Sunday, December 09, 2007

New Logic Pro 8!

I think new Logic is way cool.

First it's easier for new comers because you got those edit function icons on top of your arrange window (which is the window you are usually on) bounce, split, etc etc.

Secondly, when you try to load plug-in you'll the plug-in name first rather than multi track or strereo or whatever. so there will be less people trying to figure out how to use outputs other than 1-2 (or main)

Out of all others the best new feature for me was the feature to let you edit multiple midi tracks at once in the matrix window (maybe it's called piano roll in new version)

you open up the matrix window, select two or more regions and notes will show up in the same arrange window. This feature is extremely useful when you want to orchestrate or just want to program a choir or strings quartet!

same goes for Score Editor. you can orchestrate on Score Editor also. It's my ideal work flow and now it's there in Logic.

Another thing that's exciting for me is the MainStage. This will replace ableton live when i don't need loop capability.

This will let you create multi controller live environment. what's cool is that you can create multiple or for each gig...
If you are a digital guitarist or vocalist you could take advantage by plugging yourself into the effect chain.. etc.

now you can easily use 3-4 controllers and tell each knob what to do, what to control, and expression or amount it controls, etc etc.

only thing i'm still trying to figure out is how to utilize two screens. I haven't been able to open a Matrix window that corresponds to the arrange window onto the secondary screen... i really need to find this out.. i don't want other people to decide where to put my windows... if you know what i mean..

otherwise new Logic seems amazing.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

learning the Guitar Fingerboard

It's been a while since i posted but i wanted to make a note about learning guitar.

finger board knowledge has been a biggest obstacle to me that no one seemed to know what the effective way of learning fingerboard is. (that is knowing notes)

now i have a guitar teacher who's been giving me great insights on how finger board works. and how to "memorize" them. memorizing all of them takes at least memorizing 24x6 notes without counting enharmonics. that's a quite a number. and you won't be able to just memorize. so he introduced me a couple of methods that can be done in like 3-12 minutes a day.
that was wow to me.

so here are them
1. single string playing
2. never ending scales
3. blues and chord inversions.
4. patterns.

i will tell you about 1 and 2 on this one.

just pick your favorite tune and start playing notes only using one strings. try jumping around and play melodies. it would be nice to have a tune or simple recorded chord progressions or just forever CM7 for the key of C.
this technique will make you good at one perticular string.

... but yes this is only good for one perticular string.. so not when you use all is the another technique comes into a play. The never ending scales... sounds like WTF? i know. but this is really cool.
you play scales using all strings. this sounds like normal stupid scale training but it's not.
you play the root on the 6th string and next note on 5th string, next one on 4th string and go up and down forever until you end up where you started. it will take some time but it will come back to this point.
only pitfall to this is that you can't really play melody or music with this. so you need to do single string practice. they complement each other.

cool huh but there is one more step to this, which is "do this for ALL 12 KEYS!"
after a while you know all your scales and all your notes.
simple and effective isn't it? probably a month or two to remember all notes on the finger board. if you do it every day 3-4 keys.

and this worked for me. more than any other books i've got in attempt to learn fingerboard. try this out.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

An Inconvenience Truth - Al Gore's dvd on global warming

just made me think again why al gore didn't win the election...
and on top of that bush won twice..
i can't seem to find the right answer to it.

actually what i'm concerned about the most is how come i am not the president of USA even't though you can't spell USAMA without USA.
i should at least establish the USA Mortgate Association and make lots of money...

either way it wouldn't hurt to watch this dvd on global warming.
(well actually it hurts to watch that..)

so like people don't even believe that's happening right now or something?
especially bush... don't think anything other than what's happening immediately and never thinks about future? i hope people realize what it means to be "selfish"

in my opinion people who thinks only about the immediate future are selfish.
human got alot more to do nowadays whether you like it or not.

and the music on it is awesome.
it's like godspeed you black emperor. strings, guitars, and some weird voice, etc, etc.
love that stuff...

from dvd:
number of scientist who disagreed that we are causing global warming 0%
number of press who were not sure about the fact that we are causing global warming 53%
so yeah like he was saying just let people know that you are part of the cause.
USA ranks the highest contributors to the global warming.

another thing i need to point out is that this DVD was released in 2006
in Japan, this kind of thing had been said almost 10 years ago as i've learned these issues when i was in middle school. and that probably is true for most countries except US for some stupid reason like industry will be fucked up economy blah. pure sign of laziness. irresponsible child. that's what i meant by "you are selfish" if you didn't get it.