Gamers who play musical instruments

ColdForged wrote:

So I'm participating in a casual "riff war" in /r/7string where I'm a mod. Just for fun.

I realized I never posted the actual result from the riff war... and I only remembered because RawkGWJ posted a purely biased comment on the video .

The guy that was originally putting it together mysteriously dropped off the face of the earth about 6 weeks ago (which is a bit concerning... he's Croatian so I have no idea what's going on in that corner of the world). I decided to volunteer to get a video together from the performances. Here's the result!

I really like Astral_Guitar's riffs and sound. He recorded using Neural DSP's Archetype: Plini plugin. It was fun to put together and an interesting challenge to try to create riffs. I noticed only after the fact that I relied on some common shapes a couple times... I should pay more attention.

ColdForged wrote:
ColdForged wrote:

So I'm participating in a casual "riff war" in /r/7string where I'm a mod. Just for fun.

I realized I never posted the actual result from the riff war... and I only remembered because RawkGWJ posted a purely biased comment on the video .

The guy that was originally putting it together mysteriously dropped off the face of the earth about 6 weeks ago (which is a bit concerning... he's Croatian so I have no idea what's going on in that corner of the world). I decided to volunteer to get a video together from the performances. Here's the result!

I really like Astral_Guitar's riffs and sound. He recorded using Neural DSP's Archetype: Plini plugin. It was fun to put together and an interesting challenge to try to create riffs. I noticed only after the fact that I relied on some common shapes a couple times... I should pay more attention.

Good stuff man! I enjoyed that one!
I'm a fan of the Neural DSP plugins these days and with the sale going on I'm thinking of picking up Archetype Nolly, Parallax, and Darkglass plugins. Another example of Neural DSP's Archetype: Plini tone from my buddy Kevin's (lead guitar in Thematic) jam along with Bumblefoot.

He did a blend with his Axe Fx 2 for the above. Also recommend checking out his Solo channel there. He does some great anime and video game covers!

Oof. You guys are all so good. I need to practice and record more.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

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.

I think I am leaning towards the Yamaha P-125 and will save my money for when I can use a real upright in the future. I am looking to put it in my office so I don't really want those permanent stands so I am going to buy the "piano only". But I will need to put it on some kind of portable stand. Are all piano stands created equal or is there one that everyone gets?

kazar wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:

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.

I think I am leaning towards the Yamaha P-125 and will save my money for when I can use a real upright in the future. I am looking to put it in my office so I don't really want those permanent stands so I am going to buy the "piano only". But I will need to put it on some kind of portable stand. Are all piano stands created equal or is there one that everyone gets?

I don't know on the portable folding stands. I would probably just scan through reviews and popularity on actual music retailer sites vs on Amazon. You might pick up some reviews from people using them in band situations that way.

ColdForged wrote:

I realized I never posted the actual result from the riff war... and I only remembered because RawkGWJ posted a purely biased comment on the video . .

Come on! It was only slightly biased.

So I've been focusing on Ballad of Jed Clampett in the past couple of days. I need to improve on playing smoother and more evenly, and I also need to work on speed. So for smoother, I will need to play very slowly and also focus on some measures that are giving me more trouble.

For speed, I've pulled out the metronome. It's in 2/4 time so I have the metronome set up to click each beat at 1-2-1-2 etc. So playing a bit sloppy, I can keep good time at 88. My goal based on setting the metronome close to the timing of the actual song is 104. I tried one notch higher than 88 but kept losing it.

I recorded a couple of my attempts and they are kind of crap, but I'll try recording again next week and see what it sounds like after more practice!

When you get a recording that you’re comfortable with sharing, I would love to hear it.

RawkGWJ wrote:

When you get a recording that you’re comfortable with sharing, I would love to hear it.

It may be quite a while, but sure!

bekkilyn wrote:
RawkGWJ wrote:

When you get a recording that you’re comfortable with sharing, I would love to hear it.

It may be quite a while, but sure!

And then you can play with The Garages!

My mother sent me some money for Christmas and I decided that she would be buying me a better banjo.

So I put in an order today for a Deering Goodtime 2 Resonator banjo. Also getting railroad spikes installed on some frets and upgraded tuning pegs.

My current banjo is an R.W. Jameson that I bought off of Amazon back when I decided I wanted to learn how to play, but didn't want to put a lot of money into it in case I lost interest. It sounds pretty good for a lower cost beginner banjo, but I've been wanting an "upgrade" for a while, and now I also know that even if I do have times when I'm not playing as much (or at all), I'll still get back to it eventually.

So one thing that's really neat about the 5-string banjo is that you can just take it apart and do things to it, and in fact, it's what you are *supposed* to do! Today, I took off the resonator and tightened the head a bit to see if I could get a bit more sound out of it, and I do think I managed it.

My new banjo has arrived TODAY! I can already tell a huge difference in quality between this one and the one I already had, and it's easier to play too. I also really like the fingerpicks that came with it even better than the ones I was using, so I'm going to switch over to these instead of the other ones. The thumbpick is the same as what I already had so no difference there.

