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  • stevieblues

    Member
    November 24, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    That was great @Philb! 👏 Did you play that from memory? Thanks for sharing your video. 🎬 🎸😎

    • Philb

      Member
      November 26, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      @stevieblues
      It was half and half. I had a lot of the lyrics down pretty good; but some, not so well. I had the lyrics in front of me, and referred to them as needed, looking at the key words or the start of a verse to help me out. Thank you for listening, and the the kind words.

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  • Kitman

    Member
    November 25, 2022 at 7:47 am

    Great cover of a great song @Philb ! I saw the Wallflowers at a live show a few months back. Your song took me right back to that concert! Thanks for sharing!

  • albert_d

    Member
    November 27, 2022 at 6:55 am

    I liked your sliding into the chord. That’s the kind of finesse technique you pick up with continuing TAC exposure.

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 7:26 am

    That was an awesome rendition @Philb 👏👏👏 Your voice sounded great – first time I saw you record using a microphone – do you think that helped with your vocals?🤔 Great playing also🎸🤘Wonderful overall performance Phil🤩👍👍

  • Christopher_H

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Nicely played @Philb ! Jakob Dylan would be proud! I’ll have to give that one a try. Well Done👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • Philb

    Member
    November 28, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    @Kitman Thanks!
    I have never seen them live, but would like to. Glad you got to enjoy that experience.

    @albert_d Thanks! Yes, little things I have picked up in TAC are great for enhancing chords. Nice you picked up on that.

    @Bill_Brown Thanks! I was just using a very small acoustic amp that also had a plug in for a microphone. It didn’t allow for any adjustments or enhancements to the vocals, but did allow me to balance the volume of the vocals and guitar so I didn’t have to try to sing as loudly. That way the vocals can be heard clearer than usual. I believe that did help as I was able to concentrate on tone and staying on key more.

    @Christopher_H Thanks! Jakob Dylan said the song came from when he had just moved to New York at the age of 18. He would look out his window and see the homeless man. It is based upon Jakob’s real experience. Great song writing for an 18 year old.

    Thank you all for taking the time to listen, and the kind words.

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  • Philb

    Member
    November 30, 2022 at 9:05 am

    @Bill_Brown

    You asked about the microphone. How about you? Have you had any experience with a mic; any advice? This is one I picked up cheap used. I did read on it first, and it seemed decent; but you have to be right up close to it or it will not pick up the sound.

    • Bill_Brown

      Member
      November 30, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Hey @Philb , yes I have a mic but I don’t use it because it requires an audio interface (AI). Long story short, I can get a good enough recording from my iPhone. Now the idea that you can plug a mic directly into your amp intrigues me, and that you’re able to “level” the guitar to the voice seems much less complicated than dealing with the inter workings of an AI. I think you’re on a good path with that set-up you have!

      • Philb

        Member
        November 30, 2022 at 4:44 pm

        @Bill_Brown

        I still just use my iphone to record, position it for both video and audio. I tried using a webcam and blue snowball mic directly into the computer, but the quality wasn’t as good. This does work pretty good for what I need. I did put a reverb pedal between guitar and amp for the vocal. Someone I know who does sound recommended it, saying even a little reverb helps, and most vocalists use some. It sounds better wet than dry. The amp was $25 used a few years ago. I put two pics, but for some reason, they do not show up after I click to post.

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      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        December 1, 2022 at 7:38 am

        @Philb that’s a nice little amp for $25 (I was able to see the photos). Yes, so for me, it’s mic & guitar plug into the AI, which plugs into the computer and has to run through some software before it gives an output. I can control the input, but not the volume of the live output – very frustrating. The AI does have direct output ports and my brother-in-law gave me some speakers, but I haven’t fooled around with it since to see if that would work. I’m not very “tech savvy” and so for me, the iPhone works fine – I don’t need all this other stuff, besides, the guitar I play 99.99% of the time doesn’t have a pick-up, so I have to use the same mic for vocals and sound – so what’s the point of fooling around with that stuff anyways? I do have to say that my brother-in-law gave me a small mic and stand to use for the guitar, but I’d already given up on the AI.

        Yes, I know the point is “leveling the vocals and guitar” – which has worked great for you (your video is proof of that), and for you it can be done simply, thanks to the amp you have and the mic input it contains. Lesson learned for me, find an amp that has a separate channel for a mic – no AI needed, just MHO.

        Phil, I have to say that I believe the way you used your equipment has really enhanced the quality of your performance. And you said it yourself, by leveling the vocals and guitar, you could concentrate more on tone and staying on key when singing and not worry about singing too loud. Big kudos to you Phil👏👏👏 I think you’ve come onto a “breakthrough” moment with your journey🎸🤘👍

      • Philb

        Member
        December 2, 2022 at 4:14 pm

        @Bill_Brown Thanks! A long way to go. Reading your comments makes me wish some of us could hang out and work on some things. I appreciate the knowledge you bring.

      • Bill_Brown

        Member
        December 2, 2022 at 8:20 pm

        👍👍 @Philb

  • Bill_Brown

    Member
    December 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Now all that being said, I just purchased a “cling-on” pick-up for my 00015m, so I guess I’ll be getting into that electronic gear stuff that I’ve tried to stay away from. I’ll let you know how it goes for me once I get it hooked up🤨🧐😎

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