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June 21, 2012

Learn About It, Guitar!

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

On board the Lennon Bus, we get a lot of visitors who want to learn to play the guitar.  As the most popular instrument in the world, that’s not a surprise.  To get you started, we teamed with NAMM and Epiphone to bring you this short video.  Start practicing!  

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March 25, 2012

Five String Basses Bais

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Five string basses ORGIN STORY I play bass quite a bit and it is one of those instruments that fell into my lap. Everyone seemed to always need a bassist and I had always had wanted to play in whatever band that I could. The first bass that I ever bought (and still love) was the Epiphone Viola Bass. It is an amazing little bass and the short scale neck always worked for the type of music that I was playing at the time (either Brit Pop or Post-Punk). But as time went on, I started to realize the limitations of having a four stringed bass. NASHVILLE LEARNED ME WELL After spending some time seeing bands play in Nashville, I noticed that the five-string bass was the most common bass to be playing. Session musician after session musician would bring a five-string on stage and I noticed there were reasons for this. The five string bass has a factor that allows for more versatility than a normal four-string bass in how one is able to play certain notes while not having to move the hand. Let us take a look at this little fret-board chart that I created: from high string to low On a typical four-string bass, we only go as low as that E that is at the bottom, so that when staying in first position (the first few notes), the lowest of low notes that can be hit is the E. With the introduction of the fifth string, …

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March 18, 2012

Poem for SXSW

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

From top left: Cruisin’ USA, Lissy Truillie ,  Rachael Sage, Birds of Chiacgo, Wheeler Brothers We made it through SXSW today Live streaming and recording everyday Todocast folk helped beam signals around Live streams from everyday can now be found On our website It was all right So do go see Music for thee So much more to come in the next month Streamin’ from the bus we are not grunts  

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March 04, 2012

THE FUTURE: Part 1: Introducing: The Firebird X

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

1. Preconceived notions are tricky beasts that play dangerous games with your judgment, on the bus or off the bus. Off the bus, that would be an entire other story of value judgments, critiques and a book length idea about making decisions. 2. This is a blog post 2.a. (Ceci n’est pas un blog post?) 3. But preconceived notions and guitars is what I am specifically thinking about right now. For the non-guitar players out there, someone’s favourite guitar and preference can make all of the difference in the track or their guitar playing. 4. We have a lot of guitars on the bus but not all of the guitars in the world. Gibson SG, Les Paul, Casino, Blues King and more. There are plenty of options. 5. The Gibson Firebird X is a new addition to not only our guitar family but the world. 6. You should click that link and read more about the guitar. It is a strange and amazing little device. 7. Ours is a shiny blue. Pretty beautiful, actually. See? 8. It has a lot of character to it. The ability to change tones is more in-depth that I previously thought. In this clip, I am playing the first chord from A Hard Day’s Night through the Firebird. There are a lot of settings on this guitar. 9. Did you hear those acoustic simulations? It sounds really pretty. I am really happy with it actually. The Stratocaster simulation is cool and nice, the ES-335 has …

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February 11, 2012

A Delay and Waylay That Wa LA: SAE & McDSP

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Like that, like some strange flash, we were gone from Southern California. We had been there for a full month, we rarely spend such an amount of time in one area but it was the start of the year, the landscape of the southern part of the state is expanse and warm in the winter and tradeshows and events were abound.  Driving up the grapevine (see: Interstate 5), the next event was up in Pleasant Hill in the East Bay by San Francisco and the previous event was a stop at S.A.E. Los Angeles. Down there on Sunset Blvd, we sat at S.A.E. and had a day parked between two buildings gazing out to the beautiful streets that make up Hollywood. This day we had the amazing songwriter and producer Toby Gad and artist Chelsea Williams on the bus doing a live performance and an interview with winners of an S.A.E. contest. exhibit a: sunsetblvd As we were conducting the interview, there were a series of hurdles that we had to overcome like a marathon runner who is in it for the education rather than the checkered flag (Do marathons have checkered flags? I never ran one, I would not know). The first was that we had 7 people speaking at once in the interview and each had to have descript audio inputs. That was easy enough, we have enough recievers and batteries to where we just ran that all into Pro Tools 10 and grabbed the video with a …

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February 03, 2012

POW POW: PREs and Sunshine and Literature

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

I sit enthralled in the front studio of the bus, I sit enthralled reading Eugenides’ new book “The Marriage Plot.” I sit so enthralled that I do not realize that we were sitting at the University of Southern California campus until I look up and noticed the markings of the Trojan mascot around me. It all blurs on me a bit, I am running audio for today’s session. I sit and realize that the students we are going to have on today are a practiced band and will be coming ready armed with guitars and all. Impressive, I think that they were described as impressive. USC is a really impressive campus. Was it one of those instances that happen on the bus where we end up at a pretty location on pretty day and pretty sun lights our pretty parking spot and everything is just pretty. The weather was fantastic, the people were nice and I was running audio. I do not do audio too often. I’m on a big video kick so doing audio was a slight change for me this day and I felt ready for the task. Guitars are a subject of fascination for me. I spent a youth with Sonic Youth. They are a strange tool that can coax so many different sounds and feelings and emotions and chords and sensations and tones from the solid (or hollow) body. We spent the beginning of the year setting up the studio as we wanted things to be …

