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Song Writing Concepts

Song Writing Concepts

I use these song writing concepts when I'm writing poems or songs. These concepts are easily adaptable to many forms of creative writing. If I lose my focus while brainstorming ideas, I just re-focus on the concepts and return to creating.

  1. Chorus element must create longing desire
  2. What is the desire?
    How does it impact you?
    How does it impact the listener?
    What does it mean to the listener?
    What is the catchy HOOK element?

  3. Each part must be treated as a movement
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Sears Silvertone Solid State 150 Re-Cap

Sears Silvertone Solid State 150 Re-Cap

Got this Sears Silvertone SS-150 amp head from Austin CL (craigslist). It was cheap, so I thought, "why not?"

Took it apart and found all the electrolytic caps showing their age. Either goop was sticking out, or one end was expanding... all of them... 22 caps in all, not including the large 6000uF/40V caps. They do show signs of age, but I chose not to touch them until I have the re-cap done...

The chassis is hand-wired, and there are 3 control boards with thru-hole mounting. Here's some pics (before):

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Superior Singing Method

Superior Singing Method


If you've done your research you know there are many digital singing methodproducts on the internet for people to choose from and many are very low quality.

Superior Singing Method is not anything like those products. We have taken from over 25+ years of singing experience and put it all in this course. The development of Superior Singing Method took well over a year to complete so you know it is a very thorough and high quality product.

There are literally hours of high quality videos inside the members area designed to take any singer to the next level. You can rest assured that you are a purchasing an extremely high quality product that over-delivers.
Try Superior Singing Method now!

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HowTo Replace-Adjust Wah Pot

How To Replace and Adjust Wah Pot

Learn how to replace and adjust the 100K pot in any standard type wah pedal - watch this video now!

(Fulltone, Crybaby, Morley, etc.)

Note: this video does not illustrate the de-solder - re-solder steps.

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DIY PDF Branding

DIY Guitar Lesson PDF Branding

Here's how it works:

  • Create a pdf containing a guitar lesson.
  • Embed a link to upsell an Online Guitar Lesson series.
  • Allow affiliates to re-Brand your original PDF with their affiliate link.

The power of PDF delivered articles

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Har-Bal Mastering Software Review

Har-Bal Mastering Software Review

 

HarBal Mastering Software Review

HarBal, har-bal, or however you want to type it, is a very useful audio mastering application in my home recording studio tool box! From tweaking individual tracks like guitar or bass, to adjusting the frequency balance of whole songs, HAR-BAL is definitely a go-to application!

 

Har-Bal - On to the practical application:

This project started with an old gig tape cassette... I am posting the wav files, to provide the 'best' samples possible, so you can hear the differences, if I've done my work correctly. I think the results are pretty good considering the original source media.

 

Actual Steps including Har-Bal

  1. Harbal | Original File
  2. In this example, I'm taking a raw track digitized from an OLD cassette tape. The tape was recorded live at a gig in late 1981. That old tape sat around for about 23 years (freezing temperatures to 100+ in the shade, 3 states) before it was transferred to the digital realm. After all that, well I guess that brings us here...

    Here is the original track: 04_Frustrations_orig.wav

    Harbal screenshot of Original File:

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Tascam MM-1 Keyboard Mixer Manual

Tascam MM-1 Keyboard Mixer Manual

I have noticed quite a few posts where folks are looking for the Tascam MM-1 Keyboard Mixer Manual.

This is a really cool 20 channel mixer with some MIDI capability. It can be rack mounted which is nice for storage and transport. The basic audio functions are pretty straight forward, however, most of the questions I see are related to the application of the MIDI functionality.

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SX GG1 Jr Guitar Review

SX GG1 Jr Guitar Review

NEW NOTE (12/21/2013): I don't see any products like the SX GG1 or SX Castillo currently on the Rondo Music website. Check craigslist or ebay for these. It is NO WONDER they have sold out!

NOTE: Rondo was offering the SX Callisto a while back (2011 I think) - Very similar to the GG1!
The SX GG1 JR is inexpensive and quite surprisingly a really well made guitar! Rondo Music imports them and sells them for $139.95, and the bang for the buck is way better than you will get from an import Epiphone, Dean, Squier, etc in the same price range.

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Rondo Fretless Bass Guitars

Rondo Fretless Bass Guitars

Buy Budget Fretless Bass Guitars

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D'Addario Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings

D'Addario Chromes Flatwound Bass Strings

I recently put a set of these strings on my Epiphone EB-0 bass, along with the DiMarzio DP-120 'Model One' pickup, in search of that real EB-0 tone heard on so many older records from the 60's & early 70's.

When I first got that bass, it had some old flatwounds on it that sounded like hammered crap, and I was dead-set against ever using flatwounds. But the guys on the Yahoo Group 'SX-Bass Club' talked me into trying a set. So I queried them on the relative tonal qualities of several flatwound string sets (that don't cost like $40!!!), and arrived at the conclusion that the D'Addario "Chromes" would suit me best.

