A thread for musicians

@tapevulture#16817 nah, it wasn‘t bad, but it’s only the basics of it. the original has more notes.

@seasons#16847 like it a lot, good job~

@tapevulture#16849 appreciate that. thanks for giving it a listen.

@billy#16610 i remember you posting this album awhile ago. every time i successfully navigate a social situation and trick someone into thinking i have a modicum of empathy the title track sensitive man immediately starts playing in my head.

Released a song today! Bandcamp / Spotify Project is called “alone@home” and it's my birthday!! 0:-)

Hey @well-adjusted-guy#16527. The World of Sports hit me hard. That 70s feel is nice, and so is that flute/vocal melody. I think I felt that certain way at work the last couple days, but a little less so after listening. Anyway, looking forward to any other stuff you make!

aw man, I'm so jelly of all you musicians! Music is the one thing that is always there for me, and I always spite myself for not knowing how to make any of it on my own.

I'll definitely be checking out all your stuff @well-adjusted-guy @milo @billy @devilsblush @seasons @GuyOnline I hope I didnt miss anyone lol. Please maybe expect some sales during the next bandcamp friday :)

lately I have been speaking with a musician on a dating app btw and I'm back on my "I should learn guitar to impress a girl" attitude, except now I actually want to do it. I do own a simple acoustic, does anyone recommend a good first step in online courses or something??


I think, if you're just starting out with no experience, just get used to having your fingers on the fretboard making chords. The song I always recommend to beginners is Earth Angel. Start out slow, making sure your fingers are hitting the cords positions correctly so they sound nice. From there, practice moving between chords slowly until you get more confident in cord changes.

After that just keep learning new chords. Look up some simple 4 chord songs you like (lots of classic rock, the Beatles have a lot of simple strummy songs) and just try to memorize different chords and patterns.

Maybe someone else can recommend a good online lesson, but I was self taught after a semester in high school and that's how I remember learning pretty quickly.

Good luck!

@milo#17064 chords?!?! what's that?!?!

isn't that where you hit more than one note at the same time to make new sounds??

geez... way to advanced for my level right now lol

@p3ters#17059 One thing that I think is critical is picking a song that you really like to start with. In my opinion guitar has a higher learning curve than say like piano, not least because your fingers will hurt. But it‘s kind of magical to hear a song that you know actually come out of an instrument you’re playing and that should keep you going

The hard thing is finding a song that's accessible enough for someone who's just starting. If you like the Beatles I agree they're a good bet, might be good to pick a song without any barre chords, which are typically F and B. Early Dylan is good too

Also I've never used it but if structure helps you I've heard a number of people recommend Justinguitar

@p3ters#17059 I recommend following David Fair's evergreen advice on how to play guitar:


How to play Guitar

>by David Fair [of Half Japanese]


I taught myself to play guitar. It‘s incredibly easy when you understand the science of it. The skinny strings play the high sounds, and the fat strings play the low sounds. If you put your finger on the string farther out by the tuning end it makes a lower sound. If you want to play fast, move your hand fast and if you want to play slower move your hand slower. That’s all there is to it. You can learn the names of notes and how to make chords that other people use, but that‘s pretty limiting. Even if you took a few years and learned all the chords you’d still have a limited number of options.


If you ignore the chords your options are infinite and you can master guitar playing in one day.

Traditionally, guitars have a fat string on the top and they get skinnier and skinnier as they go down. But the thing to remember is it‘s your guitar and you can put whatever you want on it. I like to put six different sized strings on it because that gives the most variety, but my brother used to put all of the same thickness on so he wouldn’t have so much to worry about. What ever string he hit had to be the right one because they were all the same.


Tuning the guitar is kind of a ridiculous notion. If you have to wind the tuning pegs to just a certain place, that implies that every other place would be wrong. But that‘s absurd. How could it be wrong? It’s your guitar and you‘re the one playing it. It’s completely up to you to decide how it should sound. In fact I don‘t tune by the sound at all. I wind the strings until they’re all about the same tightness. I highly recommend electric guitars for a couple of reasons. First of all they don‘t depend on body resonating for the sound so it doesn’t matter if you paint them. As also, if you put all the knobs on your amplifier on 10 you can get a much higher reaction to effort ratio with an electric guitar than you can with an acoustic. Just a tiny tap on the strings can rattle your windows, and when you slam the strings, with your amp on 10, you can strip the paint off the walls.


The first guitar I bought was a Silvertone. Later I bought a Fender Telecaster, but it really doesn‘t matter what kind you buy as long as the tuning pegs are on the end of the neck where they belong. A few years back someone came out with a guitar that tunes at the other end. I’ve never tried one. I guess they sound alright but they look ridiculous and I imagine you‘d feel pretty foolish holding one. That would affect your playing. The idea isn’t to feel foolish. The idea is to put a pick in one hand and a guitar in the other and with a tiny movement rule the world.

i shot, scored, and performed this. its a vibe thing mostly, a respite thing hopefully. any feedback would be nice. you can be merciless if you like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06nyEijEQ1M

@p3ters#17197 another thought i had…chord books are good. again if you like the beatles this rules:


very nice to just flip through the book and try stuff. if one doesn't work for you just try something else. you can basically learn every chord shape this way

alternately just start with the riff to Dammit by blink 182 which is what 90% of people do

@well-adjusted-guy#16527 your shit is so good dude. i like your band but i like the world of sports stuff even more. it‘s so fully formed. to certain people this will be an insult but it reminds me so much of certain songs off of MGMT’s second album, which i love so much. did you record it at home?

edit.........dang saddest beam has really good Sonic 1 sounds

hm well i've now got the last 3 posts on this thread but @milo just checked out your tunes, i enjoyed listening to the bub-bubs from your Jazz. personally i liked the way it was mixed, esp. for that type of music. sounds nice and raw. was it recorded live?


Hey thanks a bunch!!! Appreciate the feedback! We recorded those ones studio style actually, piece by piece.

Also, your comment about @well-adjusted-guy 's music resembling MGMT makes me wanna go back and dig in some more. I freakin love Congratulations way more than their first album.

Also, also... I just realized my old soundcloud still exists with some solo stuff I did years ago. I'll start off with this little cover of Ice Cap Zone I did that was rejected by OC Remix.

[If I Stop Moving I'll Freeze To Death](https://soundcloud.com/mylz_music/if-i-stop-moving-ill-freeze-to)

These are just some bedroom jams I put together:




And some music that I kinda sorta wrote for a video game:

[Tesla's Revenge](https://soundcloud.com/mylz_music/teslas-revenge)

[The Labs](https://soundcloud.com/mylz_music/the-labs)


@tapevulture#17241 Thanks! I did record it at home. Only thing I didn‘t do was the mastering. For that, I payed for Abbey Road’s online mastering service. And I‘m in no way offended by the MGMT comment. I’ve been into them for years now.

@milo#17298 Kinda sorta? Is it a game that can be played? I really dig the tunes.


Thanks!!! The game is still being developed but you can check it out [here](https://www.petrichorgame.com) and download a demo. The music featured in the demo is more of a collaboration with the aforementioned band than solo work.

haha thanks @tapevulture and @bodydouble

dang I really don't know much about Beatles music, but if they're simple and a good way to learn then maybe I'll soon become more familiar with their songs lol

I was able to tune my guitar yesterday. Crazy that they got iphone apps that'll do it for you now O_o But the next step would just be to consume whatever free youtube and skillshare vids I can find, just to get used to my hands being where they're supposed to, then after I feel a bit more comfortable we'll see what's next :p

@well-adjusted-guy#17405 what was your setup for recording the vocals?