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so..

Well I had a good sleep last night, thought about my post yesterday, I think ill try again, I had a pretty defeatist attitude last night I was frustrated and it was really hot. I am going to practice more today and perhaps try again tonight or on the weekend if I have time, I see now the importance of having a room with no distractions I feel like I practice better during my lunch break at my desk then at home, Ill have my “studio” cleaned up this weekend and I will setup a workstation so I can record hopefully.

 

Urgh recording is painful

So I had this great idea today that I would record some of the song I am trying to learn, I have to say wow, listening to yourself is an eye opener, you think you know what you are trying to do and you have spent hours practicing on the same piece day after day, then you try to record it, boy the room got hotter, my fingers fumbled about pressing the wrong keys, I found that my five string was just too big, being that I have practiced on my four string fretless jazz bass.

I decided to change over to my dean signature detonator bass.
A little better but still I was all over the place, it was a real learning experience I learned not only that I need to take more time with my playing, experience and lots more practice will be needed before I attempt to get a piece ready for my site, but It was a great experience to hear myself playing.

Thursdays are so long..

Well we have passed hump day..

yet it seems like an age till the weekend, I find myself at work waiting for lunch to come around.. at least I can play my bass guitar in peace.

this weekend should be pretty busy, I am hoping to perhaps post some music on the site sometime soon.

 

ipad Garage Band

One of the best things to ever come out of apple in my opinion would have to be garage band, it allowed people to spend very minimal amount of money to do what a sound engineer and a many thousands of dollar recording studio could do.

Just about every small band or muso around the world use this excellent piece of software to record and edit their works. it has essentially become the standard for cheap broke bastards such as myself to fiddle and record music. Recently I picked up an ipad, the device itself is excellent from the moment you open the packaging you can see exactly where your money has gone. The build quality is beyond anything anyone else is making.

The first app I purchased for my ipad was garage band, when you see the adds on the television they show you all these cool apps but the one thing that stood out for me was that you could play an instrument on your ipad now this is a great idea if you are on the train and you cannot pull out your 10kg worth of bass guitar and start strumming it much to the annoyance of other peak hour commuters.  now admittedly the garage band for the ipad is a cut down version of what you have on your apple mac. but the idea of being able to compose your music seemed like an excellent selling point to purchase this five buck app.

now the app itself does everything advertised. You can record music from an in built mic, you can tune your guitar, you can even attach a device and plug your guitar directly into the ipad. What it does not tell you is that you only have access to the first eight frets on the bass! this is a real frustration. Understandably there is a limitation of space/size on the screen,  but even a drag function would of been helpful, it is a real shame that you cannot get up to the twelfth fret on the guitar it would of made it a much more usable tool to compose pieces or practice songs.

but what can I say really.. the app cost five bucks.

 

 

Book list

List of books I have enjoyed reading… check back it will grow

  • Atlas shrugged
  • Anthem
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Larry Niven’s: A World Out Of Time
  • Issac Asimov’s: Foundation series
  • The Gripping Hand
  • A Mote In God’s Eye
  • A Fire Upon The Deep
  • Rainbows End
  • Beowulf
  • The Hobbit
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • At The Mountains Of Madness

Ill grow the list as more come to mind!

Back on the train..

So here aim again, is six o clock in the morning I actually managed to get a seat on the train this time, there was a rather big mess at work yesterday. Really destroyed most general duties I’ll have to smash the queues today and make up for some of the lost time. Forgot my lunch again.

It’s becoming really annoying I need to re think my mornings.. Thirty seven minutes just does not leave that much room for error just enough time for a cup of chai, a shower, get dressed and a quick. Read through my usual suspects (hacker News, slashdot, news.com.au)

Te new house is starting to look more like a place to live now and nota big place full of boxes. I setup my bass rig in one of the spare rooms.. Found out my active detonator bass needed a new battery.. Not cool won’t get an active bass ever again.. Too much hassle, it’s a nice bass but the detonator has been rather problematic for me, it always seems to lose it’s shape in the changing weather, the neck always needs adjustment at least twice a year.

It’s kind of funny really, I know that the entire trip to work takes around forty minutes, however the trip to work always seems to be a lot quicker Than the trip back. With all the major news paper claiming that scientists have found out that some particles can travel dater than the speed of light, perhaps city rail have also figured it out too?(doubt it, they couldnt keep a train on time to save the world.)

One day I’ll learn how to service them myself the music store makes a killing on that.