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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:08 pm    Post subject: November OSAM Stephen *New Mix* Reply with quote

*New Mix 12-4-08*

Based on the critiques, I replaced the drums, and Dr Who played the bass.
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This is another instrumental, using my new Les Paul guitar.
There hasn't been any time to compose lately, so I'm rusty, and this was a bit rushed, so there are some clunkers here, and there.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Les Paul is just really fabulous sounding. And I love the chords you've put together here. Fantastic combination. You certainly have the guitar right where it should be, sound wise and as always you are playing quite nicely, nothing rusty to these ears.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks George, I always enjoy your comments.

I actually bought the Les Paul for the band, but was curious how it would record.
It could use a new bridge pick up, it's a little too bassy for live, but I was pretty happy with this, even though I did the guitar lead in just two takes.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think leads are often best when not too rehearsed. I usually water down my leads if I do them over and over. So I'm not surprised you went with the second try here.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very beefy lead indeed! I can understand why you would feel it bassy in a live situation.

As to the song, it has a bit of a bluesy feel with some really nice runs. Great chord progression that could lend itself for a vocal is handled quite nicely with lead guitar. Again, as with some other songs in the last month or two with many OSAMers (myself and unfinished business included), I feel a missing dynamic...NOT in your guitar playing. You lead has it all and is well in there. Perhaps in the percussion/drums and the omnipresent drone of an organ there is not a lot of breakdowns, but I suppose that is what you meant when you said you were rushed and having little time to compose (which I can totally understand).

But this is very smooth and just goes to show that if you had gobs of time on your hands you'd be altogether in your own universe. Enjoyably smooth bro!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm..... Stephen? Stephen who??

Oh, I know you! Smile

Yeah, I really like the tone of that new axe of yours!

Nice, smooth, 'not-quite-chill' tune, Stephen!!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think leads are often best when not too rehearsed. I usually water down my leads if I do them over and over. So I'm not surprised you went with the second try here.


I always like to do a "scratch" track, then work off that, Usually just doing punches, and overdubs, but this was just a straight run through, on take 2.
I got a bit lucky really, but it could be so much better.

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it has a bit of a bluesy feel


I'm glad you think so, that's what I wanted.
Thanks Jon.

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Yeah, I really like the tone of that new axe of yours!

Nice, smooth, 'not-quite-chill' tune, Stephen!!


Thanks Professor, glad you like it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man - love the Les Paul sound - so distinct - so much character ! Well it records just fine man!!!!! Smile

I didn't think your soloing sounded rough around the edges. Different guitar voice, same guitar player Smile We can tell its you - you can't hide behind a new guitar sound !

But I do agree with Jon - I miss the whole tune from a compositional perspective. Here you are soloing over loops, but as I think back to your earlier CD's - they are more complete songs. Hey - we gotta keep pushin' ya here @ the OSAM Smile

I'ld like to stay and chat, but I am going to jam over (or under) your tune now with my bass Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Art, I'd love to have you play bass on this, maybe I can replace the drums, or.... I don't know????

Lemme know if you'ld like a bassless file emailed to ya.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that would be great! Please shoot me an MP3 - preferably after you modified the drum track Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Stephen,

I understand that this is more a jamming session rather than a fully fledged song, and I like it as such. The guitar sounds very 'american' to my ears which is good, very good actually. I'm a sucker for this kind of bluesy leads.

The quality of the mix is another highlight, especially the drums which sound very 'live'. How did you record them?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrWho wrote:
Yes, that would be great! Please shoot me an MP3 - preferably after you modified the drum track Smile


Done.

Thanks much, I'm anxious to get it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sewa wrote:
Hi Stephen,

I understand that this is more a jamming session rather than a fully fledged song, and I like it as such. The guitar sounds very 'american' to my ears which is good, very good actually. I'm a sucker for this kind of bluesy leads.

The quality of the mix is another highlight, especially the drums which sound very 'live'. How did you record them?

sewa


Thanks sewa, the drums are a loop, and most of my loops are created from one of my synths, so that could be the case here, but not sure, I'm actually replacing the drum track, if I can find something I like better, not easy, since all my compositions start with a drum track, so this was written around the drums.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I'm late on that...
What a very very cool sound I can hear!!
You guitar is fantastic, but I like so much that pristine drum sound, and these hammond organs...wow!
Very cool rock-blues chor progression, too!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephen wrote:

Thanks sewa, the drums are a loop, and most of my loops are created from one of my synths, so that could be the case here, Very Happy


It is then probably the reverb setting or something that places the drums so well in the mix.
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