Nidzan
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"Share your D.I.Y. project!! "
"Thanks, m8, since I've had the bass, the last 4 - 5 years, I hadn't noticed any change in the sound, not sure how it sounded 30 years ago though :P... "
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"Share your D.I.Y. project!! "
"I have received an old beat up bass guitar from a friend as a gift. He wanted to get rid of it because it was not in playable condition and it was... "
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@nidzan commented on @tommaso-zillio's lessons
2 weeks ago
This is a very interesting post with a lot of good advice. I believe that the most important thing when it comes to writing songs is the feel and emotion of the song itself. It all depends on a number of factors of course and the process can vary. One thing that I would mention is whether you are writing alone or along-side more musicians. If you are doing all the work by yourself, things get a little bit easier as you are the only one who has a certain direction in mind that the song should take and adjust that direction and moving back between the instruments and lyrics in order to make them go well together is as flexible as you want it to be and there is no idea clashing. However, if you are writing with somebody else, ideas can clash and they might not share their vision of the song with you. The more people that are involved, the more difficult it is for everyone to achieve their vision of the song and usually somebody has to compromise. Personally, I have never been a very good instrumentalist. Although I can play a couple of instruments on a medium level, most of my knowledge of them is there to accompany my vocal needs. Since that is the case, I usually leave all of the instrumental work to be done by my instrumentalists, mostly guitarists and then I chip in with vocal lines and of course the lyrics. While the vocal lines are always my own, I would usually ask the guitarists if they had an idea for the lyrical subject. If they didn’t have the answer then I would just let my creative side run wild. I would mostly listen to the song while humming the vocal line and listening to the feeling and what images the song invokes in my brain. It could be just one simple thing like love or hate, or something more complicated like an entire story of a certain character, fictional or real. Once I know the subject and the line, it is not that hard for me to put it all in a cohesive narrative and combine those fragments into a whole. Afterward, we practice the song with the band and I make small adjustments like word choice and length of the vocal lines to fit the song better and make things sound interesting and not too repetitive.
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@nidzan commented on @davidsertl's articles
4 weeks ago
Another age-old question and a heated debate among musicians. First of all, I will have to take my side and say that I am one of those people who think the feeling is more important.Also, I would be lying if I said that I have an advanced technical knowledge and that I am a master of the guitar nor a master of singing.Throughout my experience and during my recording sessions, I have had my producer tell me numerous times comments like “You sing well,but there is no emotion” or “Your voice sounds great, but I don’t hear anything there that will make me listen to it and say that’s awesome” or something along the lines of “Bring more feeling into it”. So coming with a background like this I would definitely be a representative of the”Feeling” group. However, the technique is important and everything should be polished as much as it could be but the feeling is what everyone can relate to.Somebody who is not musically talented and just listens to music to enjoy it, they will definitely judge it by the feeling that your music evokes, and to evoke the feeling, you need to have the feeling. I have also had numerous cases of my guitarist who is the master of the guitar and knows every single scale, tap, and arpeggio that there is out there where he had written a solo for a song that was technically correct but it just didn’t portray the feeling and the atmosphere of the song.SO when faced with this dilemma, I would definitely go for the feeling over technique if I had to pick.
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"Over coming Fear of Playing in Public "
"Playing and performing in public can pose a problem for some people, so much so, that I know a couple of people who gave up performing completely... "
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@nidzan commented on @james-scott's articles
one month ago
A lengthy but very high quality article written by obviously experienced person. Investments are a very good thing but it is hard to record an album without prior recording experience. Even if the band is at their best when it comes to playing and the songs are 100% ready, it always takes longer than expected and a problem comes up no matter how big or small which wastes studio time and thus costs money. Also I have always found useful the opinion and help of a producer and never considered it a waste. The best advice I can give for saving money is to have the band ready in order to save time and if you can, make a deal with the producer to charge you a fixed amount by the song. Hopefully that way you can make a deal where everyone is happy and the unexpected bumps won’t post a big problem for neither the band nor producer.
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@nidzan commented on @tommaso-zillio's articles
one month ago
Very nicely written and explained in detail. I agree with your statement, it all depends on the music that you want to play. More complicated instrumental parts require the composer to be a master of their instrument yet generally in popular music that is not required. As a singer I find myself always focusing more on the lyrics and vocal harmonies than on the instrumental aspect but then again my main instrument is my voice. When it comes to picking an instrument best suited for composing I would say that the piano wins hands down. It is called the mother of all instruments for a reason however it is not easy to master then again, no instrument is.
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"Fingers or a Pick "
"All right you bass player out there, I would like to ask a thousand year old question. Do you prefer playing bass with your finger or a pick and... "
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@nidzan commented on @manchgtrlessons's articles
one month ago
Nicely written article although I believe it is not that simple, at least not where I am coming from. Natural exists, that is a fact but I believe that either a person is musically gifted to a bigger or smaller extent. Those who do have musical talent do tend to work more but I think it is because they get over their struggles easier thanks to their natural talent. Those who are less talented tend to struggle more and thus give up more easily when they do. Also many people don’t have 10 hours per day to spend on practicing an instrument so they tend to give up simply because they can’t invest time that is needed in order to overcome the obstacle. This is a great article though with a lot of useful advice for those who are struggling.
"What are your own songwriting and composition processes? "
"This is a really interesting question.When it comes to composing,personally my methods vary.Sometimes a melody that I like would just appear in my... "
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@nidzan commented on @gsinker's lessons
one month ago
Great lesson,good for both newly started guitarists and experienced ones ;)
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@nidzan commented on @manchgtrlessons's articles
one month ago
This is an interesting article,although I've heard all of those reasons at least a dozen times each,none of them can be used to justify not learning a new skill.It all basically comes down to one simple question "Is learning this worth your time to you?" If the answer is yes then no reason from this list or any other will prevent you from learning.I agree that it is not easy and that every once in a while,a person can lose motivation.I believe that the only way past that is expanding ones horizons.Maybe new genres like @pauljones and @fl3k mention or maybe through working with a band.Whatever works for you its important to love what you are doing enough to never get bored of it :)