Are you getting ready to bounce song stems in Ableton Live? Be aware of the problems that can arise before you render your tracks out.
1 – Quickly Check Your Mix In Mono. Have you ever heard about the benefits of checking your mix in mono? When you put a mix in mono you can accurately hear how the volume of each track correspond with each other. Many people will test the mix in mono to see if certain […]
“Modern Life” all started off one day when I went over to my drummer friend Joey Hennigan’s house. I brought a little Casio SK-1 sampler keyboard and Joey played some cool stuff on it. He played that awesome intro keyboard lick. We didn’t do much with it, but a year or so later I found that lick in my recordings and started playing with it.
“Words” is a song about society, honesty, gossip and influential pressure. I wrote the verse melody first on guitar, then slowly started on the chorus. Feeling kinda stuck, I aked my brother Justin Stills to help cowrite the lyrics. We wrote the chorus together and tether on the verses.
It is hard to say exactly when I started listening to indie rock. I think it was when I worked at a record store in Eugene, Oregon. Indie bands were coming up. The Modest Mouse, the Polvo, the Blonde Redhead. It slowly started brewing up in the shop and over at friends houses. Eugene is a […]
I wrote this song about my father. I lost my father in a car accident when was I two . And even though he is not here with me, There has been points in my life when I felt his spirit come out of the unseen to help guide me. Previously I threw down a […]
I really had a good time recording this song with JJ Johnson, Leigh Sogoloff and Vinnie Castaldo at The Tone Factory recording studios. While my original demo version was a Beatles sounding song, I am a lot happier with the way JJ Johnson produced it. It really turned it into a hot groove with lots […]
Easy Guitar Octave Slide Lick Lesson In this easy guitar lick lesson I show you a trick to move quickly up the neck while your soloing. It is as easy as playing the same scale position up an octave higher. This way you don’t have to try to figure out what scale […]
Does your guitar fretting hand ever hurt from playing too much? Here are 4 easy guitar lessons that can help relieve fretting hand pain. I love playing guitar. I love playing it so much that I used to play up to 6 hours at a time (with some breaks) as a street musician. I hurt my fretting […]
It is a good idea to have your merchandise out and ready when your performing. Until I make The Second Spirit boots, I can start branding boots with stickers. How far can you take your music merchandise?