Which guitar should I buy? Which mic are you using? Should I buy a Nylon string guitar?

You can imagine I get these questions very often… and this page will answer it all for you. Musical, online pubishing and business related questions.

On this page you will find details about the resources I use, so that you don’t need to start from scratch, instead can spend your time on your craft.

Of course you need to make the final decisions on your own. (legal necessity: I am in no way responsible for your decisions. Use the info at your own responsibility)

The links on this page are affiliate links. For example, when you click and buy from Amazon, you are asking Amazon to pay me a percentage, while you pay nothing extra.

See: Mic, Guitar, headphones, sound card, books, softwares, website related,

Which mic?

the microphone you see in my videos is the RODE NTK – a valve microphone, bought around year 2007.

The Rode NT1a is a very good option if you are looking to buy a mic now, which is the mic I would buy if I had to buy another one now.

You can read the reviews of NT1a online and decide for yourself. The fact that this mic has been a favorite for so long and still there on the top of the chart as serious mic, in itself inspired confidence.

So, that settles the mic part.

No special recommendation on mic stand. A search on amazon for mic stands will give you very good options for less than 20USDs.

If you are going to record your singing a lot, you may want to get a pop screen to avoid air gushes when sounding sounds like ‘p’ or ‘b’ or even ‘f’.

Much of good sound recording is knowing to use the mic, the angle, the distances from sound sources (vocal and guitar for example), the levels.

Condensor mics only (vs Diaphragm)

Shure SM58 is a mic you will see used a lot for vocals on stage. A very sturdy mic. It is a diaphragm mic, while Rode NT1a or NTK is condensor mic.

The difference in recordings are very obvious. The condensor mics, NT1a or NTK need very little eq to make the vocal shine and sit in the mix, while with the diaphragm mic you may need a lot of additive EQing and more work in the mixing stage.

I am sure experts all over the world have no trouble playing with the sounds to match them to their needs, but, I would only use the condensor mic since that is the most straightforward option, giving the sound directly without any more work.

So, get a Rode NTK and start working with it to get good sounding recordings. If your recordings are still not to satisfaction, remember to give it some time, learn more about the Techniques of recording you could try. Remember how a good sound engineer can produce excellent results sitting in his bedroom with his computer recording system.

Which Guitar?

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Half of my students use the electric guitar, half the acoustic guitar. Standard tuned only.

Most of my students who use acoustic guitar use the Yamaha C40 nylon, and have reported lesser finger pain while sliding.

I use a second hand Japanese make nylon string guitar of unknown name.

Earlier videos will show me playing the steel string guitar. As I was younger, from 13 years till 25/26 I used to play my electric guitars.

Which guitar? is a matter of choice, thoughif you are planning to go acoustic (minimal, like the sound, deeper techniques necessity) try the nylon string guitars to see if you like them and find them more practical to slide without pain.

Electric guitar is often a personal choice – the sound of it. Amplification helping you muscle through slides without technique considerations is not enough reason to get an electric guitar. If you wish to be a good, aware guitar player, conscious technique is a necessity, which will become obvious when using the acoustic guitar to arrange and decide your phrases. On the electric guitar too,you can naturally work out your phrases – personal choice, you like the sound and feel.

So acoustic nylon: Yamaha C40 – check and buy – decide on your own. Electric guitar: no recommendation. I have played guitars ranging from Us.1000 till USD 4000. A good player can play well on any reasonable guitar.

Playability be checked in either case as you buy a guitar. the string height from the frtboard, any buzz etc. In fact why not tell the sales person that the guitar be checked for everything including buzz and show you how the height is fine for playability.

remember to get a tuner and pick if you choose to.

Look for not expensive options. Expensive options have never been proven to be at the core of good music making – whether it be instruments or recording studios.

Zoom H1N 

I bought this Hand recorder to use it along with my Mobile phone (Moto G4 plus, which has a good video camera) to record tutorials and other videos whenever i wish, without having to turn on the computer and mic and sound card.

It works. Better quality than the mobile phone inbuilt voice recording.

You can either record the voice separately and then later put the video from the mobile together with the voice from the zoom when editing video, OR…

Using a few cables, connect the headphone out of the zoom to the input of the mobile phone (you need some mic and headphone splitter cable for this to work – can’t record when we directly connect from zoom to phone). Use open camera app, set the voice input to external microphone.

Now when we record with the open camera app, the voice from the zoom is recorded to the video from the mobile phone. Very convenient – no more mixing needed in the video editor. Just make sure that the output of the headphone from the zoom is not too high – else we will end up with clipped audio in the video. Just adjust the volume setting for headphone in the zoom and you will be fine.