• Is flute a real instrument?

    obviously I know it's real in that it's not imaginary...but my sister is going to take violin next year and I want to do flute she says it's not a real instrument like violin or piano and is being very snarky about it
    obviously I know it's real in that it's not imaginary...but my sister is going to take violin next year and I want to do flute she says it's not a real instrument like violin or piano and is being very snarky about it
    15 answers · 4 days ago
  • Why are performing arts students childlike?

    Even with staff? Like they all behave like kids and think like kids. I was the only one who acted my age.
    Even with staff? Like they all behave like kids and think like kids. I was the only one who acted my age.
    7 answers · 3 days ago
  • How did Dolores O'Riordan die?

    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Will I be able to play the guitar?

    I started to learn to play today and it seems really hard to switch from note to note with my fingers. I know this is a dumb question lol.
    I started to learn to play today and it seems really hard to switch from note to note with my fingers. I know this is a dumb question lol.
    5 answers · 5 days ago
  • Which Marshall Amp do you prefer, a solid state or tube amp?

    Best answer: I never cared for Marshall amps, but for the most part, I prefer the sound I get from tube amps. Having said that, I own a lot of amps and the ones I use most are solid state. Why? Because they're lighter, require no maintenance, and sound almost as good....good enough that the audience can't tell the... show more
    Best answer: I never cared for Marshall amps, but for the most part, I prefer the sound I get from tube amps. Having said that, I own a lot of amps and the ones I use most are solid state. Why? Because they're lighter, require no maintenance, and sound almost as good....good enough that the audience can't tell the difference.

    There is a lot of hype on the web about how great tube amps are. I'm afraid this feeds into some misconceptions. First off, there are good and bad amp designs. Tubes don't magically make an amp sound good. Another consideration is the skill of the player, and how they use the amp. Beginner-to-intermediate players may not notice much difference between solid state and tubes. For them, an expensive tube amp is not worth the added cost. Also, using a bunch of effect pedals can negate a lot of the tube-tone.

    The fact is that solid state technology has come a long way in recent years. Well designed solid state amps are capable of great tone....usually for much less money than tubes. As I said before, there are good and bad amps of both designs. The real test is for YOU to try out some of the amps you're interested in, and let YOUR ears decide.
    4 answers · 6 days ago
  • Should I join the school choir?

    I'm a senior and I've always wanted to do choir but I can't sing for sh*t lol. Are they gonna accept me? And this year is the first year they are doing it for my school. I'm nervous but I wanna try at least.
    I'm a senior and I've always wanted to do choir but I can't sing for sh*t lol. Are they gonna accept me? And this year is the first year they are doing it for my school. I'm nervous but I wanna try at least.
    5 answers · 7 days ago
  • How do I know and find my talents?

    Being a good student I'm struggling to find what my talents are.Im doing good in each subject and I can't figure out what's that special subject,the special talent that I have which will further on open doors for my future career. If you have any experience on this topic or if you want to share your... show more
    Being a good student I'm struggling to find what my talents are.Im doing good in each subject and I can't figure out what's that special subject,the special talent that I have which will further on open doors for my future career. If you have any experience on this topic or if you want to share your story about how you figured out your hidden talent,please feel free to answer!
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • Who,s the King in this image..?

    Who,s the King in this image..?

    Best answer: The person on the right. The "King of Rock 'n Roll" - Elvis Presley
    Best answer: The person on the right. The "King of Rock 'n Roll" - Elvis Presley
    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • I found cheap guitar strings for acoustic for 70p. How many sets is it necessary to buy for a beginner?

    Best answer: Is that 70p for a set or for individual strings? For a set, that's far too cheap unless they're stolen and someone is desperate to off-load them. Steel or nylon? If possible, I'd only buy one set to check what they are like. Then, if they were okay I'd buy another few sets. The thing is, I've... show more
    Best answer: Is that 70p for a set or for individual strings? For a set, that's far too cheap unless they're stolen and someone is desperate to off-load them. Steel or nylon?

    If possible, I'd only buy one set to check what they are like. Then, if they were okay I'd buy another few sets. The thing is, I've been playing a long time and I know what type and gauge I like way. As a beginner you could buy lots of them and then when you develop some ability find ther are too heavy or light for you. I guess that if I was sure the strings were good (which seems impossible at that price) I'd buy maybe twenty sets.

