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  1. Ian! Great job! I noticed that you did EVEN BETTER the second verse when you were playing guitar and really busting it out! There can be so many distractions when performing live (our own errors, insufficient monitoring, and even errors by bandmates can be even more distracting because I think "what the heck was that" and then have a break in concentration). I sing 3 songs in my band's sets (to give our lead singer a break) so I can relate. Also, you looked as cool as a cucumber. You might have been nervous on the inside, but you certainly didn't show it. Cheers!
  2. Mark is a unique player in that he doesn't use a pick, even when playing electric guitar. Neil is correct about the first one. At 5:18 he's just doing a blues rhythm riff. At 9:02, he's just doing some open chord strumming. At 11:38, it's kind of a bluegrass strumming pattern which normally might be called flat picking, except you can't use that term for Mark since he doesn't use a pick! At 12:43 he's just going over a I IV V blues progression. At 13:22, it's kind of like comping. At least that's how I would describe these techniques.
  3. We have 6 gigs this summer. This one last night was only one hour, so we played the Back in Black album: I’m on the right of the screen, playing my Malcolm Young Gretsch. Our lead singer does AC/DC great. This Saturday we have three one-hour sets!
  4. We've got a 1-hour set on Sunday at a biker bar! Doing a bunch of AC/DC and ZZ Top (which is why our name is AZ/DZ)!
  5. FYI Tommy Emmanuel doesn't use nails. Just sayin'.
  6. Super! Great playing! Mike - with the recording, it was only coming in one ear. What likely happened is you armed your DAW as a stereo track (where you record a left and right channel with separate inputs at once) but then only plugged in your guitar into one. It's no problem - you can change this track from stereo to mono in your DAW so that it comes through equally through the left and right.
  7. Hi all! Since joining my rock band, I've been working on covers and have not been working on any original music for the better part of a year. All of a sudden out of nowhere, I felt the urge to do a few of my own. This is the first result - an original composition I call "First of Spring." Played on my Fender '52 RI Telecaster (neck pickup, of course), direct through my Duet interface and into Logic Pro X. I just used a stock preset in Guitar Rig called "Buzzed Michael Clean." I also added some reverb (though that delay sound you hear was already built into that preset). All comments welcomed! I may do a youtube video version too, as Blue Dog mentioned in chat that haven't done one of those in a while either! Peace...
  8. I'd have to win the lottery. Actually, several lotteries.
  9. Yeah, there's a guitar in and out on the back. I just watched the demo, and it can use the guitar signal to adjust the harmonies. So Nutty may play with that function. If she gets good enough harmonies by just setting the key of the song, she may not even want to run the guitar through the unit. That's probably what I would do - have XLR in and out of the Boss and then through to input 1 on a Scarlett, then guitar direct into input 2 on the Scarlett. So as to Nutty's original question, yes whether you run the guitar through the Boss or not, you'd be recording two (vocal & guitar) separate tracks.
  10. It doesn't move freely when manually tuning as compared to a regular guitar. You can hear and feel the gears moving, so I'll do this sparingly!
  11. Instructions say tune manually but only when off.
  12. I found this to be true. However I do have a neoprene strap (one that Steve recommended a long time ago, a bass strap) that handles this pretty well. This is not an issue at home sitting down.

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