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Old 12-09-2011, 02:19 PM
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I'm interested in learning more about the possibilities of using a laptop as a solo singer/guitarist. Your experience would be appreciated.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:37 PM
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I'm interested in learning more about the possibilities of using a laptop as a solo singer/guitarist. Your experience would be appreciated.

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Hi Tim...
What are you thinking of it for?

If charts and song lists, an iPad (or other 9-10 inch tablet device) is a much more useful and more portable device.

I use an iPad2 on a mini-music stand that clamps onto my mic stand.





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Old 12-11-2011, 10:53 PM
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I started using an Android tablet in a band I'm currently playing bass in.

The downside of it is that I'm used to using paper and being able to make quick notes as things progress. If we decide to change something or I'm missing something in there I need to edit the file and that isn't anywhere as easy or quick as just using a pen or pencil. I also found that those scribblings sometimes would act as memory triggers for me; a well-placed expletive in regards to where the bridge starts or some dynamic just sits in my brain a little better and I do find that I miss that to some extent. There's a twisted satisfaction I get from it.

The upside is that I'm not dragging a big binder or two around anymore ina backpack. I don't worry about pages falling out. I don't worry about the ever-present weasel that doesn't have their homework done wanting to "borrow" my sheet for a rehearsal. I have a good working backup copy of it on a computer and a memory stick. I also don't have to flip around between pages.

...and there's the ever-present playing of "Angry Birds" while the lead-singer and keyboard player try and figure out which end is up on a part when one of them it turns out really didn't do their homework.

In short I think it's an incredibly cool tool that's maybe not totally ready for prime time for most, but in time it will be something that many more will take to as the tools are developed for it.
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:46 PM
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Anyone using the laptop for effects (guitar and vocals)?
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Old 12-12-2011, 04:27 PM
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I dunno. I used to lurk on this usenet group, "soloact" something or other. I first thought it was guys like us but it turned out to be guys who did the one man band thing in casinos and on cruise ships with synths, tracks and MIDI everything all controlled by computer, even the lights. Reading their posts about computer crashes shutting them down prompted me to remain as low tech as possible. If you're going to trust the success of your gig to a laptop, make sure it's one serious laptop. And that you can read the screen outside if you'll be playing in sunlight.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:35 PM
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[QUOTE=Earthworm;2856127]I'm interested in learning more about the possibilities of using a laptop as a solo singer/guitarist. Your experience would be appreciated.

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Hi Tim, this one for your original request.

I guess it's just another "Late than never" to chime in about my experience with laptop. I also considered myself as a (beginner) solo singer/guitarist.

First I thought I was going to bypass your request. But when I got into your YT site and watch quite a few of yours I changed my mind!

What I did with my laptop was using "Words" to put the lyric/chord for the new songs that I just learn to play/sing in my repertoire that I didn't quite memorize them either lyric or chord. I did that just for couple of months and then began to realize that it became a crutch for me!!

To me (alone?) it didn't really help me to memorize what I wanted to. It seemed like it blocked my brain to think (about lyric/chord) and just used my eyes and mouth to read/sing from what I saw at my laptop so I stop using it and get back to the "If you don't memorize the lyric/chord then don't do it in public."

I watched your performance at YT clips and like what I saw, you didn't have any music stand to help you out in anyway. And that's a good sign for me. I think I've learned from my mistake and don't want anybody else to be just another music score reader on the stage. I noticed that you also used some kind of Harmony device (I'm using Digitech Vocalist2 and also Zoom rhythm tract to help me out too)

Hope this helps some FWIW, and BTW I subc to you YT channel
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:56 PM
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Thanks, Napman. I think the day of the laptop is coming, but may not be here yet.

I am currently using a Crowdster 2 + guitar (electric/acoustic hybrid running in stereo). The possiblities with this setup are endless. The layering of acoustic and electric is a wonderful thing.
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