    I remember, in the seventies I think, I found some really cheap electric guitar strings on mail order. They were around £1.50 a set. I found that the plain strings were okay but there was always a problem with at least one of the wound ones. I decided they really weren't worth the trouble.

    The advice to try to get some extra high E strings is good if you use steel strings but not for nylon strings (the high E is no more likely to break).

    Remember you can only use the type of strings (steel or nylon) that your guitar is built for.
    7 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What do you think of Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls with bolted necks instead of set-in necks?

    Best answer: My guitar is a hand made solid body which is similar in design to a solid body Les Paul, except with a double cut-away. In fact, it came with a Les Paul case. It has a bolt-on neck. Would it have been a better guitar if the neck was set? I'll never know, but I can tell you it's still a great guitar. ... show more
    Best answer: My guitar is a hand made solid body which is similar in design to a solid body Les Paul, except with a double cut-away. In fact, it came with a Les Paul case. It has a bolt-on neck. Would it have been a better guitar if the neck was set? I'll never know, but I can tell you it's still a great guitar. I've had the neck off several times to re-set the angle or just do general maintenance. To me, the set neck vs bolt-on is a non-issue. The guitar speaks for itself.

    Steve, Can I give you a bit of friendly advice? From all the questions you've been asking, it sounds like you're trying to find the "perfect" guitar......humbuckers vs single coils, bolt-on vs set necks, how to eliminate hum in single coils, etc. Forgive me if I'm making incorrect assumptions about your reasons for asking.

    Everybody wants to find the "best" guitar, especially if they're plunking down a lot of hard-earned cash. That's understandable. What I've come to realize is that there is no single best guitar. That's why there are so many different ones. In many ways it's like buying a car. There are lots of good choices, and no single best. Is a Ferrari better than a Porsche? Everybody has a preference, but honestly wouldn't you be happy with either?

    In some ways, selecting a guitar is harder now than it used to be. The internet is a great source for information, but sometimes we get information overload. It's hard to process all the differing opinions, information, and mis-information. When I bought my guitar in 1979(!) I didn't have all the options you have today. No internet for research, no Guitar Center...just word of mouth and a couple of local guitar shops. I had joined a band and had hastily bought a used electric guitar to get me started. Once I'd saved some money, I decided I needed to get a better one. So with a pocket full of money, I drove to the nearest big city (Burlington VT) and spent the day in it's two music stores trying out every guitar they had. Determined to come home with a new guitar, I made a choice. Now, 39 years later, I'm playing the same guitar. Was it the perfect choice, or did I grow into it? Who can say...but *that's* how you choose a guitar. Forget all the internet advice (except mine, of course haha) and drag yourself to a Guitar Center. Play a bunch of guitars and buy the one that you like best. There are very few bad choices, and honestly, all the hype about a particular guitar being best for a genre is mostly overblown. Happy hunting!

    FWIW, I play a Time TimeKaster made in Burlington VT in 1979. If you scroll down to the 18th photo on this page, you'll see my actual guitar. The photo was taken at a Time Guitar reunion several years ago. http://www.timeguitars.com/viewtopic.php...
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • Violin, where to learn.?

    Best answer: Ask around, ask at music stores, ask friends who play music. Talk to any teachers who are recommended to get a feel for how they work. Then check the credentials of any teacher you're considering - someone who played in high school and decided s/he wanted to teach years later is usually a bad bet because they... show more
    Best answer: Ask around, ask at music stores, ask friends who play music. Talk to any teachers who are recommended to get a feel for how they work. Then check the credentials of any teacher you're considering - someone who played in high school and decided s/he wanted to teach years later is usually a bad bet because they don't understand technique well enough to teach someone else. You want to find someone with college level training and experience with beginners.

    There are good community music schools and really bad ones, so be careful of those. Some are careful about who they hire, and others will stick anyone who can play an instrument at advanced beginner level in there as a teacher.
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • What do you think of PRS Guitars?

