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I'm retired, and I live alone. The main band I play with has suspended all gigs and rehearsals. I'm staying at home whenever I possibly can, and I'm crawling the walls. And it's only Day 1 of the "You must stay at home" situation.

Other than jamming along to YouTube, what are other people doing to keep playing? What ways are there of playing/cooperating with other musicians without physically meeting them? I'm certain this has been discussed in the CV threads, but I can't face the prospect of trawling through 100+ pages. 

Oh, and by the way, I'm not especially IT oriented, so talk of MIDI and DAW and such like may leave me floundering. Sorry.

 

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Well, if you get the drummer to make a track, you can put a bassline on it and pass it round to the others in the band?

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11 minutes ago, Woodinblack said:

Well, if you get the drummer to make a track, you can put a bassline on it and pass it round to the others in the band?

This.

 

Zoom and Skype etc have too much lag to actually play together.

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11 minutes ago, Woodinblack said:

Well, if you get the drummer to make a track, you can put a bassline on it and pass it round to the others in the band?

OK - Please pardon my ignorance, but how would I do that?

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11 minutes ago, solo4652 said:

OK - Please pardon my ignorance, but how would I do that?

Use a DAW and an interface with your PC

 

Reaper is a free DAW and easy to use. Drummer does his bit and emails it to you. You open the file in Reaper, plug your bass into an interface and record your part as another track. You can either just record direct or you can use a software plugin to emulate an amplifier. When you have recorded your part You then email that to your guitarist etc etc

 

Each person adds their bit in turn. Many albums are recorded this way these days. Don't have to turn up to the studio anymore.

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Plenty of drum tracks on YouTube if you want to try jamming out some home-made riffs or suchlike.

 

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1 hour ago, BigRedX said:

Learn some more instruments.

Good call. I'll just pop out and buy one... ah.

 

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6 hours ago, fretmeister said:

Use a DAW and an interface with your PC

 

Reaper is a free DAW and easy to use. Drummer does his bit and emails it to you. You open the file in Reaper, plug your bass into an interface and record your part as another track. You can either just record direct or you can use a software plugin to emulate an amplifier. When you have recorded your part You then email that to your guitarist etc etc

 

Each person adds their bit in turn. Many albums are recorded this way these days. Don't have to turn up to the studio anymore.

Reaper isn’t free, you have a free trial, they expect you to pay for it if you like it. It’s very cheap too. 
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15 hours ago, Rich said:

Good call. I'll just pop out and buy one... ah.

Online delivery still available!

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I know, I was just being facetious. :) God knows we could do with a bit of a chuckle at the mo.

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Posted (edited)

I've mentioned it on another thread. I discovered a tool in Reaper called Ninjam. It allows you to play and record with others remotely. Instead of trying to remove any latency, it actually adds it.

There's something about it here:

https://www.freewebs.com/arxeia/Ninjam_User_Guide.pdf

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21 hours ago, solo4652 said:

I'm retired, and I live alone. The main band I play with has suspended all gigs and rehearsals. I'm staying at home whenever I possibly can, and I'm crawling the walls. And it's only Day 1 of the "You must stay at home" situation.

Other than jamming along to YouTube, what are other people doing to keep playing? What ways are there of playing/cooperating with other musicians without physically meeting them? I'm certain this has been discussed in the CV threads, but I can't face the prospect of trawling through 100+ pages. 

Oh, and by the way, I'm not especially IT oriented, so talk of MIDI and DAW and such like may leave me floundering. Sorry.

 

This will end and you'll be back together again, if you are anything like our band this is the chance to refresh your set list, if you all learn a song a week it'll give some focus to your practice. mind you with the lack of focus I'm also learning a load of songs the rest of the band don't like, :)

I'm also looking to extend my range, I love Soul music but there's quite a high entry hurdle when moving from pop/rock this is a chance to build up some new skills. Playing regularly with covers bands can be a bit of a treadmill even though every gig still gives me a bit of a thrill.

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22 hours ago, solo4652 said:

Oh, and by the way, I'm not especially IT oriented, so talk of MIDI and DAW and such like may leave me floundering. Sorry.

Well you probably now have the time to change that 😉

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2 hours ago, dave_bass5 said:

Well you probably now have the time to change that 😉

Yep - Yesterday, I started to do some basic web research about DAWs and stuff. Quick Google of "Best free DAW" threw up quite a few suggestions, one of which was Tracktion 7. On the T7 website was a link to a YouTube video "Tracktion T7 overview". Aha, I thought  - a simple, staightforward introduction to what DAWs are and what they do. Then I played it. I have no idea at all what I was looking at - put me right off the whole idea.

 

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I personally have not used any of the free ones. I find they look quite intimidating compared to the paid for ones. This is just my limited experience though. On my PC i have Sonar and Adobe Auditon, which i know well enough, but last year I brought a cheap Zoom R8 recorder. Its more like a digital Portastudio. This does me for messing about at home, and has a built in drum machine/amp sims etc. 

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This is what I do to keep playing and let my creative juices loose.

Really, it’s awesome fun , I am amazed more people don’t get involved.

next week when the voting is done and a new picture is posted, you can set your creativity free and practice your writing, playing, recording and production skills 

its a proper win, win, win, win B|

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8 hours ago, Rich said:

I know, I was just being facetious. :) God knows we could do with a bit of a chuckle at the mo.

Well, get a banjo then!

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No thanks, I want to keep the few friends I've got :lol:

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14 minutes ago, Rich said:

No thanks, I want to keep the few friends I've got :lol:

At least you wouldn’t need to worry about any close social interaction 😂

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