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South Austin Guitar Repair

South Austin Guitar Repair

Guitar Repair in Austin, Call 512-590-1225

South Austin Guitar Repair features affordable guitar service with fast turn around time.

Since 2004, South Austin Guitar Repair is your friendly neighborhood shop for guitar setups and repair. Austin guitar repair services include setups, pickup installation/electronics troubleshooting, bridge re-glues, neck resets, neck scalloping, fret leveling and re-fretting and more!

Ibanez Artcore AFS-75TD

Ibanez Artcore AFS-75TD Review

Ibanez Artcore Guitar

I have to start this out with an admission of a long-standing bias against Ibanez guitars. This began ‘way back in the 70‘s when they were making exact copies of the more popular Gibson models, such as the Flying V, Les Paul, and Explorer. Back then, to me, those Gibsons were the ‘Holy Grail’, as far as I was concerned, and it really ticked me off that anyone would profit by copying exactly the designs of those most revered guitars. So upset by that was I that I never once, ever, thought about buying an Ibanez instrument. But they got their due when Gibson sued the snot out of them over that.

Well, time and age mellowed me, I guess, and I pretty much forgot about it when Ibanez stopped making copy guitars and started designing their own styles. The problem then was that I simply didn’t care for their designs. Boy, they just can’t win with me, can they?

Enter the Artcore Series. I still don’t much care for the ‘Artcore’ nomenclature...what’s that mean, anyway? This-core, that-core...what is that? I’m getting old, I guess....but I know a nice guitar when I see one.

A friend of mine likes the setups I do on my guitars, and he wanted me to go thru his entire collection and either set them up like that, or make recommendations on any variations I think best on any particular guitar. So he sent me home with his Ibanez AFS-75TD, in a beautiful silver metallic finish with creme appointments. It’s a thinline hollowbody with two humbuckers and a Bigsby-ish tremolo. I generally hate tremolos, as anyone who knows me is painfully aware of. But this one’s nice. Not a Floyd Rose hell-diving thing, it’s designed for, well, tremolo....not diving two octaves into the depths of Satan’s pit. And it performs its designed function beautifully. Sorry...got a little sidetracked on that, so impressed as I am by it.

If you need help with guitar repair and setup in Austin, Texas, check out South Austin Guitar Repair.

Ibanez Artcore Guitar Review

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SG Bass Project

My SG bass modding project

Posted by Robert - 2009/03/22 06:10
Edited and added to DIY - MSW


Dear guys at diy guitar tone.

I just finished my recent modding of sg bass (add. pickup + fretless). Many thanks for the bass defret book - it was the perfect resource for doing my old fretless bass project! ;)

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Gibson SG Special Faded

Gibson SG Special Faded

This was a used instrument when I got hold of it, and thus it shows its age a little, in some light ‘buckle-rash’ on the back and in the ‘polishing-down’ of the matte finish in places. All in all, though, the instrument is in good condition, i.e. no thru-the-finish scratches or any cracks or chips out of the wood.

Gibson SG Faded - FEATURES:

  • Two humbucking pickups, covered
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Tone & Volume control for each pickup
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge/tailpiece
  • All Mahogany body & (set) neck
  • ‘Full-size’ black-white-black pickguard
  • Kluson-type tuners with the classic greenish plastic ‘keystone’ buttons
  • ‘Faded’ natural matte finish, no grain filler, no stain

Gibson SG Faded - LIKES:

All Mahogany, All the Time! What’s not to like about that? I love the warm, thick tone you get from guitars made from good ol’ Honduran Mahogany. In my opinion, though, Mahogany is really a better match for P-90 pickups, adding some warmth underneath the bright bark of the P-90’s. But humbuckers also sound wonderful with it, as evidenced by this guitar. I’ve always loved the comfort of the thin, contoured SG body, as well as the style. The pointy-horned shape evokes an aggressive vibe, while maintaining a very classic look.

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Zoom Q3 Video Recorder

Zoom Q3 Video Recorder Review

Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder

Buy the Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder Here

OK, The Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder delivers some amazing audio technology to the camcorder! This truly is the best sounding video camcorder you've heard to date. I have personally experienced the quality of the video and audio recording, and my friend bought one almost immediately after hearing me RAVE about this Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder!

Actual Zoom Q3 Recordings

The proof speaks for itself! We did a review of Grammatico Amps "The Kingsville" in Austin, Texas. It was a one-take improvised demonstration and interview. I set up the Zoom Q3 handy Video Recorder on a short tripod right on the floor! With the Q3 positioned to catch Luke and the amp, we just let it roll. no extra takes, no stop and start, just one take! The lighting was not adequate, so there is some difficulty seeing in the shade, but what amazed me the most is the sound!

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Grammatico Kingsville Amp Review - Recorded with Zoom Q3 handy Video Recorder

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