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    Do we like Valley Arts Strats?

    ..and Warmoth are still offering the exact same bodies and necks (with a different headstock shape) that were used for Valley Arts guitars:
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    Which software to get?

    Good luck finding an audio interface that is compatible with Linux. And not a single one of the major plugin manufacturers offers Linux compatible plugins - no UAD, Plugin Alliance, Waves, etc. Nothing against Linux - more efficient and secure than Windows any day, especially if you want to run...
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    Apple Lossless

    Your confusing mp3 playback and psychoacoustics (the brain makes up for missing information) with conversion to Apple Lossless. Do a null test between an mp3 and the converted ALAC file, and you will see that they are completely identical. No need to speculate about something that's so easy to...
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    Apple Lossless

    No. It's called lossless because there is no loss compared to the original file, which, in your case, is an mp3. To compare it to another kind of lossless compression: When you zip a word document and later unzip it, no letters are missing in the text. Repeat it 1,000 times, still no letters...
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    My iPad

    Assuming it's a hardware issue - when you talk to Apple support, you can ask for an exception to get a free out of warranty repair. They have the authority to provide that, if they think it's justified (meaning, if someone damaged the iPad by accident by sitting on it, they would not provide an...
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    Apple Lossless

    There seems to be some confusion here. When you have a mp3 file and convert it to Apple Lossless in iTunes, the poor audio quality will remain. But: If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can delete any compressed audio file in iTunes, and re-download it to get the truly lossless...
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    Midi Controller For Guitar

    Not necessarily. When working with MIDI guitar, it's essential to modify synth sounds for guitar use. Most presets are made for keyboards. They're useful as a starting point, but nothing more than that. Keyboards have the advantage of a mod wheel. No such thing for MIDI guitar. When I...
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    Midi Controller For Guitar

    Fishman Triple Play here. On the plus side: the tracking is absolutely fantastic. On the minus side: the hardware design is terrible. The software design is even worse than the hardware design. Best to ignore the software for anything beyond initial setup, and use a DAW instead.
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    Feeling small

    ...and the only ones who care about how fast something is played are other guitarists. No regular music listener ever gives a flying flip about how fast anything is played on any instrument - because it does not matter.
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    So your theory is that theory is not necessarily theoretical. :)
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    Feeling small

    Welcome to the club. Every artist - EVERY SINGLE ONE, REGARDLESS HOW GOOD - suffers from the same self doubt. How do you think Jeff Beck feels when he sees Allan Holdsworth do things Beck never could do? Holdsworth, who was a genius at the very top level of best guitarists on the planet -...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    Learning the term 'chord' and understanding the music theory underpinnings of what exactly the term means are two entirely different things. 'Chord' means - you play 3 or more notes at the same time - the underlying principle of choosing the notes is stacking 'same name' intervals - stacking...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    I seem to faintly remember that it had something to do with how the letters were drawn, with h being the same as a squarely drawn b with the bottom line missing. Edit: so that was, kind of, half right, or maybe mostly wrong.. :) In the Middle Ages, there were two variants of the note, 'b...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    I remember Pat Metheny telling that's how he learned. He knew exactly what a symmetrical diminished scale is, how to play it all over the fretboard, how it sounds, how to use it in context - but didn't learn it's called 'symmetrical diminished' until he went to college. Because he learned it by...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    OK, this goes beyond just music theory, and into the area of teaching and learning in general. I've come to a point where I think that figuring out things for yourself helps more, and means deeper and more meaningful learning, than taking lessons from any teacher, video or book can provide...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    One of the few things that all the people in the world have in common is that they all only like good music. :)
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    Two sides to this: there's taste in music - everyone has his/her own taste, they are all different, all is good. The other side - and this may be a bitter pill for some to swallow - there is no intrinsic 'value' in music, in the sense that any piece of music can be objectively better than any...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    A lot of the misunderstanding comes from confusing the terms 'theory' and 'hypothesis'. A hypothesis is just an idea that may or may not be proven. A scientific theory describes something that is observable, measurable, reproducible, and has the same results every time. So the 'theory' of...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    Fun fact - there is actually a key of H. And H minor - like in Bach's 'H-Moll Messe'. In German theory - many well known classical composers were German - the note H is the same as B in English, and the note B is the same as Bb in English. So the H Dur (=major) scale has 5 sharps. C major...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    ...and thinking more about language<>music - I wonder what a punk song would sound like when sung in Klingon - maybe even better than Polish?? Wondering, in general, about the sound (not lyrics) of language, and how it informs the rest of the music. When I hear Brazilian Portuguese, the sound...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    Hey, I was, at least half, joking. I completely agree that music theory is helpful - the more you know, the better off you are. I don't speak Polish either - but the first time I heard a Polish punk song, I thought 'that's it, this works so much better than English', because of the harder...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    Entirely subjective opinion - when you want to play power chord punk songs, the thing to do is not to learn theory to mess up chords that work perfectly well for the genre with things that may work in theory - the thing to do is to learn Polish, because Polish is, without a doubt, the absolute...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    Many years ago, I took a music theory college class, where, among other things, we looked at introductions of Beethoven compositions, and analysed them. I remember we only analysed the introductions, not the rest of the composition, because the theory used to analyse the introductions would...
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    I would say we disagree a little. :) Very cool, interesting thread you started here, good discussion, so thanks!
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    What "Music Theory" REALLY Is... imho...

    It's part of today's convention of western music, but there is no such thing as 'today's accepted music theory' - just one that is widely taught in Europe and the US, but pretty meaningless for music from many other parts of the world. Not to de-value western theory - it's highly useful for...


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