    Best answer: I've only ever played one PRS but I loved it. It had a great feel an sound. I'm no expert but I think very highly of them. I guess the cheaper "budget" PRSs aren't in the same league as the American-made models. Heavy metal? Any guitar can be used for any kind of music but I don't think... show more
    Best answer: I've only ever played one PRS but I loved it. It had a great feel an sound. I'm no expert but I think very highly of them. I guess the cheaper "budget" PRSs aren't in the same league as the American-made models.

    Heavy metal? Any guitar can be used for any kind of music but I don't think I've ever come across a PRS used for heavy metal.
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Trombone audition song for college?

    I play the trombone and have an audition next week for a college. I have been practicing my scales and I am thinking about playing the star wars theme song as my audition piece. I have it almost memorized. My question is what happens during a music major audition? Am I well enough prepared? I thought music would be... show more
    I play the trombone and have an audition next week for a college. I have been practicing my scales and I am thinking about playing the star wars theme song as my audition piece. I have it almost memorized. My question is what happens during a music major audition? Am I well enough prepared? I thought music would be a fun thing to major in and maybe someday i can be a professional trombone player!
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Does a high end Epiphone Les Paul have more features then a low end Gibson Les Paul?

    Best answer: The difference between Epiphone and Gibson Les Pauls isn't about which has *more* features. The features that count are craftsmanship and quality of the materials used. Gibson owns Epiphone and uses that brand to produce guitars in the low-mid price niche. They achieve the cost savings by building them in Asia,... show more
    Best answer: The difference between Epiphone and Gibson Les Pauls isn't about which has *more* features. The features that count are craftsmanship and quality of the materials used. Gibson owns Epiphone and uses that brand to produce guitars in the low-mid price niche. They achieve the cost savings by building them in Asia, using lower quality materials, and spending less time on manually intensive details. If Gibson wanted, they could make Epiphones of the same quality as real Gibsons. It's a marketing decision not to have one brand compete with the other.

    Having said that, Epiphone makes some pretty decent guitars. They won't hold their value as well as true Gibsons, but resale value is a poor reason to choose a guitar. I suggest you try both brands and choose the one you like the sound and feel of.
    5 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • How do you record yourself playing guitar for a song?

    Best answer: You need suitable multi-track recording software - a DAW, Digital Audio Workstation. Tracktion is one of the best there is and the release two versions behind the latest it totally free, no limits or restrictions. https://www.tracktion.com/products/t6-daw That can be used to record/play audio, play samples and run... show more
    Best answer: You need suitable multi-track recording software - a DAW, Digital Audio Workstation.
    Tracktion is one of the best there is and the release two versions behind the latest it totally free, no limits or restrictions.
    https://www.tracktion.com/products/t6-da...

    That can be used to record/play audio, play samples and run VST plugins (virtual instruments and effects).

    A free VST such as this will allow you to make a drum track:
    http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?plu...
    [There are thousands of others, if you do a google search for "free vst"].


    You need some way to get good quality audio in to the computer; that's the [first] expensive bit, you need an audio interface; the normal audio inputs on a PC do not work well for high quality recordings..
    The focusrite scarlett series are good and often appear cheap on ebay - look for a 2i2 or 2i4 etc., one of those will allow you to record from guitar and microphone at the same time - or separately.

    Microphones vary tremendously; many being pushed at beginners are total rip-offs, a cheap electret mic capsule in a flashy casing..
    You can get one built like that, but without a "big name" attached, for around 15- which is then not bad value - eg. an NW-700 or BM-800 etc.
    Those often come with a 3.5mm cable that does not work.. The mic itself will work fine when connected to a proper interface via an XLR cable.
    eg. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NW-700-Black-C...


    The cheapest genuine professional mic is something like a Shure SM58 at about 100-, which is a dynamic type designed for live work with background noise. They are low sensitivity and need to be extremely close to your mouth, but don't need "recording studio" grade soundproofing around you to give reasonable results.

    If you want a higher sensitivity, an MXL V67g is not much more and is one of the cheapest "true condenser" types you can get.
    The V87 from the same company is around 250- but on a par with some costing several times as much..

    You can find them all from multiple sellers on ebay; just be sure to use place that has really good feedback and a lot of sales, to avoid scammers.
    5 answers · 3 weeks ago