Does Your Home Recording Studio Rock?

Hopes and dreams have become reality for thousands of musicians that began using their own home recording studio and tons of drive and determination to lay the next greatest head pounding, hip rocking, rump shaking track that the world has ever heard. It is truly amazing how creative “would be musicians” can be when they don’t yet have even two pennies to rub together starting out. Egg cartons and staple guns along with Pop’s, or even grandpa’s, old guitar and a cheap microphone and speakers. The old saying, “fake it until you make it” truly applied to many past, current and even future musical artists.

The music game can be quite tricky for musicians as well as for those of us that pay good money to hear them whisper sweet nothings in our ears or shout at the top of their lungs until our nerves are ready to snap like peanut brittle candy. An artist may spend many years trying to find that perfect hit that will take them over the top, until one day either the fairy song bird or the soulful train of wisdom drops the next slamming beat right in their lap. I would be willing to bet that you would agree with me when I say not every song is for everybody.

Having said that, if the famous musicians of today had given up on their hopes and dreams just because one of the people who heard their music thought they stunk like last year’s gym shorts, there would have been many thousands of unheard number one hits around the world.

If you are a jazz enthusiast and have something to add to make the world a little more jazzy, why not jazz the world up? If you have the musical talent to make a fast beat more bluesy, go for it and paint your notes as blue as you can. The bottom line is to never give up on your own personal rhythm and never feel blue about sharing your creative melodies with the world.

Make your home recording studio rock by obtaining whatever equipment that you can get your hands on to get started on the right track. But please take this advice, don’t just settle for cheap and used freebies just because they are free and available. Spend good money for quality microphones, mixing boards, turntables and all other studio equipment because music is your future and your future is serious business.


My Survival Gear Tips For Newbies

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With survival preparedness, it is not necessary to start off with the best equipment. It is a good idea to start with something which is less costly yet having some decent quality characteristics. You can go for the best equipment once you have learned how to use the equipment properly. If you feel you have a good solid foundation on how you can use the equipment conveniently, move to the next level of the gear and spend more money even if this means that you have to save in order to buy every piece.

You want a knife that will do tasks like processing firewood, cutting cordage and processing firewood. It is wise to look for something made of a high carbon steel to enable you to use the blade’s spine to throw sparks from some other chert rock or a piece of flint. I find that the best bushcraft knives have affordable prices and perform well for the money.

A good axe is very important especially if you are going to need heavy duty shelter building made of natural materials found in the woods. Axes are good for pounding stakes into the ground, processing firewood, and rough wood carving tasks.

You will have to process a lot of firewood if you are planning to be in the woods for more than a day or two especially if you are camping in cold weather. To help you buzz through wood quickly, a folding saw is the best tool for you.

There are a couple of different preferences when talking about cordage. Most of the survivalists and preppers keep paracord anticipating for a SHFT situation. Paracord is very good for different applications. A true 550 cord can be gutted and the inner strands can be used for various applications also.

In your gear pack, you need to have some items to help you light a fire unless you prefer making fire the primitive way like the caveman. It can be almost impossible to start a fire in damp, humid or wet conditions without some form of assistance. Make sure you pack a little “fire helper”.

Apart from a knife, a container is also one of the things you need to have is a survival situation. A container is an invaluable resource that will help you collect and process water. This will greatly increase your chance of survival in a SHFT situation. Therefore, do not forget to carry a container. Otherwise, enjoy the survival experience.


My Favorite iOS Apps for Travel

When looking for quality travel apps on the Apple platform, it’s a lot easier to make an educated choice due to the dominance of the big players. There is definitely a disparity between the professional apps and the others in this field, a gap which has recently started to close.

Skype

Surprised to see Microsoft’s infamous VoIP solution on the list? This is a must not only for international travelers, but also American. There isn’t a mobile provider in the industry that can guarantee 100% uptime and coverage, and with the dominance of free Wifi there is really no reason to be without Skype’s advanced SMS and calling features. Internet is free in fast food restaurants, coffee shops, and even select department stores like Office Depot or Target. The app is free, and with plans ranging from free and up there is a solution for everyone.

Uber

This incredible free app aims to revolutionize the way people approach car services. The car hailing service is available in 120 cities and 37 countries, and relies on the mobile users GPS location. Fares vary based on type of car requested and whether it is a heavy demand period. Generally speaking, it is cheaper than a taxi and a heck of a lot better if you live in a high demand area. The ease of choosing the destination and paying by credit card all within an app is seamless. With Uber integrated with the GPS, drivers are found easily and come quickly.

