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Joom

July 13, 2018, 08:48:15 PM
Check post, Dave.

And sorry to hear the bad news, CB...
 

FUNMP

July 13, 2018, 03:32:30 PM
Anyone heard from Joom?
 

agradeleous

July 13, 2018, 09:13:43 AM
Morning , it’s a sign from the Gods .  :D
 

Smurf

July 13, 2018, 01:40:28 AM
"How come you popped up on Fri 13th?"

 :o  :P  8)
 

buster

July 12, 2018, 08:27:00 PM
Hi Ag. How come you popped up on Fri 13th?  :o :o  :P
 

agradeleous

July 12, 2018, 06:24:12 PM
Howdy folks doing Hi thru do Hi !  
Cb hugs for you and your Pops .
Dave left ? And came back as funmp had no idea guess I been missing some stuff .
Ok later folks hugs ;)

RedJoker

July 09, 2018, 05:07:04 PM
 8)
 

neilmac

July 09, 2018, 04:55:46 PM
Think I saved most of it.....a few music files missing or moved.....as far as I can tell the recording stuff is all there....but who knows till you go look for it to use it  :)
At this point, I definitely have much more than was lost....or could have been lost....so have to look on the bright side

RedJoker

July 09, 2018, 01:36:46 PM
Any luck on the restore, Neil?
 

neilmac

July 08, 2018, 03:08:41 AM
Major external hard drive recovery going on right now.... every recording I’ve ever made was on there  :o Not to mention all my CDs....ouch.....
 

combobob

July 06, 2018, 07:39:49 AM
thanks Dave, and it is so good to see you back.
 

FUNMP

July 06, 2018, 06:59:21 AM
You have my condolences CB. And a thank you for changing my mind though I've joined under a new name as you can see. Good that your father had his loved ones with him in passing. Very peaceful. Dave.
 

gc

July 06, 2018, 02:40:11 AM
My condolences too, CB.  Slip out peacefully, surrounded by the ones you love, reminiscing about memories of life.  Celebrating life.  Sorry for your loss, bud.
 

Jm2552

July 03, 2018, 03:04:06 AM
My thoughts are with you too, Bob.  It's an awful experience to go through.  Stay strong.

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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / May ODC Results!
« on: June 02, 2018, 11:30:35 AM »
The results are in and ....

Rather Be Watching a Hockey Game by neilmac / papaG is the winner!

Great tunes as always folks.

Take it away neilmac / papaG!

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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / May ODC Voting Thread
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:22:04 AM »
Howdy Folks! Welcome to official May ODC Voting thread.

So the theme for this month's challenge is "Baseball."

No real restrictions but I'll give you some of the things I've been thinking about.  At a recent game, we heard 'Center Field' which was obviously about baseball.  We also heard 'Sweet Caroline' that is not about baseball but if a fun sing-along for a full stadium.  There were also random songs played on the ballpark organ.  There were fun clap along songs.  Maybe your song is about peanuts and cracker-jacks.

I don't care how you tie your song to 'baseball,' you just have to say why your song makes you think of baseball.

So here are the entries:

I'll be tally-mon because I was not able to complete my entry in time.  Send me your votes midnight-ish June 1 and I'll post results on Saturday morning.

Good luck!

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Open DAW Challenge (the ODC) / May '18 ODC - Baseball!
« on: May 04, 2018, 02:01:30 PM »
I missed replying to the ODC result posting because I was at a minor league baseball game.   (-!)

So the theme for this month's challenge is "Baseball."

No real restrictions but I'll give you some of the things I've been thinking about.  At the game last night, we heard 'Center Field' which was obviously about baseball.  We also heard 'Sweet Caroline' that is not about baseball but if a fun sing-along for a full stadium.  There were also random songs played on the ballpark organ.  There were fun clap along songs.  Maybe your song is about peanuts and cracker-jacks.

I don't care how you tie your song to 'baseball,' you just have to say why your song makes you think of baseball.

