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They're pretty decent quality things: speakers,
microphones, audio interface... things like that. Not
like the highest level, but decent ones. I think that's
something to look at.
But then the next thing is really getting in there and
experimenting with it all. I would just dedicate an
afternoon to that. Google is my best friend, because
you can ask any question you want and someone
has already asked it. And no one knows you're asking it, because you're on that side of the computer. I
Google questions all the time, and it'll send me to
Logic site-or whatever it may be-and I find
answers that way a lot. So I think a real easy thing
anyone can do, with any beginner questions especially-just get on that computer.

record it and record it, and record it until I get...
And I'm to the point now where I don't settle for
comping it. I want to get the one fluid take that's
awesome instead. But in a lot of cases you don't
need to be virtuosic, you just need to be functional for TV. Wouldn't you guys agree?
Elizabeth: Dean Krippaehne talks a lot about
that in his books. I actually have piano chops
and it's kind of bad, because I play too many
notes. Then, with guitars, I've had maybe a
few lessons when I was eight years old. But I
played around on the guitar enough to just
get the coordination. But with guitar, I just
use them to add organic elements [the sound
and texture] to recordings. I don't have chops
on the guitar, really, and I do a lot of alternate tuning. It's my way of cheating-my

secret tips for you all. [laughter] I basically
just have something playing and, "Oh, I'm
gonna add guitar to this," or I have a bunch
of different string instruments. So I basically
just sit there and I tune the instrument to the
song, almost by ear, usually. So now when
you play it, you really don't need a lot of fingers over here, you just, "Oh, one finger, that
sounds great." That's how I cheat. Because I
don't have a lot of technique on guitar, it
forces me to play really, really simple
melodies. And those tracks probably come
out more ... they might come out more marketable sometimes than more complex stuff!
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CK: Were you here when I mentioned Lynda.com?
I am just reiterating that because it could be free
through your public library. It's got GarageBand
instructions. They've got video courses broken up
into small chunks with transcription so can take the
words and paste them into something to study
later.
Doug: I'd also like to add to that, MacroVideo.com.
That's another kind of educational website that you
can just pause that particular lesson. They'll have an
entire unit broken into three-minute lessons, so you
can kind of pause things and go one by one and
just take your time. But they're not free.
And there's no problem that can't be solved with
YouTube. I'm always amazed. No matter what it is,
somebody has done it on YouTube. But you need to
filter the good advice from the less-than-good.
Doug: I'm glad you said that Michael, because I do
want to note that while YouTube can be a resource,
there's no quality of content screening. So you can
get misled very, very easily on YouTube. So the 50
bucks that you pay to be able to have your proper
lessons is going to be worth it.
Anybody, or all of you, can answer this question: If
you're primarily a keyboard player and you need a guitar part, or vice-versa, or you need a flautist, or you
need a banjo part, or whatever. How have you guys
overcome that? Have you had that situation, and how
did you overcome it?
CK: I'm self-taught on guitar, and I'm functional on
ukulele and mandolin and whatnot. And when I
say functional, for those of you who are writing
music for TV, sometimes all you need is the flavor.
You know, ukulele evokes a vibe, and mandolin
evokes genres and a vibe, and you don't typically
even want to play anything complicated. So I am
not shredding, and on the rare occasion where I
really need to do a shredding guitar solo, I practice
and practice it and practice it, and then I put
"cycle record" on and I play it and I play it, and
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