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by paul donnelly
May 22nd, 2006, 2:24 am
Forum: Bass Players Discussion
Topic: Slapping- need help
Replies: 14
Views: 4891

confusd wrote:My bass sounds sick when i slap... um.... could that be because the strings are pretty old?
Yes, but they would have to be in really bad shape. Since you're a beginner (I assume), it's more likely that you just need practice.
by paul donnelly
May 12th, 2006, 9:15 pm
Forum: Bass Players Discussion
Topic: Slapping- need help
Replies: 14
Views: 4891

No one has mentioned yet that the strings are supposed to hit the frets when you slap. You'll need to experiment to find out how hard to hit them to get the best tone, but they should be hitting the frets. Likewise with popping. It doesn't take much force to make them hit, as you've found.
by paul donnelly
April 18th, 2006, 2:25 pm
Forum: Singing
Topic: Morning Voice?
Replies: 11
Views: 7268

I find that when I'm sick I can sing lower than normal by about a whole tone.
by paul donnelly
April 16th, 2006, 6:13 pm
Forum: Guitar and Music Theory
Topic: Songwriting/ Theory
Replies: 14
Views: 3813

Learning theory isn't about learning the rules. If you know theory then instead of guessing what you should play to accomplish what you want, you'll just be able to play it because you've already learned what it sounds like and learned a name for it.
by paul donnelly
April 8th, 2006, 8:06 am
Forum: Singing
Topic: Singing with volume
Replies: 7
Views: 3634

An important part of singing loudly (or yelling loudly, for that matter) is getting the shape of your mouth right. Just "singing harder" won't work, but if your vocal tract resonates in the right way you can get much louder.
by paul donnelly
April 7th, 2006, 2:39 pm
Forum: Bass Players Discussion
Topic: Do many of you use a compression pedal for bass?
Replies: 7
Views: 3159

Re: I hate to sounds like a noob but...

LAST-DAY-LIVING wrote:Whats a compression pedal do?
It even out volume. When you're playing quietly, it amplifies your signal, but the louder you play the less it amplifies it, so everything comes out about the same.
by paul donnelly
April 7th, 2006, 2:38 pm
Forum: Bass Players Discussion
Topic: Stupid question...
Replies: 15
Views: 6535

Re: The other way?

LAST-DAY-LIVING wrote:But is it okay to use bass effects on a guitar?
Yes. Again, it may or may not sound pleasing.
by paul donnelly
April 2nd, 2006, 12:46 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Behringer USB Guitar
Replies: 4
Views: 946

I really like the simplicity. With just a guitar and any reasonably modern computer you can just go record, and you don't have to worry about the quality of the computer's sound card or anything. I wonder if this guitar is good though.
by paul donnelly
March 26th, 2006, 7:35 pm
Forum: Bass Players Discussion
Topic: Do many of you use a compression pedal for bass?
Replies: 7
Views: 3159

I don't use one. It does smooth out uneven volume, but it's a lot cheaper to just learn to play evenly.
by paul donnelly
March 25th, 2006, 7:14 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Return of the Strat head acoustic
Replies: 24
Views: 2802

I like Fender Palaminos.
by paul donnelly
March 25th, 2006, 7:14 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Picking
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Forearm makes my elbow hurt though. I find that a helpful trick for speeding up my picking without sacrificing my technique is to think of each pluck as an upstroke and a downstroke and perform both as a unit. If I don't do that, I get sloppy and can't pick nearly as fast.
by paul donnelly
March 25th, 2006, 1:24 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Picking
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Wrist only. That does involve some movement of the forearm bones, but strictly the kind that rotates your wrist, meaning that no matter how much you do it, you won't straighten your elbow. How much sense does it make to start moving your whole forearm when you want to speed up? I'm no speed demon ei...
by paul donnelly
March 23rd, 2006, 11:09 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: How to start playing lead
Replies: 5
Views: 1481

You play chords on electrics too.
by paul donnelly
March 23rd, 2006, 1:57 pm
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: When should you class it as a classic ?
Replies: 19
Views: 3881

I'll go with pre-1990. That's sixteen years, which is long enough in my book.
by paul donnelly
March 22nd, 2006, 11:58 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Keeping Time
Replies: 21
Views: 3157

Thanks all. Though the metronomes don't really help. The reason I don't have one is because I hate them. I can't count with them. Especially once 16th and 32nd notes are involved. Plus I can't focus on it and my playing. So how do I speed up my playing for that solo? I seem to have it a wall with i...