Submissions due Sunday May 27 midnight in your time zone.

Batter Up!!!

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It just so happens that I will be performing my ODC entry from a year ago in our local folk festival's Worst Song In The World contest. I kinda hope I "win" so I can say I'm an award winning song writer!

Edit: I just realized that I didn't point out that this was my idea to enter. Most song entries are comedy / silly songs. No feelings were harmed in the making of this post.  ;)

Here's the song, from our "mystery" challenge:


Wish me luck!   ;D

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General Recording Dicussions / How do you record drums?
« on: April 20, 2018, 08:48:04 AM »
As I learn and grow in this whole music thing, I want to learn a different method of creating drum tracks. Currently, I just use some preset drum loops that I'll modify manually to fit the song. But they sound sterile and, well, like a preset drum loop to me.  I'm wondering if I should get a low cost midi controller with drum pads, some cheap electric drums, some way of doing real drums or just keep with what I have?

What do you do? Would you recommend that route?

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Works in Progress / Feb odc redo
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:22:49 PM »
I didn't like my entry for February so I decided to work on it some more. This is just a phone recording at lunch today to try a few ideas. I think it's heading in a more coherent direction but I'm still not quite happy yet.  I pulled out the last verse and added a bridge.  I'm still not sure about the chorus yet and may start over completely on it.  I'll keep working....    :-[

Original for reference:



new ideas attached below

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General Recording Dicussions / How do you record electric guitar?
« on: February 26, 2018, 12:21:44 PM »
For the February ODC, I tried to add some electric guitar to a song.  There are a LOT of problems with that recording that we aren't really going to discuss here.

My specific question is how do you record electric guitar?

Though I own an electric guitar, a cheap Squier strat knockoff and practice amp, I'm not really looking to be an electric guitar virtuoso. I don't need a great live performance rig.  For that recording, all I did was plug the electric straight into my usb interface and added some minor distortion in the DAW.  Consequently, it sounds like crap.  Yes, there are many issues with my playing / tuning and I'm going to work on that.

What would be a decent, not too expensive way to get a better recording?

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General Discussion / Album Released: Midlife Crisis, Vol.1
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:27:28 PM »
So, funny story.  My wife and I have an event coming up at the end of the month and she worked her way into being the yoga instructor at the resort while we're there.  In addition, she wants to use one of my songs in her playlist.  Normally, she uses Spotify for her playlist organization.  That means I had to get my song onto Spotify so she can use it.  Since I was already going through the process, I decided to go ahead and release a six song EP through Distrokid.  I liked that service because the reviews seemed to show that they were quick to get things out to stores.  Plus, I can pull everything down in the future if I want.

So without further ado, I'm announcing the release of my first album: Midlife Crisis, Vol. 1!!!!  You can find it at any of your favorite streaming sites (though I'm not sure Pandora has it up yet) with the Artist Name of Clint Frysinger.  I'm not saying it's good, but that doesn't mean I'm not proud that I did it.  Of course I still have a lot to learn but having a deadline pushed me beyond the analysis paralysis and delay.

Anyway, just thought I'd share! 

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Since kevmsmith brought up Distrokid, I thought I'd start this thread to talk about my quest to release an album.

Background:
Over my life, I have done a lot of goofy things that make for good WTF stories.  (I once competed in a national boomerang competition against the US Boomerang Team sent to the Sidney Olympics.  I was using homemade boomerangs.) I used to be a professional juggler and two of our group of four made a career of it. I started learning to play guitar about four years ago because I wanted a new avenue to perform, without the need to get a group together to practice.  I still occasionally do juggling shows with my old performing friends but with life, we can't practice much.  As part of learning, I stumbled across this murky corner of the internet and you guys have gotten me into writing and recording music.

Goal:
So now I've decided I want to release an album of my music just to say I did it.  There are one or two songs that I've written that have been used by my friends but they'd like it to be on Spotify so they can lump it into their other playlists.  Though I don't intend to make a single cent on this endeavor, I still want to be proud of it. 

