Gamers who play musical instruments

Fredrik_S wrote:

I made a new song and this time it's angry. I also setup a new soundcloud account so you don't have to use the weird dropbox thing I had earlier.

https://soundcloud.com/user-878230427

Angry metal! Nice job dude!
\\m// \\m//

-Nate

Made another song. So I was fixing the inside of my oven and sliced open my fingers quite badly (no stitches needed thankfully) I sat down with my Maschine and wrote a little loop based thing.

Ice Cream

My birthday is at the end of next month and I think I will finally get a keyboard. I processed the advice some of you all gave me about minimum needs for a keyboard a few weeks back. How does this Artesia PE-88 look? $300 is definitely the max I would spend...

That looks like a brand new amazon product. I saw a good deal at guitar center for a nice Casio or Roland. Wirecutter featured 3 for 500 and under and even more are recommended in the comments. I'd keep your search going and see if any solid models are offered from market place or call your local music store for a solid deal on a good beginner. Give them your range and see what they can do.

I know it's another online merchant, but Sweetwater has always been super good to me, and never bullsh*tted me with what an piece of gear is. Might want to check over there as well.

mrlogical wrote:

My birthday is at the end of next month and I think I will finally get a keyboard. I processed the advice some of you all gave me about minimum needs for a keyboard a few weeks back. How does this Artesia PE-88 look? $300 is definitely the max I would spend...

I think I agree with Hobear on this one. It’s ultimately your choice, but I worry that the $300.00 price range won’t get you an instrument that you’ll be happy with.

If I may offer a suggestion, and I’m not privy to your financial situation in this particularly difficult time so I apologize if I’m assuming too much, but I have a simple strategy for saving cash for a big purchase that might be helpful for you. You say that you’re good for $300.00, so take that cash and put it in an envelope. Every week, or however often is comfortable for you, put a $20.00 bill in the envelope. In about eight weeks you will have about $460.00 in the envelope. That should be enough to get you an instrument that you will be happy with.

Another idea would be to search Craig’s List for a used high quality unit. I realize that comes with it’s own problems. I usually don’t buy used stuff but that’s because I hate haggling and I’m always worried that the instrument has been abused or damaged in some way. YMMV

I appreciate the thought, but $300 is a hard limit more based on willingness to spend rather than ability to afford. That's the most I'm willing to spend on a thing I think I would really enjoy playing with but that it's not impossible three or four months from now I'll end up not having found the time or interest to play in the way I thought I would. If $300 isn't enough to get something worth getting, I'd be more likely to buy something much cheaper see if I stick with playing Yousician lessons with that long enough to justify buying a fancier digital piano later.

I've looked at Craiglist and there's no good deals in my area, but maybe I'll keep looking and now that retail is opening up a little, I may be able to call some stores. Is the concern about the Artesia just that it's not a known brand and I should aim for like Casio/Yamaha/Roland/etc.? Or are there particular features lacking there? Are "semi-weighted" keys not good enough?

This is the lowest I would go for a digital piano:

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...

If you can find a used Casio Privia, those are usually good. A 110 should be under $300.

Are you convinced you need 88 keys? 61 is fine for most use cases and could save on cost.

edit: Another option is to head over to Reverb.com, it's like ebay but specifically for musical instruments. You can find good deals over there and I've had good experiences buying and selling.

https://reverb.com/item/33184513-yam... (less keys)
https://reverb.com/item/33469829-ale... (semiweighted)

Fredrik_S wrote:

I know it's another online merchant, but Sweetwater has always been super good to me, and never bullsh*tted me with what an piece of gear is. Might want to check over there as well.

Plus candy. How can you go wrong. Seriously though, I can only say good things about Sweetwater.

Clumber wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

I know it's another online merchant, but Sweetwater has always been super good to me, and never bullsh*tted me with what an piece of gear is. Might want to check over there as well.

Plus candy. How can you go wrong. Seriously though, I can only say good things about Sweetwater.

On the other hand, there's an online merchant, who I won't dignify with linking here, that I see ads from all the time that basically has every guitar ever made for $95. The site is littered with typos and grammatical errors that make the Nigerian Prince email look like Nobel Laureate level prose. I'm assuming you either get some ultra cheap knockoff with fake labels or are handing over your credit card info to some scam outfit (or both)

I saw that this weekend. Even after several bourbons I didn't risk it.

I found my copy of this amazing fretboard explainer book:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0962477060...

Great for any guitar player of any level. It helps you learn chord shapes up and down the neck so chords, scales, arpeggios, and solos make a lot more sense.

Another shot out here for sweet water. Being from Fort Wayne, where they are located, they have a fantastic showroom and are just a great company from all my experiences with them.

Yoreel wrote:

Another shot out here for sweet water. Being from Fort Wayne, where they are located, they have a fantastic showroom and are just a great company from all my experiences with them.

Indiana represent! I love their showroom. I took my brother and my nephew up there when they visited last time and we spent a whole day there. My brother walked out with some new drum gear and my nephew some cool pedals. But it's awesome that you can just loiter around and test whatever for as long as you want.

