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Oct 29th, 2017 07:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't been in this section of the FDP, so maybe this has already been discussed...?

I recently purchased some monitors to use with a Mackie 808S that I've owned for years, but have almost never used. Then, suddenly realized that I could hook up an mp3 or CD player to the PA and have some "loud" music to play along with. Then, since our wireless didn't extend up to my music room above the garage, I bought a wireless repeater/extender so that I can also use my laptop to pull up anything that's on Youtube or other music sites.
I now have the ability to play along with anything on my mp3 player or on Youtube, making it much easier to dial in or try to match the guitar tones of the bands/players I love. I can also mic the amp and put it through the PA if I'm using an amp that won't quite keep up, or just for easy volume matching and a fuller sound.
Why I didn't do this years ago, I don't know! I'm 64 and suddenly have what seems to be the perfect practice setup...finally!


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Oct 29th, 2017 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Next on my list is permanently tuning down one of my guitars a half step so that I can also play along with all the guys that tune down a half step!

So, as the title suggests, what do you use to play along with when practicing?

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Oct 29th, 2017 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a metronome when working on technique and timing.

I do have a similar setup like you do, but I use an iPod dock running to the Tape In on a small Carvin boxtop mixer/amp.

Any tune I need to learn, I'll pull down from Youtube (or similar sites), convert it to MP3, and load it into the iPod.

If there's a particular run or passage I need to hammer home, I use Soundforge to snip the passage out of the tune and duplicate it 20 or 30 times as an MP3 file. That way I can tap the play button on the iPod once and work on the run without having to 'lift the needle and put it back at the beginning' a bunch of times.

I have a POD HD running to channels 1 & 2, and that way I don't have to mess with an amp. Makes it easy to balance the music level with my guitar or bass level.

Sometimes it's just plain fun to crank up the music to window-rattling levels and jam along with it and see what comes out.

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Oct 29th, 2017 09:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're going to keep a guitar tuned down, it's good practice to check the intonation.

Some guitars are thrown off by the slightly slackened strings and the intonation can get a bit wonky.

Check it out and see if your guitar needs it.

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Oct 29th, 2017 10:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks! I'm thinking my Epi goldtop would be perfect for this, but I might also tune down my Robert Cray Strat for SRV type stuff.
I'm not quite as picky about intonation as I was in the old days, but if it's off, I'm pretty sure I'll hear it! Easy to check and adjust, anyway.

Sounds like you've got a great setup, I especially like the snipping ability. But I didn't know you could download Youtube files and convert them to mp3, that would be great!

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I do it with Soundforge. It records as the vid plays.

edited: To be clearer, Soundforge grabs the audio signal that's going from the CPU to the computer's speakers and records that. It doesn't pull from the .avi or .mov file because it cannot 'see' the original file on the source's server due to streaming.

If you don't have a sound capture/editing program, there's

this option.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 03:34 PM, Oct 29th, 2017)

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Oct 29th, 2017 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo! Gonna try the link you posted.

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Oct 29th, 2017 07:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another suggest is the link below. Almost any song I want to learn is somewhere on youtube.

All you have to do is find the youtube clip and copy and paste the URL in the search bar.

This site allows you to set a start and stop point for loops.

The only thing that would be the icing is if there was a pedal that toggled the loop on/off or advanced it in predetermined sized loops.

External link

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 09:36 PM, Oct 29th, 2017)

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Oct 30th, 2017 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't use anything when practicing at home.

At band practice I use a real human drummer and bass player. (;oD

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I use an Alisis playmate. It plays CD's only, but has a pitch adjustment, speed adjustment, and a transpose setting and a repeat looper so you can hear and learn the song or any part of the song in any key. It has ether an earphone or a 1/4 output jack, (I just run it through one of my amps) But it also has an input jack for guitar with is own blend knob so you can hear yourself play along via the phones.

I also have an Alisis drum machine that gets a lot of use. Both of these contraptions have helped me to slowly wear my guitars out!

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Oct 30th, 2017 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check out "The Amazing Slow Downer". Great software. You can adjust pitch or tempo, set up loops and more. Great practice tool.

Google it.

I usually play tracks trough this software in my laptop into the aux in on my Micro Cube or Street Cube and use headphones.

My studio is set up with a small PA to play tracks at volume as well. I don't do that much anymore.

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Oct 30th, 2017 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Check out "The Amazing Slow Downer"."

At one time, a long time ago, I had that and used it often. Not sure why I don't have it any more, I guess I didn't even realize it was still around!

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Nov 5th, 2017 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

ANother vote for The Amazing Slow Downer.

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Nov 6th, 2017 01:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Human drum loops off of Hughtoob mostly. Funkier than a metronome.

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Nov 15th, 2017 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 Amazing Slow Downer

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Anytune is an app I've used a lot. It does tempo change, key change within reason and slowdown as well to pick out the hard parts also you can loop just a section of a riff or progression to repeat a problem part. It's free for an iPad but they charge you for a mac app. There is a demo but it doesn't save.

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