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Time for a Change 8 Replies

Started by Mike Bishop. Last reply by Alan Land Oct 31.

anyone been to the exhibit at the Met Museum? 2 Replies

Started by michael schwartz. Last reply by michael schwartz Oct 30.

dumb ass thing to do 8 Replies

Started by joey pinter. Last reply by Terry Angelli Oct 21.

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Comment by Ed Rhoades on March 7, 2011 at 5:32am
I played that Elvis guitar. I expected it to sound bad because of the leather, but it sounded great. Imagine what it would sound like without the leather.
Comment by Jeff Barrett on March 6, 2011 at 9:47pm
Hey,I am a sucker for tooled leather though,not on a guitar.<LOL>
Comment by Edward Sparks on March 6, 2011 at 8:27pm

Terry to tell you truth, I don't know how we got off on that...but it wasn't a Martin topic, that's for sure!  Okay guys, let's get focused...How about that leather cover on the Gibson on the cover of AG this month...had to have been a tone killer, but Elvis had one on his guitar and it was a Martin!   Seriously though, what a crime to put an overcoat on a beautiful Martin!  Edward


Comment by Charles on March 6, 2011 at 8:00pm

I love how the Martin Group delves into things that sometimes "appear" to be non-Martin!  As long as they are musically oriented....they are still Martin in my view.  After that not what Martin is about?  The pursuit of music?

And I fully appreciate Terry's ;-)!!!


Comment by Terry Angelli on March 6, 2011 at 6:44pm
So Edward, what has any of this to do with Martin guitars???  :-)
Comment by Edward Sparks on March 6, 2011 at 4:19pm

That's right, I have done camera work before and the one we used was a broadcast model with a translucent screen which is placed directly in front of the lens that the text reflects from the screen below and crawls up, so the lens actually shoots THROUGH it, and as Terry said it makes it look like you are looking directly at the center of the lens. The software we used cost about $1200.   



Comment by Terry Angelli on March 6, 2011 at 3:08pm

Yes, all you need is telelprompter software (about $390.00)


and a computer, none of the newscaster hardware required. FYI newscasters view the text which is positioned directly on top of the camera lens so it appears that they are looking directly into the camers.

Comment by Edward Sparks on March 6, 2011 at 9:47am
These days Pro teleprompters are usually actually a computer monitor located on the floor next to the stage monitors or behind the stage floor lighting skirt.  Pro setups are expensive and effective, and require someone to man them at all times. The text for the lyrics must be large enough to be seen from a 6' to 8' distance from the floor to the performers needs to be large enough to be seen and track (creep up the screen), but they are easily hidden from the audience...wouldn't want Bruce to be seen wearing his reading glasses!    Edward
Comment by Terry Angelli on March 6, 2011 at 9:10am

Never knew Bruce uses a teleprompter. I've seen him twice but never noticed. Perhaps it was because the shows were so entertaining and exciting that I didn't have a chance to observe? I usually will look around at the technical aspects at any show I attend to see how the "pros" do it and perhaps gain some more knowledge.


Beyond that, as mentioned, I do use a music stand set as low as it can go so it is not an obstruction between myself and the audience. I also use a small light so I can see the lyric. Funny short story; I used to print the lyrics with the chords placed over the words in red ink so I could spot them easily if I needed to. Worked great until we were on a well lit stage and got flooded with red light. Totally wiped out the red chords so I don't do that any more!

Comment by charles e stinnett on March 6, 2011 at 8:37am
Good ideas Ed. As long as my memory doesn't blank out on me I'm o.k. BUT I have to be prepared JUST IN CASE. Some of older folks  seem to have problems in this area at times.( LOL)

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