Re: Notes and sounds
- From: Tony Done <tonydone@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 13:39:40 -0700 (PDT)
On Jun 19, 4:43 am, Jim <ask@first> wrote:
On 6/17/2011 5:36 PM, Craig 'Lumpy' Lemke wrote:
For me, having a wide variety of sounds to choose from is inspiring. It
makes me want to play more...
In your case, YOU can play songs on your guitar (I presume).
The obvious danger in "sound collecting" is in the
"I can't play anything yet because I'm still searching
for 'my sound'".
That's an excellent point for a beginners group.
I learned about 40 years ago. My hobby has transformed from
playing/learning to gear, including building, repairing and modifying.
So "sounds" are more important to me.
Beginners should avoid getting caught up in tone seeking. Stay away
from the modeling amps with a bazillion combinations of tone. If you
play electric, get yourself either something like a solid state Vox
Pathfinder amp WITHOUT modeling, or a simple tube amp like an Epiphone
Valve Junior. Learn how to play by taking LESSONS. Find buddies with
more talent than you. Worry about tone after your head understands
music, and after your fingers know what to do!
Me too on all that, I traded what will hopefully be my last digital
multiFX a few months ago. I'm not missing it except for direct-to-PC
recording. (What I think I need is some kind of DI box that goes to
amp and USB, any suggestions?) It almost inspires me to take some
lessons in electric guitar technique.
I went to the music shop yesterday to pay for something and got
talking to my amp tech mate Terry while he was working in the back
room. He commented, quite sponanteously, that he now has a couple of
nice guitars that he should be playing more, but every time he goes in
the music he starts swapping tubes in his amp and ends up playing not
much at all. <g> I thought of you, except you admit to being a sound
collector. He was trying to persuade me to try out some nice NOS JAN
preamp tubes he bought recently, but my music room is too cold for
extended tube swapping sessions atm.
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