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#225192 - 12/02/13 10:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: CRANKIN' [Re: Steve Young]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Hey Steve,

Alright, I will admit to using an artificial device without which I could never have played Crankin'.

And, believe me, it hurts to confess this, because I have on occasion swaggered my vanity around saying, "Oh, man, that kind of thing, that's just for kids."

So, OK, I did it: I used a pick.

I know, I've insisted that I play with my thumb and 99% of the time I do. But velocity like that is out of range for my thumb. Wouldn't recording at slow speed and then speeding up the playback produce something like the guitar equivalent of Alvin and the Chipmunks? I remember doing stuff like that with a tape recorder when I was a kid. Doing it in the other direction, I became "the monster from beneath the sea."

But my avatar carries a message: I've always had a "hot hand" on the instrument. There are plenty of players a lot faster than I am, but sheer speed devoid of ideas doesn't cut it - at least, not for me.

I'm flattered by your remarks and glad you liked the tune.


#225386 - 12/03/13 04:27 PM [User Showcase] Re: CRANKIN' [Re: aleck rand]
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Registered: 05/23/10
Posts: 1613
Loc: New Zealand

#225485 - 12/03/13 10:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: CRANKIN' [Re: RichMac]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Thank you RichMac,

Really glad you enjoyed it.

Dean Clark (aka Aleck Rand)

#225531 - 12/04/13 02:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: CRANKIN' [Re: aleck rand]
Achordocaster Offline

Registered: 02/11/10
Posts: 522
Loc: Grand Junction, Colorado USA
That there was some fine pickin! Great jam. It was cookin right along.


#225578 - 12/04/13 09:10 AM [User Showcase] Re: CRANKIN' [Re: Achordocaster]
aleck rand Offline

Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 958
Hi Greg,

Along with the cookin', throw my fingertips on the grill. Burnt steak, man. But worth it, to hear kind responses like yours.


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New Video - Installing Band-in-a-Box® from the Flash Drive Tutorial

When you order directly from us, there's an option to have your Band-in-a-Box® Pro, MegaPAK, or PlusPAK installation files sent to you on a flash drive (instead of DVD).
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