Yelp

Yelp is an often under appreciated free app that is used more as a social media toy rather than an educational tool. Yelp provides users with a database of hundreds of thousands of reviews, menus, and recommendations. The social aspects can get a bit overwhelming, but it is a small aspect in the tons of useful information found within the app. Reading a bad review of a particular restaurant may keep you from ruining your trip with food poisoning. At the same point reading the review of a local family friendly gaming establishment may lure you away from the more well-known but expensive Dave and Busters. Yelp is a do it all app for the avid traveler that contains both the good and bad of being away from the house.

Google Maps

The built in Maps app from Apple has made a revolutionary turn, and is easily one of the top 5 mapping applications in the world. Before they made the update to Maps, many users opted to install Google Maps with the add-on Street View to replace the default. Google Maps is still one of the best to have, with seamless turn-by-turn spoken directions and an interesting but robust feature set. If other apps are installed like Yelp, Google Maps offers an ability to launch from the standard reviews from within the app to launching it in Yelp. For the time being, this is one of the better map applications in the store, but don’t be surprised if within the year Maps by Apple completely takes that crown.

PackPoint

As one of the more interesting apps on the list, PackPoint is a ‘virtual packing’ application that helps the forgetful traveler pack their bags correctly. By answering a few questions from within the app, it can create a customizable packing list to keep you from forgetting some important items on your trip. This is definitely one of the more innovative on the list, and something that a lot of people could definitely use.


4 Simple Weightlifting Tips You Should Use

Are you going to get into weightlifting? If so, you will want to keep a few helpful tips in mind. With that said, continue to read on to learn about what you can do to make your training sessions even more effective.

1. Do Compound Exercises– Make sure you use compound exercises because these are the exercises that will help you get the best results. One of the main reasons why compound exercises are great is because numerous muscles are worked out at the same time. This is not the case with isolation exercises, and this also means your workouts will be more intense when they consist of more compound exercises than isolation exercises.

2. Protein– Another thing you have to pay attention to is the amount of protein you are consuming on a regular basis. It’s important to consume plenty of protein because this can help increase the effectiveness of your workouts, as well as the efficiency, and you should try to consume whey or casein protein. If you take casein protein, then take it before bed and if you take whey protein, then take it before and/or after your workout, as these are the best ways to take the proteins.

3. Drink Water– People know they are supposed to drink water, but many don’t fully understand how important it is. This is especially the are when it comes to drinking water and working out. It’s important to provide your body with plenty of water because it hydrates it, which allows you to get more effective workouts, so make sure you consume plenty of water.

4. Rest– Finally, you need to get ample amounts of rest. Your body and muscles need enough time to recover from your workouts, and this is why rest is important. Make sure you take a rest from your workouts every now and then. Many people train one day on and one day off, so consider following a workout schedule like that.

Those tips can help you with weightlifting. Implement them today and you’ll be well on your way to having better workouts. Feel free to refer back to this article if you need a refresher, and remember to be consistent with your workouts.


Workout Techniques – How To Build Muscles

There are many people trying to build muscles, but only few people become successful. to those who succeed, they apply effective workout routines. Generally, it is all about identifying the good techniques to achieve the best shape you desire. Determination and workout technique is all that is needed to make everything successful.

Do Not Workout Alone

The truth of the matter is that going to the gym alone can be boring. It could be difficult when you are not gaining anything but you are only sweating. It is a known fact that people who go to the gym have something to gain from the whole experience. However, did you know that working-out with your friends is entertaining and motivating? Well, you could also compete with your friends to see who will gain the most.

Well, if your friends are not into fitness, it is advisable to hire a personal trainer. This way, it would be much easier to commit to going to the gym if you have an appointment to keep with your personal trainer. The truth is that personal trainers are not costly like the way they used to sometime back. College athletes are doing it at a cheaper rate for extra money.

Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is very important when it comes to muscle building or getting in shape. In other words, in order to gain muscles, you have to eat muscle-building diet. As such, it is advisable to consider starchy and protein foods such as rice and beans. Moreover, carbohydrates are important for muscle building.

Setting Realistic Goals

The truth is that a majority of people expect way too much only after few workouts. Keep in mind that working out is not like eating food when you are hungry (i.e. if you are hungry and you eat some food, you will immediately be satisfied). Muscle building is a task that builds up steadily. This simply means that the human body was not meant to buff up overnight. As long as you keep up with hard work, you should not have any problem reaching your goals. Muscle building takes months rather than weeks.

The sooner you begin, the faster you are going to get the body you want. Do not tell yourself that you will begin tomorrow; because for sure you will not. A wise man once said that, tomorrow never comes. Take this opportunity and get that perfect body you have been dreaming about. In other words, exercising not only makes you look great, it also makes you feel incredible.