Upgrading to a nice instrument can make such a huge difference! When I was playing flute in high school, originally on a second-hand nickel plated number that turned my marching gloves green, my parents questioned buying a nicer one when I didn't practice enough. But they found one for my birthday with open holes and a solid silver head joint and the immediate improvement in sound made me want to practice!

I could probably get away with playing flute in the apartment, but getting back to the trombone may need to wait until we have a house...

ActualDragon wrote:

Upgrading to a nice instrument can make such a huge difference! When I was playing flute in high school, originally on a second-hand nickel plated number that turned my marching gloves green, my parents questioned buying a nicer one when I didn't practice enough. But they found one for my birthday with open holes and a solid silver head joint and the immediate improvement in sound made me want to practice!

I could probably get away with playing flute in the apartment, but getting back to the trombone may need to wait until we have a house...

Trombone in an apartment just gave me visions of something in a sit-com! Haha! But I suppose if you really wanted to practice you could get a mute.

But yes, I know a lot of people who stop playing soon after they begin because of poor quality instruments. Even if the sound isn't too bad, the action on a stringed instrument could be very difficult, and then the two combined together could be a horrible experience. It happened much like that with an acoustic guitar I had when I was really young. Sure, building callouses is one thing, but this guitar was so incredibly painful to try to play because the action was so high that I rarely wanted to play it and so never got much past the first few basic chords in the Mel Bay book I had. (I think my parents got the guitar for me at Sears way back when.) I also wasn't really familiar with the beginning songs either and it was before the internet so I had no idea what songs like "Old Tom Dooley" were even supposed to sound like. I'm sure I didn't sound like whatever it was supposed to sound like!

I made a new track with Maschine as the base layout. Then into Studio One for mixing and adding the guitar parts. Been wanting to make something Lo-Fi for awhile and when the NI sale came along I picked up a couple of lofi packs from them which are fantastic.

https://soundcloud.com/fredrik_s/12rpm

Fredrik_S wrote:

I made a new track with Maschine as the base layout. Then into Studio One for mixing and adding the guitar parts. Been wanting to make something Lo-Fi for awhile and when the NI sale came along I picked up a couple of lofi packs from them which are fantastic.

https://soundcloud.com/fredrik_s/12rpm

That’s really good! May I put vocals on it and send it back to you? I won’t share it without your approval.

RawkGWJ wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

I made a new track with Maschine as the base layout. Then into Studio One for mixing and adding the guitar parts. Been wanting to make something Lo-Fi for awhile and when the NI sale came along I picked up a couple of lofi packs from them which are fantastic.

https://soundcloud.com/fredrik_s/12rpm

That’s really good! May I put vocals on it and send it back to you? I won’t share it without your approval.

Absolutely!

RawkGWJ wrote:

When you get a recording that you’re comfortable with sharing, I would love to hear it.

I've posted an unlisted "video" to YouTube with my current practice of this song as of today. I played it through twice, the first time slow and the second time a bit faster. It's still not up to the tempo of the actual recording, but it's the fastest I can go so far without getting really sloppy.

(Sorry the "video" isn't all that interesting. YouTube wouldn't let me just upload the mp3 without making it into a video! I hope everyone here can get to it at least....YouTube said it would work for people who had the link. I don't really want to publish for the whole world outside of GWJ to stumble into at this point. )

That's beautiful! So jealous! The closest thing to a bluegrass or banjo tune I have ever learned is the Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil.

Btw, all amateur songwriters and performers here should really check out the Garages community. It's a fan community of the Seattle Garages Blaseball team that started making their own music. They work together to help improve their work and put out some awesome albums on bandcamp and youtube (almost one per week), and are also just sweet welcoming people. Most of their songs so far have been solo efforts, but they are doing more and more collaborations. Their Discord is great for music recommendations, too!

A couple full albums

A "live" show for charity

DANG!! That sounds great. At one point I even said “f*ck yeah” out loud. I felt like I was on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride for a minute; not sure what that means but it was cool!

bekkilyn wrote:

I've posted an unlisted "video" to YouTube with my current practice of this song as of today. I played it through twice, the first time slow and the second time a bit faster. It's still not up to the tempo of the actual recording, but it's the fastest I can go so far without getting really sloppy.

That's fantastic! Well done! Banjo is one of those "one day when I have more time" instruments I'd love to learn.

Mixolyde wrote:

Btw, all amateur songwriters and performers here should really check out the Garages community. It's a fan community of the Seattle Garages Blaseball team that started making their own music.

I have gone down the rabbit hole of joining the Garages for one of their projects soon to be announced. *checks calendar* uhh... VERY soon. It really is an amazing and welcoming community of folks and we have a huge range of talent levels, genres, and styles and despite the Seattle/grunge core, you can do basically anything.

After having gone into a funk as the pandemic hit, I am suddenly constantly feeling like writing new material, it's really refreshing.

Thanks! I was a bit nervous about posting it.

P.S. PIrates of the Caribbean is probably my favorite ride at Disney!