random streetside guitarist (benponder) wrote in jamclub,
random streetside guitarist

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jamming... good for the soul!

I sometimes get that feeling of spiritual and emotional starvation, wheneverI sit around teaching some kid to play a niravan riff for the 12th time in a week while all I want to do is rock out on a I-IV-V progression in E minor.

I'm a guitarist in Cedar Fallas Iowa (if you are from the area, you may have seen me busking on main street), always looking for a good jam. Blues, funk, rock... whatever. It's fun :)

And this concludes my first post anywhere on livejournal except for my own journal. I'm such a newbie.
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I know where your coming from. I've been stuck with folks who think being a good musician means being able to copy the latest songs note perfectly. It can be soul destroying when it's so hard to make people who you know have the tallent Do thier own thing.

I'm in London so I'm no where handy for a session but I hope you find some folks.
a few of my fans of the last CD I put out complained that the title track does not "bump" in a car. So, I talked to one of my old Worcester buddies who does electronic beats and whatnot, about doing a remix. I then rerecorded the song with a metronome, vocal and guitar tracks separately, then sent them to him. He did his thing, and sent it back to me. I did a little more of my thing, sent it back to him... he's still working on his thing now, but basically as soon as it sounds really cool, I'll release it.

How does something along a similar model sound to you guys as a jamclub project? make sure instruments are perfectly in tune, and somebody record a rhythm track. Send it to someone else. They then jam to that, record it, send it to someone else. The audio file keeps bouncing around until it becomes really cool. Then we post MP3s in the jamclub journal to generate interest, exposure, etc.

We'd all need access to mixing software and recoding software, and I can only help with that for the people running macintosh computers. But if anyone thinks this sounds like fun, let me know, we'll figure something out :)

An interesting idea. I won't have any method of recording until the new year when I start my new job. At that point I have plans to get quite a few bit's of software including cubase (Which I belive is quite good.) Also a few bit's of hardware like extra leads. Then I would be very much up for this athough I may need advice come that time.
Cubase is good, much better than the freeware stuff I'm running. That's really all you'll need.

I'll make sure my guitar is in tune to concert E, then record a rhythm track. You get that and listen to it in headphones while recording your solo. Save that as a wav file or an aiff (I typically use aiff, being on a macintosh, but either way works). You open cubase, put mile file in one track, your file in another track, sync them up so that we're on beat, then adjust the volume of each track till it sounds right. Then save it as a new audio file and send it back/on to the next person.

As soon as we all agree that it's done, I can convert it to MP3 and host it on my website. Then any other communities we're in, we can just go "hey, check this out!" post a link, and we have an audience, and a musical resume. I'll just put credits as to who is playing what and how to contact them on the site.

sounds like a blast to me :)

By the way, what instrument does everyone play? I do pretty much anything with strings and frets, that's about it.
I do Guitar I've got a normal electric and a bass also an accustic but no decent mike as yet (It's on my list for when I have the cash).
I've been know to do keyboard and use my synth to lay down a drum track but that ain't my forte. Also My keyboards got technical problems right now that need sorting. so mostly ATM it's guitar and a little harmonica (Mine's tuned to A but is useable in E.
There's a rumor I can sing but I tend to stay clear of that sort of stuff as I tend to belive most people can.

That reminds me, If we do this info about what key you've recorded in and any chord patterns you've based around would be a really handy thing to send out with your track (Although it can be worked out I'm sure).
oh yeah, I'd put that info in the email with the wav or aiff file attached. I'd write out the key, tiem signature, chord progressions, as well as a beat analysis for where the chord and scale changes occur

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