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PostSubject: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:35 pm

Linda and I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe New Year.

I also want to thank you Guys for making this place what it is. We might be a small group, but having all of You here means more to me than you will ever know.

Here's to a rockin' and bass-tremmin' 2010!

Cheers! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:40 pm

Hell yeah Eric, hope ya'll are having a good time.


2010, year of the trem! Very Happy


I still lament the original forum, sometimes, lost memories........ but still, I think you got everyting back in buisness better than we could have imagined, so kudos to you Eric, and another year of fun on the forum!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:31 am

yep, to all of you as well for 2010. Hope everyone still has a job, can meet their financial and moral responsibilities, and can rock in the basement/studio/stage and enjoy all the months to come in 2010.

maybe this year Eric will find his Yamaha BB on CL for 100 bucks and we will see him very happy. ( once he butchers it for a trem )
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:25 pm

Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:38 pm

Happy new years to all!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:53 pm

Happy new year, guys!! How did you all celebrate last night? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:20 pm

We just stayed in and watched the countdown on TV, as we're not too crazy about being out and about in the insanity over New Year's. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:17 pm

happy new year everyone.

the 40wattsun new years gig was a success ... in spite of the crappy weather. not a huge turnout, but everyone had a blast!

i'll post pics when i download em. amy took lots of pics w/ her new camera.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:59 pm

Cool beans! I spent the day with my folks and my oldest friend. My mom's boyfriend caught and cooked three crabs the other day, so he brought them over and we had a dinner fit for a king. There isn't much else that tastes better than fresh Dungeoness crab drenched in melted butter on garlic bread. pig It was a very western Washingtonian dinner, topped off with a spinach salad with walnuts, dried cranberries, and a poppyseed vinaigrette (I like food and cooking...can you tell? Laughing). After a quick game of chess and a laid back jam, I got picked up by three of my former coworkers (Kevin, Kaes, and Ashley), two of whom work at the Seattle Children's Theatre. We stopped by a party at another stage tech's house at the very south end of Seattle, hung out, and watched Doctor Who episodes and the South Park movie until about 20 til midnight.

Now, every New Year, they "blow up" the Space Needle with a spectacular fireworks show. The Children's Theatre is located about 100 yards west of the Space Needle (both buildings are located in an area called Seattle Center that has museums, amusement rides, theatres, and is the site of festivals such as Folklife in the summer). Of course, the Seattle Center is jam packed with people who are there to see the fireworks, news vans (this event is all over TV), etc etc. There is a porch on the third floor of the SCT that has an awesome view of the Space Needle and it's above all of the hubbub around the building. In other words, we got a box-seat view of the event. Parking is insane in downtown Seattle any day, but it was especially bad last night, so we just parked in the loading dock of the theatre. Kevin brought his Wii to pass the time after the fireworks show and another one of our friends, Don, an actor who performs in many SCT productions who we met up with at the party and followed us over to the theatre fetched his TV that he has been keeping backstage and Kaes brought taquitos. Very Happy We watched the fireworks (and got tons of kickass photos), someone else on the porch gave us a mostly full bottle of champagne for helping them with something or another, then we headed downstairs to the green room. We set up the Wii, made some taquitos, and played Wii sports until about 4 in the morning. The intent was to play Wii until all the congestion and traffic thinned out, but it was too much of a good time to just do it for a little while. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 7:56 pm

Wow, Martin! It sounds like you had a great time!

And as fellow western Washintonians, both Linda and I can attest to the allure of fresh caught crab as only can be had here. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:02 pm

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Wow, Martin! It sounds like you had a great time!

And as fellow western Washintonians, both Linda and I can attest to the allure of fresh caught crab as only can be had here. Wink

Yep it was swell.

Mhmm there's nothing like it! It melts in your mouth.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:38 am

hey now, we have fresh crabs on the east coast also Mad they just come out of the Atlantic or out of the Chesapeake bay Like a Star @ heaven
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:12 am

Uh-oh! Do I sense an East Coast/West Coast crab-off? Laughing

JK. I do know that you Guys also have some awesome crab out your way. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:33 pm

the only thing I remember about lobster/crab is when we went to our favorite restaurant about 3 months ago, and the family at the table next to me was asked to come up and pick the lobster they wanted out of the tank, and the little girl was crying her eyes out that her daddy was gonna let the cook kill a living animal---

too funny!!!

Christmas was good up here, NYE was good ( no weather related incidents, no deaths in the family for the older folks, no wife still as my girl is still not looking to get married ), and it looks like everyone here on the board got a few musical goodies, and in 2010 we actually may see a bit more posting activity for mp3 clips and videos.