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January 30, 2012

Near Year’s Honours

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

When the New Year begins and the bus staff returns to the bus, it is a kind of a celebration. The bus exists as our home, the bus exists as our place of work and the people at the bus exist as our friends, so the return in the parking lot in Burbank served as a time of celebration. It was quickly back to work though for us. One of the reasons for this celebration is due to that the fact that the start of the New Year and the end of the break from the previous year is when new technology gets installed on the bus. This is all worth noting but it is not nothing to note that it is a few weeks into the New Year and there have been no signs of activity on the blog. There is a reason for this. We got our selves a new toy to play with, though I believe it would perhaps be two toys. The first being the Newtek Tricaster and the partner in its crime being the satellite dish on the bus powered by Todo Cast. With the combination of these two technologies, I may present to everyone a new and exciting facet of the Lennon Bus. Lennonbus Live! On this site, we are going to be showing of live broadcast of concerts that the bus does, Lennonbus Live sessions and many other things. We got the chance to break in the Tricaster at NAMM with a Lennonbus live …

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November 14, 2011

Getting Technically Creative with iPad Wireless Control

Written by Hans Tanner

 

Hello all!  It’s been tooooo long since our last chat!  Warning: excessive use of exclamation points may be used throughout this piece as we have just turned the bus into the wind and are heading west.  Final Destination: California aka HOME!!  The Lennon Bus has officially ended its 2011 tour and will be heading into the shop for repairs and upgrades while the crew trains for 2012!  To say we’re excited to see what next year brings with the production of a Lennon Bus Europe would be a massive understatement.  Moving on… to continue from our last discussion, we ended on integrating Sibelius and the Scorch app with your songwriting communication.  And before that we provided you with a method to capture that initial inspiration with the Garageband app.  The next step?  Getting your composition to become truly immortal!  One of the beautiful things about recording a song is the realization that by storing it in a digital format (or analog if that’s your style) you are in fact creating something that will last longer on this planet than you will.  A weird thought, yes, but its something that many artists don’t realize and often forget.  After you’re gone and this recording is something you’ve left behind, what do you want people to think and feel after hearing it?  I digress.  As you may already know, there are multiple DAW’s these days to capture a performance with, but the industry standard worldwide is Avid Pro Tools.  Now when it comes to …

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November 07, 2011

What Wonders We Witnessed When We Went To South Beach: 2011

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

How was your weekend? Was it well? Over the weekend, we at the Lennon Bus had quite a bit going on. We really did! Our tour season is winding down with only a few more days to go before we begin the trek back to California and what could be a more strange and fantastic way to end the year besides being in South Beach in Miami. The weather is not too far off from San Diego in the summer time, so I felt rather at home. Palm trees were abound and adorable pups scrabbled around s the bus sat parked on the beach front by the Betsy Hotel. Tours were given both days but the highlight of it all was the unveiling and birthing of the Wish Tree that will be on permanent display here in Miami. The amazing photographer Rob Zuckerman was there to make portraits of the first 100 people that hung their wishes. “Wait, one second.” Yes? “Make portraits? That is a strange phrase.”
Let me explain. This was a phrase that Rob used when he was taking portaits that evening. Something that he had said that had failed to cross my mind was the way we use language when talking about photography. TAKE portraits. SHOOT pictures. CAPTURE photos. It is all very aggressive and a proactive alteratation of our discourse can alter the way the entire action of photography is seen. MAKE portraits together, not SHOOT them. “Ahh, okay.” Anyways… At the ceremony, the excessively talented …

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November 01, 2011

Beam Me Up - Video Light Painting in Motion

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

A really cool looking visual effect is light painting.     In photography, the effect is achieved by using a slow shutter speed, but recently, I wanted to obtain the same effect in video. Turns out it’s a bit more complex than changing your camera’s shutter speed, but if you use Apple’s Motion, the effect can be done quite easily, in just a few steps.   STEP 1 Import the footage that you want to use for you video light painting and title the group subject.     STEP 2 Create a new group and title it null object. Create a new shape, I’ve chosen a rectangle, but it really doesn’t matter. What does matter, though, is to make sure that it has no fill and no outline, basically making it a ghost shape.     STEP 3 Track your ghost shape to whatever you are going to use to do the light painting with. In this case, I’ve decided to use my subject’s fingertip.     STEP 4 Wherever you want your subject to start light painting, add a particle emitter, the one that I’ve decided to use is the Magic Dust emitter as I have found that it gives you a pretty good place to start.     STEP 5 Add a match move behavior to your particle emitter and use the ghost shape as its source.     STEP 6 In the inspector for the particle emitter, change the life parameter to 10 and the speed parameter to …

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