, I never liked Rolands much but I haven't played one in a long time.

To maybe clear things up a bit, next year I am planning on moving from my townhouse to a single family home. Once I do that I plan on buying a real upright piano. This digital one is for my office where I can plug it into a computer or wear headphones to play. I am not against paying $2000 for a high quality one, but I don't want it to be the size of a real upright piano.

kazar wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

As someone who plays piano, has owned a $1900 or so Kawai electric piano that was okay, I would just buy the nicest Kawai or Yamaha electric piano you can budget whether that's $200, $500, or more. They don't start feeling like a piano action-wise with full length keys until you get into the $2000 range.

If you buy a Yamaha or Kawai, it should retain value fairly well because they're popular for students. So, if you ever decide to sell it, you'll get some money back. You could go Roland. They're probably okay, I never liked Rolands much but I haven't played one in a long time.

To maybe clear things up a bit, next year I am planning on moving from my townhouse to a single family home. Once I do that I plan on buying a real upright piano. This digital one is for my office where I can plug it into a computer or wear headphones to play. I am not against paying $2000 for a high quality one, but I don't want it to be the size of a real upright piano.

Gotcha! Well, the ultimate for that is the Kawai VPC1. You could use Ivory II with that and get great sound. Doing a digital piano over again, that's what I would do. We have a real piano now, so I don't need a digital.

Personally, if I wanted to spend less, I would just get whatever full length Yamaha I could afford. They have a simple one for like $500 on Amazon.

CPTNaters wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

Izotope is having a crazy black friday deal going on. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HolidayBun--izotope-holiday-bundle It's like $1200 off if you are into daw plugins.

Nice! I just picked that up and Soundtoys for half off. Also Neural DSP is offering half off of most of their VST's. https://neuraldsp.com/

-Nate

Love Neural's plugins. I have the Tosin Abasi and the Cory Wong and both are amazing.

While we are pointing out black friday sales:
Native instruments have 50% off a bunch of their stuff
Toontrack 40% off.
And Sweetwater of course.

MikeSands wrote:

I didn't then, but now...
Further reviews after a big chunk of playing last night: build quality is good but has a few tiny flaws (e.g. fret ends could be a bit more rounded off. they're not rough, just not the nicest). Sounds and plays great. Nice and light, too, compared to more traditional Les Paul style. The body is quite thin, like a strat or thinline tele.

It's gorgeous. Love that binding.