Here are two vids to start with, one of basic left hand technique and one starting the trill series, the trills are awesome and should help you address some of the things you mentioned. I'm just another student who has benefited very much from Pebber's work in the short time that I have known him, I think you'll find these to be very thorough - enjoy.
I figured out where I was messing up with Sonar and I'm back on track basically you just have to make sure the beat count is right and then looping the clips is easy, I was probably up too late that night lol. I have heard Pro Tools sucks on Windows and that most studios use it on macs, I'm just going to schlog it out as much as I can with Sonar. Reading the Logic manual actually helped because the stuff that I would have to do in Logic was more tedious anyway. It's rare to find one program the does everything you want ... thanks for posting the Acid stuff keep us in the LOOP if you run into any issues with it ...
one reason why I think there are so many musicians in the software business is because of the self education skills learned, anyone with a computer and some drive can find ways to make themselves useful, having connections helps too ...
their "fixes" to the audiosnap totally screwed me on two projects, funny thing about ableton I got that same feeling at first but the interface is why most people use it lol. The most fun I ever had was using a program called Notator on my Atari ST. I played around a little bit with Reason Record but it totally wasted my Mac when I tried to install it there. What bits is that I was about to switch to Logic Pro a few months ago and I upgraded to Sonar 8.5 just because it was cheap - wow I have not been productive since.
I am so done with Sonar, anymore trying to do the simplest thing seems to lead to a dead end with a bug. I made some simple backing track clips and all I'm trying to do is turn them into groove clips and the stupid software can't even get the tempo right, even on a drum track. So this makes all the cool features basically useless - time for Logic Pro! I've been thinking alot about getting it especially because there are some guitar oriented features and the apogee gio http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/gio.php controller. Anyone ever used it?
Pebber your advice is priceless at Duquesne we had to go to clubs to sit in but that is limited, one of the reasons I went to Berklee was to get with more musicians and the experience was much better than the education. I actually left Berklee because I was ticked that they made me start over even after having two years of theory and ear training already. I still went back and played with people and had tons of friends on Hemingway, I lived on Beacon which was about 10 blocks away, much better to live in a roach motel on Hemingway than to be out of the scene, you basically have to sleep with your axe though ...
Nothing else will get you shedding as much as when there are 100s of other people that could be taking your spot in a cool ensemble, or when you get invited to jam with amazing players - you want to be ready! Youtube is a game changer but the live gig with the eye contact, trading 4s and basic adrenaline rush is still worth any kind of sacrifice you have to make.
Anyway another stealth tactic is to just move to the area and hang around meeting people and crashing jam sessions. There are tons of players that do this ( mostly good ones ) so it doesn't hurt to make friends with someone who is in demand in order to get your foot in the door. The lobby at Berklee is like being at a halloween party for musicians!
I attended one of these back in the late 70's and it was very beneficial.
Duquesne 2010 Guitar and Bass workshop
Started in 1986 by Joe Negri, Bill Purse, Mark Koch, Tom Kikta, John Maione and Jim Farquar, the Guitar and Bass Workshop aims to help students become more familiar with the guitar programs at Duquesne University. The workshop also provides an opportunity for any guitar enthusiast to learn more through working with guitar department faculty and famous guitar icons.
Having grown from a first year enrollment of 20, the workshops now attract 100-150 students each summer. Thirty percent of the students who are admitted to the University guitar program are already familiar with the department and its faculty because of their participation in this workshop.
cool thanks pebber - ever get into paganini? I also used to have a book of irish fiddle tunes which were great for the simplicity of their composition and also presented some major challenges for picking studies.