So I was practicing some songs the other night with a tin guitar and my electric soda crate stomp box (with license plate stomping area), and while I like the sound of the stomper through a bass amp,…Continue
Finished my two-string bass tonight. Looks real nice, action is fine for fretless playing (neck is a poplar 1x2 with a quarter-inch slab of red oak for a fingerboard). Plugged it in and got this:…Continue
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And I totally wasn't.
I just ain't been doing much, music-wise.
And then I think, "Hey, I'm gettin' back into 'er!" and start talking and planning stuff, and then I stop.
So none of that this time. I made a new song, made a new video. That's been posted and dealt with. That's yesterday. Tomorrow is another matter and what have I done today that's worth a dime?
And there's so much stuff that gets posted to this site on a daily basis that I can't even begin to catch…Continue
I'm starting to notice a pattern when I record songs with my cigar box instruments.
Whenever I'm stuck on a recording of a song...whenever something just doesn't "sound right," the answer is almost invariably "toss something out."
"Something" being one of the other tracks. Drums, basses, buckets, washboard, that brake rotor I've been banging on with a hammer. Taking something out leads to the music sounding fuller.
Even...in fact, ESPECIALLY when I'm…Continue
It's been a helluva year.
I won't reiterate our family's loss here, it's in a previous blog entry. I'll just say this: sometimes it takes a long time to get back into the swing of life, and it's never the same once you start taking those steps.
I want to ease back into making some music on my three-string sound-producing devices. I haven't done much these past several months, haven't played a note in front of other human beings, haven't put a note on "tape" (i.e. hard disk). I…Continue
The rest of the songs from my abandoned LP are now available for free downloads. Showmen's Rest is the title. Three big numbers with everything you'd expect from U.G...low-pitched vocals!...meandering solos!...that dang ice bucket again!...Continue