Current Progress:
Theoretically, I could just throw my existing recordings at a one of the many distributors to get them 'released' and call it a day.  But instead, I'm going back and re-recording my tracks with a little more critical ear.  In most cases, I am not using a reference track directly but in concept only.  For instance, there are a few folk type songs that I really like the simplicity of so that's what most of my tracks sound like.  In each case, I try different mixes, effects, layers, etc. to try to find 'my voice.'  I then listen to them through different sound systems and keep track of what I like or dislike about each one.  My goal is to create a reference track or two of 'me' that I can match the others to.

Future:
As I'm going through this process, I think I'm going to try to release a loosely coherent album.  I have other musician friends that have released albums that are nothing more than a pile of unrelated songs.  I want the songs of this project to be at least somewhat related.  My current working title / theme is "Mid-life Crisis" so the songs all tend to be about the thoughts I have and things that I experience in this special time of life.  Obviously, its a broad topic but you get the idea.  My goal is to have something 'released' in the next six months or so.  I don't need to rush but the world is unpredictable and I don't want to delay either.

Guidance:
So, what advice do you have for me to reach my goal?  Keep in mind that this is mainly for me, not for some commercial success.  You all have taught me so much so far that I feel a little guilty continuing to ask.  If anyone is interested, I could keep posting recordings as I progress and as things shape up.

Thoughts?

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General Discussion / A pic of picking
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:44:26 AM »
Just thought I'd share this. My wife took this when we took a break from Christmas decorating to sing some songs. One of the songs was my challenge entry that I'm trying to learn so I can record it. :)

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Folk / Mile Markers
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:59:06 PM »
A song I wrote last month but it didn't fit with the challenge and I just got around to recording a draft this morning.  I got a harmonica this week so I thought I'd see how I'd fit it in.  I know it's poor playing but I still kinda like it.   :)


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Video - Performing / Open Mic
« on: September 30, 2017, 01:36:09 AM »
One of my coworkers recorded my open mic set last night. Here is a song I wrote for / about my ex wife. Anyway, its not great but kinda fun anyway.  :D


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Works in Progress / Updating an original
« on: September 18, 2017, 12:14:11 PM »
I was playing around with my cheap electric guitar this weekend. I decided to re-record one of my songs trying to give it more of a country feel.  I'm just picking out the chords here but I can see how I can add more interesting layers with just some simple playing. It's not perfect but I like the direction it's headed and I think it's a valuable skill to learn.   :)


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Works in Progress / Interesting thing about a song I'm working on...
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:28:12 PM »
I'm in the midst of finalizing a song that I call "Mile markers" but I'm experiencing an interesting phenomenon.  The idea came from driving from Joplin, Missouri to Springfield, Missouri in a rental car.  Each verse describes a small part of the country side at each mile marker and the chorus asks the question of what are we missing as the mile markers pass us by.

What I find so interesting is not the verses that are in the songs but the millions of verses that aren't in the song.  I find that as I sing the song or am just driving, I'm thinking more about the stories that go with what I see around me.

Anyway, I know we all frame songs in our own experiences but this is the first time I've written a song that makes ME think of other things.  pretty weird...   

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General Discussion / Thank you all!
« on: July 22, 2017, 05:23:15 PM »
I just wanted to take a minute and thank everyone here.  I was working on some Battle of the Band stuff as well as my own recordings today and got to thinking.  I'm a few months away from being 4 years down this whole guitar playing / music making / songwriting road.  I have learned FAR more than I ever thought I would and have you folks to thank for it.  From the monthly song writing "competitions" to all the recording and mixing instruction and advice.

I started wanting to just learn a few chords to strum around the campfire but now I'm working with some friends to record an album.  It's not a real album that I'd ever actually release and try to sell.  It's mainly a learning exercise but its still a ton of fun.

Anyway from the bottom of my heart, thank you all!

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