"Scott and Steve,
Here are my thoughts re: mastering;
1st, it is NOT my area of expertise, so I wouldn't try it myself. 2nd, I am in awe of the process. In my experience as musician/arranger/producer on recording projects, I have learned that in…"
"With my own first project, I sent my project to a pro mastering studio. They have all the tools, all the experience and bring fresh ears to the project. As your CD will be played on many different systems, a pro mastering studio will have the…"
"In addition to jamming with better players, I wil bring a small digital recorder along. When the light turns red, everyone "steps up their game" a little. Then, afterwards I will send out the mp3 so we can learn from each other all over…"
I'm finishing up tracking on my first album project. I'm having a hard time deciding what route to go. I could buy a $300 mastering package to mix down, spend $600 or so to have a local studio do only an acceptable job mastering or…"
"Thanks for the good words, Marty!
Here's a "reality check" regarding recording budgets. For River Suite, Tony and I put a stereo mic on a coffee table in his den. We had a couch and a chair on either side of the mic and recorded the…"
"John, you're absolutely right, and I'm very interested in checking out Mick's book. I was about to ask the title, etc. when I saw Scott's post (thanks, Scott). I remember Bryan Sutton also mentioned this topic briefly in his FGM…"
"I bought Mick's book probably 5yrs ago per John's advice, and I'll have to say it's a great tool for teaching and for motivation. It's got some really great comments in it to spark desire to improve! It's a GREAT book.…"
I've been lucky enough to have a pretty good friendship with Clay Hess, who produced my last CD. Two years ago at IBMA I got to be a fly on the wall while Ron Block and Clay traded guitar breaks in a small hotel room. It was really a…"
Found a solution to an often mentioned problem when having installed a piezo type bridge plate pickup transducer. The consensus of several Internet responders who have done this is that while the sound from strings 2 through 6 is good, the high e-string is way too quiet with no real ring, sustain, etc. Some have suggested moving the transducer for that string away from a brace, Adding a 4th transducer, a not so easy job, etc.I recently installed a JJB pickup (jjbelectronics) in a 40 year old…See More
I play two-thirds of a guitar. I have some wrist issues with fretting the 6th string. I enjoy finger picking but have been an avid follower of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine for about 6 years. I find Dan Huckabee's beginners arrangements great for the bari-uke. I have also found much of Adam Granger's work suits my DGBE tuning.I once took a class from Dan Miller in Palo Alto, California and he told me that his daughter was playing the baritone uke. I have e-mailed Adam about his new FGM…See More
"I have a left handed Blue Chip TAD 3R 40 pick and I find it a great pick to use, no scraping and quick on the strings. The only problem is that the tone is quite bass-y which is great for lead picking or Mandolin but not so good for rhythm…"