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  1. Sounds great. What do I have to do?
  2. Reading all these one after the other, I can see recurring themes. So it’s good that you posted them this way. Links to the songs would be even better.
  3. Thanks man. Maybe we could manage just one final burst of max gain!? y'know, just to get a blip on the kids radar....
  4. Pensive melancholy thoughtful contemplative brooding pondering preoccupied absorbed engrossed. Yep I’m fragile alright. The intensive shift pattern I'm working is partly to blame. So the last day of the rest period may be a Thursday, but it will feel like a Sunday because I'll begin work in the morning. If working on Sunday, I'll drive in and wonder where all the traffic went. I'll probably never see other engineers who work opposite me ever again. They are working the inverse of my shift pattern. Oddly, it may be conducive to making music though. I am making progress again despite suffering ongoing jet lag like disorientation. Having 4 or 5 days off in a row is certainly helping me record. Yesterday I completed the recording of my instrumental 'Flamingo'. This is a major landmark for me. It was begun when I was in my 20s. I'm in my 60s now. Its only 5 minutes long, but it has undergone steady changes throughout a period of about 30+ years. Parts of it came and went (were lost through neglect or purging). It was in constant a state of flux. Always changing with only a couple of core themes to anchor it to. After buying my Camps spanish guitar, I worked on Flamingo in earnest. This was the voice it needed. Within a couple more years I finally completed the tune. That is, I formed it into a fixed (well, 98%) and repeatable piece of music. Since then I tried to record it a couple of times, but its my most technically demanding instrumental, and the Camps is my most difficult to play guitar. Being a classical guitar, the Camps has a much longer scale, and I had to adjust parts of the left hand technique to suit. I even invented a new technique to straddle frets, because my fingers could no longer stretch far enough. I gave up the task of recording twice. I couldn't get a good enough take. I had another try this week and could not get the mics working successfully (a Shure SM58 and a Shure Unisphere). Before abandoning the attempt I thought I would try using the Yamaha Silent. This is a nylon strung practice instrument that uses a piezo pickup. Its still a classical guitar with the long scale & wide flat fretboard, but it isn't acoustic. I got a performance I was satisfied with (still with flaws though) in a mornings work. It was certainly easier than using the Camps, but I was unsure how the sound quality would hold up on the Yamaha. Well it doesn't sound as rich, and you can hear the piezo sound too. Being a simple single instrument, I was bolder at tweaking the EQ and choosing a mastering toolset. Reverb also helped a lot too. But I'm enjoying the way it sounds. So its done at last. True, it was always a complete mess as a composition, but then it isn't a composition. It was never written. It was never arranged. It just evolved. Maybe I should just stick to acoustic guitar instrumentals. I've been steadily turning down the gain on my electric for years now. I'm never happy with my vocals. I cant play bass, keys nor drum. It makes good sense.
  5. Do you really need to ask?
  6. It sounds like you need a collaboration rather than lessons. Are there any jam events etc. in your area?
  7. I tried to find the guitar forum. I went around in circles, logged in twice but kept being directed to tutorials/articles. Is it the same for drums, keys etc? Are these forums now removed?
  8. Antisocial - Antrax
  9. Hi Leo. I would have been nice to have had the words to look at too, but I can understand them well enough. Nice work. Enjoyed the unusual accompaniment; very imaginative.
  10. You always put such a lot of work into your songs Al. When I saw so many words I felt it might be a bit too much, but it isnt. In fact I needed to hear the entire thing before the song fully 'clicked' for me. I thinks its the ideal length. A 'love & lust' theme originally done. No small feat. Nice work. I enjoyed it.
  11. Very pleasant music Sotos
  12. Just Dream - Carol Decker
  13. I’m Gonna Arrive - Selena Gomez
  14. The contradiction I mean is exemplified by: how do you say youre sorry, when theres nothing left to say? If there’s nothing left to say, why would you want to say anything? Now I realise that contradiction can be deliberate and also make a point. That's not coming across to me though. I might be missing something, but otherwise it’s a simple logical contradiction. The words sound like an early draft of lyrics, ahead of figuring out what you want to say. That’s the issue for me. I don’t know what it is you want to say. I suspect that you might not, and I don’t mean that disrespectfully. Some people use ‘filler words’ in order to get the melody underway. That said, some of my lyrics are lost on people. I think most all of John’s are lost on people, but I know that when I hear John’s words and I can usually adapt his lyrical purpose to an understanding unique to me. How does that work? I dunno! It works frequently enough though. You may have this figured out the way you want it. You may have a point & purpose to the words. Chorus: The minor/major change, suggestion of time doubling & repeated hook lines are all excellent devices for achieving what you want for a chorus. So nothing wrong with those ideas. It’s not doing it for me though. However the final chorus words ‘…truly free’ is great part with its alternating half tone. Now when people tell me ‘they don’t get it’ or ‘its not going anywhere’, I always take it on board, but if it still works for me, I stick with my own intuition. Maybe you need to? If this were mine & I were to rework anything, specifically I would consider trying the following. 1/ Change the phrasing of the chorus. I would begin with the first word ‘In’. I would move it from the 2nd beat of the bar to the first. So it would now be strongly accented and there would be a gap before the ‘…..the midnight hour’ resumes in its regular position. Changing the phrasing can be difficult and it takes determination to do it at all. It’s a fantastic way of transforming music though. 2/ I would play around with the chorus chords. Maybe make the change even more dramatic by raising the whole sequence by a semitone. Or else the chords by a fifth?
  15. I bet he wore a big hat and paid for your lunch.
  16. practice every day. I try to, but rarely do. It really helps though. Taking the time to breath deeply before singing somehow helps me prepare if I intend to sing with projection.
  17. I would never force anyone to listen to any song
  18. They're just yanking yer chain JH. You were on the right road all along. You need to be bold and crank that amp up to No.11 man. I know it upsets people and makes dogs bark, but just square it with the missus by offering to do the washing up and tell her shes lost weight.
  19. Whats a Status Update?

    1. Just1L


      In general, it's a robot saying "here kitty, kitty, kitty."


  20. I've been seeing 'add tags' here on websites for ages. I still dont have the first clue what a tag is. So wot the @*%$ is a tag? and why do they need adding to messages? if they dont need adding to messages, then why are we encouraged to add them? Where does one go to procure a tag from? Its a tag a self perpetuating meme that nobody understands, but everybody pretends that they do so they wont appear stupid, gauche, unsophisticated, naive, guileless and a bit of a div? Are they something I should be concerned with or even alarmed about? I predict that whatever 'tags' are, they will be boring. If that's true, please try to present them interestingly or I'm never gonna catch on. Ta.
  21. I see. Ok thanks for explaining. But in my several attempts to find guitar/vocal/ etc. I went to guitar (articles/tutorials) and found this at the foot of it. They also appear to be links, but seem broken. I tried to follow one which produced the whizzy doughnut of infinity.
  22. yep thats exactly where I looked...
  23. Hi Jim, It sounds like musical theatre production. I couldn't get a proper idea of much of the music as the intros are so occupied with canned applause, intros, radio announcements etc. There are a couple I would have liked to have heard more of. tracks 4 & 5. Its highly stylized, like a stage show, different, intriguing.
  24. Its a unaccompanied guitar instrumental. Yes I have separate tracks on the song I posted the link for. Be glad to work on your song John. Will it be from here or a different part of forum?