40WattSun is starting to progress, AlienProbe is on the launchPad, and my band CodeWhiskey is still together which is a miracle after a very rocky summer of 2009,and the kids on the board are not in any trouble that we know of.

one more thing, any clips you post on your myspace page that I say are g.r.e.a.t are, but are nothing like your Billy Sheenen sounding soloing. ( and you envy my talent --huh ) - I'll never get to the level of what you do best -

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:08 pm

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the only thing I remember about lobster/crab is when we went to our favorite restaurant about 3 months ago, and the family at the table next to me was asked to come up and pick the lobster they wanted out of the tank, and the little girl was crying her eyes out that her daddy was gonna let the cook kill a living animal---

too funny!!!

hahaha My mom's folks are from around the DC area and OH YEAH....killer seafood. Such a different variety than what we have up here. I'm thankful to have spent another year in Washington--it's a perfect place for me right now.

[quote="amimbari"]Christmas was good up here, NYE was good ( no weather related incidents, no deaths in the family for the older folks, no wife still as my girl is still not looking to get married ), and it looks like everyone here on the board got a few musical goodies, and in 2010 we actually may see a bit more posting activity for mp3 clips and videos.

Here's to another great year!

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40WattSun is starting to progress, AlienProbe is on the launchPad, and my band CodeWhiskey is still together which is a miracle after a very rocky summer of 2009,and the kids on the board are not in any trouble that we know of.

Yet. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:22 pm

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one more thing, any clips you post on your myspace page that I say are g.r.e.a.t are, but are nothing like your Billy Sheenen sounding soloing. ( and you envy my talent --huh ) - I'll never get to the level of what you do best - geek

Embarassed

I can easily say the same thing about you, Bro. I will NEVER have the same level of understanding of the fretboard as you do, period. The fact that you can play flipped, and in so many different tunings shows what I consider to be true and honest talent. The stuff that I do....well....it's just jerking off, you know? Laughing

And fear not. As Alien Probe continues to evolve, you will hear some more of my off-the-wall crap come through. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:00 pm

wanking, not jerking...jerking is so uh, AMERICAN...lol
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:20 pm

i love all kinds of crab. dungeness crab is more like lobster than crab ... or maybe i just never had it fresh.

but nothing compares to maryland blue crab! i recommend if your in that neck of the woods ... the crab trap, st. michaels, md. newsprint paper tablecloth, pitcher of beer, hammer, pick, nutcracker, and a 5 gallon paint bucket of crabs dumped right on the table ... heaven!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:24 pm

and ooooh. even tho i live nearby i am not a big fan of the city of philadelphia ... except for the good stuff like cheesesteaks. philly has the italian market. you can get bushels of blue crab, some of the best fresh linguini on the east coast and jars of gravy made by italian grandmothers with moustaches. take em home and make linguini and crabs .... heaven!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:49 pm

Oh, great....now we're talking about food....good food....good seafood....and I'm hungry....and we don't have any crab here! affraid

And yes Mike....I suppose "jerking" is too domestic a term.

Wanking is good! drunken

Does that make me a wanker? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:11 pm

ya wanking on the guitar or the bass is on the lines of these wanker clips Smile


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and a gazillion other people who do it righthanded like one of my favorites Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:47 pm

Sheesh! It's guys like those two that make me want to go "why the hell am I even trying?"! Laughing

But again, I'm not trying to be anyone but me, and nobody knows better than I do about my limitations as a player. I'm nowhere near the "best" out there, and I'll never claim to be. I just do what I enjoy doing, and that's enough for me. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:19 am

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Sheesh! It's guys like those two that make me want to go "why the hell am I even trying?"! Laughing

But again, I'm not trying to be anyone but me, and nobody knows better than I do about my limitations as a player. I'm nowhere near the "best" out there, and I'll never claim to be. I just do what I enjoy doing, and that's enough for me. Wink
just like the gazilli0n slap-bass players that I will never be Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:36 am

Very Happy Happy New Year to all!
that blue explorer thats on the earlier posts....YES!!!!
I agree, those clips of the two hand monsters are amazing...
great if you are getting paid by the note!!!! like Eric said, just be yourself
and enjoy the ride!
unfortunately, I do not like crab...had a bad one as a kid & swore off 'em...
all the more for them that does!!
freakin freezing here in VA - hot tea & a movie on the menu!!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:30 pm

I to like MM's design...very nice and even has a pointy headstock to make me want it, but I would hope if I ever saw something like that around in blue I would hope I could modify it so I could end up with this: Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:32 pm

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Sheesh! It's guys like those two that make me want to go "why the hell am I even trying?"! Laughing

But again, I'm not trying to be anyone but me, and nobody knows better than I do about my limitations as a player. I'm nowhere near the "best" out there, and I'll never claim to be. I just do what I enjoy doing, and that's enough for me. Wink

I'd love to know a lot of your techniques, i've always wondered how to do that EVH harmonic palm slide thing, i've seen him do it live before, and i was absolutely sure i heard it in your bass solo video from 96 Wink i could never get it right!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:49 pm

I spent it on a boat. Me and my cousins got wasted, smoked Cuban cigars, and then stayed out late partying.

