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  • My Ambient Guitar Journey

    This is so I don't clutter up the "eBow" thread.

    Along time ago, in about 197, I wanted to play guitar so I could pick up more chicks. I know, I was in my early teens, so I'm allowed. I cleared 4 acres of land to earn enough for a cheap Tele copy, and my friend in a punk bad taught me to play. At that point I totally forgot about picking up chicks - I was hooked!

    It was great for about 20 years, when late n my marriage my now ex-wife decided she'd handle all the guitar work, bought herself an American-made B.C. Rich Bich doubleneck, and assigned me to keys. And I rolled over and played dead.

    This went on long after I finally dumped her, until no many monhs ago I started listenng to amient guitar, and I thought - why not m, too?

    So here I am at the beginning: Fender Modern Player Telecaster Deluxe, Guitar Rig 5, an eBow, and all my keyboard effects plus a monophonic pitch-to-MIDI converter and a single-MIDI-note to chord converter.

    There's a lot of work ahead, for sure. Re-learning guitar plus learning to use it for ambient work, plus learning the eBow. It's a daunting task but it's time to nut up or shut up!

    I'll pos stuff here about how it goes. Wish me luck.. I'll need it!
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    Learning always brings new energy into your life so wherever it takes you something new will come out (if that doesn't sound too pretentious). Enjoy the journey and look forward to hearing your progress
    Graham
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    • #3
      I love reading about people's journey in music (or other things of course too). Everyone gets to where they are through different means. As I say with my religious beliefs... there are many paths up the mountain. Same with music. There are many many paths and we all learn things along the way. Truly (and now I'm sounding pretentious... :-) BassBus ) - the journey is more important than the destination.

      The very reason I wanted to get into guitar and pedals was to approach music from a different direction - one I didn't have a lot of technical ability baked into my fingers and my head - which I have plenty of with piano / synths / bass.

      Good luck, fine sir! As long as you're having fun and loving it - keep at it.
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      • #4
        experimentation! if trying to learn chords and scales i know that after a while you will want to start banging your head against the wall so i would suggest checking out open tunings as a start kind of a fast track to get to the point of "jamming"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by magnesson View Post
          experimentation! if trying to learn chords and scales i know that after a while you will want to start banging your head against the wall so i would suggest checking out open tunings as a start kind of a fast track to get to the point of "jamming"
          dont forget tuning completely at random by just randomly and radically turning the machine heads. Then play. You will have to learn completely new relationships so you arent just using muscle memory, and you have to bend notes all the time, either as solo or in chords. It is a great way to extend beyond convention and work purely with your own ear and imagination
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          • #6
            Blech, was in the hospital for a bit, but now I'm back!

            I will charitably note that my eBow eats batteries like a little kid eats French fries.. maybe I just use it too much. I am practicing string-skipping and it's a tricky business, although sometimes the resulting sounds are interesting and useful.

            Still need the new pickups installed. I'm stuck in this stupid cast until Aug. 11 and I can't really go anywhere.. blech!
            Home Page: http://www.syntheticaurality.com/
            Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/synthetic_aurality
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Synthetic Aurality View Post
              Blech, was in the hospital for a bit, but now I'm back!

              I will charitably note that my eBow eats batteries like a little kid eats French fries.. maybe I just use it too much.
              I bought mine two years ago, use it fairly frequently. I have yet to go through my first battery.

              Are you forgetting to turn it off when not in use?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by aoVI View Post

                Are you forgetting to turn it off when not in use?
                Sounds like it haha!

                I can't remember ever having changed Ebow battery

                Perhaps I need to use it more though...
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by aoVI View Post

                  I bought mine two years ago, use it fairly frequently. I have yet to go through my first battery.

                  Are you forgetting to turn it off when not in use?
                  I'm sure I shut it off when not playing.. it could just be that out of the wrapper, the rechargeable isn't fully charged. Will experiment...


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                  • #10
                    Another day, another very radical thought...

                    I'm tempted to temporarily remove all my VSTi and force myself to use only guitar tones as source input. I've given up on writing soundtracks (lol) so it's not like there's anybody to please except me.

                    Pitch-to-MIDI works OK, but it almost seems like a cop-out to me.. i's not using the guitar tone at all, which was my original concept. One instrument - one source - a bajillion effects!
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                    • #11
                      So, almost all VSTi removed. So far, no ill effects (lol)!

                      I was jamming out with Guitar Rig and came across a patch that makes an amazing string-swell like sound.. hit it with the eBow and OMG!!!!

                      Now working on a pure ambient guitar track called "Weep".

                      Stuck in a cast 6 more days.. got lots of time to practice...
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                      • #12
                        Around 2007 I created a Guitar Rig patch called Ambient Stick Pad...great patch for doing pads and such. Its still available in the Native Instruments Guitar Rig library under Special F/X. I think it will work ok in GR5...In GR4 NI screwed up the parameter matching and it didn't work right. Here's a link to the library...you'll have to scroll down to find it.

                        https://www.native-instruments.com/e...es/guitar-rig/

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                        • #13
                          I didn't get a Guitar Rig- I bought a Line 6 TonePort GX- the thing is built so solid you could literally throw it against the wall, and it wouldn't hurt it. I bought it around 2008. Still works pretty well, although these days I'm using an Apogee guitar interface for my iPad. Still need to get an e-Bow, though... sigh... yeah, it's on the 'list'.. you know, that list you make in your head of all the toys you're going to get for making music..
                          "All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us" - Gandalf, Lord Of The Rings

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Delta T View Post
                            Around 2007 I created a Guitar Rig patch called Ambient Stick Pad...great patch for doing pads and such. Its still available in the Native Instruments Guitar Rig library under Special F/X. I think it will work ok in GR5...In GR4 NI screwed up the parameter matching and it didn't work right. Here's a link to the library...you'll have to scroll down to find it.

                            https://www.native-instruments.com/e...es/guitar-rig/
                            Thanks
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by synkrotron View Post

                              Thanks
                              No problem! My pleasure to give something back to the community.

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