Category: Music

[Question] What are some signs that separate an experienced gigging musician from a first time performer?

Hello! I am a 15 year old guitarist, and I have been playing since I was 5.

My friend's band is playing at Jubilee Day, the largest one-day festival on the east coast. Their lead guitarist isn't available, so my friend messaged me and asked if I could fill in. I said yes right away, as I didn't want to miss this opportunity.

Anyways, this will be my first performance (other than recitals). Are there any things that separates an experienced performer from a first timer? Thank you in advance for your help.

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[QUESTION] OK to connect interface’s monitor outputs to amp’s FX return R/L?

I'm getting an interface (a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4) that offers 2 x 1/4" balanced line outputs for monitors (as well as 4 x RCA outputs and a stereo headphone output). Can I connect this pair of outs to my Marshall AVT275's pair of FX return jack sockets (since the amp contains my only available 'large' speakers right now)?

I gather I can't connect directly to the speakers themselves (which connect to the 'head' via loudspeaker jack sockets) because the signal from the interface needs to be amplified. Is the connection I'm thinking of optimal given the available connectors? I'm new to the digital way of doing things but guess I want the (amp-simmed) signal the interface outputs to be preserved as fully as possible before reaching my ears. (I have monitor 'phones but can't annoy the neighbours with those).

Edit: [If the connection IS optimal:] Amp has an 'FX Level' button – manual reads "This should be set to match the level of the processor being used (-10dB for a stompbox, + 4dB for a professional, rack unit)". Interface specs say Line Out (TRS) Max Output is +10 dBu, so the FX Level button should be set to -10dB, yes? There's also an FX Loop Mix dial on front panel that I guess will behave a bit differently if there's no guitar connected directly to amp(!)

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[QUESTION] 2016 Fender Baja Telecaster for $700 or 2011 Fender American Deluxe for $1000?

Is the Deluxe that much of an upgrade to sacrifice an extra $300 and 5 years? I've mainly played acoustics, but would like to buy a nice electric guitar for once, but don't know too much about Telecasters. Thanks!

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Let’s talk compare and contrast DI boxes and which ones shine for certain genres and tones

Hey Bassit, you guys are one of my favorite communities here.

I've been trying to figure this out through online search but I'm having trouble.

Can we talk about all the famous DI boxes and which one to get if we are looking for a certain sound?

I'll start. And have no idea which DI box to get. I'm using a MIJ Fender Jazz Bass, made in the 90's, not even sure if they have passive or active pickups. I'm looking for thick funk tones, and will be plugging them into a Focusrite Saffire Pro, will possibly use Amplitube or Guitar Rig to further shape the sound. What should I be looking for?

The Radial JDI is at the top of my list, but to be honest I'm not even sure why. Thanks guys!

Edit: sorry about the title

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[QUESTION] What are some skills/knowledge that sets apart beginner guitarists from intermediate?

What is essential for a beginner guitarist to know/understand to be at an intermediate skill level?

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[QUESTION] Tuners breaking off acoustic help

I found a cheap acoustic a few months ago and I never bothered to play it much. I changed strings on it once but I don't remember what tension they were. The guitar sat unused for a long time until the strings rusted. While changing the strings today (.009-.045) I noticed two of the tuners had started breaking off in the back where they are screwed onto the headstock. I'm afraid of tuning the guitar to standard. It seems to be fine when tuned a full step down but i'm worried that tuning any higher might damage the headstock further. Any advice?

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