In my band days, I was the guitar player, and it's kind of pointless to play guitar solos when there isn't a rhythm section holding down the rest of the song. So, I use backing tracks. Some of the trax I make myself, some I buy, then doctor to my liking... but all of them have a significant contribution from me in one way or another.
My other hobby is animation, and occasionally my shows will contain animated background scenes... especially showing my backup band of mini crocs.
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I spend most of my time outside StreetJelly just avoiding poachers.
Sometimes I go to the local watering hole and pretend to be a log in the water, in hopes of a dumb gazelle coming too close to get a drink. When that happens I try to lunge forward and bite them on the head until they're food. (You might have seen the video on NatGeo. )
Unfortunately, today's gazelles all have an app on their phone that gives them GPS coordinates of all the crocodiles nearby, so my presence isn't nearly as scary as it once was. So now I mostly hang out on SJ and listen to music. There are no gazelles here to taunt me.
ha! Like I'm going to tell THAT story? No way!
But I will say that in the context of SJ, I am most likely to be embarrassed when streaming live and things start to go wrong. Usually because something that I'm expecting to happen automatically fails to happen. I rely heavily on MIDI automation because I don't think fast... but my inability to think fast makes it harder to recover when things go wrong and I have to troubleshoot in real time with an audience watching.
But the good news is that if my worst problem is a performance glitch... that means my life is going pretty well. There are lots worse problems to deal with than performance glitches!
1) All of my gear is rack mounted and MIDI controllable
2) Band in a Box is used to create and edit the trax I don't buy
3) I use a laptop to deliver my backing tracks, specifically so I can embed MIDI commands in each song to automatically set volumes, effects, increase the gain for guitar solos, turn harmonies on and off, pick the right amp simulator for each song, apply a virtual capo etc. I learned long ago that having to stomp on pedals was enough of a distraction to create train wrecks, so there is considerable up-front work in all of my songs to make everything happen seamlessly at the right time. Settings for each song are totally different
4) the modules in my rack are:
-- Behringer VAMP amp simulator/guitar effects
-- TC Helicon Voiceworks for vocal harmonies and FX
-- Presonus Studo Channel to add tube warmth, compression and EQ to vocals
-- BBE Sonic Maximizer (which magically makes streamed trax sound clearer)
-- Behringer Eurorack Mixer
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- “songs with guitar solos pt 1“
“You made my heart sing.”
“Thanks for playing my song.”
“I bow to your Godliness.”