God I love cruises...
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:11 pm

amimbari wrote:
ya wanking on the guitar or the bass is on the lines of these wanker clips Smile




Yeah Kyle Honea!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:25 pm

yeah ... i cant find a decent jackson or charvell or hamer thats set up how i would like. that one amimbari posts is sweet. the gibsons are too tuff to find and they want way too much for them and them and the epiphones play like a plank.

the graphic i layed out below is based on warmoth parts and will be built ... whenever i get around to it. i'm still building the last one ... different pickups / caps / possibly a preamp.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:48 pm

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I'd love to know a lot of your techniques

So would I! Laughing

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i've always wondered how to do that EVH harmonic palm slide thing, i've seen him do it live before, and i was absolutely sure i heard it in your bass solo video from 96 Wink i could never get it right!


OK, all kidding aside. Wink You are correct, Stephen. You do hear me doing that very technique, and it's still one that I use a lot now. It's actually pretty simple to do. The hard part will be in trying to describe it in a typed thread like this.

The way I do it is similar to doing ordinary hammer-ons where the ring and index fingers of the left hand are hammering and pulling-off on the neck, while the right index finger is tapping up higher. The only difference is that, instead of your right finger tapping, you are sort of cupping your right hand and sliding the side of it up the strings while the left hand is hammering and pulling. The result is that you end up pulling out a bunch of harmonics. Now, you also need to have quite a bit of gain on your signal in order for the harmonics to come out. Like, if you were to try this with a totally clean signal, you wouldn't hear anything except for the strings clanking a bit. But since I use a ton of distortion, I can get them out, no prob. This is also how I get my pinch harmonics to scream so loud. I've actually seen people in the crowd cup their ears in pain when I do this! Laughing

Of course, that just means that I did them properly. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:02 pm

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EricHaven wrote:
Sheesh! It's guys like those two that make me want to go "why the hell am I even trying?"! Laughing

But again, I'm not trying to be anyone but me, and nobody knows better than I do about my limitations as a player. I'm nowhere near the "best" out there, and I'll never claim to be. I just do what I enjoy doing, and that's enough for me. Wink

I'd love to know a lot of your techniques, i've always wondered how to do that EVH harmonic palm slide thing, i've seen him do it live before, and i was absolutely sure i heard it in your bass solo video from 96 Wink i could never get it right!

I think I've seen videos of what you're talking about. You see what notes on the fingerboard fit with the nodes by the pickups and slide your finger or something along the string while playing notes on it with the other hand...I don't really know how to describe it.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:48 am

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tekkentool wrote:
I'd love to know a lot of your techniques

So would I! Laughing

tekkentool wrote:
i've always wondered how to do that EVH harmonic palm slide thing, i've seen him do it live before, and i was absolutely sure i heard it in your bass solo video from 96 Wink i could never get it right!


OK, all kidding aside. Wink You are correct, Stephen. You do hear me doing that very technique, and it's still one that I use a lot now. It's actually pretty simple to do. The hard part will be in trying to describe it in a typed thread like this.

The way I do it is similar to doing ordinary hammer-ons where the ring and index fingers of the left hand are hammering and pulling-off on the neck, while the right index finger is tapping up higher. The only difference is that, instead of your right finger tapping, you are sort of cupping your right hand and sliding the side of it up the strings while the left hand is hammering and pulling. The result is that you end up pulling out a bunch of harmonics. Now, you also need to have quite a bit of gain on your signal in order for the harmonics to come out. Like, if you were to try this with a totally clean signal, you wouldn't hear anything except for the strings clanking a bit. But since I use a ton of distortion, I can get them out, no prob. This is also how I get my pinch harmonics to scream so loud. I've actually seen people in the crowd cup their ears in pain when I do this! Laughing

Of course, that just means that I did them properly. Wink

Anyways, did I manage to make any sense?

yes you did! very helpful! i'll hook my bass up to amplitube later and give it a shot! thanks a lot man!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:25 pm

Happy New Year everyone!

I didn't actually do much for New Year's. Just hung out with friends doing a mish-mosh of instrumentation and random games. We actually got so engrossed in our various activities we didn't even see the ball drop on TV Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:17 pm

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tekkentool wrote:
EricHaven wrote:
Sheesh! It's guys like those two that make me want to go "why the hell am I even trying?"! Laughing

But again, I'm not trying to be anyone but me, and nobody knows better than I do about my limitations as a player. I'm nowhere near the "best" out there, and I'll never claim to be. I just do what I enjoy doing, and that's enough for me. Wink

I'd love to know a lot of your techniques, i've always wondered how to do that EVH harmonic palm slide thing, i've seen him do it live before, and i was absolutely sure i heard it in your bass solo video from 96 Wink i could never get it right!

