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Everything posted by Rudi

  1. I love this bit of Tex Mex Robinson Crusoe had a appealing tune
  2. It is principally the music. It was many years before I even bothered about listening to lyrics. Once I did, I wrote lyrics 1st, whereas before it was always music 1st. The music is always more important to me though. So method varies a lot. Lyrics in songs I like would have to include a lot of stuff by Elvis Costello & also Randy Newman.
  3. Not lately. I have never gone out of my way to listen to Radiohead though a couple of songs do appeal. Nor have I seen much of Glastonbury on TV
  4. about 50% of what I do
  5. 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.
  6. yeah. what is it?

    John, I will attempt to use some tags.
  7. I it mostly comes down to stubbornness
  8. Since my self imposed exile from Song-Title-Connection-Game, I considered some of those song lines that constantly buzz around my head. Most are too obscure to guess, so here are some well known pop song examples. They are all old because I haven’t listened to pop for years & years & years... There are 10. The links will take you to the songs. If you know all 10, you may not want to admit it….. 1/ a cup of cold coffee and a piece of cake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwDzFbAlKWE 2/ man I was mean but I’m changing my scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvMQWte5pik 3/ take the blue train all the way to Kokomo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBd93pJRJ54 4/ The constable had to come and take him away https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voIWNMnpDu8 5/ Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLs09J_x6-c 6/ Mr McCann was a practical man. Curly was his only son. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3TeAjJZeKo 7/ It's gonna take patience and time, um https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZwjdGSqO0k 8/ birds singing in the sycamore tree (I prefer ‘birds sick upon the Singapore tree’) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLkCzeeR91c 9/ Thinking 'bout the things that might have been. It's a dirty rotten shame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5znh58WITU8 10/ The lock upon my garden gate's a snail, that's what it is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcMM5-zBCEc
  9. That was you?! Damn... You scared me man!
  10. yeah. what is it?

    Well I hope we've provided you with some motivation to stick it out now! Seriously, that sounds like a scary experience, but you have been thoroughly checked out now, and of course improvement is certainly possible, albeit slow. So chime in with a progress report when you can (Tom's depending on it).
  11. yeah. what is it?

    Ray, Mikes reply was pretty much what I was after. He could have written a technical summary that would have told me nothing more. At 63 years of age, it delights me that someone senior to me is around!
  12. nice to hear Slow Down again (link from status update)
  13. that's an impressive piece of kit.
  14. Guitar ergonomics are often overlooked & unappreciated. I think it likely Les Paul was more concerned with that when he put chambered wings onto the log. SO this is a MIDI device that needs your sounds. Does it modulate the sounds? Pressure sensitive? Pitch bend?
  15. Very engaging review Mike. Glad its going well. I checked out some of your links (Ztar etc) too. Fine examples!
  16. Well its ok now. Its hard to know what helped because there is nothing to compare it to. Coconut oil may have helped it. I cant even be sure its over because it doesnt really go away completely. I hope your church pal gets some relief. I'd say try the coconut oil & vitmin C
  17. You have a broad scope of expression Mahesh. Stunning
  18. Is there any medication for boxcar willie?
  19. You have a good ear because your pitch is pretty good. It sounds as if you are singing quietly. Even quiet, it sounds good enough to work for recording. Maybe even live? You will probably find that later on, you’ll want your voice to project more. So it’s not a bad idea sing louder now. When you do sing louder, you will probably want to sing higher (ie: change key upward). Singing through a microphone in a noisy venue, makes me sing at the top of my voice usually, but like most people, when I am at home, I tend to sing much quieter. I mention this because your surroundings make a difference you how you sing. It can come as a bit of a shock when you ‘have to’ sing loud. You voice is pleasant. Much nicer than mine.
  20. It was written by Roger Miller. Roger also recorded it originally.
  21. I just had a look. What odd corners an alcoves songstuff has.
  22. PP, I had wrongly assumed you were already laying a guitar track separately. So my suggestion was to create 2 simpler guitar tracks instead of 1 harder one. However, if you need the performance vibe of playing & singing together as the 'one take', I understand that completely. Just be aware that there are always other options as posters have pointed out here. In this case, I have an idea that may help. I know what its like to focus on one song exclusively. It can become consuming; maddening even. You could try to put another song into work and work on both in tandem. Yes I know you have been working on two already but it should be a different kind of song with a different feel. The idea is to get a break from one emotional state by replacing it with another different one. Now, it could make life more difficult if you are trying to juggle with too much in your head. Or, it could have the desired effect by 'snapping you out' of the rut that's constraining you. If you can return to your original song with fresher impetus, you might find it easier to work with. Whats that got to do with getting the guitar part right? Its hard to explain, but a complete break can reorder and focus your thinking wonderfully. Just a suggestion. Good luck
  23. I know how you feel. Work something good out and then it all goes pear shaped at recording. Have you considered using 2 tracks for guitar? How about using your regular accompaniment (that is failing) just as a guide track (I assume you are also using a click track?). Then add other simpler guitar accompaniment, with an optional further guitar track to flesh it out? Delete the guide track before saving out.
  24. Wow F-Troop! I forgot about F-Troop for more than 50 years! What a plunge back in time! Of course Mission Impossible is incredible. Its maybe the best of the few tunes ever written in 5/4. How about a John Sabastian song (written & sung)?
  25. 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.