Fredrik_S wrote:
Yoreel wrote:

Another shot out here for sweet water. Being from Fort Wayne, where they are located, they have a fantastic showroom and are just a great company from all my experiences with them.

Indiana represent! I love their showroom. I took my brother and my nephew up there when they visited last time and we spent a whole day there. My brother walked out with some new drum gear and my nephew some cool pedals. But it's awesome that you can just loiter around and test whatever for as long as you want.

It's an amazing place that I live around 20 minutes from. We recorded our video for silence in thought in their performance theater and the guys in the band all either work there or have worked there. Can't say good enough stuff about the company!

Hurry. My favorite plugin creator Klevgrand is having a one day sale on some of their stuff. https://klevgrand.se/ I can highly recommend their reverb, korvpressor, luxe, grand finale. stark (for clean tones it's fantastic), and Haaze 2.

I wish I knew more about that DAW stuff. I’m sure it’s not too complicated, but I haven’t invested any time in learning about it. I can barley use GarageBand.

What would be a good way to learn about stuff like that? I’m guessing YouTube would be a good place to start, but what key words should I be using?

Here are two fantastic DAW teachers that I learned from:

Homerecording made easy
Joe Gilder

I also follow a couple of Studio One specific channels, but those two are platform agnostics and their lessons are great.

Even more than recording my own original music, I think I would use a DAW to make bootleg dance mashups and remixes. And that would Simply be for my own enjoyment. I totally understand that copyright law is important, but there is a beautiful art form out there that is not allowed to exist. Here’s an example...

This feels almost silly to say, but after something like 15 years, I've finally, truly, discovered the importance of plectrum selection. For a long time now I've been using a few Jim Dunlop nylon .73mm picks. They've been good enough, but they've recently become a little too worn. I was going to just buy more of the same, but I figured I might as well see what else is around. I picked up Jim Dunlop's 'shred' sample pack and some of these picks make a huge difference. They're all much more firm/rigid than the nylon, yet some still feel just as quick, light and effortless. Less pick noise too, if that matters to you.

halfwaywrong wrote:

This feels almost silly to say, but after something like 15 years, I've finally, truly, discovered the importance of plectrum selection.

The same! I played with the large Dunlop tortex forever. After I switched last year to Ernie ball prodigy I noticed a huuuge difference in my lack of slop. Less surface area, more efficiency of motion. The firmer the pick the less give it has especially as you are moving fast.

I went down the plectrum rabbit hole about ten years ago. For electric and acoustic guitars my absolute favorite is Dunlop max grip 1.5. There is a diamond plate texture at the back which helps me to feel when the pick is slipping from my fingers. This helps me to hold the pick as loosely as possible without dropping it. Since I started using these, I’ve never dropped a pick while playing. The 1.5 thickness is sturdy enough so that the pick never flexes, but thin enough so that holding it doesn’t feel awkward.

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I have a favorite bass pick too but I couldn’t find one to snap a photo. It’s thin and rigid with the Tri-corner shape and I drill a small hole through the center so that I can feel if the pick is slipping from my fingers.

I use a thinner version but also love the max-grip series. The texture they put on there is great and really helps me keep the pick from slipping.

I started playing with Dunlop Jazz IIIs probably 25 years ago when I read that Eric Johnson and John Petrucci used them, and now anything lighter feels disgusting to me, and anything bigger feels grotesquely huge. I've heard good things about the Prodigies - now I'm curious!

Thanks for linking. That was just a great vid.

My former guitar teacher who is an absolute guitar master told me that when he plays he can “see” those dots on the fret board in his minds eye. I wish I could.

Back when I was practiced I was no guitar god but I had a good stretch where I was getting comfortable riffing out solos and creative jams for any song we were playing. I had a lot of fun just scale practicing for this by just listening to a song and soloing along with it.

I had abandoned picking up guitar again during the pandemic as I had been let go and figured I should job hunt instead. Started learning again and practicing this week. Nothing like being rusty and wishing your fingers did what they are supposed to.

Funny that some here like either that max-grip or the jazz III, as I'm starting to find that I prefer both - the max-grip jazz III. Very light-weight, but that grip is surprisingly strong. I'm struggling to tell the difference between the carbon-fiber and nylon versions of the max-grip jazz III's, so I imagine they're probably interchangeable for most people.

Hobear wrote:

Nothing like being rusty and wishing your fingers did what they are supposed to.

I hate this feeling. "Fingers, I know you know how to do this!". But it comes back pretty quickly. Just 20 minutes every day or two and it's not too bad.

halfwaywrong wrote:

max-grip jazz III's

Hobear wrote:

Nothing like being rusty and wishing your fingers did what they are supposed to.

I hate this feeling. "Fingers, I know you know how to do this!". But it comes back pretty quickly. Just 20 minutes every day or two and it's not too bad.

There’s also that delicious pain that lingers at the tips of your fingers for a few weeks.

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I’m going to check out those grip jazz III