I think I've seen videos of what you're talking about. You see what notes on the fingerboard fit with the nodes by the pickups and slide your finger or something along the string while playing notes on it with the other hand...I don't really know how to describe it.

Yeah that's how.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Wed Jan 06, 2010 6:18 pm

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Happy New Year everyone!

I didn't actually do much for New Year's. Just hung out with friends doing a mish-mosh of instrumentation and random games. We actually got so engrossed in our various activities we didn't even see the ball drop on TV Laughing

That's funny, BM! I fell asleep after getting home, and I woke up literally as they started the final countdown (cue cheesy 80's synth). It was like "whoa...grummph....rub my eyes....what's that on the TV? 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Happy New Year!" Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:38 pm

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Happy New Year everyone!

I didn't actually do much for New Year's. Just hung out with friends doing a mish-mosh of instrumentation and random games. We actually got so engrossed in our various activities we didn't even see the ball drop on TV Laughing

That's funny, BM! I fell asleep after getting home, and I woke up literally as they started the final countdown (cue cheesy 80's synth). It was like "whoa...grummph....rub my eyes....what's that on the TV? 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Happy New Year!" Laughing

ours was very anti-climactic too No
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:11 am

Yeah I love Europe! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:28 am

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Yeah I love Europe! Laughing

The brass sound used for the lead line on europe's the final countdown was A roland Jx-8p. It used Digitally controlled oscillators with analogue filters!



However the line was originally compsoed on a korg polysix!

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 1:41 am

Huh cool. Are you a synth enthusiast, tekkentool?
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:02 am

Chowderboots wrote:
Huh cool. Are you a synth enthusiast, tekkentool?

yes i am!, and i force it on people.

Cool

like you
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:14 am

Do you play piano or just really like the gear?
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 2:21 am

Chowderboots wrote:
Do you play piano or just really like the gear?

Yes i do Very Happy consider myself a keyboardist before a bassist.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:05 pm

Oh, Dude! No need to force that on me! I've been a huge Emerson Lake & Palmer fan for as long as I can remember!
I've even seen them live twice! Keith Emerson is one of my major influences, and far and away my favorite keyboardist.

And no, I am not one myself. But I do love great synth work! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:45 pm

Very Happy KEITH EMERSON IS GOD!!!!!!!!!
I did get to see him ride & trash the Hammond at Radio City in NYC....he is just so beyond...
killer musician and a showman!!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:59 pm

Oh yeah. Not to mention Greg Lake.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:54 pm

EricHaven wrote:
Oh, Dude! No need to force that on me! I've been a huge Emerson Lake & Palmer fan for as long as I can remember!
I've even seen them live twice! Keith Emerson is one of my major influences, and far and away my favorite keyboardist.

And no, I am not one myself. But I do love great synth work! Wink

IT may please you to know then that i'm planning on building a modular system this year, gonna pull out all the classic emerson sounds on her when i've built her up enough!

I'll start with lucky man Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:37 pm

Oh, HELL yes!!! Sounds great, Stephen! Wink

John! I had no idea you were a fan of Keith's! That's totally killer! The first time I saw them was back in the mid-90's, and I was in the second row in front of Keith. I also got to witness him ride/destroy his Hammond, and I was literally overwhelmed to tears! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:42 pm

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Oh, HELL yes!!! Sounds great, Stephen! Wink

John! I had no idea you were a fan of Keith's! That's totally killer! The first time I saw them was back in the mid-90's, and I was in the second row in front of Keith. I also got to witness him ride/destroy his Hammond, and I was literally overwhelmed to tears! Laughing

I've never been a fan of instrument smashing, but what emerson does live is godly.
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:05 pm

Very Happy
I see your point - just smashing an instrument to pieces is inherently dumb...espeically if its a set piece every night...
but giving it a bit of abuse? well, that is more interesting!!! as long as its in the pursuit of getting crazy noises...
ah - the joy of hearing keith Emerson or Jon Lord crash that reverb unit! My brother once has an old Hammond reverb in a box on a cord
and would have it plugged into his spare amp...bring it out at the end of the set , swing it round & slam it "BOOM" on the floor!
yep...lasted about 3 gigs...!
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PostSubject: Re: Happy New Year Everyone!   Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:14 am

That's one of the things I've always dug about Raven, John. Not only the brutal tunes you Guys create, but the brutal nature in which you present them! I know there were many good reasons why Whacko wore a helmet! Laughing Come to think of it, didn't you and Mark also pad up a bit?

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