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  1. Hi Jason, I've had a few people ask about this and I did a blog post about it here:
    If you have any specific questions let me know. If you're not doing multitracking then a Zoom H2 or Drm07 mkii recorder is as good as anything, and is also a useful field recorder.
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    Yup....except right now I'm in Redwater.
  3. Hiya Jason! How goeth the battles? Am I getting the impression you had some tweaking done to your angel? I only had a local luthier (guitar craftsman Del Langejans) replace the nut on Oliva, and she still plays and sounds like a dream. I'm more often doing guitar work now in a band, but we do get some instrumentals in where I'll strap Oliva on and make her sing! (

    Hope all is well... been a while and I've not had much time getting onto the Cafe' site! - Mark
  4. Hey Jason,
    How are you? Having a good summer? I'm going to be in Calgary again this October for the Wordfest literary festival. It would be nice to get together for a bite like last time, maybe go to the irish centre to jam. I think I will have Wed oct. 14 evening free--as far as I know anyway. But maybe you'll be busy. Anyway, let me know. Best, Cary
  5. Hey Craig! Ditto.

    Michael Heiden wove some of his magic over my mandolin, and my goodness, it plays much better now. It is seriously making me want to save up another 6 grand and get one of his A styles.
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    Hey Jason
    Hope all is well. It has been a while.
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First jam in Calgary tonight in a long while

by jasona on Jan-29-2015 at 7:55pm
we'll see how many songs I'm going to have to learn in the next month or two

How I built my beginner's home recording studio

by jasona on Jan-20-2015 at 11:44pm
Documented in this thread on the Cafe. I asked lots of questions, folks with a lot of knowledge replied, I did some research and asked more as I learned more, and here we are. I am bookmarking this partially for myself, but also in the hopes it can help others first approaching the really complicated, and somewhat confusing, world of home recording.

Learning to read standard notation

by jasona on Apr-18-2013 at 12:44am
Not difficult.

I learned to do it as a child, and now I am being pushed by Mike Marshall to do it again. How I have gone about it.

  1. Drill on the flash cards on
  2. Did the first couple of exercises in Marylinn Mair's book.
  3. Picked a simple tune from the Fiddler's Fakebook.

Point 1: teaches you the notes on the staff (if you don't already know them from Every Good Boys Deserve Fudge type mnemonics) and more importantly where they lay on the fretboard.

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Song projects

Created a spreadsheet

by jasona on Apr-14-2013 at 5:23pm
...of songs I know or once could play before one of my recent hiatuses from playing. Count is up to 41! So why do I have such a hard time remembering a tune at a jam?

Another jam, 2013 it is finally happening!

by jasona on Mar-27-2013 at 2:17pm
And with it another lesson. The version of Bill Cheetam I learned (from lessons of all things) has the B part in the wrong key! Its more of a harmony line. I played it through once, thinking "that sounds off, maybe its my timing" and the second time I was like "oh dear". So I turned to the jam leader Ran Bush and asked him if I were in the wrong key. He chuckled and said "yeah, you have a jazzy thing going there" D'oh! But the Tuesday jams at the 5th String in Berkeley

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