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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Solo Play Through…

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Solo Play Through…

Well, Christmas is fast approaching and us worship band guys are getting our fill of all the traditional tunes plus all the Lincoln Brewster and TSO greats… Here’s a little play through of the solo in Lincoln Brewster’s version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.  The AxeFX II Patch can be downloaded here (right click link and save as): Lincoln’s Plexi...

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Make your own MFC labels…

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Make your own MFC labels…

Here are some templates I’ve used for my MFC.  Feel free to download, use and share.  You may have to make the hole for the switch a tad bigger.  I laminated the sheets, cut them out, and put a piece of double sided tape on them. If you want some high quality labels, check out http://www.kicktags.com/.  Sukh is a stand up dude and will take care of you. Enjoy! AxeFX MFC-101 labels (small pdf) AxeFX MFC-101 labels (small psd) Here is what they look like.     If you like a bigger size, you can grab these....

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Revamp of my studio…

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Revamp of my studio…

Last year I decided to make some changes to the studio.  Here’s a video that shows the process.  It has made a huge impact in the sound in here.  Mixing is much more natural and it is just a better all around place to hang!

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Fail fast…

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Fail fast…

Here’s the last (probably) in a series of posts I made to another blog about managing projects.  It turns out this one has some parallels with the music and fitness biz as well so I thought I would share it.  You may have to translate the lingo a bit for your situation, but the message is there.  Again it fits with my 6 week challenge of writing a song every week.   If you need more reason to fail fast…check out the video at the bottom of me failing doing a handstand challenge.  You have to wait to the end, but you’ll see...

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Defining Done

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Defining Done

Here’s another post I made about defining done for a project.  This goes along with my previous post where I talked about my challenge to myself about writing a song and recording it every week.  My definition of done for that experiment was: Song was written with an intro, verse(s), chorus(s), and at least an outro.  Bridges and solos were optional. Song had some decent orchestration.  Guitar, bass, drums. Song was recorded at mixed down so I could share it. Pretty loose, but it was easy enough for me to determine if I could consider...

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Manage your work in progress…

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Manage your work in progress…

Here’s a little post I wrote when I worked for the Medical School at the University of Michigan.  The thing is, it completely fits for everything we do in life.  Whether it is writing a tune, recording, managing household projects, or attaining your fitness goals.  Enjoy. People think that they are that rare snowflake that can multitask. There is a mountain of research that proves otherwise. Our brains just aren’t made to deal with more than one complex task at a time. I hear it all the time. I’m different. I can’t work any other way....

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Productive Jams and a couple tunes shaping up!

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Hey everyone, Tall Dark and Jim is busily scribbling out some new tunes. We’ve met for a couple weeks to do some jamming. Out of those jams we have a plethora of ideas that are worth exploring. What exactly is a plethora you ask? A lot. On top of these ideas I have written a couple tunes on my own that I’m hoping to share with the band at an upcoming rehearsal. April is a crazy month for all of us and our side projects so we may not get to put all this together until May. Definitely looking forward to this! We have some ideas for...

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Tall Dark and Jim CD is done…well the music part at least.

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It has taken much longer than I anticipated, but I’m really happy with the way the new CD has come out. All the music is done being mixed and mastered by Marco Sfogli. Yeah, Marco mixed it. I’m absolutely thrilled that he agreed to do it. He has had a profound impact on me as a musician and has been an inspiration to me with regards to tone and playing just the right notes. Sure he can shred, but the melodies he comes up with are what really draw me in. Very similar to Petrucci’s earlier stuff. Just love it. Anyway, I am...

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Pics of the Recording Studio

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I had some time over the weekend so I snapped a few pics of the recording studio…I’ll take some of the control room in the following week.

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Finished p90x for the second time!!!

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Well, I’ve been pretty busy so please forgive the lack of updates on my progress with p90x. Good news is that I just finished it for the second time. Below you can see my comments on Phase III.

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